Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD

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4th Annual Strike it Big for Brain Injury Bowl-A-Thon
April 29, 2017
  • WHERE: AMF Pikesville Lanes, 1723 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD  
  • WHEN: 2pm - 4pm
  • TEAM: $100 per team (Up to 5 Bowlers) or 
  • INCLUDES: 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, and pizza party! Duck Pin or 10 Pin

Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
Shelley Halpain/UC San Diego
5) "You Know, people only use 10% of their Brain?" Really?
A new UCLA study could change scientists’ understanding of how the brain works — and could lead to new approaches for treating neurological disorders and for developing computers that “think” more like humans.

The research focused on the structure and function of dendrites, which are components of neurons, the nerve cells in the brain. Neurons are large, tree-like structures made up of a body, the soma, with numerous branches called dendrites extending outward. Somas generate brief electrical pulses called “spikes” in order to connect and communicate with each other. Scientists had generally believed that the somatic spikes activate the dendrites, which passively send currents to other neurons’ somas, but this had never been directly tested before. This process is the basis for how memories are formed and stored.

Scientists have believed that this was dendrites’ primary role.

But the UCLA team discovered that dendrites are not just passive conduits.

To read more on this important study, CLICK HERE

An ambitious federally funded study is enrolling at least 1,100 service members and Veterans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan to learn more about mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and how it can be best evaluated, and perhaps prevented and treated. Though ongoing funding is not guaranteed, the researchers hope to follow the cohort 20 years or more to better understand the long-term neurologic effects of mild TBI and other deployment-related conditions.

The research group reported recently on the first stages of the study in the journal Brain Injury. As of today, more than 700 volunteers are participating.

About 80 percent of those being enrolled have a history of at least one mild TBI, while the others have no TBIs. That will allow the researchers to compare the two groups. The focus is strictly on mild TBI; those with more severe brain injuries are excluded.

The study is under the auspices of the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC), one of two consortia funded through the National Research Action Plan in 2013. The other consortium focuses on PTSD—like mild TBI, a "signature" injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both efforts combined received $107 million in funding. They involve broad collaborations of researchers from VA, the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and academia.

To find out more, CLICK HERE.

Researchers have discovered that creativity might be related to the strength of neural connections between the brain's left and right hemispheres.

The study—authored by David Dunson, Arts and Sciences distinguished professor of statistics, and Daniele Durante, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Padova in Italy—attempted to uncover how neural factors influence creativity. Comparing those in the top and bottom 15th percentiles of a composite creativity index, the study found that more creative individuals had more inter-hemisphere connections.

Dunson and Durante's research belongs to a field known as "connectomics," which uses networks to understand the brain instead of separately analyzing different regions. For example, Dunson indicated that the study contradicts a common myth that more creative people have stronger use of the right half of the brain. 

“Our findings are consistent with recent ideas that creative innovations arise from communication between regions of the brain that ordinarily are not connected,” Durante explained. 

For more about this Creativity Research, CLICK HERE
  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

In Carry On, Warrior, @GlennonDoyle shares new stories and the best-loved material from She recounts her mistakes and triumphs with candor and humor, and gives language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences. She believes that by shedding our armor, we can stop hiding, competing, striving for the mirage of perfection, and making motherhood, marriage, and friendship harder by pretending they’re not hard. In this one woman trying to love herself and others, readers find a wise and witty friend who will inspire them to forgive their own imperfections, make the most of their gifts, and commit to small acts of love that will change the world. 

“Funny,honest, and brave, Glennon Melton joins the ranks of Anne Lamott, Sara Miles,and Barbara Brown Taylor by giving her readers a precious gift:permission--permission to doubt, permission to believe, permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth, and permission to do it allimperfectly.  C arry On, Warrior  takes its place among the best ofspiritual memoirs as the kind of book readers will want to return to again andagain. It reads like a conversation with a close friend, but impacts theheart like an encounter with the divine.”

For More, CLICK HERE. 

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

Today, I will focus on taking one step forward. No matter how small or large a step. Today, and everyday, I will move myself and my well-being forward.
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