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5) No Matter what the Groundhog said, the ongoing Winter Season Poses Fall Risks.
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The Frances Fund Scholarships, named in memory long time BIAMD leader Frances Bateson Dexter, provides Reduced Registration for Individuals with Brain Injuries and their family members.

Through the generous donations of businesses and families, like the Wenger, Cignatta and Dexter families, a limited number of scholarships are available for Individuals with Brain Injuries and their family members who wish to attend the Annual Conference, March 26th-27th, 2020 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD.  

This Application is not a guarantee that you will receive a scholarship but we try very hard to accommodate as many individuals and families as possible given the funds available.

The scholarship "typically" reduces the $410 two day rate to $80 and the one day rate from $310 to $40.

Photo by  Taras Chernus  on  Unsplash
Researchers have successfully bypassed the eyes with a brain implant that allows rudimentary vision.
“Allí,” says Bernardeta Gómez in her native Spanish, pointing to a large black line running across a white sheet of cardboard propped at arm’s length in front of her. “There.”

It isn’t exactly an impressive feat for a 57-year-old woman—except that Gómez is blind. And she’s been that way for over a decade. When she was 42, toxic optic neuropathy destroyed the bundles of nerves that connect Gómez’s eyes to her brain, rendering her totally without sight. She’s unable even to detect light.

But after 16 years of darkness, Gómez was given a six-month window during which she could see a very low-resolution semblance of the world represented by glowing white-yellow dots and shapes. This was possible thanks to a modified pair of glasses, blacked out and fitted with a tiny camera. The contraption is hooked up to a computer that processes a live video feed, turning it into electronic signals. A cable suspended from the ceiling links the system to a port embedded in the back of Gómez’s skull that is wired to a 100-electrode implant in the visual cortex in the rear of her brain.

Using this, Gómez identified ceiling lights, letters, basic shapes printed on paper, and people. She even played a simple Pac-Man–like computer game piped directly into her brain. 

CLICK HERE read the rest of this phenomenal article.

The Nomination Categories are:

  • Individual with a Brain Injury
  • Family Member / Partner / Friend
  • Healthcare Professional - Working in the Brain Injury Community
  • Supporter / Advocate - Making Contributions in an Official Capacity

Awards will be presented at the BIAMD Annual Conference General Session on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. 

Nominations should be received by no later than March 1, 2020 to allow us adequate time to select the award recipient and make arrangements for them to attend the awards ceremony.  

Photo by  israel palacio  on  Unsplash
Over 100 US service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries in the wake of the January 8  Iranian missile attack  on the al Asad military base in Iraq, according to a US official with knowledge of the latest information.
A picture of the destruction left at Al Asad base in Iraq after it was struck by Iranian missiles.

Later on Monday the Pentagon released a statement confirming that 109 service members had been diagnosed, an increase of 45 from the end of January when they said  64 service members  had been suffered injuries. The statement added that nearly 70% of the injured service members have returned to duty.

"We are grateful to the efforts of our medical professionals who have worked diligently to ensure the appropriate level of care for our service members, which has enabled nearly 70 percent of those diagnosed to return to duty. We must continue to address physical and mental health together," Pentagon press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement.

"Our research has been instrumental in the development of various breakthroughs to improve the lives of those individuals who have sustained brain injuries. Our efforts must address the total picture - before, during and after any blast exposure or injury. This is a snapshot in time and numbers can change. We will continue to provide updates as they become available," Farah added.

The Pentagon and President Donald Trump  had initially said no service members were injured or killed in the Iranian missile attack , which was retaliation for the January 2 US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general.

CLICK HERE find out more on this unfolding story .

CLICK HERE to see BIAA's response to Trump's statement .

CLICK HERE to see the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force's response to the President's Remarks on Traumatic Brain Injuries.
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In  Stop Missing Your Life , mindfulness instructor Cory Muscara takes readers on a journey from "being present" to embodying "presence," helping peel back the layers that prevent us from being our full, honest, integrated selves in the world. Muscara explains that most of us are living on autopilot, often so guarded that we aren't experiencing the potential richness that life has to offer. 

Stop Missing Your Life  ultimately teaches how we can create new behaviors, stop self-sabotaging our growth, and let go of the things that hold us back. p you feel less drained. 

CLICK HERE for more on this very practical book.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Truth is powerful and it prevails. "

Have you ever clicked on the pictures posted at the end of every #5ThoughtsFridays? Try it. You might learn something fun!
Photo by  Nqobile Vundla  on  Unsplash

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