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BIAMD's 5-Thoughts Friday - 11/04/2016
Here are the 5 things we thought were worth sharing with you this week:
What we saw that we thought you should see too...

BMW's vision of motorcycles includes self-balancing wheels and semi-autonomous steering that would make helmets a thing of the past.


In the distant future, motorcycle riders will have no need of helmets or padded clothing. They also won't need to put their feet on the ground when they stop. That's because, according to BMW, the motorcycle of the future will balance itself and will help the driver avoid crashes.

BMW, which is famous for motorcycles as well as cars, unveiled a new concept motorcycle in California Tuesday. The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 offers a glimpse at what, BMW designers predict, motorcycles might be like decades from now. Basically, they'll offer all of the excitement of today's bikes, but none of the danger.

To read the rest of the article and see the video of the concept in action,   CLICK HERE. 
We also thought you might be interested in participating in an important study...

Help BIAA, Ipsos Healthcare, and Avanir understand the health history of patients with TBI

The Brain Injury Association of America, Ipsos Healthcare, and Av anir Pharmaceuticals are working together on a research study to understand the health history of patients who have experienced a traumatic brain injury in the past. This information will be used to help improve the management of traumatic brain injuries and their symptoms.


If you are interested in participating in this important study, please click the link below. It will re-direct you to a one-time online survey hosted by Ipsos Healthcare. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete for those who are eligible (depending upon your health history you may or may not be eligible). All those who complete the survey will receive a $25 electronic gift card as a "thank you" gift for your time.

We hope you can help with this survey by  CLICKING HERE. 
How about checking in with one of our friends...



Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving feels most meaningful to me for its simplicity. The act of sharing the harvest and expressing gratitude are timeless, yet in our increasingly hectic world, it's rare that we sit together and talk with those we love most about the moments that enrich our lives. There's a reverence I feel for Thanksgiving Day.

As a child, and after Hugh and I had children, Thanksgiving was an exciting, busy affair with lots of people, a frenzy of preparation and baking, and a sense of celebration, not without its own self-induced stress.

But after Hugh's traumatic brain injury in 2002, Thanksgiving took on a whole new meaning. We spent Thanksgiving alone that year, declining offers to travel. I vividly remember the slower pace, the deep significance altering each person's demeanor as we went around the table taking turns to say what we were thankful for. Every response was the same...

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To see the Accompanying Video, CLICK HERE.
What we're reading that you might enjoy ...


Named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post

What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? 

How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?

With astonishing compassion and candor, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon's life. Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions.
(If you decide to buy it, don't forget to use Amazon Smile and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
Quote we are contemplating... 

Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.  
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