What we are working on, looking at, thinking about, and inspired by. 

BIAMD's 5-Thoughts Friday - 11/11/2016
Today is Veteran's Day. 

Please be sure to shake the hand of every Veteran you know or meet today and thank them for their service. 
Here are the 5 things we thought were worth sharing with you this week:
People we are watching that we thought we thought you might be interested in as well...

From BrainlineMilitary.org, 
31 Strategies for Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Melissa Johnson and her husband, Sean, were married in 1995 and raised their three children in Aberdeen, SD. Melissa taught for 15 years in Special Education and First Grade. Sean served in the US Army and was deployed three times in his 24-year career in the military. Sean was injured by a mortar blast on March 25, 2006, in Balad, Iraq. The blast resulted in a traumatic brain injury. Sean is also legally blind and struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.

When Sean returned home in 2007, the family struggled to adjust to this "new" man in their house. Melissa eventually left her teaching job to become a full-time caregiver to her husband.  She has become a certified caregiver through the VA's Caregiver Program and is  the author of the blog "Bringing the Battle Home".

In this post she shares 31 tips and strategies she uses to help her husband cope with his TBI in a more effective manner.

To read Melissa and Sean's brilliant strategies, CLICK HERE.
What we saw that we thought you should know...

(photo credit_ Graphic by Al Granberg_ Krista Kjellman-Schmidt_ and ProPublica).

The brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts from high explosives in combat, have been found to have microscopic scarring in the star-shaped cells that line the junctions between their gray and white matter, change patterns previously undetected by medical imaging such as CT or  MRI scans.

Most significant, researchers for the study, published June 9 in the scientific journal  Lancet Neurology, found that the brains of three veterans who died just days after blast exposure showed signs of trying to repair themselves from this microscopic damage.

The findings are the first physical evidence of brain injury resulting from exposure to high explosives, damage that has been called an "invisible wound," since it does not show up on any tests or scans.
To read more about this study,  CLICK HERE

On going research we are watching that we thought we thought you might be interested in as well...


The longitudinal patient-centered AURORA study - the largest study of its kind - will trace the development of post-traumatic stress, minor traumatic brain injury symptoms, chronic pain, and depression, to create new diagnostic tools and treatment interventions.

More than 2.5 million Americans have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Among these veterans, chronic problems with brain health are common, including post-traumatic stress, minor traumatic brain injury symptoms, chronic pain, and depression. 

These same problems are common among civilian survivors of traumatic events such as motor vehicle collision and sexual assault. For the first time, researchers from across the country will join together to comprehensively evaluate the biological basis of these disorders from the immediate aftermath of trauma, thanks to a $21-million National Institutes of Health grant. 

The goal is to create more effective interventions for trauma survivors.

For more on this exciting research program, CLICK HERE
What we're reading that you might enjoy ...

Brain Rules : 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School 

Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know-like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best.
How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget-and so important to repeat new knowledge? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule-what scientists know for sure about how our brains work-and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

(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... 

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. 
Hey, Did you Miss this Quarter's Edition of BIAMD's Headway Newsletter?
No worries.  Click HERE! 

Did you enjoy 5-Thoughts Friday?  If so, please forward this email to a friend!  Got a story we need to follow or share? Send it to info@biamd.org

Want to find a story from a past 5 Thoughts Friday, visit the archive by clicking HERE

Please let us know your requests and suggestions by emailing us at info@biamd.org or contacting us on Twitter.   

Which bullet above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Let us know! Just  send a tweet to @biamd1  and put #5ThoughtsFriday in there so we can find it.

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend.
BIAMD LINKS | Brain Injury Association of Maryland  | 800.221.6443 | info@biamd.org | www.biamd.org