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Why you should get tested for diabetes, the silent killer

Tuesday was the American Diabetes Association's Alert Day, a day dedicated to convincing people to get checked to see if they're at risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test. The American Diabetes Association explained that about 24 million people in California and the rest of the United States have diabetes but around 25 percent don't know it.

Back injuries No. 2 reason for doctor visits

Back injuries are disabling impairments that affect countless people in California and the rest of the nation. In fact, back pain is the No. 2 most common reason for doctor visits in the United States. Not only can a back or joint impairment affect a person's day-to-day life, it can also prevent a person from working.

Research suggests treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome

Even though chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects about a million people in California and the rest of the United States, there are many unknowns about the conditions. The condition, which is most common in women between the ages of 40 and 60, can lead to a wide range of symptoms including fatigue, brain fog and emotional problems.

Study: Many medical facilitates not accessible to disabled

In order for a disabled person to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, he or she needs to have the condition documented by a doctor or other licensed health care provider. Unfortunately, a new study determined that many doctors' offices are inaccessible to people with special needs, making a diagnosis -- and health care accessibility -- nearly impossible.

Study: Type 1 diabetes can affect marriage

Diabetes is a disease that can affect all aspects of a person's life. Sometimes, diabetes can prevent a person from working full time. When this happens, it may be possible to receive Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits to supplement income.

Study: More attention should be paid to mental health

The brain is just another part of the body, but it is often ignored in routine health screenings. That shouldn't be so, doctors from around the world are saying. Instead, a new study from the United Kingdom is suggesting that mental health should be prioritized in routine health exams that often focus on physical wellbeing.

What Dwight Howard can teach us about back injuries

After suffering a back impairment last season, Los Angeles Lakers veteran Dwight Howard said he returned to the court before he was completely healed, which is why he has struggled this season. Howard suffered a herniated disk in his lower back and had surgery last spring to repair it.

Documentary follows disabled young person into adulthood

In a documentary-style series, the television network MTV is exploring what it is like for a young person with a disability to transition into adulthood and independent living. The show follows a 21-year-old who has autism and ADHD.

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