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Could a glass of wine a day keep depression away?

According to a Spanish study, drinking alcohol in moderation -- specifically, wine -- could help prevent depression. The lead researcher on the study, who is the chair of the department of preventive medicine and public health at the University of Navarra, said the link could be similar to that between wine in moderation and heart disease.

Beating carpal tunnel syndrome at your desk job

Most people wouldn't consider working at a computer all day to be a dangerous job; however, a serious injury called carpal tunnel syndrome is common among office workers and other workers who engage in repetitive motions during the workday.

Study: Eating fish could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects a person's hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis is different from traditional arthritis or osteoarthritis because it affects the lining of your joints. It can cause painful swelling that eventually results in bone erosion and joint deformity.

Money a major concern for many with brain injuries

After a traumatic brain injury has occurred, time is of the essence. In fact, many brain injury patients are told that they only have about 18 months to recover the memory and thinking skills that they lost as a result of their injury. After that, the damage can be permanent.

How the Affordable Care Act could affect the disabled

For many people with serious disabilities, extensive therapy can help improve their quality of life immensely. Known as “habilitative services," many disabled individuals meet with therapists routinely in effort to improve daily living skills.

New Labor Department rules could help disabled workers

Last week, we wrote about the fact that the unemployment rate continues to rise among the disabled population in America, meaning that it is very difficult for disabled individuals to transition from relying on Social Security Disability benefits to gainful employment and self-sufficiency.

SSA to stop using term 'mental retardation'

Social Security officials have decided that the Social Secuirty Administration will be the latest government agency to stop using the term "mental retardation." Instead, the term “intellectual disability" will be used in its place, a final rule in the Federal Register announced last week.

Unemployment rate continues to rise among disabled Americans

Everyone knows that finding a job has been difficult for the past several years. But finding a job can be extremely difficult when you have a disability. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that even though there were 162,000 jobs added to the U.S. economy last month, most of the jobs were out of reach for Americans with disabilities.

Classical musicians suffer injuries like professional athletes

The Los Angeles Times recently featured an interesting article on the injuries that plague many classical musicians. Although one wouldn't immediately think of classical music as being inherently dangerous, the truth is that many classical musicians suffer serious injuries as a result of their hours of practice and performance.

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