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May 2012 Archives

Benefits denied for posthumously conceived survivors

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that a man's children conceived by artificial insemination after his death cannot receive Social Security survivor benefits. A woman used her husband's frozen sperm to conceive after his death and gave birth to twins. The man died 18 months before his children were born.

Social Security disability for veterans and their loved ones

On Memorial Day, we take the time to honor our veterans and the sacrifices made by their loved ones. In serving our country, many veterans are left with severe and debilitating injuries. Veterans in California and nationwide may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Marijuana may alleviate multiple sclerosis pain

Patients suffering from nervous disorders and other painful diseases have often said that the use of marijuana helps with symptoms. Now a clinical trial suggests that there may be a legitimate medical reason.

Bleak employment rates for young autistic adults

Autism is often related to severe disabilities that can affect the ability to work. According to a recent report, one in three adults with autism have no paid job experience, or advanced education nearly seven years after graduation. This poses a serious problem to the autistic community as well as their families who are strapped with the financial burden of supporting their adult children. Families in California with children who suffer from autism may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits.

Schizophrenia linked to mothers' gluten sensitivity

While there is no known cause for schizophrenia, researchers have found a link between a woman's gluten sensitivity and the risk of a baby developing psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. New evidence suggests that children of women with sensitivities to gluten have a doubled risk of developing a psychiatric disorder.

Better trauma care could prevent permanent disabilities

Many disabilities are caused by severe injury to the head or spinal cord in accidents or falls. New research shows that individuals who are treated at high-level trauma centers are less likely to walk away with serious disabilities. Currently, San Diego, California offers some of the highest quality trauma care in the world, however there currently is no statewide coordinated system for high-level care.

Personalized online statements now made available by SSA

It is not surprising that computers play an essential role in monitoring individual data by The Social Security Administration and other federal agencies. Now the SSA is giving millions of American adults with Social Security numbers to access a personalized statement about their reported income and anticipated benefits. This is a convenient way for those who collect benefits or who are seeking to collect benefits to access their statements online.

Type 2 diabetes causes earlier complications and disability

Doctors and other health professionals have paid increased attention to Type 2 diabetes, the form of diabetes linked to youth. As obesity rates have climbed in children, so has the documented incidence of Type 2 diabetes. Now experts think that the disease is more widespread and progressing more rapidly than once anticipated. The disease is also more aggressive in children and harder to treat.

Cancer survivor petitions for disability reform

After being diagnosed with fibrolamellar, a rare form of liver cancer, a woman is speaking out on behalf of cancer patients and survivors seeking disability benefits. Her grassroots work includes circulating a petition asking Congress to raise the resource limit on Supplemental Security Income be raised from $2,000 to $20,000 (to prevent the sale assets for qualification), and to take into account entire working career, not just the 10 years previous to application.

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