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June 2012 Archives

Supreme Court health care ruling a win for disability advocates

In one of the most significant decisions to pass in decades, the Supreme Court approved the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," Congress' first successful attempt at a comprehensive federal law to govern the nation's health care system. While the law has left some in protest, it has been considered a step in the right direction by disability advocates in California and nationwide.

Insurance company denies wheelchair to boy who can't sit up

Those with serious disabilities often face bureaucratic struggles with their insurance companies, when applying for benefits, and when seeking out assistance from both government and private organizations. In another case that lead to frustration and complications for one family, a boy with cerebral palsy who could not walk or sit up on his own was told that he does not need a wheelchair.

Ketamine used to treat bipolar disorder and depression

Ketamine is a recreational drug, also a drug commonly used as surgical anesthesia. A new study found that the drug taken by injection also improves moods within minutes for individuals with bipolar disorder. Patients who are diagnosed as bipolar or with depression may have very serious symptoms, including thoughts of suicide. For suffers in California and nationwide, mental illness requires ongoing medical treatment. It can also leave patients in need of Social Security disability benefits.

Veterans use pot to ease symptoms of PTSD

Many combat veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, an affliction that can result in mood and personality disorders, sensitivities to sound and light and other reflexes that make day-to-day living stressful and difficult. For healthcare professionals, treating PTSD is complicated and has used a variety of treatments and therapies, including prescription medication and counseling. Now, many veterans have found that the use of marijuana eases the symptoms and helps them cope with day-to-day life.

New reality show challenges common notions about disability

For those who are not confronted in their day-to-day lives with disability, there may be many misconceptions. The makers of a new reality show hope to dispel common stereotypes and show a different side of disability. "Push Girls" gives viewers a firsthand account of what life is like for four women who have been disabled by illness or injury. The show follows them through daily activities and gives them the opportunity to confront their challenges with an audience, from putting on make-up to starting their own families.

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