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April 2013 Archives

Study: Soft drink consumption causes higher risk of diabetes

Diabetes is a disabling condition that affects millions of people in California and the rest of the United States. In some cases, diabetes can become so severe that it prevents a person from working full time. When this happens, diabetes sufferers may be able to collect Social Security Disability benefits to help supplement their income.

Council on Disability says it's time to change SSI

Supplemental Security Income is a need-based program for adults and children who are disabled. Like Social Security Disability Insurance, applicants must demonstrate that they have a qualifying disability. But to qualify for SSI, individuals also have to meet that they are below as certain income and asset level.

Lawsuit filed by administrative law judges against SSA over quotas

A union representing the administrative law judges who decide disability benefit cases has sued the Social Security Administration over the case quotas the judges are required to meet. The lawsuit alleges that the quotas, which require each judge to decide between 500 and 700 cases per year, violate the independence of the judges as well as the due process rights of applicants.

Treatment for cerebral palsy might not be far off

Cerebral palsy is a disabling condition that affects hundreds of thousands of children in California and the rest of the United States. Oftentimes, cerebral palsy is caused before birth by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain. It generally leads to impairments in movement and can also cause developmental brain abnormalities, hearing and vision problems or seizures.

Study examines links between Vitamin D, birth month and MS

According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology, the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) could be impacted by the month in which a child is born. MS is a neurological condition that causes the body's own immune system to attack the central nervous system.

Study: Antibiotic could lessen effects of fragile X syndrome

Fragile X syndrome is the most common known cause of inherited intellectual disability. It is a genetic disorder primarily affects boys and results in a spectrum of intellectual disabilities, including autism and mental retardation. Fragile X syndrome can affect physical features, intellectual development, behavior as well as social skills.

Hollywood shines spotlight on mental impairments once again

Hollywood has produced many movies highlighting inspiring characters with mental disabilities and is likely about to do so again with the sequel to "Finding Nemo," called "Finding Dory." As anyone who has watched the Nemo version knows, Dory is a little fish with short-term memory loss, a condition that many Americans suffer from.

Many families struggle with financial demands of autism

Today is International Autism Awareness Day. Autism is a developmental disorder that can cause major communication, social and behavioral barriers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One in 88 children is believed to have a developmental disorder on the Autism spectrum, and boys are five times as likely as girls to be diagnosed.

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