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July 2013 Archives

Study: Many young people with cerebral palsy suffer chronic pain

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects many young people in the United States. It is often caused by a birth injury or otherwise abnormal development in the immature brain, according to the Mayo Clinic. The first symptoms of cerebral palsy occur right away, often during infancy or toddler years. Parents may notice impaired movement, abnormal posture, involuntary movement or trouble walking.

Simple test for fibromyalgia could be on the way

Fibromyalgia is a condition that the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases estimates is a condition suffered by about 5 million Americans. The main symptoms experienced by people with fibromyalgia include persistent pain and fatigue as well as disrupted sleep and memory or thought problems.

Senators introduce bill expediting SSDI for terminally ill

Many people are surprised to learn that there is a five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance after being approved. However, what's unfair is that this waiting period prevents some people with terminal illnesses from ever receiving the benefits. Two members of the U.S. Senate would like to change that.

Report: Health care workers suffer most illnesses and injuries

According to a new report by the national advocacy group Public Citizen, health care workers suffer more illnesses and injuries related to their jobs than workers in other industries, but the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is relatively lax on health care facilities. The report states that OSHA has "broken its promise" to health care workers with safe work environments.

The gamble taken by working individuals with disabilities

Forbes recently featured an interesting article by the co-founder and chief operating officer of a staffing company that focuses on recruiting people with disabilities. In the article, the woman said her eyes were recently opened to a scary reality for people with disabilities: It becomes difficult to qualify for disability benefits if the benefits have been turned down in the past.

Many people with lupus depend on SSDI benefits

Even though a person's chances of living with lupus for five years or more has increase from 50 percent in the 1950s to 95 percent today, the disabling condition is still very hard to endure for the approximate 1.5 million Americans who live with it. Luckily, in cases where the disease hinders a person's ability to work, he or she is often able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Medical research may give fibrobmyalgia patients relief

Nearly 10 million people in the United States are dealing with the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has identified a number of symptoms related to this illness, yet medical researchers have yet to pinpoint exactly why it occurs.

Smithsonian focuses on disability history in new online exhibit

Disabled people make up a large percentage of our population, but for many decades they have not been fairly represented in history and society. Thankfully, that is beginning to change. In an example of this, the National Museum of American History recently unveiled a new exhibition that focuses on the many issues that affect the disabled community, including laws, movements, stereotypes and technology.

SSD benefits provide lifeline for those with depression

As any sufferer of a mood disorder can attest to, mental impairments can be especially debilitating. For instance, mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder can incapacitate a person to the point in which he or she has difficulty concentrating, remembering pertinent facts or even getting out of bed in the morning. Sadly, many types of mental and mood disorders can make it virtually impossible for sufferers to perform the essential work functions needed to keep a job.

Recipients of SSI benefits experience recent payment disruption

In the early morning hours yesterday, many recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits discovered that they were unable to access newly deposited SSI funds, although it was later discovered that system outages may be to blame for the delay.

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