November 5, 2013 |
Clinical depression is now the second-leading cause of global disability, according to new research, with the highest rates of incidence affecting working-age adults and women more than men. In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Plos Medicine, researchers found that depressive disorders were second only to lower respiratory infections when it came to inflicting the most years of disability on people throughout the world. Rates of depression were highest in Afghanistan and lowest in Japan, while the condition ranked as the top cause of disability in Central America and Central and Southeast Asia.
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May 22, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — Horatius A. Carney spent seven weeks in a military hospital after injuring his knee while in the segregated Army Air Forces. He first filed a disability claim in 1947. He is still waiting for a response. Lisa Scott, an Army communications specialist who served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm and Desert Shield, waited seven years for the Veterans Benefits Administration to approve her disability claim for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Ari Sonnenberg served three tours in Iraq and came home with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD and internal injuries.
July 18, 2011 |
One moment 15-year-old Glen Gregos was a happy-go-lucky kid riding a motorcycle. The next he was the lucky-to-be-alive victim of a terrible accident, paralyzed from the chest down. Now 54 and a resident of Woodland Hills, Gregos has built a rewarding life — college, marriage, a successful banking career, a daughter who just graduated from college. Still, for decades after the accident, Gregos faced challenges every day from simple things most of us take for granted — going to the grocery store, going out the front door.
July 8, 2013 |
Don't expect old age to be all golf and cruises: As Americans live longer and longer, more of us should expect to suffer some sort of independence-threatening disability in the final phase of life, two new studies published online Monday suggest. "The public is bombarded with messages that frailty and disability are not inevitable, and the most popular medical personalities assail the public with health messages that healthy living will lead to a long life free of disability to the end of life," wrote UC San Francisco researcher Dr. Alexander K. Smith and colleagues, in JAMA Internal Medicine ( abstract available here )
March 2, 2014 |
Question: I was severely injured in a car accident. As a result, I am in a lot of pain and unable to work. Social Security accepted my claim, and I now receive monthly disability payments. Unfortunately, this is my only income, and I am on a very tight budget. I recently began looking for a cheaper rental unit but have encountered a problem. Most property owners require tenants to earn at least three times the monthly rent. Because of my inability to work due to my disability, there is no way I can meet this standard.
June 2, 2011 |
Clot-dissolving medications can be given just after a stroke to break up the blood clot and restore blood flow and oxygen to the brain. That translates to a lower risk of permanently disability from the stroke. But fewer than 4% of people who have ischemic strokes are treated with tissue plasminogen activator -- called tPA, according to a new study. The good news is that use of tPA has doubled in the last five years. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati looked at a database of hospital medical records to assess tPA use. In 2005, 1.1% to 1.4% of people suffering from an acute ischemic stroke received tPA. But the number rose to a range of 3.4% to 3.7% in 2009.
May 13, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Sure, “Glee” has Artie and “Friday Night Lights” had Jason Street. But there's been a scarcity of disabled characters in prime-time TV -- in fact, none of the major networks had more than one series regular with a disability in the past season. But that all appeared fated to change on Monday when NBC unveiled its 2013-2014 season at its upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall: No fewer than three new shows feature a main character with a disability.
June 7, 2011 |
For young people all over the world, the most prevalent causes of disability are in the mind. For youth, neuropsychiatric disorders including major depression and alcohol use comprise 45% of the disability burden among young people from 10 to 24 years old, according to a study published online Monday in the Lancet. That's about four times as much as that caused by unintentional injuries (12%) and infectious and parasitic diseases (10%). The study -- the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive look at the young people's global health -- surveyed data from the World Health Organization's 2004 Global Burden of Disease report and looked at men and women in different age groups and whether they were in richer or poorer countries.
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December 12, 1990
The two Long Beach police officers who have received stress disability retirements did not reach that point through their "own alleged misconduct." Their psychological problems stemmed from the media portrayal of their actions. They were vilified, humiliated, whipped, crucified, tried, convicted, and sentenced--and their trial hasn't started yet. Do these officers really stand any chance of a fair trial? I doubt that there is anyone in Southern California who hasn't seen and formed an opinion about the carefully edited videotape that was heralded as truth by the media, or failed to read any of the slanted editorials published after the fact.
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June 29, 1999
Re "High Court Reins In Disability Law's Scope," June 23: As an organ transplant recipient and diabetic, the Supreme Court ruling considers me someone without a disability and able to work, given that I take my daily immunosuppressants (cost partly subsidized by the federal government for only three years) and inject twice daily insulin shots (cost also partly subsidized by the government for three years). However, without protection from discrimination, essentially the new ruling makes it harder for me to either find work or stay in an existing position.