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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.
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.
July 8, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
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 )
November 5, 2013 | By Monte Morin
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.
June 2, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
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.
October 24, 1999
As a person with a handicapped placard, I take offense at Richard Deight's comments (Letters, Sept. 28) that handicapped parking is unfair to 98% of the public. I earned mine at Okinawa; many others earned theirs in the battles fought for 100% of the public. There is also the matter of those unfortunate enough to have a disability that requires them to need help. The fact that some uncaring people take advantage of the handicapped parking situation is a police matter that is overlooked in the press of fighting crime.
June 7, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
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.
May 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
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.
September 24, 1997 | JEFF KASS
An automobile accident left Said N. Abdelsayed in a wheelchair, without any feeling in his legs. But it also opened up a world of painting to Abdelsayed, one of three artists whose works are on display in Very Special Arts California's first gallery showing. The gallery opened Sept. 6 in the MainPlace/Santa Ana mall in the former Wherehouse Records location.
January 29, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: For several years I have been undergoing psychotherapy for a nervous illness, which has now been diagnosed as a general anxiety disorder. I live at an apartment complex that does not allow pets, but my psychiatrist has recently urged me to get a companion animal, which she thinks would give me a positive relationship that would alleviate my anxiety. A friend helped me find a very nice cocker spaniel puppy that was up for adoption. I asked my community manager to allow me to adopt this dog and bring him to live with me. The manager refused, telling me that he was only obligated to allow a service animal such as a guide dog. He said he did not have to accommodate a pet that merely kept me company.
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