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Beta Interferons Treatment and MS

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a potentially debilitating disease that causes inflammatory damage around the axons of the brain and spinal cord. This damage to the myelin sheath called the “demyelination” can cause loss of sensitivity, tingling, pins and needles, numbness, muscle weakness, spasm, difficulty moving with coordination, balance, speech and digestive problems. Beta Interferon has been used as one of the first line “disease modifying treatments” but, unfortunately, researchers at the University of British Columbia are reporting that there is “no strong evidence of a significant association between using Beta Interferons in MS in delaying long term disability progression”. If you have...

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Social Security Administration Ruling on Fibromyalgia

The Social Security Administration has issued a Social Security ruling (SSR 12-2p) on the evaluation of fibromyalgia. This new rule, which is effective July 25, 2012, states that: “fibromyalgia is a medically determinable impairment when it is established by appropriate medical evidence”. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia must be made by a licensed physician who using the “1990 American College of Rheumatology Criteria” or the “Classification of Fibromyalgia” or the “2010 American College of Rheumatology Preliminary Diagnostic Criteria”. The Social Security Administration will also complete a longitudinal "view site" review of the doctors’ treatment notes and your symptoms. Once it’s...

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Macular Degeneration and Your Rights to Long Term Disability Benefits

Macular Degeneration Long Term Disability

Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD), can effect apart of your eye called the Macula. AMD can make things look blurry or wavy and can even lead to a blind spot in your central vision. If you have an individual disability policy or group disability policy, you may be entitled to long term disability benefits for the loss of central vision from AMD. Millions of people over age 50 have vision loss from AMD and as a result are unable to focus on anything right in front of them. Obviously, not being able to focus makes basic tasks difficult or impossible. The loss...

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Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits for a Visual Disorder

If you have been diagnosed with a visual impairment, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Visual disorders can include degenerative conditions, diabetic retinopathy, or cancer. If you have these difficulties and are unable to work for 12 months or longer, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. SSDI is a disability insurance program that is funded as a result of withholdings from your paycheck. SSDI can provide you with monthly income if you are under full retirement age and can no longer work because of visual impairment. Visual impairments and the Social Security Disability claim’s process. The Social...

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Treatment Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Your Rights to Long Term Disability Benefits

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and your treatment involves chemotherapy, you may physical, emotional and psychological side effects from this treatment. Common chemotherapy side effects include: - Fatigue and anemia: fatigue, extreme tiredness is one of the most common side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. You may have difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly. Anemia happens when the chemotherapy decreases your bone marrow ability to make red blood cells resulting in a reduced amount of oxygen transported to all parts of your body. - Pain: Pain is a common side effect of cancer and can be caused by a tumor...

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Type One Diabetes and Your Rights to Long Term Disability Benefits

Type One diabetes can be a disabling condition that prevents you from working. During your illness, treatment and recovery, long term disability benefits may be able to help you offset lost wages if you purchased a disability plan from a private insurer or have coverage through an employer. If you have been diagnosed with Type One diabetes there are many complications of your disease that the long term disability carriers fail to consider. According to a report from the Doctor’s Lounge, when medical researchers tracked a group of Type One diabetics, many suffered from complications: 57% developed eye problems, 13% developed...

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Cervical dystonia, known as spasmodic torticollis, is characterized by neck muscles that contract involuntarily, causing abnormal movements in posture of the head and neck.  Spasms in the neck muscles or pinched nerves in your neck can result in pain and discomfort.  It can even spread into the shoulders. One of the most effective treatments for cervical dystonia is Botox injections into the muscles, and oral medication. Treatment can also involve selective denervation surgery and even deep brain stimulation surgery. If your physician has told you that you are unable to work as a result of cervical dystonia, and you purchased a long-term disability...

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Gene Therapies Trained to Kill Cancer

In a bold new experiment at the University of Pennsylvania, doctors removed a billion of William Ludwig’s T-Cells. T-Cells are white blood cells that fight viruses and tumors. The T-Cells were given new genes that were programmed to attack his cancer. The altered cells were then dripped back into Mr. Ludwig’s veins and, after a few weeks, his leukemia was gone. According to an article in the New York Times: Science Times there was “no trace of it anywhere, no leukemic cells in his blood or bone marrow, no more bulging lymph nodes on his CT scans.” This treatment was described...

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Programming Your Immune System to Kill Cancer

If cancer has prevented you from working for a long period of time, you may be able to recover long term disability benefits. A report from the New England Journal of Medicine and Science Translational Medicine has reported on a novel treatment developed at the University of Pennsylvania that could signify a turning point in physicians’ struggle to develop effective gene therapies. Denise Grady, reporter for the New York Times, has written an article “An Immune System Trained to Kill Cancer” that explains how Dr. Carl June, who led the research at the University of Pennsylvania, was stunned with the results of...

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What Every Woman Should Know About the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

The symptoms of ovarian cancer in the early stages are not often acute or intense. In most cases, ovarian cancer isn’t detected during a routine pelvic exam unless the doctor knows that the ovaries are enlarged. Potential symptoms of ovarian cancer can include: Bloating Pelvic abdominal pain Trouble eating or feeling full quickly Feeling the need to urinate urgently Fatigue Upset stomach or heartburn Back pain Pain during sex Unfortunately, the PAP Test won’t detect ovarian cancer as it is only used to detect cancer of the cervix. Screening tests can include: Pelvic exam Transvaginal Sonography C1025 Test If you have been diagnosed...

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