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Don't let low income prevent you from obtaining the medical care you need

It's not uncommon for an injury or illness to worsen over time before it prevents someone from working. In many cases, too, people are reluctant to stop working in order to seek the medical treatment they need.

The reality, though, is that not obtaining appropriate medical care for a disabling mental or physical condition could have two unwanted outcomes: your condition worsens to the point of permanent disability, and your right to Social Security disability benefits could be significantly compromised.

Study looks to determine whether placebos can help cancer survivors

Before dismissing the possibilities afforded by placebos offhand, it's important for people to consider that a multitude of studies have actually documented how they can prove to be incredibly effective for those suffering from a host of medical conditions.

For instance, consider that the American Cancer Society has found evidence suggesting brain activity -- the release of endorphins --- takes place in response to a placebo taken under the guise of helping manage pain.

What did a recent study have to say about global disability rates?

A recently published study in the British-based medical journal The Lancet has shed some much-needed light on the rates of disability not just here in the U.S., but around the world.

Indeed, the researchers, whose efforts were funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found that one disease in particular has made remarkable -- yet highly discouraging -- inroads in both developed and developing countries.

Asthma sufferers 30 and older may be particularly prone to treatment failure

There are a variety of different treatments available for asthma sufferers. Asthma treatments, when effective, can be a big help for asthma sufferers when it comes to maintaining functional abilities. Unfortunately, instances sometimes arise in which asthma treatments are ineffective; some asthma sufferers experience treatment failures.

A recent study indicates that asthma treatment failures may be especially common among asthma sufferers at least 30 years of age. 

How an injectable gel could be used to treat knee injuries

There's a very good chance that either you or someone you know has suffered some sort of knee injury that required more than just a bag of ice and a couple of aspirin to treat.

While chances are good that either you or the person you know made a full recovery thanks to a simple regimen of rest and/or physical therapy, it's possible that more drastic measures proved necessary. Indeed, knee surgery might have been undertaken in an attempt to repair what was eventually diagnosed as torn cartilage.

Securing disability benefits can be difficult, but you're not alone

It's no secret that trying to secure Social Security disability benefits on your own can prove to be an arduous, confusing and ultimately disappointing endeavor.

While some of this can certainly be attributed to the need to complete and submit the all-important and all-perplexing application for disability benefits, at least some of it can also be attributed to the need to navigate the various bureaucratic channels of the Social Security Administration.

Study explores efficacy of oral steroids in treating sciatica

Statistics show that close to one in ten people will suffer from a condition known as sciatica at some point in their life. For those unfamiliar with sciatica, it is typically caused by a herniated or bulging disc in the lower back, and characterized by a sharp, radiating pain in the legs and back.

While there are multiple treatments for sciatica-related pain, including physical therapy and surgery, the one that is undertaken by doctors rather regularly is a regimen of oral steroids.

How much do you know about a life-changing stroke surgery?

According to the National Stroke Association, not only do almost 800,000 people here in the U.S. suffer a new or recurring stroke every year, but strokes are also the nation's fifth leading cause of death. Consider also that strokes are currently the leading cause of disability among U.S. adults.

As disconcerting as all this is, it's important to know that significant advances have been made in the treatment of strokes. Indeed, consider how effective a certain surgical procedure has proven to be.

May is ALS Awareness Month

Thanks to last year's Ice Bucket Challenge, millions of dollars in donations were raised to aid in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. In addition to generating these funds, the challenge served to raise awareness such that more than ever people now have an understanding of just how devastating this condition can prove to be.

While the Ice Bucket Challenge may be over, the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is far from finished. Indeed, May has long been designated ALS Awareness Month.

SSA data shows decline in the number of Americans on disability

If you were to examine the number of Americans who have received Social Security disability benefits over the years, it's likely that you would start to notice a distinct trend: when the nation is experiencing troubled economic times, the number of people on the disability rolls increases, and when our nation is experiencing sustained growth, the number of people on the disability rolls decreases.

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