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March 2014 Archives

No. 1 cause of disability worldwide: Back pain

If you suffer from back pain, you're not alone. Nearly 1 in 10 people struggle with lower back pain. Low back problems are a major cause of disability in the U.S. - and throughout the world. In fact, they are the single largest cause of disability worldwide, a new study has found.

Disabled veterans made up nearly 1/4 of U.S. Paralympics team

After the Olympics end, a different, equally intense Olympics begins. The Paralympics bring together disabled athletes from around the world. Veterans who received life-changing injuries make a strong presence on the U.S. team.

Federal legislation would help disabled people to save money

Advocates for people with disabilities are renewing their push for a federal law that would allow people with disabilities or their families to open a special savings account to pay for some long-term expenses. The bill is called the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, or ABLE, and it would be similar to the 529 program, which allows families to save for college education.

Dealing with depression and anxiety and disability

Depression and anxiety are common illnesses in people who are applying for Social Security disability benefits. These mental illnesses can be serious enough to qualify for benefits when they prevent someone from working. For others, anxiety or depression can accompany other disabling medical conditions. Finding effective treatments for these illnesses can be challenging, as one woman’s story shows.

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