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June 2014 Archives

U.S. disability benefits among strictest in the world

If see Social Security Disability Insurance these days, you have probably seen stories about fraud or accusations that administrative law judges rubber stamp applications. It might be easy to get the impression that disability benefits are simply handed out to people even if they are not really disabled – but that impression is far from the truth. In fact, the U.S. has some of the strictest requirements in the world for obtaining disability benefits.

Marfan syndrome ends potential NBA player's career days before draft

Isaiah Austin, a college basketball player, was expected to play in the National Basketball Association. But four days before the NBA draft, the 20-year-old player was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a serious medical impairment that can cause heart and other problems. Austin was diagnosed after an EKG test given during standard testing at the NBA combine showed an abnormality. Additional genetic tests pointed to Marfan syndrome.

Four facts about post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not just stress that occurs after a traumatic event. It’s a serious mental condition that can affect anyone who has lived through trauma, and it can make normal, everyday life impossible. During June, mental health experts and advocates for people with the condition mark post-traumatic stress disorder awareness month. In this blog, we will explain four facts about PTSD.

New VA backlog emerges: Many veterans waiting for health care

It’s no secret that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a lengthy backlog of claims from veterans who are seeking VA disability benefits. The department’s efforts to reduce the number of claims that have been pending for more than 125 days have been in the news for months. In recent weeks, however, reports of a different disturbing backlog have emerged.

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