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February 2014 Archives

People with developmental disabilities struggle to find work

Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities may be eligible financial support through disability benefits such as Supplemental Security Income or other Social Security benefits. But for many people with these disabilities, going to work would be preferable. Unfortunately, a new report found that many people with intellectual disabilities cannot break into the workforce.

Social Security will speed up disability claims by veterans

Veterans who are disabled often can turn to both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). The agencies have different application processes and different eligibility standards, but they have one thing in common: A backlog of cases.

Should women with genetic cancer mutation remove both breasts?

Angelina Jolie raised awareness of a type of gene testing for breast cancer last year when she had her breasts removed to reduce her risk of cancer. Jolie has a mutation in her BRCA 1 gene which dramatically increased her cancer risk. Her mother died of cancer at 56 after a 10-year battle with breast and ovarian cancer. Now a new study suggests that women who find out that they have the gene after being diagnosed with cancer may benefit from having both breasts removed.

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