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What is the Social Security Appeals Council?

Applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance are routinely denied when they initially apply for disability benefits. After a lengthy wait, many are approved after a hearing with an administrative law judge. Not all applicants are approved, however. If your disability application was denied by an administrative law judge, you may consider appealing to the Social Security Appeals Council.

New research could lead to better schizophrenia treatment

Huge developments have occurred medicine in recent decades, but not for schizophrenia.  People who live with this debilitating disease often receive treatments that are based on developments from the 1950s. Researchers say new research into the genetic components of this disease could lead to a better understanding of the causes and new treatments.

Can Social Security be reformed in time to save disability program?

The Social Security Administration has released its annual report of the financial health of its retirement and disability programs. As with previous reports, the 2004 annual report and news reports about it paint a bleak picture of the financial future of the disability program. But the future of the program could be strengthened with reforms.

Miss Idaho's insulin pump inspires others with Type 1 diabetes

Sierra Sandison is 20 years old and has Type 1 diabetes. She is also the new Miss Idaho. Last week, she made national headlines after wearing an insulin pump attached to her bikini bottom during the swimsuit competition of the Miss Idaho pageant.

Are there age requirements for SSDI benefits?

Disability can strike a worker of any age. Fortunately, there is no minimum age to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Young workers who meet the agency’s definition of disabled can qualify for benefits as long as they meet Social Security’s work requirements.

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.

What is Social Security's Listing of Impairments?

If you are applying for disability benefits from Social Security because of a medical condition that prevents you from working, the agency's Listing of Impairments will be an important part of the agency's decision making process. The list, also called the Blue Book, contains information about medical conditions that are so severe that Social Security will automatically consider you disabled if you can meet the condition outlined in the list.

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