Disabilities and Special Needs News

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7/12/2017
Taking the Stairs May Soon Get Easier

New high-tech steps 'recycle' climbers' energy, making the ascent less tough, inventors say

4/21/2017
Young Adults With Autism Need Help Managing Money: Study

Many feel unprepared to handle responsibilities such as paying bills on their own

3/6/2017
Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds

Certain conditions linked to greater odds for neglect, bullying

1/25/2017
Should a Mental Disability Keep Patients Off Organ Transplant Lists?

30 members of U.S. Congress request clear guidance on this ethically fraught issue

12/29/2016
Disabled Children Face Bullying Throughout School Years

More must be done to teach them how to respond to aggression, researcher says

12/27/2016
U.S. Families Spend 1.5 Billion Hours Yearly on Kids With Special Health Needs

Care provided by parents adds up to nearly $18 billion in lost wages, study says

10/7/2016
Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors

Study found they enjoyed longer spans without disability even as they lived longer

9/8/2016
Removing Part of Skull After Severe Head Injury Brings Mixed Results

More patients survived, but more were in vegetative state, and little difference was seen in long-term disability

8/3/2016
Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Seniors Has Some Form of Disability

But federal report finds most caregivers view their role as not a 'substantial problem'

7/21/2016
Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability

Study suggests life can be long and healthy, although good genes help a lot

6/13/2016
Diabetes Doesn't Doom Seniors to Disability

Study found increase in 'good' years of life in recent decades

6/9/2016
Americans Living Longer and Better

Improvements in heart and vision care likely behind the progress, study finds

4/19/2016
Americans' Longer Life = Poorer Health

Life spans increased between 1970 and 2010, but disabilities also rose along the way, researchers say

3/21/2016
Most Families Cherish a Child With Down Syndrome, Survey Finds

Only younger siblings struggled in some cases, which researchers said wasn't surprising

3/17/2016
More Older Women Now Living With 'Moderate' Disability, Study Shows

Trend a reversal from the 1980s, researchers say

3/4/2016
Stress of Caring for Sick Spouse May Raise Stroke Risk

Husbands, wives need support to reduce strain, researchers say

3/3/2016
Monkeys Move Robotic Wheelchairs With Their Thoughts

Scientists say technology might one day help severely disabled people who have lost muscle control, mobility

9/21/2015
Though Rare, Some Disabilities Seen Long After Newborn Heart Surgery

Study authors suggest a lack of oxygen before the procedure may play a role

7/30/2015
1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has a Physical, Mental Disability: CDC

Race, poverty and less education linked to increased odds of having a disability

6/4/2015
Study Shows Arthritis' Toll on Work, Social Life

Joint disease plus other chronic health conditions may keep up to one-third affected out of workplace

4/2/2015
Older Mexican-Americans Often Disabled, Study Says

Findings highlight growing need for long-term care

12/2/2014
40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

U.S. government analysis also found 15 percent had three or more problems

5/27/2014
A Walk a Day Keeps Disability at Bay

Study links greater mobility in old age to daily strolls

5/20/2014
Exercise Aids in Stroke Recovery

Regular activity, such as walking, afterwards improves memory and quality of life, suggest experts

5/6/2014
Exercise Could Help Disabled People, But Too Few Are Active: CDC

Lack of workouts increases the risk of chronic diseases, experts say

4/30/2014
Poor Fitness in Middle Age Tied to Early Death Risk in Study

Grip strength, ability to rise from chair and standing balance measured

4/30/2014
Even Routine Housework May Help Stave Off Disability

Study finds benefit in light activity such as housecleaning or a slow stroll

4/29/2014
Caring for Severely Ill Kids May Have Silver Lining

Many parent caregivers show signs of 'post-traumatic growth,' study says

4/7/2014
Muscle Weakness May Persist for Months After ICU Stay

Hospitalized patients who'd been on mechanical ventilators were studied up to 2 years after discharge

4/5/2014
Your Dog Truly Loves Your Scent

Brain scans showed greater response to owners' odor than to those of other people and pets

3/27/2014
Stroke Survivors Deserve Team Care: Statement

Experts call for palliative care to improve patients' quality of life

3/25/2014
Low Back Pain Leading Cause of Disability Worldwide: Study

Nearly 10 percent of people are affected, researchers find

3/19/2014
Partial Skull Removal May Save Older Patients' Lives After Massive Stroke

But disability after surgery is often severe, study finds

3/14/2014
Do Job Hunters Who Stutter Face Bias?

Participants in small British study reported rejection, unsuitable work

3/13/2014
Every Minute Matters With Clot-Busting Stroke Drug: Study

Every 60 seconds shaved off how quickly tPA was given meant patient had one less day of disability

2/27/2014
One-Third of Young Stroke Victims Remain Disabled Years After: Study

Keys to improved function include preventing a 2nd stroke and continuing with rehab, experts say

2/19/2014
Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability, Study Says

For each extra sedentary hour per day, researchers found a 50 percent increased risk

2/4/2014
Eye Condition in Preemies Hints at Risk for Later Disabilities

Study found 'severe retinopathy of prematurity' raised risk of motor problems, mental impairment, hearing loss

1/27/2014
Twenty U.S. Kids Hospitalized Each Day for Gun Injuries: Study

Nearly a third of these shootings are accidental, study finds

1/17/2014
FDA Approves Genetic Test That Helps Explain Developmental Problems in Kids

Experts caution that it should only be given to young children when problems first appear

12/17/2013
Rural Cancer Survivors May Retire Sooner, Get Less Paid Disability

Vermont study compared their work lives to those of urban peers

12/12/2013
Two-Thirds of Seniors Need Help With Some Part of Daily Living

Study finds they rely on other people or special devices to complete routine tasks

11/11/2013
More Evidence Ties Obesity to Disability in Older Women

Studies found higher risks for heart disease, mobility problems and early death

10/30/2013
Walking Speed a Good Gauge of MS Disability, Study Says

This measurement may reflect ability to perform everyday household activities

10/25/2013
Good News for Caregivers: You May Live Longer

Study found 9-month survival advantage for family members helping ill or disabled relatives

10/24/2013
Stroke Affecting Younger People Worldwide, Study Shows

Preventive measures urgently needed to reverse this trend, researchers say

9/27/2013
HEALTH REFORM: Medicaid Expansion Will Allow More to Get More

Those with low incomes or limited means can now seek affordable coverage, advocates say

9/23/2013
Daily Tasks a Challenge for Many Older Breast Cancer Patients

Physical therapy could help these women, study authors say

9/13/2013
8/29/2013
Kids' Attitudes Toward Disabled People Improve With Contact

More empathy, less anxiety pave way for better relationships, study finds