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Parkinson's patients are fighting back against the disease, literally
It's a cruel irony that John Moulton, a 65-year-old massage therapist from Harpswell, received a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease last fall, just as he was preparing for an active retirement. For a guy who built a hands-on career helping people cope with pain, stiffness and impaired mobility, the diagnosis is particularly galling.
PBS To Broadcast Autism Documentary
The sensory experiences of people on the spectrum take center stage in a new documentary set to air on television. In what the film’s creators say is a first, “Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” looks at autism through the lens of taste, smell, touch, sight and sound.
Trump's 'Skinny Budget' Sows Uncertainty For Disability Programs
Deep cuts to domestic spending outlined in a budget plan released by the White House this week could have big implications for people with developmental disabilities. The White House Office of Management and Budget unveiled a 62-page so-called “skinny budget” on Thursday offering a look at the Trump administration’s fiscal priorities for 2018.
Disabled Americans Have the Most to Fear Under RepubliCare
Recognizing that they don't have the votes for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans opted for a reconciliation bill that effectively picks the ACA apart, turning it into legislative Swiss cheese. At this point, it seems to provide more questions than answers about the future of health care in America.
For The VA's Broken Health System, The Fix Needs A Fix
Two years ago Congress created the Veterans Choice Program after scandals revealed that some veterans were waiting months to get essential medical care. The $10 billion program was designed to get veterans care quickly by letting them choose a doctor outside the VA system. Now Congress and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are pushing through new legislation to fix the program.
When An Autism Diagnosis Comes In Adulthood
Earlier this year NPR Weekend Edition profiled three families and their experiences after a child was diagnosed with autism. Among the responses were many from people who didn't get diagnosed until they were adults. Some had suspicions about their condition growing up. For others, the diagnosis was as much of a revelation as it was a relief.
Dementia rate fell 44 percent since late 1970s
Dementia is on the decline, according to a new analysis of health records from thousands of people in one Massachusetts town.
Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning
Losing your sense of smell may mark the start of memory problems and possibly Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.
What it's like to live with an invisible disability
Some disabilities are visible, and some are not. And for college students trying to balance their education and their health, invisible disabilities pose unique difficulties.
Porous material holds promise for prosthetics, robots
Cornell researchers have developed a new lightweight and stretchable material with the consistency of memory foam that has potential for use in prosthetic body parts, artificial organs and soft robotics.
Free Outdoor Yoga Event for Brain Injury Survivors
The Brain Matters yoga event will be an inclusive, accessible program focused on the benefits of yoga for survivors of brain injury.
Study Adds Piece to the Alzheimer's Puzzle
More than 5 million people currently suffer from Alzheimer's disease in the United States based on estimates from the Alzheimer's Association; by 2050 close to 14 million people in the U.S. will have this terrible disease.
The Race to Build a Real-Life Version of the "Star Trek" Tricorder
In 1966, “Star Trek” introduced the tricorder as, in essence, a plot device. Like the transporter, which could “beam” people between starships and planets without asking the audience to sit through lengthy landing sequences, the tricorder could rapidly diagnose medical conditions and suggest treatments, keeping the story moving. With a wave of this fictional device, a Starfleet crew member could get a comprehensive medical analysis without having to be admitted to the ship’s sick bay.
YMCA of Southern Maine: Adaptive services
It's a program that started 13 years ago at the YMCA of Southern Maine, as a way to give some extra support to people living with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities. Today, those who run Adaptive Services Program, say it's simply changing lives.
Panel Recommends Medical Pot For ALS, Ulcerative Colitis
A board of physicians on Wednesday recommended adding Lou Gehrig's disease and ulcerative colitis to the existing list of medical conditions that make a patient eligible to use medical marijuana in Connecticut.
"Liquid Biopsies" Offer New Promises in Cancer Detection and Monitoring
Traditionally, if you'd need a cancer biopsy taken, the doctor has to cut and analyze a piece of the actual tumor - but that might change very soon. A new and potentially life-changing method is being tested in labs across the United States.
Apple ResearchKit Turns iPhones Into Medical Diagnostic Devices
Medical research is plagued by small sample sizes and inconsistent data collection. So Apple is stepping up to help health innovation with Research Kit, a new iOS software framework that lets people volunteer to join medical research studies.
People With 'Invisible Disabilities' Fight For Understanding
Some disabilities are more obvious than others. Many are immediately apparent, especially if someone relies on a wheelchair or cane. But others - known as "invisible" disabilities - are not.
Learning disability GP health checks 'show results'
A scheme getting GPs to offer health checks to patients with learning disabilities in England is helping to pick up problems, research suggests.
Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts rule
Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU's highest court has ruled. The court said that if obesity could hinder "full and effective participation" at work then it could count as a disability.
Skin Patches Enable Smartphone-Controlled Pain Relief
The new development of a flexible smart patch could eventually enable users to wirelessly control the exact temperature of their heat therapy with their smartphones.
Simple blood test could detect breast cancer
A metal-detecting blood test that can give vital early warning of breast cancer is being developed by Oxford University scientists
Why Google's Cancer-Detecting Pill Is More Than Just Hype
A device worn on the outside of the body can detect the nanoparticles and provide useful information to physicians. Google is hoping to build nanoparticles that can detect cancers inside your body - and notify a wearable computer on your wrist.
The Defibrillator Drone Is Another Good Drone Idea But Will It Work?
Alec Momont says that he hopes the drone will “save hundreds of lives in the next five years,” but he’s got a lot of technology and regulation to work through before he can make that happen.
100th birth anniversary of Jonas Salk, who pioneered the first polio vaccine
The story of the vaccine’s development is just one part of a rich and intertwined history of scientific discovery and controversy
XPrize Announces Finalists Building Next-Gen Medical Sensors
The Eigen Lifescience team is building a mobile clinical lab that plugs into a smartphone.
Researchers Gain Autism Insight By Studying Broccoli
Broccolli continues to be known as a superfood that holds essential nutrients. Yet recent findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reveal that this vegetable could help to reduce symptoms associated with autism.
Wearables Won't Just Measure Your Mood, They Will Fix It
What if you could strap on a wearable that could adjust your energy level, stress level, or ability to concentrate directly, without requiring you to lace up your running shoes, suck down a cup of coffee or tipple a glass of vino?
Mantis Shrimp Eyes Inspire Cameras to See Cancer
Millions of years of evolution have given the Mantis shrimp compound eyes to spot delicious meals that it can either spear or club to death in its underwater environment. More recently, the natural design of those eyes has inspired a new camera sensor that could spot cancer cells inside patients' bodies.
Social Security's Strict Disability Rules
Projections that the Social Security Disability Insurance fund will run dry in two years, coupled with high-profile fraud cases, have many thinking that SSDI beneficiaries are milking the system while they lollygag on Jet Skis and pilot helicopters.
Dealing with Dementia
Dementia in its different guises is a very difficult condition to handle for carer and patient alike. People with dementia can be disorientated, confused and frightened whilst their carers can experience feelings of being overwhelmed by the challenge of caring for somebody that increasingly doesn't understand what’s happening.
The FDA Takes On Mobile Health Apps
Consumers can now download medical apps for at-home monitoring of just about any obscure ailment, and apps for general wellness, diet, and fitness are proliferating. According to one recent count, the iTunes app store now contains 13 000 health and wellness apps. 

Apple's HealthKit to be used in medical trials at Stanford, Duke
Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple Inc's HealthKit, offering a glimpse of how the iPhone maker's ambitious take on health care will work in practice.
Early Therapeutic Intervention may Reverse Autism in Babies
A small new study suggests that the infants as young as 6 months old who revealed signs of autism, apt treatment provided by parents seemed to prevent developmental delays by age 3 in most of the toddlers.
Researchers reverse autism symptoms in mice by paring extra synapses
Neuroscientists reported on Thursday that, at least in lab mice, a drug that restores the healthy "synaptic pruning" that normally occurs during brain development also reverses autistic-like behaviors such as avoiding social interaction.
Diabetes-related amputations more common in poor areas
People with diabetes who live in the poorest areas are about twice as likely to end up with their legs or feet amputated than those living in the wealthiest areas, according to a new study.
Seeing the Child, Not the Disability
Health Disparities Project
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'Selfie' of woman's mini-stroke helps doctors make diagnosis
A Canadian woman may have saved her own life by recording her stroke with her smartphone, CBC News reported.
Disability Insurance: The Overlooked Employee Benefit
Does your pay stub include the cryptic three-letter code LTD with a tiny dollar amount that’s deducted each pay period? It stands for long-term disability insurance, and it pays to have it to provide for your family when you can’t work because of an injury or an illness like cancer.
Algorithms Outperform Diabetics at Blood Sugar Control
Doing math or any other mental activity when you have low blood sugar is a recipe for errors. For sufferers of Type 1 diabetes, who must track and adjust their own blood sugar levels, it can mean more than inability to focus. It can be fatal.
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