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May 2009  (Note: Some archived links may become inactive)

Headlines (Posted May 29, 2009)

05/29/2009 10:35 AM

Man battling health care system to get help CALIFORNIA

Two weeks ago, 17 News profiled a Bakersfield man who suffered a brain injury in a hit and run accident a year ago. Surgeons at Kern Medical Center removed a piece of his skull to relieve swelling on his brain. But to this day, his skull has never been repaired, and he's still out of work. Lee Lyle says the system has failed him. VIDEO LINK - WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES.

05/29/2009 10:34 AM

Brain injury survivor set for journey of hope CANADA

Five years after a neurological assault was forecast to render him helpless, Ian Young is hitting the rails to tell why the mind is a terrible thing to waste.

05/29/2009 10:32 AM

From trauma to triumph: Wiltonian Craig Sears educates public about brain injury CONNECTICUT

In one instant, Craig Sears' life was shattered. While riding his motorcycle in Bridgeport on a bright July day in 1987. The accident left the Wiltonian, now 42, with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It

05/29/2009 10:31 AM

Repetitive head trauma might be cause of brain disease in NFL players

What Lisa McHale would like you to know is the way it once was, not the way it ended. Nowinski suspected that years of repetitive head trauma had left him with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a brain abnormality that renders one susceptible to memory impairment, emotional instability, erratic behavior and problems with impulse control.

05/29/2009 10:30 AM

Special Report: Deadly Aftershocks: NFL's Concussion Study

The NFL MTBI (mild-traumatic brain injury) Committee, which was established in 1994, is studying to determine if there are any long-term effects of concussions on retired NFL players.

05/29/2009 10:20 AM

Red Wings clinch Cup without their C ILLINOIS

Johan Franzen missed all of the conference finals with what the Wings publicly disclosed as concussion-like symptoms? His return was imminent. Nobody knew the severity of Franzen's condition until after the season when it was revealed that Franzen sustained a subdural hematoma, a traumatic brain injury triggering potentially life-threatening blood clots.

05/29/2009 10:19 AM

Response To Compression Stocking Study In The Lancet

"The Stroke Association welcomes this research. It is important that all treatments are carefully evaluated, and if studies show they are ineffective in stroke patients, we believe they should be discontinued. It is still vital, however, that patients are carefully monitored after their stroke to ensure there are no further complications, and to ensure they receive the best possible treatment."

05/29/2009 08:59 AM

Managing Incontinence After A Stroke - May Is Stroke Awareness Month

Approximately 800,000 people suffer a stroke in the United States each year, nearly three-quarters of which occur in people over 65 years old. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.

05/29/2009 08:58 AM

Earthquake on a wafer could boost asthma relief

Waves similar to those produced by earthquakes need not be destructive. A new study shows that reproducing surface acoustic waves on a tiny scale can blast a drug-filled solution into a fine mist for more effective drug delivery to the lungs. VIDEO LINK.

05/29/2009 08:56 AM

Scientists Reaching Consensus On How Brain Processes Speech

Neuroscientists feel they are much closer to an accepted unified theory about how the brain processes speech and language, according to a scientist at Georgetown University Medical Center who first laid the concepts a decade ago and who has now published a review article confirming the theory.

05/29/2009 08:55 AM

AAN 2009: New SPARCL Analysis Shows Cumulative Stroke Reduction With Each Risk Target Met

A new exploratory analysis of data from the previously reported SPARCL trial shows that patients meeting each of LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, and systolic blood-pressure goals reduced the risk for stroke by 65% and major cardiovascular events by 75%.

05/29/2009 08:53 AM

Columbia University, EndoRobotics Ink License On Micro-robotic Imaging Device

Columbia University Science & Technology Ventures (STV) and New York-based EndoRobotics, Inc. have entered into an exclusive license agreement to develop and commercialize a micro-robotic imaging and surgical device platform designed to reduce the complexity of minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures and improve patient outcomes.

05/29/2009 08:52 AM

UCB Launches Vimpat In The US For Add-On Treatment Of Epilepsy In Adults

UCB has announced that Vimpat(R) (lacosamide) C-V , a new antiepileptic drug (AED) is available in the U.S. as an add-on therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in people with epilepsy who are 17 years and older. Vimpat(R) will be available in U.S. pharmacies by the first week of June 2009.

05/29/2009 08:51 AM

In The Case Of Epilepsy, Generic Drugs And Random Product Substitution Are Not Always "Good Medicine"

A recent report released by Wolters Kluwer Health predicts that by the end of the year, nearly two-thirds of all drug prescriptions will be filled with generic drugs. This march to generics is fueled by several factors, which include the current economy, ever-increasing co-payment requirements for brand name drugs and pharmacies' desire to increase their profits by filling prescriptions with high margin generics versus lower margin brand name medicines.

05/29/2009 08:50 AM

CEL-SCI Developing Immune-Based Treatment Against Swine And Other H1N1 Flu Viruses Using Proprietary L.E.A.P.S. Technology

CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE AMEX: CVM) announced that it is developing an immune-based treatment for the "swine flu and related H1N1" flu viruses, utilizing its proprietary L.E.A.P.S.(TM) (Ligand Epitope Antigen Presentation System) vaccine technology.

05/29/2009 08:49 AM

Nutritional requirements following severe traumatic brain injury

The Brain Trauma Foundation(BTF) is sponsoring a lecture on the nutritional requirements for patients who have sustained a severe traumatic brain injury .

05/29/2009 08:49 AM

More evidence that children need to be assessed following a concussion before being allowed to go back to sports or play time activities

Children hospitalized with concussions should wait until they are seen by a clinician in a follow-up exam before returning to regular sports or playtime activities, according to researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

05/29/2009 08:47 AM

Neurotechnology Industry 2009 Report Released

We have released our fifth annual comprehensive investment guide and market analysis of the global neurological disease and psychiatric illness markets.

05/29/2009 08:46 AM

Brain Injury Association of New Jersey Announces TREK 2009 Dates

The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey will hold Together in Recreation, Exploration & Knowledge 2009 (TREK), its annual week long residential camp program, August 23-29, 2009 at the YMCA Camp Ockanickon in Medford, New Jersey.

05/29/2009 08:45 AM

Cycling star Stone collects MBE UK

Double Paralympic cycling champion David Stone has received his MBE in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

05/29/2009 08:44 AM

Use Of Acid-Suppressive Medications Associated With Increased Risk Of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

Hospitalized patients who receive acid-suppressive medications such as a proton-pump inhibitor have a 30 percent increased odds of developing pneumonia while in the hospital, according to a study in the May 27 issue of JAMA.

05/29/2009 08:43 AM

Experts Discuss Scientific, Public Health Implications Of H1N1 Flu Outbreak At Special NYAS Symposium

As H1N1 (swine) flu continues to spread, it's clear that the worldwide outbreak of this new virus remains a rigorous test for science and public health. Regardless of whether the outbreak reaches pandemic levels, H1N1 has much to teach us about the evolving nature of such viruses and how to better prepare for future global outbreaks.

05/29/2009 08:42 AM

Swine Flu Myths

Since it first caught public attention a little over a month ago, swine flu has captured numerous headlines, in addition to generating a lot of new, cautionary information for people to learn. VIDEO LINK.

05/29/2009 08:42 AM

New Drug Shows Promise For Brain Cancer Treatment

An experimental drug derived from cottonseeds shows promise in treating the recurrence of glioblastoma multiforme, widely considered the most lethal brain cancer, said researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

05/29/2009 08:18 AM

ESPN's Lee Corso recovering from minor stroke

ESPN college football analyst and former Indiana football coach Lee Corso is recovering from a minor stroke but plans to be back for the start of the season this fall.

05/29/2009 08:17 AM

Home return makes a special birthday IOWA

Tyler Olson celebrated his 18th birthday Thursday, but his real birthday present came two days earlier when he returned home to Lake Mills after eight months of treatment in Minnesota for a spinal cord injury. V IDEO LINK.

05/29/2009 08:15 AM

New Stem Cell Web Site to Focus on Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Diabetes

Entest BioMedical, Inc., a newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary of San Diego-based Bio-Matrix Scientific Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BMSN - News) announced today the launch of its Web site ( to focus on new stem cell research, including a proposed research to develop a new therapeutic solution for traumatic brain injury (TBI) using autologous adipose-derived (fat) stem cells representing a potential cure.

05/29/2009 08:14 AM

MTA begins using tether straps on buses CALIFORNIA

Disabled bus passengers have been thrown from their wheelchairs aboard Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) buses, and riders tell us their lives are at risk because some drivers can't or won't secure their wheelchairs. VIDEO LINK.

05/29/2009 08:13 AM

Paraplegic cycles through Marion KANSAS

On a hot, windy Thursday, Kenny Herriot rode through Marion County on a cross-country trek to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

05/29/2009 08:10 AM

119-year-old home renovated to accommodate paralyzed homeowner LOUISIANA

Sarepta natives and former Shreveporters Julie and Kenny Mills had been married a year in 2004 before lunch at The Restaurant in Grand Cane had them considering a slower life in the DeSoto Parish village they found so quaint.

05/29/2009 08:08 AM

Finishing the course: Double-amputee gains golf certification GEORGIA

Savannah's Don Vickery first double-amputee to gain golf professional certification.

05/29/2009 08:07 AM

Amputee Athletes Run to Raise Money for ASPIRE Programs NEW YORK

Amputee runners from Hicksville's Team A Step Ahead and Junior Team A Step Ahead from across the tri-state region participated in this annual fundraising event for the APSIRE organization.

05/29/2009 08:06 AM

Children's lead poisoning drops

In 2007, 416 children were reported to have elevated blood lead levels in Los Angeles County, a dramatic improvement from 10 years earlier, when fewer children were tested but 1,184 reports of children with elevated levels were made, researchers said.

05/29/2009 08:05 AM

ACSM Calls For National Policy Adoption For Concussion In Youth Sports

A national guideline that young athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in practice or games be removed from competition until examined or cleared by a medical professional is at the heart of a multi-organizational call-to-action announced today at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle.

05/29/2009 08:04 AM

Former NHL star Primeau warns of concussion risks

One of the upsides of leaving professional ice hockey would be to live a normal life, Keith Primeau said when he retired three years ago as captain of the Philadelphia Flyers.

05/29/2009 08:03 AM

Minor League Hockey Players Unable To Identify Concussion Symptoms

When Chicago Blackhawk's leading scorer Martin Havlat returned to the ice for game four of the Western Conference Final after sustaining a concussion only two days earlier, questions were raised surrounding his swift return.

05/29/2009 08:00 AM

Service dogs have their own graduation day OHIO

Hudson David can open the refrigerator. Just don’t ask him to grab a can of soda for you. He could, but he hasn’t quite mastered getting cans without punching holes in them.

05/29/2009 07:57 AM

Jam Hsiao might require surgery for head injury TAIPEI

Jam Hsiao might require surgery after a knocking his head while playing basketball with his pals last Wednesday.

05/29/2009 07:53 AM

Teen hit by train defies the odds NEW ZEALAND

A teenager so badly injured doctors suggested turning off his life support is returning home to Blenheim eight months after being hit by a train. He suffered brain injuries, spinal injuries, broken ribs and internal injuries.

05/29/2009 07:53 AM

10 Million H1N1 Vaccines Ordered By Australia

Reports are coming in that the government of Australia has placed an order for 10 million vaccines against the novel H1N1 swine flu virus, following a press briefing from Health Minister Nicola Roxon in Canberra earlier today, Thursday.

05/29/2009 07:50 AM

US Takes Stock Of H1N1 Situation

After roughly a month of emergency response to the new H1N1 swine flu virus, US health authorities are taking stock, re-focusing and re- assessing priorities.

05/29/2009 07:48 AM

What Is Pneumonia? What Causes Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. It is characterized primarily by inflammation of the alveoli in the lungs or by alveoli that are filled with fluid (alveoli are microscopic sacs in the lungs that absorb oxygen). At times a very serious condition, pneumonia can make a person very sick or even cause death.

05/29/2009 07:46 AM

Heather Small in Dancing On Wheels UK

Heather Small, Mark Foster and Michelle Gayle are among celebrities who will be dancing with wheelchair users in a "groundbreaking" new six-part series for BBC3.

05/29/2009 07:45 AM

County reluctantly plans to end dial-a-ride contracts MINNESOTA

In 2010, there may be fewer options for Dakota County seniors and the disabled who use door-to-door transportation. Facing funding cuts, Dakota County commissioners recently voted to end its locally provided dial-a-ride services, opting to next year join a regionally operated system managed by the fiscally challenged Metropolitan Council.

05/29/2009 07:44 AM

Disabled safety aid funds run out fast NEW ZEALAND

The chances of elderly or disabled people getting housing modifications depended entirely on what time of the year they needed them, an Otago District Health Board committee has heard.

05/29/2009 07:40 AM

Immediate action could prevent stroke complications

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. More than 143,579 people die from stroke in the United States each year.

05/29/2009 07:38 AM

Couple lose home despite ability to pay PENNSYLVANIA

Richard and Patricia Meredith were evicted Thursday from the Cape Cod on Aspen Street in Middletown where she has lived since 1976. They are both disabled. He's a Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic-stress disorder and a brain injury from an attack in 2005. She has multiple sclerosis and vertigo.

05/29/2009 07:35 AM

Window to give stroke drug widens

For more than a decade, an effective medication to treat stroke has been sitting on the shelves at hospital pharmacies, but only a tiny percentage of people get to the emergency room quick enough to receive it.

05/29/2009 07:34 AM

Disability Rights Handbook - Everything You Need to Know About Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits in One Book UK

Disability Alliance is publishing the Disability Rights Handbook this week. Now in its 34th edition, the Handbook provides comprehensive information and guidance on benefits and services for people with a disability or health condition.

05/29/2009 07:31 AM

At Your Library: What does disability mean to you? MASSACHUSETTS

Now through June 19, the Brooks Free Library is featuring a display of posters created by Harwich Middle School students who participated in the 2009 Cape Cod Youth Disability Poster Project.

05/29/2009 07:30 AM

Disaboom Announces Appointment of Co-Founder J. Glen House as New Chairman of the Board

Disaboom, Inc. (OTCBB:DSBO - News) (, the leading online resource for people with disabilities, today announced that effective May 28, 2009, J.W. Roth will resign his position as Chairman of the Company's board of directors to assume a leadership role at another company. Disaboom co-founder Dr. J. Glen House has been appointed to serve as the new Chairman of the Company's board of directors.

05/29/2009 07:28 AM

Lakeview psychiatric residence demolished CANADA

A phoenix reborn from the ashes. That's how the majority of York Region's non-profit housing administrators and homeless shelter advocates view the empty site where Lakeview Residence stood until this week.

05/29/2009 07:27 AM

Special day for special families CALIFORNIA

Thousands of East County special-needs children and adults - along with their families - gathered at DeLuna Ranch in Brentwood recently for the 25th annual Lions Special Kids Day. The free event, hosted by the District 4C-3 Lions Club, was an opportunity for those with developmental and physical disabilities to meet, eat and enjoy a day created especially for them.

05/29/2009 07:26 AM

India's disabled face mobility challenges

India passed a law for equal opportunities and rights for persons with disabilities in 1995, but in spite of taking more steps than some other developing countries, its 60 million physically challenged population remains hugely disadvantaged.

05/29/2009 07:24 AM

Partners prepare for Dances with Wheels MASSACHUSETTS

Heather March's face fills with utter joy as she looks up from her wheelchair at Francisco Montoya while he sweeps her and her chair across the floor to New Age music.

05/29/2009 07:23 AM

Handicapping a need LAS VEGAS

If you think catching a cab is hard, try spending a morning with Santa Perez, one of the founders of the disability advocacy group People First of Nevada. Perez, who has cerebral palsy, has difficulty speaking, and communicates thanks to an ingenious device that allows her to type Morse Code into a computer with her chin.

05/29/2009 07:22 AM

Special Olympics Torch Winds Through the Ozarks MISSOURI

The final leg of the Special Olympics torch run began around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Springfield. VIDEO LINK.

05/29/2009 07:20 AM

City Closes Six More Schools As H1N1 Cases Rise NEW YORK

City officials have decided to close six more schools because of a high number of students reporting flu-like symptoms. VIDEO LINK.

05/29/2009 07:18 AM

Disabled veterans may soon get property tax break TEXAS

Disabled Texas veterans may soon see more help from the state. VIDEO LINK.

05/29/2009 07:18 AM

SOUTH BRUNSWICK: Program prepares special needs students for life NEW JERSEY

For students with developmental difficulties, preparation for the world outside of South Brunswick High School is vital to becoming productive adults.

05/29/2009 07:17 AM

FSK's special day MARYLAND

Though the roster is already set for the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games, athletes at Francis Scott Key High School still participated in their own Special Olympics competition. VIDEO LINK.

05/29/2009 07:15 AM

New flags, banners add color to third LEISD Special Olympics TEXAS

With new flags and banners more than 250 athletes from five school districts paraded into the LEISD Athletic Complex on May 20 for the third annual LEISD Special Olympic track meet.

05/29/2009 07:14 AM

PENNINGTON: First Aid Squad hosts special needs open house Sunday This is an opportunity for first responders to meet those in the community with special needs and introduce them to local firefighters, police and EMTs NEW JERSEY

The Pennington First Aid Squad will host an open house for those with special needs and developmental disabilities Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

05/29/2009 07:14 AM

Abbott Continues to Motivate Disabled Athletes

Amazing, Jim Abbott said, responding to the news of a prospective Division I basketball player who has only one hand. Simply amazing and, he added, a profound example of why the achievement ceiling for the disabled athlete tends to be higher than most people think, even for one standing 6 feet 10 inches.

05/29/2009 07:13 AM

Roosevelt High football players team up with disabled students CALIFORNIA

The Meagles won, but the score wasn't important as Victress Bower School's Beagles played football Wednesday with the varsity Mustangs from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

05/29/2009 07:11 AM

Special Kids Day at Merwin expected to draw more than 100 anglers WASHINGTON

Children with disabilities will have a chance to reel in a lunker during a special fishing event July 11 at Merwin Fish Hatchery east of Woodland.

05/29/2009 07:10 AM

AMS Vans Heads to California for Ability Expo

AMS Vans Heads to California for Ability Expo AMS Vans, Inc. representatives are participating in the annual Abilities Expo in California to promote their service to people with disabilities. By offering affordable mobility options AMS Vans allows people to enhance their quality of life. Attending expos is just one way AMS Vans branches out to customers. As an online company, they are using social media and web traffic to attract business.

05/29/2009 07:09 AM

Three Killed In Van Crash Were Developmentally Disabled Adults ARKANSAS

Five people were killed when a van carrying developmentally disabled adults collided with a vehicle driving the wrong way on U.S. 63 in Craighead County.

05/29/2009 07:08 AM

Flame of hope Torch run kicks off Special Olympics MICHIGAN

Even with cloudy and chilly weather, more than 200 people came full of high spirits for the 28th annual Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run Ceremony Thursday morning at the Capitol.

05/29/2009 07:08 AM

Emmaus High graduate named Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania

Kate Matelan, 21, of Emmaus has been named 2009 Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania, an award that honors the accomplishments of women with disabilities.

05/29/2009 07:06 AM

State competition thrills Special Olympians MISSOURI

More than 1,200 Special Olympics athletes sang and danced their way into Plaster Sports Complex Thursday evening for the opening ceremonies of the Missouri State Summer Games.

05/29/2009 07:04 AM

Amputee missing foot, but she still has her junior black belt MAINE

Jaedyn Gousse makes the karate moves look effortless.

05/29/2009 07:03 AM

Class helps Hemet High students with disabilities break down social barriers CALIFORNIA

The "Yes I Can" class at Hemet High is about making friends. If that sounds simplistic for a high school course, consider that special education teacher Teresa Ramirez relies on 20 lesson plans developed by experts at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration.

05/29/2009 07:03 AM

UAB Summer Camp Goes High Tech for Kids With Disabilities ALABAMA

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Education, has created a program featuring high-tech tools and gadgetry that is making summer camp a fun place for children with communication challenges.

05/29/2009 07:02 AM

City working to become more accessible to those with disabilities CANADA

The City of Belleville is working to make things easier for residents with disabilities but there is always more to be done, say those on a special committee focussing on the issue.

05/29/2009 07:01 AM

Parents form social group for young adults with disabilities MARYLAND

Tamar and Saul El-Or want their 19-year-old daughter to have a place where no one snickers or rolls their eyes at her because of her disabilities. They want her to have real friends who treat her as an equal.

05/29/2009 06:53 AM

Leaders From Azerbaijan Examine Social Issues - Equal Participation In Public Life For People With Disabilities In Central Pennsylvania

Seven young professionals from Azerbaijan participating in the Open World Program will spend May 29 - June 6, 2009 in the Harrisburg area examining "Social Issues - Equal Participation in Public Life for People with Disabilities" as they relate to adults and children in the region.

05/29/2009 06:52 AM

CDC says October soonest for swine flu shots

A U.S. health official said a swine flu vaccine could be available as early as October, but only if vaccine production and testing run smoothly this summer.

05/29/2009 06:49 AM

Stroke group expands time for clot-busting drugs

A change to stroke treatment guidelines is expanding the time that some patients can get clot-busting drugs.

Headlines (Posted May 27, 2009)

05/27/2009 08:36 AM

Girl injured in crash will graduate FLORIDA

Then another devastating decision when school officials said Lyndsey Joyce couldn't graduate with her classmates. Lyndsey was in a serious car wreck over Christmas break. She survived, but has a traumatic brain injury that's left her unable to move or speak.

05/27/2009 08:34 AM

Disabled man's battle with Vale council over housing UK

Shane Farnden, 35, and Paul Davidtz, 42, have been partners for 12 years. Former Tesco worker Shane had to give up his job in 2007 to care for Paul after he suffered a brain injury followed by two heart attacks. He has also had part of his kidney removed due to cancer.

05/27/2009 08:26 AM

Mo. Motorcycle Helmet Law Could Be Repealed MISSOURI

Missouri's mandatory helmet law is one step away from being repealed. VIDEO LINK.

05/27/2009 08:25 AM

Ala. agency to probe foster child's head injury ALABAMA

The alleged abuse of a 2-year-old boy in foster care has prompted the Department of Human Resources to launch an investigation.

05/27/2009 08:23 AM

Most head trauma victims below age 40 SINGAPORE

MORE than eight in 10 people who go into the emergency rooms with head trauma suffer significant brain damage; and many of these patients are in the prime of their lives.

05/27/2009 08:18 AM

Disabled woman boycotts taxis after wheelchair 'destroyed' AUSTRALIA

A DISABLED Brisbane woman has quit riding in maxi taxis because she fears for her safety and is tired of her wheelchairs being destroyed.

05/27/2009 08:18 AM

22nd Congress Of The European College Of Neuropsychopharmacology

The 22nd Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) will be held from 12-16 September 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.

05/27/2009 08:15 AM

Research Into Genetic Neurological Disorders Will Benefit From New Mouse Model

Neurosensory diseases are difficult to model in mice because their symptoms are complex and diverse. The genetic causes identified are often lethal when transferred to a mouse. The lack of animal models slows progress in understanding and treating the diseases. By strategically altering a protein-making molecule, a mouse was made to help understand nervous system diseases that impair feeling and cause paralysis of the arms and legs in humans.

05/27/2009 08:13 AM

Acid-Suppressing Meds May Boost Pneumonia Risks

Instead of helping them get better faster, giving acid-suppressing medications to many hospital patients actually increases their risk of developing pneumonia while in the hospital, new research suggests.

05/27/2009 08:12 AM

Vimpat(R) (lacosamide) C-V, A New Antiepileptic Drug (AED), To Be Available In U.S. Pharmacies

Vimpat(R) (lacosamide) C-V, a new antiepileptic drug (AED), will be available in U.S. pharmacies by the first week of June 2009. Vimpat was approved by the U.S. FDA in the fall of 2008 for the use as an add-on therapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in people 17 years and older with epilepsy.

05/27/2009 08:12 AM

Healing Wounds With Lasers

Researchers from around the world will present the latest breakthroughs in electro-optics, lasers and the application of light waves at the 2009 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC) May 31 to June 5 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore.

05/27/2009 08:09 AM

Positive Clinical Trial Results Take Center Stage At American Academy Of Neurology Meeting

More than 11,000 neurologists, investigators and trainees gathered in Seattle in late April for the 2009 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, one of this country's top venues for sharing clinical research progress related to multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders.

05/27/2009 08:09 AM

Crates puts off retirement plans UK

Former Paralympic champion Danny Crates has played down talk of retirement despite being hit by another injury.

05/27/2009 08:08 AM

Common Antibiotics May Be Best First Treatment For Children With MRSA-related Infections

Penicillin and other antibiotics in the beta-lactam family work as well as other antibiotics to treat MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcuss aureus) infections in the skin and soft-tissue of children and may help prevent further resistance to antibiotic treatment, according to a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

05/27/2009 08:06 AM

Pneumonia Caused By Community-Acquired MRSA: An Emerging And Deadly Threat, Usually Preceded By Flu

As community-acquired infections due to meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) increase, so lethal cases of CA-MRSA pneumonia are also on the rise. A paper in the June edition of looks at the emerging and deadly threat of community-acquired necrotising pneumonia due to CA-MRSA. CA-MRSA pneumonia appears to occur most commonly following an influenza-like illness and may have special relevance given the emergence of H1N1 influenza.

05/27/2009 08:05 AM

Childhood habits may help fight stroke years later

Strokes aren't common for children, yet the choices they make now have a huge impact on their risk of suffering a potentially deadly or disabling stroke as an adult.

05/27/2009 08:04 AM

Study: Stockings for stroke patients don't work UK

A new study says special stockings commonly given to stroke patients to prevent blood clots cause problems of their own and don't work as intended.

05/27/2009 08:02 AM

Stem Cell Treatment Provides Hope for Paralyzed Girl ILLINOIS

It's with the hope of walking again that 20-year-old, Jenna Stahl, plans to travel to Germany. VIDEO LINK.

05/27/2009 07:59 AM

MIT Robotic Therapy Holds Promise For Cerebral Palsy--Devices Can Help Children Learn To Grasp And Manipulate Objects

Over the past few years, MIT engineers have successfully tested robotic devices to help stroke patients learn to control their arms and legs. Now, they're building on that work to help children with cerebral palsy.

05/27/2009 07:56 AM

Quebec paraplegic wins victory with pool safety standards CANADA

One hot summer afternoon, Eric Lavoie was splashing around a backyard pool and decided to take a plunge off the diving board. He marched two steps along the board's platform, reached the end and dove in head first. His next memory was one of powerful shock. His head struck the pool bottom. Still conscious, he couldn't move.

05/27/2009 07:55 AM

Protective Footwear For Diabetics At Main-street Prices

Diabetes rates have risen sharply in developed countries in the wake of the obesity epidemic, and an estimated 30 million Europeans live with the condition. Foot problems are the most common cause of admission to hospital for diabetics, who are at risk of serious complications such as nerve damage and problems with the blood supply to their feet. Both conditions can lead to slow-healing wounds and foot ulcers which, if they get infected and become gangrenous, can lead to amputation.

05/27/2009 07:52 AM

Drug could help diabetics avoid amputation: study

Doctors who gave diabetics a drug originally intended to lower cholesterol found it reduced their risk of minor amputation 36 percent, a new analysis of research says.

05/27/2009 07:45 AM

Area service dog prepared to help MINNESOTA

Thirteen assistance dog teams recently celebrated completing an intensive one-on-one training program provided at no charge by Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota.

05/27/2009 07:45 AM

Phase III Data Showed Novartis Investigational Bronchodilator QAB149 Significantly Improved Lung Function In COPD Patients

The Novartis investigational bronchodilator QAB149 (indacaterol) met the primary efficacy endpoints of improved lung function compared to placebo at 12 weeks in three pivotal phase III studies in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. In secondary endpoints of these studies, QAB149 demonstrated clinically relevant lung function improvements within five minutes of the first dose, lasting for 24 hours in COPD patients.

05/27/2009 07:43 AM

Budesonide/formoterol Plus Tiotropium Improves The Quality Of Life Of Patients With Severe COPD

Preliminary results from a double-blind, randomised, multicentre trial among 660 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) show that budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort(R): AstraZeneca) plus tiotropium (SpirivaTM: Boehringer Ingelheim Limited) significantly improves disease control and patients' quality of life.

05/27/2009 07:41 AM

Female Woodworkers' Lungs At Risk, Reports A Major Study In The New Issue Of European Respiratory Journal

When you next buy furniture, spare a thought for the health of those who made it. A prospective six-year study shows that women with occupational exposure to wood dust, even at low levels, have an higher risk of asthma, cough or chronic bronchitis than their non-woodworking counterparts. Curiously, their male colleagues do not seem to be affected.

05/27/2009 07:36 AM

Adcirca Approved for Lung Disorder

United Therapeutics has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market Adcirca (tadalafil) to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a high blood pressure disorder affecting the arteries that carry oxygen from the heart to the lungs.

05/27/2009 07:35 AM

Cobourg declares Access Awareness Week CANADA

Cobourg council has declared June 8 to 12 Access Awareness Week, in response to the request delivered last night by the town's accessibility committee.

05/27/2009 07:30 AM

Handicapped access at Johnstown poll under review PENNSYLVANIA

Officials in Cambria County are reviewing handicapped accessibility at several polling places after a disabled mayoral candidate from Johnstown couldn't vote in the primary.

05/27/2009 07:29 AM

Boehringer Ingelheim and the World Stroke Organization Announce Partnership in the World Stroke Academy

Boehringer Ingelheim and the World Stroke Organization Announce Partnership in the World Stroke Academy.

05/27/2009 07:26 AM

Hull man reflects on life dealing with a disability GEORGIA

Harold McCarty has been unable to walk now for more than 20 years, but he gets around home in his wheelchair and still drives his trusty 1971 Ford pickup.

05/27/2009 07:24 AM

Positive Behavior Support Is the Progressive Alternative to Restraints and Seclusion in Schools

New Guide Presents State-of-the-Art Information on Positive Behavior Support Strategies for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Schools.

05/27/2009 07:23 AM

SCUBA lessons for disabled offered PENNSYLVANIA

The Greater Lebanon Valley Lions Club is inviting disabled veterans and children to learn to SCUBA dive in a free event Tuesday, June 2, hosted by Cody Unser, the paralyzed daughter of NASCAR racing legend Al Unser Jr.

05/27/2009 07:22 AM

Wheelchair ramps not so accessible at park GEORGIA

Try as she might, rolling up and down a wheelchair ramp off Whitaker Street by Forsyth park is almost impossible Maebell Williams New. Her chair almost gets caught in the gutter. " It feels like I'm going to tip over in the chair," she exclaimed as she showed us the problem.

05/27/2009 07:20 AM

Disability service providers ask for share of tax revenue KANSAS

Staff members and families served by Choices Network and Salina's other for-profit disability service agencies aired their differences Tuesday with the way the county distributes tax revenue for services for people with mental and developmental disabilities.

05/27/2009 07:19 AM

Headwaters, Inc. celebrates 40th anniversary WISCONSIN

During the past 40 years, many changes have taken place at Headwaters, Inc., but the goal has remained the same: to provide quality programs for people with disabilities and children with special needs so they may reach their full potential, live with dignity, and be integrated into the community to the greatest extent possible.

05/27/2009 07:16 AM

Coffee Shop Aims To Empower Disabled OREGON

Northeast Portland is the new home to a coffee shop that offers a lot more than lattes and mochas. The Full Life coffee shop is enriching the lives of some very special clientele. VIDEO LINK.

05/27/2009 07:15 AM

Special Oympics starts off this weekend UTAH

BYU will host the 2009 Summer Special Olympics Utah this Thursday through Saturday, expecting a couple thousand participants and volunteers.

05/27/2009 07:14 AM

Emergency personnel learn to deal with handicap vehicles NEW JERSEY

About 18 years ago, Scott Ellis, a quadriplegic from Hamilton, was in a motor vehicle accident that caused significant damage to his modified van. However, the damage to his vehicle became much worse after emergency responders arrived on the scene.

05/27/2009 07:11 AM

Home for disabled hosts special night VIRGINIA

Victoria Smith can speak just a handful of words, and she said a new one recently. Marie Armstrong, her aunt, visited Victoria at St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children and asked her, "Where are you going?" "She actually spoke the word 'prom,' and that's a milestone," Armstrong said.

05/27/2009 07:10 AM

Nelson's disability merely a speed bump GEORGIA

Andrew Nelson wouldn't let a little thing like cerebral palsy stop him from playing soccer.

05/27/2009 07:09 AM

Groups serving mentally handicapped to protest cuts LOUISIANA

Employees from Lafourche and Terrebonne organizations that aid mentally and physically disabled people will join hundreds of protesters at the state Capitol Wednesday seeking to have their programs spared from budget cuts.

05/27/2009 07:07 AM

DARC, DES hurt in recent ruling ARIZONA

Arizona is free to cut services to an estimated 30,000 residents with developmental disabilities, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

05/27/2009 07:06 AM

Caught on tape: Wheelchair woes on MTA CALIFORNIA

A two-month ABC7 Eyewitness News undercover investigation of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has uncovered widespread disregard for the rights of disabled bus riders. VIDEO LINK.

05/27/2009 07:04 AM

Rides program to get new buses PENNSYLVANIA

Senior citizens and those with disabilities who use the Washington Rides program of the Washington County Transportation Authority will find six small buses replacing older vehicles under a $350,000 allocation of state taxpayers' money announced this month.

05/27/2009 07:03 AM

Teen shunts aside own challenges for charity MASSACHUSETTS

For most, a three-mile stroll around a lake in Wakefield would be a cakewalk. For 16-year-old Danvers High sophomore Jonathan Karolides, however, today's Easter Seals walk is a physical challenge - one he's been eager to tackle.

05/27/2009 07:02 AM

Swine Flu Fears Renewed After Latest NYC Deaths

City Health officials say lab tests now confirm the two Queens residents who died last week were infected with the H1N1 virus. But they say it's too early to determine whether the virus alone caused their deaths. VIDEO LINK.

05/27/2009 07:01 AM

Children's Day - What Plan for Physically Challenged? N IGERIA

As Nigeria children celebrate their day today, there is need to reflect on ways to assist children and young adults with disabilities to develop their inherent skills so as to live independently in future. It is in line with this that an organisation is raising funds for its projects in Lagos.

05/27/2009 07:00 AM

Home for adults with disabilities opens in Lynchburg VIRGINIA

Adults with disabilities have a new place to call home in Lynchburg. L’Arche Blue Ridge Mountains opened its second home Tuesday in the neighborhood just behind the Boonsboro Shopping Center.

05/27/2009 06:59 AM

Disabilities audit to come for schools GEORGIA

Shawna Hayes-Tavares wants the same things every parent desires for her 7-year-old son, Menelik: a good education and an opportunity to earn a good living.

05/27/2009 06:57 AM

Remarkable Seniors: Orange Park graduate planning new pageant for young women with disabilities FLORIDA

Amber "Gabbie" Kendall was just 9 years old when her life changed. A few months later, on Dec. 10, 1999, doctors had to amputate her leg.

05/27/2009 06:55 AM

WHO mulls pandemic threshold as flu cases near 13,000

Mexico reported two more swine flu deaths on Tuesday, as World Health Organization scientists asked if it had moved too quickly to declare the outbreak a pandemic.

05/27/2009 06:40 AM

WHO puts off giving advice on pandemic vaccines

The World Health Organization wants to keep monitoring the spread of H1N1 flu before issuing guidance on the production of pandemic flu vaccines, a top WHO official said on Tuesday.

Headlines (Posted May 26, 2009)

05/26/2009 08:27 AM

Young player returns from brain injury NEW JERSEY

Watching him pitch, catch and shag fly balls, it's hard to tell Alec Silverman was hospitalized a year ago with a traumatic brain injury. Alec, then 12, was playing left field for Woodcliff Lake Middle School when he collided with a teammate going after the same fly ball. The boys cracked their heads together.

05/26/2009 08:26 AM

Military Brain Injury Treatment Centers Armed with Games

The US Department of Defense has been using new technology in its work with returning troops to better identify and treat brain injuries. Treatment centers have been increasing their efforts, thanks in part to the use of video games, so that veterans and returning troops get the assistance they need.

05/26/2009 08:25 AM

Training for brain injury care IRELAND

A series of training programmes has been launched for those caring for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) throughout Ireland.

05/26/2009 08:24 AM

Call for brain injury register in rugby NEW ZEALAND

A man whose rugby-playing son remains in a coma has accused the NZ Rugby Union (NZRU) of putting lives at risk by delaying a brain-injury register that could prevent serious head injuries.

05/26/2009 08:23 AM

Head games

Brianna Sudenga lived out her dream as a Big Ten softball player - but the lasting effects of a concussion may end her athletic career. VIDEO LINK.

05/26/2009 08:21 AM

Soldier's death provides hope for others KENTUCKY

On this Memorial Day, as the nation honors its fallen heroes, Kay McMullen will lay flowers on the grave of her son Gerald "G.J." Cassidy in Westfield, Ind. The 31-year-old Indiana National Guard sergeant died Sept. 21, 2007, but not in Iraq, where he suffered a head injury in a roadside bomb explosion. He died -- alone and ignored -- in a barracks at Fort Knox, Ky., of an accidental overdose of methadone and an antidepressant prescribed for his post-traumatic stress disorder.

05/26/2009 08:19 AM

Use your head to prevent damaging it

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are all too common. Each year in the United States, there are more than 1 million cases and about 52,000 deaths. The causes include car crashes, falls and violence.

05/26/2009 08:19 AM

Sodium channel blocker shows promise as a potential treatment for cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis patients may benefit from a new therapy that increases airway hydration, preventing the build-up of mucous, which is a key factor in the disease, according to researchers at Parion Sciences in Durham, NC.

05/26/2009 08:13 AM

Neuropsychiatry: Past, Present, and Future Descriptions: An Expert Interview With Jonathan Silver, MD

What is neuropsychiatry and why is it controversial? One expert outlines conflicting definitions and discusses future directions for the field and its identity.

05/26/2009 08:12 AM

At SLEEP 2009 In Seattle This June More Than 6,500 Scientists And Doctors Expected To Convene

Recent studies have linked sleep loss and sleep disorders to health problems such as depression, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

05/26/2009 08:11 AM

Brain Function and Ultrasound

Researchers are using GPU processors to enhance the imaging capacity of ultrasound. (see GPU engine enhances ultrasound-detected brain motion calculations).

05/26/2009 08:10 AM

The Challenges Of Avian Influenza Virus: Mechanism, Epidemiology And Control

The latest special issue of Science in China Series C: Life Sciences focuses on the recent progress in the H5N1-related research field.

05/26/2009 08:09 AM

New H1N1 Cases Continue To Rise Worldwide

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cases of the new H1N1 swine flu virus are continuing to rise, with more countries infected and 5 more deaths in Mexico, where the vast majority of fatal cases have occurred so far.

05/26/2009 08:09 AM

Tighter Surveillance Of Swine Flu In Pigs Needed Worldwide Says CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there is a "global need for more systemic surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs", during a press briefing where they explained the findings of a recent study on the genetic and antigenetic properties of the new 2009 H1N1 swine flu virus.

05/26/2009 08:08 AM

Simmonds & Roberts swim to golds UK

British teenage swimming star Ellie Simmonds showed her class once again with a new world record at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

05/26/2009 08:06 AM

Roberts storms to new world mark UK

Eleven-time Paralympic champion David Roberts was in shock after he set a new world record in the 400m freestyle at the International Open in Manchester.

05/26/2009 08:04 AM

Better Brain-Wave Analysis

New ways to analyze the brain's electrical activity might soon help physicians diagnose brain disorders and assess the benefits of treatment.

05/26/2009 08:01 AM

A stroke of time saves lives PENNSYLVANIA

Stroke can and does happen to anyone - young and old.

05/26/2009 08:00 AM

A Brain Disorder Easily Missed

Edward Ferguson, a civil engineer living in Vancouver, Wash., retired at age 65 from a job handling multimillion-dollar contracts. Five years later he could not balance a checkbook, walk without falling, drive a car, control his bladder or recognize his granddaughter. But an Internet search by his daughter found a condition that seemed to match his symptoms: normal pressure hydrocephalus, or N.P.H.

05/26/2009 07:57 AM

I felt an extraordinary pain. I couldn't move my legs at all UK

Doctors are reporting a dramatic increase in the number of older people suffering spinal cord injuries.

05/26/2009 07:56 AM

Quadriplegic Uses Mouth To Drive Car OREGON

A Vancouver man who uses his mouth to drive a car is hoping to become the first quadriplegic to drive faster than 100 mph.

05/26/2009 07:54 AM

Firefighting twin brothers defy disability ALABAMA

What sets the Abernathys apart from their comrades is not just their mirrored faces, but the fact they aren't able to run into a burning building. Both twins are spastic paraplegics.

05/26/2009 07:53 AM

Actress is wheelchair-unbound NEW JERSEY

li Stroker found her gift at a young age and never let go. At 2, Ali and her brother, Jake, then 4, were severely injured in a car accident minutes from their Ridgewood home. Ali was left a paraplegic, a toddler who would grow up in a wheelchair.

05/26/2009 07:52 AM

Life as a disabled dad: coming up short UK

Before I broke my back (and before I became a father), many of my notions of fatherhood involved being tall and active.

05/26/2009 07:43 AM

BBC journalist Frank Gardner on life in a wheelchair UK

Frank Gardner, the BBC journalist who has spinal-cord injuries after being shot in Saudia Arabia, swaps tales of life in a wheelchair with our writer, who has the same condition.

05/26/2009 07:42 AM

Port Orchard man creates tattoos for prosthetic limbs WASHINGTON

Tim Harrison lost his leg to cancer 10 years ago. Since then he's been outfitted with what he calls his "robo leg," which inevitably draws stares, especially from curious kids. VIDEO LINK.

05/26/2009 07:41 AM

Canadian Rick Ball breaks world record at MDS Nordion 10K race

Canadian Rick Ball set a new world record in the single leg amputee event at the MDS Nordion 10-kilometre race on Saturday.

05/26/2009 07:39 AM

Marathon man CANADA

After completing the Boston Marathon, Single leg amputee Rick Ball continues chasing his dream to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics in London. VIDEO LINK.

05/26/2009 07:38 AM

Beck faces new life as double-amputee COLORADO

As millions pause today to honor fallen U.S. veterans, one soldier from Rocky Mount is trying to come to terms with his future as a double-amputee.

05/26/2009 07:36 AM

Blast injuries define two wars, thousands of lives MARYLAND

The explosive device detonated without warning, in a fireball that seemed to erupt in slow motion. Army Pfc. Robert Bartlett could count the rocks and shrapnel drifting toward him over the hood of his Humvee. Then he felt a sledgehammer slam into his face. In unbearable pain, he went blind.

05/26/2009 07:34 AM

Pistorius returns from injury with two wins at Paralympic World Cup

Oscar Pistorius returned to competition for the first time since breaking ribs in a boating accident, winning the 100 and 400 meters at the Paralympic World Cup on Sunday.

05/26/2009 07:29 AM

Havlat's early return 'shocking': concussion specialist CANADA

Martin Havlat was out cold for more than a minute with a vacant stare on his face. Detroit's Niklas Kronwall had just crushed the Chicago Blackhawks' leading scorer, and once he regained consciousness, Havlat needed the help of a teammate and trainer to get up and off the ice. He didn't return. But two days later, the 28-year-old was in the lineup for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

05/26/2009 07:21 AM

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Retinopathy Linked In Diabetes

The eyes may be the window into the soul, but they may also contain important medical information. According to new research presented at the American Thoracic Society's 105th International Conference in San Diego on May 19, patients with diabetes who have retinopathy should also be screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

05/26/2009 07:16 AM

Miracle of the paralysed patients freed from their silent prison

'Although we never gave up hope, it was almost another year before we really believed he was still conscious and alive inside his paralysed body. 'The results were conclusive - his brain was fully functioning,' says Vivienne. 'He was alert, aware of everything that had happened but unable to talk. The doctors called it Locked-In Syndrome. We called it an absolute tragedy.'

05/26/2009 07:15 AM

Research finds drug-free asthma treatment is safe

A new drug-free treatment for asthma may be available by year's end now that an international study has shown it to be safe and effective.

05/26/2009 07:14 AM

ERs may not use lung blood clot guidelines

Emergency room physicians may not be following clinical guidelines for diagnosing patients with possible lung blood clots, U.S. researchers say.

05/26/2009 07:12 AM

FDA Approves ADCIRCA(TM) (Tadalafil) Tablets for the Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

United Therapeutics Corporation (Nasdaq: UTHR) announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ADCIRCA(TM) (tadalafil) tablets for oral administration, with a recommended dose of 40 mg, as the first once-daily phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

05/26/2009 07:12 AM

SYMBICORT(R) Added To Tiotropium Provided Clinically Significant Benefits For Patients With Severe COPD

Data presented at this year's American Thoracic Society (ATS) congress, demonstrated that SYMBICORT(R) (budesonide/formoterol-TURBUHALER®, a dry powder inhaler) added to SpirivaTM (tiotropium) provided greater clinical improvements than tiotropium alone over a 12-week treatment period.

05/26/2009 07:11 AM

Philips Introduces Three New Products To Improve Performance And Patient Comfort For Hospital And Home Ventilation

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) introduced three new respiratory support devices: the Respironics V60 and V200, and Trilogy100 ventilators. These ventilation solutions are intended to support breathing in the intensive care, sub-acute, and home care settings.

05/26/2009 07:05 AM

Henry's Turkey Service once praised, now condemned TEXAS

One thousand miles south of the eastern Iowa bunkhouse where dozens of mentally retarded men once lived is the original Texas headquarters of their employer, Henry's Turkey Service. Media outlets as far away as Australia and Japan have reported how the company housed as many as 60 mentally retarded men in a crumbling old schoolhouse in Atalissa, waking them at 2:30 a.m. to work in a meat-processing plant for as little as $65 per month.

05/26/2009 07:03 AM


Parents at East Goshen Elementary School say they are outraged that special-needs children were being put into small rooms without their knowledge.

05/26/2009 06:58 AM

Open door to accessibility, says Lieutenant Governor CANADA

Attitude is an important part of changing disability into accessibility, Ontario's Lieutenant Governor David Onley told a gathering hosted by the Mississauga-based Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities.

05/26/2009 06:50 AM

Stair-climbing wheelchair comes to a halt

The nation's first stair-climbing wheelchair hit the market with a bang but disappeared with a whimper, a casualty of price that raises a big question: How much will society agree to pay for high-tech help for the disabled?

05/26/2009 06:47 AM

The throwaway child UK

When Matthew Crosby was born with Down's syndrome in the 60s, his parents were told that he would be harmful to his sister and should be 'put away'. His mother, Anne, tells Charlotte Moore about the terrible conflict of emotions unleashed by his short life.

05/26/2009 06:45 AM

Cholesterol Lowering Drugs May Help Prevent Stroke Recurrence

People who take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins after a stroke may be less likely to have another stroke later, according to research published in the May 26, 2009, print issue of Neurology(R), the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

05/26/2009 06:44 AM

Disability 'no bar to buses' UK

THREE bus companies are taking part in an event to encourage more disabled passengers to use their services.

05/26/2009 06:42 AM

Parents create services for developmentally disabled children WASHINGTON

At age 60, Kathie Buck sees fewer days in front of her than behind. And that worries her because she has a 23-year-old son with autism who never will be able to take care of himself as other adults can.

05/26/2009 06:41 AM

Special Olympians train hard to reach finish line IOWA

It's easy to find serious competition at the Special Olympics. The annual event, where 2,800 athletes competed here Friday and Saturday, offers Iowans with intellectual disabilities a chance to reap the intrinsic benefits of sport.

05/26/2009 06:39 AM

Longtime disabilities advocate Carl DuRocher booted from city transit panel WISCONSIN

When Carl DuRocher moved to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin nearly 40 years ago, there was no transit system for disabled riders in the city.

05/26/2009 06:38 AM

Champions, smiles at Yokota's 30th Special Olympics JAPAN

Before this past weekend, Emma Finlay liked to keep her head firmly above water when in the pool. But the 14-year-old was all smiles - even as her hair was dripping wet - as she stood wearing a medal on the winner's block and listening to the loud cheering that followed her swimming performance.

05/26/2009 06:37 AM

Public hearing held on changes to state program for those with disabilities TENNESSEE

The Tennessee Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will conduct a public hearing Tuesday evening at the DHS office in Johnson City to gather input on proposed changes in the state's proposed Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program.

05/26/2009 06:35 AM

Including everyone: Making recreational activities accessible to the disabled CANADA

About five years ago, Eileen Bartlett was standing at the bottom of a ski slope at White Hills, listening to the delighted screams of joy coming from a child with severe physical disabilities as he and an assistant made their way down the mountain. Next to Bartlett, the child's equally ecstatic mother exclaimed, "I'm finally a ski mom!"

05/26/2009 06:34 AM

Branchburg woman named Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey for 2009 NEW JERSEY

Santina Muha's busy schedule has become a whole lot busier. The Branchburg resident in her 20s has been named Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey 2009.

05/26/2009 06:32 AM

BSDC has Memorial Day tradition of their own NEBRASKA

Every Memorial Day, hand-painted white crosses laced with silk flowers decorate the more than 800 graves of former Beatrice State Developmental Center residents.

05/26/2009 06:31 AM

Debating over the disabled MASSACHUSETTS

The right to choose is taking on a new meaning in Massachusetts, as advocates take two sides of a very different issue: the closure of state facilities for the developmentally disabled.

05/26/2009 06:29 AM

Why insurance companies avoid special children MALAYSIA

SEVERAL insurance companies say that special children, such as those with Down Syndrome, are not covered under health or medical insurance.

05/26/2009 06:28 AM

Ex-Combatants Benefit From RDRC Project RWANDA

Several war veterans with physical disabilities from the sectors Rubengera and Bwishyura in Karongi, Friday benefited from a Rwf 70m Rwanda Demobilisation and Re-Integration Commission (RDRC) grant.

05/26/2009 06:28 AM

Prosthetic leg boosts promise of elite cyclist CALIFORNIA

After losing his right leg in a childhood accident, Dedan Ireri thought he would never walk again.

05/26/2009 06:27 AM

US doctors help disabled kids VIET NAM

A group of US surgeons have returned to Viet Nam to help 75 patients, most of them children with lower limb disabilities, walk again by providing much-needed corrective surgery.

05/26/2009 06:26 AM

Handicapped Teachers Outcry Stigma TANZANIA

More than 30 school teachers with physical disabilities converged in Arusha last week and among their various concerns raised during the meeting was that of being stigmatized.

05/26/2009 06:24 AM

Disabled workers face many obstacles IOWA

Keith Olson got to the Ames City Council chambers bright and early Thursday to set up chairs and tables for a meeting scheduled later that day. Olson is among the clients for Mainstream Living Inc., which connects Ames-area disabled citizens with available services and helps them find employment.

05/26/2009 06:23 AM

Framingham Library hosts Advocates artists with extraordinary talents MASSACHUSETTS

From his wheelchair, George Russo grips a brush in his strong left hand and paints vivid landscapes where the sun always shines.

05/26/2009 06:21 AM

Wheels coming off Dial-A-Ride for disabled SOUTH AFRICA

People with disabilities are accusing the Dial-A-Ride bus service of poor service.

05/26/2009 06:21 AM

Taj Mahal becomes disabled friendly INDIA

Many people with disabilities who came to see the Taj Mahal could only gaze at it from the entrance. Not any more.

05/26/2009 06:20 AM

Indiana nonprofit hired to fix D.C.'s special-ed problems WASHINGTON DC

D.C. school officials are turning to an Indianapolis nonprofit group to help rescue them from a decades-long special education nightmare.

05/26/2009 06:19 AM

Care for caregivers GEORGIA

According to Gayle Alston, director of Community Initiatives at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, most people caring for loved ones do not consider themselves caregivers. Most simply consider it a duty.

05/26/2009 06:18 AM

Service aimed at helping disabled and older people opens in Saskatoon CANADA

A new business in Saskatoon is offering help for seniors and people with disabilities to become more independent.

05/26/2009 06:17 AM

Advocates fight over move to close state-run facilities for developmentally disabled MASSACHUSETTS

The right to choose is taking on a new meaning in Massachusetts, as advocates take two sides of a very different issue: The closing of state facilities for the developmentally disabled.

05/26/2009 06:15 AM

Parents applaud turnaround in special ed MONTANA

Chad Berg is just finishing his first school year after taking over the Bozeman School District’s troubled special-education program, and parents of children with disabilities say he is making a big difference.

05/26/2009 06:11 AM

American Programme donates to Society of Physically Disabled GHANA

The Sports Diplomacy Programme of the United States of America has donated a consignment of sporting equipment to the Sports Wing of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled at the weekend to help towards the organization and development of disabled sports in the country.

05/26/2009 06:10 AM

Leglislation designed to protect the developmentally disabled NEW JERSEY

Legislation designed to protect developmentally disabled beneficiaries by requiring the trustees and guardians designated in a will to post a bond and periodically provide accountings to the court has been approved by the state Senate.

05/26/2009 06:09 AM

Rehabilitation International conference set for Dubai

The 'Arab Decade of Disabled Persons' and the implementation of the UN conventions concerned with improving the quality of life of disabled people will be discussed during a conference to be held in November.

05/26/2009 06:07 AM

Olympic-sized success CALIFORNIA

Judy Szues used a secret weapon Saturday during her victorious 1,500-meter race at the Tri-Valley Special Olympics in La Crescenta.

05/26/2009 06:05 AM

Horse power - Animals are therapy for disabled VERMONT

On a sunny Thursday morning, Kim Becker rode an American Curly Horse named Keri around an indoor ring at Top O' The Hill Farm. At the end of her ride, Becker brushed the horse, fed her a carrot, gave her a hug and said "I love you."

05/26/2009 06:04 AM

Local MRDD finding ways to finance without tax levy OHIO

It was four years ago when officials at the Fairfield County Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities agency approached taxpayers with a request to replace a tax levy.

05/26/2009 06:03 AM

Hollywood school's sensory room a hit with disabled students FLORIDA

In this room, unlike anywhere else in his life, Eric Kercado, who is profoundly deaf and has limited vision, is in control. Sitting in front of a small fan, 6-year-old Eric presses a big round button turning the air on and off, on and off. VIDEO LINK.

05/26/2009 06:02 AM

Families to get boost with drop-in project UK

A MOVE has been made to create Scotland's first 'one-stop shop' of support services for children with disabilities.

05/26/2009 06:01 AM

Program to aid disabled graduates will expand KANSAS

Come this fall, more Wichita high school students with disabilities will be able to take an elective class that seeks to better prepare them for the workplace.

05/26/2009 05:59 AM

School Solutions: Help for Students with Learning Disabilities NORTH CAROLINA

What do Orlando Bloom, Cher, Jay Leno and students at a Triad school all have in common? They all have learning disabilities.

05/26/2009 05:56 AM

Parenting issues for women with disabilities in Australia

For many women with disabilities in Australia, the fundamental human right to create a family is not realisable. Instead, women with disabilities have traditionally been discouraged or denied the opportunity, to bear and raise children.

05/26/2009 05:55 AM

WHO chief says world should prepare for severe flu

Countries should be ready for more serious H1N1 flu infections and more deaths from the newly discovered virus, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said on Friday.

05/26/2009 05:52 AM

H1N1 flu infects 13,000 people in 46 countries: WHO

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that nearly 13,000 people have been confirmed infected with the new H1N1 flu strain but the number of countries affected is stable at 46.

Headlines (Posted May 22, 2009)

05/22/2009 09:55 AM

Matthew Drake shares his story OHIO

Matthew Drake spoke to a group of people including fellow veterans at St. Luke's Hospital last night as part of an annual lecture series. He told them they could overcome any obstacle. Matthew Drake has a simple message, 'Don't ever give up'. Matthew suffered a traumatic brain injury and at first doctors didn't know if he would live. VIDEO LINK.

05/22/2009 09:52 AM

National Bike Month highlights need for kids to use smart, safe bicycling habits on the road

May is the perfect month for National Bike Month, since neighborhoods across America suddenly seem to be teeming with kids on bikes into the early evening hours. The weather is warmer, daylight lasts longer, and it's the perfect time for kids to get in a little bike time before bed.

05/22/2009 09:49 AM

Brain injured need our support OPINION WEST VIRGINIA

On Friday, Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom will hold evidentiary hearings about this crisis. Many individuals and advocate organizations such as the Brain Injury Association of West Virginia, West Virginia Advocates, Brain Injury Care Coalition and the Traumatic Brain and Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Fund Board have been fighting for a waiver program from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for more than 20 years to no avail. Allowing brain injury care through a waiver program would be a win-win situation for these individuals.

05/22/2009 09:46 AM

Brain Injury Association offers tips on sports safety massachusetts

As the weather warms, more and more people are enjoying outdoor sports. Whether biking, skateboarding or rollerblading, obey the rules of the road and wear a properly fitting helmet.

05/22/2009 09:42 AM

Fish Really Is 'Brain Food': Vitamin D May Lessen Age-related Cognitive Decline

Eating fish - long considered 'brain food' - may really be good for the old grey matter, as is a healthy dose of sunshine, new research suggests.

05/22/2009 09:40 AM

NHLBI’s First Grants Supported by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Will Study Lung Diseases

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health today announced that it will award 22 grants totaling $3.3 million in funds provided from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to focus additional research on two common, yet complex and difficult-to-treat lung diseases.

05/22/2009 09:39 AM

Researchers Uncover Proteins Underlying Devastating Brain Diseases

Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have discovered a set of brain proteins responsible for some of the most common and devastating brain diseases. The proteins underlie epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disease, mental retardation and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases.

05/22/2009 09:38 AM

Identifying Pathways In The Brain To Understand The Underlying Molecular Mechanism Of Huntington's Disease

Florida Atlantic University researcher Dr. Jianning Wei, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science at FAU, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further her research into the molecular mechanisms of Huntington's disease (HD).

05/22/2009 09:37 AM

AAN 2009: Practice Parameter Updates on Women With Epilepsy, Electroencephalogram Monitoring

In this video, Drs. Andrew Wilner and Selim Benbadis discuss 3 updated AAN practice parameters on women, epilepsy, and pregnancy. They also discuss the utility of prolonged EEG video monitoring.

05/22/2009 09:29 AM

Brain-Scanning Process That Holds Promise For Epilepsy Treatments Developed By University Of Minnesota Researcher

University of Minnesota McKnight professor and Director of Center for Neuroengineering Bin He has developed a new technique that has led to preliminary successes in noninvasive imaging of seizure foci. He's technique promises to play an important role in the treatment of epileptic seizures.

05/22/2009 09:27 AM

Brain Injury Association of New Jersey Selected as State Lead Center of Excellence for New Jersey

The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey has been selected as the State Lead Center of Excellence for New Jersey. The BIANJ will implement the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) which was developed by the National Advisory Board of The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation.

05/22/2009 09:26 AM

World Health Assembly Opens Amidst Concerns About Influenza Pandemic

The 62nd World Health Assembly opened in Geneva, as officials from 193 member countries began their annual review of the activities of the World Health Organization and set new priorities for the future.

05/22/2009 09:26 AM

In A New Way Of Treating The Flu, Both The H And N Portions Of The Virus Are Targeted

What happens if the next big influenza mutation proves resistant to the available anti-viral drugs? This question is presenting itself right now to scientists and health officials this week at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, as they continue to do battle with H1N1, the so-called swine flu, and prepare for the next iteration of the ever-changing flu virus.

05/22/2009 09:25 AM

Norfolk wins Japan doubles title UK

Two-time Paralympic gold medallist Peter Norfolk won the doubles quad final with partner Sarah Hunter at the wheelchair tennis Japan Open.

05/22/2009 09:24 AM

Kenny secures double gold for GB UK

Paralympic champion Darren Kenny led the gold rush as Britain's cyclists dominated the medals at the Paralympic World Cup on Thursday.

05/22/2009 09:23 AM

Protein From Algae Shows Promise For Stopping SARS

A protein from algae may have what it takes to stop Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) infections, according to new research. A recent study has found that mice treated with the protein, Griffithsin (GRFT), had a 100 percent survival rate after exposure to the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), as compared to a 30 percent survival for untreated mice.

05/22/2009 09:19 AM

Yale Team Identifies Key To Potential New Treatment For Allergy-Induced Asthma

In research that could lead to new asthma drugs, scientists at Yale School of Medicine, Hydra Biosciences of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the University of California, San Francisco have discovered that a protein may be a trigger of allergy-induced asthma in mice.

05/22/2009 09:17 AM

Stroke prevention possible FLORIDA

Finn Hurley's muscles are still weak and even writing his name requires concentration. During a stroke, blood flow to the brain is suddenly interrupted and this brain attack can be a killer. VIDEO LINK.

05/22/2009 09:14 AM

How Down Syndrome Stops Cancer

For decades scientists have known that people with Down syndrome, who have an extra copy of chromosome 21, get certain types of cancer at dramatically lower rates than normal. Now, partly by using stem cells derived from the skin of an individual with Down syndrome, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have pinpointed the gene that appears to underlie the cancer-protective effect.

05/22/2009 09:13 AM

Doctors and scientists working to save lives after brain aneurysm or injury KENTUCKY

Since our reports on aneurysm started airing Tuesday, we've received a lot of response from viewers who have had the same medical situation in their family. VIDEO LINK.

05/22/2009 09:12 AM

Year after spinal cord injury, Nick Williams cheers on Spanish River at state tourney FLORIDA

A year ago, Nick Williams was in the intensive care unit of North Broward Medical Center fighting for his life instead of playing in the state volleyball tournament.

05/22/2009 09:11 AM

A Specialty Rehabilitation Program for Traumatic Brain Injury

With a decade of successful outcomes Northeast Center for Special Care is recognized as a leader in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

Visit us on the web - find out why we are the most talked about program for brain injury and take a virtual tour.

05/22/2009 09:11 AM

Are You With Us?: Murderball

"It used to be called Murderball," says US Quad Rugby player Mark Zupan. "But you can't really market Murderball to corporate sponsors." And with that, directors Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro pretty much slap the audience in the face with a large wad of irony, using Murderball as the title for their documentary.

05/22/2009 09:08 AM

Disabled sailor in solo attempt UK

Hilary Lister, who is paralysed from the neck down, had been due to leave on Wednesday, but she suffered breathing difficulties and was taken to hospital. The 37-year-old from Kent was given the all-clear and she set sail from Plymouth to Falmouth in Cornwall in the first of 40 day-long sails.

05/22/2009 09:05 AM

New MLA not defined by her disability CANADA

Surrey's newest face of politics is an arts and culture enthusiast with a sense of humour, quick to admit that while she adores theatre and the arts, she has no personal talent on that level. Stephanie Cadieux says she is also a woman who takes her job seriously, and nothing for granted.

05/22/2009 09:02 AM

New brain imaging method shows promise for epilepsy

The solitary enclosure is the size of a small bedroom, but it weighs 7 tons. It's lined with special metal walls thick enough to hide kryptonite from Superman.

05/22/2009 09:01 AM

Drug Cuts Amputation Risk in Diabetes

Treating type 2 diabetes patients with a cholesterol-lowering drug called fenofibrate cuts the risk of a first diabetes-related limb amputation by 36%, according to a new study published this week in The Lancet.

05/22/2009 08:59 AM

Natalie Du Toit: 'If I can achieve a dream, then anyone can' UK

In the midst of her busy schedule yesterday - training in the pool from 5am to 7.30am, dashing off urgently afterwards to sort out a temporary passport, grabbing lunch, heading to the gym for an afternoon session, and then training in the pool during the evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm - Natalie Du Toit found a little room to reflect on her life and times.

05/22/2009 08:58 AM

Heather Mills turned down Bionic Commando role

According to a Twitter update, Mills wanted a large (potentially six-figure) donation to be made to charity, and that the publisher had wanted her in the game "because of her charity work with amputees."

05/22/2009 08:57 AM

Celebrating 25 years of support for amputees CANADA

When she was only 18, Carol Mills lost her left leg above the knee to the same cancer Terry Fox had. She didn't think it was the end of her life, but others sure did.

05/22/2009 08:55 AM

Amputees get their C-Legs TENNESSEE

Deniese Hodge sees the future in her shiny new leg. But the C-Leg, a computerized prosthesis Hodge got two months ago, could change that. VIDEO LINK.

05/22/2009 08:54 AM

After Concussion, Follow-Up Visit a Must

Children admitted to a hospital with a concussion should have a follow-up assessment with a clinician before resuming normal play activities or sports, a new study suggests.

05/22/2009 08:50 AM

Service dog euthanized at shelter SOUTH CAROLINA

After searching for 11-yearold Faith Lamiroult's seizure alert dog for days, the family finally located Apache Wednesday -just minutes after the dog was put to sleep at the Beaufort County Animal Shelter. Apache, also 11, was picked up by a Beaufort County Ani- mal Control officer on May 14 after someone reported her as a stray. She was found not far from the family's home, wear- ing a collar and a 2006 rabies tag. The family isn't sure how the Australian shepherd got out of their fenced yard but the dog never wandered far from the home where she constantly watched over Faith.

05/22/2009 08:48 AM

Missing Service Dog Found In Broomfield COLORADO

A desperate search for a missing service dog came to a happy end Thursday in the northern part of the Denver metro area. VIDEO LINK.

05/22/2009 08:46 AM

Snoring and sleep apnea can affect women MISSOURI

The stereotype that snoring is an issue for men is false. Many women snore and, although sleep apnea was at one time thought to be rare in women, the latest evidence shows that women account for one in three people who suffer from it.

05/22/2009 08:43 AM

Surgery, Oral Devices Associated With Improvement In Sleep Breathing Disorder

Treatment with surgery or an oral appliance that adjusts the jaw is associated with improvements in obstructive sleep apnea, a condition caused by blocked upper airways in which patients periodically stop breathing during sleep, according to two reports in the May issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals

05/22/2009 08:41 AM

Swine Flu Must Be Global Phenomenon to Spark Pandemic, WHO Says

Swine flu would need to become a "global phenomenon" before it could be declared a pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said, as the number of new reported cases declined and surveillance for the virus was pared at airports in Japan and the U.K.

05/22/2009 08:40 AM

Toshiba Introduces New Multi-Detector CT Systems

Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. introduces two advanced multi-detector CT systems, the Aquilion(R) Premium edition and the Aquilion CX edition. The Aquilion Premium rounds out the company's CT portfolio to include a product with 160-detector rows and coverage up to 8 cm in a single rotation.

05/22/2009 08:40 AM

Covidien Announces Milestone Placement In Remote Respiratory Monitoring

Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, has announced a key milestone in the continued growth and use of the OxiNetTM III remote respiratory monitoring system in U.S. hospitals.

05/22/2009 08:38 AM

Vaccination may reduce respiratory infections in Inuits CANADA

Public health interventions and vaccination to prevent respiratory tract infections could reduce the rates of hospital admission for Inuit children, two new studies suggest.

05/22/2009 08:37 AM

South Korea's top court upholds 'right to die' verdict

South Korea - Doctors treating a comatose woman must remove her from life support as her family requests, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding a landmark ruling for South Korea.

05/22/2009 08:34 AM

Bill to allow payments to spousal caregivers sent to Gov. Quinn ILLINOIS

When Kathi Kupferschmid found out Tuesday that lawmakers had just voted to send the governor a plan to let people get paid for providing full-time care to their disabled spouses, one word leaped to mind.

05/22/2009 08:32 AM

A family's fight against ALS VIRGINIA

The pictures on the wall of Josh Thompson's oceanfront home tell the story of a man who has it all: a rich, good looking, strong surfer with a beautiful bride.

05/22/2009 08:30 AM

Altair Therapeutics Reports Successful Completion Of Phase I Study Of Inhaled AIR645

Altair Therapeutics, Inc., a privately-held, biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for respiratory diseases, reported results from its phase I study evaluating the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of its lead product, once-weekly inhaled AIR645, in healthy volunteers.

05/22/2009 08:29 AM

Gene Therapy Could Expand Stem Cells' Promise

Once placed into a patient's body, stem cells intended to treat or cure a disease could end up wreaking havoc simply because they are no longer under the control of the clinician.

05/22/2009 08:28 AM

Lifestyle Program For Patients With COPD Is Health And Cost Effective

Patients with moderate COPD were randomized to receive "usual care" or to undergo an interdisciplinary, community-based program (INTERCOM) that offered an intensive lifestyle moderation phase of four months, during which patients were instructed in detail to perform two 15-minute intervals of pleasurable walking or cycling, and offered instruction in other lifestyle changes such as nutrition and smoking cessation.

05/22/2009 08:28 AM

Vitamin D May Halt Lung Function Decline In Asthma And COPD

Vitamin D may slow the progressive decline in the ability to breathe that can occur in people with asthma as a result of human airway smooth muscle (HASM) proliferation, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

05/22/2009 08:26 AM

CBS 2's Drs. Answer Your Swine Flu Questions NEW YORK

As more schools continue to shut their doors and the number of confirmed and probable cases of swine flu grow within the tri-state, questions are mounting about the H1N1 virus and the steps we can take to prevent ourselves from catching it and keeping it from spreading. VIDEO LINK.

05/22/2009 08:26 AM

Novartis' investigational bronchodilator QAB149 improves lung function in COPD patients: Phase-III data

Initial results from three pivotal phase III trials show the Novartis investigational bronchodilator QAB149 (indacaterol) could deliver clinically relevant lung function improvements, within five minutes of the first dose, lasting for 24 hours in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

05/22/2009 08:25 AM

Heatwave Plan Updated With Advice For Those With Respiratory Problems UK

The Heatwave Plan has been updated to advise those suffering breathing problems that although ozone levels increase in hot weather, they drop in the evening. People with respiratory problems should stay inside during the hottest part of the day and windows should be kept shaded and closed when the temperature is hotter outside than inside.

05/22/2009 08:24 AM

Spiration Presents Results Of Two Analyses Of Methods For Evaluating Effectiveness Of Bronchial Valve Treatment For Severe Emphysema

Spiration, Inc., a developer of novel medical devices designed to benefit patients with severe and chronic conditions of the lung, presented results of two analyses of methods used for evaluating U.S. Pilot Study effectiveness of bronchial valve treatment for severe emphysema at the annual American Thoracic Society (ATS) International conference taking place in San Diego May 15 to 22, 2009.

05/22/2009 07:54 AM

PARI Pharma's Nebulized DSCG Shows Results Similar To Inhaled Steroids In Asthma Studies Presented At ATS

This week, Swiss researchers presented positive data from an ongoing Phase II clinical study at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference that compared PARI Pharma's inhaled IsoCrom, an isotonic 1% disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) solution, to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in 28 children with atopic asthma. Results showed decreases in mean asthma symptom scores without a change in lung function for both groups.

05/22/2009 07:53 AM

More Strokes Can - And Should - Be Prevented

The number of people who each year die or are severely disabled by stroke could be substantially reduced through a cheap blood test and simple inexpensive treatment.

05/22/2009 07:52 AM

Ambulance Phone Triage System Misses More Than 50% Of Stroke Patients

The ambulance phone triage system misses more than 50 per cent of people who have had a stroke, reveals research published in Emergency Medicine Journal.

05/22/2009 07:49 AM

TIA's Are An Important Warning Sign For Stroke OHIO

More than a third of all Americans who have a TIA, or a 'mini-stroke,' will eventually suffer a stroke.According to varying sources, up to 20% of people who have a TIA will have a stroke within 90 days.

05/22/2009 07:48 AM

Norwin students experience handicaps first-hand PENNSYLVANIA

Brian Mesich's anatomy classes found out first hand what it's like to be disabled. The Norwin Senior High School teacher's assignment took his students from being in good physical shape to physically handicapped.

05/22/2009 07:46 AM

Disabled seek 'Fuel Call' button at Mich. pumps

For most people, putting gas in their cars is no big deal, but for Mike Harris and Jerry Wolffe, it's more like an ordeal. Harris and Wolffe have physical disabilities that make it a burden to fill their fuel tanks without help from others.

05/22/2009 07:44 AM

Azure gives paralysed Neil new role UK

A FORMER Northumberland miner who thought his work life was over after a serious motorcycle accident is launching on a new career - thanks to a leading north east disability charity.

05/22/2009 07:43 AM

11 disabled children score above 90 per cent in CBSE exams INDIA

Eleven disabled students were among 15,839 children who secured above 90 per cent in class 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams.

05/22/2009 07:42 AM

Renewing the disability movement MALTA

Disability in Malta is one colossal issue that is estimated at affecting circa 30,000 citizens directly (going with the 5-10% WHO estimate) and at least another 80,000 family members.

05/22/2009 07:41 AM

GTAC Disability Meet Produces World Record, American Records OHIO

THE Greater Toledo Aquatic Club Disability Meet, held at the University of Cincinnati last weekend, produces a Paralympic world record along with 11 American standards.

05/22/2009 07:40 AM

Disability Action Crew active once again PENNSYLVANIA

Members of the Disability Action Crew said they're ready to begin working on accessibility issues in the Hazleton area again.

05/22/2009 07:39 AM

Disabled volunteers serve others through Meals on Wheels UTAH

With concentration, Jon Baird counts out two milks, two salads, two bags of chips and two hot meals to deliver as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

05/22/2009 07:37 AM

State leads way with data-rich look at the disabled, expert says COLORADO

Colorado's independent-living providers are leading the nation in a data-driven approach to better serve people with disabilities, a national expert on disability-related statistics said Wednesday.

05/22/2009 07:35 AM

People who apply for disability benefits sometimes wait years for a ruling TEXAS

Linda King says diabetes and heart problems forced her to quit her office job and apply for disability benefits in January 2007. While she waited, she made ends meet off the $300 to $350 her cousin gave her every month. That had to cover bills, medicine, and lunchmeat and soup.

05/22/2009 07:34 AM

Adapted sports making changes TEXAS

Ron Davis is aware of the perception issues that come with adapted sports, and he wants to change them. He knows that when most spectators watch a game of wheelchair basketball, for instance, they tend to see the chair first, and not the person sitting in it.

05/22/2009 07:34 AM

Experts discuss housing needs of the disabled, elderly NEW JERSEY

Before he crosses the street, Montclair resident Leroy Nash, who is blind, listens to the motors of idling cars at traffic lights. Once he hears that the vehicles, heading in the same direction he is walking in, begin to accelerate, Nash knows he has the green light and can step into the crosswalk.

05/22/2009 07:32 AM

Users complain about long waits, poor service on Wheelway CANADA

Users of a paratransit system on the northeast Avalon had some praise, but more complaints about the service at a public meeting in St. John's Wednesday night.

05/22/2009 07:31 AM

Students enjoy work at 3rd Annual Job Olympics WISCONSIN

The 3rd annual Job Olympics allowes people with cognitive disabilities to compete in events that may be done in the workplace.

05/22/2009 07:30 AM

Help Wanted: Town Offers Work Programs for Youth and Disabled CONNECTICUT

East Haven is offering two summer work programs. The first, which is funded by a Workforce Alliance grant, aims to employ moderate-income youth, while the second is a town-funded program.

05/22/2009 07:28 AM

Special day for special families CALIFORNIA

Thousands of East County special-needs children and adults - along with their families - gathered at DeLuna Ranch in Brentwood recently for the 25th annual Lions Special Kids Day.

05/22/2009 07:27 AM

A Doggone Good Business CONNECTICUT

Independence for individuals with disabilities is the goal, and a peanut-butter dog biscuit is the method. It might seem a convoluted route, but Vista students who master the steps in the treat-making process are learning skills that make them a valuable part of the workforce.

05/22/2009 07:26 AM

Darren Kenny stars as Britain dominate at Paralympic World Cup UK

Kenny won the LC3-4/CP3 one-kilometre time-trial, ahead of team-mates Rik Waddon and Simon Richardson. Kenny, who has cerebral palsy, clocked 1min 10.534sec, securing Britain's second gold from two events on the track after Jody Cundy's victory earlier in the day.

05/22/2009 07:25 AM

Vocational Rehabilitation: Helping Canadian Forces Veterans Overcome Disabilities and Achieve Career Goals

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced that CanVet VR Services has been contracted to provide the vocational components of Veterans Affairs Canada's broader Rehabilitation Program.

05/22/2009 07:24 AM

Quadriplegic plans to enter Nanaimo bathtub race CANADA

It was diving into a lake 10 years ago that left Cory Parsons a quadriplegic. Now, after an epic physical and mental struggle to regain his independence and a semblance of the active lifestyle that once defined him, the 33-year-old Nanaimo resident is returning to the water, this time to show the world that people with disabilities can do anything they set their mind to.

05/22/2009 07:23 AM

Charters Seek to Run Their Own Ship on Special Education CALIFORNIA

Ten local charter schools want to turn to an office more than 500 miles away in El Dorado County to help them educate children with disabilities using the schools' own staff and strategies, instead of paying San Diego Unified to help meet those needs.

05/22/2009 07:22 AM

Brain damage didn't deter him SAUDI ARABIA

Wasel Al-Muqrin, a 21-year-old college student, is aspiring to become a librarian, as he is fond of books. Sitting in front of a computer or in the passenger seat of a car, he looks normal. However, when talking to him or watching him move, one realizes he is not as normal as first assumed.

05/22/2009 07:21 AM

Town hits barrier with provincial accessibility standard CANADA

The Town of Richmond Hill is having some trouble adhering to the guidelines put forward by the provincial government's proposed Employment Accessibility Standard.

05/22/2009 07:20 AM

Special needs kids lead tour of Bloomington school CALIFORNIA

Established in 2008 by Colton-based Advanced Education Services, the school reaches kindergarten through 12th-grade students who have severe learning disabilities or emotional problems.

05/22/2009 07:19 AM

Goodwill employee receives companion dog after several year wait TEXAS

Pulling a plastic baggy from his black fanny pack Thursday, Keith Dunn reached inside to grab a single dog treat as his new companion, Cedar, inched up toward Dunn’s wheelchair to snatch the food from his hand.

05/22/2009 07:17 AM

Employing people with disabilities PENNSYLVANIA

Employing people with disabilities was the focus of the keynote speaker at Carbon County Chamber of Commerce meeting held Wednesday at Flagstaff Ballroom, Jim Thorpe.

05/22/2009 07:16 AM

National pageant comes to Rapid City SOUTH DAKOTA

The nation's biggest pageant for women who use wheelchairs is coming to Rapid City in August. The Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant, along with its 27 contestants and their families and friends, will be in town for the Aug. 29 event and a week of activities leading up to it.

05/22/2009 07:15 AM

Mother appalled with disability funding cuts AUSTRALIA

A MUSWELLBROOK mother is appalled by the government's intention to withdraw unspent disability funding from public schools.

05/22/2009 07:14 AM

AMC theater offers 'sensory-friendly' movies NEW YORK

Twelve-year-old Alex Landestoy of Binghamton loves going to the movies. A duo of developmental disabilities doesn't stop him from enjoying the experience.

05/22/2009 07:12 AM

Special-education student savors graduation ARIZONA

A few short steps up to a stage and a congratulatory handshake brought a happy ending to a Gilbert family's struggle for fairness.

05/22/2009 07:11 AM

Emmaus High graduate named Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania

Kate Matelan, 21, of Emmaus has been named 2009 Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania, an award that honors the accomplishments of women with disabilities.

05/22/2009 07:10 AM

Poll site access bill passes Assembly NEW YORK

The Assembly has passed legislation drafted by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill of Kingston that would ensure poll site access. This is the seventh year that the bill made if through that house, but not the Senate.

05/22/2009 07:09 AM

Flu fears close more schools, others reopen NEW YORK

This morning, another nine schools in New York City are set to close today because of the fears of the swine flu. But a number are set to reopen. VIDEO LINK.

05/22/2009 07:08 AM

ANSI-HSSP Releases Workshop Report on Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) has published a Workshop Report on the need for standards-based solutions to assist individuals with disabilities and special needs during emergencies or natural disasters.

05/22/2009 07:08 AM

UAB Summer Camp Goes High Tech for Kids With Disabilities

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many children, but for children with autism, cerebral palsy and cognitive disabilities that make communication difficult, summer camp may not be an option.

05/22/2009 07:05 AM

People With Disabilities Protest Against 'Offensive Song' RWANDA

There has been growing controversy between the organizations of people with disabilities and local musician Kitoko Bibarwa over his latest song 'Ikiragi' which they claim is offensive and stigmatises them.

05/22/2009 07:04 AM

Down's syndrome reveals one key to fighting cancer

People with Down's syndrome rarely get most kinds of cancer and U.S. researchers have nailed down one reason why -- they have extra copies of a gene that helps keep tumors from feeding themselves.

05/22/2009 06:58 AM

WHO's Chan "will not shy away" from pandemic alert

The head of the World Health Organization said Thursday she would not hesitate to raise the global pandemic alert to the top of the six-point scale if the new H1N1 flu is spreading globally.

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05/20/2009 10:51 AM

Invention Awards: A Real-Life Babel Fish For the Speaking Impaired

When Michael Callahan was 17, he lost his short-term memory when he hit his head in a skateboarding accident. "The neural pathways were all wrong," he recalls. Within weeks, he was back to normal, but the incident left him thinking, how could he help people who had permanently lost abilities that most of us take for granted? Five years later, he came up with the Audeo, a tiny device that detects electrical activity between the brain and vocal cords and turns it into audible speech.

05/20/2009 10:48 AM

Gregoire signs high school sports concussion law WASHINGTON

Zackery Lystedt's cause has become Washington law. The state now has what advocates say is the nation's toughest law regulating when high school athletes can return to games after having sustained a concussion.

05/20/2009 10:47 AM

H1N1 flu deaths and cases edge higher - WHO

The number of confirmed cases of the new Influenza A (H1N1) flu has risen to 10,243 and the death toll has edged up to 80, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

05/20/2009 10:44 AM

Hospitals swamped amid flu fears

On Long Island, N.Y., hospitals are scrambling to bring extra workers in to handle a 50% surge in visitors to emergency rooms. In Galveston, Texas, the local hospital ran out of flu testing kits after being overwhelmed with patients worried about having contracted swine flu.

05/20/2009 10:41 AM

Chuck Olmstead's family: We want people to know more about brain aneurysms KENTUCKY

"We met when we were 13 -- believe it or not," Candy Olmstead tells WHAS11's Melissa Swan. Maybe that's why Chuck and Candy always seemed to mesh so well. VIDEO LINK.

05/20/2009 10:40 AM

Emergency Surgery: Doctor Saves Boy's Life Using 'Handyman' Drill for Brain Operation AUSTRALIA

Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike on Friday in the small Victoria state city of Maryborough, hitting his head on the pavement, his father, Michael, said Wednesday. He was not wearing a helmet. At the hospital, Dr. Rob Carson realized the boy was suffering from bleeding on the brain, which can be fatal, and knew he had to make a hole in the boy's skull to relieve the pressure. But the small hospital was not equipped with neurological drills - so Carson sent for a household drill from the maintenance room.

05/20/2009 10:36 AM

Teen Safe Driving PSA Contest Winner Announced FLORIDA

Mothers Against Brain Injury, Shands Jacksonville's TraumaOne and First Coast News have partnered together to do something about the very serious issue of Unsafe Driving Practices by Teens.

05/20/2009 10:34 AM

Michigan City's Brinckman making 'miracle' recovery from injury ILLINOIS

What happened to Michigan City senior Courtney Brinckman on April 28, her track coach, Tim Bumber, called "the scariest thing I've ever seen as a coach or a fan of athletics." As she vaulted into the air, she lost her grip on the bar. "She did a flip backwards and landed on the back of her head," Phil said.

05/20/2009 10:33 AM

Call for backing for NHS-run brain injury support service UK

A campaigner is urging MSPs to back plans to establish an NHS-run support service for people with brain injuries in Aberdeen.

05/20/2009 10:32 AM

VA's brain injury lab may be moved from UT to Waco

Congressional staffers will visit Central Texas on Thursday to evaluate whether a brain injury research program housed at the University of Texas should move to Waco.

05/20/2009 10:31 AM

Brain-injury victim warns teens on the dangers of driving drunk CONNECTICUT

Parents who talk till they're blue in the face about the dangers of drunken driving might want to hand over the lecturing duties to Brandon Silveria.

05/20/2009 10:28 AM

Child brains wired differently than adult ones

It's hard to say what's going on in the heads of children, but a new study shows how it's going on.

05/20/2009 10:28 AM

Rituximab Linked To Often Fatal Brain Virus

The 57-year-old lawyer in New York had handily completed the New York Times' Saturday crossword puzzle - the hardest of the week - for years. But one Saturday morning, suddenly he couldn't retrieve the words to fill in the squares.

05/20/2009 10:27 AM

Computer Model Predicts Brain Tumor Growth And Evolution

Researchers from Brown University and other institutions have developed a computational computer model of how brain tumors grow and evolve.

05/20/2009 10:26 AM

Could Emphysema Start in Childhood?

Everyone knows secondhand smoke can hurt young lungs, but most of the time the risk is associated with asthma or later development of lung cancer.

05/20/2009 10:24 AM

ASCO 2009: Immunotherapy Prolongs Survival in High-risk Pediatric Neuroblastoma

An experimental antibody product, manufactured at the National Cancer Institute, has shown a 20% increase in survival in children with high-risk neuroblastoma.

05/20/2009 10:24 AM

World Premiere Of Innovative Medical Devices For Neurosurgery

Renishaw, a world leader in engineering technologies, is introducing an exciting range of high precision systems for functional and stereotactic neurosurgery at the 15th Quadrennial Meeting of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN) taking place in Toronto, Canada, from May 24th to 27th 2009.

05/20/2009 10:22 AM

Influenza 2009 A (H1N1): An emerging story

According to the World Health Organization, as of 16 May 2009, 36 countries around the world have officially reported 8451 confirmed cases and 72 deaths from influenza A (H1N1) infection.

05/20/2009 10:20 AM

Are Electronic Medical Records The Future?

The heart attack patient arriving by Medevec is unconscious, and the paper medical records that came with him are costing time. Emergency physician Dr. Doug Smith must search for the patient's most recent EKG. VIDEO LINK.

05/20/2009 10:19 AM

New Vaccine Strategy Might Offer Protection Against Pandemic Influenza Strains

A novel vaccine strategy using virus-like particles (VLPs) could provide stronger and longer-lasting influenza vaccines with a significantly shorter development and production time than current ones, allowing public health authorities to react more quickly in the event of a potential pandemic.

05/20/2009 10:19 AM

Flu Shot Not Effective In Preventing Flu-Related Hospitalizations In Asthmatic Children

The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma.

05/20/2009 10:18 AM

Why Does Eczema Often Lead To Asthma?

Many young children who get a severe skin rash develop asthma months or years later. Doctors call the progression from eczema, or atopic dermatitis, to breathing problems the atopic march.

05/20/2009 10:16 AM

Amputee Coalition of America Names Marshall Cohen, Esq., Development Committee Chair

Marshall Cohen, Esq., a member of the Amputee Coalition of America Board of Directors, was named chair of the Amputee Coalition's Development Committee. The Development Committee provides oversight of the organization's overall fundraising policies, plans, goals and strategies.

05/20/2009 10:15 AM

Saving Lives With New Stroke Technology SOUTH CAROLINA

Strokes are never a good thing. You lose blood flow to the brain, but for those who suffer a brain attack. VIDEO LINK.

05/20/2009 10:14 AM

Stroke strikes suddenly

Imagine you are sitting at your kitchen table reading your morning paper with a cup of coffee, and your cup suddenly falls from your hand.

05/20/2009 10:13 AM

Stroke Alert: Warning Signs and Risk Factors

The Emergency Room is the place a person should go or be taken should he or she have a stroke, and you have to act fast. All too often, though, we slough off the warning signs, dismissing them as something else. Something less important.

05/20/2009 10:12 AM

When it comes to stroke: Think FAST FLORIDA

For Finn Hurley simple stepping exercises still take concentration.

05/20/2009 10:09 AM

Right ER may be key after stroke ILLINOIS

Phyllis Weiss awoke in the middle of the night, her arms flailing wildly. She tried to speak but couldn't. Her right side was paralyzed. Her husband called 911 and said she was having a stroke.

05/20/2009 10:08 AM

Year after spinal cord injury, Nick Williams cheers on Spanish River at state tourney FLORIDA

A year ago, Nick Williams was in the intensive care unit of North Broward Medical Center fighting for his life instead of playing in the state volleyball tournament.

05/20/2009 10:06 AM

Trainers Group Offers Spinal-Injury Guidelines

According to a new position statement from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), proper management of acute spinal injuries on the athletic playing field is crucial, given that sports participation constitutes the second most common cause of spinal cord injuries for Americans age 30 and younger.

05/20/2009 10:05 AM

Ill health hits solo sail attempt UK

Hilary Lister, who is paralysed from the neck down, was taken to hospital on Tuesday where she was monitored for two hours before being allowed home.

05/20/2009 10:00 AM

Drinking Too Much Cola Can Lead To Muscle Paralysis

Researchers in Greece carrying out a review of cases of patients suffering symptoms ranging from mild weakness to profound muscle paralysis are warning about excessive cola consumption that can lead to hypokalaemia, or low levels of blood potassium.

05/20/2009 09:59 AM

Amputee footballers defy FA snub UK

Amputee footballers from Lancashire whose World Cup dreams were snubbed by the Football Association insist they will raise the cash to compete themselves.

05/20/2009 09:59 AM

Amputees Helped by Visitors in Bismarck NORTH DAKOTA

Living with out a limb understandably has it's challenges. Finding a prosthetic that works doesn't come easy, and sometimes finding motivation is even harder. But today Hangar Prosthetics brought in two experts in both topics to help amputees in their recovery.

05/20/2009 09:58 AM

Artificial Limb and Brace Fitters Under Greater Scrutiny TENNESSEE

State and national regulators are putting the fitters of artificial limbs and body braces under greater scrutiny because of fraud and an increased demand for services.

05/20/2009 09:57 AM

Lead Painted Buttons CANADA

Zellers announced today that it is recalling a 2-piece infant sleeper and booties with buttons painted using lead paint. The 2-piece sets were sold at Zellers stores across Canada from January 2008 at a price of $12.97.

05/20/2009 09:54 AM

RC2 to dispose of lead-containing toys from Dyersville ILLINOIS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a compliance order to Rc2 Corp. of Oak Brook, Ill., to test and dispose of lead-containing toys stored at distribution centers in Rochelle, Ill., and Dyersville.

05/20/2009 09:53 AM

More Than 1,500 Service Dogs Receive Free Sight Saving Eye Exams

She has been blind for 13 years. So, when Lisa Davidson, of Warminster, PA found out about the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam event, she was elated.

05/20/2009 09:52 AM

Father held on charges of shaking baby MASSACHUSETTS

A Salem father of four charged with shaking his youngest child during a fight with the child's mother will remain in custody, after a judge ruled yesterday he poses a danger if released.

05/20/2009 09:52 AM

Father, 20, charged in shaken-baby death OHIO

A Pike County man accused of killing his 5-month-old namesake is being held under a $3 million bond.

05/20/2009 09:51 AM

Helping to prevent shaken baby syndrome NEVADA

A two month old baby is in the hospital, a victim of shaken baby syndrome and police want to make sure it doesn't happen again. VIDEO LINK.

05/20/2009 09:50 AM

Uncle charged in 'shaken baby' death VIRGINIA

An Arkansas man has been charged in the death of his 11-month-old niece in Virginia Beach, who police say died of injuries consistent with "shaken baby syndrome."

05/20/2009 09:48 AM

Sleep Apnea Treatment Not Curing Daytime Fatigue

Even with regular positive airway pressure, or CPAP treatments, extreme sleepiness during the day remains a constant annoyance for individuals suffering from sleep apnea, Reuters Health reported.

05/20/2009 09:48 AM

Patients With Sleep Apnea Should Avoid Driving After A Bad Night's Sleep & Even Small Amounts Of Alcohol

Patients with undiagnosed or untreated obstructive sleep apnea are especially vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation and even legal doses of alcohol when it comes to lowered driving performance and increased risk of vehicular accidents, according to new research to be announced on May 19 at the American Thoracic Society's 105th International Conference in San Diego.

05/20/2009 09:46 AM

Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea And Diabetic Retinopathy

The eyes may be the window into the soul, but they may also contain important medical information. According to new research presented at the American Thoracic Society's 105th International Conference in San Diego on May 19, patients with diabetes who have retinopathy should also be screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

05/20/2009 09:46 AM

Folic Acid May Improve Asthma, Allergies

Folic acid, or vitamin B9, may help treat allergic reactions and allergy symptoms, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

05/20/2009 09:45 AM

TRP Ion Channel Drug Can Treat Allergy-Induced Asthma In Mouse Study

Hydra Biosciences, Inc., a biotech company developing novel ion channel drugs, has announced that research published by Hydra Biosciences scientists and collaborators at Yale University for the first time identified the ion channel TRPA1 as playing an essential role in allergic asthma and demonstrated that Hydra's TRPA1 antagonist HC-030031 effectively treated allergic asthma in mice.

05/20/2009 09:39 AM

Following WTC Terrorist Attacks, High Self-Reported Asthma Rates In Chinatown, N.Y.

Research conducted seven years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City (NYC) found that children attending the socioeconomically and ethnically homogeneous elementary school closest to Ground Zero have high rates of self-reported asthma and airway obstruction.

05/20/2009 09:38 AM

A New Pandemic Fear: A Shortage of Surgical Masks

The surgical face mask has become perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the H1N1 pandemic threat, but if the currently circulating flu virus does in fact reach full-fledged pandemic proportions, U.S. health officials say there won't be enough face masks to go around.

05/20/2009 09:36 AM

Friends, family mourn 'Mini-Donut Man's' passing WASHINGTON

Tracy Bartlett, known to many simply as the mini-donut man, passed away Monday from complications of a rare disease. A few months ago Bartlett was hospitalized with brain encephalitis. His family thought he was getting better but his condition started to go downhill.

05/20/2009 09:35 AM

Kimberly-Clark Microcuff Adult Endotracheal Tube Shown to Reduce the Incidence of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Kimberly-Clark Health Care announced the presentation of data related to the Kimberly-Clark Microcuff Adult Endotracheal (ET) Tube at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) meeting in San Diego this week. The study, conducted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, demonstrated a 43 percent reduction in the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) when using the Microcuff ET Tube.

05/20/2009 09:35 AM

Obese Moms, Asthmatic Kids

Babies born to obese mothers may have an increased risk of asthma, according to data from a new study to be presented on May 19 at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego.

05/20/2009 09:34 AM

Acute Respiratory Disease Poses Significantly Greater Risk for Black Americans

Black Americans are nearly twice as likely to develop acute lung injury, or ALI, as white Americans, according to researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. The study also revealed that black patients did not have a higher risk of in-hospital death when compared to white patients.

05/20/2009 09:34 AM

Tobramycin Inhalation Powder (TIP) Improved Lung Function In Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Patients With Respiratory Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (Pa) Infection

In a Phase III study, TIP, an inhaled investigational formulation of tobramycin, improved lung function (as measured by FEV1) in cystic fibrosis patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) infection, compared to placebo.

05/20/2009 09:33 AM

New Procedure Alleviates Symptoms In People With Severe Asthma

A new drug-free treatment for asthma has been shown to be effective in an international study of patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma. The results showed statistically significant improvements in quality of life and reductions in asthma attacks and emergency room visits for patients who underwent the treatment.

05/20/2009 09:32 AM

Cigarette smoking hurts women more than men

It's no secret that smoking isn't a healthy habit for anyone. But a growing body of research suggests women are more vulnerable to the lung-damaging effects of cigarettes than men.

05/20/2009 09:31 AM

Safe For Passengers With Lung Disease To Travel By Air, Study Suggests

Oxygen levels while flying are substantially less than at ground level. Current guidelines for in-flight oxygen levels are sufficient to support the needs of passengers with non-obstructed lung disease.

05/20/2009 09:30 AM

New Options Offered for Sleep Apnea

Two new treatments -- one surgical and the other an appliance that adjusts the jaw -- might help people with sleep apnea, which has proven tough to treat.

05/20/2009 09:29 AM

Awareness of deep vein thrombosis can save lives PENNSYLVANIA

Chris Gathagan, athletic director, physical education teacher and basketball coach at St. Edmund's Academy in Squirrel Hill, was having "a very tough time breathing" and "a really tough time going upstairs" over the Labor Day weekend of 2006. He also had a lot of pain in his left leg that felt nothing like the discomfort he'd suffered because of arthritis or injury that required three knee surgeries.

05/20/2009 09:27 AM

NCCN Updates Supportive Care Guidelines for VTE

NCCN recently updated the NCCN Guidelines for Venous Thromboembolic Disease, which includes both deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and is a common condition in people with cancer. Noted updates include the expanded use of graduated compression stockings in prophylaxis and treatment, and a strengthened recommendation for VTE prophylaxis in general.

05/20/2009 09:27 AM

Growing up with smokers may cause lasting lung damage

Adults who were exposed to large amounts of secondhand smoke during childhood have lungs that look different on CT scans from those of people who grew up in a smoke-free environment, a new study suggests.

05/20/2009 09:24 AM

Healthier Lifestyle Can Cut COPD Symptoms

A lifestyle intervention program that promoted exercise, healthy eating and quitting smoking improved the health of people with mild to moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was cost-effective, a new study shows.

05/20/2009 09:24 AM

Majority of families with disabled children face prejudice, says survey UK

Families in the UK with disabled children feel excluded from society due to a shortage of services and negative attitudes, according to a charity survey published today.

05/20/2009 09:20 AM

Oscar Pistorius relishing return to action in BT Paralympic World Cup UK

The Paralympic World Cup, sponsored by BT until 2012, takes place over the next six days in Manchester, with more than 400 athletes from 40 countries competing in their first elite international test since the Paralympic Games in Beijing.

05/20/2009 09:18 AM

Forums tackle accessibility issues, working to identify - and fix - problems for disabled, elderly VERMONT

Inside the commons area at an 80-unit retirement community in Barre, residents seated in plush recliners bemoaned the pitfalls of being a pedestrian outside their South Main Street building.

05/20/2009 09:17 AM

Tanni on the Paralympic World Cup UK

The Paralympic World Cup in Manchester helps the cause and as it enters its fifth year, the event continues to provide a valuable platform for disability sport, both in terms of providing competitive opportunity but also in educating the spectators and the wider public.

05/20/2009 09:16 AM

Paralympians ready for World Cup UK

Over 400 of the world's top Paralympic stars will be in Manchester this week for the fifth BT Paralympic World Cup.

05/20/2009 09:15 AM

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Sponsors Rare Disease Summit

A shortage of new pharmaceutical products in the pipeline-combined with new scientific tools-has created a climate of opportunity for the rare disease community, a senior Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said at a conference hosted by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).

05/20/2009 09:14 AM

Riverwalk Extension Disability Friendly TEXAS

It's not open just yet, but the new expanded area of the San Antonio Rivewalk was built and designed to give everyone access to the city's selling point.

05/20/2009 09:13 AM

Disability Games ready for entries CANADA

Registration opens next week for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 2009 BC Disability Games.

05/20/2009 09:12 AM

No disability on horseback AUSTRALIA

SHE'S been paralysed from the waist down since she suffered polio at the aged of seven. But the disability was not enough to slow down Moss Vale woman Jill Chauncy.

05/20/2009 09:11 AM

Tricycles give Vt. kids independence

Thirty-eight children with disabilities and their families from around Vermont came to the O'Brien Community Center in Winooski on Saturday to be fitted for specially adapted tricycles that allow them to ride independently. Tricycle adaptations include hand-cranks, block pedals, trunk supports, seat belts and head rests.

05/20/2009 09:10 AM

Kids transition to world of work with program WISCONSIN

Some students with disabilities are hesitant to tell college representatives or potential employers about their disability, according to the School to Work coordinator at Two Rivers High School. They don't want to be labeled.

05/20/2009 09:09 AM

Miracles in the infield OHIO

Aided by a "buddy," Emma Lockwood hits a groundball on this wet, overcast Saturday afternoon. She immediately takes off toward first base in her wheelchair, undoubtedly loving the field's smooth surface. VIDEO LINK.

05/20/2009 09:08 AM

Summer Learning and Childhood Disability

Summer learning opportunities for children with disabilities are usually planned so that academic and social skills developed during the school year remain strong, and areas that are holding them back can be modified or accommodated. Many families have expended so much energy working with their school districts to plan a positive transition to the next school year, it's difficult to change gears for planning summer activities.

05/20/2009 09:07 AM

Disability Sometimes A Difficult Lesson

Teaching kids to accept and respect differences is an ongoing challenge for many parents, especially when it comes to approaching people's disabilities. Jeannette Betancourt, Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop, shares insights about teaching acceptance. AUDIO LINK.

05/20/2009 09:05 AM

Encouraging voting rights for the intellectually impaired MALTA

The Equal Partners Foundation, together with the University of Malta, has launched the programme MOTE - My Opinion My Vote, a project which aims to encourage people with learning disabilities to exercise their political rights.

05/20/2009 09:04 AM

Riley drives for accessibility NEBRASKA

Wake up an hour earlier than everyone else so you can make it to class just in time? Take 10 minutes to get out of bed on your own? Have to go through your daily routine from the seat of a scooter? Are your feet swollen today? If so, then no need for shoes. They won't fit anyway. This is Shane Riley's reality every morning.

05/20/2009 09:03 AM

Georgia State/Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Brain Imaging to expand brain, mind research GEORGIA

Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology are opening a new center that will provide researchers around Atlanta with a dedicated magnetic resonance imaging scanner to further study into the mysteries of the brain and mind.

05/20/2009 09:01 AM

Film series explores the experience of disability GEORGIA

Georgia State University's Center for Leadership in Disability is presenting an upcoming film series as part of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March and Autism Awareness Month in April.

05/20/2009 09:00 AM

Accessibility comes with some costs CANADA

Ontario's new accessibility laws are being implemented too quickly, without a plan, and will cost local taxpayers millions, a member of city council says.

05/20/2009 08:58 AM

Justice Department sues Garner NORTH CAROLINA

Washington officials are accusing the town's board of adjustment of disability discrimination. Specifically, that it violated the Fair Housing Act by not allowing men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions to live together as a reasonable accommodation for their disabilities.

05/20/2009 08:36 AM

New garden enables disabled to grow on coast CALIFORNIA

Operations at Richard J. Elkus Ranch are largely driven by a mission to help people with developmental disabilities connect to nature through therapeutic horticulture. That duty was given a big boost on Saturday with the official launch of an "enabling garden" - the newest addition to the ranch.

05/20/2009 08:07 AM

New rules help people with challenges CANADA

Last December, Heather Light was given a $300 Christmas bonus from her employer, Thrifty Foods, Inc., but she wasn't able to pocket a cent. Instead, the money went to the government.

05/20/2009 08:04 AM

3 gravely disabled sisters; one fraying lifeline MASSACHUSETTS

Jillian Burke was a beautiful baby with blond hair and blue eyes, and she grew into a happy, chatty toddler. Three years later, Nancy and Paul Burke welcomed Lindsey into the world, and after another three years, Kelsey. Now the state is poised to cut off the recreational, respite, and family support services that have kept the Burke family afloat.

05/20/2009 08:03 AM

Disabled prisoners unable to bathe or shower for months UK

Disabled prisoners at Parkhurst jail have been unable to wash properly for months because of a lack of trained staff to push wheelchairs, according to a report published today.

05/20/2009 08:02 AM

Campbell River's backcountry just got more accessible CANADA

Campbell River has a TrailRider thanks to the support of the Campbell River Rick Hansen Foundation Committee.

05/20/2009 08:01 AM

Lathrop: Where are BSDC reports? NEVADA

Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop wants to know: Where are the promised reports on the Beatrice State Developmental Center?

05/20/2009 08:00 AM

Parents of Disabled Students Say Metro District is Mistreating Their Kids MISSOURI

A new Congressional investigation has uncovered alleged widespread abuse of special-needs children in schools, and parents in the Raytown School District says it's happening to their kids. VIDEO LINK.

05/20/2009 07:59 AM

Hand Cycling Championship in Reno on June 17 NEVADA

The U.S. Hand Cycling National Criterium Championship is coming to Reno next month.

05/20/2009 07:58 AM

Glenview cafe offers world of opportunity for workers ILLINOIS

At the Perk Center Cafe, more than half of the 16 workers have developmental disabilities that range from autism to Down syndrome and epilepsy.

05/20/2009 07:57 AM

RAMP celebrating its 15th anniversary ILLINOIS

Vavra is DeKalb County's manager for the Regional Access and Mobility Project, known as RAMP. The nonprofit center for independent living works to connect area residents of all ages and disabilities with the resources they need to be successful - from building wheelchair ramps to finding homes for those with disabilities.

05/20/2009 07:56 AM

CTA Drivers Leave Disabled Passengers Stranded ILLINOIS

Imagine waiting at a bus stop and having bus after bus pass you by. Some riders say drivers ignore them on purpose and even refuse to let them on the bus. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini exposes how the CTA continues to leave physically challenged passengers stranded. VIDEO LINK.

05/20/2009 07:51 AM

Advocates rally at State House to stop cuts to state services for developmentally disabled MASSACHUSETTS

More than 1,000 advocates representing over 100 organizations flooded the State House steps yesterday, spilling onto Beacon Street to stop proposed cuts to programs that help people with developmental disabilities.

05/20/2009 07:44 AM

Unified Sports: mentally challenged teens 'fit in' ARIZONA

Getting mentally challenged athletes involved in sports right beside typical players might seem like a potentially awkward situation. But a program doing just that has proved to be a 'win-win' for students at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale.

05/20/2009 07:42 AM

Strong community support for Special Olympics CALIFORNIA

More than 100 athletes ran relays and sprinted down the track at Crescenta Valley High School on May 9 at the first Annual CV CAN (Crescenta Valley is Committed to Athletic Needs) Special Olympics.

05/20/2009 07:41 AM

Disabled residents want traffic light for intersection TEXAS

Since the night Karen Lawler was struck and killed while walking across an intersection near her apartment complex for those with physical disabilities, residents there are angry. They want a traffic light installed.

05/20/2009 07:39 AM

Access denied / Davis District won't accept bookmobile without a ramp UTAH

A bookmobile that offers free books to elementary students won't be allowed at any Davis schools until it gets a ramp, district officials said.

05/20/2009 07:39 AM

DSWD pushes foster care for elderly, disabled with new program PHILIPPINES

The elderly and the disabled will be the primary beneficiaries of a new foster home program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

05/20/2009 07:38 AM

Restraints endanger disabled students CALIFORNIA

A 230-pound Texas teacher forces a boy face down and lays on top of him, killing him, after he refused to stay seated in class.

05/20/2009 07:37 AM

New York City Baby Didn't Die of Swine Flu

New York City health officials say tests conducted on a toddler who died after being hospitalized with respiratory symptoms indicate he wasn't infected with swine flu.

05/20/2009 07:35 AM

B.A.T. mobile to soon serve disabled CANADA

For close to five years, the city has been trying to give away $25,000 to a local taxi company willing to modify a van to transport people with disabilities. There were no takers. Finally, Doug Bridgman, chairman of Fredericton's accessible taxi committee, got tired of waiting. He staked some of his own cash and found a business partner in Mark Webster, a financial adviser with ScotiaMcLeod in Sussex, to create the city's first 24-7 taxi service for the disabled.

05/20/2009 07:34 AM

Disability advocates challenge school seclusion rooms WISCONSIN

Jim Schingen hopes that sharing his son's story will put a face to new legislation calling for the restricted use of physical restraints and seclusion rooms on the disabled.

05/20/2009 07:34 AM

Bull's-Eye Electrode Helps Interpret Thoughts, Deliver Stimulus To Aid Paralyzed, Epileptic Patients

A unique electrode developed for non-invasive use by a University of Rhode Island biomedical engineer is showing promising results in helping to interpret brain signals so paralyzed patients may control their environment. It is also being studied as a means of delivering a stimulus to control epileptic seizures.

05/20/2009 07:33 AM

Epilepsy And Schizophrenia Clues From 'Singing Brains'

Studying the way a person's brain 'sings' could improve our understanding of conditions such as epilepsy and schizophrenia and help develop better treatments, scientists at Cardiff University have discovered.

05/20/2009 07:32 AM

Special Protein Helps Maintain An Efficient Brain

The instruction manual for maintaining an efficient brain may soon include a section on synaptotagmin-IV (Syt-IV), a protein known to influence learning and memory, thanks to a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.

05/20/2009 07:31 AM

Seminar for first responders in norhern Hunterdon in June NEW JERSEY

The Hunterdon County Sheriff's office will host a one-day training seminar offered on three dates in June titled "Autism and Developmental Disabilities Awareness for First Responders."

05/20/2009 07:29 AM

National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin for May, 2009

NCD has selected a prestigious group of its board members for a 2010 National Summit on Disability Policy Steering Committee.

05/20/2009 07:28 AM

Future playground in Hamilton designed for kids with disabilities NEW JERSEY

Children with disabilities will have a new place to play at Veterans Park by the end of this summer, the township announced yesterday.

05/20/2009 07:27 AM

Government of Canada Helps People With Disabilities in Saskatchewan Find Meaningful Employment

People with disabilities will get help preparing for jobs thanks to the Government of Canada's support for a local employment program. Mr. Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament for Regina-Qu'Appelle, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

05/20/2009 07:26 AM

Political parties promised to help individuals with disabilities ARMENIA

Forum devoted to disability access issues was held today in Yerevan with the participation of NGO Chairs Armen Alaverdyan (Unison), Suren Ohanyan ('Paros'), Levon Nersisyan (Astghik) and representatives from different political parties and candidates for Yerevan Aldermen’s Council.

05/20/2009 07:25 AM

Career fair for older adults and adults with disabilities VIRGINIA

Some help for older adults and adults with disabilities. Senior Connections and Chesterfield County have come together to host a career fair and workshop to get these job seekers back on their feet and on the path to success. VIDEO LINK.

05/20/2009 07:24 AM

Funds will help employ 65 people with disabilities CANADA

Sixty-five people with disabilities will receive help finding and maintaining meaningful employment thanks to the assistance of the federal government.

05/20/2009 07:22 AM

4 NYC hotels settle disabilities lawsuit

Four Times Square area hotel owners and operators have agreed to modify their establishments to settle a federal lawsuit alleging they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

05/20/2009 07:21 AM

Sicker People More Vulnerable to Swine Flu: CDC

Underscoring the belief that the new H1N1 swine flu is no more dangerous than regular flu, U.S. health officials said Tuesday that people hospitalized for swine flu who have underlying health problems fare worse than otherwise healthy people who also have been hospitalized.

05/20/2009 07:15 AM

WHO sees 4.9 billion pandemic flu shots in best-case

Vaccine makers could produce 4.9 billion pandemic flu shots per year in the best-case scenario, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as rich and poor countries grappled over limited supplies.

Headlines (Posted May 18, 2009)

05/18/2009 08:47 AM

WHO swine flu tally reaches 8,480 in 39 countries

The World Health Organisation has raised its tally of confirmed human cases of swine flu to 8,480 in 39 countries, including 72 deaths.

05/18/2009 08:44 AM

NYC Gets First Swine Flu-Related Death

Eleven New York City schools are closed today in an effort to prevent the spread of the swine flu virus after it claimed its first victim in the area, a 55-year-old assistant principal.

05/18/2009 08:40 AM

She's made injury a positive ARIZONA

Sahuaro High School soccer player Kara Crawford spent most of her high school years in the athletic training room and it's inspired her future career. A traumatic brain injury suffered when she fell on her head on the soccer field forced her to miss six weeks of school in 2007. She was overwhelmed when she returned at the end of her sophomore year.

05/18/2009 08:36 AM

A Long Road Back, but Not a Lonely One NEW YORK

With his wife's help, Terence Conley walked slowly toward a piano on a recent Thursday at the Jazz Foundation of America headquarters in Manhattan. Mr. Conley was driving his FedEx truck in Midtown Manhattan when he crashed into the back of a bus that he says had stopped abruptly. He sustained major head injuries and was deliberately put into a coma for more than a month by doctors at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan who were trying to reduce swelling and stop the bleeding on his brain.

05/18/2009 08:34 AM

Artist overcomes injury to make bench for Olympic Theatre Arts gala WASHINGTON

Laurie Yarnes' mind overflows with ideas. A conversation with her pounces, catlike, on one passion and then another. Yarnes is recovering from a traumatic brain injury suffered on May 11, 2007, when an irrigation pipe cover exploded in her face.

05/18/2009 08:33 AM

After recovery, much is still lost CANADA

Brain injury's hidden toll has firefighter and his family struggling to find a new normal.

05/18/2009 08:31 AM

Mark's head injury battle an inspiration UK

BRAVE Mark Downs who suffered horrific head injury at work has inspired his family with his determination to recover from his terrible injuries.

05/18/2009 08:21 AM

All she lost: My sister's battle with Lyme disease

The phone had not even finished its first ring before my wife Anna snatched it from its cradle. Concern was etched in her face as she handed me the receiver: "It's the police. It's about Sue."

05/18/2009 08:19 AM

Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy Cleared for Use In Brain Tumors

A new device that delivers high-intensity laser energy into the brain has been cleared for investigational use in patients with glioblastoma multiforme.

05/18/2009 08:13 AM

Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans

While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide.

05/18/2009 08:12 AM

UVA Study Shows Early Success In Treating Deadly Brain Tumors

New research from the University of Virginia Health System shows that, when combined, two emerging medical technologies hold significant promise for treating the most deadly and devastating form of brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

05/18/2009 08:11 AM

Brain Injury Seminar NEW JERSEY

The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey will present its 2009 annual seminar, titled "Brain Injury Perspectives," from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 and 21 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Eatontown.

05/18/2009 08:10 AM

GB swimmers set European records UK

Four of Britain's top swimmers all clinched European records at the British International Disability Championships in Sheffield.

05/18/2009 08:09 AM

SRI International To Screen Drugs That Fight 2009 H1N1 Influenza A

SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research and development organization, announced today that it will screen a library of well-characterized drugs against the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, previously known as "swine flu."

05/18/2009 08:07 AM

Swine Flu vs. Bird Flu: Which Is the Greater Pandemic Threat?

As health officials around the globe continue to monitor the swine flu outbreaks that have occurred within the past month, comparisons with the periodic bird flu outbreaks over the past decade are difficult to avoid.

05/18/2009 08:02 AM

Sleep apnoea similar to stroke: scientists AUSTRALIA

New research shows that people with sleep apnoea experience changes in brain biochemistry similar to people who have had a severe stroke or who are dying. Sleep apnoea affects as many as one in four middle-aged men and 3 per cent go on to experience a severe form of the condition, which may pose a risk of brain damage.

05/18/2009 07:59 AM

'Adipose-derived' Stem Cells Could Help Traumatic Brain Injury Patients, Says Bio-Matrix Scientific Group's, Entest BioMedical Inc. Researcher

Dr. Feng Lin, Director of Research at Bio-Matrix Scientific Group Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BMSN - News) and Entest BioMedical Inc., today stated that he believes that an effective new therapy for "traumatic brain injury" (TBI) using autologous "adipose-derived" stem cells represents a potential cure for TBI. According to Dr. Lin, both Bio-Matrix and Entest BioMedical are now studying the "therapeutic effect of fat stem cells on traumatic brain injury-associated brain ischemia and inflammation and replacement of damaged neurons with neuron cells differentiated from fat cells."

05/18/2009 07:57 AM

Brain Neural Circuit Formation Requires Identification Of A Key Molecular Pathway

The research group of Dr. Frederic Charron, a researcher at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), has made a discovery which could help treat spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. This new finding has been published in the current issue of the prestigious scientific journal Neuron.

05/18/2009 07:54 AM

Bay area watersports now accessible to all FLORIDA

Since the city added handicap-accessible features to the Sailing Center at Demens Landing Park, it's been recognized as setting the "world standard" in adaptive sailing centers, according to one of the country's top disabled sailors. VIDEO LINK.

05/18/2009 07:52 AM

United Spinal Association's 2nd Annual Disability Leadership & Policy Summit: Health Issues and People with Disabilities

The 2nd Annual Disability Leadership & Policy Summit: Health Issues and People with Disabilities, a unique gathering to promote an exchange of ideas between people with disabilities and public officials, disability rights advocates, educators, business leaders, and health and human service professionals will convene on Wednesday, June 3rd, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

05/18/2009 07:50 AM

Tennis is the answer for paralyzed teen FLORIDA

Learning the game of tennis isn't easy, especially if you're learning while in a wheelchair. But that isn't keeping Brittany Barrett from practicing every chance she gets. VIDEO LINK.

05/18/2009 07:46 AM

Paralyzed at 12, Transverse myelitis turned Cody Unser's world upside down

Transverse myelitis turned Cody Unser's world upside down. Paralyzed at 12, she found she had been diagnosed with an illness her doctors didn't know much about.

05/18/2009 07:45 AM

Mother battles bureaucracy to get ALS drug for her son VIRGINIA

As Lou Gehrig's disease sapped Joshua Thompson of his ability to move and speak last fall, he consistently summoned one question from within the prison of his own body. "Iplex," he asked, in a whisper that pierced his mother's heart. "When?"

05/18/2009 07:43 AM

New brain imaging method shows promise for epilepsy

With 25% of his brain already gone, Clint Galster sat alone in a vault-like room as doctors tried to figure out whether even more brain tissue could be taken out.

05/18/2009 07:40 AM

Disability Activist Urges Obama to Escalate Stem Cell Research to End Paralysis For Millions of Americans NEW MEXICO

Cody Unser, a 22-year-old student at University of Redlands and head of the Cody Unser First Step Foundation, commends President Obama for acknowledging in yesterday's town hall meeting the financial hardships of Americans living with disabilities and now strongly urges for rapid acceleration of stem cell research so that a cure can be found for paralysis. Ending the condition could potentially return millions of Americans to the workforce.

05/18/2009 07:39 AM

After leg amputation, swimmer learned about meeting and exceeding potential CALIFORNIA

Dwight Montgomery was pulling himself out of the water when he looked up and saw the crowd clapping and cheering for him. Three years after a horrific motorcycle accident left him with one leg, the Jamaican-born swimmer finished his first Nike Swim Miami recently in a little more than two hours.

05/18/2009 07:38 AM

Warner Robins native on national wheelchair team GEORGIA

Jim Glatch said he and Tommie Gray talked about Gray playing for Team USA’s Under-23 national wheelchair basketball team when Glatch was recruiting Gray to play for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

05/18/2009 07:36 AM

La Mirada amputee uses her experiences to help teens at Orange County Children's Hospital CALIFORNIA

You might think that Jenee Areeckal would be depressed and giving out that old doom and gloom story.

05/18/2009 07:35 AM

Oscar Pistorius to make run at London 2012 UK

Sport is all about rising to the challenge, whether it is laid down by your own limitations, the prowess of your opposition or the magnitude of the event; to win you have to have the ability to overcome.

05/18/2009 07:32 AM

Pimped Out Prosthetics NORTH DAKOTA

People choose all kinds of ways of making statements about themselves. Some do it with clothes, others with bumper stickers. And now a growing number of people are choosing to tell their story through a tattoo of sorts, one that's a little less permanent.

05/18/2009 07:30 AM

Service dog, retired Elkhart cop a 'love at first sight' INDIANA

A dog left in a drop box at the Elkhart County Humane Society is making the most of a second chance at life.

05/18/2009 07:29 AM

Ex-roommate says she "feared" for infant NEVADA

It's the heartbreaking story of the two-month old boy allegedly shaken and now left on life-support. VIDEO LINK.

05/18/2009 07:27 AM

Hike in shaken baby cases blamed on economy MASSACHUSETTS

Health and law enforcement officials are blaming the poor economy and inexperienced caretakers for a sudden jump in the number of cases of shaken baby syndrome.

05/18/2009 07:20 AM

2-week Course Of Sleep Aid Increases CPAP Adherence In Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients At 6 Months

New research suggests that patients newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who use a short-course of the sleep aid, eszopiclone, when beginning continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, are more adherent with therapy in six months.

05/18/2009 07:18 AM

Farmington man's quest to conquer ALS leads to India NEW YORK

The twitching started in 2004, when he and his wife were building their three-acre countryside dream house in Ontario County. It was the slightest of movements in Derek Van Wyk's left index finger, and he chalked it up to stress. VIDEO LINK.

05/18/2009 07:17 AM

Pirfenidone May Help Lung Function In IPF Patients According To Large Clinical Trial

A large, well-controlled, multi-national clinical trial program has demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of what may become the first FDA-approved medicine for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF.

05/18/2009 07:16 AM

Sodium Channel Blocker Shows Promise As A Potential Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis patients may benefit from a new therapy that increases airway hydration, preventing the buildup of mucous, which is a key factor in the disease, according to researchers at Parion Sciences in Durham, N.C.

05/18/2009 07:15 AM

Perforomist Inhalation Solution Data To Be Presented At American Thoracic Society Conference

Dey, L.P., a subsidiary of Mylan Inc. (NYSE: MYL), has announced that data from two presentations highlighting the use of Perforomist(R) (formoterol fumarate) Inhalation Solution will be featured in poster format at the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society on May 19, 2009 in San Diego.

05/18/2009 07:15 AM

Self-Treatment Results In Lower Overall Health Care Costs For COPD Sufferers

Individuals suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) can experience significant savings in healthcare costs by employing a self-treatment program with the judicious use of medications, according to the results of a new study. The self-treatment program achieves these savings by reducing the duration of flare-ups.

05/18/2009 07:05 AM

Launch Of Lung Health Check On WebMD Announced By COPD Foundation

The COPD Foundation announces launch of the Lung Health Check, developed in an educational collaboration with WebMD. Development of the Lung Health Check was made possible by funding from the COPD Foundation.

05/18/2009 07:03 AM

Mentally ill detainees' treatment at hospitals worries advocates CALIFORNIA

Federal immigration officials send mentally ill detainees to a private psychiatric hospital in La Mesa, where they are shackled to beds 24 hours a day, prohibited from watching television or using the telephone, and cut off from family.

05/18/2009 07:01 AM

Legislation to downsize state schools for disabled is revived TEXAS

Legislation to downsize state schools for the mentally disabled appears to have new life.

05/18/2009 06:59 AM

NOA Boss Roots for Persons with Disability NIGERIA

The State Director of the Directorate of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Gombe state, Mr. Ado Solomon has emphasized the need for the Federal, State and Local Government as well as employers of Labour to provide opportunities, particularly employment to people with disabilities to enable them realise their full potentials in the country.

05/18/2009 06:58 AM

Vice premier calls for promoting education of the disabled CHINA

On the eve of the National Day for Helping the Disabled which will fall on Sunday, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu visited a school for the disabled Saturday, calling for enhancing education for the disabled.

05/18/2009 06:57 AM

Nashville Hosts Special Olympics TENNESSEE

Each year Nashville holds a special event that makes a difference in the lives of so many people.

05/18/2009 06:56 AM

Special needs children have their own field of dreams in Cranberry PENNSYLVANIA

One clear message rose above the deafening cheers of support and celebration yesterday, sounded by Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting as he surveyed the lineup of pint-sized players waiting to inaugurate the region's first Miracle League ballfield in Cranberry.

05/18/2009 06:55 AM

HCMC tops national sports competition for athletes with disabilities VIET NAM

With 196 golds, 100 silvers and 42 bronzes, the Ho Chi Minh City team topped at the National Sports Competition for the Disabled 2009 which concluded in Quang Tri on Saturday.

05/18/2009 06:54 AM

Place to play for disabled children OHIO

Two area nonprofit groups are teaming to provide a playground for handicapped and able-bodied children in Warren.

05/18/2009 06:52 AM

Diving, rock climbing, trekking this summer, for the differently abled INDIA

Nothing's going to stop a clutch of children who are visually handicapped or have multiple disabilities from going diving, trekking and even rock climbing this summer.

05/18/2009 06:50 AM

Miami Lakes advances plans for boundless playground at Optimist Park FLORIDA

The Miami Lakes Town Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to purchase the town's first barrier-free playground, in which children with and without disabilities can play together.

05/18/2009 06:49 AM

President's office to employ person with disability MALTA

The President's office is seeking to employ a person with a disability, President George Abela said yesterday.

05/18/2009 06:48 AM

Physicians Offer Practical Tips On Preventing Strokes And Their Lasting Effects

It takes less than a minute for a stroke to change a person's life forever, but taking the time to make a few simple lifestyle adjustments and finding out how to recognize an attack when it happens can save thousands of lives.

05/18/2009 06:47 AM

Lines blurred between levels of care for mentally disabled TENNESSEE

For many of Tennessee's mentally disabled people, there are two options for state-supported care. How they end up in either is not always clear-cut.

05/18/2009 06:46 AM

Family speaks out against state's new protocols for care of mentally disabled TENNESSEE

Thirty-two-year-old Caleb Sorrels shows visitors around the house where he lives with a full-time staff member. He points at the dishwasher, which he has just finished loading, and the dryer he loves to run.

05/18/2009 06:45 AM

Miss Ability Pageant VIRGINIA

The 5th annual Miss Ability Pageant took center stage in Monongalia County Saturday evening. Young ladies with disabilities competed in several categories at South Middle School in Morgantown.

05/18/2009 06:44 AM

It's game time for Special Olympics CALIFORNIA

Camaraderie and team spirit dominated the atmosphere of the eighth annual Special Olympics Regional Spirit Games on Saturday, as more than 550 athletes with intellectual disabilities competed in track and field, boccie, tennis and basketball.

05/18/2009 06:42 AM

Wheelchair access at top of Macdonaldtown station stairs AUSTRALIA

IT COULD be Sydney's stupidest station - Macdonaldtown, right next door to the city and in the heartland of the progressive Inner-West, boasts a wheelchair-accessible phone and ramps for wheelchair users to get on and off trains.

05/18/2009 06:41 AM

Pirates Charities Opens Field For Kids With Special Needs PENNSYLVANIA

The Pirates Charities pitched the game of baseball to every little boy and girl, especially those with special needs, at its Miracle League Field in Butler County.

05/18/2009 06:40 AM

Local swimming qualifiers for Northern California Special Olympics held CALIFORNIA

Standing on the platform to receive his gold medal, Rone Howie posed for photos with one arm raised in triumph, the other around his teammate.

05/18/2009 06:38 AM

Of senior citizens and the disabled PHILIPPINES

There is an interesting twist to the plight of some senior citizens who feel their complaints are not being attended to by government offices, like the Department of Trade and Industry and the local Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

05/18/2009 06:37 AM

Disability 101: Nothing about us without us COLORADO

It has become a political slogan and the motto of the international disability rights movement: Nothing about us without us. James Charlton is the author of the book "Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment" in which he argues that it is the paternalism of our systems and social structures that creates the oppression of people with disabilities.

05/18/2009 06:36 AM

Dance troupe triumphs with unique bodies NEW YORK

An hour before the curtain rises on the most important performance of her life, choreographer Heidi Latsky paces the stage, tortured by questions and doubts.

05/18/2009 06:35 AM

Hall County group to advocate for mental health FLORIDA

A mental health advocacy group is starting to take root in Hall County, but it may have never found its way if not for a couple of retirees.

05/18/2009 06:33 AM

League helps children learn more than baseball WEST VIRGINIA

For 12-year-old Zachery Balser, baseball is not about winning or losing. It's about playing the game. Balser, who lives in Shrewsbury, has Down Syndrome, and is playing his second season in the Cross Lanes/Nitro Challenger League, a group that allows children with mental and physical disabilities to combine occupational therapy with baseball to improve their motor, cognitive and social skills.

05/18/2009 06:32 AM

Disadvantaged, disabled focus on skills shortage AUSTRALIA

Tasmanian businesses are being urged to consider training people with disabilities and people from low income areas.

05/18/2009 06:31 AM

Rally planned for developmentally disabled ILLINOIS

A rally is scheduled Wednesday morning on the courthouse square as part of a statewide campaign for improved services for people who are developmentally disabled.

05/18/2009 06:29 AM

A special evening for special students NEW YORK

Vanessa Montellese was so excited on Friday morning she woke up at 5:30 a.m., well before her alarm. She knew she would be attending the prom at the Raymond C. Cramer Secondary School at Orange-Ulster BOCES that evening.

05/18/2009 06:28 AM

County board hears about disability care expenses NEBRASKA

On average, it costs $35,000 a year to treat each North Platte client with a developmental disability in the Region II division of Health and Human Services, director Sally Vaughn said Monday.

05/18/2009 06:27 AM

Beacon expands center where disabled clients work ARIZONA

The nonprofit Beacon Group, which helps the developmentally or physically disadvantaged, just dedicated a $5 million, 34,000-square-foot expansion to the center where many of its clients work.

05/18/2009 06:26 AM

In 8 years, fund's fallen by about $27 million OHIO

Two years ago, Marisol Salcedo entrusted her son to a babysitter who violently shook the 5-month-old, causing brain and vision injuries requiring therapy that continues to this day.

05/18/2009 06:25 AM

Hi-tech wheelchair brakes invented UK

A Co Offaly student, who was paralysed in a mountain bike accident, has invented a hi-tech braking system for wheelchairs.

05/18/2009 06:24 AM

Ms. Wheelchair: Reigning representative to pass the torch SOUTH DAKOTA

Her family never found out who nominated Natalie. But one day, she got a letter saying she'd been invited to compete in the Miss Teen of South Dakota pageant in Huron.

05/18/2009 06:23 AM

State moves to shut down provider of care to disabled FLORIDA

The state agency responsible for overseeing care to the developmentally disabled is seeking to terminate its relationship with one Ocala area provider, potentially leaving dozens of medically needy individuals in the lurch until they can be placed in replacement homes.

05/18/2009 06:23 AM

Metro Rail parking lot for disabled closing NEW YORK

A parking lot at the Metro Rail station on the South Campus of the University at Buffalo that accommodates riders with disabilities will be closed for five weeks starting today.

05/18/2009 06:22 AM

Morningside helps those with disabilities find work, hope WASHINGTON

One of the joys of moving to a new community is meeting people and learning about the businesses, the organizations and the causes that inspire them.

05/18/2009 06:21 AM

NOA Boss Roots for Persons With Disability NIGERIA

The State Director of the Directorate of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Gombe state, Mr. Ado Solomon has emphasized the need for the Federal, State and Local Government as well as employers of Labour to provide opportunities, particularly employment to people with disabilities to enable them realise their full potentials in the country.

05/18/2009 06:20 AM

Hammond rally protests budget cuts to providers who help people with disabilities LOUISIANA

Friday morning in Hammond a rally was held against state budget cuts to health care providers, providers who help people with disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

05/18/2009 06:20 AM

Housing discrimination against disabled people may be on the rise FLORIDA

Unable to walk after a stroke, Ballas can't get to the beach that you can practically hear from the rented condominium that has been his home for 15 years.

05/18/2009 06:19 AM

Workers with disabilities up to the job GEORGIA

Bob Woods wasn't familiar with the Bobby Dodd Institute when he became store manager of the Publix on Howell Mill Road in 2007. Nevertheless, he immediately said yes when the organization asked if he would be interested in hiring someone with a disability who was job ready.

05/18/2009 06:18 AM

Respecting people with disabilities MALTA

This week I experienced two contrasting events concerning people with disabilities.

05/18/2009 06:17 AM

Passages: Slovak theater troupe for people with disabilities coming to CSPS IOWA

Slovakia's Theatre from the Passage is about to embark on its farthest passage yet: a three-city U.S. tour.

05/18/2009 06:16 AM

Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma

In a phase 3 clinical trial, an experimental immune-based treatment boosted by 20 percent the overall survival of those with tough-to-treat neuroblastoma, which affects mostly children.

05/18/2009 06:13 AM

Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans

While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide.

05/18/2009 06:13 AM

WHO annual meeting dominated by swine flu

Swine flu and the possibility of a vaccine topped the agenda Monday as the World Health Organization opened its annual meeting amid concern that the virus continues to spread - and kill - around the globe.

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05/15/2009 01:49 PM

Brain Injury Association of America Legislative Alert

From the Brain Injury Association of America - This week House Democratic leaders vowed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's health care system before the Congressional recess in August. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and the chairmen of three committees with jurisdiction over this issue made the pledge following a morning meeting with President Obama. The President restated the importance of the effort as a necessary step for containing long-term budget deficits.

05/15/2009 09:53 AM

Concussion bill named for Maple Valley youth Zachery Lystedt signed into law by governor WASHINGTON

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law today a bill written to help prevent serious head injuries to high-school athletes from a concussion.

05/15/2009 09:49 AM

Gov. Chris Gregoire signs Washington sports concussion law

Washington now has what advocates say is the nation's toughest return-to-play law for concussions in American high school sports.

05/15/2009 09:47 AM

Young stroke victim making strides CONNECTICUT

suffering a devastating injury, one young man has fought to reclaim his life and now he's hoping to help others avoid what he's gone through. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 09:45 AM

Brain-damaged celebrity make-up artist helps others TEXAS

A man who emerged from a long coma is now creating a beautiful life for himself and a lot of others. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 09:37 AM

Joey Jacobsen pours heart into recovery NEVADA

If you told Joey Jacobsen the scars from brain surgery make his head look like a baseball, the Minden 11-year-old probably would be flattered.

05/15/2009 09:36 AM

Swine Flu Outbreak Closes 3 Queens Schools NEW YORK

Three Queens schools are closed today because hundreds of students have reported flu symptoms and four cases of swine flu have been verified including an assistant principal who has been hospitalized in critical condition.

05/15/2009 09:34 AM

1st Arizona H1N1 flu-related death reported

A woman in Arizona suffering from a lung condition has apparently become the fourth person with H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu, in the nation to die, authorities said Thursday.

05/15/2009 09:33 AM

NHLBI stops enrollment in traumatic brain injury study

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health has stopped enrollment into a clinical trial testing the effects of highly concentrated saline solutions on patients with severe traumatic brain injury when given as soon as possible after the injury - that is, before the patient arrives at the hospital or emergency room.

05/15/2009 09:32 AM

West Dunbartonshire brain injury group is helping to change lives UK

STEVEN Cochran felt society had written him off after a serious assault left him with a brain injury. Now he and others with similar difficulties are proving that life can still have something to offer.

05/15/2009 09:30 AM

Man pens book on his recovery from brain injury MINNESOTA

After Fergus Falls resident Mike Heikes was struck by an intoxicated driver while riding his bike, his injury was so severe that when his head was shaved for neurosurgery, his hair was kept in case his parents wanted an open casket on the chance that Heikes didn't survive.

05/15/2009 09:29 AM

SC groups hold conference on brain injury SOUTH CAROLINA

The Brain Injury Alliance of South Carolina and the South Carolina Brain Injury Leadership Council are hosting a two-day state conference beginning Thursday in Columbia.

05/15/2009 09:28 AM

Pediatric Brain Injury: From Heartbreak to Hope

A 15-city tour stopped in Dallas at the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth on Wednesday to raise awareness about Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI). A dad who is all too familiar with the tragedy of pediatric brain injury is leading the way.

05/15/2009 09:27 AM

New method a dream come true for sleep apnoea patients

Researchers from the University of Sydney have found the first hard evidence that the special masks doctors prescribe to patients with sleep apnoea - a disorder that can cause interrupted breathing leading to choking and even death while asleep - actually work.

05/15/2009 09:24 AM

Response To Intracerebral Haemorrhage Study In The Lancet

Doctor David Werring, from The Stroke Association's Expert Advisory Panel said: "Non-traumatic intracerebral haemorrhage is a major cause of death and disability which is becoming more common, in part because of the increasing use of anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents in older people who may have fragile blood vessels in the brain.

05/15/2009 09:24 AM

70th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech: The ALS Association Launches the 'Covering All the Bases Hitting Challenge'

The ALS Association's is launching the 'Covering All the Bases(R) Hitting Challenge' during Major League Baseball's '4ALS Awareness' charitable initiative that commemorates the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous 'Luckiest Man' farewell speech as he battled the disease that ultimately took his life.

05/15/2009 09:21 AM

Innovative Aneurysm Procedure Performed For First Time in Fort Myers, Florida HealthPark Medical Center Site of Procedure

Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) recently became the second health system in the country to perform the OnyxTM procedure, an advanced method to treat brain aneurysms, at HealthPark Medical Center. LMHS physician, Dr. Eric Eskioglu, was the first to perform the procedure in Florida.

05/15/2009 09:17 AM

Treating Untreatable Brain Tumors: FDA Approves New Laser Surgery

An MRI-guided laser surgery method, in investigational use at both The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, holds promise for thousands of brain tumor patients and has earned clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in neurosurgery. The first applications of the technology are expected to be for the treatment of otherwise inoperable brain tumors

05/15/2009 09:13 AM

Area woman a counsellor at amputee seminar CANADA

Jessica Ough­ton, 20, of Belwood, is looking forward to being a junior counsellor and role mod­el at The War Amps Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP) seminar from May 29 to 31 here.

05/15/2009 09:13 AM

Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma

In a phase 3 clinical trial, an experimental immune-based treatment boosted by 20 percent the overall survival of those with tough-to-treat neuroblastoma, which affects mostly children.

05/15/2009 09:12 AM

Games dream for 'tongue sailor' UK

A disabled sailor who controls his boat with his tongue has started a bid to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games. Keith Harris, from Poole, Dorset, was paralysed after contracting a severe flu virus when he was six months old. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 09:04 AM

Paralympians warned over funding UK

Britain's Paralympians could lose their funding completely if they abuse their backing, UK Sport has warned.

05/15/2009 09:00 AM

Life After Stroke Is Possible Says Survivor OHIO

Mark McEwen spoke about his recovery from a stroke to cap off a symposium sponsored by Drake Hospital. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 08:57 AM

Quadriplegic Has $360 Parking Ticket Dropped OREGON

The quadriplegic, Vietnam veteran who got a $360 ticket for parking in a disabled parking spot had the ticket reduced to a warning Wednesday. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 08:56 AM

Paraplegic pilot to be guest speaker at Flight Path Learning Center CALIFORNIA

Carlana Stone, a paraplegic pilot, Emmy-winning Miami TV producer/reporter, and author of the book, "From Wheels to Wings," will be the guest speaker at a dinner meeting Tuesday, May 19th, at the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at Los Angeles International Airport.

05/15/2009 08:55 AM

Dancer paralyzed in fall, dashing Olympic dreams CHINA

Liu Yan, regarded as China's top classical dancer, was to give the performance of a lifetime: She was to dance a solo at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 08:51 AM

Teen Paralyzed in Game to Graduate GEORGIA

A high school student who is paralyzed after sustaining an injury on the football field will soon be graduating from high school. Archevious Crane was injured during a football game at South Gwinnett High School two years ago and has been paralyzed ever since. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 08:50 AM

Double Amputee Plans To Run Marathon CONNECTICUT

A man who lost his legs to a bacterial infection when he was 17 years old is overcoming adversity and plans to run in the New York City Marathon in November. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 08:48 AM

Challenged Athletes Foundation Distributes A Record Breaking $1.3 Million To 765 Challenged Athletes

Despite the poor condition of the economy, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges become and remain active, is still changing lives.

05/15/2009 08:47 AM

Musical prosthetic arm tells everyone life's still good CALIFORNIA

Three months ago, a man skied down an Idaho mountain with music blaring from where his left hand and wrist used to be. An amputee, Bernie Diamond was trying out his new prosthetic, dubbed the Reverb Arm, that has speakers and a clip for a MP3 player.

05/15/2009 08:46 AM

H1N1 Swine Flu Web Resources

Comprehensive links to the latest information about H1N1 Influenza A/Swine flu.

You'll find government web resources, news portals, RSS feeds and video - updated with the latest sources of news and information.

05/15/2009 08:46 AM

Toy testing rules 'overwhelming' to small businesses MASSACHUSETTS

Toy importer Rob Wilson's company sometimes sells wooden children's puzzles, but he hasn't ordered one since last November.

05/15/2009 08:44 AM

Hidden Lead Threat To Kids COLORADO

There are lead risks hiding in plain sight in homes and it is not decades-old paint on the walls. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 08:43 AM

Harborview/UW Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital Launch Sports Concussion Program

UW Medicine and Seattle Children's are launching a sports concussion program for children, teen and adult athletes to evaluate, treat and provide medical clearance to return to sports. Beginning this summer, patients will be seen at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital.

05/15/2009 08:40 AM

State adopts nation's toughest sports concussion law WASHINGTON

Zackery Lystedt's cause has become Washington law.

05/15/2009 08:38 AM

Free eye checkups help service dogs COLORADO

Tali's pupils were dilated, so ophthalmologist Nancy Bromberg dimmed the lights and began peering deep into his big brown eyes. She declared them healthy a few minutes later, except for a little allergy-related irritation.

05/15/2009 08:34 AM

Caregiver accused of shaking infant, boy critically injured NEVADA

Metro Police have arrested a 19-year-old Las Vegas woman after a 2-month-old boy in her care was hospitalized with head trauma consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

05/15/2009 08:32 AM

Radio spot to raise awareness of shaken baby syndrome WISCONSIN

The number of children treated at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for shaken baby syndrome jumped from 17 in 2007 to 30 children killed or permanently disabled in 2008, according to the Shaken Baby Association, which is announcing two campaigns that officials hope will increase public awareness and curb this deadly trend.

05/15/2009 08:31 AM

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which a person has episodes of stopped breathing during sleep.

05/15/2009 08:26 AM

Britain 'not covered' for swine flu epidemic

Britain will not be able to vaccinate the whole population against a potential winter epidemic of swine flu, Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, admitted yesterday.

05/15/2009 08:24 AM

Giving Early Physical And Occupational Therapy To Critically Ill Patients Leads To Better Outcomes

Long-term complications of critical illness include intensive care unit (ICU)-acquired weakness and neuropsychiatric disease - both of which could be related to the immobilisation caused by sedation.

05/15/2009 08:23 AM

Perforomist Inhalation Solution data to be presented at American Thoracic Society conference

Napa, Calif., (May 14, 2009) Dey, L.P., a subsidiary of Mylan Inc. (NYSE: MYL), announced today that data from two presentations highlighting the use of Perforomist(R) (formoterol fumarate) Inhalation Solution will be featured in poster format at the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society on May 19, 2009 in San Diego.

05/15/2009 08:23 AM

'Nycomed Submits For Regulatory Approval Of Daxas(R) In Europe' A Novel Approach To The Management Of COPD

The first in a new class of drugs that could challenge current thinking on the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has moved one step closer to market today. Nycomed announced the submission of a Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) for Daxas(R) (roflumilast) as a once-daily oral treatment for patients with COPD associated with chronic bronchitis.

05/15/2009 07:50 AM

Masindi Men Reject Kids From Disabled Mothers UGANDA

OVER 240 children born by disabled mothers in Kiryadongo sub-county, Masindi district have been rejected by their fathers, the LC3 disability councillor, Annet Katusime, has said.

05/15/2009 07:49 AM

Special Olympian lands top new role ISLE OF WRIGHT

Island man Scott Watkin is the department's new co-national director for learning disabilities. The 27 year old, who has learning difficulties, was appointed to help turn the department's learning disability strategy into a reality.

05/15/2009 07:43 AM


Born with a disorder that would leave him 3 feet tall and so brittle that coughing could fracture a rib, Sean Stephenson could not walk as a child. He was wracked with pain. People stared at him all the time.

05/15/2009 07:41 AM

Dances fun for special needs group FLORIDA

Dressed in black with leopard print and black boots, Teresa Cook is ready to party. Looking at her, one would never guess the 32-year-old Deltona woman suffers frequent and severe seizures.

05/15/2009 07:40 AM

Amputees in Liberia find hope in football

On a dusty pitch in the middle of the capital of Monrovia limbless young men play football as though their lives depended on it.

05/15/2009 07:38 AM

Area Special Olympics Draws Student Athletes From 5 School Systems TEXAS

Disabled student athletes will win medals and ribbons at the Henderson Area Special Olympics, regardless of whether they are blind, afflicted with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism or another handicap.

05/15/2009 07:37 AM

Silver Medal for Malta at European Soccer Special Olympics

A Maltese team of young athletes placed second in the 2009 Special Olympics European Seven-a-Side Football Tournament held in Portugal.

05/15/2009 07:36 AM

'My disabled brother has twice been a victim but the police can't do anything' UK

A SISTER has claimed police officers said they couldn't prosecute her vulnerable brother's attackers, because his evidence wouldn't stand up in court.

05/15/2009 07:33 AM

Airline snubs disabled woman SOUTH AFRICA

A disabled woman from Upington was refused on board a flight from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein as flight personnel thought the safety belt would not be able to keep her safe and could hurt her.

05/15/2009 07:33 AM

Spinal Network: The Total Wheelchair Resource Book

The 4th edition of New Mobility magazine's Spinal Network: The Total Wheelchair Resource Book, the definitive resource for anyone who uses a wheelchair is now available.

05/15/2009 07:31 AM

Button 'dignifies' getting fuel for disabled MICHIGAN

Michael Harris knows where he's going to buy gas. His decision has nothing to do with the price, but with a button at two pumps at the Marathon gas station at Ford and Newburgh in Westland.

05/15/2009 07:31 AM

'Special' day for Special Olympics PENNSYLVANIA

Special athletes from the Meadville area participated in the 35th annual Special Olympics of Pennsylvania's Crawford County Track and Field Meet on Wednesday - with more than 360 participants entering events and enjoying the day full of festivities at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.

05/15/2009 07:30 AM

Strong community support for Special Olympics CALIFORNIA

More than 100 athletes ran relays and sprinted down the track at Crescenta Valley High School on May 9 at the first Annual CV CAN (Crescenta Valley is Committed to Athletic Needs) Special Olympics.

05/15/2009 07:29 AM

Challenger Leaguers find joy on a diamond DELAWARE

When the public address announcer asked the crowd at Frawley Stadium "Are you guys ready to play some ball?" there were resounding cheers from the stars of the day.

05/15/2009 07:28 AM

Reduce Your Stroke Risk!

It takes less than a minute for a stroke to change a person's life forever, but taking the time to make a few simple lifestyle adjustments and finding out how to recognize an attack when it happens can save thousands of lives.

05/15/2009 07:27 AM

Numbers Of Stroke Caused By Intracerebral Haemorrhage Have Increased By Around A Fifth In The Last Decade

Stokes caused by non-traumatic intracerebral haemorrhage (IH) are caused by a rupture of blood vessels in the brain. This is a major public health problem which accounts for 2 million (10-15%) of a total of 15 million strokes worldwide each year.

05/15/2009 07:26 AM

Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp. Announces The FDA Has Lifted Its Clinical Hold On The Phase IIb Stroke Trial

Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp. ("SCT" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:SSS) is pleased to announce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has provided a verbal confirmation to remove its clinical hold placed on NTx(R)-265 on September 18, 2008.

05/15/2009 07:26 AM

Aspirin Appears To Be Associated With Lower Risk Of Stroke For Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease

An analysis of previous studies indicates that among patients with peripheral artery disease, aspirin use is associated with a statistically nonsignificant decrease in the risk of a group of combined cardiovascular events (nonfatal heart attack, nonfatal stroke, and cardiovascular death), but is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of one of these events, nonfatal stroke, although the findings may be limited by the lack of a large study population, according to an article in the May 13 issue of JAMA.

05/15/2009 07:23 AM

Brain Attack Coalition Adopts New Message For National Stroke Awareness Month

In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month in May, a national stroke coalition announced that its member organizations have adopted a new public education message: "Stroke strikes fast. You should too. Call 9-1-1."

05/15/2009 07:21 AM

NJ disabled, others protest budget cuts

Richard DePol had just bought a bagel and was driving to a friend's house when a pickup truck blew a red light and T-boned his driver side door. DePol suffered a massive brain injury, spent time in a coma and needed extensive rehabilitation.

05/15/2009 07:20 AM

Kids With Disabilities Benefit From Marianjoy Golf Camps ILLINOIS

At Marianjoy's Youth Golf Camp, children of all ages and ability levels can learn the fundamentals of the game of golf. While increasing flexibility and range of motion, children also improve their self-confidence as they learn a new skill.

05/15/2009 07:19 AM

Quadriplegic in solo trip attempt UK

Final preparations are under way for a quadriplegic yachtswoman's second attempt to sail solo around Britain.

05/15/2009 07:17 AM

Shrewsbury's Glavin Center may get reprieve MASSACHUSETTS

The House of Representatives recently adopted an amendment to their budget, preventing the closing of the Glavin Center until a detailed study of the services the center offers is conducted, said state Rep. Karyn Polito, R-Shrewsbury.

05/15/2009 07:16 AM

Handicapped crusader sues over access across O.C. CALIFORNIA

Depending on one's perspective, Arnie Pike is either overzealous or underappreciated. Since the 70-year-old Placentia resident began using a wheelchair after a stroke 15 years ago, he's been on something of a miniature suing spree.

05/15/2009 07:14 AM

New garden enables disabled to grow on coast CALIFORNIA

Operations at Richard J. Elkus Ranch are largely driven by a mission to help people with developmental disabilities connect to nature through therapeutic horticulture. That duty was given a big boost on Saturday with the official launch of an 'enabling garden' - the newest addition to the ranch.

05/15/2009 07:14 AM


Dozens of disabled people, some of them in wheelchairs, rallied outside the Statehouse in Trenton protesting budget cuts to New Jersey’s five Centers for Independent Living.

05/15/2009 07:12 AM

Special Olympics Asks Upstate Schools to "Ban the R Word" NORTH CAROLINA

The term 'mental retardation' is one of those phrases you don't hear often these days, as least when it comes to describing a person with challenges. However, slang versions have now become the norm. There is a push to 'Ban the R' word in schools. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 07:11 AM

Runner fights union bid to oust disabled from jobs CALIFORNIA

State Sen. George Runner sent a letter this week to a labor union whose contract demands could cost developmentally disabled Valley residents their jobs, saying the move could create image problems for the union.

05/15/2009 07:10 AM

Disability not an obstacle for Poh to realise her dream MALAYSIA

SOMETIMES, the path to a successful and happy life can be tough indeed, where one may stumble and fall due to the many challenges and barriers that comes along. Still, all is not lost yet, if he or she perseveres and willing to work diligently. As the saying goes, "beaten but not defeated".

05/15/2009 07:09 AM

Downturn hits disabled homes work UK

Work to improve disability access in Housing Executive homes is being cut back due to the economic downturn, it has been announced.

05/15/2009 07:08 AM

Disabled man's allowance cut to pay for care IRELAND

A SEVERELY physically and mentally disabled man is to lose three quarters of his disability allowance towards the cost of his respite care.

05/15/2009 07:07 AM

Group sues UW Hospital over policy on withholding treatment from disabled patients WISCONSIN

In a case that could have broad legal implications for when some patients are allowed to die, an advocacy group is alleging that doctors at UW Hospital broke the law by withholding treatment from two developmentally disabled patients with apparent cases of pneumonia.

05/15/2009 07:04 AM

Wheelchair softball tourney scheduled TEXAS

An upcoming softball tournament at the Verne Cox Multipurpose Recreation Center will show many of the players the game from a new perspective: seated in a wheelchair.

05/15/2009 07:02 AM

Summer camp for kids with special needs gets funding OKLAHOMA

Jeff Summers works at the Bridges Foundation, an organization that helps developmentally disabled adults with life-skill training. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 07:00 AM

Employer for Disabled Facing Cuts MISSOURI

The executive director for Foundation Workshop, Inc. (FWI), which employs 90 people with disabilities, said the economy is forcing them to consider significant cost cutting moves. VIDEO LINK.

05/15/2009 06:58 AM

A life filled with song MONTANA

When Abby and Lena Jarvie were a year old, the doctors told their parents to make sure they invested in a one-story home. The girls were diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, a disorder that causes the brain to constantly send signals to muscles to contract.

05/15/2009 06:56 AM

Two people accused of robbing Honeoye Falls group home NEW YORK

Two people are facing felony charges after one of them robbed a group home for developmentally disabled adults at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

05/15/2009 06:55 AM

Cranberry happy about new sports complex with special field for disabled PENNSYLVANIA

Brendan Allen has wanted to play baseball for at least two years. This weekend, Brendan, 8, who wears a leg brace that looks like a giant ski boot, joins the Tampa Bay Rays - one of 10 teams that make up the Miracle League at Cranberry's new Graham Park, which opens Saturday.

05/15/2009 06:52 AM

Lifestyle changes can help prevent stroke

A few lifestyle changes can greatly reduce anyone's chances of having a stroke, a U.S. physician says.

05/15/2009 06:51 AM

Sweet victory: Special Olympians deliver inspiration

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." When Oklahoma's Special Olympians pledge that oath every year at the Summer Games in Stillwater, they've already won.

05/15/2009 06:49 AM

Special Olympians show their strength MONTANA

Special Olympian Christian Garcia squats low, grunts slightly and rises with a hefty barbell on his shoulders as his mother, Paula, hurries to catch the feat on film.

05/15/2009 06:47 AM

CHILDREN: 'Camp Happiness' taking sign-ups for kids with special needs NEW YORK

Camp Happiness will be opened up to more young people with special needs this year.

05/15/2009 06:44 AM

Olympic-sized success CALIFORNIA

Judy Szues used a secret weapon Saturday during her victorious 1,500-meter race at the Tri-Valley Special Olympics in La Crescenta.

05/15/2009 06:43 AM

Lifestyle changes can help prevent stroke

A few lifestyle changes can greatly reduce anyone's chances of having a stroke, a U.S. physician says.

05/15/2009 06:42 AM

MANCHESTER: Agency brings happier, independent life to disabled adults MISSOURI

Jimmy Counts, 36, who has multiple severe developmental disabilities; Mike Russell, 43, who has fewer developmental disabilities; and Nic Yowell, 23, who has milder similar disabilities, share a supported living apartment in the complex in Manchester, thanks to help from the Life Skills organization.

05/15/2009 06:40 AM

Sara Granda -- smart, spirited and disabled -- gets her UCD law degree Saturday CALIFORNIA

It is easy to imagine Sara Granda in a courtroom, questioning witnesses, challenging the opposition, fighting for justice with the force of her big personality. A ventilator, which she needs to breathe, would hang from the back of her wheelchair.

05/15/2009 06:36 AM

Accessible spray park adds to MCC campus changes MICHIGAN

The Midland Community Center campus improvement project was celebrated Wednesday with the announcement that an accessible spray park will join the centers' new amenities. The spray park will be fully accessible so people with disabilities can join in the fun in the water. The park will feature an indoor section and outdoor section, with a water table, rain features, water cannons and more.

05/15/2009 06:35 AM

UNR can help disabled students NEVADA

The Disability Resource Center at the University of Nevada, Reno served more than 700 students during the spring semester, said Mary Anne Christensen, assistant director at the center.

05/15/2009 06:33 AM

Special Olympics come to CVHS CALIFORNIA

On May 9 a group of dedicated Special Olympic athletes will take to the Susan Osborne field at Crescenta Valley High School and compete in the First Annual CV CAN (Crescenta Valley Community is Committed to Athletic Needs) Games.

05/15/2009 06:32 AM

Boy's wish: Swim with dolphins FLORIDA

Six-year-old Gabe Walden, who has a neuro-genetic disorder, is headed to Florida for a week to swim with dolphins, thanks to The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South. The nonprofit organization that serves children with life-threatening medical conditions granted his wish Thursday at Union University.

05/15/2009 06:31 AM

Local fair-housing complaints from disabled people are on the rise OHIO

In a region where charges of discrimination are historically associated with race, another group of home seekers is expanding the concept of civil rights. People with disabilities helped to push the number of fair-housing complaints in Northeast Ohio to an all-time high in 2008.

05/15/2009 06:30 AM

Sask. introducing income support program for people with disabilities CANADA

Saskatchewan people with disabilities who can't earn income will no longer have to go on social assistance but will instead have their own tailored income-support program, the provincial government said Wednesday.

05/15/2009 06:29 AM

Symposium for Muslims living with disabilities CANADA

Ontario Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley will be the keynote speaker at the Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities symposium, taking place May 24 in Mississauga.

05/15/2009 06:28 AM

Plan helps infants and toddlers with disabilities DELAWARE

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and Secretary of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf unveiled a plan Wednesday to use federal stimulus money to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment of infants and toddlers with disabilities.

05/15/2009 06:27 AM

PRIDE Industries Expands Employment Services for People with Disabilities to Central Louisiana CALIFORNIA

PRIDE Industries, a leading employer of people with disabilities, announces the recent expansion of employment services to central Louisiana with the addition of its Alexandria, LA office. Employment services are designed to provide employers with capable, skilled and motivated workers to meet diverse job requirements.

05/15/2009 06:27 AM

Government of Canada Program Helps People With Disabilities Find Meaningful Work

A local person with disabilities will get help to prepare for and obtain employment thanks to Government of Canada support for a local employment project. Mr. John Duncan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

05/15/2009 06:25 AM

Budget Cuts Threaten To Close Programs For Children With Cognitive Disabilities MASSACHUSETTS

Among those most hit by budget cuts are the families of people with developmental disabilities such as Down's syndrome and autism. AUDIO LINK.

05/15/2009 06:23 AM

Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites

Whites are more likely than blacks to experience atrial fibrillation, a cause of stroke, even though blacks have a higher prevalence of risk factors such as high blood pressure, new research shows.

05/15/2009 06:20 AM

Proposal would require all to have health coverage

House Democrats are crafting a plan that would require all Americans to carry health insurance and would help families making less than $88,000 pay the premiums.

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05/13/2009 10:12 AM

Brain injuries can be deceiving CALIFORNIA

Ryan Tompkins wasn't wearing a helmet when he fell off his skateboard and banged his head on the pavement two years ago. The 16-year-old was lucid but in great pain. He was rushed to a Marin hospital, where a CT scan revealed a subdural hematoma, a traumatic brain injury in which blood gathers within the protective covering of the brain.

05/13/2009 10:09 AM

Brain Injury: Head injuries disrupt millions of lives in the US, and each presents unique complications UTAH

About 14 years ago, Lee Browns life changed in a split second. He was riding as a passenger in a car when another driver ran a stop sign. Brown, 24 at the time, was thrown from the vehicle. The car slid over his body. After being taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital he was air lifted to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, where he remained in a coma for two weeks before waking up.

05/13/2009 10:08 AM

Maria tells of ordeal to highlight impact of brain injuries UK

An Aberdeen woman who was diagnosed with encephalitis eight years ago spoke of her experiences last night in an effort to raise awareness of Brain Injury Week.

05/13/2009 10:07 AM

Fife Council to support Brain Injury Week UK

Fife Council is promoting Action for Brain Injury Week by supporting those with brain injuries in the work place.

05/13/2009 10:05 AM

How a cold sore virus turned me into Mr Angry UK

The cause of this transformation is encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. And three years after Dave developed it, he is still living with the devastating after-effects. Encephalitis is caused either by an infection or the immune system trying to fight off a virus and mistakenly attacking the brain. There are an estimated 4,000 cases of it every year in the UK. It can affect anyone, at any age.

05/13/2009 10:04 AM

Smoking Interferes With Recovery From Alcohol-related Brain Damage

Alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) can damage the brain, particularly the frontal and parietal cortices, although this damage is at least partially reversible with sustained abstinence from alcohol. Chronic smoking is extremely common among individuals with AUDs. A new study has used longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of brain blood flow to show that smoking makes it harder for brain blood flow to recover from long-term heavy drinking.

05/13/2009 10:01 AM

Traumatic Brain Injury Haunts Children For Years With Variety Of Functional Problems

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can experience lasting or late-appearing neuropsychological problems, highlighting the need for careful watching over time, according to two studies published by the American Psychological Association.

05/13/2009 10:00 AM

Cancer's one-way ticket to the brain

HOW do cancer cells get into the brain? A "ticket" made of three genes seems to grant them access in mice. The discovery could one day lead to drugs that cancel out a similar ticket in people.

05/13/2009 09:59 AM

FDA Approves Drug For Treatment Of Aggressive Brain Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Avastin (bevacizumab) to treat patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) when this form of brain cancer continues to progress following standard therapy.

05/13/2009 09:54 AM

First 'Neuroprotective' Gene In Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Isolated By UMMS Researchers

A genetic variant that substantially improves survival of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has been indentified by a consortium of researchers led by John Landers, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Robert Brown, MD, DPhil, Chair and Professor of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

05/13/2009 09:53 AM

Burzynski Research Institute Presents Positive Results From Phase II Trials Of ANP For Inoperable Brainstem Glioma At The Congress

The Burzynski Research Institute, Inc. (BRI) announced that it made three presentations of the results of phase II trials and mechanism of action data on it's antineoplaston A10 and antineoplaston AS2-1 therapy (ANP). These findings were discussed at the 3rd Quadrennial Meeting of the World Federation of Neuro-Oncology in Yokohama, Japan.

05/13/2009 09:52 AM

Actelion Provides Update On BUILD-3 Study In Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Actelion Ltd (SIX: ATLN) announced that the Independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) has recommended continuation of the pivotal Phase III study BUILD-3, evaluating the efficacy and safety of bosentan (Tracleer(R)) in patients suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

05/13/2009 09:51 AM

Brain Tumour UK's 9th Annual Patient and Carer Conference 7-8 July 2009

Brain Tumour UK has announced the dates and venue for its highly regarded annual conference for patients, carers and health professionals.

05/13/2009 09:50 AM

Pneumonia Research Benefits From $4 Million EU Award

Pneumonia infections are not only a problem of developing countries. In Germany more than 60,000 people die annually due to this disease, which is mostly caused by the bacterial species Streptococcus pneumoniae. Combating pneumococcal infections is getting more and more difficult and current vaccines mediate only partial protection.

05/13/2009 09:44 AM

What Is Swine Flu?

Human swine flu was originally called 'swine flu' because it is similar to influenza viruses that infect pigs. The strain presently causing concern is a mutated form called Influenzavirus A (H1N1) or human swine influenza which can be spread from human to human.

05/13/2009 09:43 AM

Stroke And Major Trauma Consultation Comes To An End UK

The public consultation (The shape of things to come), part of Lord Darzi's ten year vision for the capital 'Healthcare for London', looked at the location and coverage of potential sites for specialist stroke and major trauma centres.

05/13/2009 09:42 AM

Older Adults Often Inaccurately Report Their Stroke History

The responses of older adults who are asked whether they had a stroke frequently do not agree with diagnoses obtained by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the July print issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

05/13/2009 09:40 AM

Aspirin Lowers Stroke Risk in Peripheral Artery Disease

There haven't been enough studies to tell whether aspirin reduces the risk of heart attack and death for people with the blocked leg blood vessel condition called peripheral arterial disease, but it does cut the incidence of stroke, researchers report.

05/13/2009 09:34 AM

A 'light bulb' moment for people with dementia OHIO

Research team members hypothesize that periods of blue light, like daylight, can help regulate the sleep-wake rhythm, which is a behavioral pattern linked to the 24-hour biochemical circadian cycle of the hormone melatonin. Depending on the level of the hormone, people are awake or sleepy.

05/13/2009 09:24 AM

Wheelchair User Ticketed In Disabled Zone OREGON

A quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair got a $360 ticket for parking in a handicapped spot on Monday. Gordon Pike said a volunteer enforcement team from Washington County confiscated his disabled placard after telling him the card was invalid. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 09:22 AM

Disabled children learn to eat, walk and talk from a doggy friend named Ovelle IDAHO

The woman giving Ovelle commands is Diane Rampelberg. Ovelle, a golden Lab mix, is her dog. She works 40 hours a week - 40 volunteer hours a week - with her, helping children with disabilities and adults with brain damage improve their life skills.

05/13/2009 09:20 AM

Brain injury killed teen, court hears CANADA

A Mississauga teen died from a severe brain injury that rapidly caused him to become brain dead, court heard today. But a neuro pathologist today said the young man, injured in a high school rugby game on May 9, 2007, was already dying by the time paramedics attended to him.

05/13/2009 09:19 AM

Woman won't let paralysis stop her from participating in WildRide! Against Cancer TEXAS

Cheryl Schwitzgebel of Allen is paralyzed, but that hasn't stopped her from being active. The former competitive wheelchair racer now rides recreationally, using a handcycle.

05/13/2009 09:18 AM

Partially Paralyzed Woman Champions Teen Cell Restrictions INDIANA

A bill that prohibits teens from talking on cell phones or using other communications devices while driving will become law soon, thanks in part to the efforts of a woman who knows the dangers all too well. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 09:15 AM

Paralyzed teen returns to Miller South School OHIO

Casey Miller is back in the rhythm of life! And his artistic and academic family at Akron's Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, many of their arms adorned with colorful ''Courage4Casey'' bracelets, couldn't be happier.

05/13/2009 09:14 AM

When will next deadly pandemic strike?

The next flu season could spread more of the same H1N1 viruses, or bring a mutated version of the flu that presents new challenges. Or, the flu could die down or become less aggressive.

05/13/2009 09:12 AM

Tips to recognize brain tumor symptoms and avoid risk

Each year, more than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor - cancer that spreads from other parts of the body to the brain.

05/13/2009 09:10 AM

'Success Beyond Paralysis' shares stories of courage, perserverance WASHINGTON

Two hundred fifty guests heard incredible stories of courage and perseverance at the "Success Beyond Paralysis" luncheon, May 7 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

05/13/2009 09:09 AM

Double Hand Transplant Patient Recovering Well PENNSYLVANIA

Jeff Kepner, 57, had lost his hands and feet a decade ago to sepsis that developed from a strep infection. On Monday, he became the first person to undergo a double hand transplant in the United States.

05/13/2009 09:08 AM

Scuba Diving: Physical, Psychological Therapy For Disabled Troops

Three British war veterans recently joined a dozen wounded U.S. troops for the twice-yearly Warrior Dive in Key Largo in May that promotes scuba diving as a rehabilitative therapy, according to Reuters.

05/13/2009 09:06 AM

Amputee Receives Hope with i-Limb TENNESSEE

An accident on the job cost a Mid-South man his arm. Accepting it was hard. Even harder was learning how to use a new one that wasn't the original.

05/13/2009 09:04 AM

Concussions in high school girls lacrosse NEW YORK

Lacrosse is Jenn Williams' sport. She dominated on the field, and was expected to be her team's top scorer this year. Jenn suffered her first concussion at the start of junior year during an indoor lacrosse game. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 09:02 AM

Pushing for Special Protection for Special Animals PENNSYLVANIA

A Huntingdon County woman is fighting for the rights of service dogs after she and her pup were attacked by a loose dog.

05/13/2009 09:01 AM

Service dogs get free eye exams at MSU MICHIGAN

During the second annual event, part of National Service Dog Eye Exam Week, three doctors at MSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital examined 16 service dogs, including search-and-rescue dogs, seeing-eye dogs and police dogs, said Wendy Townsend, veterinary ophthalmologist.

05/13/2009 09:00 AM

Couple Accused Of Shaking 8-Year-Old TENNESSEE

A Cookeville couple is accused of causing the kind of harm associated with shaken baby syndrome to an 8-year-old boy.

05/13/2009 08:56 AM

Waukesha Hardware Store Educates Customers About Shaken Baby Syndrome WISCONSIN

Typically, hardware stores are stocked with tools, paint, screws and nails. Now one hardware store is sharing a potentially life-saving message. FOX 6's Jennifer Reyes tells you why it's the perfect place to reach people who need the message the most.

05/13/2009 08:55 AM

What's in a cough? 20,000 viruses

The next time you cough or sneeze, there is good reason to cover your mouth.

05/13/2009 08:51 AM

Rapid spread of swine flu justified warnings

The number of cases of swine flu may have been several times higher than reported and the potential for rapid spread of the illness justified the World Health Organization’s decision to raise the global pandemic alert, a new study concludes.

05/13/2009 08:50 AM

Concerns Over Global Spread Of H1N1 Influenza Or Swine Flu Accelerate The Pre-Production Run On A.I.R. Isolation And Containment Units

American Innovative Research Corporation (A.I.R. Corp.) announces plans to accelerate the pre-production development of their Isolation and Containment units (I-Contm).

05/13/2009 08:48 AM

If Asthma Strikes During Game, Few Teams Are Ready

If you've got a child playing spring sports, you may want to pay close attention to what's happening between plays.

05/13/2009 08:48 AM

CDC Certifies Alabama's Public Health Laboratory For Novel H1N1 Influenza Confirmation Testing

The Alabama Department of Public Health has received validation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform the testing that confirms probable novel influenza H1N1 cases not previously confirmed by CDC. The health laboratory is in the process of confirming the probable cases which previously had been sent to CDC. In the future, novel H1N1 cases will be confirmed by the state health laboratory in Alabama.

05/13/2009 08:47 AM

Analysis Of Flu Virus At Princeton Could Lead To Better Vaccines

A team of Princeton University scientists may have found a better way to make a vaccine against the flu virus.

05/13/2009 08:47 AM

Monitoring 'Human Factors' To Create Pandemic Warning System

Researchers are proposing a new system that would warn of an impending pandemic before the first case of disease emerged in a given population by detecting subtle signals in human behavior.

05/13/2009 08:43 AM

Simple Hygiene, Focus On Children Could Contain Flu Spread

Although many have touted strategies from travel avoidance to Tamiflu to halt the spread of H1N1 flu or swine flu, a large body of evidence from the Cochrane Library suggests that concentrating on children's hygiene might be the best way to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses.

05/13/2009 08:42 AM

Differential Pressure Sensors for Respiratory Flow Measurement

Devices such as spirometers and sleep recorders are employed to monitor respiration for diagnosis purposes or to optimise therapies. Spirometers perform simple lung function tests to examine airway or lung diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

05/13/2009 08:40 AM

NBC reporter's widow speaks out about the disease that killed him MINNESOTA

Lawmakers recognized today, Tuesday, May 12 as DVT awareness day at the Minnesota state Capitol. Melanie Bloom spoke at the Capitol, six years after her husband passed as a DVT awareness advocate.

05/13/2009 08:39 AM

BANGLADESH: New vaccine could stem child pneumonia deaths

High levels of pneumonia continue to be reported among children in Dhaka, but a new vaccine introduced earlier this year could significantly improve the situation.

05/13/2009 08:38 AM

FDA Clears Rafael Medical's SafeFlo Vena Cava Filter

Rafael Medical Technologies, Inc. has received marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its SafeFlo(R) Vena Cava Filter. The clearance is for the permanent implantation of the filter in patients at risk of pulmonary embolism; safety and effectiveness as a retrievable or temporary filter have not been established. CE Mark was granted for the filter in 2004 for both permanent and retrieval indications.

05/13/2009 08:15 AM

Ex-Marine In Raffle For His Life

The former Marine, a Milfdord, Del. father of four, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which has cost him 80 percent of his lung capacity. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 08:14 AM

'Save a life' by acting F.A.S.T.

EVERY 45 SECONDS, someone in the United States has a stroke. Yet, despite being the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in this country, fewer than one in five Americans can recognize a symptom of a stroke.

05/13/2009 08:11 AM

Story of polio being retold in Kansan's documentary

A documentary film project on polio from a Kansan's perspective brought a loud ovation during a presentation Saturday at the Eisenhower Visitors Center.

05/13/2009 08:09 AM

Mentally Disabled Forced Into 'Fight Club' at Texas Home

Terrified residents at a Corpus Christi, Texas, state school for the mentally disabled were forced to be part of a brutal "fight club" operated by night shift employees, who made videos of the sessions with their cell phones, the newly released videos show. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 08:07 AM

Spotting A Stroke Before It Is Too Late COLORADO

At least 700,000 people suffer a stroke each year. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and leading cause of disability. The annual cost of stroke-related care is estimated at $51 billion. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 08:05 AM

Stroke Prevention: 5 Ways to Prevent a Brain Attack

You can prevent the third-leading cause of death and the top cause of adult disability in the U.S.

05/13/2009 08:04 AM

Former CU student, employee takes job in Obama administration COLORADO

More than 25 years ago, Henry Claypool suffered a spinal injury and relied on Medicare, Social Security Disability Insurance and other federal programs that allowed him to finish his bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado.

05/13/2009 08:01 AM

Glenbrook South senior scales barrier of his disability ILLINOIS

Nick Betsoleiman, a Glenbrook High School senior, takes the graduation staple, "Climb Every Mountain," very seriously.

05/13/2009 07:59 AM

DARC, DES hurt in recent ruling ARIZONA

Arizona is free to cut services to an estimated 30,000 residents with developmental disabilities, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

05/13/2009 07:56 AM

Couple forced to live on sandwiches as social workers deny them Meals on Wheels UK

A Second World War veteran and his wife are being forced to live on sandwiches after social workers denied them Meals on Wheels, claiming they were not disabled enough.

05/13/2009 07:55 AM

Liberal Cadieux B.C.'s first female MLA with a disability CANADA

Surrey voters appeared to stick to the tried-and-true last night, with six incumbents leading in eight ridings.

05/13/2009 07:52 AM

Cheer on Special Olympics contestants on Saturday ILLINOIS

Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association encourages friends, families and visitors to cheer for athletes as they compete in NEDSRA's local Special Olympics Track and Field Meet. The event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St., Lombard, is marking its 30th anniversary.

05/13/2009 07:51 AM

Disabled runner’s appeal denied NEW YORK

For months, a growing team of supporters made telephone calls, attended hearings and added their names to a petition in hopes of finding a way for a young man with a disability to race two last times with his Amherst High School team. By Tuesday, it was all for naught.

05/13/2009 07:50 AM

Telemedicine For Stroke

A new scientific statement says a remote exam using high-quality videoconferencing equipment is as effective as a bedside stroke evaluation.

05/13/2009 07:49 AM

Disability charity stirs interest with cafe clubs UK

THE Leonard Cheshire Disability charity is encouraging people to set up cafe clubs and meet to arrange fundraising activities.

05/13/2009 07:44 AM

The view from one UNLV student's chair NEVADA

The double doors at UNLV's John S. Wright Hall swing open after James Altman presses a metal button displaying an icon of a person in a wheelchair. But by the time Altman wheels up to the doors, they are closing. One bangs against his arm as he squeezes out of the building.

05/13/2009 07:43 AM

State Should Count the Disabled And Plan for Them KENYA

The Minister for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 Wycliffe Oparanya has been in news mobilising support for the National Census scheduled for August.

05/13/2009 07:42 AM

Kittanning, DIG continue battle for handicapped access to post office PENNSYLVANIA

Contacting the United States Access Board will be Kittanning Council's next step in pushing for handicapped accessibility at the borough post office.

05/13/2009 07:40 AM

Spanish disabilities conference for children scheduled CALIFORNIA

Fiesta Educativa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and rehabilitation of Latinos with special developmental needs, invites community members to attend its mini-conference, which features two workshops presented by Disability Rights California.

05/13/2009 07:39 AM

Pennsylvania Council Formed to Advise on Improving Services to Older Adults, People with Disabilities

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Office of Long-Term Living today announced the formation of a 15-member Quality Council that will advise on new policies and procedures to ensure quality management of in-home and community services.

05/13/2009 07:38 AM

CNG Paratransit Vehicle Introduced FLORIDA

The Vehicle Production Group recently introduced its MV-1 paratransit vehicle, designed to meet or exceed guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

05/13/2009 07:37 AM

Disabled citizens unable to access reconstructed buildings in south LEBANON

Thousands of people with physical disabilities are unable to access new buildings being reconstructed in southern Lebanon, according to a new report released Monday by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT).

05/13/2009 07:36 AM

Silver medal for Malta at European Soccer Special Olympics

A Maltese team of young athletes placed second in the 2009 Special Olympics European Seven-a-Side Football Tournament held in Portugal. The tournament was held between May 7 and May 10. Their final game against Monaco, which ended on penalties, earned them a silver medal.

05/13/2009 07:34 AM

A lesson in mobility WISCONSIN

A field trip is teaching local high school students with special needs some independence. They are learning how to get around town using the MTU bus system.

05/13/2009 07:33 AM

Brain Attack Coalition Adopts New Message for National Stroke Awareness Month MARYLAND

In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month in May, a national stroke coalition today announced that its member organizations have adopted a new public education message: "Stroke strikes fast. You should too. Call 9-1-1."

05/13/2009 07:32 AM

Special Olympics meet delivers 'Miles of Smiles' COLORADO

Since its inception in 1969, Special Olympics of Colorado (SOCO) has made a mission of empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to foster and fulfill their potential by organizing events to improve physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and to provide a forum for sharing the unique gifts and talents of some extraordinary individuals.

05/13/2009 07:31 AM

DiNapoli seeks tougher rules for Access-A-Ride inspections NEWE YORK

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has asked the New York City Transit Authority to tighten its inspection process in order to ensure safe rides to riders of the Access-A-Ride service.

05/13/2009 07:30 AM

Free program helps keep people on alert for stroke NEW JERSEY

In the amount of time it takes to perform an easy, everyday task such as brushing teeth, buttoning a shirt or eating a piece of toast, at least one person in the United States will experience a stroke.

05/13/2009 07:29 AM

More tools sought for physically challenged QATAR

Teachers and other educators involved with physically challenged individuals have been urged to devote time and effort in inventing assistive technological tools that will help in their integration into the fabric of the society.

05/13/2009 07:28 AM

A clean, well-lighted - and enabling - place CALIFORNIA

The grand opening of an expanded Assistive Technology Teaching and Learning Center, for use by students in the campus Disabled Students' Program, was celebrated on Monday, May 11, with a ribbon-cutting and open house.

05/13/2009 07:27 AM

Turkey are no match for local group of physically disabled hunters MICHIGAN

I was intrigued by a recent conversation with Ray Brown, president of a Lapeer county -- based organization called the Wheelin Team 457 who described how his group planned to take a group of 15 physically disabled hunters turkey hunting on May 2 and 3.

05/13/2009 07:26 AM

Sarnia woman boxes way back from brain aneurism CANADA

The first time Lise Shaw arrived at Ironworks Gym in Point Edward she was in a wheelchair after a devastating brain aneurism. Six years later, she’s discarded the wheelchair, regained the use of her right side and developed more endurance than ever.

05/13/2009 07:25 AM

Havre Special Olympians Head to Bozeman MONTANA

Some area athletes are on their way to compete in the Montana Special Olympics State Summer Games. Anticipating the journey for a whole year, 40 athletes from Havre made their way to Bozeman today. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 07:24 AM

Election hopefuls invited to attend protest rally over disability cutbacks IRELAND

ALL Cork local election candidates have been asked to attend a rally this weekend opposing Government cuts to disability sufferers.

05/13/2009 07:23 AM

Montgomery OKs some disability reforms WASHINGTON DC

The Montgomery County Council passed legislation Tuesday that would allow disabled police officers hurt in the line of duty to continue to draw a full disability pension regardless of the severity of their injury.

05/13/2009 07:22 AM

Disabled youth in Botswana call for greater involvement in country's HIV/AIDS efforts

The Botswana Federation of the Disabled recently held a seminar to commemorate the country's "Youth Against HIV/AIDS" month, focusing on the role of disabled young people in efforts to curb the spread of HIV, Botswana's Sunday Standard reports.

05/13/2009 07:21 AM

Partners in Policymaking Graduates New Generation of Disability Leaders VIRGINIA

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities,, located in Richmond, Virginia, will graduate a new class of Partners in Policymaking (PIP) on Saturday, May 16, 2009. PIP class participants, Partners, are a diverse group of highly motivated adult self-advocates and parents of children with disabilities representing a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from all across Virginia.

05/13/2009 07:20 AM

Advocate Calls for OMRDD Commissioner's Resignation NEW YORK

Since his son's death, Michael Carey has become a strong advocate for disabled children and adults.

05/13/2009 07:19 AM

Eanes ISD Sued Over Disability Act TEXAS

The family of fifth grader Claire Fries is suing the Eanes Independent School District for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Fries family says the school district has failed to provide Claire access to the places other students go. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 07:18 AM

Gift Saves Summer Camp For Disabled Kids OKLAHOMA

An effort is underway to save a summer camp for kids with disabilities. The loss of a major sponsor led to the tough decision to cancel the camp. But, help is on the way. A major donor stepped forward who says they want these children with challenges, to have the same kind of camp experiences that all children have.

05/13/2009 07:17 AM

Tweaks to DPAC can assist disabled NORTH CAROLINA

I went to the new Durham Performing Arts Center to see the Broadway show "Rent" with 10 of my friends on Jan. 24 . It was an awesome experience. It's wonderful to have a Mecca of cultural events within an easy drive of our community.

05/13/2009 07:16 AM

Special Olympics a tradition that 'creates a lot of understanding' PENNSYLVANIA

Pleasant Valley School District's all-encompassing Special Olympics competition is celebrating its 18th year today.

05/13/2009 07:14 AM

Pennsylvania considers merger of long-term living services

A proposed consolidation of long-term living services under the umbrella of one Pennsylvania agency will improve services to senior citizens, as well as younger residents with disabilities, a state official said Tuesday.

05/13/2009 07:14 AM

Greenwood hosts Special Olympics ARKANSAS

Over 1,500 volunteers and athletes and spectators came together for the Arkansas area four Special Olympics, which was held at the Greenwood High School track for the first time in the game's history. As a part of a rotation Greenwood will be the host for the next two years.

05/13/2009 07:12 AM

Stormont hears pleas to save special needs school UK

Campaigners fighting to save an independent special needs school from closure have again brought their pleas for help to Stormont.

05/13/2009 07:11 AM

Qatar Telecom to create jobs for the disabled

The ictQatar, recently had announced to establish a Center for Assistive Technology that will be dedicated to helping people with disabilities through information and communications technologies.

05/13/2009 07:10 AM

Living Link bridges gap between job and disability SOUTH AFRICA

In South Africa, there are at least 2.5 million people with disabilities who face difficulties with daily living.

05/13/2009 07:08 AM

Stephanie Cadieux is first wheelchair-riding MLA since Doug Mowat GEORGIA

People with disabilities might take some comfort in the election tonight of Stephanie Cadieux as the new B.C. Liberal MLA in Surrey-Panorama Ridge. Cadieux, director of marketing and development at the B.C. Paraplegic Association, gets around in a wheelchair after suffering a spinal-cord injury when she was 18.

05/13/2009 07:07 AM

City has to make accessibility changes or face heavy fines CANADA

Pembroke appears to have little choice but to follow the guidelines of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, no matter what it costs.

05/13/2009 07:05 AM

Families fight cuts to disabilities programs MINNESOTA

Eric Stadler had a good Monday morning. He remained unusually calm for two hours while a news crew followed his every move at the group home he shares with five other adults with developmental disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

05/13/2009 07:03 AM

Flu strains developing resistance to key antiviral drug: WHO

Development of a swine flu vaccine was partly triggered by evidence that seasonal influenza strains are developing resistance to antiviral drug Tamiflu, a World Health Organisation expert said Tuesday.

05/13/2009 07:02 AM

Global swine flu cases pass 5,000

China ramped up efforts to contain swine flu and awaited confirmation Wednesday of a second suspected case on the mainland, as the number of infections worldwide soared past the 5,000 mark.

05/13/2009 07:00 AM

Aspirin Lowers Stroke Risk in Peripheral Artery Disease

There haven't been enough studies to tell whether aspirin reduces the risk of heart attack and death for people with the blocked leg blood vessel condition called peripheral arterial disease, but it does cut the incidence of stroke, researchers report.

05/13/2009 06:44 AM

WHO urges restraint on Tamiflu in swine flu cases

With swine flu still spreading, the U.N. health agency is warning countries to limit their use of antiviral drugs to only high-risk patients to ensure adequate supplies in case the virus should mutate and become more dangerous.

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05/11/2009 10:42 AM

Girl's brain injury game goes big time MICHIGAN

A St. Charles girl who created a board game to learn about her dad's traumatic brain injury now has a nationally-distributed version named after her. "Rachel's Brain Game" was released Wednesday, and 11-year-old Rachel Weisbarth said she hopes it helps other kids facing the same situation.

05/11/2009 10:39 AM

BRAIN INJURY: Life as you know it is over CANADA

A brain injury can take you to some pretty dark places in your soul, says Debrena Craig. Craig has been in and out of hospital for two years. She knows of what she speaks. VIDEO LINK.

05/11/2009 10:38 AM

Prep baseball: Murray pitcher beats the odds UTAH

The only thing Derek Wollschleger, a senior pitcher from Murray High, remembers about the moment that almost killed him is the date and the time it took place.

05/11/2009 10:37 AM

Upland boy recovers from head injury CALIFORNIA

Kyle Morrison is anxiously waiting for the day when he can get back on his bicycle and ride around the neighborhood. The 11-year-old underwent a craniotomy in March to repair a torn artery in his brain that was sustained from falling off his bike outside his grandparents' house. He wasn't wearing a helmet.

05/11/2009 10:36 AM

Helmet use in skiing and snowboarding COLORADO

Ski injuries tend to occur later in the day and head injuries are no exception. The head injuries due to blunt trauma are more frequent in the afternoon. The increase in frequency of ski injury and the time of day when the injury occurred suggests that fatigue may be an important factor.

05/11/2009 10:35 AM

Long journey home for injured soldier MASSACHUSETTS

He struggles to his feet, greeting visitors with a smile and outstretched hand. There aren't too many 21-year-olds today who stand as a gesture of respect when a guest enters a room. Vincent Mannion does.

05/11/2009 10:34 AM

McCaw's concussion comments slammed NEW ZEALAND

But about a decade ago I woke up in a rugby changing shed not knowing how I got there and where "there" was. Earlier, I'd been knocked cold playing rugby, escorted from the field, and, on the premise of wanting to clear my head, I headed for an early shower, where I promptly fell into a deep sleep.

05/11/2009 10:33 AM

Jacksonville man charged with child abuse NORTH CAROLINA

A Jacksonville man has been charged with inflicting a brain injury on a 4-month-old child.

05/11/2009 10:31 AM

Location key to recovering from brain injuries CANADA

Of the various types and categories of brain injuries, the most common type that Dr. Wayne Matheson of Sudbury Regional Hospital sees are those called acquired brain injuries.

05/11/2009 10:27 AM

ACCENT: Wright suffered a brain injury in the spring of 1992 CANADA

As devastating as Debrena Craig's brain injury has been on her life, almost the opposite has happened for Garnet Wright, who suffered a brain injury in the spring of 1992 while bicycling.

05/11/2009 10:24 AM

New AHA/ASA Guidelines on TIA Management and Telemedicine in Acute Stroke Released

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has released 2 new guideline documents, 1 providing a new definition of transient ischemic attacks and advocating urgent treatment and the other giving a green light to use of telemedicine consults in acute stroke assessment.

05/11/2009 10:23 AM

New Survey: Economic Conditions Taking Toll On Family Caregivers And Their Ability To Provide Care

The Evercare(R) Survey of The Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving, released today, finds that during the past 12 months, almost 20 percent of caregivers report a decline in the quality of care their loved ones receive as a direct result of the recession, and 14 percent say the amount of care they have been able to provide for others during this time period has decreased. The survey is published by Evercare by UnitedHealthcare and the National Alliance on Caregiving.

05/11/2009 09:41 AM

Injured major completes marathon UK

An injured soldier who has been walking the London Marathon on crutches, two miles each day, has completed the course after 13 days. video link.

05/11/2009 09:40 AM

Health Care Professionals Offer Free Consultations for National Stroke Awareness Month

Health care professionals offer free workshops with an emphasis on smoking cessation to raise public awareness of stroke and assist individuals in lowering their risk factors, in order to improve their quality of life.

05/11/2009 09:39 AM

New Study Reveals The Financial Effects Of Stroke In China

A new study has found that families in China face considerable economic hardship following stroke, and it is not uncommon for health care costs to push families below the poverty line. The large study shows over 70% of stroke survivors in China experience a catastrophic impact on their financial situation due to loss of income and cost of health care.

05/11/2009 09:35 AM

The Future of Stroke Rehabilitation

When Shawn Doyle suffered a stroke six years ago at age 46, it left him with impaired speech and paralysis of his right side. But thanks to a cutting edge technique for stroke patients, Shawn, who was an active, driven vice president of sales prior to the stroke, now is able to say his daughter's name correctly for the first time in years. VIDEO LINK.

05/11/2009 09:01 AM

Wife struggles after husband's life-changing crash FLORIDA

As she went around the corner on Oct. 4, Laura Sturgill knew something was terribly wrong. She knew instantly that it was bad. Her husband, the father of her son, had lost control of the bike, hit a railroad tie and was thrown more than 15 feet. His skull was fractured and part of his neck and back were broken.

05/11/2009 09:00 AM

Broken neck can't keep Louisiana girl down MISSISSIPPI

Seven months ago, a nurse told Jan Veintidos he would never move or walk again. The 17-year-old junior at Pickering High School wants to return to show her she was wrong.

05/11/2009 08:59 AM

Tyler Olson Recovery Includes New Friend MINNESOTA

A North Iowa high school football player who broke his neck on the field is getting close to going home with the help of a new friend. A golden retriever named Charlie is now helping Tyler heal. VIDEO LINK.

05/11/2009 08:58 AM

Paralyzed snowboarder's invention may lead to happy landings for others

One bad fall and his life was changed. Aaron Coret's dream of becoming a pro snowboarder vanished in an instant four years ago when a snowboarding accident left him a quadraplegic.

05/11/2009 08:57 AM

Polio Pioneer Helps Survivors Hold On To Strength

Dr. Lauro Halstead is one of only a handful of doctors in the U.S. who specializes in polio - and he speaks to his patients with authority. But there's one more thing that gives him an understanding of his patients: Halstead is a polio survivor, too. AUDIO LINK.

05/11/2009 08:56 AM

A triumph of spirit: Near-fatal accident doesn't slow White Sulphur graduate

Robin Zehntner has allowed herself only one day since her near-fatal car crash a year ago to feel sad about being paralyzed from the waist down.

05/11/2009 08:50 AM

Martha Mason, Who Wrote Book About Her Decades in an Iron Lung, Dies at 71

Ever since the 1940s, when she was a girl in a small Southern town, Martha Mason dreamed of being a writer. But it was not till nearly half a century later, with the aid of a voice-activated computer, that she could begin setting a memoir down on paper.

05/11/2009 08:49 AM

Adventures on Wheels news UTAH

Patrick Rummerfield, the first fully functional quadriplegic in the history of medicine, and Miller Motorsports Park have announced that they have joined forces to develop a program designed to allow wounded veterans to experience the thrill and excitement of racetrack driving.

05/11/2009 08:47 AM

Turning Point: 'I can't be having a stroke. I'm too young. I'm healthy.' MINNESOTA

Jessica Zalusky of Elko gained fame as a professional snowboarder and motorcycle racer. Last fall, as her competitive motorcycle career was winding down, she underwent reconstructive knee surgery. While recuperating at home, she collapsed in the bathroom. She had suffered a stroke. She was 32.

05/11/2009 08:44 AM

Battling to beat brain cancer

It started several months ago with the headaches - blinding assaults from out of the blue that would leave Katherine Brown incapacitated, unable to work or even move, hypersensitive to light and sound.

05/11/2009 08:43 AM

Ballet girl battles for dream after Games fame CHINA

When 12-year-old Li Yue sings along to a Chinese pop song, jumping back and forth with her right leg, few people would associate her with the heartbreaking earthquake that sacrificed one of her legs and claimed more than 10 of her family members in southwestern China a year ago.

05/11/2009 08:40 AM

Tragedy turned triumph

'It's not the disability, it's the ability.' That's the message a skydiver who lost both his legs in a tragic accident is sharing.

05/11/2009 08:39 AM

China's disabled quake children piece together their lives

For 20 hours Gao Ying lay in the rubble of her school in China's Sichuan province last spring. Gao had survived -- unlike many of her classmates -- but injuries sustained to both her legs meant she would need amputations just below her knees.

05/11/2009 07:54 AM

Amputee surfer gets back on the board CALIFORNIA

Shane Lincoln stood on the sand at San Onofre State Beach, practicing his pop-up on a surfboard before getting into the water.

05/11/2009 07:52 AM

Scuba diving is therapy for wounded troops

It took nearly half an hour to slick up quadriplegic British Royal Marine Dominic Lovett with baby shampoo and tug him into a neoprene wetsuit.

05/11/2009 07:50 AM

Concussion also hits Rance's parents AUSTRALIA

Suffering a concussion in an AFL match is one thing, but watching your son go through it is worse. "I've been knocked out a few times myself, so you take it for granted a bit, but to see your son convulsing on the ground is pretty ordinary," Murray said.

05/11/2009 07:49 AM

A dog for service OKLAHOMA

He enjoys toys, treats and being a rambunctious puppy. But when his blue vest is on, he knows it's business time. Henry is training to be a service dog with Therapetics, and for the next year he'll continue living with his volunteer puppy trainer, Stacey Ludlow.

05/11/2009 07:42 AM

Eyeing dogs' sight Vets donate time to give service dogs a checkup MARYLAND

Tali's pupils were dilated, so ophthalmologist Nancy Bromberg dimmed the lights and began peering deep into his big brown eyes. She declared them healthy a few minutes later, except for a little allergy-related irritation. VIDEO LINK.

05/11/2009 07:37 AM

China Reports First Case of Swine Flu

China has recorded its first case of swine flu, a 30-year-old man who flew last Friday from St. Louis to Chengdu, the Health Ministry said Monday.

05/11/2009 07:35 AM

FDA: Eating doesn't spread the flu

Influenza viruses are not known to be spread by eating food items. Influenza viruses are spread through inhalation or through touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes.

05/11/2009 07:34 AM

Swine flu: What does it do to pigs?

Scientists writing in BioMed Central's open access Virology Journal studied the pathology of the virus, finding that all infected animals showed flu-like symptoms between one and four days after infection and were shedding virus two days after infection.

05/11/2009 07:33 AM

Bird Flu Research Could Help With Swine Flu Vaccine

A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America shows that Aflunov(R), the Novartis investigational pre-pandemic avian influenza vaccine formulated with Novartis' proprietary MF59(R) adjuvant, can elicit a broadly cross-reactive immune response covering all known H5N1 antigenic variants, even when that booster dose is administered six years after the initial priming dose.

05/11/2009 07:32 AM

Joint FAO/WHO/OIE Statement On Influenza A(H1N1) And The Safety Of Pork

To avoid any misunderstanding FAO, WHO and OIE would like to reissue their joint statement originally issued on 30 April 2009. In the ongoing spread of influenza A(H1N1), concerns about the possibility of this virus being found in pigs and the safety of pork and pork products have been raised.

05/11/2009 07:28 AM

Asthma Control Is Appalling In Most Countries

More than 300 million people around the world have asthma, and the disease imposes a heavy burden on individuals, families, and societies.

05/11/2009 07:27 AM

Sleep Apnea Thickens Blood Vessels, Increases Heart Disease Risk

Obstructive sleep apnea, or periodic interruptions in breathing throughout the night, thickens sufferers' blood vessels. Moreover, it increases the risk of several forms of heart and vascular disease.

05/11/2009 07:26 AM

Ailing Kennewick teen trades hospital gown for a prom dress WASHINGTON

Courtney Hancock couldn't get away from her hospital room to attend Southridge High School's prom Saturday night in Kennewick, so doctors, nurses and a dozen of her friends brought the party to her. Emergency-room staff suspected something more serious than a cold or mild flu. A blood test and CT scan confirmed blood clots in Hancock's lungs, a condition known as pulmonary embolism.

05/11/2009 07:25 AM

Thinners lessen blood clot risks

Deep vein (or venous) thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) affect up to 900,000 Americans per year, and are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, says Dr. Michael Streiff, medical director of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Anticoagulation Management Service and Outpatient Clinic.

05/11/2009 07:24 AM

Without Preventative Treatment, Over 400 People May Die From Hospital-acquired Blood Clots This National Thrombosis Week

Head-to-head data published today shows new, Xarelto(R) (rivaroxaban) is the only oral anticoagulant to significantly reduce the incidence of potentially deadly blood clots when compared with the current standard of care, enoxaparin, in adults undergoing elective hip or knee replacement surgery.

05/11/2009 07:21 AM

Elevated Level Of Certain Protein In Urine Linked To Increased Risk For Blood Clots

Preliminary research suggests that higher than normal levels of the protein albumin in urine is associated with an increased risk for blood clots in the deep veins of the legs or lungs (venous thromboembolism; VTE), according to a study in the May 6 issue of JAMA.

05/11/2009 07:11 AM

Smiles rule he day at Special Olympics CONNECTICUT

The cool rain and the gloomy clouds couldn't dampen or darken the smiles at the Special Olympics Northwest Regional Games at Danbury High on Saturday.

05/11/2009 07:07 AM

LIVE WELL: Stroke can affect all ages ILLINOIS

Many people think of stroke as a disease that primarily affects the elderly. But stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. It can strike at any age and be preceded by warning signs that may go unnoticed.

05/11/2009 07:05 AM

Disabled Wilton Manors boy hopes to ride new bike someday FLORIDA

Since birth, Dayo Ayoola of Wilton Manors has been unable to stretch his legs. He walks in a squatting position because he was born with a spinal disability. But for his 13th birthday on Sunday, the boy received a bicycle. He intends to ride it.

05/11/2009 07:04 AM

The housing careers of people with a disability and carers of people with a disability AUSTRALIA

This report shows that the housing careers of persons with a disability, and those family members with significant care responsibilities, are flatter and more restricted than those of the population overall.

05/11/2009 07:03 AM

S.F. supervisor seeks disability-placard info CALIFORNIA

District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar wants the Municipal Transportation Agency to update lawmakers on how many disability placards are active in The City.

05/11/2009 07:02 AM

Graves' Disease: Quality Of Life And Occupational Disability

One in 2 patients with Graves' disease suffers impairments to their everyday lives. In the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, Katharina Ponto and coauthors, from Mainz University, describe affected patients' psychological stresses and occupational disability (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106(17): 283-9).

05/11/2009 07:00 AM

Boxing helps students with disabilities CALIFORNIA

A group of students in a special education class at an Oceanside middle school have been getting lessons about coordination and concentration at an unlikely place ---- a boxing gym in Carlsbad.

05/11/2009 06:59 AM

Disabled runner appeals to Albany to compete in track NEW YORK

Efforts to help Jordan Maliken, a 20-year-old Amherst High School student who is living with cognitive and physical disabilities, have made progress: After months of slow navigation through education system bureaucracy, his case will be considered next week by state Education Commissioner Richard Mills.

05/11/2009 06:57 AM

Medicaid patients hurt as state squeezes providers MICHIGAN

The rising tide of Medicaid patients in Michigan is helping the state's bottom line by bringing in more money from the federal recovery package. But the cash-strapped state isn't using that money to pay the doctors, hospitals and nursing homes that care for Medicaid patients any more money.

05/11/2009 06:56 AM

Thornebrooke's young athletes debut Special Olympics program FLORIDA

Seven Thornebrooke Elementary first-graders felt special last Thursday when they received medals and certificates at the Young Athlete Jamboree, a field-day event that was the culmination of Special Olympics Florida's Young Athletes program.

05/11/2009 06:54 AM

Disability not a block for these karate students COLORADO

From her wheelchair, a 14-year-old girl kicks, punches and blocks with precision. Jordan Galves, who was born with spina bifida, does not kick with her leg like most, instead she thrusts her hip. It is a move she learned to do as a karate student at School of Hope Martial Arts and Leadership Academy in Glendora.

05/11/2009 06:53 AM

SSI for the Disabled: Hard to get. Harder to live on. FLORIDA

Danny Lawley is one of the lucky ones. At 49, the man with developmental disabilities lives semi-independently with a roommate at an apartment complex in Fort Myers. Through the week, Grace, his supported living aid, drops by to help with bills or coupon clipping.

05/11/2009 06:51 AM

Rehabilitation Services sets public hearings OKLAHOMA

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council will conduct public hearings May 18 -20 in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa to discuss updates to the DRS State Plan for programs that focus on services for Oklahomans with disabilities.

05/11/2009 06:50 AM

Local Boy Scout Builds Field of Dreams NORTH CAROLINA

A Greensboro boy scout's dream to help others came true Saturday. Brant Taylor came up with the idea to renovate the Ponoma Baseball Field so that young athletes with disabilities could play ball on a safe turf. VIDEO LINK.

05/11/2009 06:48 AM

Disability Awareness Week celebrated at Central Washington University WASHINGTON

Disability Awareness Week begins Saturday and continues through Friday, May 15, at Central Washington University. Speakers, special events and films are scheduled in an effort to raise awareness and understanding of disability issues and services.

05/11/2009 06:47 AM

Families of disabled challenge province over faith-based funding in schools CANADA

Several local families have banded together to fight what they say is discriminatory funding that forces them to choose between their child's disability and their religion.

05/11/2009 06:40 AM

Paraplegic soldier conquers London Marathon UK

A British soldier who lost control of both his legs after a rocket attack in Iraq has completed the London marathon, almost two weeks after he started. Major Phil Packer completed the 42 kilometre course on crutches, defying doctors who told him he would never walk again.

05/11/2009 06:39 AM

Sun shines on Special Olympics bass tournament VIRGINIA

Weather didn't intrude on Saturday's Special Olympics fundraising bass tournament at Leesylvania State Park, and even at 7 a.m., the sun shone brightly.

05/11/2009 06:37 AM

Service dogs offer path to independence NEW MEXICO

Otis doesn't quite get it. The service-dog-in-training is supposed to pick up his leash and hand it to Ariel Clark as part of his public-access test. But Clark, who is autistic and suffers from seizures, carefully pronounces her words in a monotone voice. There's no intonation that might provide the dog with a better clue as to his task.

05/11/2009 06:34 AM

State agency's restructuring suffers setback SOUTH CAROLINA

State lawmakers have held up the confirmation of a commission member to the state's disabilities agency after receiving complaints from advocates.

05/11/2009 06:33 AM

Early Learning Institute finds ways to help developmentally disabled children PENNSYLVANIA

Born about 10 weeks prematurely, the Bishoff quadruplets became special as soon as they entered the world May 14, 2006.

05/11/2009 06:32 AM

Bill allows learning disabled teens to take part in graduation ceremonies MISSOURI

Kaitlyn Thompson and her cousin Megan Bomar spent Saturday morning getting their hair and nails done to prepare for the Jackson prom.

05/11/2009 06:30 AM

Cumberland Valley class answers need from amputees PENNSYLVANIA

Richard Nickle was well known around the Cumberland Valley School District. So when Nickle was hit by a drunk driver on a snowy Super Bowl night in 2000 - an accident that cost him his left leg - the news hit them hard.

05/11/2009 06:28 AM

Developmental-disabilities program control shifts WASHINGTON

Umatilla County residents with developmental disabilities are seeing services delivered differently than in the past, officials say.

05/11/2009 06:26 AM

Tanana Valley Special Olympians prepare for Alaska games

Amy Murrills smoothly traversed the inside swim lane of the Wescott Pool in a steady crawl. Turning at the lane's end, she pushed off, kicking energetically to eventually win the women's 50-meter freestyle swimming event Saturday at the 2009 Tanana Valley Special Olympics Summer Games.

05/11/2009 06:25 AM

Epilepsy Therapy Project Launches Epilepsy: Insights & Strategies; Innovative Online Journal Featured On

An innovative new type of medical journal has been launched by, the world's most visited website about epilepsy. This quarterly journal is written and reviewed by people who live with epilepsy, not by medical professionals.

05/11/2009 06:21 AM

Assistive technology devices demonstrated INDIANA

A demonstration day has been set for Thursday to explain assistive technology devices to help people with visual impairment or physical disabilities who cannot access or relate to printed information in a standard manner.

05/11/2009 06:20 AM

Cuts to Superior disability service group will hurt people's ability to stay independent MINNESOTA

Governor Doyle plans to cut 56% of state revenue to Independent Living Centers across the state. Joe Cadotte reports from Superior. This could mean more than 200 people with disabilities put on waiting lists to receive rides, home care, and advocacy across northwestern Wisconsin.

05/11/2009 06:18 AM

Students browse Cinderella's Closet as they prepare for ball VIRGINIA

It's prom time, and that goes for students with disabilities, too. Thanks to the fundraising and organizing efforts of the Woodbridge non-profit, The House, students with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses are once again being given star treatment and outfitted with free formal wear, jewelry and shoes in preparation for a night of dance, food and entertainment at the upscale Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington.

05/11/2009 06:17 AM

Economy affects people with disabilities TEXAS

Amy Drake wants a job. She's not picky. The 46-year-old Austin woman, who has mental disabilities, says she'll do anything: stock shelves, work in a restaurant, perform janitorial services. But despite filling out scores of applications over the past year, Drake has yet to land an interview - just like many other people with disabilities.

05/11/2009 06:16 AM

Special Olympics opening ceremonies MONTANA

Volunteer torchbearers will make the final leg of a 2,300-mile journey across the state of Montana Tuesday to deliver the Special Olympics Montana’s Flame of Hope to Bozeman.

05/11/2009 06:15 AM

More combat disabled will keep severance pay, win ratings review

A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers.

05/11/2009 06:14 AM

SF stroke survivors to get golf lessons as therapy CALIFORNIA

Stroke survivors who love golf -- or who would love to learn the game -- are getting the chance to swing away Friday at San Francisco's Harding Park Golf Course.

05/11/2009 06:12 AM

South Plainfield officials get lesson about wheelchair accessibility issues NEW JERSEY

Borough resident Jackie Jackson has been using a wheelchair for the past seven years and is tired of the inaccessibility problems she said she finds almost everywhere.

05/11/2009 06:11 AM

More parents using vouchers for disabled kids GEORGIA

The parents of nearly 1,600 disabled students used taxpayer funds this school year to cover tuition at private schools as part of a new program designed to give them a choice in how their children are educated.

05/11/2009 06:10 AM

Special-needs kids victimized SOUTH CAROLINA

Children with special needs are more often the subject of bullying and exclusion, an area study found. Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and The Citadel surveyed nearly 300 children aged 8-17 at clinics in the Charleston region.

05/11/2009 06:08 AM

Best friends meet at home for disabled PENNSYLVANIA

They've known each other for only a month, but these are friends close enough to finish each other's thoughts.

05/11/2009 06:05 AM

Area teen hopes to alleviate some peer pressure with book PENNSYLVANIA

The struggle to fit in with peers is a daily battle for many teenagers. Stephanie Witmer, 18, of West Pennsboro Township, knows what it feels like to be different. She was born with congenital hip dysplasia - both of her hip joints were out of their sockets.

05/11/2009 06:04 AM

Groups campaign to stop use of 'retard' as insult CALIFORNIA

re-tard - verb to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.

05/11/2009 06:03 AM

Ohio behavioral-services officials want to ban restraint OHIO

Ohio behavioral-services officials want the state to ban a form of restraint blamed for the death of a 17-year-old girl at a Cleveland treatment center last year.

05/11/2009 06:02 AM

Thief targets the disabled CANADA

A thief in Tillsonburg has stooped to new lows after mobility equipment belonging to three people with disabilities was stolen from an apartment building last week.

05/11/2009 06:01 AM

Special-needs kids may get rubber field ARIZONA

Scottsdale is exploring plans for a rubberized baseball field outfitted for special-needs children. VIDEO LINK.

05/11/2009 05:59 AM

MRDD's new office to expand agency's daily outreach efforts OHIO

Children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities in the Pickerington area will be welcoming a friend to the neighborhood when the Fairfield County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities officially opens its doors on Monday.

05/11/2009 05:53 AM

Mother helps sons overcome learning disabilities GEORGIA

Kimberly Goss taught her sons how to crawl their way to success -- literally. Benjamin Goss, 26, and Christopher Goss, 23, suffer from learning disabilities.

05/11/2009 05:41 AM

Message to employers: Hiring people with disabilities can make you money MICHIGAN

When Jackie Boomstra tried out as a receptionist for a company now known as VanerumStelter, she soothed a cranky customer on the phone, role-played by an interviewer, and won the job on the spot.

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05/08/2009 12:27 PM

Brain Injury legislative Alert

From the Brain Injury Association of America: Lawmakers are now developing policy options that could become part of the national health care reform, but currently no legislation has been introduced and there are no specific bills to support or oppose. In anticipation of both proposed and final legislation, BIAA has adopted five guiding principles (below) designed to aid Congress in drafting language that would increase access to treatment for individuals with brain injury.

05/08/2009 10:02 AM

Trevor Greene's long journey back CANADA

Canadians must be steadfast in their support of the Afghan mission. That's the message Capt. Trevor Greene, a Sydney native, will deliver in Halifax later this month when he makes his first public appearance since being struck in the head by an axe while speaking with elders in an Afghan village three years ago.

05/08/2009 09:58 AM

Long road to recovery for crash victims CANADA

Norman Macleod was about to cross Sooke Road at Royal Roads University when a pickup truck with a bush-bar bumper crashed into him. The library assistant has made a remarkable recovery thanks to surgery on his legs, spleen and diaphragm, along with nearly 100 physiotherapy appointments. He's thankful his head injury did not impair his ability to read and the double vision that first afflicted him is gone.

05/08/2009 09:47 AM

A Soldier's Miracle

Lt. Brian Brennan is a walking, talking miracle. There are no other words for it. The 44 pounds of explosives which tore off his legs and killed three fellow soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division also left Brennan with a brain injury so traumatic there seemed little hope for recovery.

05/08/2009 09:42 AM

Hungarian Boxer Nagy Dies of Brain Injury at 23

Hungarian light-heavyweight boxer Andras Nagy has died at age 23 after suffering a brain injury while training in Melbourne, Australia.

05/08/2009 09:41 AM

New drive to cut brain injury

The Bolsover School pupils produced the posters for Headway North Derbyshire's Action for Brain Injury Week campaign and they will be on display at two libraries and at a public meeting highlighting the charity's work.

05/08/2009 09:39 AM

Researchers develop smart monitoring device for brain injury

A multi-purpose 'lab on a tube' developed by Engineers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) could provide significant advance in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.

05/08/2009 09:38 AM

Heavyweight's family shows strength in tragedy

Boxer Greg Page died in the early hours of April 27, eight years after a brutal brain injury robbed the former heavyweight champion of his mobility and parts of his memory. That it couldn't steal his dignity is a testament to his wife's love and strength.

05/08/2009 09:37 AM

Helmets can prevent brain damage from skateboarding falls

Question: My son loves to skateboard, but he refuses to wear a helmet because, as he says, "none of the other kids wear them."

05/08/2009 09:17 AM

Bike Helmet Use Could Prevent 45,000 Head Injuries to Kids NORTH CAROLINA

Spring has arrived and families are gearing up to enjoy the outdoors on their bikes. While inflating the tires and checking the brakes are important - a helmet is essential. Safe Kids Guilford County urges parents, caregivers, and children to use their helmet each time they ride their bike - no matter how long or short the distance traveled.

05/08/2009 09:14 AM

Swine Flu 2,371 Officially Confirmed Cases In 24 Countries, Including 42 Deaths In Mexico And 2 Deaths In The USA

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2,371 humans have been officially infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus - the so-called swine flu virus - with 42 deaths in Mexico and 2 deaths in the United States. Below is a list of countries, with confirmed human case totals, and deaths.

05/08/2009 09:12 AM

Person-to-Person Transmission Now Common Route for Swine Flu in U.S.

The number of confirmed or suspected cases of swine flu in the United States was approaching 1,900, federal health officials said late Thursday, with most new cases now caused by person-to-person transmission and not some link to Mexico, as was the case when the outbreak began nearly two weeks ago.

05/08/2009 09:11 AM

A(H1N1) flu spreads, but slowly

The virus formerly known as swine flu inched farther across the region with minimal ill effects yesterday, as cases were confirmed in two of Delaware's three counties and a second confirmation was announced in Montgomery County.

05/08/2009 09:03 AM

New details on H1N1

The H1N1 influenza virus that brought the world to the brink of a pandemic is sure to spawn reports in scholarly journals for years to come. The first take from epidemiologists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

05/08/2009 08:59 AM

Cell's Split Personality Is A Major Discovery Into Neurological Diseases

Researchers at the Université de Montreal (UdeM) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University have discovered that cells which normally support nerve cell (neuron) survival also play an active and major role in the death of neurons in the eye.

05/08/2009 08:58 AM

UVA Brain Cancer Trials Lead To FDA Accelerated Approval Of Medication

David Schiff, M.D., and colleagues at the University of Virginia Cancer Center were key researchers in a large national clinical trial that has resulted in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accelerated approval of the medication bevacizumab, or Avastin, to treat the recurrence of glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in adults and is nearly always fatal.

05/08/2009 08:57 AM

How Deadly Pediatric Disorder Develops In Brain

A deadly brain disorder in toddlers may find its first treatment in drugs for Alzheimer's disease.

05/08/2009 08:56 AM

MRSA Activists Rally For World MRSA Day

MRSA Survivors Network, the prominent advocacy group launches the inaugural World MRSA Day - Oct.2nd and the official web site, MRSA activists call for world unity from governments, the healthcare industry and the community for a greater response to the MRSA epidemic-pandemic that is sweeping the globe at an alarming rate

05/08/2009 08:56 AM

AANS 2009: Fluorescence-Guided Glioma Resection Improves Outcome

The new technique "color-codes" tumors to help distinguish them from surrounding brain tissue.

05/08/2009 08:55 AM

Bevacizumab Approved for Recurrent Glioblastoma

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted accelerated approval for the use of bevacizumab in patients with glioblastoma that has progressed on previous therapy.

05/08/2009 08:54 AM

AANS 2009: Glutamate Implicated in Traumatic Brain Injury

The amino acid may play an important role in the pathophysiology of head injury, report investigators.

05/08/2009 08:54 AM

No Link Between Hypoglycemia and Mortality or Stroke/MI in Diabetic AMI Patients: DIGAMI-2 Analysis

The study is the latest to turn the spotlight off hypoglycemia as a risk factor and instead find fault with other comorbidities.

05/08/2009 08:50 AM

AAN 2009: Pramipexole Effective in Reducing Depressive Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease

Pramipexole appears to be effective treating depressive symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease, with a direct effect on depression that is not related to improvement of motor symptoms.

05/08/2009 08:49 AM

Even Barely Early Babies Face Respiratory Risks

Babies born just a few weeks premature still have a much greater chance of developing a respiratory tract infection, a new study has found.

05/08/2009 08:47 AM

WHO Promises H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine for All

If there's an H1N1 swine flu pandemic, vaccine makers should be able to churn out "at least" 1 billion to 2 billion doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates.

05/08/2009 08:46 AM

Consider TIAs an Emergency, Groups Urge

"Mini-strokes" should be treated with the same urgency as a full-blown stroke, urges the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

05/08/2009 08:44 AM

What Will The H1N1 Virus Do Next?

While officials offer reassurance about the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, scientists around the world are racing to understand its inner workings, because it could evolve into a deadlier strain.

05/08/2009 08:43 AM

Impax Receives Final FDA Approval For Generic Depakote(R) Extended-Release 250mg Tablets

Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPXL) confirmed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted final approval of the Company's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for generic version of Depakote(R) (divalproex ER) 250mg Extended-release Tablets. The Company also received tentative approval on the 500mg tablets and expects to receive final approval on August 3, 2009, upon expiration of the 180-day exclusivity period. Abbott Laboratories markets Depakote(R) ER for the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorders.

05/08/2009 08:42 AM

D-Pharm Submits Investigational New Drug Application And Special Protocol Assessment To The FDA For Phase III Trial Of DP-b99 In Acute Stroke Patients

D-Pharm announced that it has submitted IND and Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) packages to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for its pivotal Phase III clinical trial of DP-b99 in acute ischemic stroke patients.

05/08/2009 08:41 AM

ACADIA And Biovail Announce Completion Of Enrollment In First Pivotal Phase III Trial With Pimavanserin In Patients With Parkinson's Disease Psychosis

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:ACAD) and Biovail Corporation (NYSE:BVF) (TSX:BVF), announced the completion of enrollment in the first pivotal Phase III clinical trial of pimavanserin in patients with Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). Top-line results from this trial are expected to be announced by the end of the third quarter of 2009.

05/08/2009 08:39 AM

Neurotech 2009 Next Week in SF, May 11-13

Our annual conference is next week and we have a fantastic line up of over 70 speakers. This is why a record number of participants are now registered for the 4th annual Neurotech Conference in San Francisco next week. What do you have to gain?

05/08/2009 08:34 AM

Funding issues for Special games UK

Organisers of the Special Olympics in Leicester have said they are 800,000 short of the 2.5m funding needed to stage the games.

05/08/2009 08:33 AM

Induced hypothermia eyed as possible stroke treatment

Body-cooling techniques that are being used here to treat some heart-attack sufferers might prove beneficial for certain stroke patients, says Dr. Madeleine Geraghty, the director of the Primary Stroke Center at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital.

05/08/2009 08:32 AM

All Blood Pressure Drugs Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Lowering blood pressure is essential for reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, but which drugs are best has been a matter of debate.

05/08/2009 08:31 AM

Snooker star hopes to play after stroke UK

A FORMER snooker star yesterday said he was making a good recovery from a stroke and hoped to go back to the game.

05/08/2009 08:30 AM

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

During National Stroke Awareness Month in May HealthYes!TM, a leading mobile medical screening provider, is strongly encouraging Americans to follow the "3 R's"- reduce risk, recognize symptoms and respond immediately. Following these steps could limit the number of Americans who die or are disabled each year by a stroke.

05/08/2009 08:30 AM

Patients Living With Someone Before Stroke More Likely To Be Discharged Home

Each year, approximately 50,000 Canadians have a stroke, and for some of these patients the road to recovery includes an admission to an in-hospital rehabilitation program.

05/08/2009 08:29 AM

Student Designs New Software For Stroke Patients

People recovering from a stroke could benefit from a new computer system developed by a University of Wolverhampton student.

05/08/2009 08:28 AM

New study reveals the financial effects of stroke in China

A new study has found that families in China face considerable economic hardship following stroke, and it is not uncommon for health care costs to push families below the poverty line. The large study shows over 70% of stroke survivors in China experience a catastrophic impact on their financial situation due to loss of income and cost of health care.

05/08/2009 08:27 AM

Surviving a Stroke GEORGIA

Tania Gregory Mannik is learning how to use her right hand again in Augusta. She had a stroke one month ago. Tania is only 37. A wife, also a mother to a 6-year-old boy. "A stroke can happen at any age, and that you should know the symptoms. And if you see the symptoms, you just must respond immediately," Lois Gregory said.

05/08/2009 08:23 AM

Telemedicine Helps Experts Treat Stroke From Afar

Examining stroke patients via videoconferencing (telemedicine) is as effective as a bedside exam and can increase patient access to stroke specialists, says a scientific statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association.

05/08/2009 08:10 AM

Two-day quad rugby program held this weekend TEXAS

The university has hosted sporting events from football games to badminton and everything in between. This weekend the university hosts murderball.

05/08/2009 08:09 AM

Hancock woman to receive 'bionic' hand MARYLAND

Dawn O'Leary of Hancock was 12 years old when an electric shock accident caused her to have both of her hands amputated.

05/08/2009 08:08 AM

Houston woman gets a computerized leg TEXAS

A local woman was fitted with a computerized artificial leg after living with a partially developed left leg for 60 years. VIDEO LINK.

05/08/2009 08:06 AM

Wife says double-hand recipient doing well after landmark operation PENNSYLVANIA

Before getting two new hands this week, Jeff Kepner depended on his wife to shower, cook and even change a light bulb.

05/08/2009 08:03 AM

Testing finds lead in children WASHINGTON

The first widespread testing for lead exposure among Spokane children found that 6 percent of those tested had ingested measurable amounts of toxic lead.

05/08/2009 08:02 AM

Service dogs sought in Summit County COLORADO

Like many other Summit County residents, Alma holds down more than one job to make ends meet. In the winter, she works with the ski patrol at Keystone when she’s needed for avalanche work. At other times, she visits local schools to help with reading programs.

05/08/2009 08:01 AM

Free eye exams in Lynnwood help keep service dogs on the job WASHINGTON

Otto can pick up his owner's fallen credit cards, her car keys, her crutches. Sometimes, he evens pushes elevator buttons for her.

05/08/2009 08:01 AM

Service Dogs Group Gets New Training Space PENNSYLVANIA

The Susquehanna Service Dogs group has a new home.

05/08/2009 07:58 AM

Colleen's Mother's Day wish is for autism service dogs CANADA

One mother's wish for Mother's Day is to raise funds to help her two autistic children adopt two autism service dogs.

05/08/2009 07:57 AM

Sleep Apnea May Not Be Closely Linked To Heart Failure Severity

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA) are not markedly decreased in heart failure (HF) patients managed with beta-blockers and spironolactone, reports a study in the March issue of Journal of Cardiac Failure, published by Elsevier.

05/08/2009 07:57 AM

Tongue Exercises May Ease Sleep Apnea

Doing certain tongue and facial exercises for 30 minutes daily may ease the severity of obstructive sleep apnea, a Brazilian study shows.

05/08/2009 07:55 AM

Asthma Self-Management Programs Improve Drug Adherence, Disease Control

Asthma patients who spend as little as 30 minutes with a health care professional to develop a personalized self-management plan show improved adherence to medications and better disease control, according to a new study by a team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

05/08/2009 07:53 AM

Texas H1N1 victim had chronic respiratory condition

Health officials say a South Texas woman who was the first American H1N1 patient to die also had severe respiratory problems.

05/08/2009 07:49 AM

Swine Flu Ancestors May Protect Elderly, Experts Say

Swine flu evolved from human viruses circulating in pigs for more than a decade, a finding that may explain why people in their 30s and 40s are getting sicker than the elderly in the U.S. and Mexico, scientists said today.

05/08/2009 07:48 AM

New Israeli-Developed Pig Disease Monitor Could Help Avert Swine Flu

Israeli start-up CartaSense has developed a device that can monitor and provide early detection of illness in pigs. The electronic sensor is a round-the-clock physiological function monitor that measures hog health: pulse, blood pressure, and temperature, as well as a pedometer.

05/08/2009 07:45 AM

Universal Flu Vaccine To Be Featured At ILSI-Biomed Exhibition In June

Swine flu will be high on the agenda of the ILSI-Biomed exhibition in Israel this June, as local and international companies developing universal flu vaccines and vaccine delivery methods exhibit their new products there. "It is crucial that Biomed Israel, as a leading life science conference, consistently feature issues having the greatest impact on the world," said Ruti Alon, ILSI Chairperson.

05/08/2009 07:44 AM

Recalling the 1918 flu pandemic

While researchers work to understand the current H1N1 flu outbreak, they have one eye on the deadly flu of 1918. That's still the influenza pandemic against which all others are measured. The virus killed tens of millions of people worldwide and tens of thousands in our region.

05/08/2009 07:43 AM

Nothing short of a miracle ILLINOIS

After suffering a catastrophic brain injury in a car accident and a stroke, Michael Deibel’s parents were told that their son was “gone.”

05/08/2009 07:42 AM

Stanford researchers tackle swine flu

Research teams at Stanford Medical Center are hard at work conducting different studies in an effort to find treatment for the H1N1 influenza strain - more commonly known as swine flu - that has sparked fears of a global pandemic in recent weeks.

05/08/2009 07:41 AM

New Advances In Tackling Airways Disease Highlighted - Leicester Is World-Leading Centre For Research And Treatment Relating To Respiratory Health

Pioneering new tests and treatments developed in Leicester for people with conditions like asthma and chronic cough are to be presented at a public event at the University of Leicester.

05/08/2009 07:22 AM

Alan Johnson Issues Call To Arms On Children's Asthma Treatment - 10 Years Of Progress On Health Inequalities

Local health agencies and schools must improve the management of childhood asthma to help children lead full and healthy lives, Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Health urged today.

05/08/2009 07:20 AM

ALS Musician Composes CD with One Finger

Ace Noface, a 38-year-old man with Lou Gehrig's disease, releases a piano rock CD to leave a musical legacy behind. May is ALS Awareness Month.

05/08/2009 07:18 AM

Wheelchair fails to pin this bowler down CALIFORNIA

Jenny Hoffman has become quite the celebrity at Santa Clarita Lanes over the last few months. The 23-year-old was all smiles Wednesday as she rolled down the lanes in her wheelchair, accompanied by applause from a senior-citizens' bowling league and her fellow College of the Canyons' bowling classmates.

05/08/2009 07:15 AM

New Research Under Way to Study Treatment for Older Adults With Bipolar Disorder

Continuing their groundbreaking research into the treatment of mood disorders in older adults, psychiatrists at the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division in White Plains will begin new studies on the effects of quetiapine (Seroquel: Astra Zeneca) and lamotrigine (Lamictal: GlaxoSmithKline).

05/08/2009 07:10 AM

Some strokes on the rise over past decade

The number of people suffering haemorrhagic strokes has jumped nearly 20 percent in the last decade, probably because of an ageing population, researchers said on Friday.

05/08/2009 07:08 AM

Patients weigh working vs. disability MONTANA

The bleak economy can turn an already difficult decision facing many people living with chronic mental illness into a daunting quandary.

05/08/2009 07:07 AM

Spring Games 2009 draws more than 250 athletes NORTH CAROLINA

Chyna Winston gripped Donna Morrison's hand tightly as she ran down the track Wednesday at the Statesville High School stadium. The group from Mitchell Community College's Compensatory Education program originally thought Chyna, who is blind, would need help running the track safely.

05/08/2009 07:06 AM

Seniors, disabled lobby for services OREGON

More than 100 people came to the Capitol on Wednesday in an effort to persuade lawmakers to cushion cuts in home- and community-based care for older and disabled people.

05/08/2009 07:05 AM

Disability advocates relay concerns of abuse, voting access PENNSYLVANIA

Once per year, Three Rivers Center for Independent Living provides an opportunity for local, state and federal lawmakers to learn about issues of the disability community and to put a face on those issues.

05/08/2009 07:03 AM

Adapted In TC: Not a fashion statement MICHIGAN

I'm in a long line for the women's restroom at a large airport. I'm flying overseas. Because I can't use the airplane bathroom for the eight-hour flight, I need to stay in line. I can barely think about how dehydrated I'll be when I arrive at my destination, due to chewing only ice chips.

05/08/2009 07:02 AM

Epilepsy Therapy Project Launches Epilepsy: Insights & Strategies; Innovative Online Journal Featured on

An innovative new type of medical journal has been launched by, the world’s most visited website about epilepsy. This quarterly journal is written and reviewed by people who live with epilepsy, not by medical professionals.

05/08/2009 07:01 AM

Abilities Of Florida Hosts Job Fair

A very special Job Fair will be held in Miami Thursday where job seekers can learn about open opportunities with a variety of local employers. VIDEO LINK.

05/08/2009 07:00 AM

DiNapoli seeks tougher rules for Access-A-Ride inspections NEW YORK

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has asked the New York City Transit Authority to tighten its inspection process in order to ensure safe rides to riders of the Access-A-Ride service.

05/08/2009 06:59 AM

Polio - living with the consequences NETHERLANDS

An outbreak of polio has been detected in 14 African countries. The Red Cross is worried that the outbreak could interfere with international efforts to eliminate polio. Twenty years ago, the disease was prevalent in more than 125 countries, and more than 1000 children became paralysed each day.

05/08/2009 06:58 AM

Madrid 2016 Prepares To Stage 'Greatest Paralympics'

Miguel Carballeda, President of the Spanish Paralympic Committee (CPE), told the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission that with Madrid hosting the 2016 Games "we would be able to celebrate the greatest Paralympic Games ever". He also outlined how Madrid was projecting the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a unique 60-day event, beginning with the day the Olympic Village opens and ending the day it closes.

05/08/2009 06:57 AM

Falcons host Challenger baseball league opening day MARYLAND

The Severna Park High School varsity and JV baseball teams hosted two Challengers teams of the Anne Arundel County Baseball Challenge League for people with disabilities ages 4-21, for the teams' opening day last Saturday.

05/08/2009 06:55 AM

Special Olympians converge on Wabash Saturday INDIANA

Special Olympics Wabash County will again host the Area 5 Spring Games.

05/08/2009 06:53 AM

Swine Flu Outbreak and Childhood Disability

The recent Swine Flu outbreak, described by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control as a possible pandemic, caused many extra challenges for families of children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions and other special needs, as we attempted to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, caring for children who caught the flu, especially those who rely on daily oral medications or intervention for chronic health conditions, and finding care for our sons and daughters while schools are closed.

05/08/2009 06:53 AM

Parent sues ISD over disability access TEXAS

A West lake Hill man has filed a federal lawsuit against Eanes ISD on Thursday morning which accused the school district of failing to meet the needs of those students with physical disabilites. VIDEO LINK.

05/08/2009 06:50 AM

Rubber ballfield is hope for special kids ARIZONA

Scottsdale is exploring plans for a rubberized baseball field outfitted for special-needs children. The Scottsdale Unified School District, the city, and Miracle League of Arizona are teaming to build the field, which is planned for the site of Cheyenne Traditional School, 11130 E. Cholla St. in north Scottsdale.

05/08/2009 06:48 AM

Special Olympians shine at annual event MASSACHUSETTS

With banners held high, teams of athletes from across Southern Massachusetts made their way around the track at Leo F. Shields Field at Barnstable High School on May 2, smiling and waving at cheering fans.

05/08/2009 06:46 AM

Disabled veteran closes in on London Marathon finish UK

Last summer, Phil Packer was told he would probably never walk again. On Saturday, he plans to finish the London Marathon. He'll be the last one done. For everyone else, the race ended 13 days earlier.

05/08/2009 06:45 AM

Officials struggle to move hospital patients NEBRASKA

Four months after being moved into hospitals because the troubled Beatrice State Developmental Center was deemed too dangerous, 17 mentally disabled people remain hospitalized and state officials aren't sure when they will leave.

05/08/2009 06:44 AM

Exhibit will suit special needs artists to a T PENNSYLVANIA

Bottega owner Dori Waters said the exhibit was partially-inspired by the Verve Vertu Studio, in Wilkes-Barre. In partnership with the Deutsch Institute, Verve Vertu Studio offers an art apprenticeship program that offers people with disabilities the chance to develop and expand their artistic interest.

05/08/2009 06:43 AM

More children with special needs in mainstream schools UK

The number of children registered with learning difficulties and behavioural problems has soared to a record high.

05/08/2009 06:43 AM

Talk of New Community Living for the Disabled WASHINGTON

There are more than 700 adults in the Tri-Cities living with disabilities and a group is discussing how to provide housing and employment for them. VIDEO LINK.

05/08/2009 06:41 AM

WB facility now friendly to PWDs PHILIPPINES

The World Bank's Knowledge for Development Center (KDC) at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo recently installed adaptive equipment to accommodate persons with disabilities (PWDs).

05/08/2009 06:40 AM

Young Athletes program gets high fives WASHINGTON

Leaders of Special Olympics Washington brought a series of games to entertain all 294 Zellerbach students. The group's pitch: a new Young Athletes program aimed at children ages 2 to 7, too young to participate in formal Special Olympics events, and at those who normally never would.

05/08/2009 06:38 AM

Special Olympics Summer Games to start Saturday ALASKA

The Tanana Valley Special Olympics will host its annual Local Summer Games starting on Saturday and running through May 15.

05/08/2009 06:37 AM

Court rules nurse for boy with disabilities not required WEST VIRGINIA

A circuit court judge improperly ordered the Putnam County school system to provide full-time nursing care to a blind, wheelchair-bound 13-year-old boy prone to seizures, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week. Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane last year ordered the Putnam school system to provide the middle school boy with a full-time nurse while he is in school.

05/08/2009 06:37 AM

Schools Tiptoe Toward Including Children with Disabilities CALIFORNIA

The kindergartner kicked and bit his classmates. He ran around the room, screaming and hitting. His teacher, Melissa Wood, struggled to subdue him and get through the daily lessons at Sandburg Elementary.

05/08/2009 06:36 AM

State Department of Disabilities Hold Job Fair MARYLAND

Baltimore City and County teamed up for a special Disabilities Expo and Job Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds today.

05/08/2009 06:34 AM

Radio broadcaster raises awareness of disabilities ILLINOIS

At 29, Nelson Lauver was illiterate. By 32, Lauver wasn't just reading and writing. He was on his way to becoming a nationally syndicated radio broadcaster - overcoming a lifelong struggle with illiteracy caused by undiagnosed dyslexia.

05/08/2009 06:34 AM

Abilities Expo: The Nation's Leading Event for the Disabilities Market Coming to Anaheim, CA May 29-31, 2009

Excitement is building for the upcoming Abilities Expo Southern California that will bring the disability marketplace together to see new products, learn about advances in technology and provide education courses. The event will be held May 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

05/08/2009 06:32 AM

Dr. Steve Hall on disabilities GEORGIA

For those whose lives have not been touched by someone with the many forms of developmental disabilities it may not seem much of a change. But for some of the 150,000 in Georgia with those diagnoses and the families in need of long-needed services the recent substantial increase in funding by the General Assembly is a Godsend.

05/08/2009 06:30 AM

Teens with disabilities enjoy their own prom ARIZONA

Fancy dresses, corsages, black ties, and tuxedos - all fond memories that most people recall from their high school prom. The Surprise Adaptive Recreation Outreach Program made this prom dream a reality for a group of Valley Vista High School students with disabilities on April 29.

05/08/2009 06:17 AM

Telemedicine Helps Experts Treat Stroke From Afar

Examining stroke patients via videoconferencing (telemedicine) is as effective as a bedside exam and can increase patient access to stroke specialists, says a scientific statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association.

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05/06/2009 10:01 AM

New Mom First U.S. Resident To Die Of H1N1 Flu

Texas health officials on Tuesday announced the first death of a U.S. resident with the H1N1 virus (swine flu), and said she was a 33-year-old schoolteacher who had recently given birth to a healthy baby. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 09:53 AM

Swine Flu: Who Is Afraid Of It?

The new influenza A (H1N1), known as the swine flu, demonstrates the power of people's perceptions of risk. Sales of face masks are breaking all records not only in Mexico but also in Sweden. Hotel guests are being isolated at a hotel in Hong Kong, and people with the sniffles are being isolated in airports around the world. But before the outbreak of the flu, this was a risk that extremely few Swedes perceived as a serious threat to themselves.

05/06/2009 09:50 AM

Identical brain injuries bond boys CALIFORNIA

Sharing may be one of the best ways to make a friend, but sharing a life threatening brain injury isn't what most people would probably have in mind. Still, it was a bonding experience for two young men in the East Bay, who were brought together by an amazing coincidence. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 09:49 AM

UPMC: Success in cooling heart attack patients to save brain tissue PENNSYLVANIA

Induced hypothermia -- mild cooling of the human body -- succeeds in preventing brain damage in some victims of cardiac arrest, and the University of Pittsburgh has played a key role in developing it.

05/06/2009 09:42 AM

Infant Suffers Broken Bones, Brain Injury, Parents Arrested NEW YORK

A Lyons couple is being charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

05/06/2009 09:39 AM

Advocate for brain injured 'never takes no' as answer IOWA

A knock on the door in the middle of the night. A race to the hospital. An accident that would forever change a family's lives. For Kay Graber, the seeds of activism were sown at her injured son's bedside. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 09:38 AM

New book details recovery from traumatic brain injury ILLINOIS

Among American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's called an invisible wound of war. Other scars can heal, but the victim of a traumatic brain injury may never be the same. Now, a Chicago-area man is telling his story in a book in the hope that it will help others, including those just back from the war. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 09:36 AM

Lincoln Teen In Marathon Recovery From Brain Injury NEBRASKA

Less than eight months ago, no one was certain Derek Ruth would survive a traumatic brain injury suffered on a football field. But on Sunday, Derek’s family and some 70 friends ran for and with Derek in the Lincoln Marathon. Derek himself crossed the finish line with his parents at his side. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 09:32 AM

Guardian Highlights Significance Of Critical Illness Insurance During National Stroke Awareness Month

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) supports National Stroke Awareness Month in May and asks families, business owners, benefits decision makers and employees to consider the financial consequences that this devastating illness can have on a person's financial security.

05/06/2009 09:31 AM

National Stroke Association Calls On Every Individual To Support National Stroke Awareness Month By Going Online

National Stroke Association is calling on every individual to go online to share information about stroke prevention and symptom recognition and to spread hope about stroke recovery during the month of May in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month.

05/06/2009 09:29 AM

Teesside woman set to speak at conference UK

A TEESSIDE woman who suffered a massive brain haemorrhage is to address a conference focusing on head injuries. Headway Teesside is organising the event at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough on May 12.

05/06/2009 09:29 AM

Bio-Matrix Scientific Group & Entest BioMedical Submit Research Proposal To U.S. Army For Funding Adipose-Derived Stem Cells To Treat Brain Injury

Bio-Matrix Scientific Group Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BMSN) and Entest BioMedical Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, announced they have jointly submitted a Project Summary Report to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) for consideration of funding to study the therapeutic potential of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) harvested from liposuction for treating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

05/06/2009 09:25 AM

Children With Concussions Require Follow-up Care Before Returning To Play, Say Researchers

Children hospitalized with concussions should wait until they are seen by a clinician in a follow-up exam before returning to regular sports or playtime activities, according to researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

05/06/2009 09:24 AM

A Visual Guide To Diagnosing Neurologic Disorders

One of the greatest challenges facing by both trainees and seasoned physicians diagnosing a neurologic condition is making accurate links, between their factual knowledge of anatomy, with their more subjective findings of a patient's signs and symptoms.

05/06/2009 09:23 AM

World Asthma Day

Today, on World Asthma Day, we at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), components of the National Institutes of Health, stand together with the international community to renew our dedication to understand the causes of asthma and to find better ways to treat, prevent and manage this disease.

05/06/2009 09:22 AM

AAN 2009: What's New in Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders: A Video Interview with Kapil Sethi, MD, and John Morgan, MD

In this video interview, Drs. Kapil D. Sethi and John Morgan discuss data on Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

05/06/2009 09:21 AM

AAN 2009: Imaging Study Shows Blast Injury May Cause Brain Inflammation

For the first time, a new imaging study that employs diffusion tensor imaging shows that veterans who sustain mild traumatic brain injury caused by blasts have a different pattern of injury than their counterparts who suffer mild TBI as a result of a direct hit to the head that does not involve an explosion.

05/06/2009 09:17 AM

Delivering Chemo Directly Into Brain Tumors Shows Promise

Using a catheter to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly into a deadly type of brain tumor is showing promise in early clinical trials, researchers report.

05/06/2009 09:15 AM

AP/Miami Herald Examines Potential Use Of H1N1 Vaccine

A strain-specific vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus, also known as the swine flu, that potentially could be developed by researchers might not be as beneficial as some might hope because uninsured U.S. residents are unlikely to purchase the vaccine, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

05/06/2009 09:15 AM

New Drug To Prevent Seizure Progression In Model Of Epilepsy Identified By Carnegie Mellon Researchers

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have identified a new anticonvulsant compound that has the potential to stop the development of epilepsy. The findings are published in the current issue of the journal Epilepsia.

05/06/2009 09:12 AM

Victoria Brignell on Chelmsford, the power of radio and a particularly limiting aspect of her disability UK

When I was given my first job in BBC radio I almost felt as if I had been destined to work there. I come from Chelmsford, Essex, and on the outskirts of the town there are brown tourist signs which declare the place to be the "birthplace" of the wireless.

05/06/2009 09:11 AM

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval Of Avastin For Brain Cancer (Glioblastoma) That Has Progressed Following Prior Therapy

Genentech, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval of Avastin(R) (bevacizumab) for people with glioblastoma with progressive disease following prior therapy.

05/06/2009 09:11 AM

Fluorescence-Guided Tumor Resection And MRI Enhancement Show Potential For Improved Outcome In Brain Tumor Surgery

In 2007, an estimated 20,500 new cases of primary malignant brain and central nervous system tumors were diagnosed, of which 16,605 were estimated to be gliomas, the most prevalent type of malignant brain tumor in adults. Gliomas arise from the supporting cells of the brain, called the glia.

05/06/2009 09:09 AM

Brain Injury Association of New York State Fundraising Event

Join me on Saturday, May 30, 2009, to walk and roll with other supporters of the Brain Injury Association of New York State in the 21st Annual Freihofer’s Community Walk in Albany, NY. This fun event gives us all the opportunity to raise funds for the Association.

05/06/2009 09:08 AM

GB adaptive rowers in medal haul UK

Britain's adaptive rowers won four golds, three silvers, a bronze and also the overall team trophy at the Varese International Regatta this weekend.

05/06/2009 09:01 AM

Study Finds a Possible Link Between Denture Cream and Imbalance

Thirty- four million Americans rely on dentures to replace their missing teeth. But a small number of denture wearers have had difficulty with balance and walking -- a medical mystery that some experts have linked to their denture creams. video mlink.

05/06/2009 08:58 AM

Raise your stroke awareness

Stroke is America's number three killer, after heart disease and cancer. According to the American Stroke Association, it accounts for about one of every 16 deaths in the U.S. About every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke, and every three to four minutes, someone dies of stroke.

05/06/2009 08:57 AM

Star cinematographer focusing on rehab COLORADO

The bright orange stickers were plastered all over at the Winter X Games, affixed to helmets, buildings, tops of skis, even on the seat of a chairlift. Emblazoned on the decals were two neon words: Riley Poor.

05/06/2009 08:55 AM

Bay State Wheelers MASSACHUSETTS

They move quickly downcourt. They whip fast passes to teammates. They stop, shoot and score. It’s top-notch competition at this weeknight basketball practice at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts. And the players are in wheelchairs.

05/06/2009 08:53 AM

Vt. town makes home for wounded soldier VERMONT

Greg Barnes is reluctant to say publicly what else he might need help with to make his home ready to accommodate the needs of his quadriplegic-soldier son because he'll probably find it outside his front door.

05/06/2009 08:52 AM

Nonprofit aims to help disabled youth MONTANA

A Troy man says that locals will plant the seed money for a nonprofit that he hopes to grow into a multi-million dollar recreational area for the nation’s disabled children.

05/06/2009 08:51 AM

Paralympian medallist guest speaker at Paraplegic Association event CANADA

An evening with motivational speaker Kelly Smith, who overcame a crippling accident to become an Olympic silver medallist for Canada, is coming up Thursday in Charlottetown. His Paralympics wheelchair marathon second-place medal came in 2004 in Athens, culminating eight years of hard work and training.

05/06/2009 08:50 AM

Polio never dented a life of iron will NORTH CAROLINA

Polio paralyzed Martha Mason from the neck down in 1948, and she spent the rest of her days inside an iron lung, an 800-pound airtight tube that breathed for her.

05/06/2009 08:47 AM

Giving Disabled The Freedom To Ride MINNESOTA

With graduation on Friday, some University of Minnesota seniors displayed their class projects. For one project, a group of five seniors came up with a way to fit a motorcycle so someone who is disabled, or even partially paralyzed, can ride one. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 08:45 AM

Scientists warn swine flu virus could quickly morph from mild to deadly

A flu virus is a powerhouse of evolution, mutating at the maximum speed nature allows. A mild virus can morph into a killer and vice versa.

05/06/2009 08:41 AM

Ballet lessons for young amputee UK

A four-year-old boy who underwent a series of amputations after he contracted meningitis as a baby has taken up ballet.

05/06/2009 08:38 AM

"Elegant" Robot Hand Grasps Eggs With a Light Touch

As far as robot dexterity goes, RAPHaEL may just have the upper hand. The air-powered machine, created by undergraduate students at Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, can gently grasp a raw egg as successfully as the machine holds a heavy can of food-and is flexible enough for sign language. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 08:37 AM

Made In China: Lead Test In Sacramento CALIFORNIA

Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of concern, and frankly, a lot of recalls on goods made in China. So, CBS13 decided to test some of the items, and toys, being sold inside state gift shops to see how safe they are. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 08:36 AM

Ian White leaves worlds with concussion-like symptoms CANADA

Ian White is leaving the IIHF World Hockey Championship. The Canadian defenceman has a sore neck and concussion-like symptoms and will travel back to Toronto on Wednesday to be examined by doctors.

05/06/2009 08:35 AM

High school athletes face serious concussion risks

When high school athletes suffer concussions, as many as 40.5% return to action prematurely and set themselves up for more severe injuries, new research shows.

05/06/2009 08:33 AM

Miami Heat's Jermaine O'Neal tries but can't play through effects of concussion FLORIDA

Heat center Jermaine O'Neal was still feeling the effects of a concussion sustained last week, but he decided to try to play in Sunday's seventh game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

05/06/2009 08:31 AM

Shaken baby injuries lead to arrest FLORIDA

A Jupiter father is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of aggravated child abuse after investigators say his child is suffering from bleeding on the brain and injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 08:31 AM

Shaken-baby simulator demonstrates injuries suffered by infants MISSOURI

Each year, an estimated 1,300 to 1,500 infants are hospitalized nationwide with shaken baby syndrome.

05/06/2009 08:30 AM

Shaken Baby Realities COLORADO

Every parent has had to comfort a crying baby. But inconsolable crying can lead to danger. According to CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, this is the #1 cause of shaken baby syndrome. What you do in that moment literally can mean life or death for the child.

05/06/2009 08:29 AM

New method a dream come true for sleep apnea patients

Researchers from the University of Sydney have found the first hard evidence that the special masks doctors prescribe to patients with sleep apnea - a disorder that can cause interrupted breathing leading to choking and even death while asleep - actually work.

05/06/2009 08:25 AM

Heart Disease Risk Increased By Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, or periodic interruptions in breathing throughout the night, thickens sufferers' blood vessels. Moreover, it increases the risk of several forms of heart and vascular disease.

05/06/2009 08:24 AM

Mild Prematurity Aggravates Risk Of Medically Attended Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection

New data reveal that babies who are only mildly premature are at increased risk of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection needing medical treatment, researchers announced here at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting 2009.

05/06/2009 08:23 AM

Inhaler Misuse Warning For World Asthma Day

Today is World Asthma Day and the National Asthma Council Australia is calling on the two million Australians who suffer from asthma to brush up their inhaler technique following reports that up to 90 per cent of patients who use inhalers do not use their inhalers (puffers) correctly.

05/06/2009 08:22 AM

Asthma Coaching Can Reduce Hospitalizations In Some Children

Working with an asthma coach helps to significantly reduce hospitalizations of low-income, African-American children with asthma, results of a new, two-year study show.

05/06/2009 08:22 AM

Children's Characteristics May Determine Response To Asthma Drug

Certain characteristics of preschool-aged children at high risk for asthma could help physicians deliver more personalized and effective treatment.

05/06/2009 08:21 AM

Results Showing Burden Of RSV Disease Presented At Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting

MedImmune has announced results from a recent study it sponsored, performed by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA, assessing risk factors for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection requiring medical treatment in infants born at 33 weeks gestational age [GA] or later.

05/06/2009 08:20 AM

MedImmune Awards Five Fellowship Research Grants To Advance Viral Respiratory Disease Research

MedImmune has awarded grants to five pediatric fellows to assist their conduct of original research in the field of viral respiratory diseases. The fellowship research grants, which underscore the company's dedication to advancing research in pediatric health, were presented for the sixth consecutive year through MedImmune's Fellowship Research Grant Program.

05/06/2009 08:19 AM

Guatemala Latest Country to Report Swine Flu

Guatemala became the twenty-second country with a confirmed case of swine flu on Wednesday, one day after health officials reported that a Texas schoolteacher became the first American to die after contracting the virus.

05/06/2009 08:13 AM

Potential Lung Disease Biomarkers Yield Clues To COX-2 Inhibitor Side Effects

In searching for a simple way to identify individuals with smoking-related lung injury, scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College have stumbled upon a potential explanation for why the class of pain-relievers known as COX-2 inhibitors increases the risk of heart problems among users.

05/06/2009 08:12 AM

Swine Flu Likely to Return to U.S. Next Winter

Many experts are predicting that the current outbreak of swine flu, much like the regular seasonal flu, will subside during the summer months and reappear in the fall.

05/06/2009 08:11 AM

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers Of Asthmatics Provides Tips To Asthma Patients For Dealing With Swine Flu

Today Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), the leading patient advocacy group for allergy and asthma, provided guidelines for people with asthma to prevent H1N1, often referred to as swine flu, and prepare themselves in the event they contract this virus that is threatening to become a global pandemic.

05/06/2009 08:10 AM

Asthma & COPD Drug Producers Schering-Plough, Merck, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline Explore Advances in the Drug Development Market

Organized by International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC), the Asthma & COPD conference will be held June 24-26, 2009, in Philadelphia, PA ( This forum for respiratory drug manufacturers, scientists, and researchers explores the latest groundbreaking advances within the respiratory drug development market.

05/06/2009 08:10 AM

Shelburne woman needs double lung transplant CANADA

Last Thursday Phillip and Jenny Dunham left for Toronto where Jenny will be placed on a waiting list for a double lung transplant provided she is a suitable candidate.

05/06/2009 07:47 AM

Father shocked as St. John's cop pulls gun on mentally delayed teen CANADA

A St. John's father wants a full explanation of why a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer pulled a gun on his mentally delayed teenage son while he was playing with neighbourhood children.

05/06/2009 07:45 AM

Patient Makes Dramatic Recovery From Stroke

It's a good thing Corina Thomas went straight to the hospital after waking up with a terrific headache and tingling on her left side.

05/06/2009 07:43 AM

Stimulus checks are on the way

In February, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides for a one-time payment of $250 to people who get Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Checks should start arriving early this month.

05/06/2009 07:42 AM

Research Shows Why Certain Arterial Plaques Can Turn Deadly

A common misconception about arterial plaque is that it inevitably leads to a heart attack or a stroke. New research at Columbia University Medical Center, however, sheds light on why so few plaques in any given individual actually cause a problem. Furthermore, the research has identified a key protein that may promote the conversion from benign to dangerous plaques.

05/06/2009 07:41 AM

The Shocking State Of UK Stroke Care: A Medical Emergency

The shocking state of UK stroke services is highlighted in an Editorial in this week's Lancet. The Editorial refers to a recent report by the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit of the Royal College of Physicians, London, which showed as many as a quarter of stroke patients do not receive the best treatment in a specialist stroke unit.

05/06/2009 07:38 AM

Non-Traditional Stroke Symptoms in Women May Contribute to Treatment Delay

The traditional stroke symptoms are well known and include a sudden onset of numbness or weakness on one side of the body, trouble talking, loss of vision, or coordination problems.

05/06/2009 07:31 AM

Girl doesn't let disability slow her down NEVADA

Danyell Harding will never forget her first practice with the Boulder City High track team. As an infant, Harding had her right leg amputated below the knee and has walked with the help of a prosthetic limb her entire life.

05/06/2009 07:30 AM

Assistance offered to disabled veterans ALABAMA

The Tuscaloosa chapter of Disabled American Veterans will provide free assistance in filing claims for VA disability benefits stemming from service-connected injury or illness for veterans and their dependents.

05/06/2009 07:28 AM

VA Benefits for Brain Injuries, Burn Scars Could Rise

The changes could mean that service members who suffer from either injury could receive higher disability compensation than previously allowed.

05/06/2009 07:27 AM

The Paralympian hailed as the greatest UK

A PARALYMPIAN left disabled by a sniper on the final day of the Second World War has died suddenly after a massive stroke. Paraplegic wheelchair basketballer George Swindlehurst MBE, 84, of Marlborough Drive, Tytherington has been hailed as Macclesfield’s "greatest ever sportsman" by a former Great Britain team-mate.

05/06/2009 07:26 AM

Deep Brain Stimulation Found To Be Effective In Children With Treatment-Resistant Generalized Primary Dystonia

Dystonia is a very complex, highly variable neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions. As many as 250,000 people in the United States have dystonia, making it the third most common movement disorder behind essential tremor and Parkinson's disease.

05/06/2009 07:25 AM


Her disability does not hinder Enida Mohamad Radzi from becoming a teacher at the Bintang Bersinar Kindergarten at the Kulim Technocity (KTC), here.

05/06/2009 07:24 AM

Veterans urged to get disability reassessment WISCONSIN

A local veterans service officer is encouraging those who served in the military and were discharged because of a physical disability in recent years to have their injuries assessed under a new program that could increase veterans' payments.

05/06/2009 07:22 AM

Tips for Caregivers: How to Create a Home Spa for People with Disabilities or Injuries

For many people, bathing is a relaxing and enjoyable experience. But for a person with a disability or injury, bathing without help may be impossible.

05/06/2009 07:21 AM

Helping Turn Disability Into Ability ZAMBIA

IN olden days, disability was perceived by society as either God's punishment to individuals who did not obey His commandments or a consequence of someone's evil deeds that have manifested themselves.

05/06/2009 07:20 AM

Quinn Seeks Review of Howe Developmental Center ILLINOIS

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has asked an expert to study the troubled Howe Developmental Center before he decides whether to shut it down.

05/06/2009 07:19 AM

Disabled Schaumburg dad mad at school's 'ignorance' ILLINOIS

Between 1999 to 2006, Lyons said he experienced humiliation, frustration and anger while trying -- and often failing -- to attend his kids' events at the school.

05/06/2009 07:18 AM

Ex-Special Olympian Eric Byrd moves into a home following rehab NEW YORK

Eric Byrd stood up in the large living room and looked into the kitchen, where Deborah Byrd-Caudle was showing a few people how to help her son eat meals.

05/06/2009 07:16 AM

Roll out the fun TOPSoccer program levels the playing field OREGON

TOPSoccer is not about winning or optimizing soccer skills. It is about opportunity and working up to potential. It provides an even playing field for children with disabilities.

05/06/2009 07:09 AM

Study: Caregivers struggle even more during recession GEORGIA

A study released last week shows family caregivers such as Brinkmoeller are facing increased financial and emotional hardships as they struggle to continue providing care to loved ones with chronic illnesses or disabilities.

05/06/2009 07:06 AM

Autistic Man Thrives at Walgreens Warehouse CONNECTICUT

For Chris Jordan, clocking in for work is something he never thought was possible. His official title? "Mission control, which is making sure the rest of the departments are moving smoothly," said Jordan, 22, of Windsor. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 07:05 AM

Government Responds To Bradley Report On Mental Health In The Criminal Justice System UK

The Government has published its response to Lord Bradley's report on people with mental health problems and learning difficulties in the Criminal Justice System.

05/06/2009 07:04 AM

New center helps the disabled live independently ARIZONA

A new center near Tempe, touted as the only one of its kind in the Southwest, creates camaraderie among groups with a common goal: Empowering residents with disabilities. The 62,000-square-foot Disability Empowerment Center of Arizona opened in October with the goal of helping residents with any type of disability lead independent, happy lives.

05/06/2009 07:03 AM

Families taking Ont. to court over funding for disabled kids in religious schools CANADA

Eight families are taking the Ontario government to court over claims that the province is discriminating against disabled children who attend private religious schools - a case that could reopen a thorny debate on education funding.

05/06/2009 07:02 AM

Lawsuit Filed Over Moves From Beatrice Center NEBRASKA

A lawsuit filed against Gov. Dave Heineman and other state officials says the removal of residents from the Beatrice State Development Center violated federal and state law.

05/06/2009 07:01 AM

Disability Gender Gap for Seniors

A new study shows that women, though likely to live longer than men, are up to two and a half times more likely to suffer from disabilities than men as seniors.

05/06/2009 06:53 AM

Iowa Special Olympics athletes compete at state summer games IOWA

The Special Olympics Iowa State Summer Games will take place May 21-23 in Ames with 2,800 Special Olympics Iowa athletes from across the state competing on the Iowa State University campus.

05/06/2009 06:52 AM

Ontario faces constitutional challenge over disability funding CANADA

Ontario is discriminating against disabled students in private, faith-based schools by refusing to fund certain ailments, say a group of parents who have launched a constitutional challenge against the McGuinty Liberal government.

05/06/2009 06:51 AM

Special Olympics opening ceremonies at Soldier Field ILLINOIS

The torch was lit Tuesday at Soldier Field for the 41st anniversary of the Special Olympics.

05/06/2009 06:51 AM

Wheelchair is not the end, says group of the disabled RIYADH

A group of disabled young men and women gathered at a mall in Riyadh recently for their weekly meeting. Unlike similar groups of volunteers, this crowd wanted to call itself simply "The Youth Group."

05/06/2009 06:49 AM

'Do more for the disabled' MALAYSIA

The Government should not be exempted from the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act 2008.

05/06/2009 06:49 AM

Overwhelming approval for MRDD's tax levy OHIO

Tuesday was an anxious day for Michael Miller, superintendent of the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

05/06/2009 06:46 AM

Stephen's Law: Wheelchairs must be secured in vehicles NEW JERSEY

Stephen Griscti, 40, a township resident, was born with tuberous sclerosis, a condition that at its worst causes seizures, mental retardation and manifests itself in tumors on major organs. This chromosomal developmental disability has left Stephen in a wheelchair and unable to speak.

05/06/2009 06:44 AM

Special Olympics games set next week WEST VIRGINIA

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." That motto will be repeated by dozens of athletes next week during the Special Olympics Mason County’s annual local games, slated to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, May 15 at Point Pleasant Junior Senior High School.

05/06/2009 06:43 AM

Greenwood hosts Special Olympics ARKANSAS

Over 1,500 volunteers and athletes and spectators came together for the Arkansas area four Special Olympics, which was held at the Greenwood High School track for the first time in the game's history. As a part of a rotation Greenwood will be the host for the next two years.

05/06/2009 06:41 AM

Woman given some more freedom CALIFORNIA

Wheelchair-bound and still recovering from injuries suffered three years ago when she went through a windshield and fell 50 feet into the Los Angeles River, Narine Bagdasaryan on Monday was finally able to leave her house by herself.

05/06/2009 06:37 AM

Employment center opens for disabled citizens CONNECTICUT

On the grounds of Sacred Heart parish in Groton, a big transition happened. It's the ARC of New London County Employment Transition Center to be precise, and its 6,000 square feet of space is now dedicated to the education and training of intellectually disabled students in the county.

05/06/2009 06:35 AM

Work force grants available from state WISCONSIN

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is awarding 10 grants of $30,000 each to increase the ability of community agencies to help people with disabilities join the work force.

05/06/2009 06:35 AM

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities news

The Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities has completed a project to automate all client records to a digital format.

05/06/2009 06:34 AM

Landis officials say town complies with disabilities act NORTH CAROLINA

There are some things Landis resident Nadine Cherry wants the Board of Aldermen to do, she told the board at its Monday meeting.

05/06/2009 06:33 AM

Program Helps Children With Disabilities Find Jobs TENNESSEE

The goal of this year's annual Mayor's Summit was on Secondary Transition Services. Metro Mayor Karl Dean hoped to help more children with disabilities find work in the city. VIDEO LINK.

05/06/2009 06:32 AM

House allows children with disabilities to join the Medicaid program TEXAS

The Texas House approved a bill on Thursday allowing children with disabilities to join the Medicaid program even if their parents earn too much to qualify for the program in its current form. Families of four could earn up to $66,150 and still qualify for the new program.

05/06/2009 06:31 AM

Learning Disabilities Hurt TEXAS

Learning to drive is harder for Shea Kelly than for others her age. "I was doing it all wrong. I was supposed to be parking, and I was putting it in drive,\" she says.

05/06/2009 06:30 AM

ArtThread Foundation and VSA arts of Florida Present the "Work of Art" Training Program for Artists with Disabilities

The Work of Art Program is a computer and graphics vocational training program for persons with disabilities, with a focus on learning the skills necessary for producing, sharing, promoting, and selling art online. This new training and social entrepreneurship program focuses on developing practical skills in digital arts and online technology, merchandising and marketing, and creating a micro-enterprise for people with disabilities.

05/06/2009 06:29 AM

Dance company for gifted youngsters with disabilities is launched UK

THE first county-wide youth dance company for gifted and talented young people with disabilities has been launched by Gloucestershire Dance.

05/06/2009 06:29 AM

Do Not Neglect Children With Disabilities - Madada UGANDA

THE disability and elderly affairs state minister Sulaiman Madada has cautioned parents against discrimination of children with disabilities. Madada noted that apart from being humanly wrong, the act was also unlawful, adding that the parents should support such children.

05/06/2009 06:24 AM

Sask. government to hire more people with intellectual disabilities CANADA

The provincial government is expanding a program that encourages its managers to hire people with intellectual disabilities.

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05/04/2009 09:30 AM

WHO will not raise alert level if flu continues 'as is'

The World Health Organization will not raise its pandemic level to the highest level, if the H1N1 flu outbreak continues "as is," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday.

05/04/2009 09:28 AM

H1N1 transmission puzzles scientists

The transmission of the H1N1 virus remains a mystery, scientists say as they try to discover why it spreads easily and was fatal in Mexico but not elsewhere.

05/04/2009 09:27 AM

Queens School At Flu Epicenter Reopens

Classes are back in session today at St. Francis Prep in Queens, New York - the school at the center of the U.S. outbreak - after being closed for one week.

05/04/2009 09:26 AM

H1N1 Spreading Deeper In Americas, Europe

The H1N1 epidemic spread deeper into the United States, Europe and Latin America - and in Canada, back to pigs - even as Mexico's health chief hinted Sunday it may soon be time to reopen businesses and schools in the nation where the outbreak likely began.

05/04/2009 09:26 AM

Can Taking Tamiflu Unnecessarily Hurt You?

The CDC said only patients who were exposed to the flu need medication. Dr. Martin Blaser, of New York University, said taking Tamiflu unnecessarily creates a public health danger.

05/04/2009 09:25 AM

CIGNA Ready To Offer Swine Flu Assistance To Customers Worldwide

CIGNA is ready to help ease customers' concerns and assist employers and individuals worldwide regarding outbreaks of swine flu in the United States and throughout several countries.

05/04/2009 09:24 AM

Web data may show what's ahead

Weeks before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization alerted the public to a growing number of swine flu cases, operators of a startup based in Seattle's suburbs say they already had a hunch something was up.

05/04/2009 09:24 AM

No Swine Flu In Swine Herds Or Employees, Stresses Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods Inc. has announced that there is absolutely no evidence of Swine Flu (A H1N1) in any of its swine herds or employees at any of its global operations. The company stressed that this includes those in the USA. This assurance follows a CFIE (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) announcement that a swine herd in Alberta, Canada, may have tested positive for H1N1 (swine flu).

05/04/2009 09:22 AM

Frontline Staff Morale Boosters For Essential During Swine Flu Pandemic

Emergency care staff are likely to bear the emotional brunt of the effects of a pandemic in the UK, and hospital trusts must prepare them adequately and take steps to look after them properly at this time, warn researchers in guidance published ahead of print in Emergency Medicine Journal.

05/04/2009 09:20 AM

Swine flu cases hit 20 countries

Doctors have confirmed 985 cases of the H1N1 flu virus in 20 countries and, for the first time, a sick farm worker has infected pigs, according to the World Health Organization.

05/04/2009 09:17 AM

CDC flu chief: 'Mother Nature rolling the dice'

The Thursday before last, lightning struck twice for Nancy Cox. The first was at work. As director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Influenza Division, Cox was on the phone with Mexican authorities as data emerged identifying the eight genes of a new strain of influenza.

05/04/2009 09:16 AM

H1N1 (Swine) Flu Advisory For People With Lupus

This notice will be updated as additional details are received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as determined by the Lupus Foundation of America's Medical-Scientific Advisory Council. Please check this notice periodically until this health issue has passed.

05/04/2009 09:15 AM

How can we avoid a swine flu pandemic? UK

The World Health Organization says countries must not lower their guard in the response to the swine flu outbreak. What are your concerns about the virus?

05/04/2009 09:14 AM

U.S. Flu Tally Jumps to 245 Cases in 35 States as Labs Catch Up

The tally of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States jumped Sunday to 245 in 35 states, but officials said that's largely from catching up on a backlog of lab tests rather than a sudden spurt in new infections.

05/04/2009 09:09 AM

Ian talks about aphasia NEW ZEALAND

Ian Marshall's life can be "absolutely frustrating" at times but the confusion drops away when he hops on his bike. The British-born cyclist and sports masseur who lives in Papakura suffered two strokes three years apart and is now affected by a condition known as aphasia.

05/04/2009 09:09 AM

Brian Kelly: Victim becomes an advocate ILLINOIS

The only thing more amazing than the complexity of the human brain is the courage of the human heart. Brian Kelly's story is about both of these things and a nightmarish event that most Orland Park residents will never forget.

05/04/2009 09:00 AM

Three years after brain injury, it's back to the firetruck WISCONSIN

As the Pardeeville Area Fire District fire engine pulled out of the station, Jan Hall exclaimed, "He did everything but put on turnout gear."

05/04/2009 08:55 AM

Hyperbarics under study as a treatment for traumatic brain injury TEXAS

Brain injuries are fast becoming one of the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghantistan. Now, some San Antonio researchers are trying a cutting edge way to treat these wounded warriors. It involves oxygen.

05/04/2009 08:53 AM

Brain Injury Conference MONTANA

The Montana Brain Injury Association held a conference this week where experts discussed the unique treatment and healing of a brain injury. VIDEO LINK.

05/04/2009 08:52 AM

Page's friends pay their respects KENTUCKY

Reminders of former heavyweight champion Greg Page's career, including two red boxing gloves atop an arrangement of white roses on his casket, adorned the Louisville funeral home where friends came yesterday to pay their respects.

05/04/2009 08:51 AM

Heat starting center is cautious with head injury FLORIDA

Heat center Jermaine O'Neal said his concussion symptoms have improved but he's not sure he'd be fit to play in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series tomorrow at Atlanta.

05/04/2009 08:49 AM

Prevent brain injury CANADA

June is Brain Awareness Month and parents are being reminded of the importance of helmet safety. We all know that wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risks of brain and spinal cord injuries in many sport and recreational activities, like skiing, biking and in-line skating.

05/04/2009 08:45 AM

Take measure to prevent, treat stroke

Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Yet, despite being the third-leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in this country, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans can recognize a symptom of a stroke. While stroke can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender or race, women are uniquely affected.

05/04/2009 08:39 AM

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Access to knowledge is our thing. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, we don’t want anything to stand in the way.

05/04/2009 08:37 AM

Head And Neck Injury Prevention The Focus Of American Association Of Neurological Surgeons Sixth Annual National Neurosurgery Awareness Week

The Sixth Annual National Neurosurgery Awareness Week (NNAW) kicks off this year on May 3 during the 77th Annual Meeting of the AANS in San Diego. Approximately 3,000 neurosurgical medical professionals will meet to further their continuing medical education in specialty areas including spine and peripheral nerves, as well as cerebrovascular, pain, pediatrics, stereotactic, trauma, tumor, and socioeconomic issues affecting the specialty.

05/04/2009 08:33 AM

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) 77th Annual Meeting

Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from the meeting.

05/04/2009 08:27 AM

'Brain Bucket' Can See Into Your Brain

With the Brain Bucket, the MRI can generate incredibly high-resolution images of the brain up to 10 times faster than older machines -- and sometimes that can mean the difference between life and death. VIDEO LINK.

05/04/2009 08:25 AM

Novel Anti-epileptic ZEBINIX(R) Approved In The European Union - New Option For Treatment Of Patients With Partial-Onset Seizures

Eisai Europe Limited (Headquarters: Hatfield, UK, Chairman & CEO: Yutaka Tsuchiya, "Eisai Europe"), the European subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President & CEO: Haruo Naito), and Bial - Portela & Ca, S.A. (Headquarters: São Mamede do Coronado, Portugal, CEO: Luís Portela, "Bial") announced today that the anti-epileptic drug, Zebinix(R) (eslicarbazepine acetate), for which Eisai Europe obtained rights from Bial to market in Europe, was approved by the European Commission on April 21st, as an adjunctive therapy in adult patients with partial-onset seizures, with or without secondary generalisation.

05/04/2009 08:25 AM

Concussion: Compliance with Return to Play Advice and Follow-up Status

The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, (Volume 36, Number 2 / March 2009) reports the results of a study designed to determine the compliance rate among hockey players with concussion or other head injuries who were advised by a physician about return to play.

05/04/2009 08:21 AM

Congratulations to Dr. Wayne Gordon

Congratulations to Dr. Wayne A. Gordon, Professor of Neuropsychology at New York City's Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Medicine, this year's recipient of the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation.

05/04/2009 08:20 AM

Scientists Find The Cellular On And Off Switch For Allergies And Asthma Just In Time For Spring

If you're one of the millions who dread the spring allergy season, things are looking up. A research study appearing in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how a team of American scientists have identified a previously unknown cellular switch that turns allergies and asthma both on and off.

05/04/2009 08:16 AM

Health Of Mother And Baby Can Be Optimized By Management Of Asthma

Pregnant women with asthma, the most common condition affecting the lungs during pregnancy, should actively manage their asthma in order to optimize the health of mother and the baby, according to new management recommendations published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

05/04/2009 08:15 AM

Single Gene Defect Can Lead To Stroke And Deadly Diseases Of The Aorta And Coronary Arteries

For the first time, scientists have discovered a single gene defect that causes thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections as well as early onset coronary artery disease, ischemic stroke and Moyamoya disease. The research is led by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

05/04/2009 08:14 AM

Caring For Stroke Survivors: Sometimes Stressful, But Also Rewarding

While caring for stroke survivors can be highly stressful for some families, many families feel little or no strain from caregiving, and even report that being a caregiver can be personally rewarding, according to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

05/04/2009 08:09 AM

Women More Likely to Experience Non-traditional Stroke Symptoms

Each year, 800-thousand Americans experience a stroke. It is the leading cause of serious disability and the third leading cause of death. But in women, doctors and bystanders should be paying attention to something else. VIDEO LINK.

05/04/2009 08:02 AM

A positive take on Parkinson's

If there is an optimistic take on Parkinson's disease, it is this: "It opened up other possibilities to me," said actor Michael J. Fox last week. "I went in directions I could not have gone. It's a great journey."

05/04/2009 08:01 AM

Encephalitis assumes alarming proportions in UP INDIA

The vector-borne disease that causes inflammation of the brain has affected over 200 children in the region since the beginning of this year, 59 of whom have lost their lives.

05/04/2009 07:59 AM

Falling TVs: A Growing Threat For Young Kids

Your drawers and medicine cabinets may be child proofed, but what about your TV? As it turns out, unhealthy messages on TV may not be as dangerous as the TV itself, if it's perched on a high dresser or desk. AUDIO LINK.

05/04/2009 07:56 AM

Spirit of this 'country boy' thrives despite his paralysis FLORIDA

Christopher Crosby can't breathe on his own or move most of his body. Somewhere, the 27-year-old has found the spirit to keep fighting for his recovery.

05/04/2009 07:54 AM

Community aids resident after double amputation KANSAS

If it had been anyone else needing help, Vickie Myers would have been there.

05/04/2009 07:52 AM

Giant Steps for a Hero NEW YORK

Iraq war hero and double amputee Lt. Col. Greg Gadson -- whose bravery helped inspire the New York Giants to their last Super Bowl victory -- recently became the first person in the world to land a pair of super-high-tech prosthetic legs that practically think for themselves.

05/04/2009 07:51 AM

'If I was an animal, you'd put me out of my misery' UK

Arriving home from hospital after having her leg amputated below the knee, Shirley Ryan says she had to crawl over her steps to get in. There was no ramp at the entrance and no one there to help her get inside. The 47-year-old describes the experience as very demoralizing.

05/04/2009 07:51 AM

Celebrities, amputee golfers come together in Key Biscayne FLORIDA

Mike Carver was born with a left club foot and three fingers on his left hand while part of his right arm and right leg had to be amputated as an infant.

05/04/2009 07:48 AM

Mercer professor, students build artificial legs for amputees in Vietnam GEORGIA

When Dr. Ha Vo immigrated to America from Vietnam in 1990, many people in his native land were still suffering from losing a limb during the Vietnam War.

05/04/2009 07:48 AM

5K funds to help service dog training ILLINOIS

Not all service dogs come with a pedigree, years of training and a pampered past.

05/04/2009 07:42 AM

Sleep Apnea: Recognize Symptoms, Get Help PENNSYLVANIA

Right now in our region, thousands of men and women are yawning. They feel exhausted. Many of them are cranky, irritable and can't catch a good night's sleep. They are most likely suffering from sleep apnea and don't even know it. VIDEO LINK.

05/04/2009 07:37 AM

Texts, Twitter could improve asthma alerts ARIZONA

Health-care professionals in Arizona are creating an asthma-alert system using popular social-networking Web sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

05/04/2009 07:33 AM

New lungs breathe life into Baker man OREGON

Tom Gray's world changed in a phone call Saturday night, and now he's breathing easy for the first time in his life. Gray, 32, suffers from cystic fibrosis, is a genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog organs in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas.

05/04/2009 07:31 AM

What you should know about deep-vein thrombosis

Many venous disorders are mild, but some are serious. Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), the formation of a blood clot in a vein, is a major concern for hospitalized patients, but it can also strike people who are immobile for long periods while traveling. And it can be life-threatening.

05/04/2009 07:30 AM

Diagnosing and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease new hampshire

Did you know chronic oObstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a dangerous, under-recognized disease that affects as many as 25 million Americans?

05/04/2009 07:09 AM

Manhattan street renamed for disability advocate NEW YORK

City officials will join family and leaders from the disabled community today to rename a section of East 4th Street "Frieda Zames Way." Zames was a longtime resident of the block.

05/04/2009 07:07 AM

Six hours a day for 13 days: how one man is tackling the London Marathon UK

After a severe spinal injury in Basra last year, Major Phil Packer was told he would never walk again. Now, on crutches, and six days after the start, he has almost reached the halfway point of a race he is determined to finish.

05/04/2009 07:06 AM

How to save a life: Stroke Awareness Month NEW YORK

"It can affect anyone at any age," said Lori Smith, a physician's assistant in the cardiovascular department at Lourdes Hospital.

05/04/2009 07:03 AM

Custom Bikes Let Disabled Kids Experience Riding MINNESOTA

Many children may take a bike ride for granted. But there are a lot of children who have never had the chance to pedal themselves because of a disability. An event Saturday in Golden Valley helped to change that. VIDEO LINK.

05/04/2009 07:01 AM

Blocked wheelchair ramp MALTA

Vittoriosa Waterfront has become a popular spot for a family outing where you can enjoy the yacht marina, restaurants, and historical monuments. Unfortunately, accessibility for wheelchair users is inadequate on the side by the sea from the Freedom monument towards Cospicua.

05/04/2009 07:00 AM

Gift of love for special folk MALAYSIA

A SPECIAL group of Malaysians with physical and mental disability received a gift of love recently.

05/04/2009 06:59 AM

SOCIAL SECURITY: New technologies help disabled

In March, Social Security became the first government agency to use the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). This initiative will cut the time it takes Social Security to get number of the people applying for disability benefits, but it will gradually expand.

05/04/2009 06:59 AM

Poor Sleep Quality Leads To Poorer Prognosis After Stroke

Stroke victims tend to do worse if they also have diagnosed or undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea prior to having the stroke, according to a study presented April 28, 2009, at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting in Seattle.

05/04/2009 06:55 AM

Small bodies, Olympic spirit ILLINOIS

Most kids wouldn't willingly spend time in a school gym on a Sunday afternoon, but the Special Olympics Young Athletes couldn't wait.

05/04/2009 06:54 AM

For Disabled Chinese Girl, An Uncertain Future

Huang Meihua is a bright, spirited 12-year-old with an uncertain future. She's pretty and funny and full of spunk. Meihua is also a double amputee. Both of her legs were crushed in last May's earthquake in southwest China.

05/04/2009 06:50 AM

Cerebral Palsy No Obstacle For Manchester High Pitcher CONNECTICUT

Mark Selavka wears No.25 for the Manchester High School baseball team, the same number his hero Jim Abbott wore.

05/04/2009 06:50 AM

More facilities needed for disabled voters MALTA

The government will once again be providing facilities for people with disability to vote - but KNPD chairman Joe Camilleri would like to see a few more available.

05/04/2009 06:49 AM

Research Analyzes the Role of Glutamate in Traumatic Brain Injury Patient Outcome

Close to 1.5 million cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur in the United States every year. Approximately 5.3 million people live with a TBI-related disability and an additional 60,000 people die annually from TBI. Research analyzes the role of the amino acid glutamate in TBI patient outcome and its potential for future treatment.

05/04/2009 06:48 AM

Student learns martial arts despite disability INDIANA

Jacob Garcia's neurological disorder didn't keep him from the martial arts hall of fame

05/04/2009 06:34 AM

The Number Of Americans With Disability Is Growing; Arthritis Cited As The Most Common Cause

Nearly 48 million Americans have a disability, an increase of three million from 1999, and arthritis tops the list of most common causes of disability, according to an article published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

05/04/2009 06:34 AM

Australian disability research agenda collaboration (ADRAC)

Recently researchers interested in disability research were invited to a workshop to discuss how to facilitate the development of a national research agenda. A document outlining the conclusions from this meeting is available here for further comment.

05/04/2009 06:30 AM

Social worker: More are denied transportation MINNESOTA

Over the past few months, Olmsted County social worker Stacey Antes said she has seen more clients being denied special transportation coverage -- especially families with children.

05/04/2009 06:28 AM

Batavia park provides access to everyone ILLINOIS

Park district officials want all children to be able to play in their parks, despite their physical challenges.

05/04/2009 06:26 AM

Cop who championed rights for disabled people retires CALIFORNIA

Sgt. Michael J. Sullivan, a patrol cop who became a renowned expert on the Americans With Disabilities Act after being injured on duty, hung up his spurs Friday after 32 years at the San Francisco Police Department.

05/04/2009 06:25 AM

Mind over body: Boy conquers disability to excel academically INDIA

Yashveer Goyal, 9, goes to a regular school and does the things most other children do, though there is one aspect which sets him apart - he beats everyone hollow in studies despite being born deaf and dumb.

05/04/2009 06:19 AM

Down syndrome doesn't keep Cordova man from living full life TENNESSEE

The Monday morning soup kitchen had just closed when his boss arrived with his next assignment -- vacuum the four second-floor classrooms. "This is my baby," Kenny E. Thielemier Jr. joked, as he retrieved the upright vacuum cleaner from the closet and headed down the hallway to the elevator.

05/04/2009 06:18 AM

'My Last Breath' an inspiring story OHIO

On page 79 of his book, "My Last Breath," area author Josh LaRue vows never to feel sorry for himself again. LaRue is legally blind and without the use of his hands. "My Last Breath" was written using Virtual Morse Code, invented by LaRue and his brother, Jack, and is typed using a specially designed keyboard using LaRue's tongue.

05/04/2009 06:16 AM

'They are just like anyone else' NEBRASKA

When Thomas Pomeranz told a group of local professionals that you should treat people with disabilities like anyone else, he had a solid reason. "Because they are just like anyone else," he said. "They are no different than you and I. People are people."

05/04/2009 06:14 AM

New help to cope with brain injuries of the young PENNSYLVANIA

Stephanie Hartshorn braced to mount the horse. But just as she was about to get on, the horse moved, and Stephanie tumbled backward, her head hitting the frozen December ground.

05/04/2009 06:13 AM

National's Disability Policy One Big Empty Space NEW ZEALAND

After six months in Government, National's policy on disability issues is non-existent.

05/04/2009 06:11 AM

Looking Out For Service Dogs NEBRASKA

Service dogs perform many tasks, helping law enforcement, those with medical conditions and the visually-impaired. One program is giving them free help to keep on working. VIDEO LINK.

05/04/2009 06:09 AM

Danbury native is driving force behind mental health organization CONNECTICUT

Samaha, a Danbury native, founded the institute in 1996 as an outpatient mental health facility for children and adults with attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and learning disabilities. At the time, her son had been diagnosed with hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder and Tourette's syndrome.

05/04/2009 06:08 AM

Three strikes against special needs school bus NEVADA

Every parent expects the school district to get things right with their children's education, care and safety.

05/04/2009 06:07 AM

Four of Five Families Will Be Touched by Stroke in 2009

National Stroke Awareness Month draws attention to urgency in preventing stroke and supporting 6 million stroke survivors in the United States.

05/04/2009 06:06 AM

Will there be independent life after death? MALTA

The older she gets, the more the mother of a young woman with Down's syndrome tries to cope with the growing fear that her daughter may be destined for a lonely future.

05/04/2009 06:05 AM

Offenders with mental health problems failed by criminal justice system, says report UK

Too many offenders with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities are ending up in prison without access to appropriate treatment, according to a landmark report published today.

05/04/2009 06:04 AM

City urged not to cut 'lifeline' for disabled UK

TWO city MSPs have urged the council not to cut a "lifeline" for adults with learning disabilities in the Capital.

05/04/2009 06:03 AM

Disabled entrepreneur helps others VIET NAM

For many disabled people, finding a job suitable to their situations is a dream come true. But for Pham Trong Hoan, it isn't enough.

05/04/2009 06:02 AM

Program for seniors, disabled needs better watchdogs

No matter how worthwhile, a government program that costs more than $5 billion a year inevitably has some fraud and waste. There has to be strong oversight to make sure the money is being spent as intended.

05/04/2009 06:01 AM

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Dover High students aid athletes NEW JERSEY

Special Olympics athletes from Morris, Sussex and Warren counties made a big splash recently at the Area 3 Special Olympics Swim Meet at the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA here.

05/04/2009 06:00 AM

Disabled skydiving wins

An organisation that lets people with disabilities virtually climb mountains and hike trails shared top honours in a first-ever Second Life prize for in-world projects improving real-world lives.

05/04/2009 05:59 AM

Getting the gold: Athletes show their stuff at annual Special Olympics ILLINOIS

People living with disabilities are capable of accomplishing goals, too, which more than 500 athletes proved Sunday at the Special Olympics Illinois Southwestern Area 12 2009 Spring Games in Highland.

05/04/2009 05:55 AM

Disability community advocates concerned MASSACHUSETTS

Members of the local disability community have raised several questions about how the city is going to continue providing services and referrals to residents with disabilities now that its Office on Disabilities no longer exists, but they have yet to receive any answers.

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05/01/2009 11:11 AM

Mexico shuts down to control flu

Mexico has begun a five-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread of swine flu.

05/01/2009 11:10 AM

Experts: Handling raw pork poses no flu risk

Public health authorities stress that you can't catch swine flu from eating pork. But they keep citing cooked pork. What about the raw meat?

05/01/2009 11:10 AM

Pandemic Flu Preparedness Guides For Families, Businesses, Medical Providers, And Community Groups Released By Trust For America's Health

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) re-issued a series of It's Not Flu As Usual guides on pandemic flu preparedness for families, businesses, medical providers, and community groups.

05/01/2009 11:08 AM

1918 Spanish Flu Virus Resulted In Current Lineage Of H1N1 Swine Influenza Viruses

In 1918 a human influenza virus known as the Spanish flu spread through the central United States while a swine respiratory disease occurred concurrently. A Kansas State University researcher has found that the virus causing the pandemic was able to infect and replicate in pigs, but did not kill them, unlike in other mammalian hosts like monkeys, mice and ferrets where the infection has been lethal.

05/01/2009 11:07 AM

Overreaction? Officals Say Swine-Flu-Free Schools Should Stay Open

As more schools across the United States close in response to the swine flu outbreak, some estimate that a quarter of a million schoolchildren are out of school this morning.

05/01/2009 11:06 AM

Avian Flu Research Sheds Light On Swine Flu Outbreak

A new study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that the potential for an avian influenza virus to cause a human flu pandemic is greater than previously thought. Results also illustrate how the current swine flu outbreak likely came about.

05/01/2009 11:02 AM

U.S. Promises H1N1 Vaccine - Eventually

U.S. authorities are pledging to eventually produce enough swine flu vaccine for everyone who needs it but the shots couldn't begin until fall at the earliest.

05/01/2009 11:02 AM

How the UK is trying to contain flu

World experts may be saying a flu pandemic is imminent, but on the ground health protection officials in the UK are still battling to stop its spread.

05/01/2009 11:01 AM

Swine flu: Your questions UK

Governments around the world are striving to contain a new flu virus suspected of killing more than 100 people in Mexico.

05/01/2009 11:00 AM

Worldwide swine flu cases continue to rise

The number of confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus has jumped nearly 30 percent with 331 people being infected so far, the World Health Organization said Friday.

05/01/2009 10:59 AM

How can we avoid a swine flu pandemic?

Mexico begins a five-day shutdown of parts of its economy in the hope of slowing down the spread of swine flu. Are you taking more precautions?

05/01/2009 10:56 AM

Asia Reports First Case of Swine Flu in Hong Kong

Hong Kong reported Asia's first case of the steadily spreading swine flu virus on Friday, confirming it in a Mexican man who arrived here via Shanghai, authorities said.

05/01/2009 10:55 AM

WHO says existing vaccine little use against new flu

The World Health Organization said on Friday that tests had shown the current seasonal vaccine against flu would have little effect against the new H1N1 strain.

05/01/2009 10:49 AM

Scientists Say Swine Flu Vaccine Could Take Months to Produce

The World Health Organization says several laboratories around the world are developing a vaccination against swine influenza A-H1N1. The organization has raised its alert to level five, just below declaring the flu virus outbreak to be a pandemic. The process of vaccine development can take months.

05/01/2009 10:47 AM

CSA-approved ski helmets could be on slopes soon CANADA

The Canadians Standards Association can't say if Natasha Richardson would have survived if she had been wearing a CSA-approved helmet during her fatal ski accident last month.

05/01/2009 10:46 AM

'This is what brought him out of his shell' CANADA

Once a week, Peter Lawryniuk drops into the Opportunities Centre in Kitchener run by the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo Wellington. "This is what brought him out of his shell,'' said his mother, Helena. "He loves it there."

05/01/2009 10:42 AM

Brain Games: Do They Really Work?

But you may find yourself wondering whether they are really worth the time and expense. You shell out the money, play a few rounds and your brain will start spitting out names, dates and pin numbers like you're 18 again-right?

05/01/2009 10:38 AM

Turning Hope Into Reality - Traumatic Brain Injury Research at the VA

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a complex type of injury to the brain's structure, is common among Veterans and has been called one of the "signature injuries" of modern combat. VA's research related to TBI is wide-ranging. Among its goals: shedding light on brain changes associated with the condition; improving methods of screening and diagnosis; developing drugs to treat brain injury or limit its severity; helping Veterans with TBI to reintegrate into their communities and regain maximum function; and learning the best ways to help family members cope and provide support.

05/01/2009 10:37 AM

Parents of 4-month-old arrested after doctors discover head injury, fractured bones OHIO

MetroHealth Medical Center doctors called police after seeing J'vari in the emergency room. The infant had bleeding in his brain; a lacerated liver; fractures in his right jaw, left arm, pelvis and leg; many fresh bruises; and old fractures in his collar bone and right hand, officials said.

05/01/2009 10:36 AM

Support group aids brain-injury patients FLORIDA

Five years after a horrific auto accident, Rebecca Telesco is still struggling with a traumatic brain injury. But she now has a local advocacy group that’s helping her cope with her situation.

05/01/2009 10:33 AM

Returning soldiers treated for traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder

As President Obama asks for 83 billion dollars more to fund operations in Iraq an Afghanistan there are mounting concerns over the mental health of U.S. troops, specifically those returning from the battlefield.

05/01/2009 10:32 AM

In Patients With Heart Disease, Arterial Disease Of The Leg Frequently Overlooked

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of the legs, in which the arteries become blocked with plaque and blood supply to the legs is reduced, affects eight million people in the U.S. Early detection of PAD is important because it can limit the ability to walk and exercise, it may place patients at greater risk for limb loss and it increases the chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

05/01/2009 10:30 AM

Tiny Zebrafish Could Hold The Key To Stem Cell Treatments For Motor Neurone Disease

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have found that these fish are able to produce motor neurones - cells that control all muscle activity such as speaking, walking and breathing in humans - when they repair damage to their spinal cords.

05/01/2009 10:29 AM

Combination Of Genetic And Environmental 'Hits' Required For Parkinson's Disease

New research finds that a complex interaction between separate factors underlies the pathology associated with Parkinson's disease (PD), reinforcing the concept that multiple therapeutic targets should be considered when designing treatment strategies. The findings, published by Cell Press in the April 30th issue of the journal Neuron, also help to explain why known risk factors do not predict PD in a straightforward manner.

05/01/2009 10:27 AM

Brain Protein Central To Both Parkinson's, Drug Addiction Identified

Scientists have identified a protein that appears not only to be central to the process that causes Parkinson's disease but could also play a role in muting the high from methamphetamine and other addictive drugs.

05/01/2009 10:26 AM

Seizure Drug Treats RLS

A common seizure and anxiety medication could help patients with restless leg syndrome (RLS) find relief through sleep.

05/01/2009 10:21 AM

Potential New Weapon Against Brain Cancer - NASA's Electronic Nose

An unlikely multidisciplinary scientific collaboration has discovered that an electronic nose developed for air quality monitoring on Space Shuttle Endeavour can also be used to detect odour differences in normal and cancerous brain cells. The results of the pilot study open up new possibilities for neurosurgeons in the fight against brain cancer.

05/01/2009 10:21 AM

High And Often Overlooked Costs Associated With Epilepsy Revealed By Study

Employees with epilepsy cost healthcare insurers and employers significantly more than those without the condition, according to findings from two studies presented here today at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting.

05/01/2009 10:20 AM

Study Analyzing Dialogue Between Neurologists And Epilepsy Patients Identifies Significant Gaps

For 2.7 million Americans with epilepsy, seizures are not the only concern. People with epilepsy frequently face mood and behavior challenges and side effects from their medications, such as sleep and cognition problems.

05/01/2009 10:18 AM

UCB Announces First Results From Phase III Brivaracetam Studies In Epilepsy

UCB announced top-line results from two Phase III clinical studies to assess the efficacy and safety of brivaracetam as adjunctive treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults with epilepsy. Results were also announced for a third well-controlled safety and tolerability study.

05/01/2009 10:17 AM

Weir set to compete in Manchester UK

Double Paralympic gold medallist and London Marathon runner-up Dave Weir heads the British athletics team for next month's BT Paralympic World Cup.

05/01/2009 10:16 AM

Greater Risk Of Death To Older Men After Pneumonia

Differing biological response to infection between men and women may explain higher death rates among older men who are hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

05/01/2009 10:11 AM

TABB Group Advises Firms Avoid Pandemic Panic, Offers 9-Step Plan Preparing For Possible WHO Level 6 Pandemic

This afternoon, in commentary published by the financial markets research and advisory firm TABB Group, financial services firms are cautioned not to succumb to the pandemic panic spread by media trumpeting the arrival of swine flu.

05/01/2009 10:08 AM

Caring for stroke survivors sometimes stressful, but also rewarding

While caring for stroke survivors can be highly stressful for some families, many families feel little or no strain from caregiving, and even report that being a caregiver can be personally rewarding, according to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

05/01/2009 10:07 AM

Wheelchair no obstacle to mission passion ALABAMA

Peggy Gentry may be bound to a wheelchair, but her service to Christ knows no bounds.

05/01/2009 10:06 AM

Quadriplegic sends message to students CANADA

Doug Manderville is a big guy. At 6'9- Manderville would easily be in demand by any professional sports association if he showed an aptitude for basketball, football or any other sport that likes their players tall and strong.

05/01/2009 10:04 AM

Injured Derry woman planning 'Push' to regain mobility PENNSYLVANIA

In a study initiated and released in April by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, it was discovered that 40 percent more Americans live with paralysis than originally thought -- over five times the number previously estimated.

05/01/2009 10:02 AM

Student engineers design hand cycle for paraplegics TEXAS

Life just got a little better for a paraplegic named Kenny. Bryan Melton, Karl Catoe, Will Bilyeu, David Fultz, Betsy Lewis and Thomas Morstead are all members of an engineering senior design group that has made the "4X Stampede," a four wheel off-road hand cycle.

05/01/2009 10:00 AM

It's a wonderful life: 30 years locked in CANADA

Today is Margaret Gourley's 70th birthday. Don't let her still exterior fool you. In her mind, there's quite a party underway. For 30 of her 70 years, Margaret has lived with "locked-in syndrome". She is completely paralyzed but for her eyes and very limited head movement. She has no vocal speech. But her active, intelligent mind has not been touched by paralysis.

05/01/2009 09:55 AM

Wheeler feature UTAH

Competitive in various sports growing up, Josh Wheeler hoped those instincts wouldn't atrophy after a motorcycle accident three years ago left him paralyzed.

05/01/2009 09:53 AM

Nick Grimm Defies Odds on the Wrestling Mat PENNSYLVANIA

Indian Valley Junior Nick Grimm is not your average high school wrestler. Grimm is one of a handful of amputee grapplers in the state of Pennsylvania. VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 09:53 AM

Amputee gets high-tech 'legs'

He is Walter Reed's bionic man, a wounded warrior who walks on a pair of new battery-powered prosthetic legs outfitted with some of the most high-tech gizmos around.

05/01/2009 09:50 AM

Researchers building a better prosthetic arm

In the past, most amputations have involved lower limbs, which means researchers focused on prosthetic legs and feet while avoiding arms.

05/01/2009 09:49 AM

Tom Smith battles back from devastating paralysis, concussion to play hockey again MASSACHUSETTS

This is, in large part, due to the work of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a high-intensity rehab program that works with people with severe paralysis.

05/01/2009 09:48 AM

Defense misses junior Blabolil after concussion MAINE

Emily Blabolil's absence may have affected Loyola more than originally believed. Thursday while attempting a header early in the first half of a nonconference game against Maine South. She suffered a concussion and went into seizure on the field. Her return is undetermined.

05/01/2009 09:44 AM

Giving Independence to People With Disabilities ILLINOIS

Naomi Hardesty and her service dog Sahsa have been paired together for almost a year. VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 09:43 AM

Atascadero baby in center of Shaken Baby Syndrome case dies CALIFORNIA

A baby at the center of a Shaken Baby Syndrome case in Atascadero died Wednesday at a Central California hospital.

05/01/2009 09:40 AM

Obstructive sleep apnea leads to poorer prognosis after stroke

Stroke victims tend to do worse if they also have diagnosed or undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea prior to having the stroke, according to a study presented April 28, 2009, at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting in Seattle.

05/01/2009 09:33 AM

Endovascular Thoracic Aneurysm Repair Deemed Safer, Less Complications

Endovascular, noninvasive thoracic aortic aneurysm repair (TEVAR) is safer than open aneurysm repair (OAR) as it is associated with fewer cardiac, respiratory, and hemorrhagic complications, as well as a shorter hospital stay, according to a study in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

05/01/2009 09:29 AM

Risk factors identified for ventilator-associated pneumonia

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the main cause of nosocomial infection in patients undergoing major heart surgery

05/01/2009 09:28 AM

Athletes With Asthma Need More Help From Their Team Trainers

Very few athletic trainers associated with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) programs said that they were following best practice standards for managing asthma among their athletes, according to a new study.

05/01/2009 09:26 AM

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05/01/2009 09:26 AM

Actor James Marsden To Appear on CMT Insider May 2, Talk About Pulmonary Fibrosis

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is pleased to announce the airing of an interview with actor James Marsden on Country Music Television (CMT)'s CMT Insider show on Saturday, May 2 at 1:30 EDT/PDT and 12:30 p.m. CDT. The interview was taped at the recent "A Night of Burnin' Love" CPF fundraising event hosted by the family of the late Dennis Linde in Nashville at the Musician's Hall of Fame

05/01/2009 09:25 AM

What Is Cystic Fibrosis? What Causes Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic disease that affects organs such as the liver, lungs, pancreas, and intestines. It disrupts the body's salt balance, leaving too little salt and water on the outside of cells and causing the thin layer of mucus that usually keeps the lungs free of germs to become thick and sticky.

05/01/2009 09:25 AM

While New Remedies Are Under Way, Current Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Must Be Optimized

In a seminar published Online first and in a future edition of The Lancet the authors, Dr Brian O'Sullivan, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA, and Dr Steven Freedman, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA discuss the issues of cystic fibrosis (CF) treatments.

05/01/2009 09:24 AM

Cystic Fibrosis Orphan Drug Designation For Innovative Treatment Against Lung Infections By Axentis Pharma AG

An innovative treatment for infections of the respiratory tract in cystic fibrosis patients has received orphan drug designation in the US.

05/01/2009 09:05 AM

Chemical Found In Medical Devices Impairs Heart Function

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that a chemical commonly used in the production of such medical plastic devices as intravenous (IV) bags and catheters can impair heart function in rats.

05/01/2009 09:04 AM

Studies Uncover High and Often Overlooked Costs Associated with Epilepsy

Employees with epilepsy cost healthcare insurers and employers significantly more than those without the condition, according to findings from two studies presented here today at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting.

05/01/2009 09:00 AM

Music Strikes Therapeutic Chord With Special Needs Kids INDIANA

A Ball State University program is using the performing arts to help children with disabilities become stars on the stage. VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 08:58 AM

Marion County Spring Special Olympics WEST VIRGINIA

Thursday was a big day for the Marion County Special Olympics. It held its 2009 games in the morning, but the excitement did not stop there.

05/01/2009 08:55 AM

Engineering students invent solution to boy's disability INDIANA

Bryce Duncan was all smiles Thursday as he proudly showed off his high-tech prosthetic leg. The Martinsville boy, 12, and his parents came to Purdue University for the 2009 School of Mechanical Engineering student design and innovation symposium.

05/01/2009 08:51 AM

Debating an end-of-life decision PENNSYLVANIA

A year ago, when a doctor finally diagnosed the brain disease that had been making it harder for her to walk without falling, Rona Zelniker told her son and daughter that she was going to end her life while she still could, before complete disability set in.

05/01/2009 08:51 AM

Little-known employer has huge impact DELAWARE

Chimes Delaware is one of the largest employers in Newark, but ask about it on the street and one's likely to get a blank stare.

05/01/2009 08:50 AM

The wheelchair controlled by the mind

It could allow those whose disabilities prevent them from using a conventional joystick to get around merely by thinking about where they want to go.

05/01/2009 08:49 AM

Reprieve for young disabled at Jasper Road School AUSTRALIA

THE Jasper Road Public School physical disabilities support unit will keep its fourth class for term two, after it was initially guaranteed for term one only.

05/01/2009 08:45 AM

Plans to shut state schools abandoned TEXAS

Texas lawmakers have abandoned efforts to close down the state's troubled facilities for the mentally disabled that have been at the center of a Department of Justice investigation alleging widespread abuse.

05/01/2009 08:43 AM

Adaptive driving program will put more people behind the wheel MISSOURI

Susan Rhudy rarely passes up an opportunity these days to get behind the wheel. VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 08:42 AM

Football fans fund league for children with disabilities ARKANSAS

The nonprofit organization aims to create a better quality of life for children with disabilities by providing modified extracurricular activities they can participate in. This fall the flag football program will have its first season, complete with volunteer "buddies" to help children who need assistance.

05/01/2009 08:41 AM

Accessibility fair Saturday in Naperville ILLINOIS

This weekend, Naperville will host its fourth annual accessibility resource fair, which provides information for those living with physical and developmental disabilities.

05/01/2009 08:40 AM

Enriching Lives With Education and Independence CALIFORNIA

In a sunny room tucked into a Pleasant Hill building, there's music and smiles as dozens of developmentally disabled adults share essays entitled "The Best Thing in Life." VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 08:39 AM

Mass. reps vote to keep centers for disabled

The Fernald Development Center and three other state institutions for the developmentally disabled would remain open under a budget amendment by House lawmakers which blocks Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to close them.

05/01/2009 08:38 AM

Disabled have little to celebrate on Labor Day LEBANON

Thousands of disabled Lebanese will be staying at home on Friday, not in honor of International Workers' Day, but because they face widespread discrimination and stereotypes by employers preventing them from getting jobs, say members from the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU).

05/01/2009 08:37 AM

Non-Profit Creates Life-Saving Program NEW YORK

Project Lifesaver WNY is a new non-profit agency dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities who are at risk of wandering. David Aston is the founder of Project Lifesaver WNY and is a parent of a child with Autism. Aston and local law officials are now announcing a new life-saving program that could revolutionize how missing people can be found. VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 08:36 AM

West Covina resident battles epilepsy, celebrates 21 years CALIFORNIA

Robert Mitchell turned 21 this year, but since he has uncontrolled epilepsy, he knew that he wouldn't be able to do the things that most 21-year-olds do. So he created a list of 21 things that he wanted to accomplish before he turns 22.

05/01/2009 08:34 AM

Constable cracks down on illegal handicap parking around Capitol TEXAS

An effort is underway to stop drivers from using handicap parking placards illegally.

05/01/2009 08:33 AM

City of Big Spring Continuing Work to Become ADA Compliant TEXAS

Big Spring is still working hard to make its public buildings are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

05/01/2009 08:32 AM

Lake Forest resident crowned Ms. Wheelchair California CALIFORNIA

Alyson Roth has been crowned Ms. Wheelchair California 2009. As Ms. Wheelchair California she will be the official spokeswoman for women with disabilities and the community of people with disabilities.

05/01/2009 08:31 AM

High Hopes Arts and Music Fair open to all CALIFORNIA

High Hopes, a social recreation program for individuals with developmental disabilities, will be present at Arts and Music Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 13.

05/01/2009 08:30 AM

Resource Center for Independent Living celebrates 25th NEW YORK

The annual report for the Resource Center for Independent Living has three words on its cover: "independence," "dignity" and "choice."

05/01/2009 08:29 AM

Dozens Protest Proposed Cuts To Disability Service Programs CALIFORNIA

This week is National Disability Awareness Week and many individuals are saying state mandated budget cuts should not affect the disabled. VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 08:28 AM

Disabled 'dress-up' day called off AUSTRALIA

The principal of Ramco primary school in the Riverland says no offence was intended by its Disability Day fundraiser.

05/01/2009 08:27 AM

Cub Scout Pack 55 Hosts Wheelchair Rugby Demo NEW YORK

Pack 55 was proud and excited to host the Jets Quad Rugby Team this past week, as the players from the Jets showed us how to "rock 'n roll" on wheels. Quad Rugby is a fast paced action sport, where the players try to get the ball across into the Goal like football, while being played on a basketball court.

05/01/2009 08:26 AM

Video Shows Disabled Man Trapped By Potholes ILLINOIS

Imagine seeing this scene outside your window: A disabled person nearly stuck in the middle of a city street that is infested with potholes. VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 08:25 AM

Miracle League breaks ground on field of dreams KANSAS

The Miracle League Field is going up in Lawton. After years of planning, special needs kids were the first to break ground Thursday on the field of their dreams. VIDEO LINK.

05/01/2009 08:25 AM

Murrysville-Export Rotary Club plans sports field for disabled youngsters PENNSYLVANIA

A "miracle field" could be ready for play in Murrysville as soon as next year.

05/01/2009 08:24 AM

Disabled students services review breaches human rights: ACT Oppn AUSTRALIA

The ACT Opposition says the Government is ignoring the needs of a quarter of the Territory's disabled students by excluding private schools from its review into special education.

05/01/2009 08:23 AM

Ministers' group to oversee disability policy NEW ZEALAND

A new ministerial oversight committee will ensure the Government's multi-billion dollar annual disability spend is meeting the needs of disabled people fairly and effectively, Disability Issues Minister Paula Bennett said today

05/01/2009 08:21 AM

Ramping up accessibility CANADA

Of the 5,400 people that visited the Lost Villages last summer, hundreds were unable to access the museum’s historic reading room because of the building's tricky, wide-spaced stairs.

05/01/2009 08:21 AM

Special Olympics Texas cancels spring games this Saturday TEXAS

All Special Olympics Texas Spring Games scheduled for this weekend, May 1-2, have been canceled because of concerns over the spread of swine flu.

05/01/2009 08:16 AM

Disabled, supporters see red CALIFORNIA

A young woman's voice boomed out across the Santa Maria City Hall courtyard Thursday afternoon: "We are angry!" The emotionally charged rally was aimed at creating awareness of a potential $100 million in cuts to funding for community services for people with disabilities.

05/01/2009 08:15 AM

Disabled rally for funding in Topeka KANSAS

Seeking to hold onto their share of state funding in a desperate budget year, several hundred developmentally disabled Kansans and their supporters rallied in and near the state Capitol on Thursday.

05/01/2009 08:14 AM

State's budget slashes $4M for worker program NEW JERSEY

A disability advocacy group is bracing for the potential impact of budget cuts that would result from Gov. Jon S. Corzine's spending plan.

05/01/2009 08:13 AM

Few resources available for mentally ill homeless MISSOURI

People want to help Jennifer, a homeless woman who has become something of a fixture in St. Peters.

05/01/2009 08:13 AM

Frustrations vented at UTA paratransit meeting UTAH

Three times a week, a Utah Transit Authority paratransit bus pulls up to Bonnie Beraz's Layton home and drives her to Farmington Bay Dialysis for treatment for her failing kidneys.

05/01/2009 08:12 AM

Appeals Court rules DES can trim funding for disabled ARIZONA

Arizona is free to cut services to an estimated 30,000 residents with developmental disabilities, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

05/01/2009 08:11 AM

Imaging IDs Brain Neurons With Preference for Real Words

Neurons with a preference for complete, real words are located in the brain's visual word form area, U.S. researchers report.

05/01/2009 08:10 AM

CDC reports arthritis is No. 1 disability

A lot of baby boomers are already feeling the aches and pains of arthritis and the problem will only get worse, with the disease now ranked the No. 1 cause of disability in this country.

05/01/2009 08:08 AM

Chuck's as much a victim of flawed law as of serial litigator CALIFORNIA

Chuck's Hamburgers, a popular Stockton grill and one of the places that embody the city, has been hit with a wheelchair access lawsuit of the sort that once closed On Lock Sam.

05/01/2009 08:07 AM

Nobel named in ADA suit PENNSYLVANIA

Nobel Learning Communities on Thursday learned that the U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against it alleging the company discriminated against children with autism and other disabilities and also announced it is closing several schools.

05/01/2009 08:06 AM

Number of U.S. Adults Reporting Disabilities Is Increasing

The number of U.S. adults reporting a disability increased by 3.4 million between 1999 and 2005, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

05/01/2009 08:05 AM

Disabled People Need Fair Treatment UGANDA

Since the cabinet reshuffle by the President, there have been continuous discussions in Parliament and the press on the appointment of Margaret Mbeiza as the state minister for economic monitoring.

05/01/2009 08:04 AM

Amendment would prevent closing of Glavin Center MASSACHUSETTS

he House adopted a budget amendment late Wednesday that would prevent the planned closing of the Glavin Regional Center and three other state institutions for the developmentally disabled until a study on alternative homes and services is completed in July 2011.

05/01/2009 08:04 AM

Kessler Foundation Research Center Presented Two Studies On Post-stroke Spatial Neglect At American Academy Of Neurology

Two studies from Kessler Foundation Research Center's Stroke Rehabilitation Research Laboratory were presented at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 61st Annual Meeting held in Seattle, Washington, April 25 through May 2, 2009. The AAN Annual Meeting is the world's largest gathering of neuroscience professionals.

05/01/2009 08:03 AM

Challenger Baseball begins season Saturday MISSOURI

A very special group of ball players will begin their season Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Elks Field in Farmington.

05/01/2009 08:02 AM

UC hosts Special Olympics qualifier CONNECTICUT

UConn will host the third annual Husky Soccer Classic State Qualifier, a Special Olympics event, this Saturday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.

05/01/2009 08:01 AM

Camp for kids with disabilities to reopen NEW YORK

A summer camp north of Spencer for children with disabilities will be open again this year, after state funding cuts nearly forced it to close.

05/01/2009 08:00 AM

May is spinal cord injury, physical disabilities awareness month CANADA

With May 2009 proclaimed as spinal cord injury and physical disabilities awareness month in the province, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) wants to spotlight everything its members can do.

05/01/2009 07:59 AM

Job Fair Held For People With Disabilities PENNSYLVANIA

Life'sWork of Western Pennsylvania hosted a job fair on Thursday for job seekers with disabilities.

05/01/2009 07:58 AM

Local program helps people with disabilities find jobs OKLAHOMA

Community Development Support Association's Enid Supported Employment Pro-gram (ESEP) helps people with disabilities find jobs.

05/01/2009 07:56 AM

Event to showcase talents of those with disabilities SOUTH CAROLINA

The 12th annual "The Stars Are Out Talent Show," co-sponsored by Carolinas Hospital System and Florence County Disabilities Foundation, will be held May 8 to focus on the abilities of talented performers with disabilities.

05/01/2009 07:53 AM

Managing Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Cuts Stroke Risk

People who have suffered a stroke can significantly reduce the odds of a second stroke or a heart attack by controlling their blood pressure and cholesterol, new research shows.

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