Northeast Center for Special care NEWS FEED  Your Source for Rehabilitation and Healthcare News  

  Home > News Feed > News Archive > News Archive Page 2 > News Archive Page 3 > News Archive Page 4 > News Archive Page 5

News Delivered Directly to Your Computer

The latest headlines and and articles on Brain Injury, Neurology, Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Respiratory, Ventilator Care, Stroke, Trauma, Research, Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Community Reentry, Healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare, personal stories of courage and recovery, culled from hundreds of news sources around the world.  Not an automated posting of news like many link farm sites - each item is reviewed and selected by our staff.  Add the Northeast Center for Special Care News Feed to your favorite RSS program.

We do the gathering for you and it's FREE!  Simply Click Here to Subscribe: IMAGE:  RSS Icon  What is RSS?

Add to Google Add to My Yahoo! Add to My MSN

Stories are archived for four months.  This page is updated regularly - don't see the story you want?  It may have been moved.  Try our news Archive Pages:

News Archive > News Archive Page 2 > News Archive Page 3 > News Archive Page 4 > News Archive Page 5

  Search Site

  Subscribe to our free newsletter - Outcomes - Enter your email

| Home | Mission | Brain Injury | Ventilator Care | Profile | Fine Arts | Admission | Employment | Podcast |
| Directions | Contact Us | News Feed | Information Bulletin | Newsletter | Amazing Art GearLink Portal |

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

Headlines (Posted February 27 & 28, 2009

02/28/2009 08:11 AM

Medical officials say one punch, fall on head can be severe WISCONSIN

In a matter of minutes last Saturday when Colin Byars tried defending a group of women outside a Kenosha tavern, his name became synonymous with Nino Sustache.

02/28/2009 08:09 AM

Crash survivor, 8, pays special visit MICHIGAN

When Cassidy Smith arrived at Hurley Medical Center in Flint in August, it was by helicopter while in a coma with a severe brain injury. But when the 8-year-old Peck girl arrived Friday at the hospital, it was a much different scene: smiles, teddy bears and, perhaps most important, Cassidy's ability to take steps with the assistance of a walker.

02/28/2009 08:05 AM

TBI Legislative Alert

A new National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families has been established in Berkeley, California under the auspices of Through the Looking Glass, a non-profit organization founded in 1982. The Center will oversee several national research studies concerning parents with disabilities and their families, as well as provide consultations, trainings and publications to parents, family members and professionals.

02/27/2009 02:06 PM

McGuire Wants March to be Brain Injury Month ALASKA

Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, called on legislative colleagues today to actively support greater public awareness of the impact that traumatic brain injuries can have on Alaska families, with Senate passage of a resolution declaring March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.

02/27/2009 12:05 PM

Traumatic Brain Injury - Healing with Creativity

It happens in the blink of an eye. A wrong step and a fall. A drunk driver and a collision. A traumatic brain injury is almost always something that no one can see coming. Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain.

02/27/2009 09:51 AM

More Funding Needed To Fight Brain Injuries In Alaska

Known as the silent epidemic, traumatic brain injury here in Alaska is the highest in the country. That's why partnerships are being made statewide to come up with solutions. The key word is solutions as leaders are looking for a permanent fix to decreasing traumatic brain injuries in Alaska.

02/27/2009 09:50 AM

Brain tumour won't keep football coach at home AUSTRALIA

Nothing will stop Canterbury football lover Steve Muir from coaching his girls team this season not even a terminal brain tumour.

02/27/2009 09:44 AM

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell praised for personal touch, municipal roots

George Peter, a Capitol cop, scowled when the aide tried to get to the House subway without ID -- until he found out the aide worked for New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell. Then he waved the aide through with a smile. Pascrell wants to do more about many things than his House seat and seniority allow. About helping injured veterans, for example, especially those suffering from traumatic brain injury. He was his most relaxed all week with a delegation of New Jersey members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Injured vets.

02/27/2009 09:38 AM

Head injury may end teen's career CANADA

It appears that a bloody bout in Winnipeg could end the career of mixed martial artist Dean Lewis. As he lay in a hospital bed in the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre Saturday, the 18-year-old from Fort McMurray, Alta., told his coach he wanted to resume training as soon as possible. But doctors have told Lewis that his fighting days are over.

02/27/2009 09:36 AM

Father tells of life caring for a child with cerebral palsy UK

"When you learn your daughter has this brain injury, it is an absolute tidal wave of grief, upset and guilt." Andrew Lindsay's feelings of despair when doctors told him his daughter was suffering from quadriplegic cerebral palsy will be etched on his memory forever.

02/27/2009 09:35 AM

Brain conference hopes to make waves CALIFORNIA

Organizers want Ventura County's first brain injury conference in Oxnard next month to alert the public to the possibility and consequences of a brain injury and the need for more services.

02/27/2009 09:31 AM

Compounds Protect Against Cerebral Palsy - A Stunning Finding

Two compounds developed by Northwestern University chemists have been shown to be effective in pre-clinical trials in protecting against cerebral palsy, a condition caused by neurodegeneration that affects body movement and muscle coordination.

02/27/2009 09:30 AM

Study Finds Risks And Benefits Of Intensive Insulin Therapy In Neurosurgical Patients

A study in the March 2009 issue of Anesthesiology found that, in neurosurgical patients receiving postoperative intensive care, intensive insulin therapy - compared to conventional insulin therapy - leads to conflicting results: It increases the risk of hypoglycemic episodes, but reduces the incidence of postoperative infections and the length of stay in the intensive care unit.

02/27/2009 09:29 AM

ISC 2009: Primary Stenting in Ischemic Stroke Promising; Pilot Extension Planned

Pilot results using primary stenting in a series of 20 patients with acute ischemic stroke has shown that recanalization of the infarct vessel was achieved in all patients, with 45% achieving a modified Rankin Scale score of 0 or 1.

02/27/2009 09:23 AM

Parkinson's Disease Linked to Reproductive History

A new study suggests a woman's reproductive history could raise or lower her chances of developing Parkinson's disease.

02/27/2009 09:22 AM

Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Awareness Day

The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Awareness Day has been scheduled for March 25th 2009 on Capital Hill.

02/27/2009 09:20 AM

Mayo medical student speaks about life with brain tumor MINNESOTA

When she was just 21 years old and entering her last semester of college, Yaolin Zhou was given a piece of life-changing news: She had a brain tumor and needed surgery days later. A month later, the Duke University senior was given another piece of news, this time good. She had been accepted by Mayo Medical School in Rochester.

02/27/2009 09:19 AM

Research to explore stroke memory loss UK

EXPERTS in Yorkshire are set to carry out ground-breaking research which could help stroke victims improve their memory.

02/27/2009 09:18 AM

Many new heart, stroke drugs being created

A new report on medicines in the U.S. research pipeline says a record number of drugs to treat heart disease and stroke are being developed.

02/27/2009 09:18 AM

Predicting Risk Of Stroke From One's Genetic Blueprint - Statistical Model Using Bayesian Networks Shows Promise As A Clinical Tool

A new statistical model could be used to predict an individual's lifetime risk of stroke, finds a study from the Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP). Using genetic information from 569 hospital patients, the researchers showed that their predictive model could estimate an individual's overall risk of cardioembolic stroke - the most common form of stroke - with 86 percent accuracy.

02/27/2009 09:17 AM

Statins Lower Stroke Severity, Improve Recovery

Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that patients who were taking statins before a stroke experienced better outcomes and recovery than patients who weren't on the drug -- even when their cholesterol levels were ideal. The finding is reported in the current issue of the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

02/27/2009 09:14 AM

Men's Stroke Risk Rises Dramatically in Mid-40s

The odds of having a stroke seem to spike up when men reach their mid-40s.

02/27/2009 09:14 AM

The Brain Injury Association of Connecticut Announces Concussion Awareness is the March 2009 Brain Injury Awareness Theme

The Brain Injury Association of Connecticut announces that during Brain Injury Awareness Month, BIAC will be working to educate Connecticut residents of all ages about the potential dangers of the injury known as a concussion. Julie Peters, the organization’s Executive Director says, "We hope that dispelling the myths regarding concussive injuries will also serve to decrease the number of individuals destined to experience ongoing, perhaps even lifelong, disabilities as the result of an undiagnosed, and thus untreated, concussion."

02/27/2009 09:14 AM

Quadriplegic to make history at Pikes Peak

Travis Tollett plans to make some history July 19 at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb when he becomes the first quadriplegic to compete in the annual "Race to the Clouds."

02/27/2009 09:12 AM

Man in wheelchair not allowed to board Jetstar flight in Bangkok

A WHEELCHAIR-bound man felt humiliated at a foreign airport when Jetstar refused to let him on board because he couldn't walk.

02/27/2009 09:10 AM

Wheelchair will drive class project MICHIGAN

Off-road vehicle created as mobility aid for man's mother will be studied at CMU for marketability.

02/27/2009 09:09 AM

Deciphering motor neuron disease AUSTRALIA

Dr Ian Blair and Professor Garth Nicholson from the University's ANZAC Research Institute have identified a new gene abnormality that causes the fatal paralysis, motor neuron disease (MND) in families with multiple members affected by the disease.

02/27/2009 09:06 AM

Puck Headlines: Paraplegics can have massive hockey brawls, too CANADA

The Canada-U.S. sledge hockey game at UBC Arena in Vancouver last night featured players "missing legs to amputation or birth defects" and paraplegics. It also featured a massive line brawl with 1.7 seconds left after American Taylor Chace rammed goalie Paul Rosen as he froze the puck. Must. Have. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 09:05 AM

Duke's Smith out indefinitely NORTH CAROLINA

Duke sophomore reserve guard Nolan Smith is out indefinitely after suffering a mild concussion during Wednesday night's 78-67 win at Maryland, Duke officials announced Thursday afternoon.

02/27/2009 09:02 AM

Cousins taken to hospital after concussion AUSTRALIA

Ben Cousins spent time in hospital after suffering concussion during Richmond's AFL pre-season loss to Collingwood.

02/27/2009 09:00 AM

Hearts of Gold Service Dogs Aid Area Residents WEST VIRGINIA

A new organization is offering assistance to people suffering from an illness or disability by providing them with a service dog. video link.

02/27/2009 08:59 AM

Inspire Medical Systems Completes First Implant of the Inspire II System to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Inspire Medical Systems, Inc., a private medical device company, today announced it has completed the first human implant of its Inspire II system designed to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

02/27/2009 08:55 AM

La Jolla Institute For Allergy And Immunology Signs Exclusive License Agreement With Medimmune On Major Asthma Discovery

A major asthma discovery by a researcher at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology has been licensed by MedImmune, a leading innovation-focused biotechnology company and wholly owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC. MedImmune licensed the discovery to explore its use in the development of a potential biologics drug for treating asthma.

02/27/2009 08:54 AM

NOVAVAX Announces Preclinical Study Results for a Respiratory Syncytial Virus ('RSV') Vaccine Candidate Directed Against the Fusion (F) Protein

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX - News) announced results from a preclinical study of a Respiratory Syncytial Virus ("RSV") vaccine candidate directed against the viral fusion (F) protein. The virus utilizes the F protein to fuse with cells in the respiratory tract and cause illness. Novavax's RSV-F VLPs were made using a proprietary matrix (i.e., "core") protein decorated with the human RSV F protein. The VLPs mimic the three-dimensional structure of RSV but cannot replicate and cause disease because they contain no genetic material.

02/27/2009 08:53 AM

Wave Of Brain Activity Linked To Anticipation Captured By Researchers

Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have, for the first time, shown what brain activity looks like when someone anticipates an action or sensory input which soon follows.

02/27/2009 08:53 AM

Philips Announces Breakthrough In New Medical Imaging Technology

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced the first 3D imaging results obtained with a new imaging technology called Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI).

02/27/2009 08:50 AM

Ventilator Designed By UB Can Safely Sedate ICU Patients For Less

A new, recently licensed medical device developed by University at Buffalo researchers would introduce into intensive care settings the powerful and effective method of anesthetizing patients that works so well in the operating room.

02/27/2009 08:48 AM

Pitt Researchers Identify Protein That Plays Key Role In Pulmonary Emphysema Development

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are blazing a trail down a molecular pathway that could lead to new treatments, and perhaps even prevention strategies, for the lung disease emphysema.

02/27/2009 08:48 AM

Beating Blood Clots After Joint Replacement

As the number of hip and knee replacements skyrocket into the coming years, patients and orthopaedic surgeons need to work together to evaluate and assess a potentially fatal complication -- blood clots.

02/27/2009 08:27 AM

Michiana Down syndrome takes issues to D.C. INDIANA

As the mother of a child with Down syndrome, Kathy Ratkiewicz knows firsthand the challenges that can come with raising someone with special needs.

02/27/2009 08:26 AM

ISO Standard measures climb/descent of electric wheelchairs

International Standard ISO 7176-10:2008, "Wheelchairs - Part 10: Determination of obstacle-climbing ability of electrically powered wheelchairs," applies to wheelchairs and scooters intended to carry one person. It provides guidelines for test equipment, test procedures, and reporting test results that measure wheelchair ability to safely ascend/descend obstacles. Information will guide users in selecting appropriate wheelchair for their needs and in comparing models worldwide.

02/27/2009 08:26 AM

Women May Be Protected From Parkinson's Disease By Naturally Produced Estrogen

Women who have more years of fertility (the time from first menstruation to menopause) have a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease than women with fewer years, according to a large, new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

02/27/2009 08:25 AM

Over 3,000 Health Care Professionals Go On-line To Benefit From Parkinson's Awareness Training

An on-line training module for GP's and healthcare professionals to increase awareness of Parkinson's disease, has attracted over 3,000 participants from as far away as New Zealand.

02/27/2009 08:22 AM

Insights On Addiction From Parkinson's Disease Research

A new comprehensive review by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University and the University of Cambridge, England provides vital insights into the neurological basis of addiction by investigating Parkinson's disease patients, who in some instances develop various addictions when undergoing medical treatment

02/27/2009 08:20 AM

Cheryl Gillan MP: Improving our autism services UK

Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan outlines the need for her Autism Bill, which is being considered in the Commons on Friday.

02/27/2009 08:19 AM

Bill Would Provide Insurance Coverage for Autism MONTANA

The bill recently passed its second reading by a 35-14 vote. If it becomes law, insurance coverage for diagnosis and treatment of autism would be provided for children in Montana who are 18 years old and younger. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 08:18 AM

Seniors, disabled get to live nurse's dream come true NEW JERSEY

It took her 12 years of blood, sweat and tears to realize her dream, but Rebecca P. Lynn has finally opened the doors to Ewing Independent Living Apartments for seniors and the disabled.

02/27/2009 08:16 AM


"He walked - No, he ran, climbed, jumped - reads the caption on scrapbook photos of 1-year-old Rick Warrick." - But, today those abilities are being taken away by an insidious fatal disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called ALS.

02/27/2009 08:15 AM

One-lunged swimmer's Olympic hope UK

A teenage swimmer who was born with only one lung is being touted as a potential 2012 Olympic hopeful.

02/27/2009 08:13 AM

'Children need to see disabled people on TV to get over their fear' says one-armed presenter Cerrie Burnell UK

When Cerrie Burnell landed a role as the new presenter on CBeebies, she was thrilled. But within weeks of appearing on TV screens hosting Do And Discover and The Bedtime Hour, her joy at her new job was soon tainted by sadness.

02/27/2009 08:12 AM

National Council on Disability Monthly Bulletin for February, 2009

On January 12, after conducting the general business of the agency, NCD heard a presentation on the signing and ratification process for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Eric Rosenthal, Founder and Executive Director, Mental Disability Rights International.

02/27/2009 08:11 AM

'GMA' Gets Answers: Man With MS Fights for Long-Term Disability Insurance

Charles Tucker, a 48-year-old accountant from Titusville, Fla., began developing frightening physical symptoms about two years ago. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 08:10 AM

Ohtahara Syndrome: The rare form of epilepsy that afflicted Ivan Cameron UK

This is an extremely rare complication of epilepsy, affecting just one in 500 sufferers, and boys more than girls. It is caused by an underlying structural brain abnormality which might have a genetic origin or, more likely, is the result of brain damage before or around the time of birth.

02/27/2009 08:09 AM

Assistive technology makes learning easier - and even fun PENNSYLVANIA

Throughout schools and community colleges in the East Suburbs, assistive technology is making learning easier -- and even fun -- for students with a range of learning challenges, such as blindness, hearing impairment, learning disabilities, dyslexia or problems with fine motor skills. It can be as low-tech as pictures that help autistic children communicate and as sophisticated as Kurzweil, which can help students create outlines, study guides or word lists.

02/27/2009 08:08 AM

Mental health group seeks name change ALABAMA

The Department of Mental Health and Retardation wants to change its name to the Department of Mental Health.

02/27/2009 08:08 AM

$1.5M will upgrade school to accommodate disabled HAWAII

Gov. Linda Lingle has released $1.5 million for design and construction of improvements at Waimea High School to meet Americans With Disabilities Act guidelines.

02/27/2009 08:07 AM

We know the Camerons' agony: we lost our disabled son, too UK

Yesterday six-year-old Ivan Cameron, the son of Conservative leader David, died in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, early yesterday after seizures in the night. He suffered from cerebral palsy Ohtahara syndrome, a very rare form of epilepsy characterised by spasms which start in the first days of life and had required round-the-clock care.

02/27/2009 08:06 AM

Group home to be built for the disabled MASSACHUSETTS

Bridgewell, a Lynnfield-based nonprofit, received a $690,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Jan. 29 to build a five-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot, fully accessible ranch home for five residents with disabilities.

02/27/2009 08:05 AM

Dial-a-Ride service secure UK

A LIFELINE for hundreds of people with disabilities and mobility impairments will continue for the next few years.

02/27/2009 08:04 AM

United Spinal Association Introduces The Veterans Health Council: Improving Veterans Health Through Information And Advocacy

The Veterans Health Council hopes to improve veterans' health by creating an ongoing educational forum for health care professionals, advocacy organizations, educational institutions, employee representatives, businesses, state and local governments and veterans themselves.

02/27/2009 08:03 AM

New lead rules could push youth motocross off track

Hunter Budd recently made his mom a promise: never to lick his dirt bike. Sounds crazy, but not to the 10-year-old Keller, Texas, fourth-grader or other kids who ride dirt bikes and other recreational vehicles tailored for youths. Along with their families and the businesses they buy from, they've found out they fall under a new federal rule intended to keep lead-filled toys out of children's hands and mouths.

02/27/2009 08:00 AM

What is Autism?

Autism is known as a complex developmental disability. Experts believe that Autism presents itself during the first three years of a person's life. The condition is the result of a neurological disorder that has an effect on normal brain function, affecting development of the person's communication and social interaction skills.

02/27/2009 07:58 AM

Cuts for the disabled on the table in budget battle MINNESOTA

Larry Myhre of Caledonia is not one to keep his opinions to himself; especially when he sees injustice. He didn’t have any trouble speaking his mind at the state Capitol to legislators Rep. Greg Davids and Sen. Sharon Ropes about the proposed cuts in services to people with disabilities. It’s an issue that’s very personal to him, because he is one of the people who would be affected.

02/27/2009 07:57 AM

A Faster Start to Evaluating Disability Claims: CIGNA Enhances Telephonic Claim Filing

CIGNA is enhancing its claim filing services with a new secure verbal authorization system that allows individuals reporting their disability claim to give immediate permission - right over the phone - for CIGNA to obtain medical records that are routinely used in reviewing claims.

02/27/2009 07:51 AM

Standardized testing presents unique challenges for students with disabilities NORTH CAROLINA

The teacher stands in front of the classroom, two pieces of white paper in her hands. One paper says more, the other says less. She stoops down in front of a girl at a desk and asks a question. The girl responds by pressing a big red button on her desk.

02/27/2009 07:51 AM

New Book Helps Siblings of Those with Down Syndrome Navigate Questions, Concerns and Fears

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, physician at Children's Hospital Boston, has co-authored a new book for teenage siblings of people with Down syndrome. Written in an easy-to-understand Q&A format, the book addresses the most common questions posed to Skotko and co-author Susan Levine by teenage siblings over their years conducting brother-and-sister workshops.

02/27/2009 07:49 AM

Challenge Alaska reaches out to disabled kids

The chalet for Challenge Alaska is just getting busy as kids arrive for some fun on the slopes at Alyeska. These are not parents yanking on boots and snapping on skis; they're volunteers. And without them, these kids wouldn't know the joy of conquering their disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 07:47 AM

Positive behavior support training curriculum

Authors Dennis H. Reid and Marsha Parsons bring you a best-selling competency-based training curriculum that is helping providers nationwide enhance the quality of care provided to people with intellectual disabilities.

02/27/2009 07:47 AM

Supports Intensity Scale is effective for identifying needs in people with intellectual disability

The Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) assessment tool can effectively predict funding for people with intellectual disability based on individual needs, and it is truly a needs-based assessment tool, unlike adaptive behavior instruments or other measures of personal competence commonly used to determine services for people with intellectual disabilities, reveals a new study with 274 adults currently receiving funding from a state developmental disability agency.

02/27/2009 07:45 AM

Wounded Warrior Program at PSU PENNSYLVANIA

The Department of Defense is spending almost one million dollars to fund the Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors program at Penn State. Retired Penn State professor Ralph Smith helped create it. He said Thursday, it is important to make bases accessible to soldiers with disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 07:44 AM

Program helps disabled veterans start businesses NEW YORK

Jerry Garritillo spent 20 years in the Air Force. When he retired, he made the transition into insurance sales, but was ready to take on something more. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 07:43 AM

WHAS11 finds automatic doors in downtown courthouses aren't always working KENTUCKY

It's been nearly 15 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was first passed by Congress, yet some disabled Louisville residents say they are having problems with enforcement of the law in a place you might not expect, Jefferson County's two downtown court houses, the Hall of Justice and the Judicial Center. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 07:42 AM

MSPs pass bill over misuse of disabled parking bays

Politicians last night passed legislation that will penalise anyone wrongly using a disabled parking bay. SNP transport minister Stewart Stevenson backed the plan by Labour MSP Jackie Baillie as the process brought a rare degree of cross-party support at Holyrood.

02/27/2009 07:41 AM

Disability advocacy skills is topic of April 1 seminar in Stuart FLORIDA

The Martin County School District Exceptional Student Education Department, in collaboration with Project Connect, will hold an evening seminar, "Self and System-Wide Advocacy: The Power Of One!"

02/27/2009 07:40 AM

Heineman's plan would reduce BSDC population NEBRASKA

The Beatrice State Developmental Center will get even smaller - half its current size - as more residents move into group homes designed and staffed for the medically needy.

02/27/2009 07:38 AM

Parents of disabled get free job-search aid NEW JERSEY

The Family Support Center of New Jersey (FSCNJ), 2516 Route 35, Manasquan, a clearinghouse for disability information, is offering the parents and caregivers of the developmentally disabled an opportunity to schedule free computer drop-in hours for employment searching and research.

02/27/2009 07:38 AM

Specialist says evidence clear on stroke unit benefits CANADA

There is absolutely no doubt that stroke patients would greatly benefit from a stroke unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, says a rehabilitation specialist at the hospital.

02/27/2009 07:36 AM

Family calls for stroke unit CANADA

During a news conference Thursday, representatives of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, as well as the official Opposition, called on the provincial government to approve a new stroke unit in April's budget.

02/27/2009 07:35 AM

Advocate for disabled mourned CANADA

Prince George has lost a long-time resident who was well known as a strong advocate for people with disabilities. John Morrison, a blind paraplegic, died Tuesday in Prince George Regional Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 63.

02/27/2009 07:35 AM

Alleged abuse at group home being investigated ARIZONA

Tucson police are investigating a case of possible abuse at a group home on the city's east side. The facility is run by Encompass, a program servicing at risk individuals with both developmental disabilities and mental health diagnosis. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 07:33 AM

Hyatt Regency resort offers kitchen training to disabled FLORIDA

If you dined at a Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa ballroom in the past two weeks, chances are Brett Myrick had a hand in preparing your food. Hyatt chefs serve as the teachers in Hands On Educational Services' 100-hour training program for individuals with disabilities.

02/27/2009 07:32 AM

Group that helps mentally ill homeless gets $900,000 grant OHIO

A Painesville-based organization that provides housing and support services to low-income and homeless people who have a severe mental illness has been awarded a five-year, $911,160 grant.

02/27/2009 07:31 AM

Saddles stolen from therapeutic riding academy for people with disabilities SOUTH DAKOTA

Someone broke into the SunCatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy barn over the weekend and stole 25 saddles, academy board president Tim Pederson said.

02/27/2009 07:30 AM

Exhibit shows off artistic capabilities CALIFORNIA

Anthony Valentin's colored pencil drawing of a boy holding a book, and Sharon Backrich's purple sky with a pink house are among art that is part of a special show this month. Developmentally disabled artists will display paintings, drawings and sculpture in a show sponsored by the Vallejo Artists Guild at the Umpqua Bank in Vallejo's Target Shopping Center.

02/27/2009 07:29 AM

City taking on disabled-access projects CALIFORNIA

Throughout San Diego, a growing number of public buildings and streets are getting retrofitted as the city steps up spending to tackle a backlog of projects to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

02/27/2009 07:27 AM

Program's waiting list grows as state budget sinks NEVADA

Cuts in the state's mental health budget have led to big increases in the waiting lists for those with developmental disabilities to receive services.

02/27/2009 07:27 AM

Major changes to school plans for children with special needs UK

MAJOR changes have been made to proposals to transform teaching for children with special educational needs in South Tyneside.

02/27/2009 07:25 AM

Cover story - Apart together UK

Is educating children with special needs in mainstream schools beneficial or misguided? And how do teachers cope?

02/27/2009 07:24 AM

Hospital, mental health cuts restored VIRGINIA

Senior legislative budget writers agreed to restore cuts to health care, including a boost for a program for the mentally disabled.

02/27/2009 07:20 AM

Coalition says state is slow on integrated housing for adults with disabilities NEW YORK

Today in Albany the New York State Coalition for Adult Home Reform held a press conference to urge policymakers to help residents with mental disabilities move into independent housing.

02/27/2009 07:20 AM

Women with Disabilities Peer Support Group NORTH C AROLINA

The support group for Women with Disabilities met this afternoon at Eastern Carolina Vocational Center. The idea is for this group to share experiences of living with disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

02/27/2009 07:16 AM

Nonprofit marches in support of those with disabilities TEXAS

Hundreds of people in support of Community Now! marched to the Capitol steps Thursday morning.

02/27/2009 07:16 AM

Second team finds natural super flu fighter

An antibody being developed by a Dutch drug company chokes off both seasonal flu and the H5N1 avian flu virus and might offer a way to develop better treatments and vaccines, researchers reported on Thursday.

02/27/2009 07:12 AM

New drugs needed to fight flu pandemic

Experts on Friday urged governments on Friday to diversify their stockpiles of drugs and called for more new medicines to fight what could be the world's next flu pandemic caused by the H5N1 bird flu virus.

Headlines (Posted February 25, 2009)

02/25/2009 09:56 AM

Drew Christy fighting his way back from brain injury INDIANA

Just over a year ago Drew Christy -- a 2006 South Putnam High School graduate who had been a star athlete and scholar during his high school career -- helped come up with that phrase as the theme for the 2008 football season at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. He was a sophomore studying engineering and a member of the football team. One year later, a young man who was not expected to survive is defying all odds.

02/25/2009 09:56 AM

Traumatic brain injuries: A road to recovery

he war on terror has left thousands of U.S. soldiers both physically and mentally injured, changing their lives forever. A team of researchers led by Kerry Z. Donnelly, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, has been studying the clinical profiles of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to design treatments to better the return to civilian life.

02/25/2009 09:55 AM

Son's crash injury poses anguishing dilemma for Arlington couple TEXAS

Abdallah Khader's parents are in a nightmarish situation. If their 2-year-old son survives the brain injuries he suffered when a suspected repeat drunken driver rear-ended the Arlington family’s car Friday, the boy will never be able to care for himself. But unless the toddler dies, prosecutors can't pursue the severe punishment the family believes the driver should face.

02/25/2009 09:45 AM

Patients being let down by neurology services - Reilly IRELAND

Fine Gael spokesperson on health, Dr James Reilly TD has hit out at the lack of investment in neurosurgery. Speaking after the publication last week of The National Report on Traumatic Brain Injury, Deputy Reilly said Ireland only had 10 neurosurgeons - the lowest number per head of population in Europe.

02/25/2009 09:44 AM

Mom Wakes From Coma 2 Months After Accident TEXAS

A mother of three, who suffered a serious brain injury in an accident in January, woke up from a coma on Sunday.

02/25/2009 09:42 AM

New method of brain stimulation created

U.S. scientists say they have developed a new wireless method of brain stimulation using light-activated semiconductor nanoparticles.

02/25/2009 09:39 AM

Fort Lewis study of deployed soldiers notes brain trauma WASHINGTON

A study conducted at Fort Lewis found mild traumatic brain injury in 15 to 25 percent of the soldiers deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

02/25/2009 09:38 AM

For Iraq Veterans, Headaches Continue After Traumatic Brain Injury

Many soldiers who experienced mild head trauma or a blast exposure while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan are returning to the United States with headaches, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 to May 2, 2009.

02/25/2009 09:37 AM

Discovery Of Brain Hub That Links Music, Memory And Emotion

We all know the feeling: a golden oldie comes blaring over the radio and suddenly we're transported back - to a memorable high-school dance, or to that perfect afternoon on the beach with friends. But what is it about music that can evoke such vivid memories?

02/25/2009 09:36 AM

Update Presented On Disease In Pork Plant Workers

More than a year after developing a unique neurological disorder, the affected pork processing plant workers have improved, but all have some continuing symptoms and many have ongoing mild pain, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 to May 2, 2009.

02/25/2009 09:36 AM

New Protein May Reverse Neurodegenerative Diseases

An investigational protein that transformed normal laboratory mice into super-jocks holds great promise in developing new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), say researchers at the University of Virginia Health System.

02/25/2009 09:34 AM

Life Goes On After Stenting Procedure Opens Brain Artery Not Accessible By Surgery - Wingspan Stent Clinical Trial At Cedars-Sinai

Los Angeles resident Kelvin Kelley rarely, if ever, got sick, had managed to avoid doctors for more than 40 years and had never even taken a prescription drug. But last year he began to have occasional episodes of weakness and a feeling that he might pass out. At one point, he did black out for a second while driving and thought he might be having some kind of panic attack.

02/25/2009 09:33 AM

Four Health Behaviors Combined Help Predict Stroke Incidence

In a population-based prospective study, 4 health behaviors combined predicted more than a 2-fold difference in stroke incidence in men and women.

02/25/2009 09:33 AM

Stem Cells Engineered to Mimic ALS

Researchers have engineered human stem cells to mimic Lou Gehrig's disease, which could lead to new methods of studying this debilitating disease, according to a new study.

02/25/2009 09:32 AM

Putting Huntington's Patients in Control

Huntington's disease is a debilitating and terminal disorder affecting one in 10,000 people in the United States. With no cure, treatments only target the symptoms. One of the most damaging: uncontrollable, jerky movements. Now a new drug is putting patients back in control.

02/25/2009 09:30 AM

Small Changes Can Decrease Risk of Stroke

Making simple changes to your lifestyle could dramatically decrease your risk of having a stroke, one of the leading causes of death and illness across the world.

02/25/2009 09:30 AM

The Journal Of Neuroscience News, 24-Feb-2009

Long-term synaptic plasticity requires transcription of proteins regulated by cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB).

02/25/2009 09:29 AM

Hypertension Affects Brain Function In Children

Children with high blood pressure are not as good at complicated, goal-directed tasks, have more working memory problems and are not as adept at planning as their peers without hypertension, according to recent research. If they are both hypertensive and obese, they are also more likely to have anxiety and depression.

02/25/2009 09:27 AM

Aneurysms Don't Occur Earlier In Second Generation

People whose parents or aunts and uncles have had a brain aneurysm are more likely to have one themselves, indicating that genetic risk factors passed down by generation are responsible.

02/25/2009 09:27 AM

Headaches Following Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms following a traumatic brain injury. Headaches frequently follow a concussion.

02/25/2009 09:26 AM

Good News For Boxer Who Was In Coma

Boxer Oscar Diaz has been released from a hospital seven months after being beaten into a coma during a nationally televised fight according to a report in USA Today.,

02/25/2009 09:26 AM

Risk of Epilepsy Following Traumatic Brain Injury Lasts For More Than 10 Years

Children and young adults who suffer a traumatic brain injury are at high risk of developing epilepsy for more than 10 years after the injury, Danish researchers report.

02/25/2009 09:25 AM

Neurotrauma conference: Save the Date

The International and National Neurotrauma Societies and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCU) invite you to attend NEUROTRAUMA 2009: The Second Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies, in collaboration with the AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care, at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, California from September 7-11, 2009.

02/25/2009 09:21 AM

Our Most-Vulnerable Veterans Need Support

Below is an article written by Jennipher Dickens, the Communications Director for the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, and quotes members of the Foundation's National Advisory Board. The article discusses young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries and the concerns many on the Foundation's National Advisory Board have expressed.

02/25/2009 09:20 AM

VGX Pharmaceuticals Avian Influenza DNA Vaccine Delivered With Electroporation Provides 100% Protection Of Non-Human Primates

VGX Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VGX), a leading developer of DNA vaccines and therapies for infectious diseases and cancer, announced today preclinical results indicating that its avian influenza DNA vaccine delivered using intramuscular or intradermal electroporation provided 100% protection of non-human primates against the H5N1 avian influenza virus.

02/25/2009 09:19 AM

Paralympics stars to meet Queen UK

Britain's Paralympians will meet the Queen on Wednesday at a reception in their honour at Buckingham Palace.

02/25/2009 09:18 AM

Kindred and Lewis star in awards UK

Herefordshire's Paralympian swimming stars Sascha Kindred and Nyree Lewis have been named the county's sportsman and sportswoman of the year.

02/25/2009 09:18 AM

American Lung Association Victory In Lawsuit Against EPA Gives New Opportunity To Protect Public Health From Deadly Air Pollutant

The American Lung Association won a critical victory in our fight for healthy air in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they must review and reconsider their 2006 decision on the national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter.

02/25/2009 09:17 AM

Data From Phase 2 Study Of Peramivir In Patients Hospitalized With Influenza Presented At The XI International Symposium

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) announced that the full data set from an exploratory Phase 2 study of peramivir in patients hospitalized for influenza was presented by the study's Principal Investigator, Dr. Michael G. Ison, Assistant Professor, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, during the XI International Symposium on Respiratory Viral Infections taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, February 19 through February 22, 2009.

02/25/2009 09:16 AM

MAP Pharmaceuticals Announces Phase 3 Study Of Unit Dose Budesonide In Children With Asthma Did Not Meet Primary Endpoints

MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MAPP) announced results of its initial Phase 3 clinical trial of Unit Dose Budesonide (UDB) for the potential treatment of children with asthma.

02/25/2009 09:15 AM

Oridion Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance For Capnostream(TM)20 Monitor With Integrated Pulmonary Index(TM)

The Integrated Pulmonary Index(TM), the latest Oridion Smart Capnography(TM) initiative, utilizes sophisticated algorithms to integrate the real time measures and interactions of four complex parameters - end tidal CO2 (EtCO2), respiration rate, pulse rate and SpO2 (oxygen saturation) into a single index value. The result is displayed on a scale from 1-10, where 10 indicates optimal pulmonary status.

02/25/2009 09:15 AM

Amputee Coalition of America and Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund Announce First Clinics Partnership

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) and the Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc. (OPAF) are pleased to announce an agreement that will promote awareness of and participation in OPAF's First Clinics across the country.

02/25/2009 09:14 AM

Amputee Coalition of America Decries Furor Over TV Host With Congenital Limb Absence

Approximately 1.7 million people in the United States are living with limb loss. In addition, approximately 185,000 people in the U.S. have an upper- or lower-limb amputation each year. Do the critics of Ms. Burnell believe that everyone with limb loss or a congenital limb absence - including children who have lost their limbs to lawn mower accidents, people who have had amputations due to cancer, and those who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan missing limbs - are too scary to be seen in public? Would these complaining parents ask their nation’s wounded warriors to hide from public view?

02/25/2009 09:13 AM

TV Host With One Arm Ignites Protests

When a handful of parents complained that the host of a British children's television show was scaring young viewers, comments exploded on Internet message boards -- some so vicious they had to be removed. VIDEO LINK.

02/25/2009 09:12 AM

Stroke And The 'Sight' Effects National Conference 2009 Tuesday 24 March At RNIB, Birmingham

Every 5 minutes someone in the UK suffers a stroke. But did you know that up to 70 per cent of these people sustain some kind of related visual loss?

02/25/2009 09:10 AM

Diagnosis of 'war-zone disorder' to help stroke victims

The recovery of some stroke victims, those who suffer brain haemorrhage, could be vastly improved if they were tested and treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, a distressing psychological condition more commonly known to affect soldiers who have fought in war zones.

02/25/2009 09:09 AM

Medical Residents Treat Stroke Faster, Just As Safely

Diagnosing acute stroke is a high-pressure decision. The speed with which treatment is delivered makes all the difference. Early treatment can stop brain damage, but if treatment is given inappropriately, it can dangerously increase the risk of bleeding in the brain.

02/25/2009 09:07 AM

Electrically Active Motor Neurons Made From IPS Cells By UCLA Stem Cells Scientists

Stem cells scientists at UCLA showed for the first time that human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be differentiated into electrically active motor neurons, a discovery that may aid in studying and treating neurological disorders.

02/25/2009 09:05 AM

Champion: 'Never give up' MICHIGAN

"I don't let this wheelchair stop me from doing anything." That is what Paralympic swimming medalist Cheryl Angelelli told Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Elementary students at an assembly Friday afternoon.

02/25/2009 09:04 AM

Detroit paraplegic's car mis-delivered, stolen MICHIGAN

A paraplegic man says his customized hand-controlled car was stolen after being dropped at the wrong Detroit address.

02/25/2009 09:03 AM

Local teenager returns home after being paralyzed in accident ILLINOIS

An accident in which he was run over by a van Sept. 15 took all of that away, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. He and his family have endured five months of recovery, including seven surgeries and time in three hospitals. They say they have held onto hope through it all, and on Tuesday they got a boost: Brandon Major came home for the first since his accident.

02/25/2009 09:02 AM

Significant Rett syndrome discovery

A paper published online today in Nature Neuroscience reveals the presence of methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) in glia. MeCP2 is a protein associated with a variety of neurological disorders, including Rett Syndrome, the most physically disabling of the autism spectrum disorders.

02/25/2009 09:00 AM

Father paralysed for 20 years hopes to walk again thanks to pioneering stem cell therapy UK

A man who was told 20 years ago that a freak accident had left him paralysed from the chest down for life is hoping to walk again after pioneering stem cell surgery. Michael Flounders travelled to Ecuador for the risky operation in which stem cells from his bone marrow were implanted into his neck to try to repair damaged nerve cells in the spinal cord.

02/25/2009 09:00 AM

Stroke Victims Helped By Diagnosis Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The recovery of some stroke victims, those who suffer brain haemorrhage, could be vastly improved if they were tested and treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, a distressing psychological condition more commonly known to affect soldiers who have fought in war zones.

02/25/2009 08:59 AM

Response To University Of Michigan 'Stroke And Fast Food Study' Presented At The International Stroke Conference

"Whilst this is the first time we have seen the direct correlation between fast food outlets and risk of stroke it isn't surprising. We have known for sometime that food high in saturated fat and salt, which is often the case with fast food, contributes to high blood pressure and obesity which are both risk factors for stroke. The conclusion here is very simple, treat fast foods as an occasional treat and only eat them as part of a balanced diet."

02/25/2009 08:59 AM

Response To 'Unhealthy Lifestyle More Than Doubles Stroke Risk' In The British Medical Journal

"With levels of obesity reaching epidemic levels across the country these are worrying findings. A stroke is a brain attack, it happens when the blood supply is cut to the brain, it causes brain cells to die and results in brain damage. It's the third biggest killer and if it doesn't kill it can leave you severely disabled. However, even small changes to our lifestyle factors such as an improved diet, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking and being active can reduce your risk of stroke"

02/25/2009 08:56 AM

Pharmacists Give Bad Advice On Stroke Symptoms

Building on separate studies showing that primary care doctors' offices and "healthline" operators at academic hospitals fail to recognize stroke symptoms when asked for medical advice, a WVU research team has confirmed that pharmacists are equally likely to make the same mistakes.

02/25/2009 08:55 AM

Woman and her dog walk for a cause OREGON

It took nine years to convince Carol Cruise walking was what God wanted her to do. Cruise, 54, a right-leg amputee, is trekking the perimeter of the United States to encourage those she calls 'differently abled' to focus on their abilities, not their limitations.

02/25/2009 08:53 AM

Army, amputee golf group teach soldiers the game TEXAS

Representatives from the National Amputee Golf Association this year teamed up with the military to introduce service personnel such as Clark to First Swing, a program designed to involve amputees in golf. First Swing representatives visited Fort Sam Houston on Sunday and Monday.

02/25/2009 08:52 AM

Double-Amputee Wants to Be Part of Ariel's World with Her Prosthetic Mermaid Tail

Good: double amputee gets prosthetic legs so she can walk. Better: double amputee gets realistic-looking mermaid tail so she can swim. Awesome: it's developed and built by Weta, the special-effects company that did all the work for the "Lord of the Rings" movies, as well as "King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" series.

02/25/2009 08:48 AM

Iraq War Veteran Wants to Revolutionize Prosthetics

U.S. Marine engineer officer Jonathan Kuniholm lost his arm while serving in Iraq in 2005. An improvised explosive device detonated, severing his right arm below the elbow. Since then, Kuniholm has focused his energy on a project to develop fully prosthetic arms.

02/25/2009 08:46 AM

More lead products being pulled IDAHO

Jamey Wills, Sales Manager at Action Cycle and Sleds says, 'Kids' machines, smaller dirt bikes and smaller ATV's. It was really up to the manufacturers to decide which machines were pulled off the floor, 'cause there are no set guidelines from the Feds in regards to what needed to be taken away from sales. VIDEO LINK.

02/25/2009 08:45 AM

NBA sees sudden, scary increase in concussions

Amid an inexplicable rash of concussions, and with experts saying Wallace and others with multiple incidents could be at greater risk for health issues later in life, the league says it is monitoring the situation but has not charted an increase or decrease in cases.

02/25/2009 08:45 AM

Oklahoma's Blake Grffin Day-To-Day With Concussion

Preseason All-America Blake Griffin's status is uncertain for No. 2 Oklahoma's game against Kansas on Monday night after he sustained a concussion in a loss to Texas.

02/25/2009 08:42 AM

Youth gets funding for canine companion CANADA

Philippe Girouard is waiting for a Labrador or Golden Retriever. The seven-year-old has autism and needs a service dog to help keep him safe. "We're expecting the dog in 2010," said Marc, the boy's father. "There's a three-year wait."

02/25/2009 08:41 AM

Losing weight appears to improve disrupted sleep

If overweight people with sleep apnea shed some pounds, might the breathing disruptions that disturb their sleep lessen?

02/25/2009 08:40 AM

Anatomy May Help Identify Sleep Apnea

People with the breathing disturbance known as obstructive sleep apnea have soft palates that are more elongated and angled than those of people without the condition, researchers report.

02/25/2009 08:35 AM

Hospital fights euthanasia ruling SOUTH KOREA

A hospital in South Korea said Tuesday it will ask the Supreme Court for permission to keep a woman on life support against the wishes of her family.

02/25/2009 08:34 AM

Babies Born In Pollen And Mold Seasons Have Greater Odds Of Developing Asthma Symptoms

Newborns whose first few months of life coincide with high pollen and mold seasons are at increased risk of developing early symptoms of asthma, suggests a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

02/25/2009 08:33 AM

Influenza Infection Costs Employees Billions Each Year; Working Adults Largest Group Not Immunized Annually

Influenza results in billions of dollars in lost wages every year, and recent studies found that an estimated 75 million missed workdays a year, and about 200 million days of restricted activity, are due to this vaccine preventable disease. Yet vaccination rates remain alarmingly low, especially among working adults. In fact, adults between the ages of 18 and 49, typical ages of those in the workplace, have the lowest influenza immunization rates of any other age group.

02/25/2009 08:32 AM

Recently Reported Childhood Deaths From Influenza Are A Stark Reminder To Vaccinate Now

In recent weeks, a number of childhood deaths across the country have been linked to influenza. These tragic reports underscore the importance of preventing this serious and sometimes deadly disease with an annual flu vaccine.

02/25/2009 08:28 AM

Culling over in Dakshin Dinajpur in WB to contain Bird Flu INDIA

Culling operation has been completed in the Avian Influenza-affected Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal and 210 cullers were under chemoprophylaxis.

02/25/2009 08:27 AM

News From The American Journal Of Pathology

Researchers led by Dr. Changyi Chen at Baylor College of Medicine discovered that HAART contributes to pulmonary hypertension in HIV-infected patients. This report can be found in the March 2009 issue of The American Journal of Pathology.

02/25/2009 08:24 AM

Risk Of Colds And Flu May Be Increased By Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D may be an important way to arm the immune system against disorders like the common cold, report investigators from the University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Children's Hospital Boston.

02/25/2009 07:59 AM

Putting a face on influenza

Influenza results in billions of dollars in lost wages every year, and recent studies found that an estimated 75 million missed workdays a year, and about 200 million days of restricted activity, are due to this vaccine-preventable disease.

02/25/2009 07:56 AM

'My kid brother' ARKANSAS

It's never been a burden to have a brother like Tony, Mayor Mike Gaskill said, it's been a blessing. Gaskill spoke to about 85 second-graders at Oak Grove Elementary School Monday morning about having a mentally-disabled brother. Students are learning how to treat people with handicaps in the school’s Body and Mind program.

02/25/2009 07:54 AM


"He walked... No, he ran, climbed, jumped..." reads the caption on scrapbook photos of 1-year-old Rick Warrick. But, today those abilities are being taken away by an insidious fatal disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called ALS.

02/25/2009 07:51 AM

Double Foot Amputee Displays Amazing Courage at the Age of Five! WEST VIRGINIA

The word "impossible" isn't a part of Cooper Blair's vocabulary and it probably never will be. That's because he only sees the possible. It's a lesson for us all. But here's the difference between Cooper and the rest of us: he's only five years old but he walks taller than most adults he comes in contact with. VIDEO LINK.

02/25/2009 07:49 AM

The Daily Checkup: Tackling spinal cord injuries

The spinal cord is the bundle of nerve tissue that runs from the brain down the back. "The spinal cord is the main connection between the brain and virtually all organs in the body," says Ragnarsson, "so when it is injured, it is a catastrophic event, resulting in paralysis and various other conditions.

02/25/2009 07:48 AM

Young patients live in former barracks NORTH CAROLINA

The state has spent about $200,000 to refurbish parts of a former Army barracks to house children committed for psychiatric care, while a section set aside for children in a new state mental hospital remains vacant.

02/25/2009 07:47 AM

Kansas 2009 Spring Turkey Permits, Special Hunts Applications Available Online

The 2009 spring turkey season runs April 8-May 31, and hunters across the state are already making preparations. Turkey permits allow hunters to use a shotgun, crossbow, or bow throughout the regular season. Archery-only and youth/disabled seasons run concurrently, April 1-7.

02/25/2009 07:46 AM

Networking site to aid those with disabilities MINNESOTA

A new networking site has been launched to help people with disabilities find resources.

02/25/2009 07:45 AM

Riyadh to host global forum on disability

An international conference on disability and rehabilitation will be held in Riyadh from March 22 to 26 under the aegis of Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, who is also the supreme chairman of the Sultan Charitable Foundation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

02/25/2009 07:44 AM

Turning Disability to Ability NIGERIA

The biography of my maternal, Pa Emmanuel Edjidikeme Nzelu Nwokedike, who passed on recently at the ripe age of 90, is a moving story of great ability in disability.

02/25/2009 07:43 AM

Laser Treatment Of Brain Cells Does Not Significantly Reduce Stroke Disability, Study Shows

Using a laser to treat cells in the brain did not significantly reduce stroke disability, according to results of the first major clinical trial of laser therapy presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009.

02/25/2009 07:42 AM

Kids can help Arthur the aardvark find new friend

A boy aardvark with his own TV show is looking for a little help from his fans to help children better understand peers with special challenges.

02/25/2009 07:40 AM

Films among activities during Abilities Awareness Week SOUTH DAKOTA

The week will include three films about the late Bill Sackter, described as an unlikely celebrity 'who changed the way society looks at people with disabilities.'

02/25/2009 07:39 AM

How do you explain a missing hand to a child? UK

Parents have complained that a children's TV presenter with one hand is prompting awkward questions from young children. So how should you explain this kind of disability to a child?

02/25/2009 07:38 AM

Top Industry Leaders Discuss Accessibility Strategies at ATIA Leadership Forum

Top leaders from some of the nation's most prominent corporations and government agencies gathered in Orlando, January 29 - 30, for the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Leadership Forum on Accessibility, an annual two-day event that discusses business strategies regarding the implementation of accessibility solutions for persons with disabilities and age-related impairments.

02/25/2009 07:37 AM

Thieves strike children's charity FLORIDA

As if an economic crisis wasn't bad enough, Easter Seals Disability Services in Key West suffered a major setback last week when thieves pried open the front door of its office on Junior College Road and made off with laptop computers, special toys used to assess disabilities and thousands of dollars in gift certificates meant to be prizes in an upcoming golf tournament fundraiser.

02/25/2009 07:36 AM

Special Olympics league starts NEW YORK

While the finalists for the Boys and Girls Byrn's Junior Masters were tossing strikes Saturday that drew roars from spectators, another group of kids got involved in their own kind of competition.

02/25/2009 07:35 AM

Advocate says state did right thing, wrong way NEBRASKA

A longtime advocate of moving people out of the Beatrice State Developmental Center says the state mishandled the transfer of 47 medically fragile residents to hospitals and nursing homes. Patty McGill Smith of Omaha, past president of the Arc of Nebraska, said Monday that the way the move was done puts residents at greater risk of dying and is creating unnecessary stress for families.

02/25/2009 07:33 AM

Trolley's Easy Access Program Promotes Ridership For Seniors And Individuals With Disabilities CALIFORNIA

Beginning March 2, 2009 transportation advocates from the Chautauqua Learn and Serve School are launching the new Easy Access Program in conjunction with Bay Town Trolley.

02/25/2009 07:32 AM

Registered Disability Savings Plans now available through CIBC CANADA

The RDSP is largely modeled after the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) with both grant and bond incentive programs. It is a new registered savings plan that allows Canadian residents eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, and in certain cases their parents and other eligible contributors, to invest up to $200,000 in a tax-deferred plan.

02/25/2009 07:32 AM

Kelly golden at Special Olympics MONTANA

For Kelly Nichols, winning two gold medals at the Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games was one of the happiest days of her life.

02/25/2009 07:30 AM

Psalm 23 Jewelry Partners With Local Non-Profit Disabled Organization for Growing Retail Network CALIFORNIA

After an extensive search for quality staff and opportunities to properly service their growing retail network, Psalm 23 Jewelry ( pieces are now assembled and packaged by the well-trained staff at OPARC, a local non-profit organization with a mission to enable people with disabilities to achieve their full potential.

02/25/2009 07:29 AM

Tony Stewart's donation helps Riley INDIANA

Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities, located 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis at Bradford Woods, received a major boost in funding thanks to a $120,000 commitment from the Tony Stewart Foundation. The gift will annually pay the full cost for three children to attend Camp Riley, in perpetuity.

02/25/2009 07:28 AM

New tests for down syndrome raise quandaries

A handful of biotech companies are racing to market a new generation of tests for Down syndrome, a development that promises a safer way to spot the most common genetic cause of mental retardation early in pregnancy even as it weaves a thicket of moral, medical, political and regulatory concerns.

02/25/2009 07:26 AM

Stanford/Packard Researchers Recruit Children For Study Of The Biology Of Autism

Scientists have put forward many theories about why children with autism struggle to communicate with other people, but they have yet to find definitive answers. Now, a research team at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is recruiting autistic and typically developing children and their parents for a study of whether one particular biological mechanism plays a role in causing the disorder.

02/25/2009 07:25 AM

Dentist Provides Training at the Special Olympics World Winter Games TEXAS

UT Houston pediatric dentist provides training to 35 colleagues from around the world at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Sanford Fenton, D.D.S., chair of pediatric dentistry at The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, has been a Special Olympics Global Clinical Adviser since 2005.

02/25/2009 07:23 AM

MBTA manager Rizzo dies at 60 MASSACHUSETTS

In Boston's disability community, Robert P. Rizzo Jr. was a hero. Rizzo managed operations contracts for the MBTA's transportation service for people with disabilities.

02/25/2009 07:23 AM

Romans to rally on Disability Day at the Capitol GEORGIA

Andy Wade was a 30-year-old substitute teacher when a car accident nearly severed his spine. An 'incomplete quadriplegic' with only very limited mobility, the wheelchair-bound Roman is nonetheless headed to Atlanta on Thursday for the 11th annual Disability Day at the Capitol.

02/25/2009 07:21 AM

Local Artist Is Positively Influenced By Autism MARYLAND

Katie Miller is an exceptional artist and award winner who says her autism is a positive influence on her work. VIDEO LINK.

02/25/2009 07:20 AM

The faces of Special Olympics OREGON

When 39-year-old Special Olympics nordic skier Michelle Swager, of Bend, is asked what she likes about the Special Olympics Winter Games - usually held at Mount Bachelor each year - she has a simple answer.

02/25/2009 07:19 AM

Employment for developmentally disabled adults MASSACHUSETTS

Getting creative while making jewelry is something Kellie Ward loves to do. "I'm working on a beaded necklace. I'm kind of the bead master here. It pushes my creativity to the limit," said Ward. VIDEO LINK.

02/25/2009 07:18 AM

Disability sport: is it handicapped by PE teacher training? UK

School children with a disability are being further handicapped by the education system and a well-meaning drive for inclusion. Kids with special needs in mainstream secondaries are receiving physical education but much of this is from teachers whose university courses give minimal training in delivery to disabled pupils.

02/25/2009 07:17 AM

Kauai school getting disability upgrades HAWAII

Gov. Linda Lingle has released more than $1.5 million in design and construction funds for improvements at Waimea High School on Kauai.

02/25/2009 07:16 AM

Families worry about DES cuts ARIZONA

Advocates and parents are concerned children under the age of three with developmental disabilities will have to go without therapy after the Department of Economic Security announced budget cuts about a week ago. According to Southwest Human Development, the cuts would take away state-funded speech, occupational and physical therapy for these children, and essentially leave them without these therapies as they are too young to receive federal funding. VIDEO LINK.

02/25/2009 07:14 AM

Creator of playground for everyone speaks CONNECTICUT

When Amy Barzach saw a young girl in a wheelchair watching children having fun on a playground, the West Hartford resident thought something should be done so the girl could play too.

02/25/2009 07:14 AM

Polling places may be consolidated to accommodate handicapped OHIO

Some voters may find themselves casting ballots at different locations as the Columbiana County Board of Elections seeks to consolidate more polling places to comply with handicapped-accessibility laws.

02/25/2009 07:13 AM

CCI dogs are caretakers to the disabled FLORIDA

It must be hard to raise a puppy and then give it away. But Rose Jefferson has done it nine times and is ready to take in another four-legged furball - because she knows the difference it makes in the lives of people with disabilities.

02/25/2009 07:12 AM

Owen Theatre to have headsets TEXAS

Nearly five months after it debuted in October - and following the repeated requests of at least one patron - the city-owned Owen Theatre in downtown Conroe will install an audio system to meet federal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act for theatergoers who can't hear actors' dialogue.

02/25/2009 07:11 AM

Drug development raises ethical issues CANADA

The possibility that one day a drug could cure learning disabilities may have massive societal implications. But as that drug moves slowly from theory to reality, it's also unleashing a host of ethical challenges, including safety issues related to testing drugs on children.

02/25/2009 07:09 AM

27 years after accident, paralysed man still seeks compensation JAMAICA

NOTHING can dim the memories of the October day in 1981 when the car Lloyd Thomas was travelling in careened several feet down a ravine in Portland. Compensation for the accident which left him paralysed and bed-ridden for 27 years could certainly make the remainder of his life a lot more comfortable, but Thomas, who was 15 at the time, was robbed of this compensation by the police who withheld the accident report for more than six years, by which time it was too late to file a claim with the insurance company.

02/25/2009 07:08 AM

Handi-capable Equestrian Center raising money to replace stolen gear CALIFORNIA

The Handi-capable Equestrian Center in Hemet is raising money to replace $5,000 worth of equipment that was stolen during a break-in this month.

02/25/2009 07:07 AM

Australia: Managing Injured Or Ill Workers

Discrimination against employees with disabilities is a significant problem and a difficult issue for employers to deal with.

02/25/2009 07:06 AM

Facility for autistic children proposed in Union NEW YORK

A 2,178-square-foot residential facility for autistic children has been proposed for a 9.7-acre wooded area at 1001 Prescott Ave., just south of Buffalo Street.

02/25/2009 07:05 AM

Handicapped livings on display in Hanoi VIET NAM

More than 8,000 photos of sixteen handicapped people in Thanh Hoa Province featuring their own life stories will be displayed at a photo exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi on February 25th.

02/25/2009 07:03 AM

BBC defends news presenters reading aloud telephone numbers for blind UK

The BBC has today defended an edict telling news presenters to read out telephone numbers and internet addresses for blind people after it was criticised as "political correctness gone mad".

02/25/2009 07:02 AM

Paragon closes doors in Sturgeon Bay WISCONSIN

Paragon, service provider to people with developmental disabilities, closed the doors at its Sturgeon Bay site on Friday. The business, located in the Cherry Point Mall on Egg Harbor Road, had been open for about two years.

02/25/2009 07:01 AM

Elderly, Disabled People Brace For Dial-A-Ride Aid Cut CONNECTICUT

Paul Copp, a Wethersfield resident in his 70s, worries how he'll get to the federal veterans hospital in Newington now that Gov. M. Jodi Rell has cut funding for the Dial-A-Ride service that drives him to the hospital on Fridays.

02/25/2009 07:00 AM

David Cameron's disabled son, Ivan, dies aged 6 UK

Politicians from all parties sent their condolences to David Cameron today over the death of his six-year-old son, Ivan. Mr Cameron's first child, who suffered from Ohtohara Syndrome, a rare form of cerebral palsy involving severe degenerative seizures, died at a hospital in West London this morning after being taken ill overnight.

02/25/2009 06:58 AM

Lay off the BBC's disabled presenter UK

Imagine the cosy domestic scene. You're at home watching a nice television programme with your young child when up on the screen pops a presenter with only one hand. Do you: a) think nothing of it, or b) hurl yourself across the room, shrieking 'Close you eyes, darling - look away!', then phone the BBC to complain that you don't pay your licence fee to watch a freak show, thanks very much?

02/25/2009 06:56 AM

Zimbabwe musicians inspire through song

The Afro-fusion melody comes from an unlikely source -- the small, wheelchair-ridden body of Prudence Mabhena, a woman from Zimbabwe who has overcome her physical disabilities and the hurdles of daily life in her home country. VIDEO LINK.

02/25/2009 06:55 AM

Disabled get bullied - even in an 'idyllic small town' CANADA

Dave Hingsburger thought a small town might be different. The Toronto man lectures in Canada, the U.S., and Israel on teasing, bullying, and abuse of people with disabilities. But after listening to the stories of local people with developmental disabilities, Hingsburger, who is in a wheelchair, had his hopes dashed.

02/25/2009 06:54 AM

Canadians make learning disabilities breakthrough

The dream of treating learning disabilities with a drug is a little closer to reality now that Canadian scientists have identified a brain protein crucial to learning.

02/25/2009 06:54 AM

Sparta baseball adds Challenger Division for kids with disabilities NEW JERSEY

Kids that have physical and or/developmental disabilities can now play baseball on a Little League team in Sparta.

02/25/2009 06:53 AM

Beacon may go dark for 48 with disabilities ARIZONA

State budget cuts could leave more than 30 Tucsonans with developmental disabilities without jobs by the end of March.

02/25/2009 06:52 AM

Students With Learning Disabilities Get Help With College

Before moving away from her Southern California home to become a student at the Community College of Denver, Brittany Ross was nervous. She had tried college once before, but her Asperger's syndrome made it difficult for her to connect with her peers and stay focused on her schoolwork.

02/25/2009 06:51 AM

UN warns Vietnam to be 'vigilant' on bird flu

UN agencies called on Tuesday for Vietnam to be vigilant in fighting bird flu after three new human cases were discovered this year, including one woman who died.

02/25/2009 06:48 AM

WHO warns of lengthy wait for bird flu vaccine

The production capacity of bird flu vaccines has tripled since 2007 but it could still take up to four years to meet global demand if a pandemic were to occur, a WHO-backed study said on Tuesday.

Headlines (Posted February 23, 2009)

02/23/2009 10:06 AM

Researchers launch major brain injury study NEW ZEALAND

Psychology researchers are beginning a study of traumatic brain injury that they hope will help in the rehabilitation process by highlighting how impaired cognitive processes relate to difficulty in performing daily tasks.

02/23/2009 10:04 AM

First day at school for our brave McAyla UK

FIVE months after she suffered life-threatening injuries when she was knocked down at a busy Worcester junction, McAyla Johnston is stepping out for her first day at high school today. But the plucky 11-year-old has made nothing short of a miraculous recovery since then by emerging from an eight-day coma and confounding doctors’ initial prognosis that she would be moderately to severely disabled for the rest of her life.

02/23/2009 10:02 AM

Prince pools resources for brain trauma awareness ARIZONA

Tragedy has entered Alyssa Prince's life on more than one occasion. The Kingman resident is now working to help prevent heartache of brain trauma from happening to others.

02/23/2009 09:53 AM

Boy, 7, recovers from head injury after sled accident MICHIGAN

-A young Dryden Township boy wears the helmet of a hero as he battles back from a head-on sledding crash that could have killed or permanently disabled him.

02/23/2009 09:47 AM

Vangent Awarded Contract From the Department of Defense to Develop Clinical Enhancements for Traumatic Brain Injury

Vangent's EHR Solution Will Provide the Military Health System With Improved Clinical Documentation to Securely Record Traumatic Brain Injury and Behavioral Health Encounters Throughout All Levels of Care.

02/23/2009 09:45 AM

A face mask may prevent you getting flu, but only if you wear it

A clinical trial has shown that face masks can protect against respiratory illnesses such as flu and the common cold, but convincing people to wear them is harder.

02/23/2009 09:43 AM

Former DDSN commissioner joins gov. in criticizing agency SOUTH CAROLINA

A state agency is under fire as critics say it needs a major overhaul. Thursday Governor Mark Sanford moved to replace most of the commissioners overseeing the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 09:40 AM

AFP Imaging Announces Newtom VGi - The Next Generation CB3D For The ENT And Sleep Apnea Market

AFP Imaging Corporation (OTCBB: AFPC.OB) announces the release of the NewTom VGi, offering the latest technology in the NewTom family of Cone Beam 3D imaging equipment.

02/23/2009 09:39 AM

Making Sense Of Sentences: How We Think Before We Speak

We engage in numerous discussions throughout the day, about a variety of topics, from work assignments to the Super Bowl to what we are having for dinner that evening. We effortlessly move from conversation to conversation, probably not thinking twice about our brain's ability to understand everything that is being said to us.

02/23/2009 09:37 AM

Scientists Identify Lab-Made Proteins That Neutralize Multiple Strains of Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Viruses

Scientists have identified a small family of lab-made proteins that neutralize a broad range of influenza A viruses, including the H5N1 avian virus, the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and seasonal H1N1 flu viruses.

02/23/2009 09:35 AM

Family History of Melanoma Linked to Parkinson's

People with a family history of melanoma may be at a greater risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study found.

02/23/2009 09:32 AM

Children And Young Adults At High Risk Of Epilepsy For Many Years After Traumatic Brain Injury

After brain injury, there is an elevated risk of epilepsy for more than ten years after the physical damage occurred. Therefore, there could be an opportunity to protect these patients from epilepsy, concludes Dr Jakob Christensen, Department of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, and team in an article published Online First (The Lancet) and in an upcoming edition of The Lancet.

02/23/2009 09:31 AM

New Program to Assess Returning Troops for Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The State of Montana has developed a new model for assessing its returning troops for brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.

02/23/2009 09:30 AM

Brain Injury Association of New Jersey to Host Annual Gala

The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, will be holding its Annual Gala at the Marriott Hanover, 1401 Route 10 East, Whippany. The Association will be honoring three guests for their contributions to the brain injury community. These guests are: Paul Anzano Esq., Steven Benvenisti Esq., and Corinne "Cookie" Slade. Each of these fine people have contributed their talents to advancing the quality of life of people affected by brain injury.

02/23/2009 09:29 AM

Lab-Made Proteins That Neutralize Multiple Strains Of Seasonal And Pandemic Flu Identified By Scientists

Scientists have identified a small family of lab-made proteins that neutralize a broad range of influenza A viruses, including the H5N1 avian virus, the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and seasonal H1N1 flu viruses.

02/23/2009 09:28 AM

New Initiative To Tackle Leading Killer Of Children

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has received three grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation totaling more than $43 million to be used to help understand the causes of pneumonia, which go unidentified in up to one third of patients. Pneumonia kills more children than any other illness. Scaling up proven and available interventions, like pneumococcal vaccines and antibiotic treatments, could prevent many pneumonia deaths. Research to fully understand the causes of pneumonia in the remaining cases could help develop the tools to prevent even more.

02/23/2009 09:27 AM

Climate Change Brings Hotter Days, Increased Hospitalizations For Respiratory Problems

High summer temperatures, pushed higher by global climate change, may bring with them a spike in hospitalizations for respiratory problems, according to an analysis of data from twelve European cities, from Dublin to Valencia. The data comes from the "Assessment and Prevention of Acute Health Effects of Weather Conditions in Europe" (PHEWE), a multi-center, three-year collaboration between epidemiologists, meteorologists and experts in public health collaboration that investigated the short-term effects of weather in Europe.

02/23/2009 09:27 AM

New Prognostic Indicator For Patients With IPF

There may be a new way to predict mortality in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a devastating disease that slowly petrifies the lungs. Most patients live only three years after diagnosis on average; however, some remain stable for many years, while for others, the disease progresses more rapidly.

02/23/2009 09:25 AM

American Lung Association Of New England Launches Online Asthma Control Test

The American Lung Association of New England (ALANE) has partnered with QualityMetric Incorporated of Lincoln, Rhode Island to offer an online survey and corresponding report that will help asthma sufferers learn how well their condition is being controlled and encourage them to discuss the results with their physician.

02/23/2009 09:22 AM

Stroke brings a change in lifestyle INDIANA

Lying on the floor of his house, James Pride Jr. thought he was dead. The 43-year-old suffered a stroke on June 6 and continues rehabilitation to recover the motor skills on the right side of his body.

02/23/2009 09:21 AM

Quick Acting Saves 7-Year-Old Stroke Victim's Life COLORADO

A 7-year-old girl suffered a stroke at school on Thursday and luckily teachers and paramedics recognized the signs in time to save her life. It is very rare for anyone under the age of 18 to suffer a stroke, but it does happen. And when it does, time is of the essence.

02/23/2009 09:15 AM

Brain's Reserve Cells Can Be Activated After Stroke

Scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have found a way of activating the neuronal reserves in the brains of mice by switching off the signal that inhibits the formation of new nerve cells.

02/23/2009 09:14 AM

Human stem cells provide a new model for Lou Gehrig's disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a devastating condition in which motor neuron degeneration causes progressive loss of movement and muscle tone, leading to death. Overcoming the limited success of previous models, a report published in Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM), describes how neurons can be derived from human stem cells, and engineered to mimic inherited ALS.

02/23/2009 09:11 AM

New Device Helps Women Breathe Without Ventilator COLORADO

Most of us take breathing through our nose and mouth for granted, but some survivors of spinal cord injuries must spend the rest of their lives with a machine forcing air through their lungs. They can't taste or smell. Now a new medical procedure recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration is giving patients the opportunity to breathe again. VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 09:10 AM

Christopher Nolan: Irish author who overcame cerebral palsy to win the Whitbread Prize at the age of 21 UK

With the three acclaimed books he produced, Christopher Nolan proved himself a significant Irish literary figure. With his lifelong struggle against cerebral palsy he proved himself a man of almost superhuman fortitude and tenacity. He could not speak or move, his condition being so severe that moving his eyes was virtually his only means of communicating unaided. Typing a single word took minutes: his mother had to cup his head in her hands while he tapped at a typewriter with a stick attached to his forehead.

02/23/2009 09:09 AM

Wheelchair program keeps Berish in game NEW YORK

Debbie Berish remembers that first time. She sat in her car in the parking lot outside Sport & Wellness in Hopewell, stuck in one of those, "What am I doing?" moments.

02/23/2009 09:07 AM

Disabled find freedom with sled ice hockey

"When I'm out there on the ice, it feels like I'm floating on air," said Chris Staarmann. "I feel free." Using a wheelchair because of spina bifida, Staarmann gazed longingly at the ice covering one of the frigid hockey rinks inside the Sports Plus athletic complex.

02/23/2009 09:05 AM

Loneliness of life in a chair ILLINOIS

Forgive Jimmy Haynes if he recalls the days before June 14, 2007, as bright, shiny things. "Those were the happiest days of my life," he said as he sat in the semi-darkness of a little white one-story home on Johnston Street.

02/23/2009 09:03 AM

Augusta man arrested for attacking and robbing his own paralyzed grandmother GEORGIA

A man is now in the Richmond County Jail charged with an unthinkable crime: attacking and robbing his own grandmother, who's paralyzed, allegedly for drug money.

02/23/2009 08:58 AM

Overcoming aphasia one word at a time NORTH CAROLINA

Gerald Wolberg, a distinguished immunologist and author of dozens of academic papers, recently earned applause for another achievement. As Wolberg, a stroke survivor, uttered the hard-fought words, he got applause from others in a discussion at WakeMed.

02/23/2009 08:57 AM

Advanced Arm Dynamics Develops All-New Silicone Skin Protection For Upper Extremity Amputees

Advanced Arm Dynamics (AAD), the nation's leading provider of upper extremity prosthetic rehabilitation, introduced an all-new synthetic silicone skin protection for upper extremity amputees.

02/23/2009 08:56 AM

Revolutionary Workbook Teaches Writing With Non-Dominant Hand

Damage to the dominant hand need not limit one's ability. "Handwriting for Heroes," a new workbook that teaches people to write with their non-dominant hands, offers self-esteem, hope and a return to normalcy.

02/23/2009 08:54 AM

Amputee is in line for double transplant

Jeff Kepner knew as soon as he opened his eyes that he would lose his hands. Mr. Kepner, 57, could become the first double hand transplant patient in the U.S. through a program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

02/23/2009 08:52 AM

Amputee study could benefit Iraq veterans OHIO

The study, funded by a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense, led to the establishment of the Indiana-Ohio Center for Traumatic Amputation Rehabilitation Research. The goal of the research is to collect as much data from Vietnam veteran amputees as possible, in hopes of better understanding their lives after amputation. VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 08:51 AM

Holy MOMA! An Eames-Inspired Prosthetic Leg

Prosthetics generally lack humanity, style and grace. Often, they look much like landing gear and make the wearer uncomfortable, self aware, and sometimes depressed. By channeling the Eames' use materials and iconic style, we designed a leg with Steve McQueen in mind. We sought to convey a creative use of positive and negative space, a balance of materials and a reflection of the wearer.

02/23/2009 08:49 AM

Advancing the prosthetic aesthetic

Experimental prosthetic arms in labs across the country will soon pave the way for commercial versions to antiquate the last major upgrade that took place almost a hundred years ago. That was the cable-operated prosthetic hook (for above-the-elbow amputees).

02/23/2009 08:47 AM

Bill puts prosthetics on par with hip replacements UTAH

A bill that would put prosthetics on par with hip replacements in medical insurance plans passed out of a legislative committee with one opposing vote, despite stiff opposition from some lawmakers and the insurance industry who regard HB89 as yet another mandate to a health-care system that is falling apart.

02/23/2009 08:46 AM

5 things parents should know about lead poisoning

The only way to know if your child has lead poisoning is to have a blood test. Children 6 years and younger are more likely to have lead poisoning because their bodies are smaller and it doesn't take as much exposure to make them ill.

02/23/2009 08:45 AM

EPA to test soil for lead PENNSYLVANIA

In mid-March, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the organization's contractors will begin testing soil for possible lead contamination at several residential properties in Pittsburg, as well as at the city's schools, daycare centers, parks and playgrounds.

02/23/2009 08:44 AM

X-Ray vision: A concussion discussion NEW YORK

Watching Super Bowl-bound Ben Roethlisberger being taken off the field on a stretcher after being leveled by two Cleveland Browns at the end of the regular season has brought renewed attention to concussion injuries. Participation in basketball, ice hockey, football, boxing, wrestling, and even baseball carries a measured risk of concussion and traumatic brain injuries.

02/23/2009 08:42 AM

Oklahoma's Griffin day-to-day with concussion

Preseason All-America Blake Griffin's status was uncertain for No. 2 Oklahoma's game against Kansas tonight after he sustained a concussion in a loss to Texas.

02/23/2009 08:41 AM

'Hears' to life, service dog lends helping paw TEXAS

For Kathy Richard, her canine, Cheyenne, is more than just her ears. Cheyenne gives her a sense of independence. VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 08:40 AM

Susquehanna Service Dogs Launches New PawsAbilities Website

PawsAbilities, Susquehanna Services Dogs' annual community event for dogs and dog lovers, has a new website, ! Completely redesigned, the website features all the information guests will need to have a tail-wagging good time. PawsAbilities takes place March 14-15 at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA and benefits the Susquehanna Service Dogs, which breeds, raises and trains service dogs to help individuals lead more independent lives.

02/23/2009 08:38 AM

Shaken baby gets another chance OHIO

Destiny Concepcion never will walk. She eats mostly through a feeding tube punched into her stomach. Destiny's injuries horrified even the most hardened officials charged with protecting children. They predicted a grim future for Destiny during her mother's sentencing hearing - words backed up by their decision to put the child with one of their top sets of foster parents.

02/23/2009 08:36 AM

Infant taken from mom after 'shaken baby' call

Police are investigating a report that a two-week-old baby boy was shaken by an adult Friday night in Lynnwood. VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 08:35 AM

Computerized Mobile Health Support Systems

Assistance for patients Intelligent sensor networks monitor important vital signs of patients or measure their activity. Fraunhofer researchers present the new systems at CeBIT 2009 in Hannover in Hall 9, Stand B36. Poor sleep can be attributed to many causes, including shift work, stress, snoring or even sleep apnea - a disorder in which the sleeper temporarily stops breathing.

02/23/2009 08:33 AM

Wisconsin operation offers sleep apnea program

In November 2008, Kobussen Buses Ltd. became the first company in central Wisconsin to offer an employer-driven sleep apnea program to all of its employees.

02/23/2009 08:31 AM

Anatomy May Help Identify Sleep Apnea

People with the breathing disturbance known as obstructive sleep apnea have soft palates that are more elongated and angled than those of people without the condition, researchers report.

02/23/2009 08:30 AM

First bird flu patient in Quang Ninh dies VIET NAM

Patient Ly Tai Mui tested positive to virus H5N1 died on February 21, according to the Quang Ninh General Hospital.

02/23/2009 08:26 AM

Team finds secret that could stem flu viruses MASSACHUSETTS

Scientists led by a team from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have discovered what they describe as the Achilles' heel of the influenza virus, a finding that suggests it might be possible to end the ritual of the annual flu shot.

02/23/2009 08:25 AM

Pistorius in boating accident SOUTH AFRICA

Blade-runner Oscar Pistorius is being operated on after a boat accident, his manager Peet van Zyl said on Sunday.

02/23/2009 08:21 AM

More Americans being diagnosed with asthma

Researchers are still trying to figure out why there is such a high prevalence of asthma in the United States, where 10 percent of all children have been diagnosed with the condition. VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 08:21 AM

Reata's Antioxidant Inflammation Modulator Shows Promise For COPD In Study Published In Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences

Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that its Antioxidant Inflammation Modulator (AIM) CDDO-Im (also known as RTA 403) conferred protection to mice during chronic exposure to cigarette smoke, protecting against damage and related symptoms that cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (January 6, 2009 issue) and featured in a "Research Highlights" review in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery (January 23, 2009 issue). The study was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, and Reata provided the AIM used in the study.

02/23/2009 08:20 AM

One Thing Leads To Another In Exacerbations In COPD

New research shows that individual exacerbations in chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) themselves increase the likelihood of repeat exacerbations, even after five days of full, asymptomatic recovery - bad news for patients with COPD, where each exacerbation can drive the progression of the disease.

02/23/2009 07:43 AM

SonoLysis Clot Busting Ultrasound Therapy Demonstrates Promising Results For Treatment Of Stroke Patients

Combining transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound with microspheres and the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is more effective than tPA alone in treating patients suffering from ischemic stroke, according to results from a Phase I/II investigational clinical study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009.

02/23/2009 07:42 AM

Stroke In Low-To-Middle Income Countries Has Doubled In 40 Years And Common Risk Factors Do Not Explain Greater Stroke Burden In Low-Income Countries

New figures show that stroke mortality rates and burden vary greatly by country and between regions, with low-income countries being the most affected. However, known risk factors for stroke, including diabetes and alcohol consumption, are poor predictors of national stroke mortality and burden and do not explain the greater burden in low-income countries.

02/23/2009 07:41 AM

Disabled characters earn Oscar nominations

Mental illness is the disability of several characters nominated in lead and supporting roles. How do those characters impact people living with mental illness? VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 07:39 AM

Handicapped placards abused, neglected NEW JERSEY

There has been a lot of attention paid of late to the handicapped parking situation in New Jersey. This paper has printed several letters, most recently by Kathy Randall of Monroe, complaining about the scarcity of available handicapped parking spots.

02/23/2009 07:37 AM

Neglect, abuse at S.A. State School TEXAS

The San Antonio State School, home to nearly 300 vulnerable residents with mental disabilities, had the highest rate of confirmed abuse and neglect cases in Texas last year, with investigators confirming 27 cases for every 100 residents.

02/23/2009 07:33 AM

Thugs Attack Woman UK

Laughing thugs tipped a disabled woman from her mobility scooter. The 44-year-old needed medical treatment for injuries after the three yobs shook her machine until it toppled over.

02/23/2009 07:31 AM

Medicare Patients Do Not Receive Powerful Acute Stroke Drug In Most U.S. Hospitals

Most U.S. hospitals did not give an approved acute stroke drug to any Medicare patients between 2005 and 2007, and a large portion of the general population does not have ready access to a hospital that provides the treatment to Medicare patients, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009.

02/23/2009 07:28 AM

City set to launch program for disabled PHILIPPINES

THE Makati City Government will launch Monday the first-ever "Search for Disabled-Friendly Tourist Establishments," as part of its program to promote the welfare of persons with disability (PWDs).

02/23/2009 07:25 AM

Stroke Vaccine Shows Promise

JN International Medical Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska has developed a vaccine against Stroke. While the repeated animal studies suggest the vaccine works in pigs and their anatomy is closer to human.

02/23/2009 07:24 AM

Disability group welcomes Town Hall revamp UK

MEMBERS of local disability groups were invited to see the Town Hall meeting room which has been redesigned to make it fully accessible.

02/23/2009 07:23 AM

Sat-nav to aid disabled motorists UK

A satellite navigation system made specifically to assist disabled drivers has been made by a UK company. The system contains a database of Blue Badge parking bays, accessible toilets, disabled-friendly petrol stations and accessible accommodation.

02/23/2009 07:22 AM

ABQ Buses Now Meet Disability Requirements NEW MEXICO

The City of Albuquerque is planning on making big changes since Albuquerque buses were caught not complying with disability laws. VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 07:20 AM

Laser Treatment Clinical Trial Misses Primary Endpoint

Using a laser to treat cells in the brain did not significantly reduce stroke disability, according to results of the first major clinical trial of laser therapy presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009.

02/23/2009 07:17 AM

Less Awareness Of Stroke Warning Signs Found In People At High Risk Of Stroke

People at the highest risk of having a stroke - the elderly and those who have had a previous stroke - are less likely to know the five warning signs of stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009.

02/23/2009 07:16 AM

Founder of Scurry riding center offers equine therapy program to help people with disabilities TEXAS

For some North Texas residents riding a horse is anything but child's play, especially for those living with special needs, like Marshall's syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and a host of other medical conditions.

02/23/2009 07:13 AM

Time running out for faithful family SOUTH CAROLINA

Time is running out as the Byce family tries to find a solution to the nightmare they have been living since Christmas 2006. With their house for sale in Greenville, Linda McAlister Byce recently moved to Anderson with her husband, David Byce, and son Trammell Byce, who are both disabled.

02/23/2009 07:12 AM

Second 'medically fragile' BSDC resident dies NEBRASKA

A former Beatrice State Developmental Center resident who was transferred out of Beatrice and into a hospital on the order of the state's chief medical officer died in a Lincoln hospital on Saturday.

02/23/2009 07:11 AM

Disabled join ranks at Pensacola Navy base FLORIDA

Every day, thousands of hungry servicemen and women line up for meals at Pensacola Naval Air Station, and Schaeffer makes sure they don't wait long. He pushes carts of supplies through a maze of people and equipment to keep drink machines topped off and servers fully stocked with trays of food.

02/23/2009 07:10 AM

Improving access for disabled GEORGIA

Take a stroll downtown with Lisa Bennett. You'll learn that in many places, Albany sidewalks are not all they should be. Not where ease of use in a wheelchair is concerned, anyway.

02/23/2009 07:08 AM

Disabled group appeals transfer MASSACHUSETTS

An advocacy group for residents of Wrentham Developmental Center is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the transfer of developmentally disabled residents of a similar center in Waltham to the Wrentham facility. As part of the extensive state budget cuts, Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham and three other state facilities for people with developmental disabilities are scheduled to close over the next four years.

02/23/2009 07:07 AM

Tri-Valley student triumphs against autism ALASKA

Elyse Lynn has a story to tell. It's a story that is uncomfortable for some, revealing for others and perhaps therapeutic for Elyse. It is the story of her life as a teenager who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism.

02/23/2009 07:05 AM

N.J. autism aid getting a boost from state

Betsy Smetona of Haddon Heights quit her job last summer to stay home with her children. Her 23-year-old twins, Megan and Michael, have graduated from the Bancroft School in Haddonfield and can't be left alone. Both have autism, although in different degrees.

02/23/2009 07:04 AM

Workshops to offer disability sensitivity training MICHIGAN

As part of the HOPE Community Center mission of empowering adults with disabilities and promoting their citizenship across the community, a revamped disability sensitivity workshop has been added to its program.

02/23/2009 07:03 AM

NGO looks to promote inclusion of disabled individuals in society LEBANON

"A person with a disability should never be reduced to being that disability," said Fadi al- Halabi, president of the NGO "Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network - Middle East" (EDAN-ME), anchor for the Future TV social talk show "Tawassol," and counselor for adult couples.

02/23/2009 07:01 AM

Disability Leaders Protest Oscars

As many in Rochester celebrated Oscar night Sunday, some were protesting. Among the awards handed out was an honorary award to actor, director, writer and producer Jerry Lewis. But some say celebrating Lewis does them a disservice. "We want equality. We want rights," said Diane Coleman of the Center for Disability Rights. V IDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 07:00 AM

Alaska Special Olympics athlete wins cross-country ski medals

As her colleagues showered her with confetti, Pearl Weaver barely broke stride as she disappeared into the back room of Geneva Woods Pharmacy. The celebration in her honor was going on out front. But Pearl needed to punch the clock for her shift. She hates being late.

02/23/2009 07:00 AM

Disabled players tear up the basketball court GEORGIA

March madness is nearly here and basketball is on a lot of people's minds, but probably not wheelchair basketball. The National Wheel Chair Basketball Association's conference tournament played out Sunday at Patriots Park in Grovetown. VIDEO LINK.

02/23/2009 06:58 AM

Special Olympics get under way today throughout the region PENNSYLVANIA

Snow-shoe racer Scott Niklas of Tioga County exemplifies the determination of Special Olympic athletes.

02/23/2009 06:57 AM

Activists protest award for comedian

From Newark to Hollywood, it's been a remarkable journey for Jerry Lewis, a comic icon presented with his first Oscar last night. The 82-year-old Jersey native received a humanitarian award for a half-century of fundraising work as the Muscular Dystrophy Association's chairman and telethon host. From the Garden State to the Golden State, Simi Linton made her own journey, traveling thousands of miles to picket the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' choice to honor Lewis.

02/23/2009 06:56 AM

Disability workshop a fresh start for District 186, parents ILLINOIS

If anyone has a right to criticize the Springfield School District for how it deals with student disabilities, it’s Lisa Brunson - but she also believes the district is working hard to change its ways.

02/23/2009 06:55 AM

Housing for mentally ill in jeopardy FLORIDA

Life would be a lot harder for the Losley family and their son if the Peacock and Heron houses close at the end of the year. The Heron-Peacock Supported Living program that provides rooms and apartments, medical supervision and other daily needs for mentally ill residents, is running out of money.

02/23/2009 06:55 AM

Texas disabled schools face-off at hand

The battle over how to care for profoundly disabled Texans begins in the Legislature today as lawmakers file a measure to drastically downsize the state school system and expand community living options.

02/23/2009 06:49 AM

The trouble with Jerry ILLINOIS OPINION

Every February I look forward to watching the glamour of Hollywood's award shows. But this year, I will be protesting. I will not be watching because on Sunday Jerry Lewis will be receiving the Humanitarian Award at the Oscars. Many people don't even know this award (its when I go refresh my drink). The Humanitarian Award is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts bring the industry credit. So why do I have a problem with Jerry Lewis?

02/23/2009 06:47 AM

Developmentally disabled adults tied to a system that doesn't work ILLINOIS

Pam Nass doesn't feel very lucky. She entered her son, Chip Davis, into the system to wait for a housing match when he was 18 - that was nearly 15 years ago. Davis has watched his siblings grow up, move out and begin their own families while he's been left behind.

02/23/2009 06:46 AM

Firefighters train dog for disabled MISSOURI

Firefighter Michelle Hookland leaned down with a smile and gave Indy, a 13-month-old black Labrador retriever, a pat on the head.

02/23/2009 06:45 AM

Disability Community Humble Beginnings Lead to Great Things at Disabled World

Disabled World, an online disability community for the disabled, and people with health problems, celebrates five years of serving people with disabilities. The Disabled World website, managed from a home basement in Montreal Canada by husband and wife team Lynn and Ian Langtree, was launched in 2004 with the intention of providing a very much needed International Online Disability Community for persons with disabilities.

02/23/2009 06:44 AM

200 volunteers prepare Rainier House for new residents WASHINGTON

When Nancy Parker volunteered last year to outfit a new apartment along Rainier Avenue South that would become a permanent home to a homeless stranger, she couldn't have known she'd be out of work when it came time to buy the supplies.

02/23/2009 06:43 AM

Panelists discuss disability barriers MARYLAND

What can society do to include and support the physically and mentally disabled? That was the question posed by Sunday's panel discussion at Beth Sholom Congregation, held to mark February as Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month.

02/23/2009 06:43 AM

Wal-Mart Foundation Backs Training; Disabled Get New Aid From Support Network ARKANSAS

Finding a job is not always easy, and for years one of the Arkansas Support Network's services has been helping individuals in their quest for employment.

02/23/2009 06:42 AM

Mother Heads to Washington D.C. to Lobby for Rights For Disabled NEVADA

A Reno mom whose olden son was born with Down Syndrome is headed to Washington D.C. this week. Colette McKenzie wants to make sure her son's future is safe and secure.

02/23/2009 06:41 AM

Texas disabled schools face-off at hand

The battle over how to care for profoundly disabled Texans begins in the Legislature today as lawmakers file a measure to drastically downsize the state school system and expand community living options.

02/23/2009 06:40 AM

Parents protest use of padded rooms in Francis Howell schools M ISSOURI

Three parents are accusing the Francis Howell School District of mistreating children with disabilities by confining them in small, padded rooms.

02/23/2009 06:39 AM

Future of disabled centre in the spotlight UK

The man who is responsible for adult social services in Kent has been to Ashford to talk about the future of day care facilities and to see a project for people with learning disabilities.

02/23/2009 06:38 AM

Parents complain that disabled TV presenter is 'scaring children' UK

DOZENS of parents have complained to the BBC that a disabled television presenter is scaring their children. Cerrie Burnell, who was born with one arm, and co-presenter Alex Winters took over the popular Do and Discover slot and The Bedtime Hour programme on the CBeebies channel last month.

02/23/2009 06:37 AM

Karo Magiji - Village Where Disabled are Enterprising NIGERIA

Weekly Trust takes you into a village where most of the residents are cripples and how they have turned their disability into an enterprising ability through a more organised way.

02/23/2009 06:36 AM

Debate continues over closure of state-run school for disabled WASHINGTON

Meet Michael Carpenter, 41, who lives in an apartment with a caregiver in Ellensburg. He works, rides public transportation and is active in a disability-rights group. "The institution was not a good place for me to live," he said. "I wasn't able to go out and do things like I do now."

02/23/2009 06:35 AM

Special lift helps disabled ease into horse saddles TENNESSEE

Keith Priest, 36, moved from his wheelchair and gently settled into a canvas swing. As volunteers cranked a hydraulic lift, his feet slowly left the ground.

02/23/2009 06:34 AM

State Lawmakers To File State School Legislation TEXAS

Legislators from both chambers are looking to file a bill that would reform the state's system of services for persons with mental disabilities.

02/23/2009 06:33 AM

Ramp up accessibility: Creasor CANADA

The recent spinal injury of 18- year-old Orillian Tyhme Thompson, who is now a paraplegic in a wheelchair, has sent a wave of attention through the city about accessibility, said Chris Creasor.

02/23/2009 06:33 AM

Sironko, Pallisa Disabled Get Wheelchairs UGANDA

A TOTAL of 53 children and elderly people with disabilities in Sironko and Pallisa districts have received wheelchairs worth sh27m from Send the Cow Uganda, a charity organisation.

02/23/2009 06:32 AM

Va. Supreme Court to hear access lawsuit filed against Va. Lottery

Four handicapped Virginians who believe they have as much right to win or lose in the Virginia Lottery as anyone else are bringing their case to the Virginia Supreme Court.

02/23/2009 06:31 AM

Opening doors for all OKLAHOMA

For Therese Fitzhugh, seeing the Americans With Disabilities Act become reality in 1990 was an enormous accomplishment that literally opened the doors of opportunity for millions of others who have disabilities.

02/23/2009 06:30 AM

Disabilities leadership could be next to go SOUTH CAROLINA

Gov. Mark Sanford's office has told commissioners of the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to look at removing top agency administrators, and one commissioner said Friday he wouldn't be surprised if it happens soon.

02/23/2009 06:29 AM

Tight times leave fewer jobs for people with disabilities IDAHO

Even as future readers and their parents swarm around her, Sue Rodenbaugh smiles and continues to alphabetize books.

02/23/2009 06:28 AM

A Web site and a workplace for the disabled

An unemployment rate of 7.6% for the nation's workforce is discouraging, but consider the jobless rate among disabled Americans: 67%.

02/23/2009 06:27 AM

Combined Disabilities Association needs new home JAMAICA

ONE of the many complaints you'll hear from members of Jamaica's Combined Disabilities Association is that while the challenges facing the disabled are critical to stabilising any society, the country pays far more attention to economics and security concerns.

02/23/2009 06:26 AM

Art students with disabilities embrace new skills MICHIGAN

Amber Almanza drew a treehouse, adding the sun atop her scene while carefully using techniques learned from professional painter Vickie Morgan. "I didn't know how to draw before," said Almanza, 22, of Zeeland. Morgan "helps us draw darker and lighter, and with shapes and color."

02/23/2009 06:25 AM

Sparta baseball adds Challenger Division for kids with disabilities NEW JERSEY

Kids that have physical and or/developmental disabilities can now play baseball on a Little League team in Sparta.

02/23/2009 06:25 AM

Hong Kong bird tests positive for H5N1

Hong Kong authorities said Friday that a dead bird found in the southern Chinese territory had tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.

02/23/2009 06:24 AM

Stroke deaths soar in poorer nations, drop in rich: study

The incidence of strokes in low- and middle-income countries has doubled since 1970, surpassing for the first time the rate in rich nations, down by 40 percent over the same period, report two studies released Friday.

02/23/2009 06:23 AM

Early Menopause Doubles Stroke Risk

Experiencing early menopause significantly raises a woman's risk for stroke, new research reveals.

02/23/2009 06:22 AM

Laser Therapy Disappoints in Stroke Trial

An experimental laser treatment of damaged brain areas failed to significantly reduce disability in stroke patients, researchers report.

02/23/2009 06:22 AM

Anatomy May Help Identify Sleep Apnea

People with the breathing disturbance known as obstructive sleep apnea have soft palates that are more elongated and angled than those of people without the condition, researchers report.

02/23/2009 06:21 AM

New Advances May Treat Stroke Faster, Better

Tiny tubes called stents, used for years to open blocked coronary blood vessels, may also work well to reopen brain blood vessels clogged from strokes, according to new research.

02/23/2009 06:17 AM

Brain injury raises epilepsy risk for years: study UK

A severe brain injury puts people at high risk of epilepsy for more than a decade after they are first hurt, a finding that suggests there may be a window to prevent the condition, researchers said on Monday.

Headlines (Posted February 20, 2009)

02/20/2009 09:46 AM

Euxton man beats odds after brain injury UK

A man left close to death with a serious brain injury after a road accident has capped a remarkable recovery by scooping a national award.

02/20/2009 09:42 AM

A second chance at living OREGON

She initially arrived at the hospital as a Jane Doe. Her doctors and others thought she wouldn't live. Instead, Sarita Horse has defied the odds. The 26-year-old is alive today and, on prosthetic legs, taking slow, cautious steps into the rest of her life. Medical records detail a massive head injury, with a nearly 3-inch wound in her head where the force of the train had pushed bits of bone into her brain. Brain matter oozed from the wound.

02/20/2009 09:41 AM

Oak Cliff baby, brain damaged after injury, taken off life support TEXAS

Darlene Diles spent the first 17 days of her life in her mother's care before an injury on Jan. 30 left her with severe brain damage. She spent the remaining days of her life hooked to tubes and machines inside Children's Medical Center Dallas, where doctors blamed her head injury on child abuse.

02/20/2009 09:40 AM

Families will learn 'Brain-Injury Basics NEW JERSEY

The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey will offer a free educational session titled "Brain-Injury Basics for Families" 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, EMS Building, second-floor classroom, 126 Paterson St., New Brunswick.

02/20/2009 09:36 AM

Nurse's Mini Stroke Came With No Warning - If It Happens To You, Act Quickly

An experienced retired nurse who thought "she'd seen it all" in her hospital career has spoken of the confusion and helplessness she felt when she had a mini stroke.

02/20/2009 09:33 AM

Trust Helps Pioneer Stroke Care Course, East Sussex, England UK

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust has become one of only four medical centres outside the USA to pilot an innovative advanced stroke care course for emergency medical professionals.

02/20/2009 09:32 AM

In The Most Lethal Brain Cancer Newly Discovered Gene Could Be A Prime Target

Scientists at Duke University Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University have discovered mutations in two genes that could become therapeutic targets in malignant glioma, a dangerous class of brain tumors.

02/20/2009 09:31 AM

Echoes Discovered In Early Visual Brain Areas Play Role In Working Memory

Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that early visual areas, long believed to play no role in higher cognitive functions such as memory, retain information previously hidden from brain studies. The researchers made the discovery using a new technique for decoding data from functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI. The findings are a significant step forward in understanding how we perceive, process and remember visual information.

02/20/2009 09:29 AM

Brain Tumor Patients May Benefit From Blood Pressure Compound

A widely used blood pressure medication may be the key to preventing brain function loss common after radiation treatment, according to a newly published study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The findings offer the hope of an improved quality of life for cancer patients.

02/20/2009 09:26 AM

MRSA Rates Down

The "super bug" may not be so super anymore. Reports show some methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections have been decreasing.

02/20/2009 09:26 AM

Taurine: Key To The Visual Toxicity Of An Anti-Epileptic Drug For Children?

Vigabatrin (Sabril), first intention molecule for the treatment of epilepsy in children, in many cases produces secondary effects that lead to an irreversible loss of vision.

02/20/2009 09:25 AM

Assisted death 2 UK

The tragic death of Daniel James has naturally provoked a huge amount of ethical debate. Since it emerged that he had chosen to kill himself with the help of a Swiss clinic, rather than spend the rest of his life paralysed from the neck down, there has been much discussion as to whether British law should be changed to allow assisted suicide here.

02/20/2009 09:24 AM

Society Of Chest Pain Centers Will Host Annual Conference For Coronary Health Care Professionals

The Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international non-profit focused on improving care for heart care patients, has announced its 12th Congress of Chest Pain Centers event to be held April 29-May 2, 2009 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

02/20/2009 09:22 AM

Ultrasound Brain Stimulation

An Arizona State University technology forum has recently taken place. William J. Tyler gave a presentation at that forum about brain stimulation using ultrasound pulses. You can view the powerpoint presentation here (large powerpoint File, 25.1 MB). Slide 64 on that powerpoint presentation is where the information about ultrasonic neuromodulation begins.

02/20/2009 09:21 AM

The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation's National Advisory Board Legal Committee

As you may already know, The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation has quickly become one of the leading organizations dealing with Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) throughout the nation. The foundation is named after 3-year-old Sarah Jane Donohue who was shaken by her baby nurse when she was only 5 days old breaking 3 ribs, both collarbones and causing a severe brain injury. Sarah Jane's father, Patrick Donohue, has quickly galvanized the leading professionals in the field of PABI to action.

02/20/2009 09:21 AM

Novavax Reports Positive Preclinical Results For A Novel, Broadly Cross-Protective H5N1 Pandemic Influenza Virus-like Particle (VLP) Vaccine Candidate

NOVAVAX (Nasdaq: NVAX) announced favorable preclinical results for a new broadly immunogenic pandemic influenza virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine candidate that provided protection against several H5N1 virus strains.

02/20/2009 09:20 AM

Queally eyes unique gold double UK

Cyclist Jason Queally is aiming to become the first man to win Olympic and Paralympic gold.

02/20/2009 09:19 AM

Scots curlers hope for world joy UK

Scotland's wheelchair curling team will be bidding to make amends for a poor display last year when they take part in this week's World Championships.

02/20/2009 09:17 AM

Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund's First Bid Offers Amazing Items

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF) will once again host First Bid, its live and silent auction, on Thursday, March 5, from 6-8 p.m. as part of the Academy Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Items up for bid include an iPod touch, Chicago Bulls tickets, jewelry, O&P components, vacation accommodations in Florida, Vermont, Costa Rica and Maui! Plus much, much more!

02/20/2009 09:13 AM

Stroke Conference: New York Researcher Receives Top Honor, Four Others Recognized

The American Stroke Association's highest honor - the Thomas Willis Award - will be bestowed on Costantino Iadecola, M.D., a neurology scientist known for pathophysiology research at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009.

02/20/2009 09:11 AM

3 On Your Side: Crime Stalls "Zach's House" MISSISSIPPI

There's a shoe mark where the back door was kicked in, and scuff marks on the floor where the water heater was pulled out the door. Evidence of the string of burglaries that have taken place at what will soon be known as "Zach's House", a transitional home for brain and spinal cord injury patients. It's in the 700 block of Northside Drive.

02/20/2009 09:10 AM

Mind reader CANADA

Karen Castelane's 15-year-old son Max Weinryb was born with severe spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, and she is excited about the possibility of him one day trying out the technology. Max can't speak and has almost no voluntary movement.

02/20/2009 09:08 AM

One man helps the disabled see the world NICARAGUA

The winding turns, potholes, open sewers, and stray dogs make the streets of this northern Nicaraguan town tough to negotiate - let alone in a wheelchair. "It's the worst ever, without a doubt," says Craig Grimes, with a laugh, as he grasps a signpost to pull his wheelchair up onto a street curb.

02/20/2009 09:06 AM

Dorothy J. Stein MARYLAND

Dorothy J. Stein, a homemaker who led an inspirational life after a medical condition left her a paraplegic in 1953, died of multiple organ failure Feb. 11 at a Quarryville, Pa., retirement community. The former longtime Rosedale resident was 87.

02/20/2009 09:05 AM

Paraplegic farmer sees challenges, not limits CANADA

Being paralyzed from the waist down didn't stop Henri Alves from pursuing his lifelong dream to be a farmer. The 65-year-old says he simply modified his surroundings: installing an elevator in his two-storey home on North David Fife Line, getting an easy chair that mechanically lifts him forward with the press of a button to get into his wheelchair and strapping himself in tightly onto his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) as he scoots around his property to install fences or feed cows.

02/20/2009 09:03 AM

Paralyzed in accident, woman found calling in billiards CALIFORNIA

Semiprofessional pool player Hydred Makabali revels in the seeming transformation her favorite pastime has taken in the public eye during her lifetime. People's perceptions of professional pool players may still include an image of smooth-talking, fast-playing billiards men in a "sort of very dreary place," Makabali said. But the formation of professional billiards organizations, industry-wide standards and even occasional star personas capturing general interest via television broadcasts are working to lift that image.

02/20/2009 09:00 AM

Neuralstem's ALS Trial on Clinical Hold

Neuralstem, Inc. (NYSE Alternext US: CUR) announced today its spinal cord stem cell trial to treat ALS is on clinical hold and that the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has provided the Company with specific comments, questions and recommendations for modifications to its protocol.

02/20/2009 08:59 AM

Amputee asks for change to buy new leg CANADA

As hundreds of customers walk in and out of a supermarket on Fairview Street, only a few take notice of Ted. But he’s hard to miss.

02/20/2009 08:58 AM

New Lead Law Halts Sale of Youth Motor Bikes MARYLAND

A new federal law aimed at protecting children from lead in toys forces a nationwide halt in sales of off-road motor bikes and recreational vehicles. VIDEO LINK.

02/20/2009 08:57 AM

Regulations for lead levels in toys affect sales of all-terrain vehicles

A new federal law enforcing lead content limits in children's toys has put the brakes on a popular family recreational activity in the desert.

02/20/2009 08:55 AM

Hill ready to put concussion behind him

Aaron Hill leaned back in his chair, put his hands behind his head and let out a brief sigh. The Blue Jays second baseman then smiled, knowing all too well what was coming -- the same conversation he's been having for months.

02/20/2009 08:53 AM

NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans Announces the Establishment of Illinois Office

At the Chicago Kennel Show at McCormick Place, today NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans, announced the establishment of its Illinois office. Dan Kossmann and his wife Kris Kossmann, both NEADS volunteers, have been appointed as the Illinois State Representatives.

02/20/2009 08:51 AM

Health Tip: Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a person to stop breathing temporarily during sleep. When a person isn't breathing, even for brief periods, it can deprive the blood of oxygen and lead to serious complications.

02/20/2009 08:49 AM

The Avian Flu Vaccine: Will It Be Ready?

DS_Modern_Medicine_76 Avian-or bird-influenza is a respiratory infection caused by the H5N1 virus, which normally only infects birds and pigs. Avian flu often causes no symptoms in wild birds, but can kill chickens, turkeys, and other domesticated poultry.

02/20/2009 08:48 AM

Calling For Increased Research In Flu Transmission To Prepare For Pandemic Flu Outbreak

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have completed a study to better understand the impact of infection control measures during a possible flu pandemic.

02/20/2009 08:46 AM

Indoor Air Pollution Increases Asthma Symptoms

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found an association between increasing levels of indoor particulate matter pollution and the severity of asthma symptoms among children. The study, which followed a group of asthmatic children in Baltimore, Md., is among the first to examine the effects of indoor particulate matter pollution. The results are published in the February 2009 edition of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

02/20/2009 08:46 AM

Scientists Identify Human Monoclonal Antibodies Effective Against Bird And Seasonal Flu Viruses

Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dana-Farber), Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported the identification of human monoclonal antibodies (mAb) that neutralize an unprecedented range of influenza A viruses, including avian influenza A (H5N1) virus, previous pandemic influenza viruses, and some seasonal influenza viruses. These antibodies have the potential for use in combination with other treatments to prevent or treat certain types of avian and seasonal flu. The study will be published online on February 22 in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.

02/20/2009 08:45 AM

Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Enhancement Act Of 2009 Introduced In 111th U.S. Congress

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is excited to announce a pivotal time in our national pulmonary fibrosis (PF) advocacy program -- the introduction of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Enhancement Act of 2009 (PFREA) in the 111th Congress. The PFREA, H.R. 1079, represents the first Congressional legislation to increase federal funding of PF -- a progressive and ultimately fatal disease affecting more than 128,000 Americans.

02/20/2009 08:44 AM

New prognostic indicator for patients with IPF

There may be a new way to predict mortality in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a devastating disease that slowly petrifies the lungs. Most patients live only three years after diagnosis on average; however, some remain stable for many years, while for others, the disease progresses more rapidly.

02/20/2009 08:43 AM

Chronic Bronchitis Among Non-Smokers In China

A vast study on over 20,000 people in China demonstrates the significant role of so-called indoor air pollution, particularly smoke from coal or wood fires in kitchens. Its results are published today in the online edition of the ERJ, the scientific publication of the European Respiratory Society (ERS).

02/20/2009 08:41 AM

Alkermes Announces Initiation Of Phase 2a Clinical Study Of ALKS 27 For The Treatment Of COPD

Alkermes, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALKS) announced the initiation of a phase 2a clinical study of ALKS 27 in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study will assess the efficacy, safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of ALKS 27 in approximately 24 patients with COPD. ALKS 27 is an inhaled formulation of trospium based on Alkermes' proprietary AIR(R) pulmonary technology.

02/20/2009 08:40 AM

A house that redefines comfortable living FRANCE

When Jean-Yves Prodel, who lives alone and uses a wheelchair, bought a 20-year-old house in this town just north of Paris in 2005, he hired an architect to remake it following the principles of universal design. As Prodel soon discovered, however, his architect had no idea what that meant; moreover, he made Prodel feel like a bit of an idiot.

02/20/2009 08:39 AM

Girl finds that being in a wheelchair is no easy ride NEW JERSEY

Asking for help to reach items in some of her kitchen cabinets is not uncommon for Danielle Duval. Duval, an occupational therapy graduate student at Kean University, was given a project for one of her courses asking students to spend half a day in a wheelchair. Students were to go about their daily business and experience the issues of accessibility, mobility and the impact of being in a wheelchair.

02/20/2009 08:38 AM

Robot helps stroke victims to grasp objects UK

A hand-holding robot can help partially-paralysed stroke patients regain their ability to grasp and pick up objects, according to a new study. The therapy uses a computer-driven robot, which has a metal 'hand' that wraps around and opens and closes the patient's fingers.

02/20/2009 08:37 AM

Study shows ultrasound and tPA effective for stroke

An experimental therapy using tiny bubbles activated by transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound combined with the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is more effective than tPA alone in treating patients suffering from ischemic stroke, according to new research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in San Diego.

02/20/2009 08:36 AM

Russian S7 airline faces new lawsuit after barring disabled man

Russian air carrier S7 is facing a new 1 million-ruble ($30,000) suit for not letting Pavel Obiukh, who has a sight disability, on one of its planes, the man's lawyer said on Thursday.

02/20/2009 08:35 AM

Tea Reduces Risk Of Stroke, New Research Finds

Research presented at the American Heart Association's International Stroke Conference (ISC) has found that drinking three or more cups of tea per day can reduce the risk of suffering a stroke by as much as 21 per cent.

02/20/2009 08:30 AM

Prevent Stroke By Using Optimal Antithrombotic Therapy

The National Prescribing Service Limited (NPS) is advising health professionals to consider aspirin for primary stroke prevention in those at high cardiovascular risk, to prevent recurrent stroke by using antiplatelet therapy and to use warfarin in those with atrial fibrillation at higher risk of stroke.

02/20/2009 08:26 AM

Katete Boarding School Bars Disabled ZAMBIA

CHIPATA Cheshire Home sister in-charge, Petronellah Chanda has expressed disappointment with authorities at Katete Boarding School in Katete for allegedly refusing to enroll three disabled children to grade eight.

02/20/2009 08:24 AM

Suit: Autistic boy was Tased INDIANA

A middle-school student with autism was Tased twice by a Carmel police officer, according to a lawsuit filed by the boy's parents against the Police Department, one of its officers and a local school district.

02/20/2009 08:22 AM

Athletes who have triumphed over adversity UK

Other men and women who have overcome disability to compete on equal terms with the able-bodied.

02/20/2009 08:21 AM

Curia launches service for disabled children MALTA

The Diocesan Commission for Persons with Disability has launched a new service for persons with disability and their families, including infants before and after birth.

02/20/2009 08:20 AM

State hears complaints about group homes TENNESSEE

Those who want to construct 21 group homes for people with severe mental disabilities in Gibson and Madison counties say they still need to build. Dozens of North Madison County residents say they still don't want them in their neighborhoods.

02/20/2009 08:19 AM

ANSI-HSSP Workshop Spotlights Emergency Preparedness Needs for Persons with Disabilities

For millions of disabled and special needs Americans, emergencies and natural disasters present a real challenge. Preparation, notification, response, and evacuation activities must take into account the particular needs of those individuals who are visually, hearing, or mobility impaired, as well as the elderly and people with medical or cognitive conditions.

02/20/2009 08:17 AM

Disability, threat of poverty almost run hand in hand CANADA

Living with a disability can mean many things: It can mean struggling with a mental handicap or a mental disorder; a physical disability that confines you to a wheelchair or one that merely prevents you from working.

02/20/2009 07:58 AM

Snowshoe Mountain to Welcome Disabled Veterans in March WEST VIRGINIA

Snowshoe Mountain will welcome the Wounded Warriors Project to the mountain for the second year in a row. Snowshoe will welcome 17 soldiers and their families to the mountain for a weekend ski camp, March 6-8, with Snowshoe's Adaptive Ski Program. These special guests will be treated to free adaptive ski lessons, free lift tickets and rentals, as well as special programming, including a Saturday evening reception.

02/20/2009 07:57 AM

What Able-Bodied Can Do, Disabled Can Do Better NIGERIA

Millions of people around the world, who live with one form of disability or another, have started realizing that life could be rewarding and fulfilling, despite their physical state.

02/20/2009 07:55 AM

SU advocates for disability minor, accommodations NEW YORK

For Liat Ben-Moshe, entering a building, being able to use public bathrooms and writing on a chalkboard are anything but simple. Ben-Moshe uses a wheelchair. The doctoral student and instructor in sociology and disabilities studies said she finds certain buildings like Carnegie Hall difficult to navigate and that it should be made completely wheelchair accessible.

02/20/2009 07:54 AM

Mother appeals decision in custody case CONNECTICUT

The mother of a 30-year-old developmentally disabled woman who lives in a Norwich group home filed an appeal in Superior Court Friday of a probate judge's denial of her request to be named legal guardian over her daughter.

02/20/2009 07:51 AM

Reinventing the wheel(chair) CANADA

A Kingston doctor is helping develop a low-cost, rugged wheelchair for people with disabilities who live in remote areas of Nepal. Dr. Joy Wee, who works in the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at Providence Care's St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, will travel to the south Asian country at the end of the month to continue her research.

02/20/2009 07:50 AM

Wheelchair relay brings awareness for physical disabilities CANADA

More than 15 teams of five will have to complete a course to win prizes as they fulfill pledges for the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA). The teams feature people with and without physical disabilities, with families, friends, supporters and a record number of corporate teams signing up.

02/20/2009 07:49 AM

Down syndrome advocates head to Washington D.C. DELAWARE

Dennis and Sharonlee Diehl will be traveling to Washington, D.C., Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 25-28, to meet with members of the Delaware congressional delegation to lobby in support of programs and government policies important to people with Down syndrome.

02/20/2009 07:48 AM

FRIENDS Down syndrome awareness group to lobby Congress TENNESSEE

Representatives of the FRIENDS Down syndrome awareness group of East Tennessee will be traveling to Washington, D.C., Feb. 25-28 to meet with members of the Tennessee Congressional delegation to lobby in support of programs and government policies important to people with Down syndrome.

02/20/2009 07:47 AM

Disability fails to stop this man of action in Syracuse NEW YORK

I call Bernie Ellis a fixer. As in, working to fix things, make them right. Bernie's not into deals; just good outcomes of vexing problems in our town for folks with disabilities.

02/20/2009 07:47 AM

Stroke Physical Disability May Be Reduced By Robotic Therapy Years Later

Robot-assisted therapy may help stroke patients attain gains in their physical abilities long after the stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009.

02/20/2009 07:46 AM

Employment a vital task for wounded warriors CALIFORNIA

Team WSMR got a different look at Americans with disabilities when on Feb. 12 the White Sand Equal Employment Opportunity Office hosted a luncheon that focused on wounded warriors from Fort Bliss.

02/20/2009 07:45 AM

County Building Inclusive Playgrounds PENNSYLVANIA

Lackawanna County has announced plans to build three new "inclusive playgrounds' to be used by children with or without disabilities.

02/20/2009 07:44 AM

B.C. children's ministry discriminated against a disabled youth: tribunal CANADA

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the Ministry of Children and Family Development and its agency Community Living British Columbia discriminated against a young person with a chronic neurodevelopmental disability.

02/20/2009 07:43 AM

Disabled to get tax help in Georgia

An Atlanta group will use a $3,000 grant to help Georgians with disabilities file their taxes.

02/20/2009 07:40 AM

Time get serious on helping the disabled, congress told THAILAND

Although 137 countries have signed the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and 48 have ratified it, little has actually been done to follow the convention's conditions seriously enough, speakers at the congress said.

02/20/2009 07:38 AM

Paul, Weiss Wins Pre-Trial Victory for Disability Advocates in New York

Paul, Weiss announced today that the firm achieved a significant victory in our representation of Disability Advocates, Inc., an organization established to protect and advance the rights of adults and children with disabilities, in a pro bono suit, brought against New York State agencies and officials, which seeks to end discrimination against persons with mental illness who reside in large adult homes in New York City.

02/20/2009 07:37 AM

Students learn about challenges of disabled NEW JERSEY

Offered as part of the diocesan-wide Catholic Schools Week, the PTA of Holy Cross School in Rumson provided students with an opportunity to experience the daily challenges in the life of someone with disabilities through an event called Different Abilities Day.

02/20/2009 07:35 AM

Special needs school battles state over plans to expand NEW YORK

The "million dollar question" for those affected by autism - according to many parents, educators and advocates - is what has caused the widely perceived "epidemic" of the disorder in recent years. For one school with locations in Woodside and Glen Cove, however, that question has been overshadowed by another: Why the State Education Department (SED) will not lift a cap limiting the number of autistic and special needs students the school can accommodate.

02/20/2009 07:35 AM

Families come together to advocate for autistic children CALIFORNIA

Five years ago, when Jeremy Ballard was 9 months old, he stopped vocalizing. But his parents, Renee and Michael Ballard, weren't too alarmed. After all, the pediatrician had assured them that Jeremy met all the other developmental milestones for children his age; he just appeared to be developing at a different pace than their older daughter.

02/20/2009 07:33 AM

Strategy sought to deal with individuals with autism spectrum disorder NOVA SCOTIA

Nova Scotia needs a strategy that recognizes the growing number of people affected by autism spectrum disorder, says Michelle Gardiner, a Cape Breton representative on the province's new advisory team.

02/20/2009 07:32 AM

City hosts Special Olympians CANADA

The Special Olympics Hometown Games will allow people of all ages to experience quality competition and make new friends

02/20/2009 07:31 AM

Physical challenge no hindrance for hard worker PENNSYLVANIA

Saturday's Abilities Not disAbilities Showcase will provide Indiana Mall visitors an overview of resources available to disabled residents through more than a dozen area agencies.

02/20/2009 07:30 AM

Program helps disabled develop job skills PENNSYLVANIA

Rather than focusing on limitations people with various disabilities face, the event highlights the many abilities they can put to use and develop with support from area human service agencies.

02/20/2009 07:28 AM

Grants help kids with special needs COLORADO

Special Kids Special Families will receive $10,000 for a program that enables special-needs youth to improve their community and build basic life skills.

02/20/2009 07:27 AM

Deerwood celebrates new playground in Jordan Luke's memory TEXAS

Sliding down the slides, playing on the easily-accessible stairs and running around the new playground equipment, Deerwood Elementary students had the chance to play on new equipment Feb. 6, donated by Jordan's Foundation for Neuroblastoma Research.

02/20/2009 07:26 AM

Temecula shop owner spends $14,000 to win disabled parking court fight CALIFORNIA

An Old Town Temecula antique store owner has won a nearly three-year legal battle with a man who claimed the business failed to provide adequate parking for the disabled.

02/20/2009 07:24 AM

Parents protest use of padded rooms in Francis Howell schools MISSOURI

Three parents are accusing the Francis Howell School District of mistreating children with disabilities by confining them in small, padded rooms.

02/20/2009 07:23 AM

Inclusive education changes kids' lives, association says CANADA

The Preschool Centre in Fredericton had children with disabilities long before the movement in the 1980s to include special-needs children in regular classrooms, say centre directors Tracy Law and June Dunphy.

02/20/2009 07:22 AM

Lodi Grape Bowl project is a 'go' CALIFORNIA

Lodi will seek bids on the Grape Bowl demolition project, which is the first step in making the stadium comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

02/20/2009 07:20 AM

Helping disabled children get a chance to play America's past time FLORIDA

Miracle League of the Gulf Beaches is a baseball league that plays on a state-of-the art playing field and allows children with a variety of disabilities to participate. VIDEO LINK.

02/20/2009 07:19 AM

Oster addresses the MRDD Board OHIO

The new superintendent of the Coshocton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities gave an enthusiastic presentation to the board at his first official meeting Thursday night.

02/20/2009 07:19 AM

Emergency Department Wait Times For Stroke Patients Vary By Race, Study Finds

The median wait time for a stroke patient to be seen in an emergency department varies based on race, according to a study presented on Wednesday at an American Stroke Association conference in San Diego, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The study is based on a sampling of 480 stroke patients included in a federal hospital database.

02/20/2009 07:18 AM

Older Women Fare Better, Live Longer Than Men After First "Mini Stroke"

Elderly women who suffer a first "mini-stroke" are less likely than men of the same age to be readmitted to a hospital, according to a study led by the Yale School of Public Health. The paper appears in the online version of Stroke, the journal of the American Heart Association.

02/20/2009 07:17 AM

Unhealthy Lifestyle More Than Doubles Stroke Risk

People who lead unhealthy lifestyles are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke than those who eat and drink sensibly, don't smoke, and take regular exercise, finds a study published on today.

02/20/2009 07:16 AM

Clot-Buster Boosts Survival, Decreases Disability For Deadly Subset Of Stroke

New results from a multicenter study led by Johns Hopkins show that patients who got an experimental clot-busting treatment for a particularly lethal form of stroke were not only dramatically more likely to survive but also continued to shed lingering disabilities six months later. The findings, announced at the International Stroke Conference in San Diego on Feb. 19, are likely to build support for the use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in patients with intracranial hemorrhage, a treatment-resistant form of stroke marked by brain bleeding.

02/20/2009 07:15 AM

More advocacy and education about Intellectual Disabilities needed, Hamilton incident teaches CANADA

The abuse and discrimination of those with intellectual disabilities makes it clear that better understanding and education is needed for the general public, and for youth in particular on this issue.

02/20/2009 07:14 AM

Ill, disabled Aussie kids get first online network AUSTRALIA

Being a teenager can be hard, and even tougher if you're different, but an Australian organization hopes to ease these growing pains through an online social network dedicated to youth with illnesses or disabilities.

02/20/2009 07:13 AM

Psychosocial and biological markers of daily lives of midlife parents of children with disabilities

Raising a child with a disability can cause more daily stress and long-range health problems than parenting a child without disabilities, according to a new study that looked at a clinical measure of stress along with parents' survey responses.

02/20/2009 07:12 AM

Students learn about living with disabilities PENNSYLVANIA

Quaker Valley elementary school students received a valuable life lesson last week as they participated in activities designed to simulate various disabilities such as autism, blindness, hearing impairments and physical handicaps.

02/20/2009 07:11 AM

EP Global Communications, Inc. Returns as Partner of World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities

EP Global Communications, Inc. (the Company) (OTC BB:EPGL.OB - News), the parent company of Exceptional Parent (EP) magazine, is pleased to announce today that it is once again a partner of the World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (WCD). After a hiatus of four years, the Company, which is one of the original founders of the WCD, will join with WCD management in developing and producing the event, set to take place in November in Jacksonville, Florida. The conference portion of the event will take place from November 17-20 with the Exhibit Hall open November 19-20.

02/20/2009 07:11 AM

Tax Help Offered for Those with Disabilities OHIO

Columbus is one of three cities where free tax help will be made available to those with disabilities.

02/20/2009 07:10 AM

Students emulate disabilities UTAH

Students with various kinds of apparatus to emulate different kinds of disabilities were put to the test during a demonstration by Active Re-Entry at the College of Eastern Utah.

02/20/2009 07:09 AM

Sparta baseball adds Challenger Division for kids with disabilities NEW JERSEY

Kids that have physical and or/developmental disabilities can now play baseball on a Little League team in Sparta.

02/20/2009 07:07 AM

Disabilities board leaders out SOUTH CAROLINA

Gov. Mark Sanford effectively removed four commissioners at the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs amid cascading complaints about the way the agency, which is charged with caring for the state's disabled, operates.

02/20/2009 07:06 AM

China bird flu not pandemic, but be prepared: UN

A recent string of bird flu infections in humans in China posed no pandemic risk as the cases were unrelated, but authorities need to remain alert, UN experts said on Wednesday.

02/20/2009 07:05 AM

Fast Arrival at Hospital After Stroke Pays Off

People who get to a hospital no more than an hour after having the first symptoms of a stroke are twice as likely to get the powerful clot-dissolving drug that is the first line of treatment, a new study finds.

02/20/2009 07:04 AM

B Vitamins Might Lower Stroke Risk

People with heart disease who take high doses of B vitamins are somewhat less likely to suffer from stroke, especially if they're under 70, a new Canadian study suggests.

02/20/2009 07:03 AM

Know the Warning Signs of Stroke? Most Don't

Most people do not know the five warning signs of a stroke and what to do if they suspect one -- especially those most likely to suffer one, according to new research.

02/20/2009 07:01 AM

Alzheimer's may hijack chemical mechanism

U.S. scientists proposed a new theory on Wednesday of how Alzheimer's disease kills brain cells they said opens new avenues of research into treatments for the fatal, brain-wasting disease.

02/20/2009 07:00 AM

Some young stroke victims are misdiagnosed: study

Younger adults arriving in hospital emergency rooms after a stroke are sometimes misdiagnosed with a range of conditions including vertigo and migraine headaches, researchers said on Wednesday.

02/20/2009 07:00 AM

Mutations lead to deadly brain tumors: study

Doctors have identified two genetic mutations that control the growth and development of malignant gliomas, a particularly deadly and difficult-to-treat type of brain tumor.

02/20/2009 06:59 AM

Study ties fast food to stroke risk

The study, presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference, does not prove living near fast-food restaurants raises the risk of stroke, but it does suggest the two are linked in some way.

02/20/2009 06:54 AM

FDA advisers set vaccine for 2009-2010 flu season

Government medical advisers on Wednesday issued their recommendations for next season's flu vaccine, the front line defense against a disease that kills an estimated 36,000 people a year.

Headlines (Posted February 18, 2009)

02/18/2009 09:46 AM

Florida Legislature told brain injuries on the rise

Advocates for Florida brain injury patients made a plea Tuesday in the halls of the state Legislature: Don't cut the money for our services.

02/18/2009 09:44 AM

Blood pressure compound may benefit brain tumor patients

A widely used blood pressure medication may be the key to preventing brain function loss common after radiation treatment, according to a newly published study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The findings offer the hope of an improved quality of life for cancer patients.

02/18/2009 09:38 AM

Teen Fights Back From Brain Injury NEBRASKA

No one knows exactly what happened, but at some point during that game, Derek Ruth got hurt. In one moment, a head injury changed Derek’s life. The then-12-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been recovering since. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 09:36 AM

Avian flu becoming more resistant to antiviral drugs

A new University of Colorado at Boulder study shows the resistance of the avian flu virus to a major class of antiviral drugs is increasing through positive evolutionary selection, with researchers documenting the trend in more than 30 percent of the samples tested.

02/18/2009 09:35 AM

Service rip-off claim AUSTRALIA

A LOCAL disability support group has said families and taxpayers were being ripped off by a disability service provider in the western suburbs.

02/18/2009 09:33 AM

Exploring New Pathways To Language

When ABC journalist Bob Woodruff was injured while reporting in Iraq in 2006, he suffered severe head injuries that caused him to lose his ability to recall and produce common words - a condition called aphasia. Today, Woodruff has recovered most of his language skills thanks to intensive behavioral therapy - reading and repeating words and sounds.

02/18/2009 09:32 AM

Forcing Evolution: Boosting Its Infectivity Turns Benign Virus Into Good Gene Therapy Carrier For Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Iowa have turned a relatively benign virus into a highly infectious form that is ideal as a carrier for gene therapy.

02/18/2009 09:32 AM

Estrogen Found To Increase Growth Of The Most Common Childhood Brain Tumor

University of Cincinnati researchers have discovered that estrogen receptors are present in medulloblastoma - the most common type of pediatric brain tumor - leading them to believe that anti-estrogen drug treatments may be beneficial in limiting tumor progression and improving patients' overall outcome

02/18/2009 09:30 AM

Update Of Long-Term Data On Brain Cancer Patients Receiving DCVax(R)-Brain Continues To Show Striking Improvements In Delay Of Disease And Survival

Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NWBO; AIM: NWBT and NWBS) ("NWBT" or the "Company") announced further long-term follow-up data, for the second half of 2008, from its prior Phase I and Phase I/II clinical trials with DCVax(R)-Brain in patients with Glioblastoma multiforme, the most rapid and lethal type of brain cancer.

02/18/2009 09:29 AM

Sanofi Pasteur Starts A Phase II Study Of A Vaccine Against Clostridium Difficile

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group (EURONEXT : SAN et NYSE : SNY), announced today that it is sponsoring a phase II clinical study of a vaccine against Clostridium difficile, which is among the most common causes of hospital-acquired infection in Europe and North America.

02/18/2009 09:28 AM

A Growing Epidemic: Special Issue of Stroke Focuses on Disparities in Care and Outcomes in Women

A new issue of Stroke gathers new research on disparities in care and outcomes for women, including new Framingham data on stroke incidence and poststroke disability and information on quality of care from the Get With the Guidelines program. Women now account for 60% of all stroke deaths.

02/18/2009 09:26 AM

International Stroke Conference 2009

Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from the meeting.

02/18/2009 09:24 AM

Family History of Melanoma Doubles Parkinson's Risk

People with a family history of melanoma are twice as likely to develop Parkinson's disease, a new study finds.

02/18/2009 09:23 AM

Can Exercising Your Brain Prevent Memory Loss?

Participating in certain mental activities, like reading magazines or crafting in middle age or later in life, may delay or prevent memory loss, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 to May 2, 2009.

02/18/2009 09:21 AM

American College of Emergency Physicians Announces New Guidelines for Mild TBI

I read an article recently which stated that the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have changed the guidelines used in diagnosing mild traumatic brain injuries.

02/18/2009 09:20 AM

Update of Long-Term Data on Brain Cancer Patients Receiving DCVax(R)-Brain Continues to Show Striking Improvements in Delay of Disease and Survival

Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NWBO; AIM: NWBT and NWBS) ("NWBT" or the "Company") today announced further long-term follow-up data, for the second half of 2008, from its prior Phase I and Phase I/II clinical trials with DCVax(R: 27.19, -0.99, -3.51%)-Brain in patients with Glioblastoma multiforme, the most rapid and lethal type of brain cancer.

02/18/2009 09:19 AM

Swimmer Ellie receives MBE at 14 UK

Paralympic double gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds has become Britain's youngest MBE. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 09:19 AM

Kenny delighted at new hour mark UK

Paralympic cyclist Darren Kenny has described his new hour record as a "badge of honour" after he covered 40.516km in 60 minutes in Denmark.

02/18/2009 09:16 AM

Stroke Education and Prevention Targets Rural Alaskans

To commemorate this year's Norman Vaughan Serum '25 Run, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will partner with Alaska Regional Hospital, local nonprofits, health care professionals, the media and rural communities to spread the word about stroke education and prevention.

02/18/2009 09:15 AM

Stroke services are 'UK's worst'

Dr Tony Rudd, who assessed services in Wales, England and Northern Ireland two years ago, said services in Wales were "scandalously bad".

02/18/2009 09:15 AM

Frequent coffee intake in non-smoking women lowers stroke risk

Long-term coffee consumption is associated with lower stroke risk in women who don't smoke, according to a 24-year follow-up study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

02/18/2009 09:14 AM

Risk Of Stroke, Heart Disease In Women Lowered By Mediterranean Diet

Women who adhere to a traditional Mediterranean diet -- high in monounsaturated fat, plant proteins, whole grains and fish -- are at a lower risk for stroke and coronary heart disease, according to a study published this week in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

02/18/2009 09:11 AM

Stroke Therapy Window Might Be Extended Past Nine Hours For Some

Some patients who suffer a stroke as a result of a blockage in an artery in the brain may benefit from a clot-busting drug nine or more hours after the onset of symptoms.

02/18/2009 09:08 AM

Shining a light into trapped minds UK

Scientists at Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto have developed a prototype device that allows a kind of mind reading, using near-infrared light to decipher the brain's response when a person is offered a choice of two objects.

02/18/2009 09:06 AM

Family Celebrates Dying Child's Last Months TEXAS

Kendrick Little is five years old. Doctors say he has an incurable brain tumor that left half his face paralyzed. His cancer is so rare no chemo can treat it, so Allen and Alicia Little decided to do radiation to buy more time with their son. They have been driving down from Wichita Falls for the past three months to Cook Children's Hospital. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 09:03 AM

Bullet that paralyzed puts tough girl on new path CALIFORNIA

That was Andrayla Jacklyn Armstead two years ago, when she was 15. That's when a fistfight over nothing turned into a shooting over nothing, and a stray bullet fractured her spine and paralyzed her from the belly-button down.

02/18/2009 09:01 AM

No sitting down for paraplegics CANADA

The Ontario Paraplegic Association came to the Blue Mountains on Friday and left with a smile on their faces. It was the ninth annual ski and snowboard day for the association at the Craigleith Ski Club, the only event of its kind in Canada.

02/18/2009 08:59 AM

Green Ridge resident Tim Moran is a voice of hope and a proponent of amputees' rights PENNSYLVANIA

Tim Moran remembers all too well the fateful day that forever changed his life. The 40-year-old Dunmore native and Green Ridge resident began traveling, taking a message of hope to other amputees. Last month, Amputee Coalition of America invited him to become a member of its Advocacy Committee, a group the organization said is made up 'elite leaders' charged with helping set the overall direction of the ACA's advocacy efforts.

02/18/2009 08:57 AM

Blade Runner back in action SOUTH AFRICA

Oscar Pistorius will be making his debut in 2008's Yellow Pages Series in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. Double amputee Pistorius, nicknamed the Blade Runner, will start in the 400 metres for the first time this season and will also take part in the final two meetings of the series in Stellenbosch and Germiston.

02/18/2009 08:55 AM

Libraries fear lead-testing law may apply to kid's books ILLINOIS

Now it's books. A tempest has erupted in an unlikely arena over the enactment of a new law intended to protect children from dangerous exposure to lead.

02/18/2009 08:52 AM

Little Canada Girl Gets Free Service Dog MINNESOTA

An 11-year-old Little Canada, Minn. girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy was given a free service dog Tuesday through a Milk-Bone sponsorship. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 08:51 AM

Shaken baby syndrome awareness training offered by county agency CALIFORNIA

A free, one-hour training to prevent shaken baby syndrome is being offered by Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council. Additionally, a half-hour training session is available to those wanting to learn how to train the course.

02/18/2009 08:48 AM

Heavy snoring is dangerous

Heavy snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where an individual briefly stops breathing during the night. That oxygen deprivation raises the risk of heart failure and stroke as well as the residue of sleep disorders.

02/18/2009 08:47 AM

Video imaging technique provides dynamic view of airway obstruction

A video imaging technique demonstrates that the soft palate, the tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth, is more elongated and angled in patients with obstructive sleep apnea both when they sleep and when they are awake, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

02/18/2009 08:43 AM

Lack of sunlight could increase risk of pollution-related asthma UK

Thousands of children in London will take part in research to establish whether lack of vitamin D exacerbates pollution-related asthma. Vitamin D which is made by the body from sunlight and a small proportion gained from diet is vital for good lung development in the womb and in childhood, it has been found.

02/18/2009 08:41 AM

Artificial lung kept teen alive until transplant CANADA

Last summer, 16-year-old Katie Sutherland was on the brink of death, her lungs failing, her heart working far too hard. She needed a lung transplant quickly but no good matches were available. Then, her doctors at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children decided they would take a risk and try something that had never been performed before on a child. They hooked her up to an external artificial lung.

02/18/2009 08:40 AM

FDA Clears New Immune Response Claim For The CryoValve(R) SG Pulmonary Human Heart Valve

CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY), a biomaterials, medical device and tissue processing company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a new claim for the CryoValve(R) SG pulmonary human heart valve. The new labeling claim relates to reducing a component of the immune response in recipients of the CryoValve SG.

02/18/2009 08:40 AM

Novavax Presents Favorable Results From Phase I/IIa Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Program At World Health Organization Conference

At the 5th World Health Organization Meeting on Evaluation of Pandemic Influenza Prototype Vaccines in Clinical Trials, Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) announced favorable results from the second stage of the Phase I/IIa human clinical trial of its pandemic influenza virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine candidate.

02/18/2009 08:39 AM

Asthma Drugs Need To Be Maintained For Continued Benefit

Children whose asthma improved while taking steroid drugs for several years did not see those improvements continue after stopping the drugs, new results from a comprehensive childhood asthma study show.

02/18/2009 08:33 AM

Alkermes Announces Initiation of Phase 2a Clinical Study of ALKS 27 for the Treatment of COPD

Alkermes, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALKS) today announced the initiation of a phase 2a clinical study of ALKS 27 in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study will assess the efficacy, safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of ALKS 27 in approximately 24 patients with COPD. ALKS 27 is an inhaled formulation of trospium based on Alkermes’ proprietary AIR(R) pulmonary technology.

02/18/2009 08:29 AM

Service Dog Training--"A New Leash on Life" ALABAMA

An ordinary shopping trip requires the patience of Job for Karen Jones of Grand Bay, AL, and her service dog, Willow, a three-year old pure bred Blue Merle Great Dane. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 08:23 AM

Deep Brain Stimulus May Help Parkinsons Patients

Terry Greenlee has Parkinson's Disease, a brain disease causing trembling, stiffness and slowness of movement. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 08:22 AM

Law firms fail to make most of disabled grads

Disabled graduates are still getting a raw deal from law firms, according to exclusive Lawyer 2B research.

02/18/2009 08:20 AM

Driving ambition UK

A DETERMINED dad-of-three who fought a catalogue of disabilities to qualify as a driving instructor is now on the road to helping others. Wayne Gresty (31) suffers from curvature of the spine, water on the brain, spondylitis, sciatica, arthritis and gout.

02/18/2009 08:19 AM

Official calls for disabled care levy AUSTRALIA

A TAX levy should be imposed on all Australians to fund lifelong care of people with severe disabilities, the state's chief disabilities bureaucrat says.

02/18/2009 08:19 AM

New law creates autism commission SAIPAN

Despite concerns raised by officials within the Public School System, acting governor Timothy Villagomez signed a bill into law yesterday that creates a Commonwealth Autism Commission.

02/18/2009 08:18 AM

Vice President Joe Biden Announces Chicago Attorney Kareem Dale as Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy

Biden made the announcement recently at a stop in Boise, Idaho, with Dale present, at a Special Olympics' Healthy Athletes Event he attended as Presidential Delegation leader at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

02/18/2009 08:17 AM

Apple settles San Francisco store disability lawsuit

A year and a half ago, a pair of Oakland, California residents filed a lawsuit against Apple, arguing that San Francisco's Stockton Street Apple Store wasn’t appropriately accessible to disabled customers, specifically those in wheelchairs. That lawsuit has now been settled, according to ifoAppleStore.

02/18/2009 08:16 AM

Women Illegally Park in Disability Spaces Less NEW ZEALAND

Women Less Likely to Illegally Park in Spaces for Disabled People than Men Research from CCS Disability Action has found that women are less likely to abuse parking spaces reserved for disabled people.

02/18/2009 07:51 AM

New Medicaid income limits help disabled stay on the job ILLINOIS

The aim of Illinois' Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities program is simple: Help disabled people enter the work force without losing their eligibility for health coverage from Medicaid. Yet many people with disabilities haven't been able to take advantage of the program because the income limits for enrollment were too low, advocates for the disabled say.

02/18/2009 07:50 AM

SA should have disability group OPINION MISSISSIPPI

The Student Association traditionally includes a cabinet position called Students with Disabilities Affairs (SDA). In recent years, SA presidential candidates have run on platforms that have included reducing the size of the cabinet. To achieve this, Students with Disabilities Affairs was combined with Student Health and Wellness (SHW).

02/18/2009 07:49 AM

Help for Wales disabled to go on the net UK

Help to make technology more accessible to disabled people in South Wales has been announced by Digital Inclusion Minister Wayne David.

02/18/2009 07:46 AM

End Waitlists Now lobbies for more funding CANADA

A campaign to raise awareness about provincial government under-funding of supports and services for children with special needs and adults with developmental disabilities had a successful launch.

02/18/2009 07:45 AM

Mom seeks protection for jailed people with developmental disabilities WASHINGTON

Beki Hissam wants you to close your eyes and imagine being someone with autism, someone who doesn't process sensory input the same as others and who gets overwhelmed by too much light or noise or touch. Then imagine being that person after being arrested for acting out -- scared in the booking room at the Benton County jail with fluorescent lights glaring, cell doors clanging, radios squawking, phones ringing, TV blaring, an angry drunk shouting profanity.

02/18/2009 07:43 AM

Church uses 5k grant for disabled access UK

New Addington Baptist Church, on Arnhem Drive, was awarded the funding by the Veolia environmental Trust through the Lanfills Communities Fund, with the cash used to contribute to the installation of a new pathway.

02/18/2009 07:42 AM

'Way too smart' teenager awarded $20,000 for discrimination CANADA

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has awarded $20,000 in compensation for a mentally disabled teenager who was denied the services of a youth worker.

02/18/2009 07:41 AM

Appeals court rules diabetes a disability

Being an insulin-dependent diabetic can be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal appeals court ruled.

02/18/2009 07:39 AM

Justice Dept. orders $40 million in ADA improvements to Liberty Bowl TENNESSEE

Justice Department officials have notified Memphis that the city has until September 2010 to update Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, a project that officials say will cost more than $40 million.

02/18/2009 07:38 AM

Sub teacher in Dickinson school video lives in home for mentally ill INDIANA

It may still puzzle the public as to why a substitute teacher sat and watched as an eighth-grade classroom play-fought at Dickinson Intermediate Center two weeks ago. A student caught the scene on video for seven minutes and posted it to the Internet site

02/18/2009 07:37 AM

Disabled worker initiative launched WASHINGTON

Once an overlooked talent pool, people with disabilities are contributing to the American economy in ever growing ways. This fact is driving a new initiative, "Work for All," that's being launched this spring across a five-county area.

02/18/2009 07:36 AM

Helping the disabled gain 'full accessibility' close to lieutenant-governor's heart CANADA

Ontario's 28th lieutenant-governor and the nation's most highly-placed advocate for accessibility has lived with polio and post-polio syndrome since the age of three. He said he is now trying to assist others with disabilities.

02/18/2009 07:35 AM

Clot-buster boosts survival, decreases disability for deadly subset of stroke

New results from a multicenter study led by Johns Hopkins show that patients who got an experimental clot-busting treatment for a particularly lethal form of stroke were not only dramatically more likely to survive but also continued to shed lingering disabilities six months later. The findings, announced at the International Stroke Conference in San Diego on Feb. 19, are likely to build support for the use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in patients with intracranial hemorrhage, a treatment-resistant form of stroke marked by brain bleeding.

02/18/2009 07:34 AM

Azerbaijan displaced await end of conflict

Tazagul and her family are internally displaced people (IDPs) within Azerbaijan - victims of its conflict in the early 1990s with Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh - an Armenian-controlled enclave within Azerbaijan.

02/18/2009 07:33 AM

MSU to end music therapy program MICHIGAN

Kaylee Grettenberger cried when she heard. Michigan State University's music therapy program was going to be phased out, a casualty of the bad economic times.

02/18/2009 07:32 AM

Disability Sport: Barry Beavers are pool winners! UK

A VALE of Glamorgan swimming club that has enriched the lives of local disabled people for more than 25 years has become the first in south-east Wales to achieve a national clubmark in recognition of the way it is run.

02/18/2009 07:31 AM

Onondaga County cuts Homebound Program NEW YORK

James Lander had a stroke in 1997 that has left him wheelchair bound. He's one of about 280 residents who use the county's Homebound Transportation Program. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 07:29 AM

In Irving, wheelchair rugby games are smashing good fun TEXAS

The gym reverberates with all the banging and clanging. Metal smashes against metal. Elbows fly. Cries of anguish pierce the air. Murderball has come to Irving.Officially known as wheelchair rugby, the sport looks like pure mayhem. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 07:28 AM

Special Olympics MASSACHUSETTS

A SouthCoast contingent of Special Olympians recently competed in the Assessment Round tournament, held at Stonehill College.

02/18/2009 07:27 AM

My Profession: Hard work defines advocate for disabled TENNESSEE

For nearly 15 years, Randy Alexander has worked for advocacy centers that represent people with disabilities. Since 2003, he has been a community organizer for the Memphis Center for Independent Living.

02/18/2009 07:24 AM

Successful OV man a role model for fellow disabled residents ARIZONA

But Tom Bush also lives with a debilitating disease that affects every aspect of his life, one he has learned to juggle so well that Bush says he and his wife "live a relatively normal life."

02/18/2009 07:22 AM

Former BSDC client in intensive care in Lincoln hospital NEBRASKA

A Beatrice State Developmental Center client who was moved to a Lincoln hospital is in the intensive care unit with pneumonia, his guardian said Tuesday. James "Jimmy" Allen, who is severely mentally handicapped, is faltering under the stress of being moved from the place he knows as home, said Don Vetrovsky of Beatrice, Allen’s guardian.

02/18/2009 07:20 AM

Look closer to protect vulnerable IOWA

Gov. Chet Culver formed a task force Tuesday to figure out how we can better protect Iowa's dependent adults. Culver wants to know if Iowa laws, regulations and practices failed the 21 mentally disabled men employed, housed and allegedly exploited by Texas-based Henry's Turkey Service.

02/18/2009 07:19 AM

Portrait of a truant NEW YORK

Chester - "Xbox kind of gets boring, 24/7. I'd rather go to school than play Xbox all day." These are the words of a 14-year-old boy in the Chester school district who should be in ninth grade, but hasn't been to school all year. In the spring of 2008, his Orange-Ulster BOCES middle school determined it wasn't equipped to meet his needs, and the Chester school district placed him in a school that primarily serves emotionally disturbed boys.

02/18/2009 07:18 AM

Foster families, disabled hit by budget cuts ARIZONA

The state Department of Economic Security on Tuesday announced reductions in social programs and services in response to recent budget cuts, including moves affecting foster families and the developmentally disabled.

02/18/2009 07:17 AM

Wheelchair rugby, also called murderball, is going strong in Irving TEXAS

Murderball has come to Irving. Officially known as wheelchair rugby, the sport looks like pure mayhem. It's part dodge ball, part football and part basketball, with the aggression of hockey thrown in.

02/18/2009 07:16 AM

Mason special-needs program to cease MICHIGAN

The Ingham Intermediate School District board unanimously voted Tuesday to eliminate or reduce about 30 positions as it sought to erase a multimillion-dollar deficit.

02/18/2009 07:15 AM

Carnegie Center is site of disabled artist workshop INDIANA

The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany will host the first in a series of six workshops statewide to highlight art careers for people with disabilities.

02/18/2009 07:14 AM

Medicaid waiver recipients, providers detail difficulties KENTUCKY

After Nancy Casteel and her family moved to a new home in Jeffersonville, she said her grandson Tyler's state Medicaid benefits suddenly vanished -- despite having alerted officials to the address change.

02/18/2009 07:12 AM

Disabled children shut out of park UK

park after residents complained over "the tone" of noise made by step cushions. In one instance an autistic boy has had to have his birthday celebrations this weekend cancelled at the sensory park in The Playtrail after staff were forced to close the facility.

02/18/2009 07:11 AM

Parents of disabled more stressed, ill

Raising a child with a disability causes more daily stress and long-range health problems than parenting a child without disabilities, U.S. researchers say.

02/18/2009 07:10 AM

Students Helping Students: a Guide for Developing Social Skills in Students with Disabilities

Students helping other students learn has been proven to boost academic achievement and social skills in students with and without disabilities. A new book by Vanderbilt University researchers, Peer Support Strategies for Improving All Students' Social Lives and Learning, based on over 20 years of research in the field, offers teachers practical guidelines for implementing these peer support strategies in the classroom.

02/18/2009 07:10 AM

New YMCA Baseball Field to Benefit Kids with Disabilities WISCONSIN

Children with disabilities in the La Crosse area will soon have a baseball stadium of their own. VIDEO LINK.

02/18/2009 07:08 AM

Parents of Children With Disabilities Face More Daily Stress

Raising a child with a disability can cause more day-to-day stress and long-range health problems than parenting a child without disabilities, according to a new study that looked at a clinical measure of stress along with parents' survey responses.

02/18/2009 07:06 AM

Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma

Traffic pollution may cause genetic changes in the womb that increase a child's risk of developing asthma, say U.S. researchers who studied umbilical cord blood from New York City children.

02/18/2009 07:05 AM

Report: Fetal stem cells trigger tumors in ill boy

A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells - injections that triggered tumors in the boy's brain and spinal cord, Israeli scientists reported Tuesday.

Headlines (Posted February 16, 2009)

02/16/2009 09:19 AM

'I'm determined to recover from this' MARYLAND

They never expected to miss his blaring music in the morning, but six weeks of silence had grown deafening to the family of an Anne Arundel teen. When 18-year-old Justin Jones flipped on his radio Thursday morning, his grandmother was reduced to tears. "We didn't realize how much we missed having him home," said Susan Jones, who feared her son would never recover from a brain injury that he suffered this past month when his 2001 Dodge pickup plunged into a 100-foot ravine north of Route 50 in Davidsonville.

02/16/2009 09:13 AM

Pharmacy student learns life lessons after brain surgery PENNSYLVANIA

While skiing in early January with Wilkes students in Killington, Vt., p1 pharmacy student Erica Hoot lost control of her snowboard and hit her head when she fell on one of the courses.

02/16/2009 08:59 AM

New DoD Center Helps with Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury

A new 24-hour outreach center now provides information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

02/16/2009 08:51 AM

MRI may help reduce effects of sleep apnoea

Using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, Ohio State University Medical Center researchers are able to assess the effects of a common treatment for sleep apnoea on heart structure and function in otherwise healthy individuals.

02/16/2009 08:51 AM

Technology Brings Us Closer To Early Diagnosis Of Parkinson's Disease

It is estimated that 4 million people world-wide are suffering from Parkinson's, a complex disease that varies greatly among affected individuals. Understanding the brain chemistry that leads to the onset of Parkinson's is vital if we are to develop methods for early MRI diagnosis and new treatments for this devastating disease.

02/16/2009 08:50 AM

Introduction To Delay Effects In Brain Dynamics

Anybody can observe vibrations in his/her own body during balancing or during shaking hands with one another. It is sown that the malfunctioning of the neural system is often related to the increase of delays in the neural system, causing unmanageable shifts in the phases of neural signals.

02/16/2009 08:48 AM

AAPM 2009: Specialists Study Brain Plasticity and Its Transformative Potential

New research suggests the brain is a changeable organ that can alter its own structure and function.

02/16/2009 08:47 AM

RELAY(R) Thoracic Stent Trial Hits Halfway Mark - Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms In Adult Patients

Bolton Medical announced today that they've reached the halfway point in the U.S. clinical trial for the RELAY(R) Thoracic Stent-Graft System. The trial studies the use of the RELAY Thoracic Stent-Graft as a treatment for thoracic aortic aneurysms in adult patients. The device has been approved in Europe since 2005, and has been used to successfully treat more than 2000 patients world-wide.

02/16/2009 08:45 AM

Health Tip: Help Reduce Your Risk of Lung Disease

By keeping your lungs healthy, you may be able to help prevent conditions including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

02/16/2009 08:44 AM

Onset Of Poly-Spike Complexes In A Mean-Field Model Of Human EEG And Its Application To Absence Epilepsy

The paper reports the findings of a novel study linking researchers in Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol (a unique department in the UK) with those in Clinical Epilepsy at King's College London.

02/16/2009 08:44 AM

Epilepsy Treatment - VIMPAT (lacosamide), Given Scottish Medicines Consortium Approval

UCB's new treatment for epilepsy, has today been accepted for use in Scotland by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) for adults with partial onset seizures, as an add-on to patients' current therapy. All NHS health boards in Scotland will now consider the SMC's advice and ensure that this new treatment is made available where there is a clinical need. The SMC advise use in patients with refractory epilepsy.

02/16/2009 08:42 AM

Fewer Vagal Nerve Stimulation Operations In Scotland Than England And Wales

Compared with the rest of the UK, fewer people in Scotland are fitted with vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) devices to treat their epilepsy. To discover the reasons, Epilepsy Scotland has invited two clinicians, Dundee-based Richard Roberts and Richard Selway from London, to explore VNS from both sides of the border.

02/16/2009 08:40 AM

Long Island Brain Injury Program

The Brain Injury Association of New York State in cooperation with North Shore University Hospital and the Transitions of Long Island is sponsoring an all day program entitled, "Living With Brain Injury: New Developments in Technology and Treatment"

02/16/2009 08:39 AM

Brain Injury Association of New Jersey Develops Teen Driver Website

The prevention team of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey is currently in the process of developing a new website for parents of new and young adult drivers. The website, is being sponsored by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety and will be going live within the next 2-3 months.

02/16/2009 08:38 AM

NHS, UK Sees Financial Benefits From Treating Asthma With NIOX MINO

Aerocrine AB (OMX Nordic Exchange: AERO) has reported the recent publication of a UK study evaluating the effect of routine inflammation measurement in asthma.

02/16/2009 08:37 AM

Ruling Won't End Autism Debate, Groups Pledge

Autism advocacy groups that support the idea of a link between vaccines and the development of autism said a ruling handed down Thursday by a special court was devastating -- but that it will not sway them from their cause.

02/16/2009 08:35 AM

Common gene variants increase risk of hypertension, may lead to new therapies

A new study has identified the first common gene variants associated with an increased incidence of hypertension - a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. The report receiving early online release in the journal Nature Genetics identifies variants in genes for proteins involved with cardiovascular response to stress that also appear to influence blood pressure levels, an association previously seen in animals but not demonstrated in humans.

02/16/2009 08:34 AM

Revolutionary stroke drug not available at DGH until end of March UK

THE DGH is the only hospital in East Sussex which doesn't provide stroke victims with clot-busting drug treatment found to help some patients recover who otherwise would not.

02/16/2009 08:33 AM

Baxley gets second chance after stroke ALABAMA

Lucy Baxley just wanted to straighten her wind-blown hair. Squirming in her wheelchair outside a hotel ballroom, she reached into her purse, handing her husband a small mirror to hold while she brushed with her right hand.

02/16/2009 08:31 AM

Diagnosis by 'telemedicine' can save stroke victims

Phoenix neurologist Bart Demaerschalk was enjoying Thanksgiving dessert at home when he got a message: A woman in an emergency room 200 miles away in Kingman had developed slurred speech and drooping facial muscles during her own holiday dinner.

02/16/2009 08:29 AM

Molecules Self-assemble To Provide New Therapeutic Treatments

Researchers in the laboratory of Samuel I. Stupp at Northwestern University have an interesting approach for tackling some major health problems: gather raw materials and then let them self-assemble into structures that can address a multitude of medical needs.

02/16/2009 08:27 AM

South Brunswick children learn about disabilities during 'Uniqueness Day' NEW JERSEY

Javier Robles has little patience with people who use handicaps as an excuse to avoid participating in life. Robles, who fell from a tree at age 16 and developed a spinal cord injury, took part in Uniqueness Day at Indian Fields Elementary School in the Dayton section of South Brunswick on Wednesday, Feb. 11, to educate students about disabilities and illnesses that ranged from diabetes to cerebral palsy.

02/16/2009 08:26 AM

Man designs off-road wheelchair MICHIGAN

Daryl Hertema wanted to come up with a way to help his mother get to the store in the winter without having to worry about falling. What he ended up with is a wheelchair that could help other people as well.

02/16/2009 08:24 AM

Injured soldier completes sea row UK

A soldier who was told he would never walk again has succeeded in his bid to row across the English Channel.

02/16/2009 08:21 AM

Paralyzed Bend teen rides slopes at Bachelor OREGON

Tyler Eklund returned to the slopes Sunday. The 16-year-old from Bend rode the snow for the first time since a fall during a snowboarding practice run left him paralyzed.

02/16/2009 08:20 AM

Handicap not a big hurdle for New London freshmen girls' coach Pete Jensema WISCONSIN

Pete Jensema is a blur of basketball activity at his New London practices. His words, energy and instructions suggest a typical high school basketball coach - and that's all he's trying to be. But Jensema understands he's unique in his coaching profession - simply by how he does his work: through the use of a wheelchair.

02/16/2009 08:12 AM

Strokes Hit Women Harder

A focus at the International Stroke Conference this week in San Diego will be the growing epidemic of women having strokes. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 3.9 million women in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year and 87,000 die from it.

02/16/2009 08:10 AM

Wauconda officer back on patrol after amputation ILLINOIS

It seemed Eric Schultz's dream of becoming a police officer was in doubt. After all, how many cops have one foot? Not long after starting his job at the Wauconda Police Department, the 24-year-old Schultz, of Wauconda, was told he had cancer and faced a potentially career-ending, life-altering decision - his right foot would have to be amputated or it would become deformed and prohibit him from continuing police work.

02/16/2009 08:09 AM

DIY prosthesis all the rage in Tasmania

When the doctors told amputee Mark Lesek that the severity of his injury made him ineligible for a prosthesis, he refused to give up. Left with nothing but his own welding and engineering business, several hundred thousands of dollars, and an indomitable spirit, the Tasmanian gentleman began the quest for an artificial arm.

02/16/2009 08:08 AM

Sgt. Derick Hurt's new life MISSOURI

Sgt. Derick Hurt returned Friday to a small town in Missouri, a place he wasn't sure he'd ever see again. Lying face down in an Iraqi street three months ago, the 26-year-old infantryman almost bled to death after grenades tossed from a rooftop explo ded into his Humvee and blew his right leg apart.

02/16/2009 08:07 AM

UNB researchers part of prosthetics breakthrough CANADA

Researchers at the University of New Brunswick are part of a breakthrough in the development of artificial arms reported this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.

02/16/2009 08:07 AM

Soldier lost leg to IED now a jumpmaster NORTH CAROLINA

One by one, as their names were called, the 70 graduates from 3rd Special Forces Group's demanding jumpmaster course strode to the front of the classroom to receive their certificates.

02/16/2009 08:06 AM

Iraq War vet decides to have second leg amputated MISSOURI

When Iraq war veteran Derick Hurt lost his right leg in a grenade attack five years ago, he fought with doctors to save his left leg and mangled foot.

02/16/2009 08:05 AM

Amputees receive prosthetics through Limbs of Love program TEXAS

A grandmother, beauty pageant competitor and a high school cheerleader met up in Spring Feb. 13. And if it weren't for the recent tragedies in their lives, this meeting may not have occurred.

02/16/2009 08:04 AM

County libraries face lead testing issue MARYLAND

Jeff Getty said the dangers of lead poisoning is one of the worst fates a child could suffer. So it was with more than a little surprise when Getty, chairman of the Allegany County Library System's Board of Trustees, learned that lead could be an issue in the children's sections of each of the six county branches and the bookmobile.

02/16/2009 08:03 AM

Thrift stores must look out for lead in children's items

Parents trying to keep growing children clothed and entertained often shop for bargains at thrift stores. They could be getting more than they bargained for.

02/16/2009 08:02 AM

Fighting hockey violence will give you a concussion

Specialists in diagnosing and treating concussions should know about the perils of bashing heads against a brick wall. But, nonetheless, bravo to those who know about concussions for having recently recommended an end to fighting in hockey.

02/16/2009 08:02 AM

Patrice Bergeron's coming around MASSACHUSETTS

You don't suffer a career-threatening Grade 3 concussion and miss nearly a full season, as Bergeron did last year, and then jump right back into the NHL as an impact player. And the fact that he then suffered a second concussion in December, causing him to miss more than a month, only served to sidetrack the Bruins [team stats] center's attempts at reclaiming his game.

02/16/2009 08:00 AM

Flying Dutch guard has a mild concussion MICHIGAN

The status of one of the Hope College women's basketball team's leading players is uncertain this week. Junior guard Philana Greene, who has started all 21 games this season, suffered a mild concussion in Saturday's win over Adrian College, Hope coach Brian Morehouse said.

02/16/2009 07:58 AM

Mom: 'I must save my child' from epilepsy

When Susan Axelrod tells the story of her daughter, she begins like most parents of children with epilepsy: The baby was adorable, healthy, perfect. Lauren arrived in June 1981, a treasured first-born.

02/16/2009 07:57 AM

Baby dies of head trauma TEXAS

Canyon police believe the death of a 7-month-old Thursday was no accident. Police Chief Bobby Griffin said Thomas Joel Villa died from "abusive head trauma." Griffin said Friday that Thomas' injuries could have been caused by direct hits to the head, being thrown or being "violently and viciously" shaken.

02/16/2009 07:55 AM

16-Year-Old Has Challenges, Setbacks as Survivor of Shaken Baby Syndrome FLORIDA

Kristina Collins of Lakeland, Micah's mother, still occasionally hears from people who recently encountered the infant version of her son through the video. The segment, made when Micah was 18 months old, serves a cautionary function, and yet even as the embodiment of tragedy Micah comes across as anything but tragic, thrusting his face toward the camera and beaming mischievously.

02/16/2009 07:55 AM

Omaha daycare provider sentenced in shaken baby case

A former Omaha daycare provider has been ordered to serve 10 to 20 years in prison for abusing a child in her care.

02/16/2009 07:54 AM

Police: Baby Shaken By Father May Be Blind MASSACHUSETTS

An 8-week-old baby is likely blind after her father admitted shaking her, police said. VIDEO LINK.

02/16/2009 07:52 AM

Doubt over 'shaken baby' theory that has sent dozens of parents to prison UK

Two British pathologists have found that a combination of injuries used to diagnose abuse, known as the "triad", can happen naturally. Dr Irene Scheimberg, from London's Bart's Hospital, and Dr Marta Cohen, from Sheffield Children's Hospital, warn that bleeding on the brain and retinas, swelling of the brain and oxygen deficiency do not only occur through vigorous shaking. Their discoveries could have a dramatic effect on future child abuse trials and child protection hearings.

02/16/2009 07:50 AM

'Wake Up' To Health Risks Of Heavy Snoring

Heavy snoring can be far from a nuisance. It can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where an individual briefly stops breathing during the night which raises the risk of heart failure and strokes.

02/16/2009 07:48 AM

Surprising Interactions Of Diabetes Mellitus And Sepsis

Diabetic patients are less likely to suffer from acute respiratory failure during severe sepsis.

02/16/2009 07:47 AM

Asthma UK Comment On 21st Century Children's Health Service

Neil Churchill, Chief Executive at Asthma UK says: 'While we were pleased to see the Government's commitment to improving access to services and information, we were disappointed that relatively little attention has been given to the needs of children and young people with long-term conditions, such as asthma, while they are in school. In particular, the ambiguous recommendation for every area to have a School Health Team seems to be a real step back from the Government's previous pledge to resource comprehensive provision of school nurses by 2010.

02/16/2009 07:39 AM

Third bird flu case this year in Vietnam

A Vietnamese man has tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the third confirmed case of bird flu in Vietnam this year, hospital sources said Monday.

02/16/2009 07:38 AM

Friends help family persevere through ordeal OHIO

It began with shortness of breath in 2005. Then Halis Gorgulu, branch manager at Huntington National Bank in Deerfield Township, got a cough that wouldn't go away. After a steady stream of doctors, Gorgulu was diagnosed with a rare condition called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - a disease of unknown cause that makes the lungs harden into fibrous material.

02/16/2009 07:37 AM

Olympus introduces first endoscopic ultrasound processor for digestive and pulmonary diseases

Olympus America Inc. today announced the launch of EU-ME1, the world's first universal endoscopic ultrasound processor to combine electronic and mechanical scanning for both gastrointestinal and pulmonary diseases in a single device. This technology could allow doctors to more conveniently diagnose and stage pancreatic, lung, esophageal and stomach cancer, as well as other diseases.

02/16/2009 07:09 AM

Forced to beg: new scandal of thalidomide SPAIN

SLUMPED on the pavement, they plead for coins from strangers, their drastically stunted arms too short even to hold out their hands to passers-by. Living in poverty is a constant threat for those who were victims of the antenatal drug thalidomide in Spain.

02/16/2009 07:05 AM

University of Miami students document Special Olympics FLORIDA

When Matthew Byrnes signed up to cover the 2009 Special Olympics in Idaho, he expected to hone his filming and editing skills.

02/16/2009 07:03 AM

Wounded Warrior Project WEST VIRGINIA

The Wounded Warrior Ministry is working to help men and women wounded in the military.

02/16/2009 06:58 AM

Hero's return for Wash. state Special Olympians

The chanting began long before the 14 athletes from Washington state even exited the concourse, with family and friends sporting blue and white scarves hand knit by Special Olympics supporters around the globe.

02/16/2009 06:57 AM

New pension schemes for widows, disabled in interim budget INDIA

The Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme will provide a pension of Rs.200 to widows in the age group of 40-64, while the Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme aims to provide pension to 'severely disabled persons', acting finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said in his budget speech in parliament.

02/16/2009 06:56 AM

Launch Of Stem Cell Study For Acute Stroke Patients, UT Houston

A first-of-its-kind stem cell study to treat acute stroke victims is being launched by investigators at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

02/16/2009 06:55 AM

Cruel twist slows, not stops Hill NEW ZEALAND

Dave Hill knows all about coping with a disability. His wife, Trish, is New Zealand's most successful female wheelchair athlete, with 36 international medals and trophies, plus eight world records, and he has helped many other athletes with disabilities.

02/16/2009 06:54 AM

Disability 101: My lessons COLORADO

What have I learned as a person with a disability? That everything can be lost in a moment, no matter how carefully I plan. That even when everything is lost, there is still something left. I am still me no matter what. The most important things in life are unchanged.

02/16/2009 06:53 AM

Muscular Disability Won't Defeat Nowata Sophomore OKLAHOMA

He catches the ball and takes a bounce. Coaxed with concentration, he puts the ball into the basket. It's another tale to add to Trenton Weirather's triumph.

02/16/2009 06:53 AM

Younger people with disability in residential aged care program: final report on the 2007-08 minimum data set AUSTRALIA

This report includes information from the 2007-08 Younger People With Disability in Residential Aged Care Minimum Data Set (YPIRAC MDS).

02/16/2009 06:50 AM

Triumph over tragedy is 'Dana's Legacy' to disabled CALIFORNIA

Gayle and Don Slate's first child was born with cerebral palsy. That tragic fact moved Gayle to write a new book called "Dana's Legacy - From Heartbreak to Healing." The story of Dana's short life - she died when she was not yet 15 - helps Gayle to show how disabilities can bring both tragedy and opportunity.

02/16/2009 06:50 AM

Abilities of Northwest Jersey has been creating jobs for 35 years

When one thinks of large employers in Warren County, companies such as Mars in Hackettstown may immediately come to mind. One major employer that may not immediately come to mind, yet plays a critical role in fulfilling a vital service for Warren County and parts of Hunterdon and Morris counties, is Abilities of Northwest Jersey, which provides jobs for more than 350 area residents who have all types of disabilities.

02/16/2009 06:48 AM

Stimulus aid coming for poor, disabled students CALIFORNIA

California's poorest schoolchildren and those with disabilities will be among the beneficiaries of the big federal stimulus package, with about $2.5 billion specifically for them going straight into school district coffers over the next two years.

02/16/2009 06:47 AM

Sex and disability: what can we learn? UK

Anne developed polio as a baby after being given an out-of-date immunisation. This affected the development of her legs, which meant she had to use crutches and eventually a wheelchair. The couple now live in Harlow, Essex, with their eight-year-old son, Timothy.

02/16/2009 06:46 AM

Removing stigma for intellectually disabled CANADA

Elaine Vollett started out on her mission as a mother intent on fulfilling her son's need for education and stimulation. When her son, John, was born 38 years ago, she was told he had little chance for survival.

02/16/2009 06:42 AM

Autism programs take a hit MASSACHUSETTS

Special-needs administrators are scrambling to replace funding for the next fiscal year as a state grant designed to help teachers deal with the increasing numbers of autism-spectrum students dries up this school year.

02/16/2009 06:41 AM

Woodbury: Money being raised to give disabled kids a playground of their own MINNESOTA

Kids with disabilities can look forward to the ultimate playground just for them in Woodbury.

02/16/2009 06:40 AM

Project on disabled people's voting rights MALTA

A group of four young adults with intellectual disabilities from the Equal Partners Foundation recently travelled to Brussels to join a group of 20 people with intellectual disability from Italy, Ireland, Spain, Denmark and Hungary and take part in an EU-funded Grundtvig project called 'My Opinion, My Vote', concerning disabled people's active citizenship and voting rights.

02/16/2009 06:39 AM

Activist mom helps autistic twins succeed VIGINIA

Identical twins David and Isaiah Childress show how children with autism can succeed - with years of hard work and parents determined to get their children the services they need.

02/16/2009 06:37 AM

Participants compete in some special games ILLINOIS

Nearly 60 people with special needs took part in the 25th annual Kiwanis Spring Games yesterday at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort.

02/16/2009 06:35 AM

Special Olympics athletes become chocolatiers FLORIDA

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Peterbrooke Chocolatier in Winter Garden gave local Special Olympics athletes a real treat - the chance to go behind the counter and become chocolatiers for a day on Feb. 5.

02/16/2009 06:34 AM

Changes coming to transit service for disabled KENTUCKY

Changes to Wheels, the Lexington transportation service for people with disabilities, will mean higher fares in some cases, possibly fewer eligible riders, and more monitoring that it is hoped will improve service.

02/16/2009 06:33 AM

CPSC aims to ease confusion over lead safety law

Librarians, clothing makers, craft sellers and thrift-store owners received a reprieve Friday from federal regulators who moved to quell confusion over a new product safety law.

02/16/2009 06:32 AM

Downsizing Southern Wisconsin Center discussed at Sunday meeting WISCONSIN

The state's announcement that it wants to move more than half of Southern Wisconsin Center's residents into community-based care facilities has guardians and family members asking the same question: Will it be my loved one who has to move?

02/16/2009 06:29 AM

SAU 53 schools plan to bill Uncle Sam for special ed costs NEW HAMPSHIRE

Citing an unfair burden on local property taxpayers, the five school districts in SAU 53 will be billing the United States government for special education balances left over after federal aid has been applied.

02/16/2009 06:28 AM

Disabled People Association Chairman Happy With 17 Years of Work ANGOLA

The chairman of the National Association of Angolan Disabled Persons (ANDA), Silva Lopes Etiambulo, Friday in Luanda, considered as positive the 17 years of existence of the organisation.

02/16/2009 06:25 AM

Special Olympics building new Mass. HQ MASSACHUSETTS

A 25,000-square-foot building in Marlborough, now under construction and with plans for completion next fall, will be the new headquarters and coach-training facility for Special Olympics Massachusetts Inc.

02/16/2009 06:24 AM

SMART boards help children with special needs learn MALAYSIA

Children with special needs, especially those who grew up during the digital era, require a little something extra to learn more effectively, as well as to capture and retain their attention span.

02/16/2009 06:23 AM

Medicaid waiver meetings set KENTUCKY

When Eric McPherson leaves high school next year, he'll take a big step into the next stage of his life -- and his family hopes the state's Medicaid system will be ready, too.

02/16/2009 06:21 AM

Iowa's Special Olympians parade medals

Gold and silver medals weighed down Charli Bauer as she walked through the terminal of the Des Moines airport. But she held her head high.

02/16/2009 06:20 AM

Disabled lament loss of bus service ILLINOIS

Tim Gee of Hammond has a van he shares with his wife and a motorized wheelchair. But the van isn't that reliable, and the chair only goes 10 miles between charges. NWICA's paratransit service filled in the gaps, letting him get to the store, volunteer, live his life.

02/16/2009 06:19 AM

400 jobs in jeopardy with proposed closing of Mount Pleasant mental health center MICHIGAN

An Isabella County facility serving mentally challenged adults is among the casualties of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm's 2010 budget ax, which also will chop several prisons.

02/16/2009 06:18 AM

Tax Benefits for Disabled Taxpayers TEXAS

There are several tax credits and benefits available to qualifying taxpayers with disabilities as well as to the parents of disabled children. Listed below are several tax credits and other benefits available if you or someone else listed on your federal tax return is disabled.

02/16/2009 06:17 AM

Scuba diving classes offer new experiences for people with disabilities OHIO

Peter Lindau isn't able to use his legs. But use of his legs wasn't necessary when he plunged recently into the pool at Aqua Hut, 2543 North Reynolds Rd. With the help of instructors and members of the Toledo Fire Department and Water Rescue team, he was able to don a mask, suck air through a regulator, and for the first time experience what it was like to scuba dive.

02/16/2009 06:16 AM

Palm Beach couple trains dogs for veterans, those in need

Patricia and Tom Collins are working with their fourth dog from the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, which breeds Labradors, golden retrievers and Labrador-poodle mixes. When the dogs are about 7 weeks old, they are matched with volunteers who train them in their homes for a year.

02/16/2009 06:15 AM

Diabetic man wins Americans With Disabilities Act ruling

In a decision with potential implications for the nation's 24 million diabetics, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that a Type 2 diabetes patient may be entitled to the protections of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

02/16/2009 06:14 AM

Not your ordinary PE

This isn't your average PE. It's part of a Bend-La Pine Schools program called adaptive physical education, which serves about 175 children. The program was started in the '80s by Mike Kennedy, the former adaptive PE director.

02/16/2009 06:14 AM

College Is Possible for Students With Intellectual Disabilities

Unlike students who pull all-nighters and cram before exams, Mount Aloysius College student Katie Apostolides has been working diligently in preparation for midterms since her first day of class. She starts papers and projects the day they are assigned, meets weekly with a different peer tutor for each of her classes, and knows to take short breaks throughout her studying in an effort to stay focused and on task.

02/16/2009 06:12 AM

Warning given on problems at disabilities agency, ex-official says SOUTH CAROLINA

A former commissioner of the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs said she told Gov. Mark Sanford's office nearly two years ago about many of the agency problems that surfaced in a recent audit -- and the Governor's Office said it acted on many of her concerns.

02/16/2009 06:11 AM

Sponsor Dollars Key to Flu Vaccine Study Publication

Drug industry-funded flu vaccine studies are more likely to be published in prestigious journals and are cited more often in the scientific literature than other studies, according to researchers who assessed 274 flu vaccine studies.

02/16/2009 06:04 AM

Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma

Housecleaning products may pose a threat to women with asthma, U.S. researchers say.

Headlines (Posted February 13 & 14, 2009)

02/14/2009 09:37 AM

Brain Injury Legislative Alert

From the Brain Injury Association of America: This week, efforts to take up the FY09 appropriations omnibus bill were stalled further due to the consideration and conference of the Economic Stimulus Legislation. The house will likely wait until after the Presidents Day Recess to tackle appropriations.

02/13/2009 07:25 AM

Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome WISCONSIN

Shaken baby syndrome is a type of child physical abuse that is characterized by brain injury and bleeding on the brain from shaking and/or slamming. Every year in the United States, there are approximately 1500 confirmed cases of shaken baby syndrome. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin typically sees about 16-18 cases a year.

02/13/2009 07:23 AM

Scientists Use Human Medicine To Detect Brain Injuries In Salmon

The salmon study was headed up by Ann Miracle. She's a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland. She found that when a fish gets a brain injury, small proteins in its brain cells are broken up. By detecting those proteins she can tell if the fish was injured or not.

02/13/2009 07:22 AM

Pro Athletes, Coaches & Other Experts to Help Raise Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Sports NEW YORK

One of the most prevalent, severe and compelling health issues in sports today - a condition that affects athletes of virtually all ages, sizes and types - - is serious head injuries. From suffering frequent concussions to experiencing a severe jolt to the head, this issue is becoming more worrisome and frequent in today’s world of sports.

02/13/2009 07:21 AM

Program to help adults with acquired brain injuries adjust back into community CANADA

A new program has started in Orillia to help adults with acquired brain injuries to transition back into the community, said Rebecca Swift-Weir, day program co-ordinator with Brain Injury Services Muskoka Simcoe.

02/13/2009 07:19 AM

Court says vaccine not to blame for autism

Vaccines aren't to blame for autism, a special federal court declared Thursday in a blow to thousands of families hoping to win compensation and to many more who are convinced of a connection. VIDEO LINK.

02/13/2009 07:18 AM

Bill targeting child abusers advances MONTANA

People who inflict "shaken baby" injuries on children or otherwise seriously hurt them could face up to 25 years in prison under a bill moving through the Legislature.

02/13/2009 07:15 AM

Collingdale Man Arrested For Assault On 2-Year-Old PENNSYLVANIA

Collingdale Police have arrested a man for allegedly assaulting a two-year-old child who suffered a serious brain injury.+ VIDEO LINK.

02/13/2009 07:14 AM

Claire survived stroke thanks to quick action UK

CLAIRE Morgan last year suffered a stroke at the age of 22. A blood clot in her leg travelled up her body, through a hole in her heart and into her brain. She was unable to see or move her right side.

02/13/2009 07:13 AM

Sleeping Brain Is Still Hard At Work: Mechanisms For Consolidation Of Cortical Plasticity

New research provides strong support for the idea that one of the key functions of sleep is the consolidation of memories. The study, published by Cell Press in the February 12th issue of the journal Neuron, provides fascinating insight into the cellular mechanisms that govern the sleep-dependent consolidation of experiences that occur while we are awake.

02/13/2009 07:06 AM

Lower Limb Orthotics Improve Balance and Gait After Stroke

Ankle and foot splints can improve balance, ambulation and mobility in the immediate post-stroke period, according to British researchers.

02/13/2009 07:03 AM

Dangerous Printer Particles Identified

The identity and origin of tiny, potentially hazardous particles emitted from common laser printers have been revealed by a new study at Queensland University of Technology. These tiny particles are potentially dangerous to human health because they can penetrate deep into the lungs.

02/13/2009 07:02 AM

Pioneering paramedics help stroke victims UK

South East Coast Ambulance Service is leading the way with a pioneering course which helps medical staff spot the symptoms of stroke victims.

02/13/2009 07:01 AM

Blasdell Woman Survives Severe Stroke NEW YORK

62-year old Barbara Russo doesn't remember much about that day in November of 2007, when she suffered a stroke, but her husband recalls how scary it was. VIDEO LINK.

02/13/2009 07:00 AM

New Report Highlights Better Ways Of Delivering Stroke Care And Improving Outcomes For Patients

As the Department of Health prepares to launch a major stroke awareness campaign, a new report by The Stroke Association highlights the beacons of good practice in stroke care that are saving lives and improving the chances of a full recovery.

02/13/2009 07:00 AM

Major Shake Up Of London Stroke And Trauma Services Will Save Hundreds Of Lives

Five hundred lives a year will be saved through the creation of specialist stroke and trauma centres in London, according to a consultation launched this week. Expert clinical care and the latest technology would be concentrated in a few super - centres which would treat the most serious and life-threatening cases. And they would be linked to a network of A&E and stroke units across the capital dealing with less serious cases, rehabilitation and continued treatment.

02/13/2009 06:56 AM

Study: Drug Therapy May Help More Stroke Victims MASSACHUSETTS

A new study by Massachusetts General Hospital says more stroke victims may benefit from immediate drug therapy than most doctors think.

02/13/2009 06:53 AM

'Next moment she was gone' SOUTH AFRICA

Singer Kurt Darren has spoken of his sadness at the death of Anja Wolmarans, a 12-year-old quadriplegic from Middelburg in Mpumalanga. He said it looked as if she was getting better, but then she died suddenly. Darren said he was "deeply moved" and had formed a special bond with the girl after he visited her last year in the Life New Kensington Clinic in Johannesburg as part of the Jacaranda 94.2 Good Morning Angels project.

02/13/2009 06:49 AM

Road to recovery: Girl paralyzed by infection learns to walk again WASHINGTON

Small steps in a hospital room are leaps and bounds ahead of doctor's predictions for a Spokane teenager diagnosed with a rare viral infection. VIDEO LINK.

02/13/2009 06:48 AM

How Do You Build A Synthetic Brain?

Nanocarbon modeling may be the next step toward emulating human brain function. That's the focus of USC electrical engineering professor Alice Parker's "synthetic cortex" study funded by the National Science Foundation.

02/13/2009 06:47 AM

Company to give scoop on prosthetics ARIZONA

The world of prosthetic technology, designed to ease the lives of amputees, has come a long way in the last few decades.

02/13/2009 06:46 AM

Amputee Engineer Designs, Installs His Own Robotic Arm

After an accidental and tragic arm-lopping, Mark Lesek's early efforts to find a suitable prosthesis didn't really pan out. Lesek, by trade a mechanical engineer, took matters into his own hand(s). He made his own.

02/13/2009 06:43 AM

UNB researchers part of prosthetics breakthrough CANADA

Researchers at the University of New Brunswick are part of a breakthrough in the development of artificial arms reported this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.

02/13/2009 06:41 AM

New charges considered after shaken baby dies in Edwardsville ILLINOIS

Authorities said Wednesday they are researching whether a child's recent death justifies filing new charges against her father, who served a prison term for violently shaking her in 1999.

02/13/2009 06:35 AM

Shaken baby critical; father, 30, in jail OHIO

A 30-year-old man is accused of shaking his 4-month-old son so severely the baby was critically injured.

02/13/2009 06:32 AM

Ryall to look into respiratory care problems NEW ZEALAND

Health Minister Tony Ryall says he will look closely at a report showing more than half New Zealand's district health boards (DHBs) do not meet minimum standards of respiratory care.

02/13/2009 06:29 AM

Coma woman to be flown home UK

Preparations are being made to medically evacuate a granny - stranded in a coma in a Canary Islands hospital. A wrangle over whether Joan Grant had declared past medical problems has meant the underwriters of her insurance policy refused to pay for an emergency flight home.

02/13/2009 06:26 AM

Long-term Use Of Popular Inhalers Increases Risk Of Pneumonia For COPD Patients

Newly published research out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine finds that a popular class of anti-inflammatory inhalers significantly increases the risk of pneumonia in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

02/13/2009 06:25 AM

Scientists decode genomes of all known rhinoviruses, first step towards cure CANADA

The ambitious project, the results of which were published Thursday, should fast-forward efforts to combat these viral nuisances. But the vast genetic variation seen across the various strains suggests it is unlikely pharmaceutical scientists could concoct one single drug to treat all versions, the senior author of the study admitted.

02/13/2009 06:23 AM

Anticipated cuts to SSI will harm the elderly, blind and disabled CALIFORNIA

When California legislators finally finish wrestling with a $40 billion budget deficit, residents of all sorts will feel the pinch - school children and municipal workers, the developmentally disabled and unemployed parents.

02/13/2009 06:21 AM

Group mapping out access issues UK

A LOCAL disability organisation is embarking on a project to identify areas in their towns where there are access issues.

02/13/2009 06:19 AM

Torridge soccer session for disabled UK

Torridge District Council, in conjunction with The Devon County Football Association, is running a coaching session and fun football games for adults with disabilities.

02/13/2009 06:17 AM

Roundtable panelists discuss discrepancies in state special education funding PENNSYLVANIA

The state is underfunding special education programs in school districts across the commonwealth to the tune of $380 million per year, according to a new report.

02/13/2009 06:13 AM

Disabled lose out after money dries up NEW ZEALAND

A collapse in charitable funding due to the world financial crisis has claimed one of its first casualties - a group that runs recreational activities for disabled youth.

02/13/2009 06:11 AM

Trujillo to snowboard in Special Olympics World Games IDAHO

Lifelong Fallbrook resident Patti Trujillo will compete in snowboarding at the Special Olympics World Games in Boise, ID, February 7-13.

02/13/2009 06:07 AM

8th Grader with Autism Wins School Spelling Bee MINNESOTA

This week, one child with autism is in the spotlight. Not because of his disability, but because of his success. Now, his victory is teaching and inspiring others.

02/13/2009 06:06 AM

City to build sidewalk ramps with extra grant funds ARIZONA

The drop in local construction may have an unexpected effect - improving mobility for people traveling on wheels on city sidewalks.

02/13/2009 06:02 AM

Portrait of a truant NEW YORK

"Xbox kind of gets boring, 24/7. I'd rather go to school than play Xbox all day." These are the words of a 14-year-old boy in the Chester school district who should be in ninth grade, but hasn't been to school all year. In the spring of 2008, his Orange-Ulster BOCES middle school determined it wasn't equipped to meet his needs, and the Chester school district placed him in a school that primarily serves emotionally disturbed boys.

02/13/2009 06:01 AM

Wheelchair accessibility bill fails NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota businesses that receive $100,000 or more in state or local funds will not be required to make the public-use portions of their building wheelchair accessible.

02/13/2009 05:59 AM

Disability no obstacle for sporting youngsters UK

Disabled youngsters in part of Lancashire are being invited to sign up for free sports sessions.

02/13/2009 05:57 AM

Assembly Holds Hearing On Bill for Disabled NIGERIA

Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday held a one-day public hearing on a bill for a law to eliminate all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities.

02/13/2009 05:56 AM

Giving disabled a better shot at outdoors MONTANA

George Young is an avid bow and rifle hunter, and he wanted desperately to get within shooting range of an elk or deer.

02/13/2009 05:54 AM

Waverly athletes with disabilities crack the lineup NEW YORK

Mike McMahon has lived in Waverly all his life - going on 57 years - and has taught and coached and been an administrator there for 36 years.

02/13/2009 05:54 AM

Jewish women get kosher group home NEW YORK

Six Jewish women with development disabilities will soon have a new group home in suburban New York - and it's kosher.

02/13/2009 05:52 AM

MRDD superintendent contract almost a done deal OHIO

Another board of mental retardation and developmental disabilities met in a lengthy executive session Wednesday night, but a couple of details about Coshocton County's new superintendent contract need to be ironed out.

02/13/2009 05:51 AM

Mom seeks clues in son's beating NEW YORK

The mother of an autistic Bensonhurst man who was brutally beaten at a Crown Heights group home in October is pleading for witnesses to come forward after an NYPD detective told her he may drop the case.

02/13/2009 05:50 AM

End Waitlists Now lobbies for more funding CANADA

A campaign to raise awareness about provincial government under-funding of supports and services for children with special needs and adults with developmental disabilities had a successful launch.

02/13/2009 05:49 AM

Beatrice center resident's death prompts claim NEBRASKA

Medical negligence at the troubled Beatrice State Developmental Center led to the death last month of an 18-year-old with mental disabilities, the woman's family says.

02/13/2009 05:47 AM

5,000 persons with disability stuck in IDP camps UGANDA

As the majority of the people who lived in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps at the height of the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency return to their villages to rebuild their lives, more than 5,000 people with disabilities remain stuck in the camps -with nowhere to go. They are poor and have no means to leave the IDP camps where they have endured poverty, discrimination and marginalisation.

02/13/2009 05:46 AM

Mt. Pleasant Center to close by October MICHIGAN

State officials will seek community placement for many of the remaining 88 residents and eliminate more than 400 jobs as they work to close the Mt. Pleasant Center by October. Budget constraints and a goal of placing residents with developmental disabilities into communities were cited as reasons for closing the facility, one of only three left in the state.

02/13/2009 05:44 AM

Special-education suit stands against D.C. schools WASHINGTON DC

A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit that alleges the D.C. public schools discriminated against a disabled student to move forward.

02/13/2009 05:43 AM

Art-ability helps many and needs help INDIANA

People with disabilities are experiencing cuts in their favorite programs and private donations are way down. It means a long-time program called Art-ability is looking for help. VIDEO LINK.

02/13/2009 05:41 AM

Epilepsy - Often an invisible disease

Epilepsy is a brain disorder caused by signaling disturbances in the brains electrical system. In some patients, this may cause abnormal sensations and emotional or behavioral disorders. Often when a patient has epilepsy, they may experience convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness. When left untreated seizures can and often are recurring and may vary in frequency and intensity. This can be a dangerous disease and could even be life threatening when seizures are uncontrolled.

02/13/2009 05:39 AM

Home is planned to provide respite care for youths NEW YORK

Under a plan for a new respite center in the Rochester area, adolescents with developmental disabilities and behavior problems would spend one week every other month living in a home with a playground and swimming pool, while their parents take a break from the constant pressures of caring for them.

02/13/2009 05:38 AM

Careers Industries adds new program WISCONSIN

Careers Industries is now offering integrated employment for people with developmental or similar disabilities.

02/13/2009 05:37 AM

New disability regulations could cost city millions CANADA

City council has sounded the alarm over the cost to Ontario municipalities of implementing new information and communications standards under provincial disability legislation.

02/13/2009 05:36 AM

Canvas reveals what words can't COLORADO

Bessie Mungia has a hard time vocally expressing how she feels. But all staff members at Envision have to do is look at what she’s painting that day.

02/13/2009 05:15 AM

Opportunity Partners in Minnetonka receives grants to find jobs for disabled workers MINNESOTA

In today's economy finding a job is no easy task even for the most able-bodied residents. Imagine what it's like for those who are disabled, or for those who suffer from a medical condition.

02/13/2009 05:13 AM

Tax Benefits for Disabled Taxpayers TEXAS

There are several tax credits and benefits available to qualifying taxpayers with disabilities as well as to the parents of disabled children. Listed below are several tax credits and other benefits available if you or someone else listed on your federal tax return is disabled.

02/13/2009 05:12 AM

Farm in Frampton Cotterell for people with learning disabilities is hit by thieves UK

A FLOWER farm which is used to help rehabilitate people with learning disabilities and depression has been targeted by thieves. Thousands of pounds worth of equipment was stolen from Organic Blooms at Frome Valley Fruit Farm in Frampton Cotterell, leaving staff and patients devastated.

02/13/2009 05:11 AM

Senators question independence of disabilities agency's auditor SOUTH CAROLINA

A Greenville member of the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs board told a special Senate committee Wednesday that the agency has "clarified" the independence of its internal auditor, who will now follow up on public complaints and agency problems identified in a recent audit.

02/13/2009 05:10 AM

Instructor helps drivers overcome disabilities OHIO

For more than 30 years, Don Neff has been instructing and educating people who have disabilities on how to obey the rules of the road.

02/13/2009 05:09 AM

Group honors employers of people with disabilities CALIFORNIA

More than 50 local businesses were honored Thursday afternoon for employing people with disabilities in Carlsbad.

02/13/2009 05:08 AM

Logistics agency leads in recruiting students with disabilities

The Defense Logistics Agency hired 91 college students with disabilities under the federal government's Workforce Recruitment Program in 2008, more than any other federal agency.

02/13/2009 05:07 AM

Is China Making Its Bird Flu Outbreak Worse?

One thing is certain about avian influenza: it's deadly. Of the three people who contracted the H5N1 strain of the virus in China last year, three died. In the first six weeks of 2009, eight people have come down with bird flu and five have died.

02/13/2009 05:05 AM

Second Case Of Bird Flu Discovered In Canada

British Columbia officials have detected another case of Avian influenza, commonly known as the bird flu.

02/13/2009 05:01 AM

Grandma's moistening kettle may have held off flu

Grandma may have been right about keeping a teakettle warming on the stove in winter to moisten the air. Studies of seasonal influenza have long found indications that flu spreads better in dry air.

Headlines (Posted February 11, 2009)

02/11/2009 10:15 AM

In New Procedure, Artificial Arm Listens to Brain

Amanda Kitts lost her left arm in a car accident three years ago, but these days she plays football with her 12-year-old son, and changes diapers and bearhugs children at the three Kiddie Cottage day care centers she owns in Knoxville, Tenn. Ms. Kitts, 40, does this all with a new kind of artificial arm that moves more easily than other devices and that she can control by using only her thoughts. VIDEO LINK.

02/11/2009 10:01 AM

Medical Watch: New treatments helping to cure brain injuries for soldiers LOUISIANA

Traumatic brain injury may have affected 320,000 service men and women, costing as much as $32,000 a year to treat. Now a local doctor and injured soldier are part of a groundbreaking study that hopes to find a new treatment. VIDEO LINK.

02/11/2009 10:00 AM

Clinic for special-needs children to shut down ALSAKA

One of just a few clinics in the Valley providing therapy and rehabilitation for special-needs children is closing. A company spokeswoman said the decision was prompted by financial losses at the center.

02/11/2009 09:59 AM

Controversial Study To Test Link Between Insomnia And Sleep Apnea

The Sleep and Human Health Institute (SHHI) was awarded a grant to study one of the most controversial aspects of Chronic Insomnia.

02/11/2009 09:57 AM

Stroke Therapy Window Might Be Extended Past Nine Hours For Some

Some patients who suffer a stroke as a result of a blockage in an artery in the brain may benefit from a clot-busting drug nine or more hours after the onset of symptoms.

02/11/2009 09:56 AM

Mayo Clinic Research Shows That Improving Brain Processing Speed Helps Memory

Mayo Clinic researchers found that healthy, older adults who participated in a computer-based training program to improve the speed and accuracy of brain processing showed twice the improvement in certain aspects of memory, compared to a control group.

02/11/2009 09:54 AM

Increasing Understanding And Use Of Imaging Techniques For Neuroscience Research

It's a classic academic mismatch: Researchers aren't able to make use of seminal improvements in technology - often from colleagues just across the street - either because they don't know about them or because gaining familiarity makes unrealistic demands on their time.

02/11/2009 09:52 AM

Protein Shields Mice from Parkinson's

If results of a new study conducted in mice can be applied to people, Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions may have met their match.

02/11/2009 09:51 AM

VIMPAT (lacosamide) - New Epilepsy Treatment - Given Scottish Medicines Consortium Approval

UCB's new treatment for epilepsy, has today been accepted for use in Scotland by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) for adults with partial onset seizures, as an add-on to patients' current therapy. All NHS health boards in Scotland will now consider the SMC's advice and ensure that this new treatment is made available where there is a clinical need. The SMC advise use in patients with refractory epilepsy.

02/11/2009 09:50 AM

Critical Dose Medicines And Brand Substitution: Issues With Anti-epileptic Drugs AUSTRALIA

Doctors and pharmacists are urged to exercise care when considering brand substitution for anti-epileptic drugs used for epilepsy, even if they are listed as bioequivalent on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

02/11/2009 09:49 AM

Brain Injury Awareness Month Urgent Request

On February 4, 2009, Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, introduced legislation that would designate March as "Brain Injury Awareness" month (H.Con.Res.40).

02/11/2009 09:48 AM

The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan

The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation has recently submitted a letter to the newly installed President of the United States urging President Obama to address one of the most critical issues facing the new Administration: catastrophic health care reform.

02/11/2009 09:46 AM

Otto Bock HealthCare Commits $60,000 to the Amputee Coalition of America

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) announced Otto Bock HealthCare as the organization's inaugural corporate Diamond Sponsor. The Diamond Sponsorship at $60,000 is the nonprofit organization's highest level of corporate sponsorship.

02/11/2009 09:44 AM

Stroke Survivor Uses Pilates As Therapy CALIFORNIA

"Everyone thinks of Pilates for movie stars and yes they do use it because they can take a circle and a band and get a good workout. But it's really for everyone," said Trish Theron, Pilates instructor at ATA Taekwondo. VIDEO LINK.

02/11/2009 09:42 AM

Treating MS Symptoms With Stem Cells

Researchers at Northwestern University conducted a trial using patients' own stem cells to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, reports Early Show correspondent Debbye Turner Bell, and although the study group was small -- only 21 patients participated in it -- the findings are a huge breakthrough in the fight against MS.

02/11/2009 09:35 AM

Whatever happened to: Travis Roy

Eleven seconds was all it took to change Travis Roy's life. As a freshman at Boston University in 1995, Roy lived his dream of playing hockey for the Terriers, earning a full scholarship after playing two seasons at Tabor Academy in Marion. His dream was quickly shattered when he crashed head first into the boards during his first collegiate game, leaving him a quadriplegic.

02/11/2009 09:32 AM

A stroke survivor's story: 200 pounds lost and counting MICHIGAN

At 9 a.m., Connie Jones has been up since 5 a.m. because since learning she had high blood pressure and high cholesterol she made exercising a priority in her life. She walks 3 to 4 miles every morning. "I just got tired of being sick and tired." VIDEO LINK.

02/11/2009 09:31 AM

Fremonter takes first steps with new legs NEBRASKA

Arturo Mendez does not remember the November accident where he lost both of his legs below the knees after being hit by a train. But the Fremont man will remember Monday, the day he took his first steps in nearly three months. VIDEO LINK.

02/11/2009 09:30 AM

The Growing Epidemic Of Stroke In Women

Studies on unique stroke risk factors among women and gender disparities in stroke care are featured in a special issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

02/11/2009 09:30 AM

Tibion Introduces PK100 Bionic Leg Orthosis At APTA's Combined Sections Meeting In Las Vegas

Tibion, a leader in the development of bionic devices for the mobility impaired, is introducing the PK100 Bionic Leg Orthosis (formerly known as the PowerKnee) at the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) taking place February 9-12, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The CSM brings together more than 7,000 physical therapy professionals to learn about the latest advances in the practice of physical therapy.

02/11/2009 09:29 AM

New TMR Surgery Helps Patients Control Prosthetic Arms

A US study shows that a new type of surgery called pattern recognition technique with targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) appears to help patients with amputations to gain better control of prosthetic arms.

02/11/2009 09:26 AM

Prosthetics patients give each other support FLORIDA

Robyn Antonovich had to learn to walk again after a "BK." One of her inspirations was Angela Cummings, also a "BK." "AK," for above the knee amputation, and "BK," for below the knee, were terms used to share experiences during a recent gathering to launch an amputee support group for people in Marion and Alachua counties.

02/11/2009 09:22 AM

New Law Banning Lead in Children's Toys

A new federal law took effect Tuesday banning lead and other toxic substances in children's toys.

02/11/2009 09:21 AM

Shane Laurie's MSU Career Over MISSOURI

Missouri State guard Shane Laurie's college career is over after suffering another concussion. The injury happened when he collided with Wesley Clemmons from Southern Illinois while chasing a loose ball during the first half of Saturday's game.

02/11/2009 09:19 AM

Lightning's Smith has post-concussion syndrome FLORIDA

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith, who has missed the past three games, is suffering from post-concussion syndrome.

02/11/2009 08:56 AM

Service dogs provide 'amazing' difference MIINNESOTA

A German Shepherd raised by Julie Carlblom of Byron recently made national news when it was paired with a 10-year-old St. Paul boy named Finn Golden through an organization called Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota.

02/11/2009 08:55 AM

9-year-old Edwardsville girl dies; was shaken baby ILLINOIS

An Edwardsville girl whose injuries stirred her great-aunt to become a co-founder of the National Shaken Baby Coalition has died. Taylor Pinkas Rogers died Jan. 24 at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was 9.

02/11/2009 08:54 AM

Senators seek plan to combat shaken-baby syndrome IOWA

Iowa senators want to create a plan for preventing shaken baby syndrome. Senate File 101 calls for state health officials to draw up the plan to educate parents and others caring for a child, even if the state doesn't set aside money for setting all the ideas in motion, said Sen. Amanda Ragan, a Democrat from Mason City.

02/11/2009 08:52 AM

Husband From Small Town May Have Found Solution to Sleep Industry's 20-Year Compliance Problem

Naturs Design, Inc., a privately held company located in the Midwest, has just released RemZzzs, the revolutionary product that virtually eliminates all of the most common problems associated with wearing a CPAP mask for sleep apnea.

02/11/2009 08:51 AM

Innovative Pharyngeal PH Measurement System Now Available To Physicians In The EU

Respiratory Technology Corporation (dba Restech) announced today that its revolutionary Dx-pH Measurement SystemTM has received CE Mark approval, allowing introduction to the European Union and all countries recognizing the CE Mark. This approval from the European Union certifies Restech has met EU health, safety and environmental requirements that ensure consumer safety.

02/11/2009 08:50 AM

Shades of 1918? New study compares avian flu with a notorious killer from the past

In the waning months of the First World War, a lethal virus known as the Spanish flu (influenza A, subtype H1N1), swept the United States, Europe and Asia in three convulsive waves. The year was 1918. The ensuing pandemic claimed up to 100 million victims, most of whom succumbed to severe respiratory complications associated with rapidly progressing pneumonia. Many died within days of the first symptoms.

02/11/2009 08:48 AM

Nanoemulsion Potent Against Superbugs That Kill Cystic Fibrosis Patients, Study Suggests

University of Michigan scientists report highly encouraging evidence that a super-fine oil-and-water emulsion, already shown to kill many other microbes, may be able to quell the ravaging, often drug-resistant infections that cause nearly all cystic fibrosis deaths.

02/11/2009 08:44 AM

Scientists Spot Possible Treatment for Rett Syndrome

Researchers may have found a new treatment for Rett syndrome, a rare inherited disease in girls that brings on autism-like symptoms along with heart and breathing complications.

02/11/2009 08:31 AM

Freestyle motocross racer Jeremy Lusk dies of head injuries COSTA RICA

Jeremy Lusk, an American freestyle motocross rider, died of head injuries Tuesday after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition. He was 24.

02/11/2009 08:28 AM

Pa. court: Johnstown parents must keep retarded son on ventilator PENNSYLVANIA

A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Tuesday against the parents of a severely retarded man who sought to take him off a ventilator after he developed complications from choking on a hairpin.

02/11/2009 08:27 AM

Fluid Buildup In Lungs Is Part Of The Damage Done By The Flu

In a fight against respiratory infections, the body typically produces a little fluid to help the lungs generate a productive cough. But new research suggests that the influenza virus can tip the balance toward too much fluid in the lungs, interfering with the supply of oxygen to the rest of the body.

02/11/2009 08:26 AM

Long-Term Use Of Popular Inhalers Increases Risk Of Pneumonia For COPD Patients

Newly published research out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine finds that a popular class of anti-inflammatory inhalers significantly increases the risk of pneumonia in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

02/11/2009 08:26 AM

COPD May Be Worsened By Body's Defenses In Smokers

Although the immune system is designed to protect the body from harm, it may actually worsen one of the most difficult-to-treat respiratory diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), according to new University of Cincinnati (UC) research.

02/11/2009 08:25 AM

Treatment For COPD - BioMarck Pharmaceuticals Awarded $990,000 Grant By National Institutes Of Health

BioMarck Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. announced today that it has received a $990,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, specifically the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. BioMarck will use the grant funds to support its ongoing BREATH 1 study, a Phase 2 clinical study of the safety and efficacy of BIO-11006 Inhalation Solution to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The award is part of a three-year, $3 million grant awarded to BioMarck in 2005.

02/11/2009 07:59 AM

State prepares to charge disabled men's employer IOWA

The 21 mentally retarded men who have lived for decades in a century-old bunkhouse in rural Atalissa were declared dependent adults Monday, opening the door to criminal prosecution of their employer. At the same time, Muscatine County prosecutors filed a court petition seeking an emergency order placing the men under the protective supervision of the Iowa Department of Human Services. VIDEO LINK.

02/11/2009 07:57 AM

Duke news: Brain helmet could spot stroke earlier

A prototype 'brain helmet' that provides real-time images of major blood vessels may enable emergency personnel to perform quick scans of potential stroke victims' brains, according to a team of Duke University bioengineers who developed the device.

02/11/2009 07:56 AM

Lifetime agency founder dies NEW YORK

In the late 1950s, shortly after their son Greg was born with Down syndrome, Donald Lowry and his wife, Donna, shirked all medical advice. They took the boy home, refusing to keep him in government-run state schools or institutional centers.

02/11/2009 07:51 AM

Conference To Focus On Needs Of Disabled During A Disaster FLORIDA

The worst nightmare for many West Pasco residents could be surviving a devastating hurricane or other disaster. So imagine the challenges a person who is blind or has some other disability would face trying to recover from an emergency.

02/11/2009 07:50 AM

Journal issue focuses on growing epidemic of stroke in women

Studies on unique stroke risk factors among women and gender disparities in stroke care are featured in a special issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. According to an editorial accompanying the special issue, stroke among women is the third leading cause of death, a leading cause of disability and an ongoing epidemic, with women accounting for more than 60 percent of all stroke deaths in the United States.

02/11/2009 07:39 AM

Australian Government disability services census 2007

More Australians with disabilities are using Australian Government employment services according to new figures in this report. Over 82,000 people used open and supported employment services to help them find a job - an increase of over seven per cent on the previous year.

02/11/2009 07:37 AM

Brain-controlled robots help people with physical disabilities COLORADO

The classic sci-fi author's proliferation of robots assisting humans was made a reality Monday morning as Jose Del R. Millan explained his research and creation of brain-controlled robots to about 50 scientists, professors and students.

02/11/2009 07:30 AM

MR/DD operating expenses down 7 percent, according to '08 fiscal report OHIO

The Marion County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities recently released its 2008 fiscal report, showing a seven percent drop in operating expenses for the year.

02/11/2009 07:29 AM

NMPASI temporarily takes over Family Hope Center SAIPAN

The Family Hope Center will now be temporarily operated by Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc. after the Council for Developmental Disabilities transferred its management from the Association of Family with Disabilities.

02/11/2009 07:27 AM

Lawyer group: restrict woman who filed 173 lawsuits CALIFORNIA

Lawyers Against Lawsuit Abuse is seeking to have a federal court restrict the filing of lawsuits by a woman who has been plaintiff in at least 173 disability access lawsuits - including 41 in Orange County - in the past year.

02/11/2009 07:26 AM

Boca group to create portraits of 'Fallen Heroes' FLORIDA

The Boca Raton-based American Alliance for People with Disabilities, Inc. is sponsoring the "Remembering our Fallen Heroes" program in partnership with several disabled artists in South Florida.

02/11/2009 07:25 AM

Lawmakers asked to increase state's minimum wage KANSAS

Advocates for labor and Kansans with disabilities urged lawmakers Tuesday to increase the state minimum wage, which at $2.65 per hour is the lowest in the nation.

02/11/2009 07:24 AM

IRS offers tips for filers with disability

Several tax credits and benefits are available to qualifying taxpayers with disabilities, as well as to the parents of children with disabilities.

02/11/2009 07:22 AM

'Mind Reading' Helps Disabled Children

Researchers at Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital have developed a technique that uses infrared light brain imaging to decode preference - with the goal of ultimately opening the world of choice to children who can't speak or move.

02/11/2009 07:21 AM

Advocates converge on Roundhouse for Freedom/Disability Day NEW MEXICO

Advocates and families of the developmentally disabled, in the midst of a Roundhouse lobbying push for funding vital to the well-being of those in their care, hope they aren't just being "niced to death" by state lawmakers.

02/11/2009 07:20 AM

Brain activity can identify preferences CANADA

Canadian biomedical engineering scientists say they've created a technique designed to aid children who can't speak or move.

02/11/2009 07:17 AM

Team heading for Special Olympics bowling tourney ARIZONA

Pin bustin' will be the challenge for a four-person Payson team bound for the Special Olympics Unified National Bowling Tournament in the city with no clocks.

02/11/2009 07:16 AM

ANSI-HSSP Workshop Spotlights Emergency Preparedness Needs for Persons with Disabilities

For millions of disabled and special needs Americans, emergencies and natural disasters present a real challenge. Preparation, notification, response, and evacuation activities must take into account the particular needs of those individuals who are visually, hearing, or mobility impaired, as well as the elderly and people with medical or cognitive conditions.

02/11/2009 07:15 AM

Special education improving in Madeira OHIO

As the number of students with special education needs increase in the Madeira City Schools District, the number of ways to help the students continue to grow.

02/11/2009 07:14 AM

Government should start valuing disability workers NEW ZEALAND

"If the government is serious about improving the lives of people with disabilities it needs to start valuing the workers who provide vital support for disabled New Zealanders," says PSA National Secretary, Richard Wagstaff.

02/11/2009 07:13 AM

Outrage Over Disability Report Response NEW ZEALAND

The Alliance Party has today voiced its shared outrage with the disability sector over the National Government's response to the Parliamentary Social Services Select Committee Report into the Quality of Care and Services Provision for People with Disabilities released yesterday.

02/11/2009 07:12 AM

New equipment helps disabled get outdoors in Missoula MONTANA

A Montana collaboration is taking the "dis" out of disabilities when it comes to access to the great outdoors, showing off equipment at the University of Montana in Missoula on Tuesday.

02/11/2009 07:11 AM

Feds sue Maui dealership for discrimination HAWAII

The federal government is suing a Maui car dealership for failing to hire a person who was thought to have a mental disability.

02/11/2009 07:10 AM

Area police asking people with special needs to register for program ILLINOIS

Police throughout McLean County kicked off a new initiative Tuesday they say will help them respond better in crisis situations involving people with special needs.

02/11/2009 07:09 AM

Children With Disabilities Pair Up With Buddies FLORIDA

As the fourth graders meet their buddies from The Learning Center for the very first time, they are already learning about each other. VIDEO LINK.

02/11/2009 07:08 AM

Sailor to receive prestigious disability leadership award MASSACHUSETTS

Maureen McKinnon-Tucker of Marblehead has been chosen as a winner of the American Association of People with Disabilities’ prestigious 2009 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award.

02/11/2009 07:08 AM

UN General Assembly president calls for action to bring marginalized into mainstream

A top UN official on Tuesday stressed the need to recognize the rights of the marginalized and boost their inclusion in local and global financial structures, during the launch at United Nations Headquarters in New York of the first-ever World Day of Social Justice.

02/11/2009 07:07 AM

V.P. Biden heading to Special Olympics

Vice President Joe Biden will head up a delegation to the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, Thursday, the White House says.

02/11/2009 07:05 AM

SISD holds Special Olympics competition TEXAS

Walking toward the basket, Sherman ISD student Vannessa Jenkins bounced with excitement as she held on to a basketball and practiced her dribbling skills in the Sherman High School gym on Tuesday.

02/11/2009 07:04 AM

Most schools in Pa. underfund special education PENNSYLVANIA

Most school districts in Pennsylvania are not spending enough to meet the basic needs of special education students, according to a new study.

02/11/2009 07:02 AM

State aid levels leave school districts scrambling to fund special ed PENNSYLVANIA

The Sto-Rox School District expects to receive about $1 million this year from the state to help pay more than $3.4 million in special education costs.

02/11/2009 06:58 AM

Grant broadens after-school fun for disabled kids CALIFORNIA

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation awarded $15,000 to the Special Kids Crusade to introduce Let's ALL Play, a recreational after-school program being developed in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County.

02/11/2009 06:56 AM

Crown Prince OKs new program for disabled UAE

Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, has approved a package of recommendations adopted by the Committee for the Development of Services for the Disabled above 15 years of age.

02/11/2009 06:55 AM

PWDs Cautioned Over Wheelchairs UGANDA

PERSONS with disabilities (PWDs) have been cautioned against selling wheelchairs donated to them.

02/11/2009 06:52 AM

Dept to cut special teacher support for 900 children UK

The Department of Education has confirmed plans to cut special teacher support for around 900 primary school children with learning disabilities.

02/11/2009 06:52 AM

Accessibility could cost city CANADA

Meeting all of the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act could prove to be very costly to municipalities like the City of Pembroke.

02/11/2009 06:51 AM

Group: Deaths show Howe Center should close ILLINOIS

Advocates for disabled citizens worry that politics and union influence will derail plans to close a troubled Tinley Park center for people with developmental disabilities.

02/11/2009 06:50 AM

Cheerleaders up for challenge: Special-needs team needs $18K for national event MICHIGAN

Michaela Messing's 52-pound frame is in the air. Her arms reach high over her head. The 8-year-old's smile stretches to its limit. Messing, who has cerebral palsy, is one of 19 cheerleaders with the Pride of Trilogy, a cheer and dance team whose athletes have physical or mental disabilities.

02/11/2009 06:49 AM

Cuts could endanger disabilities center CALIFORNIA

Like a creeping fungus, the economic malaise spreading through the country has crept into San Bernardino's coffers, latching onto its resources and services with a vice-like grip.

02/11/2009 06:48 AM

Strategic plan on disabilities focuses on six areas NEW YORK

Are assistive listening devices available for lectures on campus? Do you need a special permit for handicap-accessible parking spaces? What services are available for faculty and staff members with disabilities?

02/11/2009 06:47 AM

Free camp for children with disabilities TEXAS

The Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville will soon be taking applications for campers for the 2009 summer camps. The camp is dedicated to serving children from the state of Texas with physical disabilities, hearing and vision loss and Type 1 diabetes.

02/11/2009 06:45 AM

Panasonic to fly home workers' families over bird flu fears

Panasonic Corp. has ordered Japanese employees in some foreign countries to send their families home to Japan in preparation for a possible bird flu pandemic, a spokesman said Tuesday.

02/11/2009 06:42 AM

Low Humidity Levels Help Flu Germs Spread

Flu viruses survive longer and are more easily transmitted when humidity levels are low, such as in the peak flu months of January and February, Oregon researchers say.

Headlines (Posted February 9, 2008)

02/09/2009 08:40 AM

Cedar Rapids man's death highlights human cost of brain injury IOWA

In the summer of his 14th year, Minnie's son, Larry Stogdill, liked cars and sports and the outdoors. On July 24, 1972, he fell from the back of a moving pickup. In the blink of an eye, a traumatic brain injury narrowed Larry Stogdill's world to the size of a hospital room. For 33 years, until his death Dec. 29, his mother was there virtually every day.

02/09/2009 08:35 AM

Brain-Injured Patients Can Relearn Emotions NEW YORK

The visitor in Barry Willer's office at the University at Buffalo was frustrated and deeply depressed. The man's wife had sustained a relatively mild traumatic brain injury, and he was doing all he could to support her.

02/09/2009 08:32 AM

Grateful for each day: Family copes with boy's seizure disorder NORTH CAROLINA

The first time Timmy Fenlon almost died, he was younger than 2years old. The Fenlons didn't know it at the time, but Timmy was having the first of what would become hundreds of seizures. They were seizures that could last for days or weeks. And, eventually, they would leave Timmy with a brain so damaged he would become incapable of eating or walking by himself.

02/09/2009 08:31 AM

How I got my brain back: Broadcaster Sheena McDonald tells of her 10-year recovery from a catastrophic injury UK

Ten years ago, I was a 44-year-old successful, versatile journalist, broadcasting on Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Then one Friday night in February in the centre of London, I was knocked down by a police van driving on the wrong side of the road and suffered a massive head injury. I instantly lost consciousness, memory, identity and almost life itself.

02/09/2009 08:30 AM

Karen Schurig, founder of Marin Brain Injury Network, dies at 73 CALIFORNIA

Sometimes Karen Schurig, founder/director of the Marin Brain Injury Network, would say "I'm not really the best person for this job - I'm just a music major." Mrs. Schurig found her calling when her daughter, Lise, suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident in Tam Valley in 1975.

02/09/2009 08:27 AM

Doctors delay skier Albrecht's wake-up from coma AUSTRIA

Doctors slowed down a procedure to wake Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht from an induced coma Monday because of a complication affecting his lungs.

02/09/2009 08:24 AM

Italy faces constitutional crisis over coma woman

The Italian government has been plunged into a constitutional crisis over the fate of a 38-year-old woman who has been in a coma for the past 17 years. Eluana Englaro was left in a vegetative state after a car crash in 1992. After a decade-long court battle, doctors reduced her nutrition on Friday in preparation for removing her feeding tubes, which her father claims would be in accordance with her wishes.

02/09/2009 08:22 AM

Hundreds of disabled Nevada children at risk of not getting therapy they need NEVADA

Right now the fight is on to make sure hundreds of disabled children across Nevada get the Physical Therapy and other specialty services they need. This, after recent state budget cuts could force many to shut their doors.

02/09/2009 08:18 AM

Early Results With Primary Stenting for Acute Stroke Promising

Preliminary results using primary stenting to treat acute stroke show, at least in the first 16 patients, safety of the procedure, along with encouraging recanalization rates and clinical outcomes.

02/09/2009 08:17 AM

Rockwall boy responds well to experimental brain cancer treatment TEXAS

Amid tubes tethered to hanging bags of medicine, 2-year-old Nate Oxford struggled to knock over a tower of colorful foam blocks. The toddler lifted a frail leg, drawing upon all his strength. He kicked until the stack tumbled, a smile spreading across his tiny face. Then, with great effort, he lifted his hand to give his physical therapist a high-five.

02/09/2009 08:16 AM

Aides Say Venice Teacher Abused Disabled Students FLORIDA

A Venice Elementary School teacher is under arrest this morning, charged with abuse of mentally handicapped students in her classroom.

02/09/2009 08:16 AM

Medal success for British skiers UK

British disability skiing duo Jane Sowerby and Sean Rose continued their recent good form with podium finishes in their latest set of races.

02/09/2009 08:16 AM

Weir heads London Marathon field UK

Defending champion and four-time winner David Weir leads the field for the wheelchair races at the 2009 Flora London Marathon.

02/09/2009 08:13 AM

Study Reveals Long Lasting Airway Blockages, Even In Medicated Asthma Patients

Scientists now are able to get a much clearer picture of what happens inside the lungs of asthma patients, thanks to an innovative MRI technique being used at the University of Virginia Health System to visualize the flow of air within the lung. In a new study published in the February issue of Radiology, the UVA team used this special technique to determine that asthma patients can continue to have persistent narrowing of airways over a span of a month or more even while taking medication.

02/09/2009 08:13 AM

Amputee Coalition of America Announces Christina Skoski, M.D., Scholarship Fund

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) announces the establishment of the Christina Skoski, M.D., Scholarship Fund. This year, the fund will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student with limb loss who has a special desire to learn, exhibits potential for success, and plans to attend a four-year college. The scholarship amount may be increased in the future.

02/09/2009 08:06 AM

Brainstem stroke victim to speak NEW ZEALAND

Former Dunedin woman Kate Adamson will speak at a Stroke Foundation event next week during her first visit to her New Zealand family since she had a brainstem stroke in 1995, aged 33.

02/09/2009 08:04 AM

'Stem-cell tourism' called risky biz

US researchers worry about a rise in 'stem-cell tourism' as foreign clinics promote treatments for diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's. They contend that doctors from Ukraine to Mexico are pitching risky procedures on the Internet to vulnerable patients, with no science to back up their claims.

02/09/2009 08:02 AM

State healthcare reform program to get ax NEW YORK

The trend of moving more patients from hospitals and nursing homes into less expensive, more effective home care treatment faces potential budget cuts in New York despite its potential to save governments millions of Medicaid dollars.

02/09/2009 08:01 AM

Lured by promise of stem cells, Americans head abroad for medical treatment

A quadriplegic since she was 14, Jessica Grimm learned long ago how to work around her body's limitations. She lives alone, uses a computer, has a job, even drives a car. But the Arlington, Texas, student must rely on a coterie of assistants to help her dress, cook and get through each day.

02/09/2009 07:58 AM

NC mental hospitals could lose federal funding NORTH CAROLINA

Two mental health hospitals in North Carolina may lose federal funding as the embattled psychiatric system faces fresh allegations of staff members physically abusing patients.

02/09/2009 07:58 AM

Disability no limit to join expedition CALIFORNIA

When he first came to after his face shattered the drunken driver's windshield, Hermes Castro felt for his teeth. He hoped they were still intact.

02/09/2009 07:57 AM

Wallingford man pushes ALS fight to the limit CONNCECTICUT

In his living room, there are framed photographs of Jeff Johnson running in marathon events, including the Boston Marathon, in which he competed seven times. There's also a number 4 jersey of Lou Gehrig.

02/09/2009 07:53 AM

Smiling Jack NEW YORK

YEARS of mental preparation for this fateful day don't make it any less poignant or bittersweet. I've loaded the minivan with the entirety of the 10-year existence of Jack, our firstborn: duffel-bagged wardrobe, a deflated soccer ball, a tattered Tickle Me Elmo doll and an oversize stroller. Found to have cerebral palsy, he comes back to us months later. Though he will never speak, will need a feeding tube for liquids and will always wear diapers, he also takes his first steps by age 4 - the quadriplegia did not materialize - and even kicks around a soccer ball by age 6.

02/09/2009 07:52 AM

Couple won't accept stroke that left him paralyzed CONNECTICUT

Bonnie Veillette faces her husband with pen in hand, a yellow legal pad on her lap. She concentrates on his eyes.

02/09/2009 07:51 AM

Why every second counts for a stroke sufferer UK

Stroke is the third biggest killer in Britain after heart disease and cancer, claiming the lives of one woman in eight and one man in ten, and leaving hundreds of thousands more with some form of permanent disability. it's a toll that the Department of Health (DoH) hopes to reduce by improving stroke management in the NHS so that it is on a par with the best in the world.

02/09/2009 07:49 AM

Hillsborough woman doing important research at Rutgers about strokes NEW JERSEY

Bonnie Firestein's work could one day could affect the lives of millions of stroke victims and their families in a very direct and profound way. For now, the associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience at Rutgers University in Piscataway must resort to food and plant metaphors to explain to a layman how her work deals with neuron connections in the brain.

02/09/2009 07:48 AM

Teenage model facing death or paralysis from 'helter skelter' spine amazes doctors by walking days after surgery UK

When Shannon Plavecz was wheeled into the operating room, her prospects didn't look good. The 13-year-old had already been told she had less than three months to live unless a contortion in her spine that was scrunching up her lungs like crisp packets and pushing a rib into her heart was fixed.

02/09/2009 07:45 AM

Prosthetic limbs for two MALAYSIA

When Fitri Suriani Suhaidi was 14, she was told her left leg had to be amputated because of bone cancer. Her world collapsed and she began to wonder how she would get by without the use of one of her legs. That was two years ago.

02/09/2009 07:44 AM

Soldier becomes first amputee to guard Queen UK

The 22-year-old stood sentry in the famous bearskin cap less than two years after being injured by a bomb blast that killed one of his colleagues. Guardsman Blaney from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, now hopes to return with his regiment to Afghanistan as well as represent Britain at the London 2012 Paralympics.

02/09/2009 07:43 AM

Disabled athletes sign up NEW YORK

Mike McMahon has lived in Waverly all his life - going on 57 years - and has taught and coached and been an administrator there for 36 years. He can't recall a time when the school district had even one athlete with a serious disability on its varsity or junior varsity teams. Now there are three.


02/09/2009 07:38 AM

Providing patients a new lease on life NEW YORK

"It's amazing how ... people come in with a lot of pain or have difficulty walking ... and they walk out without issues," said Florent Berger, area practice manager for Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. in Westover.

02/09/2009 07:37 AM

Transit driver resists allowing service dog on bus CANADA

When Lena Wilson tried to board the No. 240 bus in North Vancouver last Thursday, she was shocked when the driver initially refused to let her service dog Kelly on the bus.

02/09/2009 07:36 AM

Spotlighting service dogs TENNESSEE

A new public television series might be the start of a growing service-dog effort for Marion County-based PALS with Pawz Inc.

02/09/2009 07:35 AM

Sedentary workers at risk for sleep apnea CANADA

If your job chains you to a desk for much of the day, it could be increasing your chances of developing a serious sleep disorder, according to a landmark study by Toronto researchers.

02/09/2009 07:33 AM

Baby Apnea Dangers FLORIDA

For new parents there's nothing more adorable than the sight of their sleeping baby, and there's nothing as scary as when the baby stops breathing. What should you do if that happens to your child?

02/09/2009 07:31 AM

Research On Multi-Herb Formula For Respiratory Tract Health Compiled By Herbal Science Group

The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has just published a monograph summarizing the scientific and clinical studies of Sinupret(R), a clinically-tested herbal combination for upper respiratory tract health, including conditions associated with sinusitis and bronchitis. A monograph is a technical paper focusing on one subject.

02/09/2009 07:30 AM

News From The Journal Chest: February 2009

For years, it has been widely believed that children with asthma miss considerably more school than children without asthma.

02/09/2009 07:29 AM

'Unpredictable' influenza dangerous on campuses

Last winter, influenza struck colleges and universities with unexpected severity. Schools, such as the Universities of Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina, reported their worst flu seasons in recent memory. Demand on campus health centers was so great that some ran out of flu tests. Others were forced to defer non-urgent appointments or work longer hours to keep pace with their patient load.

02/09/2009 07:26 AM

Deadly tide of birds fuels fears of bird flu cover-up CHINA

For more than a week now a deadly tide has been washing out of China into the sea surrounding Hong Kong, bringing with it growing fears that China is in the grip of a covered-up bird-flu outbreak.

02/09/2009 07:22 AM

Vietnam reports 2nd bird flu case this year

A melee broke out in northern Vietnam when more than 100 villagers prevented authorities from destroying chickens to stop the spread of bird flu, officials said Sunday as the country announced its second H5N1 case.

02/09/2009 07:22 AM

FDA Approves First Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Catheters

Last Friday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had approved the first ablation catheters for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, one of the most common forms of arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythms that affects millions of Americans.

02/09/2009 07:17 AM

Fearless Vestal skier shrugs off disability for gold-medal runs NEW YORK

Neelam Naslund has a mind like an Etch-A-Sketch, according to her mother. One minute thoughts are there; next minute, it's like they never existed. Her ability is part of the reason she'll be in Boise, Idaho, for the ninth Special Olympics World Winter Games today through Feb. 13, participating with nearly 3,000 athletes from 100 countries.

02/09/2009 07:13 AM

Daughter gives voice to silent struggle NEW PALTZ

One of his big toes has been amputated, he needs kidney dialysis three times a week and he is blind in his left eye. When he cries, it's silent until he presses an electronic larynx to his throat: "Sorry," he says to his 19-year-old daughter. Last Thursday, Aucklander John Whittaker, 52, was a desperate man, fighting to keep the 35-hours-a-week home help he relies on for meals, cleaning and social contact.

02/09/2009 07:12 AM

Brain-Injury Treatment Changes Brandon Woman's Life FLORIDA

Mary Ellen Gottlieb spent five years mired in frustration, dealing on a daily basis with the lasting effects of a stroke she suffered in 2003. Until recently, the Brandon woman, 50, was resigned to the notion that she might never fully recover or work again.

02/09/2009 07:09 AM

Ultrasound Brain Helmet to help stroke victims NORTH CAROLINA

Researchers at Duke University have created a new technology that could help doctors more quickly identify when a patient is suffering a stroke. They call it an Ultrasound Brain Helmet. The brain helmet provides real time, 3-D images of major blood vessels in both sides of a patients' brain simultaneously.

02/09/2009 07:01 AM

Material near space heater may have started house fire that killed disabled woman who couldn't escape MICHIGAN

He got out of bed and looked at his neighbor's home, just on the other side of his garage. "When I looked out the window, there were several emergency vehicles on the street, and flames were shooting out" of the house, Taylor said Sunday afternoon.

02/09/2009 07:00 AM

Library ramp must be rebuilt MASSACHUSETTS

The handicapped-accessible ramp on the West Street side of the newly renovated and expanded Leominster Public Library needs to be rebuilt to meet Massachusetts Office on Disability standards, according to officials.

02/09/2009 06:59 AM

Disability Symbol a sign of good practice UK

South Holland District Council has been awarded the Disability Symbol by JobCentre Plus in recognition of its good employment practices in recruiting and retaining people with disabilities.

02/09/2009 06:58 AM

Local Athlete Wrestles with Disability GEORGIA

Justin Malone, he's only been competing on the mats for Berkmar High School for about two years, but he's wrestled with a physical disability his entire life. VIDEO LINK.

02/09/2009 06:57 AM

Streamline disability process, VA head says

The new secretary of Veterans Affairs, retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki, got a recent tour of the paperwork battlefield on which VA claim adjudicators serve every day. It was a bracing scene -- literally.

02/09/2009 06:55 AM

Families fight cuts to Special Olympics staff MICHIGAN

Families of kids who are involved in Special Olympics are rallying to protest a move by the Ingham Intermediate School District to cut paid staffers for the program.

02/09/2009 06:54 AM

"Murderball" star tells students to pursue dreams CALIFORNIA

Quadriplegic rugby player and documentary movie star Mark Zupan spoke to a room full of Sacramento State students and community members Thursday night about his life since it changed forever more than 15 years ago.

02/09/2009 06:53 AM

Workshop for disabled deals with loss of jobs WISCONSIN

Jeanette Havlovick has lost more than her job. She has lost -- for now anyway -- a key part of the independence and quality of life she has been able to maintain for decades despite a developmental disability.

02/09/2009 06:52 AM

National Stroke Awareness Campaign Launched uk

Stroke, a loss of brain function due to a clot or bleed in the brain, is the third leading cause of death and the single largest cause of adult disability in England. According to The Stroke Association, every year in the UK an estimated 150,000 people have a stroke - resulting in 67,000 deaths.

02/09/2009 06:52 AM

Urgent Assessment And Treatment Of Stroke Patients Reduces Disability, Hospital Bed-Days, And Costs, Lancet Neurology

Urgent assessment and treatment of patients who have had a minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)* in a specialist emergency outpatient clinic reduces disability, hospital bed-days and costs. These are the conclusions of the second part of the EXPRESS study, reported in an Article published Online First and in the March edition of The Lancet Neurology. The study was done by Professor Peter Rothwell and colleagues, Stroke Prevention Research Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and University of Oxford, UK.

02/09/2009 06:50 AM

Strokes In Children And Young Adults: Landmark Textbook Updated In Second Edition

In 1994, a neurology textbook edited by Dr. Jose Biller became the standard reference work for the treatment and prevention of strokes in young people.

02/09/2009 06:48 AM

What to do with Louie? ILLINOIS

There's no state aid available for son who is 'heart and soul' of his loving family, so 22-year-old with Down syndrome has no place to go. If Louie Herrera lived in another state, he might be able to avail himself of services from a small group home or shelter workshop located in his neighborhood -- in Michigan, 82 percent of people with developmental disabilities are served in such settings. In Illinois, the figure is 30 percent, making it dead last -- 50th out of 50 states, right behind Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas -- when it comes to supporting community services for people with disabilities.

02/09/2009 06:46 AM

Floor Hockey Takes Stage in Henrietta NEW YORK

More than 900 athletes from across New York are competing this weekend in the Special Olympic Winter Games.

02/09/2009 06:45 AM

Discover-Ability Slalom COLORADO

There was a grand ski competition at Powderhorn Resort today, dozens of skiers and boarders soared down the mountain as fast as they could, many of them with disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

02/09/2009 06:43 AM

Lawmaker proposes mental illness database OREGON

Barbara Thayer tucks a list into her teenage son's pocket whenever he leaves their Albany home, listing his name, her phone number, some personal information and the simple fact that her son deals with bipolar disorder.

02/09/2009 06:42 AM

Brunswick County teen to attend Special Olympics Summit NORTH CAROLINA

Two North Carolina teenagers chosen to participate in a summit during the 2009 Special Olympics Winter Games.

02/09/2009 06:41 AM

Many Fla. teachers may be ill-equipped to handle special-needs students FLORIDA

These were the tools kindergarten teacher Wendy Portillo had to handle an unruly student: 10 tokens to be taken away if he misbehaved, the occasional help of a volunteer and another teacher, and a trip to the principal's office. The choice she made in May - have students vote on whether then 5-year-old Alex Barton should remain in class at Morningside Elementary in Port St. Lucie - has been debated and reviled. That Alex was later diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, and was being evaluated for it has only fueled the controversy.

02/09/2009 06:32 AM

Group pushes to start CALIFORNIA

A newly formed cycling club for athletes with disabilities donned jerseys Saturday for its first community-based ride - a feat born of generosity and endurance. The Wheelin' Warriors joined hundreds of cyclists at the Pedal to Pier Ride in Avila Beach led by coach Cheryl Dettrick.

02/09/2009 06:29 AM

Beatrice Residents Express Concern Over Possibility of BSDC Closure NEBRASKA

Earlier this week Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer limited the license of the Beatrice State Developmental Center. That prompted the removal of 43 medically fragile patients from the center, into facilities in Lincoln and Nebraska. VIDEO LINK.

02/09/2009 06:28 AM

Special Olympians have a (bowling) ball NEW JERSEY

When Gail Paradise arrived at Hanover Lanes Saturday morning, she was told a man who has become known as "the bowling angel" of the Special Olympics once again would pick up the tab for all of the bowlers.

02/09/2009 06:27 AM

'South Park' team brings a unique newsmagazine to MTV

The charming and frequently hilarious "How's Your News?" was born as a project at a summer camp for people with disabilities, but it's on MTV - starting Sunday, Feb. 8 at 9:30 p.m. - thanks to Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the "South Park" dudes.

02/09/2009 06:26 AM

Prom held for adults who have disabilities NEW JERSEY

The day the 16th annual handicapped prom was one that many South Jersey residents look forward to year after year, said Sandy Dilks, a member of the Williamstown Women's Club.

02/09/2009 06:25 AM

Disabled man's crusade, business owners' bane MARYLAND

Lingering fog shrouds the Venice boardwalk midday as Thomas Mundy rolls past ice cream vendors, T-shirt shacks and falafel stands at the famous Los Angeles beach, a discerning eye trained on the warrens of beach-themed kitsch and quick nibbles. Mundy is trolling for barriers to his patronage - a threshold too high for his wheelchair, a parking lot with blue-striped access lanes narrower than eight feet.

02/09/2009 06:24 AM

Students dig in to improve park UK

Young people have been dusting down their wellies and spades to improve one of Lancashire's picturesque parks. The sensory garden features flowers and shrubs and is designed for people with sensory impairments - it has wheelchair friendly paths and raised beds.

02/09/2009 06:22 AM

Heroes in Sisters OREGON

It's challenging enough for the able-bodied to ski and snowboard. For those forced to use primarily their arms to operate the equipment, snowriding is one heck of a feat.

02/09/2009 06:21 AM

Fed safety agency issues new guidelines for anti-lead law taking effect next week

Librarians, clothing makers, craft sellers and thrift-store owners received a reprieve Friday from federal regulators who moved to quell confusion over a new product safety law.

02/09/2009 06:20 AM

Plan to help integrate disabled people ILLINOIS

The state of Illinois institutionalizes more people with developmental disabilities than any other state in the country. In fact, Illinois is ranked last in supporting community living for this population. VIDEO LINK.

02/09/2009 06:19 AM

Peer buddies, 'buddies' dance it up at Friendship Ball MASSACHUSETTS

Looking through the wall of windows at Algonquin Regional High School's cafeteria Friday night, it is clear there's a party going on. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization that pairs individuals with intellectual disabilities with a 'peer buddy' to establish a one-to-one friendship.

02/09/2009 06:18 AM

Flagstaff team heads to Special Olympics ARIZONA

Jesse McGirl had gold on the brain in the lead up to today's floor hockey competition at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho.

02/09/2009 06:16 AM

Teens, special needs children bond MICHIGAN

Sami Dines, 16, says she learns invaluable lessons working weekly with Hailey, a 6-year-old who has epilepsy. "People with special needs (should) not be defined by the special needs they have, but by who they are," the West Bloomfield teenager said Sunday. "That's important lesson for everyone to learn."

02/09/2009 06:14 AM

Disabled civil servants paid less than able-bodied colleagues UK

Disabled people working in government departments are being paid up to a third less than their able-bodied colleagues.

02/09/2009 06:13 AM

Benefit to help family with special needs daughters NEW YORK

The community is coming together to help a family with two special needs children. A benefit was held Sunday at the State Fairground for Syracuse natives Sean and Michele McNamara. The couple has a 5-year-old daughter with disabilities and a 1-year-old daughter who was recently diagnosed with quadriplegia cerebral palsy. VIEDO LINK.

02/09/2009 06:12 AM

Cuts Slash Into Disabled Care HAWAII

The families of thousands of severely disabled people have been hit by an emergency state budget cut.

02/09/2009 06:11 AM

Garland to rehear two rejected bids for group homes TEXAS

Garland officials continue to crack down on places that they contend are nothing more than boarding houses.

02/09/2009 06:10 AM

School succeeds with special needs students ILLINOIS

Catholic Children's Home's Special Day School recently graduated five high school students, one of the largest classes in recent history. Graduates of the special education program receive a regular high school diploma recognized by the state of Illinois, as the school at 1400 State St. is nationally accredited.

02/09/2009 06:09 AM

Special Olympics Kick Off In Nampa IOWA

It's possibly the biggest event to ever come to the Gem State. The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games kicked off with the spectacular Opening Ceremonies Saturday.

02/09/2009 06:07 AM

Govt responds to select cmttee disability inquiry NEW ZEALAND

The Government has responded to the report by the Social Services Select Committee, following its Inquiry into the Quality of Care and Services Provision for People with Disabilities.

02/09/2009 06:05 AM

Atalissa home shut down IOWA

A boarding home in Muscatine County, where men with developmental disabilities have lived for about 30 years, has been shut down. The boarding home called, Henry Turkey's Service in Atalissa, Iowa is the home of 21 men who work at the West Liberty turkey plant. Recently, they found out they were losing their jobs due to layoffs. Friday their home was swarming with government agents. And late Saturday night the State Fire Marshall shut down their home.

02/09/2009 06:04 AM

Boarding Facility for Mentally Disabled Workers Closed IOWA

Over the weekend state inspectors shut down a building that housed workers with mental disabilities. The conditions there have captured the attention of several state agencies. VIDEO LINK.

02/09/2009 06:03 AM

Special Olympics athletes play to honor slain Brandon Sprewer WISCONSIN

Milwaukee Special Olympian Brandon Sprewer died in an armed robbery at a bus stop in 2006 for the amount of money in his pocket: $2 and change. On Sunday, his friend Lynn Carus, another Milwaukee Special Olympics athlete, judged that Sprewer's 22 years of life were worth a lot more than that.

02/09/2009 06:00 AM

Crisis brought divorced Everett couple together again WASHINGTON

Steve and Christine Conradi couldn't find pictures from their 1972 wedding when I stopped by their house last week. "We believe in happy endings," said Steve Conradi, who stays home as a full-time caregiver for their adult children. Their 32-year-old son, Jeremy, is autistic. His older sister Shannon, 34, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident when she was 19.

02/09/2009 05:58 AM

Special Olympians rally on campus IDAHO

On Monday, Feb. 9, thousands of young people with or without intellectual disabilities will gather at Taco Bell Arena, ready to rally for unity, tolerance, respect and involvement. It's Special Olympics Global Youth Rally, and it takes place from 10 a.m. to noon live at Taco Bell Arena, or online via streaming live video Webcast.

02/09/2009 05:57 AM

Art for an international audience IDAHO

Ketchum's art galleries are hosting the Idaho Special Youth Art Display, which features watercolors and other media created by special education students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

02/09/2009 05:55 AM

Special Olympics Takes To The Courts SOUTH DAKOTA

Basketball was the game of choice Saturday when Yankton hosted the Special Olympics Southeast Area Basketball Tournament. The tournament, held at the Summit Activity Center, featured 26 basketball teams, 13 different skills tests and four cheer teams.

02/09/2009 05:52 AM

Bowling team hooks Madison High teens NEW JERSEY

Madison High School freshman William Pike bowled a spare and a strike in the 10th frame of his team's final practice before the Special Olympics bowling competition, one of the most popular Special Olympics events in Morris County.

02/09/2009 05:51 AM

Advocates needed for disabled pupils OHIO

At any given time, the Lancaster city school system has 50 to 60 foster children with disabilities who require a surrogate parent to advocate for them and their educational needs.

02/09/2009 05:50 AM

West Bloomfield teens build lives of service MICHIGAN

Friendship doesn't come easy for everyone, especially not for kids with disabilities. That's one reason why Sami Dines, 16, befriended Hailey Reinke, a 6-year-old who has epilepsy.

02/09/2009 05:49 AM

A heads-up book for teens

"Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities," edited by Donald R. Gallo (Candlewick Press, $17.99), examines issues that most of us prefer to overlook -- teenagers with drinking problems or weight problems, kids in wheelchairs, kids whose Asperger's syndrome launches involuntary rants, kids with crippling migraines, kids with brain injuries.

02/09/2009 05:47 AM

Reducing payments to seniors, those with disabilities would cost $31.2M CALIFORNIA

A proposal to reduce payments to seniors and people with disabilities would result in a loss of $31.2 million to nearly 30,000 residents in San Joaquin County, according to an analysis released Thursday by the California Budget Project.

02/09/2009 05:45 AM

Brain Protein May Have Potential Against Alzheimer's

A naturally occurring brain protein appears able to slow or stop Alzheimer's disease in recent studies done on animal models.

02/09/2009 05:43 AM

Atlanta hospital checking Legionnaire's cases

Atlanta's largest hospital is investigating an unusual number of Legionnaire's disease cases after four patients were diagnosed with the infection since January 1, officials said Friday.

Headlines (Posted February 6 & 7, 2009)

02/07/2009 07:32 AM

Brain Injury Legislative Alert

From the Brain Injury Association of America - Also this week, BIAA supported the Lifetime Caps Coalition by cosigning a letter to encourage the reintroduction of the Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act, legislation that would increase the minimum lifetime health insurance spending cap of those with chronic illnesses.

02/06/2009 09:36 AM

Helping others to their feet VIRGINIA

More than 10 years ago while driving home from Fort Story, Debra Jones, an officer in the Reserves, hit a tree. The accident resulted in a traumatic brain injury, with doctors giving her less than a 20 percent chance of survival.

02/06/2009 09:35 AM

Getting to the heart of aiding the brain injured CANADA

Vic Johnson doesn’t remember much about the night his life changed forever. He was at a social function for work when he stepped out onto a deck to have a cigarette. Days later, he woke up from a medically induced coma. He learned he had fallen more than five metres and had fractured his skull in three places.

02/06/2009 09:32 AM

Six months jail sentence for teen with brain injury IRELAND

A TEENAGER who sustained permanent brain injuries in an horrific road crash on the outskirts of the city last year received a six month jail sentence when he appeared in court on Thursday.

02/06/2009 09:31 AM

Skateboard crash leads to brain injury CALIFORNIA

On December 30, 2008, 16 year old Windsor resident Branden Van Der Boon, a Junior at Windsor High School experienced a serious accident when he slipped off his skate board while traveling along Mark West Station Road. Van Der Boon fell and hit the back of his head on the pavement which caused multiple injuries and left him in a coma for 12 days.

02/06/2009 09:30 AM

Boost for brain, spinal injury research AUSTRALIA

The Victorian government has announced $19 million in funding to support research into brain and spinal cord injury.

02/06/2009 09:23 AM

Cognitive Training Can Alter The Biochemistry Of The Brain

Researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have shown for the first time that the active training of the working memory brings about visible changes in the number of dopamine receptors in the human brain. The study, which is published in the prestigious scientific journal Science, was conducted with the help of PET scanning and provides deeper insight into the complex interplay between cognition and the brain's biological structure.

02/06/2009 09:22 AM

Blue Light Kills MRSA

Blue light -- not including dangerous UV frequencies -- kills MRSA, the multidrug-resistant staph superbug. The finding comes from Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PhD, and colleagues at New York Institute of Technology. Their study was funded by Dynatronics Corp., which makes the blue-light device used in the study.

02/06/2009 09:21 AM

Rhode Island House Approves Oversight Bill For 'Global Medicaid Waiver'

The Rhode Island House on Tuesday approved legislation that would require the governor to obtain approval from the General Assembly for nearly every change to the Medicaid program through 2013, the Providence Journal reports. The legislation is intended to provide oversight of changes the state will implement under the "global Medicaid waiver" that Gov. Don Carcieri (R) negotiated with CMS last year (Peoples, Providence Journal, 2/4).

02/06/2009 09:16 AM

Robot-Enhanced Mini Wheelchairs For Children From 6 Months

Children with mobility issues, like cerebral palsy and spina bifida, can't explore the world like other babies, because they can't crawl or walk. Infant development emerges from the thousands of daily discoveries experienced by babies as they move and explore their worlds.

02/06/2009 09:15 AM

80% Of Caregivers Report Strain On Their Marriages

Eighty percent of baby boomers caring for an aging parent say that it has put a strain on their marriage. This insight is one of many garnered from a new research study conducted by to measure the impact of caregiving on spousal relationships.

02/06/2009 09:14 AM

First Annual Conference on Culture, Ethnicity and Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Save the date for the First Annual International Conference on Culture, Ethnicity, & Brain Injury Rehabilitation (March 12 and 13, 2009).

02/06/2009 09:14 AM

Traumatic Brain Injury Career Center

I just finished reading the latest issue of Brain Injury Professional, published by the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) and came across a very interesting advertisement concerning the establishment of an Internet based bulletin board for career information for brain injury professionals.

02/06/2009 09:13 AM

Coma-Vegetative State-Minimally Conscious State: How Do We Know?

One of the most frustrating aspects of evaluating individuals as they emerge from a coma is their level of awareness.

02/06/2009 09:10 AM

Workers exposed to lead show more cognitive problems later in life

I found an interesting article online recently which discussed the correlation between lead exposure and brain injury. For elderly people, a higher level of lead in the brain from earlier exposure can lead to greater cognitive problems after the age of 55. A full report on lead buildup in the brain appeared in the January issue of Neuropsychology.

02/06/2009 09:09 AM

Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund Seeks O&P-Related Art

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF) is seeking O&P-related art to show and possibly auction at its First Bid auction on March 5. The auction will be held at the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature a section on Art in O&P.

02/06/2009 09:05 AM

Stroke Victims Should Be Treated The Same As A Heart Attack Victim, Says British Heart Foundation UK

In response to the study published in today's Lancet revealing that urgent assessment and treatment of patients, who have had a minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

02/06/2009 09:03 AM

'Wounded Warriors' Visit Whitefish MONTANA

Six injured servicemen arrived in Whitefish yesterday and over the long weekend will learn to ski with the Adapted Instructors at Ski School at the Whitefish Mountain Resort.

02/06/2009 09:02 AM

Movin' Mav Tim Caldwell becomes president of the Graduate Student Senate TEXAS

Six years ago, college basketball player, Tim Caldwell's life changed when he was in a car accident after fainting at the wheel.

02/06/2009 09:01 AM

Human iPS stem cells mend paralyzed mice JAPAN

A team at Keio University has used stem cells to cure mice whose hind legs were paralyzed due to spinal cord damage, the researchers reported Wednesday at a Tokyo symposium.

02/06/2009 08:56 AM

Will To Succeed - Man Turns Disability Into Determination ARKANSAS

Wheels from vehicles pulling into the Rodeo of the Ozarks grounds roll over the gravel, kicking up white dust into the January night. Wheels of another kind roll in behind.

02/06/2009 08:56 AM

Siouxland wrestler overcomes double amputation IOWA

Wrestling is a sport that requires you to be in peak physical condition, from a strong upper body to sturdy legs. Imagine wrestling without some of those essential body parts.

02/06/2009 08:54 AM

Quadruple-Amputee Makes Emotional Homecoming NEW YORK

A Brooklyn woman who lost her arms and legs in a bizarre medical case is getting a second chance at life. After months in the hospital, she's finally able to go home to her family. VIDEO LINK.

02/06/2009 08:52 AM

Safety rules on lead in kids' products perplex and polarize

A federal law taking effect Tuesday makes it illegal for anyone to sell children's toys, books, clothes and jewelry if the items contain virtually any lead or phthalates, chemicals commonly found in plastics. But testing whether the products contain either is not required for a year.

02/06/2009 08:51 AM

Canines for Disabled Veterans FLORIDA

Tasha is a dog being trained by the Bay Correctional Facility's Cell P.A.L.S (Prisoners and Animals Learning to Serve) program.

02/06/2009 08:50 AM

Passing of Service Dogs Act applauded CANADA

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for service dogs. The Alberta government recently passed the Service Dogs Act, which enables those with disabilities who use qualified service dogs to access any public place in the province.

02/06/2009 08:49 AM

Morganton couple arrested for child abuse NORTH CAROLINA

After a baby girl was admitted to Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville with severe head trauma in January, the parents of the 4-month-old and her twin brother were charged Wednesday with two counts each of felonious child abuse.

02/06/2009 08:48 AM

Assembly advances SBS info legislation NEW JERSEY

TRENTON Legislation that would require the state include information about Shaken Baby Syndrome to new parents cleared the state Assembly on Thursday.

02/06/2009 08:46 AM

Infant in possible shaken baby case dies in Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA

A 5-month-old girl, who police say was injured by being shaken, has died at Integris Baptist Medical Center, authorities said Thursday afternoon.

02/06/2009 08:46 AM

Dead birds on Hong Kong beaches test positive for avian flu

Three birds believed to have washed up on beaches in Hong Kong after dying in China have tested positive for H5N1, the bird-flu strain that can be deadly in humans, officials said Thursday.

02/06/2009 08:36 AM

Children and RSV NEW YORK

Viruses are common this time of year, but a new report says one virus that infects practically all infants at one time is more common amongst older children than previously believed. Dr. Jay Adlersberg showed us the report and explained how you can protect your children. VIDEO LINK.

02/06/2009 08:34 AM

Losing Weight Can Cure Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Overweight Patients, Study Shows

For sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a new study shows that losing weight is perhaps the single most effective way to reduce OSA symptoms and associated disorders, according to a new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

02/06/2009 08:32 AM

Man, in coma since 1988, dies PENNSYLVANIA

A Spring Grove man who spent nearly half his life in a coma -- while his family members tended to his needs -- died peacefully Tuesday morning, according to his obituary.

02/06/2009 08:32 AM

Children With Asthma May Be More Vulnerable To Negative Effects Of Excessive TV Watching

Urban children with asthma engage in an average of an hour more of screen time daily than the maximum amount American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends. This is the first study to examine screen time among children with asthma.

02/06/2009 08:31 AM

Breakthrough In Universal Flu Vaccine Development JAPAN

A Japanese media source reported at the end of last week that a team of researchers working under Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has developed a new universal flu vaccine that will work against many types of influenza virus, and describes the breakthrough as a potential "silver bullet" against new strains.

02/06/2009 08:31 AM

Atomic Resolution Details Of A Promising Drug Target In Influenza Virus

Influenza is and remains a disease to reckon with. Seasonal epidemics around the world kill several hundred thousand people every year. In the light of looming pandemics if bird flu strains develop the ability to infect humans easily, new drugs and vaccines are desperately sought.

02/06/2009 08:30 AM

Avian Flu Cases In Humans Worldwide Decreased By 55 % From 2007 To 2008 According To Gideon Online

Despite the recent fatal case of avian flu in Beijing, overall avian flu cases in humans worldwide have decreased 55%, from 88 to 40, from 2007 to 2008, according to GIDEON Online (, the largest online database of infectious disease information for medical professionals. Human deaths from avian flu worldwide declined from 59 to 30 (49%), from 2007 to 2008.

02/06/2009 08:29 AM

Positive Data From Lung Study May Lead To First FDA Approved Treatment For Pulmonary Fibrosis

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is calling this a historic time in the research and treatment of PF, as a pivotal Phase III clinical trial is completed for Pirfenidone and data released. The positive data could pave the way for the first FDA-approved therapy to treat PF - a relentlessly progressive and ultimately fatal lung disease affecting more than 128,000 people and claiming 40,000 lives each year. The CPF urges the FDA to review this study as soon as possible, given that there are no current FDA-approved treatments for PF.

02/06/2009 08:28 AM

BioMarin's phase 2 peripheral arterial drug trial fails

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. announced results from its phase 2 multi-centre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study of 6R-BH4 in patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD). There was no statistical significance observed between the 6R-BH4 treatment and placebo groups.

02/06/2009 08:27 AM

Chinese expert's COPD study voted Lancet's Paper of 2008

A study led by prominent Chinese medical expert Zhong Nanshan on a low-cost treatment for chronic respiratory disease has been voted the people's choice for the Lancet journal's paper of the year 2008.

02/06/2009 07:55 AM

GSK, Theravance announce positive phase 2b results for once-daily fluticasone furoate for asthma UK

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance, Inc. announced positive results from three, separate phase 2b studies assessing efficacy and safety of GSK's inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) fluticasone furoate (FF or GW685698) across a range of eight doses (25 - 800 mcg) in over 1,800 patients with mild, moderate and severe asthma.

02/06/2009 07:53 AM

Don Cherry's call can't save teen's arena job CANADA

The vociferous hockey commentator tried to get 17-year-old Billy Steele's job back as a volunteer cameraman at Oshawa's General Motors Centre, but it was no dice, Cherry said yesterday. The Oshawa youth, whose learning disability causes him to sometimes disregard rules, had been warned before about approaching celebrities, said Vince Vella, general manager of the city-owned facility. Billy argued he didn't know about the centre's "no-talk policy."

02/06/2009 07:52 AM

Man Sues LIRR for Drawing Attention to His 'Wheelchair' Use NEW YORK

A 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy is suing the Long Island Rail Road for attracting unwelcome attention to his use of a wheelchair.

02/06/2009 07:49 AM

State seeks input on Medicaid waivers INDIANA

All interested stakeholders are invited to help define the design of future Medicaid Waivers for people with developmental disabilities in Indiana by attending one of three meetings this month to give community input.

02/06/2009 07:47 AM

Safeway employee overcomes disability, language barrier

Having lived in the United States for a few months, Marlon Cabrito was extremely nervous when he arrived at the Strawflower Village Safeway for his first job interview. What are left of his arms have become like surgeon's tools for him. He uses them like giant fingers for all his manual actions. He has become very deft at performing complicated tasks.

02/06/2009 07:45 AM

Landmark textbook on strokes in children and young adults updated in second edition

Stroke in Children and Young Adults has been extensively revised. In the Second Edition, the 14 original chapters have been rewritten, and three new chapters have been added, Biller said. Biller is chairman of the Department of Neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

02/06/2009 07:39 AM

No disability is stopping Hii MALAYSIA

There was a roar of applause when Evelyn Hii went to accept her certificate of legal practice scroll from Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah yesterday.

02/06/2009 07:33 AM

Board exam jitters: disabled students can call special helplines INDIA

Special children have special needs. So for the first time the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has designated educators to answer the queries of disabled students who are taking the crucial Class 10 and Class 12 board exams.

02/06/2009 07:32 AM

Study gives poor marks for special education in city

Special education in the Rochester School District has a litany of deficiencies, including inadequate referral practices, too many segregated classes, poor collection of data and confusion about staff responsibilities, according to a new study.

02/06/2009 07:30 AM

Therapists work to teach dog to sense boy's moves and protect him ALABAMA

Michael is a 5-year-old child, diagnosed within the wide autism syndrome label, who doesn't want to be touched, much less touch the animal in front of him. Mercury is a 10-week-old black Labrador who wants nothing more than to be touched and played with.

02/06/2009 07:30 AM

National Social Assistance Programme Expanded INDIA

An estimated 2.5 millon widows between 40-64 years and 1.565 million people with severe and multiple disabilities between 18-64 years will now be entitled to pension, with the Government today extending the scope of the National Social Assistance Programmme (NSAP) meant for below the poverty line people.

02/06/2009 07:28 AM

Special Olympics skater partners with her mother IOWA

Behind every great athlete, there is a special someone who cheers for success and dries tears after shortfalls. This is especially true for Sonia Bellile, a 42-year-old Special Olympian from Coralville. She's a figure skater who will compete in solo and partner events in the Special Olympics World Winter Games starting Saturday in Boise, Idaho.

02/06/2009 07:27 AM

Special-needs students part of the gang PENNSYLVANIA

On Jan. 26, during a pep rally that was among Catholic Schools Week activities, the student body at St. Thomas More School, Bethel Park, was led in chants by the school's cheerleaders.

02/06/2009 07:26 AM

Local disabled vets struggle to rebuild their lives NEW YORK

Their stories illustrate the plight of many veterans returning to the Buffalo area, where the number receiving disability benefits through a Department of Veterans Affairs program has steadily increased since the terrorism of Sept. 11, 2001, and the ensuing two wars.

02/06/2009 07:25 AM

Center needs big changes to be recertified NEBRASKA

The state is likely to lose its $29.7 million in federal Medicaid funding for the troubled Beatrice State Developmental Center, a Kentucky consultant said in a report released Wednesday.

02/06/2009 07:24 AM

State cutbacks threaten programs for mentally ill MASSACHUSETTS

Until early January, Employment Options' clubhouse members, who suffer from mental illness, could count on at least one social event at the end of their work week.

02/06/2009 07:23 AM

PSD hosts exhibition to promote wheelchair basketball ALABAMA

"The whole purpose of this is to promote adaptive athletics, or recreation, here on campus," said Nathan Waters, coordinator of special events for the Program for Students with Disabilities. "Students with disabilities are limited to what recreation options they have here."

02/06/2009 07:22 AM

City Council to pick up permit discussion CALIFORNIA

A new Costa Mesa ordinance up for a City Council vote today would make it easier for homeowners trying to install wheelchair ramps and other additions to accommodate people with disabilities.

02/06/2009 07:21 AM

Patients At Salisbury Facility Found Malnourished MARYLAND

Officials at a Salisbury facility for people with developmental disabilities say they have corrected problems that caused patients on feeding tubes to become malnourished. VIDEO LINK.

02/06/2009 07:20 AM

Funds needed for handicap-accessible playground MASSACHUSETTS

Fund-raising is swinging into high-gear in the hope that a handicapped-accessible playground can break ground this spring at Haskell Field.

02/06/2009 07:19 AM

Ranch Services Special Needs Adults TEXAS

Follow a sliver of Texas blacktop, past an armadillo breathing easy in brush and you'll come upon a friendly little spread called the Down Home Ranch straddling the rural edge of the Williamson County line. VIDEO LINK.

02/06/2009 07:18 AM

Faiths learn to include autistic children NEW JERSEY

Religious congregations in North Jersey should take steps to include people with autism and other developmental disabilities in their worship and activities - even if they can't say "amen," participants at a conference recently were told.

02/06/2009 07:17 AM

Special Ed student guaranteed bus service ILLINOIS

The attorney for Rayvaughn Jackson -- a 6-year-old special education student who waited more than two months to get bus service to his West Side school -- reached an agreement with Chicago Public Schools today guaranteeing the child will receive transportation through the end of the school year. VIDEO LINK.

02/06/2009 07:16 AM

Comelec vows to assist PWDs during elections PHILIPPINES

As it marked Global Election Day Thursday, the Commission on Elections promised to make sure persons with disabilities (PWDs)and other marginalized sectors can full avail of their right to vote in 2010.

02/06/2009 07:10 AM

State ponders budget cuts for low-income seniors, disabled CALIFORNIA

More than 77,500 low-income seniors and people with disabilities in the Sacramento region will lose almost $93.4 million in government aid under budget cuts proposed by the Schwarzenegger administration, according to a study released Thursday.

02/06/2009 07:08 AM

Ride of a lifetime for local kids AUSTRALIA

LOCAL children with disabilities will be given the chance to experience something most people take for granted - the joy of riding a bicycle - when Freedom Wheels makes a stop in Armidale on Tuesday at Sandon Public School.

02/06/2009 07:07 AM

Vail vet: 'It's like freedom all over again' COLORADO

Matt Keil just wants to go fast and feel the fresh air on his face. He hasn't felt adrenaline like that since before he became a quadriplegic almost two years ago. He can't ride a roller coaster or go for a run, but he can get on a special guided monoski and fly down the mountain as if the day he was shot in the neck in Iraq never happened.

02/06/2009 07:06 AM

State: Mental hospital vendor sought GEORGIA

A proposal to consolidate the state's mental hospitals hit a bump this week when the only company bidding was disqualified for failing to meet one of the technical requirements.

02/06/2009 07:04 AM


When I recently learned that 3,800 developmentally disabled Kansans cannot get the services they need, I was appalled. I am sure you will be too.

02/06/2009 07:03 AM

Social Services Cuts Trigger Avalanche Of Frantic Appeals FLORIDA

Yvonne Mason wrote to the state Agency for Persons With Disabilities in early September, challenging a 42 percent cut in funding to care for her autistic, schizophrenic son.

02/06/2009 07:01 AM

What's next for displaced Beatrice clients? NEBRASKA

The state solved its emergency medical problem at the Beatrice State Developmental Center by transferring more than 40 residents to hospitals.

02/06/2009 07:00 AM

Hypnotherapist can't talk judge into being lenient TEXAS

Maurice D. Brooks Sr. seemed to be doing well for himself. Instead, he led a lavish lifestyle on the backs of mentally disabled people in Seattle, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from their government checks and leaving at least one of the victims homeless.

02/06/2009 06:59 AM

Families protest state cuts to disability programs MASSACHUSETTS

Families who receive state services for the developmentally disabled came to the Statehouse yesterday to protest deep cuts that Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed in programs under the Department of Mental Retardation.

02/06/2009 06:58 AM

Oster hired as MRDD superintendent OHIO

Pending action in Knox County, the Coshocton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities could have a new superintendent through the end of the year.

02/06/2009 06:56 AM

Impaired OU student denied in suit over dorm MICHIGAN

A federal judge in Detroit has denied a cognitively impaired Oakland University student's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow him live in a school dorm. All "University students not enrolled in a degree-earning program, whether disabled or not disabled, are not entitled to on-campus housing," Duggan said in his opinion.

02/06/2009 06:55 AM

Paralyzed Sweet Home football star determined to walk again NEW YORK

DeShanaro D. Morris returned home this week, a month after he was paralyzed in a one-vehicle crash in Amherst.

02/06/2009 06:54 AM

Special Olympics torch burns through upper valley IDAHO

Special Olympics competitors and their police escorts were running while chanting enthusiastic cadences as they passed through St. Anthony and Rexburg on Monday.

02/06/2009 06:53 AM

School extends services to 3-year-olds WISCONSIN

The Beaver Dam Unified School District has updated the services they offer to 3-year-old children with disabilities.

02/06/2009 06:52 AM

Summerfest Arena Will Have Improved Access for People with Disabilities WISCONSIN

The operators of a Milwaukee lakefront amphitheater have pledged to maintain upgrades that improve access for people with disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

02/06/2009 06:50 AM

Webcast Series from The Conference Board Examines Fully Engaging Workers with Disabilities

The Conference Board, the global business membership and research organization, today announced the launch of a research/webcast series -- Maximizing Human Capital: Employees with Disabilities -- designed to discuss ways to engage diverse workers during today's very challenging economic environment.

02/06/2009 06:49 AM

SC disabilities agency to seek outside licensing SOUTH CAROLINA

The state agency that provides services to those with severe disabilities says it wants another agency to license its facilities.

02/06/2009 06:48 AM

U.S. Labor Department to begin new monthly data series on people with disabilities from Current Population Survey on Feb. 6

The U.S. Department of Labor will, for the first time, release employment and unemployment data on people with disabilities on Friday, Feb. 6. This information will assist the nation in understanding how changing labor market conditions affect Americans with disabilities.

02/06/2009 06:47 AM

Hot yoga adapted for those with disabilities ILLINOIS

Hot yoga is a fun, dynamic and challenging form of yoga that can be adapted for everyone, including those with physical disabilities. VIDEO LINK.

02/06/2009 06:47 AM

Rally supports Kentuckians with disabilities

More than 800 people attended an annual rally and luncheon in Frankfort today to call attention to the needs of people with disabilities.

02/06/2009 06:45 AM

NH disabilities rights group alleges mistreatment

A New Hampshire advocacy group for the disabled has asked the state to re-examine how a 14-year-old boy with emotional disabilities was treated by workers at the juvenile detention center.

02/06/2009 06:43 AM

Revealed: How flu virus hijacks human cells

European scientists on Wednesday said they had uncovered how the influenza virus is able to take over human cells and use them as machinery to replicate itself.

02/06/2009 06:43 AM

Spine Injuries a Common Result of Car Crashes

Nearly 13 percent of people in car crashes suffer spine injuries that could lead to paralysis or death, but greater use of seat belts and airbags could greatly reduce that percentage, a new study finds.

02/06/2009 06:42 AM

Quick Stroke Treatment Improves Outcomes

Rapid assessment and treatment in a specialist emergency outpatient clinic reduces death, disability, costs and hospital bed-days experienced by patients who suffer a minor stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), British researchers report.

02/06/2009 06:41 AM

Flu may not have killed most in 1918 pandemic

Strep infections and not the flu virus itself may have killed most people during the 1918 influenza pandemic, which suggests some of the most dire predictions about a new pandemic may be exaggerated, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

02/06/2009 06:40 AM

Respiratory virus common in U.S. children: study

A highly contagious respiratory virus is far more widespread among children than once thought and puts more of them in the hospital than influenza, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

02/06/2009 06:39 AM

Vitamin D deficiency may harm brain function: study

Low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of cognitive impairment in the elderly, according to findings from the nationally representative, population-based Health Survey for England 2000.

02/06/2009 06:35 AM

Study: 9/11 lung problems persist years later

Researchers tracking Sept. 11 responders who became ill after working at the World Trade Center site found many had lung problems years later in a study the authors said proves persistent illness in people exposed to toxic dust caused by the twin towers' collapse.

Headlines (Posted February 4, 2009)

02/04/2009 09:46 AM

Family dedicated to recovery MICHIGAN

A guest book decorated by Robert Rock's children and grandchildren sits on a windowsill in his room. Rock, 65, has been at the rehabilitation facility since falling from a ladder Nov. 17, fracturing his skull in multiple places and resulting in a traumatic brain injury.

02/04/2009 09:44 AM

Purdue's Chris Kramer Told to Keep Playing After Getting Knocked Out

If Kramer "blacked out" as a result of being struck on the head, he absolutely should not have been permitted to return to the game. When you get knocked out, you've suffered a brain injury. Brain injuries need time to heal. And yet Kramer was back on the floor after a few minutes in the locker room to get fitted for a mask to protect his nose. VIDEO LINK.

02/04/2009 09:40 AM

Headway Cambridgeshire announces 2009 training programme UK

The brain injury charity, Headway Cambridgeshire, is offering a new workshop for professionals who work with people affected by brain injury.

02/04/2009 09:37 AM

Lack of helmets causes problems for all, not just bike riders SOUTH CAROLINA

A McLeod Health study of motorcycle crash victims treated at the hospital from 2003 to 2007 reveals that only 28 percent of 167 patients wore helmets.

02/04/2009 09:35 AM

Iraq Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injuries To Be Studied By UB Researchers At Buffalo VA Medical Center

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been identified as the "signature injury" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

02/04/2009 09:35 AM

Football Head-Injury Research Needs Aid PENNSYLVANIA

University of Pennsylvania scientists have developed color-changing crystals that could improve the detection and care of football players' head injuries. But they need funding and partners to develop practical applications.

02/04/2009 09:33 AM

New City man recovers from brain injury after binge drinking NEW YORK

In the summer of 2007, Steve Edelman was living in California, working and pursuing his dream of becoming a famous sports writer. But an accident that occurred during a drunken stupor left him in a coma for three months and changed his life. Now as he works to repair the damage to his mind and body, he wants his experience to serve as a cautionary tale to young men and women who abuse alcohol.

02/04/2009 09:32 AM

IBC donates $150,000 to Brain Injury Association of Canada

Building on its ongoing commitment to injury prevention, Insurance Bureau of Canada has donated $150,000 to the Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC)

02/04/2009 09:28 AM

Worm Provides Clues About Preventing Damage Caused By Low-oxygen During Stroke, Heart Attack

Neurobiologists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified pathways that allow microscopic worms to survive in a low-oxygen, or hypoxic, environment.

02/04/2009 09:27 AM

Journal Article Reviews Research Using Oxycyte(R) And PFCs In TBI And Decompression Sickness

Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB:OXBO) announced that an article published by the Journal of Applied Physiology discusses research conducted with Oxycyte(R) in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and decompression sickness. Oxycyte is the Company's perfluorocarbon (PFC) therapeutic oxygen carrier.

02/04/2009 09:27 AM

News From The Journal Of Neuroscience

Huntington's disease is caused by a polyglutamine expansion in huntingtin protein. The mutation leads to apoptosis specifically of striatal medium spiny neurons (MSNs), causing motor impairments and eventual death of affected individuals.

02/04/2009 09:26 AM

Genetic Research Leads To New Discovery In Understanding Rare Neurological Disorder

A study led by Laurie Ozelius, Ph.D. at Mount Sinai School of Medicine has identified a gene associated with the development of primary torsion dystonia, also known as DYT6 dystonia. With funding provided by the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), Dr. Ozelius and her colleagues have found that mutations in the THAP1 gene cause DYT6 dystonia in Amish-Mennonite families, as well as in other ethnic groups.

02/04/2009 09:25 AM

MR Spectroscopy May Help Patients Avoid Invasive Procedures And Treatments For Recurrent Brain Lesions

A clinical decision model which uses MR spectroscopy to help physicians differentiate between recurrent tumors and changes in the brain tissue due to radiation treatments, may help patients avoid invasive procedures and treatments, according to a study performed at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI.

02/04/2009 09:24 AM

Not Just Your Imagination: The Brain Perceives Optical Illusions As Real Motion

Ever get a little motion sick from an illusion graphic designed to look like it's moving? A new study suggests that these illusions do more than trick the eye; they may also convince the brain that the graphic is actually moving.

02/04/2009 09:22 AM

Researchers Suspect A Novel Gene Is Causing Restless Legs Syndrome In A Large Family

In 2005, a woman who had trouble sleeping asked Siong-Chi Lin, M.D., for help. Dr. Lin, a sleep disorders specialist at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida, diagnosed restless legs syndrome. This common neurologic disorder interrupts sleep because of unpleasant sensations in the legs at rest, especially in the evening, that are temporarily relieved by movement.

02/04/2009 09:21 AM

No Adverse Effects of Psychostimulants on Brain Development

Psychostimulants do not appear to adversely affect brain development in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a new imaging study suggests.

02/04/2009 09:19 AM

Pregnant Women at Risk for Restless Legs

Hormone changes in pregnant women put them at a higher risk of restless leg syndrome, a new study shows.

02/04/2009 09:18 AM

U.S. Flu Season Off to Slow Start

There are far fewer cases of flu in the United States so far this year compared to last year, a sign that the nation may be in for a relatively mild flu season, experts said Tuesday.

02/04/2009 09:17 AM

Radiation From CT Scans Not Always the Same

Exposure to radiation varies widely among people who undergo computed tomography (CT) scans, a new study has found.

02/04/2009 09:16 AM

Controversial Medication May Decrease Spasms For Infants With Epilepsy

The antiepileptic drug vigabatrin (VGB) has been shown to be one of the best treatments against a special form of epilepsy in infants, called infantile spasm. However, its use has been limited in many countries because it has been shown to cause a permanent narrowing of visual fields in approximately 40 percent of adults who have been exposed at school age or later.

02/04/2009 09:15 AM

PTC Therapeutics Completes Enrollment Of Pivotal Trial In Muscular Dystrophy

PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (PTC) announced that it has successfully completed patient enrollment of its pivotal clinical trial of PTC124 in patients with nonsense mutation Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (nmDMD/BMD).

02/04/2009 09:14 AM

Merck Serono's Safinamide Significantly Improved Motor Function In Patients With Advanced Parkinson's Disease In A Phase III Pivotal Trial

Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and its partner Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA (SWX: NWRN), announced that the first Phase III trial of investigational agent safinamide as adjunctive therapy to levodopa (study 016) met its primary endpoint by increasing daily "ON" time in mid- to late-stage Parkinson's disease patients with motor fluctuations by 1.3 hours

02/04/2009 09:13 AM

Follow-up to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Found in 6th Former NFL Player

This story is extremely important not only from a health policy standpoint, but for neurolawyers who represent individuals with acquired traumatic brain injury.

02/04/2009 09:12 AM

Arkansan Battles Brain Cancer, Survives 7 Surgeries

At 38 years old, Timothy Sharp has endured more than many people could in several lifetimes. He's a brain cancer survivor, nine times over. He's endured 7 brain surgeries and the removal of 9 tumors.

02/04/2009 09:11 AM

InterMune Reports Results Of Two Phase 3 CAPACITY Studies Of Pirfenidone In IPF

InterMune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITMN) announced results from the two Phase 3 CAPACITY studies evaluating pirfenidone in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

02/04/2009 09:11 AM

Maryland Lawyer Steve Nolan Advocates For Lung Health As National Board Chair Of The American Lung Association

America's oldest voluntary health organization is led by an experienced Maryland trial lawyer, Stephen J. Nolan. Elected National Board Chair, after more than a decade of volunteer service to the organization, Mr. Nolan has successfully steered the American Lung Association to tackle key issues facing the health of our nation.

02/04/2009 09:09 AM

Asthma Patients Show Chronic Airflow Changes In Lungs, Even With Medication

Using a special MRI technique, researchers have determined that the location and degree of airway narrowing in the lungs of asthma sufferers can be markedly persistent over time. The findings will be published in the February issue of Radiology.

02/04/2009 09:08 AM

Former Orillian hopes to improve lives of heart attack and stroke victims CANADA

When Richard Staines was young he watched his grandmother suffer from the aftermath of a stroke. He is now a core scientist in the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario’s Centre for Stroke Recovery, working on a research program with the goal of making rehabilitation after a stroke more patient specific.

02/04/2009 09:08 AM

Help For Persons With Aphasia - Computerized Writing Aids

It is possible to improve writing skills for those with aphasia with the aid of computerised writing aids. This is the conclusion of a doctoral thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

02/04/2009 09:07 AM

Robo Rehab Device Arms Stroke Survivors With Ability To Regain Control

An estimated 50 percent of stroke survivors suffer from partial paralysis on one side of their body, and only 5 percent of those who receive rehabilitation therapy ever regain full control of their arm. Now, a new high-tech arm brace may better those odds and help millions of patients to regain the ability to perform everyday tasks like washing, getting dressed and driving.

02/04/2009 09:07 AM

Arteries adjust blood flow after stroke

U.S. medical researchers have discovered a grid of small arteries at the surface of the brain redirects and controls blood flow following a stroke.

02/04/2009 09:04 AM

Panel likes Lilly drug but not for stroke patients

A panel of government health experts says a highly anticipated Eli Lilly blood thinner has lifesaving potential, but should not be given to patients with a history of stroke.

02/04/2009 09:01 AM

Toddler helps bring about a medical miracle TEXAS

Elena isn't your average little girl. At 20 months, she's already battled stage III cancer, and spinal cord injury has left her in a wheelchair. Now, she's getting ready to fight again. This time she's fighting for the chance to walk.

02/04/2009 08:59 AM

Foundation Kicks off First-Ever PLS Awareness Month

The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation (SPF) is kicking off the first Congressionally-designated Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) Awareness Month, part of a national effort to bring attention to PLS, a debilitating condition that affects tens of thousands of families across the United States.

02/04/2009 08:58 AM

InnovationsKapital: Hope For Sufferers Of Post-Amputation Pain

Chronic residual limb pain following amputation is a major problem for many patients, yet no effective pharmaceutical treatment is currently available. However, as a result of the very encouraging results of a Phase IIa study in amputated limb stump pain with a novel topical medication from SantoSolve, the company has just initiated recruitment in a 3 month multinational, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III study in 150 patients suffering moderateto- severe residual limb pain following amputation.

02/04/2009 08:57 AM

Disabled vets conquer a new battlefield: golf course CALIFORNIA

Army Sgt. Jerrod Fields, who lost his left leg to a roadside explosion in Baghdad in 2005, believes the trick to life is turning a temporary inconvenience into a permanent improvement. Fields was at Admiral Baker Golf Course here, being tutored by golf professionals as part of a two-day clinic under a program called "First Swing." Organized by the Army and the National Amputee Golf Assn.

02/04/2009 08:55 AM

Disabled Iraq vet tapped for position in VA

Disabled Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth soon will be nominated to be part of President Obama’s team at the Veterans Affairs Department. Duckworth, a major in the Illinois National Guard who lost both legs in 2004 after the helicopter she was flying was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, will be nominated to be assistant veterans secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, White House and VA officials announced Tuesday.

02/04/2009 08:53 AM

Concussion expert took your questions CANADA

On hockey rinks, soccer pitches, toboggan hills and other sporting arenas across Canada, concussions are a known risk of the game. Conventional thinking used to be that athletes who suffer a single concussion bounce back unscathed.

02/04/2009 08:52 AM

MRI may help reduce effects of sleep apnea

Using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, Ohio State University Medical Center researchers are able to assess the effects of a common treatment for sleep apnea on heart structure and function in otherwise healthy individuals.

02/04/2009 08:52 AM

Small Device Helps Sleep Apnea Sufferers in a Big Way

A device tested by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School helps pull the lower jaw forward, creating an open airway in the throat to benefit those with moderate to severe sleep apnea. It is more appealing, affordable and easier to use than standard therapies.

02/04/2009 08:49 AM

Treating Sleep Apnea Can Be a Lifesaver

Obstructive sleep apnea isn't merely a snoring problem. This serious medical condition strains the cardiovascular system and increases the risk of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, irregular heart rhythms, stroke and sudden cardiac death.

02/04/2009 08:48 AM

Father arrested for shaking baby to death, police say LOUISIANA

Sophia Lewis died Monday afternoon at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in Jefferson, and her death was officially classified as a homicide Tuesday afternoon by Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard. An autopsy showed the infant's death was caused by complications from brain injuries, he said.

02/04/2009 08:43 AM

Man arrested in shaken-baby case FLORIDA

A man faces aggravated child abuse charges for shaking a 2-month-old baby, Okaloosa County lawmen say.

02/04/2009 08:42 AM

Link Between Bipolar Disorder And Risk Of Early Death From Natural Causes

Bipolar disorder appears to increase the risk of early death from medical illnesses, according to a literature review study published as the lead article this week in the journal Psychiatric Services.

02/04/2009 08:41 AM

Research Finds New Cause of Ozone Wheezing and Potential Treatments

Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) discovered a cause of airway irritation and wheezing after exposure to ozone, a common urban air pollutant.

02/04/2009 08:38 AM

Why Are Allergies, Asthma Worse in the Winter?

It turns out the more time you spend indoors, the more you are breathing in dangerous indoor allergens, such as dust mites (which multiply when you turn up the heat), animal dander and mold (spores can live on Christmas tree branches or other indoor plants).

02/04/2009 08:37 AM

Bird flu virus still major concern, WHO warns

The danger posed by H5N1 avian flu specifically and a flu pandemic in general may no longer dominate news headlines but it has not subsided, experts warned Tuesday at an international scientific conference on influenza.

02/04/2009 08:33 AM

Sedative dexmedetomidine may offer advantages over agents often used for sedation in ICU

Use of the sedative dexmedetomidine for critically ill patients resulted in less time on a ventilator and less delirium compared to patients administered a more commonly used drug, according to a study in the February 4 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

02/04/2009 08:33 AM

GSK and Theravance announce positive phase 2b results for once-daily fluticasone furoate in the treatment of asthma

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance, Inc. (NasdaqGM:THRX - News) today announced positive results from three, separate phase 2b studies assessing efficacy and safety of GSK's inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) fluticasone furoate (FF or GW685698) across a range of eight doses (25 - 800 mcg) in over 1,800 patients with mild, moderate and severe asthma.

02/04/2009 07:55 AM

Parents of autistic child take case to Supreme Court COLORADO

The parents of an autistic Berthoud boy have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case against the Thompson School District. Jeff and Julie Perkins, the parents of Luke Perkins, through their attorneys, filed a writ of certiorari on Dec. 19 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit said the school district did not have to pay for Perkins to attend a special school in Boston.

02/04/2009 07:54 AM

Pinoy paraplegic guns for World Ironman tilt PHILIPPINES

RODOLFO "Rudy" Fernandez just cruised the uphill Kennon Road with ease despite having only a single leg. For Rudy, it's just another training day for him as he prepares for the upcoming Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

02/04/2009 07:53 AM

Fighting Dementia - With Technology And Chickens UK

A dementia care pioneer is using technology and chickens to fight and delay the onset of the condition amongst a small community in Southport.

02/04/2009 07:53 AM

Commissioning Is Crucial If Dementia Strategy Is To Deliver UK

Tackling poor commissioning practice is the key message for dignified and safe dementia care, according to the homecare sector's professional association, UKHCA, on publication of the National Dementia Strategy today.

02/04/2009 07:52 AM

Government Announces Landmark Strategy To Transform Dementia Care UK

Alzheimer's Society has welcomed the publication of the first ever National Dementia Strategy for England.

02/04/2009 07:51 AM

Dementia Services To Be Transformed In United Kingdom UK

The Department of Health has announced a "landmark strategy to transform dementia services". It claims care for patients with dementia will be transformed as dementia advisers are appointed, GPs receive improved training, and memory centres run by specialists to provide early diagnosis and treatment are opened nationwide.

02/04/2009 07:48 AM

School, technology overcome children's speech problems NORTH CAROLINA

For children, speech developmental delays create communication barriers and can impair their learning ability for years to come. The Frankie Lemmon School in Raleigh is the oldest preschool and kindergarten for special-needs children in Wake County. VIDEO LINK.

02/04/2009 07:48 AM

World First For Glasgow University As Stem Cell Therapy Trials Are Approved

The University of Glasgow and the ReNeuron Group plc are to begin a ground-breaking clinical trial with stem cell therapy for stroke.

02/04/2009 07:45 AM

Johns Hopkins researchers discover new schizophrenia gene

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are one gene closer to understanding schizophrenia and related disorders. Reporting in the Jan. 9 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, the team describes how a variation in the neuregulin 3 gene influences delusions associated with schizophrenia.

02/04/2009 07:44 AM

'Too many' mentally ill in jails UK

Thousands of people with mental health problems are ending up in jail rather than receiving treatment, the Prison Reform Trust has said.

02/04/2009 07:40 AM

House committee kills autism mandate OKLAHOMA

Legislation to require health insurers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism was killed Tuesday evening by a state House committee that effectively blocked the mandate proposal from being considered in the House again for two years.

02/04/2009 07:37 AM

Asperger's worker sues RadioShack MAINE

A former employee is suing RadioShack Corp., claiming he was harassed on the job because he has Asperger's syndrome.

02/04/2009 07:36 AM

Epilepsy in Wyo: What the state needs WYOMING

Leonard Bright spent several nights in a mental health facility just because he had a seizure.

02/04/2009 07:33 AM

Nelson measure would overhaul institutions for elderly, mentally disabled TEXAS

State Sen. Jane Nelson unveiled legislation on Tuesday to improve conditions within state institutions housing the elderly and mentally disabled following allegations of widespread abuse.

02/04/2009 07:33 AM

The Vinh - one-handed guitarist VIET NAM

The guitarist with only one hand has been moving listeners not because of his disability but his talent. No one would believe the sound from his guitar comes from the instrument of a disabled guitarist.

02/04/2009 07:31 AM

Agency guiding state schools mum amid fed probe TEXAS

Facing federal pressure to correct widespread abuse and neglect, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has imposed a near blackout on information about how it runs the state's troubled facilities for the mentally retarded.

02/04/2009 07:30 AM

Centrelink takes pension from paraplegic mum AUSTRALIA

A PARAPLEGIC mother-of-four is perplexed at a Centrelink policy that has stripped her of her disability support pension.

02/04/2009 07:29 AM

New Fund requirements on disability benefits in effect SAIPAN

The NMI Retirement Fund now requires members applying for disability benefits to undergo reasonable examination by two licensed and practicing physicians selected by the board of trustees.

02/04/2009 07:28 AM

'She focuses on her ability, not her disability' GEORGIA

Cerebral palsy has proved to be an opportunity, rather than a disability, for Sally Ann Heath. For eight years, the 17-year-old Josey High School junior has participated in adaptive sports and is now being recognized statewide.

02/04/2009 07:26 AM

Mentally disabled girl tasered, lawsuit says CANADA

The father of a 14-year-old girl from Northwestern Ontario is suing the Ontario Provincial Police after his daughter was shocked with a taser.

02/04/2009 07:24 AM

Activists demand resignation of House reps with disability DAR ES SALAAM

Disabled rights activists yesterday demanded immediate resignation of legislators representing people with disabilities in Parliament allegedly for failing to address properly the issue of albino killings.

02/04/2009 07:23 AM

Official: Leominster program needs to focus on job coaching for special needs students MASSACHUSETTS

School Committee member Suzanne Koehler said Monday that she would like to see the district take a more active role in helping special-needs students find jobs after graduation.

02/04/2009 07:20 AM

Don't balance the budget with Special Ed money CALIFORNIA

You have told readers to make sure Special Education is funded properly. I am the parent of a child with Downs Syndrome and I cannot tell you how hard it is to get the district to pay for what he needs.

02/04/2009 07:19 AM

Beatrice center must move 'medically fragile' residents NEBRASKA

Parents of medically fragile residents at the Beatrice State Developmental Center find themselves caught between two beliefs. Nebraska's chief medical officer, Dr. Joann Schaefer, believes that the Beatrice center cannot safely care for people with serious medical issues, like uncontrolled seizures or diabetes, and has ordered they be moved first to hospitals and then to local community programs.

02/04/2009 07:17 AM

Supporting The Families Of Young Disabled Children UK

A new programme improving the support provided to the families of young children with disabilities is to be implemented across Wales.

02/04/2009 07:13 AM

BMO adds staff to meet demand for RDSP CANADA

BMO Bank of Montreal has hired additional call centre staff and established a dedicated phone line in an effort keep up with customer demand for the Registered Disability Savings Plan, the bank said Tuesday.

02/04/2009 07:13 AM

Community turns out for nurse paralyzed after fall ILLINOIS

On Sept. 19 Kim Powers of Westchester fell and broke her neck. In a tragic twist of irony, the nurse who served in Edward Hines VA Hospital’s spinal cord unit is now a patient herself, facing the very challenges of her former patients.

02/04/2009 07:11 AM

City can't afford to meet accessibility rules CANADA

North Bay council is objecting to provincial legislation to phase in new accessibility regulations for both the private and public sectors. Council agreed Monday to bring its concerns regarding the costs and timeframes for standards set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur.

02/04/2009 07:10 AM

Dance Class Caters To Special-Needs Students MASSACHUSETTS

Now in its second year, the "Me Too" class was created to help special-needs students ages 3 and older express themselves through dance. The students also gain musicality, body control and stress management. VIDEO LINK.

02/04/2009 07:09 AM

Saratoga school district breaks through barriers, teaches empathy for special needs kids CALIFORNIA

Tom Cobourn emphasizes that his 5-year-old son is more than just a statistic. Caleb is one of more than 2.6 million children (up to age 5) in California that you may see on their way to school in the morning, playing in the park with friends or holding a parent's hand at a local supermarket.

02/04/2009 07:07 AM

Public school for autistic kids to open in September in Sayreville NEW JERSEY

A new public school for students with autism or similar behavioral disabilities is slated to open in September.

02/04/2009 07:06 AM

OWL deer hunt to become annual event ALABAMA

When Kirk Thomas, founder and CEO of Outdoors Without Limits, (OWL) was asked about the success of the 2009 Ultimate Adventure Deer Hunt held in Pike County in mid-January, he leaned back in his wheelchair, folded his arms across his chest and grinned.

02/04/2009 07:06 AM

Healthy Sports: Special Olympics show special side of sports CONNECTICUT

In 1968, the word "special" was used to describe the first Olympic competition designed for athletes with cognitive challenges.

02/04/2009 07:04 AM

Special Olympics move forward despite downturn IDAHO

Two years ago, organizers with the Special Olympics World Winter Games hoped to raise at least $23 million in cash donations, hire a staff of around 100 people and bring as many as 3,000 athletes to Boise for the international event. Analysts with the Idaho Department of Commerce said the games could bring $42 million to the state.

02/04/2009 07:03 AM

Level of day care won't be reduced NORTH CAROLINA

County officials offered assurances Tuesday the Buncombe County Community Child Care Center in West Asheville would continue to serve children with developmental disabilities - even if it's sold.

02/04/2009 07:03 AM

3 PWDs file discrimination charges vs. Bacolod officials PHILIPPINES

The Bacolod city government faces charges before the Ombudsman from three persons with disability (PWD) for alleged employment discrimination and failure to pay their wages for four months.

02/04/2009 07:01 AM

Disabled man: Dog barred from eatery LOUISIANA

A disabled man who uses a dog for assistance was denied service at a Baton Rouge restaurant last month and said ignorance of federal disability rights law was probably the reason.

02/04/2009 06:56 AM

OUTCOMES - The Northeast Center for Special Care online newsletter SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE

Subscribe for FREE and receive our regular mailings with information about brain injury, spinal cord injury, respiratory care, and more.

02/04/2009 06:56 AM

Quadriplegic rugby player to lecture in the Union CALIFORNIA

Mark Zupan, a quadriplegic rugby player and documentary movie star, will give a lecture at Sacramento State Thursday. The event is sponsored by Services to Students with Disabilities, Recreational Sports and UNIQUE Programs.

02/04/2009 06:55 AM

Mentally ill prisoners stuck in reoffending cycle UK

Prisoners suffering from mental illness can become stuck in a cycle of reoffending because they are not getting appropriate treatment, a report warned today.

02/04/2009 06:53 AM

Special Olympics torch burns through upper valley IDAHO

Special Olympics competitors and their police escorts were running while chanting enthusiastic cadences as they passed through St. Anthony and Rexburg on Monday.

02/04/2009 06:52 AM

3 Sabahans for Special Olympics Summit MALAYSIA

Three Sabahans will represent Malaysia in the 5th Global Youth Activation Summit on intellectual disabilities to be held in conjunction with the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho, USA from February 7 to 13.

02/04/2009 06:51 AM

Senator: Agency retaliating against 5 SOUTH CAROLINA

Five state employees who told auditors about health and safety problems in the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs are being terminated by June in "retaliation" by the agency for their honesty, state Sen. David Thomas said.

02/04/2009 06:50 AM

People with disabilities demand to be heard

James O'Neill's disability didn't stop him from trekking to Capitol Hill this week to help open the eyes of state lawmakers to the plight of the disabled.

02/04/2009 06:49 AM

Clues on how trace metal may be linked to Parkinsons: study

Manganese, a metal that is naturally present in the human body, may contribute to Parkinson's disease when defective genes interact to enhance its toxicity, according to a study published Sunday.

02/04/2009 06:48 AM

Boosting protein protects against Parkinson's disease: study

Boosting the output of a protein produced by brain cells called astrocytes can provide complete protection from Parkinson's disease, a study published Monday showed.

02/04/2009 06:46 AM

220 million Tamiflu doses held by goverments: Roche

Some 220 million doses of Tamiflu, the vaccine against bird flu, are in the hands of governments worldwide, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche said Wednesday.

02/04/2009 06:42 AM

Mental illness alone is no trigger for violence

A new large study challenges the idea that mental illness alone is a leading cause of violence. Researchers instead blame a combination of factors, specifically substance abuse and a history of violent acts, that drives up the danger when combined with mental illness in what they call an "intricate link."

Headlines (Posted February 2, 2009)

02/02/2009 09:01 AM

Blood Flow To Stroke-Injured Brain Restored By Adjustment To Mesh-Like Network Of Arteries

A grid of small arteries at the surface of the brain redirects flow and widens at critical points to restore blood supply to tissue starved of nutrients and oxygen following a stroke, a study has found.

02/02/2009 08:51 AM

Tackling brain injuries OPINION MASSACHUSETTS

FANS WATCHING the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl tonight should know some of the players might well be in the early stages of brain disease, brought on by the blows they have been taking since their days in youth football.

02/02/2009 08:48 AM

Hope for head-injury victims SRI LANKA

A new Neuro-Trauma Centre built at the National Hospital premises could save many lives. Two thousand men, women and children die of head injuries at the National Hospital in Colombo each year. The statistics are shocking - 45,000 people brought to the OPD of the National Hospital with head injuries each year with 10,000 of them needing admission.

02/02/2009 08:46 AM

Young Reno pitcher makes miraculous recovery CALIFORNIA

As long as Janet Simpson heard the familiar beep of the brain scan monitor, everything was OK.

02/02/2009 08:41 AM

Exploring the Folds of the Brain--And Their Links to Autism

New studies are revealing how the brain's convolutions take shape findings that could aid the diagnosis and treatment of autism, schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

02/02/2009 08:37 AM

Iraq Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injuries To Be Studied By UB Researchers At Buffalo VA Medical Center NEW YORK

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been identified as the "signature injury" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI is known to cause deficits in memory, attention and decision-making and often occurs in conjunction with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse.

02/02/2009 08:37 AM

Old Tech Helps Soldiers With New Wound Infection

A combination of bone cement and antibiotics may help fight dangerous infections that can develop in compound (open) fractures suffered by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a study conducted by a team of orthopedic, military and pharmaceutical researchers.

02/02/2009 08:35 AM

Blood Test for 'Mad Cow' Disease May Be Near

A simple, inexpensive DNA blood test may be able to detect "mad cow" disease in live cattle months before they show any clinical signs of the disease, according to a Canadian-led team of researchers.

02/02/2009 08:35 AM

Discovery Of Link Between Parkinson's Disease Genes And Manganese Poisoning

A connection between genetic and environmental causes of Parkinson's disease has been discovered by a research team led by Aaron D. Gitler, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

02/02/2009 08:34 AM

Grant To Improve Targeting In Parkinson's Surgery

A $51,000 grant will enable University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers to determine whether sophisticated new imaging technologies can help them achieve pinpoint placement of deep-brain stimulation electrodes in patients with Parkinson's disease.

02/02/2009 08:33 AM

Top 10 Heart-Stroke Advances for 2008

Studies on smoking bans, acute care of heart attack and stroke patients, diabetes control and childhood obesity were among the top 10 major advances in heart disease and stroke research in 2008, according to the American Heart Association.

02/02/2009 08:32 AM

Aggressive Treatment Effective in Kids' Brain Cancer

The best way to treat a rare form of childhood brain cancer called ependymoma is aggressive surgery followed by targeted radiotherapy, U.S. researchers say.

02/02/2009 08:27 AM

A healthy start for disease expo PENNSYLVANIA

A healthy crowd turned out for the recent inaugural Disease and Disability Resource Expo.

02/02/2009 08:27 AM

South Carolina Brain Injury Conference

The Brain Injury Alliance of South Carolina (BIASC) and the South Carolina Brain Injury Leadership Council will be having a Statewide Brain Injury Conference on Thursday, May 14- Friday, May 15 at the Columbia Conference Center, located at 169 Laurelhurst Ave. Columbia, SC 29210.

02/02/2009 08:26 AM

Metro Boy Battling Brain Cancer KANSAS

Santos Arreola, 5, has brain cancer. He was diagnosed and treated in 2007, but it is now in remission. VIDEO LINK.

02/02/2009 08:25 AM

Norfolk claims third Aussie title UK

Britain's Peter Norfolk defeated David Wagner 7-6 6-1 to capture his third Australian Open quad singles crown and climb to the top of the world rankings.

02/02/2009 08:25 AM

Norfolk secures place in decider UK

Britain's Peter Norfolk will face world number one David Wagner in Saturday's quad singles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

02/02/2009 08:23 AM

Bevis steps up 2012 preparations UK

Herefordshire shooting star James Bevis is to become a full-time athlete to give himself the best chance of medal success in 2012.

02/02/2009 08:21 AM

New strategy to help Sussex stroke patients UK

A new scheme has been launched aimed at helping people in East Sussex to avoid having a stroke as well as giving them more support and better treatment if they do suffer one.

02/02/2009 08:20 AM

Stroke Drug Might Be a Memory-Booster

Fasudil, a drug used for a decade to safely treat people with vascular problems in the brain, appears to improve some learning and memory abilities in middle-aged rats, a new study says.

02/02/2009 08:20 AM

ECASS 3 Study Receives Recognition From The European Stroke Organisation And The Lancet

Based on key results from the European Cooperative Acute Stroke Study (ECASS 3), the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) now recommends that Actilyse(R) (alteplase) be given within 4.5 hours of onset of ischaemic stroke, although treatment beyond 3 hours from the the onset of stroke currently is not included in the European labelling.

02/02/2009 08:15 AM

Bone Growth Accelerated With Nanotubes And Stem Cells

Engineers at the University of California at San Diego have come up with a way to help accelerate bone growth through the use of nanotubes and stem cells. This new finding could lead to quicker and better recovery, for example, for patients who undergo orthopedic surgery.

02/02/2009 08:13 AM

Lured by promise of stem cells, Dallas-Fort Worth residents head abroad for medical treatment TEXAS

A quadriplegic since she was 14, Jessica Grimm learned long ago how to work around her body's limitations. Now 27, Grimm is eager for more independence. So much so that she traveled to Costa Rica last month for a controversial stem cell treatment that's unavailable in this country.

02/02/2009 08:12 AM

Disabled cyclists enjoy city-sponsored rides CALIFORNIA

About an hour after city of San Diego recreation workers put out a dozen handcycles at De Anza Cove yesterday, most were gone and replaced by abandoned crutches and wheelchairs.

02/02/2009 08:10 AM

Doctor's recovery inspires community WASHINGTON

Before a bike accident three months ago left him paralyzed, Dr. Ed Farrar touched a lot of lives. Since the accident, he's touched a lot more.

02/02/2009 08:09 AM

East Texas soldier returns home after months in hospital

Partially paralyzed, Army Medic Andy Burnett of Tyler spent months fighting for his life in San Antonio's Walter Reed Hospital. Recently, he spent time in Florida learning to use his arms and hands again. Saturday, however, the East Texas hero found his way home. VIDEO LINK.

02/02/2009 08:08 AM

Volunteers Begin House for Paralyzed Football Player FLORIDA

Volunteers have begun constructing a wheelchair-friendly home for paralyzed former high school football player Oshay Johnson. VIDEO LINK.

02/02/2009 08:06 AM

Report: 'Potter' stunt man paralyzed UK

he 25-year-old stunt man injured this week on the Watford, England, set of the latest "Harry Potter" film is paralyzed, The Daily Mail reported Friday.

02/02/2009 08:05 AM

Stroke victim becomes advocate MONTANA

When Lisa Michael heads to Helena Tuesday as part of the American Heart Association’s lobbyist group, she’ll go knowing that she’s the unlikely face of heart disease and stroke.

02/02/2009 08:04 AM

Neuralstem to Present at the 11th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference

Neuralstem's patented technology enables, for the first time, the ability to produce neural stem cells of the human brain and spinal cord in commercial quantities, and the ability to control the differentiation of these cells into mature, physiologically relevant human neurons and glia.

02/02/2009 08:02 AM

Can't be beat by paralysis or puzzle CALIFORNIA

Elizabeth Caron spends about five hours each day working on jigsaw puzzles, some with 2,000 pieces, others with as few as 100. She does so even though her hands and fingers are stiff. She does so because it's something she can do with friends and family who visit her at the Hy-Lond convalescent hospital in Modesto.

02/02/2009 08:00 AM

Paralysis from injury doesn't hamper Lantzy PENNSYLVANIA

Ken Lantzy believes in making the best of situations and follows his own advice. When a high school football injury caused permanent quadriplegia for him decades ago, Lantzy's positive attitude became an unfaltering beacon of inspiration to his family, friends, community and scores of area youth.

02/02/2009 07:59 AM

InnovationsKapital: Hope for Sufferers of Post-Amputation Pain NORWAY

Chronic residual limb pain following amputation is a major problem for many patients, yet no effective pharmaceutical treatment is currently available. However, as a result of the very encouraging results of a Phase IIa study in amputated limb stump pain with a novel topical medication from SantoSolve, the company has just initiated recruitment in a 3 month multinational, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III study in 150 patients suffering moderateto- severe residual limb pain following amputation.

02/02/2009 07:59 AM

Sports Technology For Para-athletes: Closing The Gap

This issue of Sports Technology, published by Wiley-Blackwell, spotlights recent developments that seek to close the gap between able-bodied athletes and para-athletes, with two published articles highlighting running prostheses.

02/02/2009 07:57 AM

Virginia Amputees Challenge Insurance Lobby to Compromise

Virginias insurance lobby continues to fight hard against passage of a bill that would require insurance companies to offer coverage for artificial limbs as an option to their policyholders. The insurance industry wants to continue treating prosthetic limbs as a medical luxury while amputees demand that the costs be treated the same as other major medical expenses. To make progress in their efforts, amputees offered a compromise and ask the insurance companies to work with them on taking a step in the right direction.

02/02/2009 07:56 AM

Commission postpones requirement on lead testing WASHINGTON DC

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Friday that it will postpone lead testing requirements that would have put libraries at risk of liability lawsuits for loaning children's books.

02/02/2009 07:55 AM

Dangerous levels of lead are often found in houses built before 1978, but new homes aren't immune TENNESSEE

Born after lead was banned in products like gasoline and paint, Shenita Brantley of Brownsville, Tenn., did not know the heavy metal could erode the IQs of toddlers, slow their growth or set them up for behavior and learning problems.

02/02/2009 07:54 AM

ASTM proposes standard to test for lead content using x-rays

ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances is developing proposed standard WK21957, Test Method for Identification and Quantification of Lead in Paint and Other Coatings Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry. Using x-ray spectrometry allows for nondestructive testing for lead, both in product and within paint that covers it. The proposed standard is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F40.01 on Test Methods.

02/02/2009 07:53 AM

Showing mettle on toxic toys AUSTRALIA

TAINTED toys carrying toxic levels of lead, arsenic and other heavy metals will be outlawed under stricter safety standards from next year.

02/02/2009 07:52 AM

Bethel's Roney suffers severe concussion FLORIDA

Bethel senior forward Jenna Roney was released from the hospital Thursday night after collapsing on the floor during Bethel's 88-78 loss to Union.

02/02/2009 07:50 AM

Preparing service dogs an intense, expensive process FLORIDA

Her name is Ella. She is 7 months old and puppy cute. She is also four months into serious training that could change a human life shattered by injury or restore hope that illness stole.

02/02/2009 07:48 AM

'My baby's crying and I can't make it stop' OREGON

Trinity Harrell nestles snug in the arms of her mom, Autumn, and looks content as only a 2-month-old can. As she stares at her daughter (she does that a lot these days) Autumn admits that neither she nor her husband, Aaron, was prepared for bringing home a baby.

02/02/2009 07:47 AM

Sleep apnea treatment touted as new use for anti-snoring device

For more than 20 years, Carol Schoenfeld would regularly elbow her husband awake, and then as he drifted back to sleep, she would remain awake to listen to him breathe.

02/02/2009 07:45 AM

State Health Department issues pandemic flu plan MINNESOTA

The numbers sound frightening. If a flu pandemic like the one of 1918 strikes, up to a third of Minnesota’s population could become sick. Over 32,000 Minnesotans might die. Normal health care and emergency services and the distribution of essential goods could be crippled.

02/02/2009 07:42 AM

Paralyzed Plano man survived 54 years, inspired others TEXAS

The doctors didn't expect Don Harrington to survive the 1954 car accident that left him a quadriplegic. Then the medical wisdom of the day said the 19-year-old college sophomore from Plano might live at most another five years.

02/02/2009 07:40 AM

Bipolar Disorder Linked to Higher Mortality from Medical Illnesses

Bipolar disorder increases the risk of early death from medical illnesses. The most common conditions leading to premature death were heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, and diabetes.

02/02/2009 07:36 AM

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Severity And Daytime Functional Impairments Confounded By Short Sleep Duration

A study in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal SLEEP shows that daytime functional impairments in older men with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are largely explained by total sleep time rather than OSA severity.

02/02/2009 07:35 AM

New Mallinckrodt SealGuard Evac Endotracheal Tube Reduces Late-Onset Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Covidien (NYSE: COV, BSX: COV), a leading global healthcare products company and recognized innovator in mechanical ventilation and respiratory care devices, introduced the MallinckrodtTM SealGuard EvacTM endotracheal tube today at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Congress in Nashville.

02/02/2009 07:33 AM

COPD raises risk of depression: Study

Patients with the chronic breathing disorder COPD appear to have a significantly higher risk of becoming clinically depressed than healthy individuals and patients with another common chronic condition - diabetes.

02/02/2009 07:32 AM

KineMed Describes Innovative Approach To Discover And Develop Drugs To Treat Fibrosis And Identifies Potential Drug For Lung And Liver Fibrosis

Scientists at KineMed, Inc., describe a new way to measure changes in the rates of deposition and breakdown of connective tissue applicable in animals and man.

02/02/2009 07:30 AM

GNI Reports Human Phase II Trial Results of F647 for Radiation Pneumonitis and Future Plan for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis JAPAN

NI Ltd, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company in China and Japan, today announced the results of a Phase II clinical trial of F647 (generic name: pirfenidone) for Radiation Pneumonitis (RP). The results demonstrated a positive trend in efficacy of F647 in reducing the incidence of lung injury of grade II or above induced by radiation therapy. This trial had been conducted in six major cancer centers in China by Shanghai Genomics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GNI.

02/02/2009 07:10 AM

Activities Planned in Phila. for Jewish Disability Awareness PENNSYLVANIA

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness month.

02/02/2009 07:06 AM

Disability doesn't keep Stuckey from combining his passion for sports and broadcasting TEXAS

Charlie Chitwood recently listened to a recording of a LeTourneau University men's basketball game to critique the work of Chris Stuckey, the game's color commentator and his employee. Stuckey is practically a quadriplegic. Yet from the helm of his electric wheelchair, the 20-year-old business major at LeTourneau and Longview native has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments.

02/02/2009 07:03 AM

Hits keep coming for NFL retirees

These days, former players are focused on securing disability benefits from the NFL Players Association. It isn't easy. During an appearance before a House subcommittee this past week, an attorney representing the NFLPA was asked how many former players had been approved to receive disability payments. The answer was 317. Out of 8,000.

02/02/2009 06:55 AM

Woodyard Fund: Woman says help 'a blessing for me' SOUTH CAROLINA

Margaret Moore is waiting for her disability payments to be approved. She has \'no income whatsoever' and is caring for her two grandchildren. And the bills are piling up.

02/02/2009 06:54 AM

Disability Commission protests over lack of access MALTA

The National Commission, Persons with Disability, has filed judicial protests against Gozo Channel and Banif Bank over lack of access.

02/02/2009 06:53 AM

Special Olympics press forward despite downturn IDAHO

Two years ago, organizers with the Special Olympics World Winter Games hoped to raise at least $23 million in cash donations, hire a staff of around 100 people and bring as many as 3,000 athletes to Boise for the international event. Analysts with the Idaho Department of Commerce said the games could bring $42 million to the state.

02/02/2009 06:51 AM

Details of MRDD's Kendall investigation revealed OHIO

Details into the investigation of Heather Kendall's actions while superintendent of Coshocton County Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities were revealed Friday.

02/02/2009 06:49 AM

State shuns children of thalidomide UK

Victims of the drug scandal are turning 50 but are being denied government aid as their health worsens.

02/02/2009 06:49 AM

Indiana seeks info on developmentally disabled needs

Public meetings are scheduled over the next month on federal funding to help developmentally disabled Indiana residents.

02/02/2009 06:47 AM

Special love for special kids PHILIPPINES

ON Feb.14, Valentine's Day, special and disabled children will have a fill of the special love they deserve through an outdoor activity called Camp Pag-Ibig.

02/02/2009 06:46 AM

Pensioners will have to care for disabled grown-up children as Labour 'rushes' to close NHS homes UK

Thousands of elderly couples fear their final years could be spent caring for disabled grown-up children as a result of Government plans to close down NHS residential homes.

02/02/2009 06:44 AM

Uncertainty at club for mentally ill MASSACHUSETTS

Fewer hours at the Point After Club add to the loss of other Department of Mental Health programs eliminated by the cuts, such as its Services for Employment and Education, day rehabilitation, and social clubs. On Jan. 7, the department laid off about 100 case managers, the liaisons between clients and mental health services.

02/02/2009 06:43 AM


Kathy Wolff uses a manual wheelchair, and if there's one thing that sticks in her craw, it's people parking illegally in handicapped spaces.

02/02/2009 06:42 AM

Overhaul expands 'disability' definition PENNSYLVANIA

The definition of a disability has changed in the Americans with Disabilities Act, and some people who weren't considered disabled now will be, say legal and disability experts.

02/02/2009 06:41 AM

Outdoors: Time again for Fishing Event for Really Special People TEXAS

For more than 20 years, the Fishing Event for Really Special People has been blurring the line between disability and ability, and Saturday's 21st annual gathering aims to smudge that line again.

02/02/2009 06:40 AM

State recognizes Ashtabula Area City School District OHIO

Students with disabilities have shown such exceptional achievement in reading and math in the Ashtabula Area City School District that the method in which they learn will become a model to others, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

02/02/2009 06:39 AM

Some doors closed to service dogs TENNESSEE

Last August, 9-year-old David Graber got a companion that can potentially save his life. But when school started, David found out that Raider, his diabetes-detecting service dog wouldn't be allowed into his private school.

02/02/2009 06:38 AM

'Sensory friendly' movie a big hit with autistic kids in South Barrington ILLINOIS

It may never win an Academy Award, but the movie "Hotel for Dogs" played to great reviews Saturday at the AMC South Barrington theater. The Autism Society of America and AMC presented a screening of the film for children with autism and other disabilities at which the kids were free to be themselves.

02/02/2009 06:37 AM

Vets carve up Keystone with special equipment COLORADO

As U.S. Army veteran Scott Winkler boarded Keystone Resort's Montezuma Express lift on Saturday, the chair stopped and a bell rang. "It wasn't me," he yelled, grinning. At 237 pounds, the disabled veteran is a hulking monoskier. But the professional athlete was already in position for take-off by the time the cautious lift operator halted the chair.

02/02/2009 06:35 AM

Hastings sued over handicapped accessibility NEW YORK

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON-A village resident and an organization for the disabled are suing the village, claiming municipal facilities without proper accessibility have denied them access to services, programs and activities.

02/02/2009 06:33 AM

Mental health care providers expect cuts TENNESSEE

Possible state budget cuts could make the state's mental health service providers and their utilizers the next victims of the economic crisis, according to mental health experts.

02/02/2009 06:31 AM

League City plans playground with no limits TEXAS

League City continues to lead the Bay Area in park innovations, with Tuesday's council approval of plans for a 'boundless' playground for disabled children.

02/02/2009 06:29 AM

Group hopes to provide housing for disabled MONTANA

An Anaconda-based nonprofit organization hopes to help up to eight people with developmental disabilities in Great Falls gain more independence by assisting them in becoming homeowners.

02/02/2009 06:28 AM

Extra 1000 autistic kids to get funding AUSTRALIA

UP to 1000 more children with autism will be eligible for funding of up to $12,000 after the Rudd Government decided to expand eligibility for its early intervention program after a push by parents.

02/02/2009 06:27 AM

Independent Living: Independence Center educates on disability-related issues NEW YORK

Many people know about the Finger Lakes Independence Center through its Loan Closet Program that lends out equipment like wheelchairs and walkers to the community. However, many people don't know that the Independence Center also provides educational programming to area schools and businesses on disability-related issues such as etiquette and accommodations.

02/02/2009 06:26 AM

Proposed law would reduce tax for Stamford seniors, disabled CONNECTICUT

Seniors and people with disabilities will be eligible for greater tax savings this year if city lawmakers approve a revised property tax abatement plan.

02/02/2009 06:24 AM

Busload of dreams is headed to Disney OHIO

Susan Warne will not only celebrate her birthday on Feb. 7, but she will finally get to fulfill a lifelong dream of going to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. According to Bob Nicholson, director of community services for the Coshocton County Board of Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities, the groundwork for the trip began a year ago after Nikki Markel was hired as the director of recreation services.

02/02/2009 06:23 AM

Elderly could be left to care for disabled adult children under Government plans

The "care in the community" proposals would involve moving around 10,000 people with serious learning difficulties and limited mobility so they can live a more independent life.

02/02/2009 06:22 AM

Special-needs school in Watchung plans move to North Plainfield NEW JERSEY

The McAuley School for Exceptional Children will move to a new location, North Plainfield, perhaps in time for the 2009-10 school year.

02/02/2009 06:21 AM

CIL a resource for disable individuals ILLINOIS

For the thousands of adults, seniors and veterans with disabilities in Grundy County, it is often a daunting challenge to even seek, let alone find, resources that will help enrich their lives and help them become an active part of the community in which they live and work.

02/02/2009 06:19 AM

'Presents of Mind' is gift to disabled NEW JERSEY

Megan Price works with mops and brooms and feels a strong sense of accomplishment keeping clean the 'Presents of Mind' gift store in Flanders. She's also made many friends through her job. Price, 22, of the Succasunna section of Roxbury Township, has Down syndrome and has been enjoying her work since the store opened in the summer.

02/02/2009 06:18 AM

Pocatello Man Carries Special Olympics Torch Through Gem State Tour IDAHO

In just a week athletes from all over the world will gather in Boise for the 2009 Special Olympics. One of the runners carrying the torch through the Gem State is a man from Pocatello. VIDEO LINK.

02/02/2009 06:17 AM

Thieves steal car with disabled kids' equipment AUSTRALIA

The mother of a boy aged eight and an 11-year-old girl, who are both disabled, from Woree near Cairns, noticed the family car had disappeared from her driveway on Sunday morning. The vehicle was later found, but the equipment, valued at $32,000, was missing.

02/02/2009 06:15 AM

Woman emerging from struggle to get disability benefits CALIFORNIA

Dierde Miner nearly died giving birth to her son, Elijah, in 2005, with medical complications leaving her in a coma for a day. When she awoke, she was left with a seizure disorder, and nearly a third of her life memories had been erased.

02/02/2009 06:14 AM

Special Needs Cheerleading Squad Delivers Spirit OKLAHOMA

For the first time in Oklahoma, a cheerleading coach has started a squad for kids and young adults with special needs.

02/02/2009 06:12 AM

Enfield school board rebels against meeting ADA requirements CONNECTICUT

Calling a state report that cited Fermi High School for numerous violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act "another unfunded mandate," Board of Education members said Tuesday that they couldn't support a proposal to hire an architect to design fixes for the problems.

02/02/2009 06:11 AM

Seeking grown-up care - MDs' unease found to leave many disabled adults with pediatricians MASSACHUSETTS

One day last week, Dr. Daniel Palant walked into his pediatric clinic, decorated with Mickey Mouse posters and antique baby bottles. He was prepared to see his next patient, whom he has known since birth: Shalom Lowell, who has Down syndrome. Lowell is now 26 years old and his body stretches well beyond the length of the examining table.

02/02/2009 06:10 AM

BUS passes for disabled people available by mail WISCONSIN

Disabled riders used to have to go to City Hall to pick up discounted monthly passes for the Belle Urban System. Now they can receive their passes in the mail without making a special trip.

02/02/2009 06:08 AM


Few sports if any can match the speed of hockey. With sharp blades and slick ice, the pros seemingly move from end to end in a heartbeat. Now those with physical restrictions can do the same thanks to sled hockey.

02/02/2009 06:07 AM

His Legs Are Crippled, But His Mind is Not NIGERIA

While many disabled persons are using their disability as a 'capital base' for starting their business of begging, Rabiu Hamza Galamawa of Jigawa State, who is crippled sees his own disability as a challenge.

02/02/2009 06:05 AM

Epilepsy in Wyo: Two men tackle disorder head-on WYOMING

Richard Leslie's phone number sat on a note on Tammy Wade's kitchen table for several weeks before she actually picked up the phone.

02/02/2009 06:03 AM

A call to disability advocates INDIANA

Developmentally disabled Indiana residents, their caregivers and others can speak out about federal funding to pay for programs at meetings scheduled this month in New Albany and two other cities.

02/02/2009 06:02 AM

Young adults share life skills PENNSYLVANIA

West Chester University students are mentoring special-education students as part of a collaborative effort between West Chester University and the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

02/02/2009 06:01 AM

Little change expected from disability board

After more than a year of delays, the Defense Department has stood up a new review board meant to help service members who think they received an incorrect rating on their disability retirement claims.

02/02/2009 06:00 AM

Mental health-care cuts cost state, city, lives TENNESSEE

Mental illness is the second-leading cause of disability and premature mortality in the United States and is more prevalent than cancer, heart disease, asthma and diabetes.

02/02/2009 06:00 AM

N.J. moves forward on autism services

Children and adults with autism got a hand from legislators in recent months, with bills promising "buddy" systems in schools, millions of dollars for research, help with housing and other assistance.

02/02/2009 05:59 AM

Woman accused of looting nonprofit RHODE ISLAND

A woman who pled guilty to stealing from two cancer funds in 2005 is charged with stealing about $40,000 from a therapeutic riding stable for children with disabilities.

02/02/2009 05:58 AM

The Winter Adapted Games CANADA

The 19th Annual Winter Adapted Games were held at Queen's University on Saturday. Children and youth with identified disabilities had the opportunity to participate in a full day of non-competitive games and activities.

02/02/2009 05:57 AM

PwDI head resigns IRELAND

Michael Ringrose, the chief executive of People with Disabilities in Ireland, has resigned from his post. The former Garda chief superintendent had been in dispute with the Department of Justice.

02/02/2009 05:56 AM

The Hope for Children With Disabilities UGANDA

MWAMBU, 30, remembers with pain the time her only daughter was sick. Her neighbours tormented them, claiming they were behind the witchcraft and poverty that had befallen Mukhuwa village, Mbale district, in eastern Uganda. "Nobody associated with us. My daughter was isolated.

02/02/2009 05:55 AM

Woman changes the way kids look at disabilities TEXAS

At barely three feet tall, even the first-graders towered over Julie Johnston Zick.

02/02/2009 05:54 AM

Several disabilities qualify for placard MICHIGAN

You slipped on the ice, broke your leg and would like to get a handicapped placard or license plate for your car. So do you qualify, and how do you go about it?

02/02/2009 05:52 AM

World's Largest Accessible Online Library for People with Print Disabilities Offers More Accessibility and Ease of Use - Benetech Launches New Bookshare Library

Bookshare, the world's largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities, has been completely rebuilt to make it significantly easier for individuals with print disabilities to access the books they want and need. The new library offers many improvements including strengthened quality control standards for book content, free assistive software applications and a rapidly expanding collection of digital files from contributing publishers. The design changes allow Bookshare to serve its growing membership of over 43,000 users and accommodate its collection of more than 43,000 texts. Bookshare now features the current best practices for website accessibility, Google-like search functions and more Braille options for Bookshare members who are blind. Read the press release about the new Bookshare here.

02/02/2009 05:45 AM

Police: Girl, 8, shot during struggle with brother OHIO

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl from northeast Ohio was shot in the head after struggling over a pistol with her 10-year-old brother.

RSS Feeds

IMAGE:  RSS Icon  News

IMAGE:  RSS Icon  TBI Journals
IMAGE:  RSS Icon  Respiratory Journals

IMAGE:  RSS Icon  Podcasts

News Feed

News Archive

News Archive Page 2

News Archive Page 3

News Archive Page 4

News Archive Page 5


2000-2009 Northeast Center for Special Care  All Rights Reserved