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Repercussions of brain injury may be hard to diagnose

Although readers of this Social Security disability blog have read recent stories about traumatic brain injury, they may be surprised to learn that one potential condition arising from repeated brain trauma -- chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- may not be possible to diagnose while an individual is alive.

Researchers modify genetic cause of Down syndrome

A developmental disability can present challenges in school. Fortunately, specialized instruction can greatly assist some students in their academic achievement. Such services are often provided by the student’s school district, to satisfy its obligation of providing learning disabled students with a comparable public education.

Institute wants better evaluation protocols for health programs

The Institute of Medicine has recommended increased monitoring of obesity prevention efforts in Georgia and across the country. The recommendation comes in the wake of the Institute's recent collaboration with HBO in making a four-part series on Americans' weight and health issues.

Insurance changes may result in more alternative care options

An increasing number of insurance providers are approving alternative therapies, especially in the case of patients with hard-to-treat, chronic disabilities or conditions. According to the National Institutes of Health, perhaps as many as forty percent of Americans are incorporating some modality of alternative medicine in their treatment plans.

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