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SSA report examines decisions of 44 disability judges

There has been a rigorous debate on Capitol Hill over the several years as to whether the administrative law judges employed by the Social Security Administration to hear disability cases are now under too great of pressure to reduce the agency's enormous backlog of appeals.

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A carpal tunnel diagnosis doesn't mean you are out of options

Whether we realize it or not, many of us perform repetitive motions at our jobs day after day, sometimes doing the exact same activity -- typing, answering phones, driving, drilling, hammering, etc. -- for years on end.

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Study links rheumatoid arthritis to elevated risk of heart disease

Statistics from the American College of Rheumatology show that well over one million people here in the U.S., the majority of them women, suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

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November 2014 is American Diabetes Month

While most of us associate November with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, it's important to recognize that there is actually much more going on over the course of these 30 days, including an important initiative concerning a disabling condition affecting millions of Americans.

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MRI scans may be able to detect chronic fatigue syndrome

Because diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome is so difficult, many people, including some doctors, do not believe it is real. People who feel exhausted no matter how much they try to sleep will seek medical help, but often be told their problems are all in their heads. Despite their symptoms being dismissed as hypochondria, these unfortunate people’s health problems persist until they finally receive the proper diagnosis.

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SSA announces 2015 COLA increase for benefits recipients

News announced earlier this week in Washington, D.C. by the Social Security Administration regarding scores of millions of benefits recipients was not exactly prefaced by a drum roll or loud clash of cymbals.

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Are disability benefits an option for those with schizophrenia?

While the exact cause or causes of schizophrenia are unknown, the effects the illness can have on a person's life are certainly well documented. From hallucinations and delusions to memory issues and trouble focusing, those living with schizophrenia -- or helping to care for someone with the illness -- know just how trying the brain disorder can be.

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This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week

There are a large number of individuals in Texas and the rest of the U.S. who have had the misfortune of experiencing a mental illness. Mental illnesses can come in many different shapes and sizes and such illnesses can change a person’s life in a vast number of ways.

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What the Compassionate Allowances initiative means for you -- II

In the previous post, our blog discussed the unfortunate employment reality facing those people diagnosed with especially debilitating -- and possibly deadly -- medical conditions. Specifically, we addressed how the majority of these people will eventually be unable to work despite their best efforts and that this loss of income can make already stressful times that much more difficult.

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What the Compassionate Allowances initiative means for you

It's hard to imagine just how devastating it can be when a person receives the news that they are suffering from an especially debilitating -- and possibly deadly -- medical condition from their physician.

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