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Senate reports shows more SSA field offices are closing

The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging recently issued a rather eye-opening report concerning the accessibility of services offered by the Social Security Administration. Here, the investigators determined that 64 SSA field offices have closed their doors since 2010, an agency record for the most closures in any five-year period.

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Are researchers getting closer to developing a heart disease vaccine?

Most people are surprised to learn that the leading cause of death for both men and women here in the U.S. is not cancer, but rather heart disease. Indeed, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that roughly 720,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year, while roughly 600,000 Americans die of heart disease every year.

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SSA figures show increase in system wait times

When a person suffering from a serious and otherwise incapacitating medical condition applies for Social Security disability benefits, they can generally anticipate waiting anywhere from six months to a year for a review and initial hearing to be completed.

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Are SSD benefits safe from debt collectors?

It wasn't all that long ago that many Americans found themselves in dire financial straits thanks to the economic downturn dubbed "the Great Recession." Across the nation -- including right here in Texas -- we saw record foreclosures, declining home values, high unemployment and huge stock market losses.

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Study finds diabetic women at greater risk of heart disease

Ask any medical professional what they believe are the most significant health issues facing Americans today and there is a very good chance that the overwhelming majority will list Type 2 diabetes.

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Can I qualify for SSDI because of my back pain?

It should come as no surprise to readers that back pain is among the most common health complaints in the United States. According to some estimates, nearly 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. The causes and severity of back pain, of course, can vary widely, involving everything from some tight muscles to slipped discs, spinal stenosis and other serious conditions requiring surgical intervention.

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Disability advocates mobilizing here in Texas

Last month, the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin played host to the Civil Rights Summit, a three-day event in which experts and advocates from across the nation came together to discuss issues related to everything from immigration and race to gender and same-sex equality.

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Study links fruits, vegetables to fewer strokes

While many people discount the danger posed by strokes, believing they can only happen to the very old or the very sick, this is far from the reality. In fact, statistics show that strokes are the fourth leading cause of death here in the U.S. and, perhaps more significantly, one of the primary causes of disability.

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Can light activity help prevent the onset of a disability?

It's important to understand and appreciate that when a person is suffering from a serious disability, it not only affects their ability to work, but also their ability to do the things that you might otherwise take for granted including dressing yourself, making dinner or even just moving about your home.

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Social Security statements will be returning to mailboxes

The Social Security Administration made headlines back in 2011 when it announced that the paper statements that Americans received in their mailboxes every year were being eliminated and would henceforth only be accessible via the agency website.

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