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In today's supported world, there is a wealth of information existing about treatments, proven and unproven, for the paralysis and other dysfunctions that result from a traumatic injury to the spinal cord and it is oftentimes challenging to separate the wheat from the chaff. To cure the paralysis and loss of function that spinal cord injuries cause, doctors will need …

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Primer on Stem Cell Research

In 1998, scientists isolated pluripotent stem cells from early human embryos and grew them in culture. In the few years since this discovery, evidence has emerged that these stem cells can become almost any of the 200 known specialized cells of the body and, thus, may generate replacement cells to repair or replace cells or tissues that are damaged or …

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Pakistan: Don’t Execute Man with Mental Disability

The Pakistani government should grant an immediate reprieve to death row prisoner Khizar Hayat because of his psychosocial disability, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 23, 2015, a court in Lahore scheduled Hayat’s execution for July 28. Putting to death an individual with psychosocial or other mental disabilities would violate Pakistan’s international legal obligations, Human Rights Watch said. “Executing …

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Disabled Have No Access to Govt. Jobs: Pervez Malik

Lahore Businessmen Association for Rehabilitation of Disabled LABARD, in its Governing Body Meeting, has pledged to accelerate the efforts for the rehabilitation of disabled people through a strategy wherein all segments of the society would be involved. The LABARD President MNA Pervez Malik presided over the meeting while LABARD Senior Vice President Mian Nusratud Din, Joint Secretary Saeed Khan, Information …

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Most of Rehab Group board replaced in massive shake up of disability charity organisation

Most of Rehab Group Board Replaced in Massive Shake Up of Disability Charity Organisation

The move comes after the group carried out a root and branch review of its governance in the wake of a number of controversies in the past year. These included controversies over the €240,000 salary paid to former chief executive Angela Kerins and the €409,000 in consultancy fees paid to former board member Frank Flannery between 2007 and 2013. Thirteen …

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Students, rehab fulfill Children's With Disability Christmas wish list

Students, Rehab fulfill Children's with Disability Christmas Wish List

To the tune of a joyful Christmas song, Mr. and Mrs. Claus merrily strolled through a crowd of children at the Victoria Jaycee Hall. As the couple walked by 11-year-old Isaiah Villarreal, he couldn't help but fill up with excitement and smile ear to ear. He was one of the several children who received Christmas gifts Thursday night. Health Force …

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Woman With Disability loses all but one of 49 hours of ILF support

Woman with Disability Loses All but One of 49 Hours of ILF Support

Gaping holes have been exposed in the government’s Independent Living Fund (ILF) promises, after a local authority slashed a disabled woman’s support by 48 hours a week when the fund closed. Daisy* had been receiving 49 hours a week of ILF support, in addition to 35 hours of council support, but that package is now set to be cut to …

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Mum with Severely Son With Disability Complains to Supermarket About Weekly Shopping Struggle – Their Response is Brilliant

A mum with a severely disabled son mentioned her weekly shopping struggle to the boss of her local supermarket – and their response left her feeling ‘like she had won the lottery’. Gina Grant, faced a battle every time she tried to negotiate the aisles with a shopping trolley and her six-year-old boy Francis’ wheelchair. But now she can shop …

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Demand High For Specialized Housing

Demand High For Specialized Housing

The sound of hammers and saws coming soon to a vacant Reseda, Calif. lot means that someone like Stephanie Sullivan will have a home where she will be cared for and her needs understood. Come January, Sullivan, who has Down syndrome, will move into the new home built by New Horizons, a San Fernando Valley nonprofit that helps those with …

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New Rule Ends ‘Modified’ Tests For Students With Disabilities

New Rule Ends ‘Modified’ Tests For Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is doing away with a policy that allowed states to consider some students with disabilities academically proficient without meeting grade-level standards. The agency said in a final rule published late last week in the Federal Register that states will no longer be allowed to administer tests to students with disabilities that are based on modified …

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Quit-smoking drug not linked to heart disease or depression

Quit-Smoking Drug Not Linked to Heart Disease or Depression

A highly effective drug that helps smokers to quit does not increase their risk of heart attack and depression as was previously thought, research suggests. Researchers who carried out the study say doctors can prescribe varenicline -- also known as Champix™ or ChantixTM -- more widely to help people stop smoking. Varenicline is the most effective medication to help smokers …

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Microbiomes of human throat may be linked to schizophrenia

Microbiomes of Human Throat may be Linked to Schizophrenia

In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests. "The oropharynx of schizophrenics seems to harbor different proportions of …

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Pressure to Be Available On Social Media Causes Teen Anxiety

Pressure to Be Available 24/7 On Social Media Causes Teen Anxiety, Depression

The need to be constantly available and respond 24/7 on social media accounts can cause depression, anxiety and reduce sleep quality for teenagers says a study being presented September 11, 2015, at a British Psychological Society conference in Manchester. The researchers, Dr Heather Cleland Woods and Holly Scott of the University of Glasgow, provided questionnaires for 467 teenagers regarding their …

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Children With Learning Disabilities 'More Vulnerable to Abuse'

Children With Learning Disabilities 'More Vulnerable to Abuse'

Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, new research suggests. A coalition of children's charities say they have the "same vulnerabilities" as all children but face extra "barriers" to getting protection or support. Their report calls on UK authorities to offer "accessible and appropriate" sex and relationships education to children with learning disabilities. The government said the …

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South Africa's Children With Disability 'Excluded From School'

South Africa's Children With Disability 'Excluded From School'

An estimated 500,000 disabled children are being excluded from South Africa's education system, US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a report. HRW says the government has discriminated against disabled children in its allocation of school places. Children are excluded from mainstream schools and forced to wait years for places at special schools, it says. The government said it was …

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Why Is Our Justice System Failing Vulnerable People?

Many people with mental health problems and learning disabilities find contact with the police and courts ‘shocking and overwhelming’ – yet funding for support they need is under threat “At one point I practically lived in police stations,” says Melissa Cunningham, whose youngest child, Pete, began stealing electronic equipment at 18 and was repeatedly arrested. “We kept saying that he’s …

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Being Positive About My Deafness Inspires The Deaf Children I Meet

Being Positive About My Deafness Inspires The Deaf Children I Meet

My day starts at 7am when my travel alarm clock starts vibrating under my pillow. As I am profoundly deaf, I rely on the vibrations to ensure I get out of bed, check emails and plan for the day ahead. After breakfast I am ready to hit the road and travel to the school we are scheduled to visit. I …

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