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Some say cancer cure report may have given patients false hope

If you had an incurable disease or illness, would you want to know about any scientific breakthroughs that could potentially cure your ailment or extend your life expectancy? If you're like a lot of our Cincinnati readers, you may not want to be reliant on Social Security disability for the rest of your life and therefore would want access to treatments that could reduce the impact your condition has on your life or eliminate it altogether.

A segment recently featured on "60 Minutes" may have given this hope by highlighting a study conducted by Duke University that used the polio virus to treat an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Currently, glioblastoma is listed as a Compassionate Allowance because of the short life expectancy patients are given. But if researchers are right, and their treatment can extended a person's prognosis, then doctors may eventually have a better way of treating glioblastoma or even other cancers down the road.

Struggles of an SSDI recipient

One disabled individual speaks of the consequences of losing her Social Security disability payments. She suffered injuries to her knee and spine due to a car accident. Even while injured, she then had to wait for two years to receive her disability payments.

She emphasizes how difficult it is to get these payments to begin with. Only after hiring an attorney, providing medical evidence and accident reports and testifying at a hearing was a determination of disability made by a judge. “The idea that it is easy to get on disability is flat-out wrong,” she stated.

A look at schizotypal personality disorder and access to SSDI

When a lot of people hear the prefix "schizo" they may automatically assume that you are going to talk about schizophrenia. Though they might be right, it's worth pointing out that this is not the only mental condition in the world that begins with this prefix. In fact, there is a mental health condition called schizotypal personality disorder that comes to mind.

But even though the two mental health conditions sound similar and even have some similar symptoms, it's worth pointing out that the two conditions are different. Despite their differences though, they can both lead to disability benefits, especially if either one is affecting someone's ability to do daily tasks or hold down a job.

How a child support order could affect your disability benefits

Whether you're a single person with no children or a married person with a family, disabilities don't discriminate, meaning they can affect anyone, at any time. Unfortunately, a disability can also force some people out of work, which creates a considerable financial issue that is oftentimes remedied by an application for disability benefits.

Unfortunately, not everyone's situation is the same, meaning certain niche issues and questions can arise such as whether or not a child support order can affect a person's disability benefits. As our Cincinnati readers will soon find out, depending on the disability benefits you are receiving, the answer to this quandary could be yes. Let's take a look.

Osteoarthritis can take quite a toll on a person

Some potentially disabling conditions come about suddenly through a major traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle accident. There are others, however, that can come about slowly over a fairly long period of time.

Osteoarthritis falls into the latter category. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that involves a wearing down of protective cartilage that is on the ends of bones. This can cause a wide range of different joint problems.

Armless woman stands as inspiration to the world

A lot of people see living with a disability to be a challenge that a person must face every day. And while this may be the case for some, there are others who refuse to let their lives be defined by their impairments. One of these people is an armless woman in Arizona whose story may stand as an inspiration to many the world over because it shows us what it really means to overcome a disability.

Some of our Ohio readers may have heard about Jessica Cox on the news because of an achievement she received several years ago from Guinness World Records when she became the first person certified to fly a plane using only their feet. But as those who have heard her whole story know, this isn't the first challenge she has met head on.

The bionic eye: giving eye sight to the blind

Imagine that you are diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that will eventually cause you to lose your ability to see the world around you. If you're like a lot of people, you'd probably be terrified to receive this news. After all, you're probably like most people who consider their sense of sight to be their most important of the five senses.

While some have embarked on bucket lists of sight -- choosing to see as much as they can before they can't -- others choose to accept their disability and make the best of a difficult situation. Whatever you would choose to do, scientists are hoping that one day, people with degenerative eye diseases won't have to live in a world without their eyes sight. Instead, the hope is that they will choose to see again with the help of a bionic eye.

Can an injury suffered at work lead to SSD benefits?

Imagine for a moment that you are a nurse who has suffered a musculoskeletal injury while on the job. Your employer refuses however to pay workers' compensation benefits that would help pay for your medical bills and offset your lost wages from missed work days. You're immediately struck with a sense of panic. What are you going to do? How will this affect you financially? Are there any other forms of compensation you can receive for your injuries?

Even though this may seem like a scenario we just made up, it's actually becoming commonplace across the nation. According to a recent article for NPR, musculoskeletal injuries cost nurses and orderlies a significant number of workdays each year. In a growing number of cases, hospitals are refusing to acknowledge these injuries, brushing them off as part of the job are trying to blame the worker for their own injuries.

Chemical flavorings and the risk of illness for workers

As many of our readers know, disabling injuries and debilitating illnesses can arise from a work-related event. When this happens, in most cases, a worker becomes eligible for workers' compensation benefits, which help cover medical bills and lost wages that may be incurred. These benefits are not forever though, which leaves some, who are permanently disabled by an injury or illness, asking important questions about what will happen to their financial stability down the road.

One way to offset the loss of workers' compensation benefits is to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. As some of our more frequent visitors know though, SSDI benefits are only awarded to those who meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability, meaning a condition will last at least a year or result in death, and the condition prevents a person from doing the work they did before.

How can a brain injury affect you and can it lead to benefits?

If you're an avid follower of the national news, then you've probably noticed a growing number of stories about brain injuries and the lasting effect they can have on a person, especially if they suffer multiple blows to the head over the course of their lifetime.

If you haven't seen or read any of these stories, we encourage you to continue reading this post because today, we are going to address the long-term effects of a brain injury and how these symptoms could lead to disability benefits down the road.

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