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Stereotypes about autism may not match reality

Over the last several years, increasing attention has been paid to autism, a frequently misunderstood developmental condition. As a result of this, greater understanding of the condition has been found, yet there is still much to learn. At the same time, individuals who have autism have found ways to tell their story and challenge commonly held conceptions about what it means to be autistic.

Doctors attempt to tackle emphysema with experimental treatment

According to estimates, nearly 3 million Americans suffer from severe emphysema, a debilitating lung condition. For many people, the medical condition can prevent individuals from being able to perform simple physical tasks, due to an inability to inhale enough oxygen.

Some veterans could see decrease in retirement benefits by 2016

We owe a debt of gratitude to the veterans in Tennessee and around the country who have served in the armed forces to protect our freedom. Many of these brave men and women were wounded in combat and in need of medical care when they returned home -- some for many years to come. As a result of their injuries and disabilities, many veterans are unable to work. Therefore, many of our nation's veterans depend not only on veterans disability benefits but on Social Security disability benefits as well.

Feds commit $100 million to improve mental health services

Although mental health issues might manifest differently than a physical medical condition, they often have the similar impacts on a person’s life. Dealing with a mental illness might mean that some people are unable to maintain employment, even from a very young age, which can make it very difficult to have access to necessary financial and health-related resources.

Treatment, support vital for long-term health after spine injury

Certain types of injuries can change a person's life in an instant. While some injuries have far-reaching effects for a limited period of time, others can have a lifetime of consequences. This is particularly true when a person suffers a spinal cord injury.

Changing population causes increase in disability benefit claims

In order to become eligible for Social Security disability insurance benefits a person must have a work record, meet certain financial requirements and have a qualifying medical condition. When a person meets the established criteria and submits a claim to the Social Security Administration, they must wait to hear if their request has been approved or denied.

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