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Would Social Security consider me disabled?

Many people are uncertain that their conditions will be given serious consideration for Social Security Disability benefits.

This may be because when we think of disability, we tend to think of wheelchair conditions -- musculoskeletal problems that make it difficult to work many jobs.

Irma and the Florida Nursing Home disaster- 11 dead

Before you put a loved one in a nursing home learn as much as you can about the facility. Among the nursing homes of South Florida, Hollywood Hills was not highly regarded. The 152-bed residence had a "below average" rating from Medicare, with two out of five stars. Its most recent health inspection, from March, described residents who were not bathed or groomed properly, food that went uncovered in a soiled kitchen, and flaws in the in-room patient call system.

3 biggest mistakes- Social Security Disability or SSI

Are you thinking about applying for Social Security Disability or SSI? Don't make these mistakes.

Creating an Estate plan-Don't make these 3 mistakes!

Estate planning is one of the greatest acts of love you can ever accomplish for your family and for yourself. It's not about dying - it's about celebrating life. It's about thoughtfully addressing the challenges you may face later in life, so that your "golden years" can live up to that name. It's about realizing that some of the most important moments in the lives of your loved ones will take place after you're gone, and that you have the unique opportunity, if you choose to take it, to help make those moments the best they can possibly be.

Social Security Disability Claims Increase

Applications for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration soared by 21 percent, to 2.8 million, from 2008 to 2009, as the economy was faltering. Individuals with severe physical and/or mental impairments are often the last hired and first to be let go from jobs.About 8 million workers were receiving disability benefits in June, an increase of 12.6 percent since the recession began in 2007, according to SSA.
 Read about it the Washington Post. 
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Elderly Patients May Face a Tough Time in the ER

A man sobbed in a New York emergency room. His elderly wife, who suffered from advanced dementia, had just had a breathing tube stuck down her throat. He knew she never would have wanted that. Now he had to decide whether to reverse the life-sustaining treatment that medics had begun.

Dr. Kei Ouchi, then a resident at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, had no idea what to say. The husband, who had cared for his wife for the past 10 years, knew her condition had declined so much that she wouldn't want a heroic rescue. But when Ouchi offered to take out the tube, the man cried more: "She's breathing. How can we stop that?"

Trial helps doctors tell Lewy body dementia from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center set out to develop a clinical profile for these patients. The study compared 21 patients with Lewy body dementia to 21 patients with Alzheimer's disease and 21 patients with Parkinson's disease.

"Many clinicians find it difficult to diagnose Lewy body dementia patients, often confusing them and misdiagnosing them as Alzheimer¹s disease or Parkinson¹s disease patients. Our study findings showed that the clinical profiles of Lewy body dementia patients can be differentiated from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients," said Dr. Douglas Scharre, director of the division of cognitive neurology at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center and principal investigator of the study. "Since treatments and prognosis differ between these conditions, it's important to correctly diagnose the patient from the start."

Get a little Gold in your knee or hip replacement

Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints because it's strong, wear-resistant, and nontoxic, but adding gold might make implants even better.

Because titanium and gold by themselves are among the most biocompatible metals and are often used in medical implants, the team believed titanium-3-gold would be comparable. They were surprised.