They Won’t Kill You but They Sure Make You Miserable

8 of the Most Painful Medical Conditions A roundup of the top agony-inducing ailments, and new ways to find relief by Lisa Haney, AARP, February 8, 2019  It started with a persistent jaw ache. Eileen R., a grant writer in Dallas, had gone to several dentists, who suggested the cause was a bad tooth or, perhaps, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). But none could pinpoint the source of her discomfort. When she mentioned the migraine headaches she was also getting, a dentist referred her…

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After a Hip Fracture, Reducing the Risk of a Recurrence

By Jane E. Brody . New York Times April 15, 2019 Following a fracture, patients should have a bone density test, evaluation of calcium and vitamin   D levels and, in nearly all cases, medication to protect against further bone loss. Just as lightning can strike the same target more than once in a given storm, hip fractures can and do happen again to the same person. Yet, more often than not, people who fracture a hip do not get follow-up treatment that…

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Wake up, people: You’re fooling yourself about sleep, study says

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN . April 17, 2019 https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/07/health/parallels/sleep/ Many of us have notions about sleep that have little basis in fact and may even be harmful to our health, according to researchers at NYU Langone Health's School of Medicine, who conducted a study published Tuesday in the journal Sleep Health. "There's such a link between good sleep and our waking success," said lead study investigator Rebecca Robbins, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health.…

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Emojis with Disabilities Coming to a Phone

  The Unicode Consortium — the organization that oversees emojis released 59 new emojis last week. Among them are numerous images portraying various aspects of the disability experience. The new ideograms include people using a hearing aid, sign language, wheelchairs, a service dog, and prosthetics, as well as other special needs. Some of the emoji have male and female versions and variants for skin tone. Unicode said that the newest icons are likely to become available in September or October. The new…

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Claude Stout Announces Intent to Retire from TDI

Claude Stout's retirement date will mark 23 years of service as a dedicated advocate and policy player for the deaf and hard of hearing community. “It has truly been a high honor and privilege to work for TDI. I am most proud to have played a part in TDI’s fifty-one years in shaping an accessible world for our deaf and hard of hearing Americans. I wish TDI the very best in its future” he noted. Sheila Conlon Mentkowski, President of TDI Board,…

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It’s time to ‘get real’ ID

REAL ID will be required to fly and enter government facilities by 2020 Michele Harris March 25th, 2019 from Erikson's Tribune newsletter Since the U.S. doesn’t have a national identity card, a driver’s license has become the nation’s de facto form of official identification. However, a driver’s license is authorized by an individual state, and each state has its own unique system and requirements for obtaining one. For example, some states require a birth certificate before they issue a license. Others do…

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Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet

  By Tara Parker-Pope March 19, 2019  NYTimes End-of-life decisions for animals are difficult. A veterinarian has developed a scale to help clear up the confusion. Nearly 14 years ago, my daughter and I were grieving the death of my mother, and it seemed nothing could lift our spirits. Then we got Fluffy, a bouncing bundle of gray and white puppy, and everything changed. Fluffy kept us busy with pee pads and squeaky toys. She made us laugh in spite of our sadness,…

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