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All-terrain wheelchair helps disabled people hunt and fish

For people who cannot walk, a wheelchair can help them maintain their independence. However, most standard wheelchairs have trouble rolling over natural terrain such as dirt, mud, sand and water. This can mean that many outdoor enthusiasts who were disabled in an accident may have been forced to give up activities such as hunting and fishing.

SSA overpayments can mean headaches, financial hardship

Once a person is approved for Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits, the Social Security Administration determines how much to provide that person each month. Though the SSA says that more than 99 percent of its monthly payments are accurately calculated, mistakes do occur.

The stigma of mental illness and SSD benefits

Mental illness is a very serious medical issue that millions of Americans suffer from. In fact, one in five adults living in the U.S. has a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

Rare condition progeria at center of new HBO documentary

HBO recently launched its fall documentary series, and one of these movies that just debuted is titled "Life According to Sam," which details the life of a teenager who lives with a very rare genetic condition: progeria. The condition is so rare that little is known about it (at least relative to most other medical conditions). However, it does have distinct features.

Brain protein deficiency could explain schizophrenia, study says

New research using lab mice may suggest a cause of schizophrenia. Though this research is still in the theory stage and has not yet been tested on humans, this study could point to an eventual treatment for the mental disorder.

How the government shutdown might affect business at the SSA

Readers in the Columbia area who receive Social Security Disability benefits no doubt have been following the partial federal government shutdown with great interest. No matter your opinion on the politics involved, two questions on many SSD recipients’ and applicants’ minds surely has been, will I still receive my check? and, What about my appeal?

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