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'Breaking Bad's' RJ Mitte discusses disability in Columbia

University of Missouri students who attended a recent lecture by actor RJ Mitte recently may have expected a lot of talk about “Breaking Bad,” the hit television drama that Mitte starred in. What they got instead was an education about Mitte’s experience growing up with a disability.

Other signs, besides sadness, that you have depression

Someone suffering from depression is very sad, hopeless and withdrawn from their old interests. At least, that is what most of us think of when we imagine depression.

Are cancer drug trials accurately capturing side effect severity?

Cancer drugs can have some rather major side effects. A recent study indicates that the side effects of new cancer drugs may be even more severe than their clinical trials indicate, if such trials relied largely on doctor reports to track side effect severity. This is because the study found that doctor reports in clinical trials tend to under-report side effects as compared to the reports of the patients in such trials.

Asthma explained

The National Institutes of Health reports that more than 25 million people in the U.S. are living with asthma. This condition impacts the ability to breath, and in severe cases may limit the patient's ability to work. An asthma diagnosis may qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits, if the disorder prevents you from earning an income.

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