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.
While a brain aneurysm may not cause problems on its own, if it leaks or bursts, the result can be a life-threatening stroke. By knowing the symptoms of an aneurysm, patients can see a doctor before that happens.
Whether you develop a chronic illness from environmental exposure, or a genetic condition grows worse, or just general aging, the condition could overwhelm you and bring you to the point of disability. The Social Security Administration recognizes many chronic, debilitating and terminal illnesses as causing disability. People with a qualifying condition who can no longer work may be able to receive Social Security Disability payments, depending on their work history.
By now, most of our readers have probably heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. For those who have not, it is a fundraiser campaign, where participants donate $10 to the ALS Association and post a video online of a bucket of cold water being dumped over their head. The participant then challenges three other people to do the same within 24 hours, or donate $100 instead.
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.