Slowing down the aging process might be possible one day with supplements derived from gut bacteria. Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have identified bacterial genes and compounds that extend the life of and also slow down the progression of tumors and the accumulation of amyloid-beta, a compound associated with Alzheimer’s disease, in the laboratory worm C. elegans. The study appears in the journal Cell.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) as passed by the House of Representatives would slash subsidies and repeal other federal policies that help make health coverage affordable nationwide. Two particularly notable consequences of the House-passed bill would be widespread premium hikes in 2018 and severe premium increases for older Americans in 2026.
“If you ask 999 people out of 1,000, (they) would tell you that Social Security disability is not part of Social Security,” Mick Mulvaney, the administration’s budget director, said in May at a press briefing on its 2018 spending plan. “It’s old-age retirement that they think of when they think of Social Security.” Mulvaney was explaining a proposed $72 billion spending cut in disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income, to be spread over 10 years. The likely intent was to wriggle away from President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge not to cut Social Security.
The number of direct care workers is insufficiently growing to meet the demands of seniors and adults with disabilities living at home. That’s according to a new “State Scorecard” report from AARP, the SCAN Foundation and Commonwealth Fund, which examined the factors that determine long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities. AARP released similar reports in 2011 and 2014.
For autistic children, Dorothy Siegel does not believe in paraprofessionals, the teaching assistants sometimes assigned to shadow students in class. To show you why, Ms. Siegel, 70, a longtime special education advocate, grabs your arm, pokes you and forcibly turns your head toward the teacher, the way an aide might. “The para is not someone who’s there to help a child understand how to interpret the environment so he doesn’t get upset,” she said recently. “The para is there to keep him out of trouble, so they’ll allow him to continue in that classroom.”
By the time Stephenie Hashmi was in her mid-20s, she had achieved a lifelong dream — she was the charge nurse of one of Kansas City’s largest intensive care units. But even as she cared for patients, she realized that something was off with her own health. “I remember just feeling tired and feeling sick and hurting, and not knowing why my joints and body was hurting,” she says. Hashmi was diagnosed with systemic lupus, a medical condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. She’s had surgery and other treatments, but now, at age 41, Hashmi is often bedridden. She finally had to leave her job about six years ago, but when she applied to the Social Security Administration for disability benefits, she was denied.
Factors Affecting States’ Ability to Respond to Federal Medicaid Cuts and Caps: Which States Are Most At Risk? |Kaiser Family Foundation
In 2017, Congress has been debating legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would end the enhanced federal matching funds for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion and fundamentally alter the structure and financing of the Medicaid program. Specifically, it would cap and significantly reduce the amount of federal funding provided to states for Medicaid through a per capita cap or block grant. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the AHCA as passed by the House would reduce federal Medicaid spending by $834 billion from 2017-2026 and reduce enrollment by 14 million by 2026 compared to projections in current law. The proposed Trump Administration budget for FY 2018 would have deeper Medicaid reductions.
It’s Disability Pride Week, a time to recognize Philadelphians with disabilities. And to mark the occasion, Philadelphia city officials gathered Monday in front of City Hall to raise the Disability Pride Flag. City Councilman Al Taubenberger says it’s the city duty to make sure all of its residents feel welcome. “Folks that have disabilities want to be like everybody else,” he said. “They want to have the chance to go to work and live a relatively normal life as we all do. It is our obligation to do so.”
Disability income is one of those things that creates knotty tax problems for regular people. Often the results are unfair. That is the way it seemed in the recent Tax Court decision in the case of Michael Nordloh. He had to litigate in order to qualify for social security disability benefits and ended up getting a pretty severe tax hosing out of his victory. The IRS tried to add insult to injury with an accuracy penalty, but the Tax Court was able to cut him a break on that. The facts are a little confusing, but I will do my best to help you follow along.
Instead of getting distracted over inflammatory information about aging, University of Colorado is intent on delivering the wonderful and terrifying truths about getting older in an easily digestible format all ages can swallow. The Healthy Aging Project is a website providing evidenced-based, scientific information on how to lower the risk of chronic disease and help maintain physical and cognitive function as the years pass. Some of the information on the site comes from studies conducted at CU’s own Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory, and other tidbits are vetted from scientific journals.
The June 4 front-page article “Generations, disabled” disappointed. Bigotry against people with disabilities is on the rise, and our civil rights are under attack by the current administration. It is a myth that the Social Security Disability Insurance system is replete with fraud. Research shows a nexus between disability and poverty: lack of access to adequate health care, housing and living conditions; difficult physical work; distress related to the struggles associated with poverty; poor educational resources; lack of employment opportunity and persistent stigma.
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