A man from London has become the second person in the world to be cured of HIV, doctors say. Adam Castillejo is still free of the virus more than 30 months after stopping anti-retroviral therapy. He was not cured by the HIV drugs, however, but by a stem-cell treatment he received for a cancer he also had, the Lancet HIV journal reports.
Actor Nic Novicki leads charge in Hollywood to focus on issues regarding representation of people with disabilities | ABC7
A special guest recently checked in with the cast and crew of ABC’s “The Good Doctor”. Actor Nic Novicki is changing the way Hollywood views people with disabilities
“I think ‘The Good Doctor, in general, is really respected among the disability community,” said Novicki. “You know, they feature so many guest stars with disabilities. Also, the writing room has individuals with disabilities. David Renaud, who’s a wheelchair user, actually wrote the episode that I’m in. And so when you have somebody with a disability writing for somebody else with a disability, you’re getting a whole new really authentic lens to tell this story.
If someone can work 30 hours per week, the proposed regulation says, then they aren’t disabled enough for benefits.
As the population ages, millions of older Americans are at risk of losing their sight, a new study warns. Between 2002 and 2017, the number at high risk for vision loss rose from 65 million to 93 million, according to federal health data.
More than 1,000 disability advocates gathered Tuesday in the Minnesota Capitol rotunda for Disability Services Day. The advocates raised awareness on the need to support services that allow Minnesotans with disabilities to live and work in their communities. Those services, they say, have been under strain for years.
For the first time, disability has been foregrounded as a major issue in Democratic Party presidential politics—except by the front-runner.
For the first time ever, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims of disability discrimination topped race discrimination claims in 2019. And U.S. companies are doing a poor job of addressing disability inclusion, according to a group of human resources professionals.
What do disabled people want? Those of us who have disabilities ask ourselves this all the time. Our families, teachers, and service providers ask much the same thing, though not always in the same way or from quite the same angle.
Elizabeth Warren is out of the race, but advocates hope her disability plan is the new standard | USA Today
There’s a saying often used by disability rights advocates to stress the importance of having disabled people at the table making decisions that will affect their lives: “Nothing about us without us.” That idea is what set one candidate apart in the 2020 presidential race, some of those advocates said.
I am 65 years old and basically quite healthy. Yet I feel I am always going to a doctor’s office for something. It could be for a bone density test, teeth cleaning, eye exam, gynecological exam, colonoscopy plus flu, pneumonia and shingles, vaccines. Is this typical? B.L.
For confident ‘American Idol’ contestant, it’s all about attitude, not her disability |Press Telegram
Marna Michele has the rare disease arthrogryposis but also has dreams of stardom. n this story, a hero saves the day. But it is very important everyone knows who that hero is. The hero is not the mom or dad who had to helped the little girl overcome so much. The hero is not the boyfriend who fell in love even though his girl can’t do some of the things he can do. The hero certainly is not one of the celebrities on the television show that may give her a chance to realize her dream.
“Individuals with disabilities have been fighting for years for equal rights, to be represented in a way that everyone else is represented in the community.” Those are the words of Dr. Kevin Davis, the superintendent of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He and the Board work year round to promote developmental disability awareness, but March is the month dedicated to developmental disability awareness across the nation.
Coronavirus updates: With US death toll at 69, health officials set to ramp up testing; CDC offers new guidance; Fed cuts rate to zero | USA Today
The race to get home was in full swing Sunday for Americans abroad while millions of students at home were facing a Monday without school as the coronavirus crisis continued its dangerous spiral around the world.
After Trump got tested for coronavirus, people who come into contact with him will have their temperatures taken | Vox
The White House will now take the temperature of anyone coming into contact with the president or vice president.
“Social distancing” is required to prevent infection. But loneliness can make us sick.
BCBS Payers, Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Emblem Health All Waive Coronavirus Testing Fees for Plan Members | Health Payer Specialist
BCBS payers, as well as leading for-profit and non-profit insurers, are waiving fees for coronavirus testing and taking steps to ease access to drugs and services to combat the spread of the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 3,800 people around the world.
An outbreak of coronavirus disease in a nursing home near Seattle is prompting urgent calls for precautionary tactics at America’s elder care facilities, where residents are at heightened risk of serious complications from the illness because of the dual threat of age and close living conditions.
The Health 202: Number of U.S. coronavirus deaths will depend on how many older people are exposed | The Washington Post
Could tens of thousands of Americans die of the coronavirus? Maybe, if the elderly aren’t sufficiently sheltered from it. That will likely be the key factor in keeping the fatality rate from skyrocketing in the U.S., since the covid-19 has proved especially deadly for those over 80 while rarely killing children, young adults or even those in middle age.
‘I’m a hand-shaker’: Many older Americans are playing down the coronavirus threat while others opt for safety | Washington Post
As experts plead for social distancing, some seniors continue to get together for movies, Zumba and concerts.
The coronavirus is most brutal to the old and the chronically ailing. That is a vast cohort in the United States — millions of people — who are not blessed with youth and good health and who now face an enigmatic pathogen that no human immune system has ever encountered and for which there is no vaccine.
One Group of Older Americans Is Ignoring Coronavirus Advice: Members of Congress | The New York Times
Many lawmakers are over 65, but congressional business continues, in conflict with public health guidelines.
“There’s a lot of concern that members could bring it home,” a senior Democratic leadership aide says as offices discuss recessing Congress.
A top U.S. health official on Sunday warned Americans who are elderly or have who underlying health conditions not to get on a cruise ship as the number of documented coronavirus cases continues to rise within the United States and globally.
A federal official says the White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus
Indianapolis based Anthem Insurance announced Friday the company will begin providing coverage of the coronavirus screening test at no out-of-pocket-cost. Anthem says that prior authorization is not required for diagnostic services related to COVID-19 testing.
New CDC guidance says older adults should ‘stay at home as much as possible’ due to coronavirus | CNN Health
A mid a coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging older people and people with severe chronic medical conditions to “stay at home as much as possible.” This advice is on a CDC website that was posted Thursday, according to a CDC spokeswoman. Early data suggests older people are twice as likely to have serious illness from the novel coronavirus, according to the CDC.
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