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October 2013 Archives

Telling your boss about your mental illness: be careful

Mental illness can be a real challenge to live with, particularly when it comes to finding and maintaining a successful work life. For veterans who come back from service with severe mental and emotional disturbance, this struggle is a daily reality. One of the questions that can sometimes come up for those with certain conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, is whether they should inform their employer of their condition.

Shutdown a setback for disability claims backlog

With the government shutdown having come to an end, things are on their way to getting back to normal for federal programs that were put on hold, including Social Security disability and the Veterans Administration. As advocates for disabled veterans have pointed out, though, the shutdown was not without its costs.

Critics promoted misunderstanding of SSDI program

Readers who have been paying attention to the recent political debates over the national budget know that Social Security disability is often targeted as a program that needs to be cleaned up as part of the effort to control federal spending. While there is some truth to the criticisms, there is also much misinformation, and even outright misunderstanding. Because of this, the average person may have a much more negative impression of Social Security disability than is warranted.

On-the-job injuries in health care through the roof

New research highlights something that those familiar with the area of workplace safety know well: health care is a dangerous field to work in from a safety perspective. According to the research, more than 2 million lost work days were reported in 2011 due to on-the-job injuries of workers in the healthcare industry.

ICU patients often leave with cognitive impairments

According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, many patients who stay in an intensive care unit come out with brain dysfunction which affect memory, decision-making and quality of life. The study found that many ICU patients walk away with cognitive impairments similar to those seen in early Alzheimer’s disease and in concussion victims. In addition, these effects are often not temporary.