Newswise — In addition to neurological damage and Disability, survivors of brain or spinal cord injury may face financial disaster, with increased rates of bankruptcy in the years after injury, reports a study in the August issue of Medical Care, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, provider of leading healthcare content, context and consulting.
William Hollingworth, PhD, of Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at University of Washington, Seattle, identified 6,345 adult residents of western Washington State who were hospitalized with brain or spinal cord injuries from 1991 to 2002. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records were reviewed to assess how the injury affected the patients’ subsequent risk of bankruptcy.
Louisiana truly is the sportsman’s paradise. We are lucky to have so many options when it comes to outdoor adventures and the tools and equipment necessary to enjoy it in its entire splendor. But, like any tool, it is our responsibility to ensure our own safety and that of our children when we utilize powerful, potentially dangerous equipment.
All-terrain vehicles, better known as ATVs, are one of the most common tools we use to enjoy the natural resources of our state. It seems every garage and carport in northwest Louisiana has at least one of these powerful, useful vehicles. It is common to see hunters, outdoorsmen or just weekend thrill-seekers speeding through the woods and down the off-road trails of our area. Unfortunately, all too often, people don’t think to take the proper care of their safety when engaging in these activities.
WASHINGTON — A pair of handcuffs is tucked into one side of Daniese McMullin-Powell’s wheelchair — as always. She keeps a stash of about 150 pairs at home in case she needs to attach herself to a fence to hold her ground when others want her to yield.
She won’t need the handcuffs in this protest, though. Her job will be more pedestrian, if you can say that about someone who gets ‘most everywhere in a power chair.
McMullin-Powell, 61, of Newark, will be a negotiator and strategist as members of ADAPT — American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today — converge on Capitol Hill to seek support for legislation they believe will allow people to avoid life in a nursing home.
RECENTLY MY OLDEST son, Noah, graduated from the University of Oregon. He wore the traditional cap with tassel as a concession to his mother’s prodding. The gown, however, bothered him. Where the hell did the long flowing folds belong? He opted to go without, etiquette be damned. In its place he put on a bright pink shirt with striped tie. If you are going to draw attention, you may as well shine. As he proceeded forward amidst the other students draped in black, he glowed like an orchid in a bed of coal.
When the Provost announced Noah’s name, a loud cheer interrupted the decorum. The ovation celebrated an effort occurring parallel to the academics. These were his fans. They rightfully claimed a moment of brazen discourteousness. My resistance to the incessant urge for a feel good moment, about a story that has never felt very good, wavered. I allowed myself a smile.
INDIANAPOLIS – The fine you pay for your next speeding ticket might be a few dollars higher, but advocates for the disabled say the increase ultimately could bring hope to Hoosiers who suffer from spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
Tucked deep within the House budget bill is a section creating the state’s first spinal-cord and head-injury research fund. Increased fines motorists pay for speeding, driving while intoxicated or other violations would fund the research, conducted in Indiana.
Speeding ticket fees go to brain, spinal cord study
INDIANAPOLIS – You got caught speeding and now must pay the price.
In addition to a basic fine, Hoosiers must cough up $70 in court costs. Then a $2 jury fee. And a $7 record-keeping fee. And $3 for public defenders. A $2 DNA sample processing fee. Then a $16 judicial salaries fee.
By the time everything is added up, average motorists are paying nearly $110 in court costs and fees for any basic traffic infraction.
Mobility equipment manufacturers and dealers are joining with power wheelchair users and doctors to call on Congress to prevent a major access problem for Medicare beneficiaries.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new Power Mobility Devices Coverage Policy and Fee Schedule that takes effect Wednesday. The coalition says the Medicare cuts will have a devastating impact on power wheelchair users in Indiana with significant disabilities and restrict many to their homes, beds or nursing homes.
People with disabilities have joined together with those who serve them to address a serious issue that could have a devastating impact on power wheelchair users in Indiana with significant disabilities, restricting many to their homes, to their beds or to nursing homes.
To combat fraud, Medicare reducing reimbursements
There is no question that Keith Copen needs his motorized wheelchair. The 59-year-old is paralyzed from the thighs down and the chair helps him shop, get to his van, and travel over snow and ice.
But for the tens of thousands of seniors who got Medicare to buy them motorized scooters in recent years, the benefit is less clear.
CAMPBELL, Mo. — On November 7, voters will cast their vote either for or against the Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, otherwise known in Missouri as Amendment 2.
Campbell resident Cody Bader recently visited a meeting of the Dunklin County Democratic Women to address the amendment.
Stem cells could provide cures for diseases and injuries that afflict hundreds of thousands of Missouri children and adults and millions of other Americans including diabetes, Parkinson’s, cancer, heart disease, ALS, sickle cell disease and spinal cord injury.
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ — A newly released study co-authored by a Missouri economist and a public policy expert found that voter approval of Amendment 2, the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, will protect access to future stem cell treatments that could provide cures for diseases and injuries that affect more than 860,000 Missouri patients and family members. The study also concluded that passage of Amendment 2 would benefit the state’s economy and could reduce Missouri’s health care costs by millions of dollars.
The study, titled “The Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative: An Economic and Health Care Analysis,” was conducted by Joseph H. Haslag and Brian K. Long. Haslag has a doctorate in economics from Southern Methodist University and is a professor of economics at University of Missouri in Columbia.