REENTERING PROFESSIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY
July 30th, 2011
If you are young and just starting to think about what careers are interesting to you, or if you need to change to another line of work, you can take advantage of a number of resources. While in the hospital, you’ll probably be linked up with the Department of Rehabilitation Services or Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in your area. A counselor will help you make career decisions, based on an assessment of your physical and mental abilities and your interest in various vocations as measured by interviews, tests, and questionnaires. Vocational rehabilitation services also include job training, job placement, and sometimes follow-up support services once you are in a new job. Some federal programs provide tax incentives for employers who hire people with disabilities. Keep this in mind when looking for a job. Some larger companies also have affirmative action programs in place to hire disabled individuals. Your counselor should be able to provide further information.
Some excellent private vocational rehabilitation services are also available. Be sure to get two references before paying for these services. Similar services may also be provided by local religious organizations or community colleges. Using a variety of services almost always provides the best chance to find employment.
A cruel irony of our system is that sometimes individuals are caught in a bind in which disability payments are more than they can earn in a job. Sometimes receiving a government payment, such as Social Security Disability, precludes accepting employment. Because the costs surrounding disability needs (care attendant, supplies, equipment, transportation and housing) may exceed what you can earn, you may have to refuse paid work. In this case, finding a job that falls within the income guidelines of the law may be the solution. The Social Security Disability program allows you to supplement your disability payment with part-time work, up to a set dollar amount. You are also entitled to a trial period of full-time work, during which your disability payment continues. If you continue to work past the trial period, your payments are discontinued. If you find that full-time work is not possible, or if you have medical complications that force you to stop working before the end of the trial period, you don’t lose your disability benefits. For more specific information, contact your local Social Security office.
Paid employment may be impossible, or you may choose not to work. If you are primarily a homemaker and parent, your rehabilitation center can provide training and adaptive devices to make your work at home easier. Some people opt for volunteer work as an alternative to paid employment.
REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: EATING FOR BETTER HEALTH – THE CHOLESTEROL-FAT CONNECTION
July 14th, 2011
Cholesterol and fat are essential nutrients in your diet, but both relate to the risk of heart disease. Cholesterol from food may affect your blood cholesterol level, particularly when you eat it in excessive amounts. Saturated fat is another culprit in raising blood cholesterol levels. Your body converts dietary saturated fat into cholesterol and other fats that can damage your blood vessels and your heart Read More... cheapodrugs.com
REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: WHAT IS BLOOD PRESSURE?
July 1st, 2011
The pumping action of the heart pushes blood into the arteries with enough pressure to keep it following forward. The amount of blood pumped out of the heart (cardiac output) and the tone of the arteries (peripheral resistance) determine the amount of tension pushing against the walls of the arteries Read More...
GLUCOSAMINE SULFATE TO TREAT OSTEOARTHRITIS: IMPORTANT POINTS
June 22nd, 2011
- Glucosamine is a substance used by your body to make connective tissues, such as cartilage and synovial tissue. - In seven double-blind studies involving over 1,000 participants, glucosamine appears to provide symptomatic relief of osteoarthritis that was better than placebo and at least as effective as low-dose NSAID treatment Read More...
SURGICAL APPROACHES TO EPILEPSY: SURGERY FOR PARTIAL (FOCAL) SEIZURES – MAGNETIC RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY AND MAGNETO-ENCEPHALOGRAPHY
June 15th, 2011
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Magnetic resonance imaging, which we have previously discussed as a technique for visualizing brain structures, can also be used in a somewhat different form to study brain metabolism. Used in this fashion it is called magnetic resonance spectroscopy. By using far more powerful magnets and different receivers, this technique can "tune in" to the energy changes that occur as one chemical compound is converted to another within the living cells Read More...
PUTTING THE CARBOHYDRATE ADDICT’S DIET TO WORK: REACHING YOUR GOAL WEIGHT
June 3rd, 2011
As you approach your goal weight, one of two things will happen: either your weight loss will slow or your weight loss will continue. If your weight loss slows, that means you will probably level off at or near your goal weight. That means it's a good weight for you, and your maintenance program will consist of continuing the eating program you have been following Read More...
BREAST CANCER EXPLAINED: JASMINE FULCHER’S STORY
May 23rd, 2011
A frequent misconception is that breast cancer always manifests as a lump; it is not always a lump that you are looking for, but a change from what is normal for you, as Jasmine discovered. In 1992 when she was fifty-five Jasmine was making a wedding dress for her daughter. She put the ache in her arm down to the job in hand and to rheumatism Read More...
WHY YOU CAN’T STAY AWAKE: THE PHYSICAL CAUSES OF SLEEP APNEA – CAUSES OF APENIA ARISING
May 20th, 2011
There are a number of physical problems that can also provide hints about the causes of a patient's OSA. As you might expect, if you are overweight you are more prone to airway obstruction. Your respiratory muscles may be unable to overcome the additional pressure from body weight in order to contract and keep the airway open Read More...
HIV: MOUTH PROBLEMS-PAIN IN THE MOUTH
May 5th, 2011
Many of the complications of HIV infection involve the mouth. Because of this, it is important for all people with HIV infection to inspect their mouths regularly, pay careful attention to oral hygiene, and get regular dental care. Though most complications occur in the later stages of the disease, some occur early Read More...
SKIN AND AIDS
April 27th, 2011
In Australia approximately 500 new cases of AIDS are diagnosed each year. The incidence of new AIDS cases has actually leveled off over the last three years, and this is probably related to widespread education about safe sex, needle exchange programmes and the fact that blood products are now routinely screened for the HIV virus, which is responsible for the disease Read More...