Disability Help Group Blog

VA Partners with Stanford Medicine to Improve Cancer Treatment Options for Veterans

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Alex

Earlier this year, President Obama called on Vice President Biden to lead an assessment of the nation’s current progress on cancer treatment and eradication. The initiative, Cancer Moonshot, created a comprehensive look at the current state of cancer care and helped shape a new set … Read More »

2017 Cost of Living Adjustment: Disability Benefits to Increase by 0.3 Percent

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Alex

Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews the national cost of living to determine if it needs to make a cost of living adjustment and increase certain Social Security benefits. To calculate these increases, the SSA uses the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage … Read More »

Novel Gene Repair Technique Could Fix Sickle Cell Mutation

Posted on October 17, 2016 by Alex

Sickle cell anemia is a blood disorder that produces misshapen red blood cells, raising the risk of blood blockages and early death. This disorder, present from birth, is the result of a gene mutation. Sickle cell primarily affects children of African descent. For the first … Read More »

Common Multiple Sclerosis Drug Could Reverse Physical Symptoms

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Alex

Many treatments exist to help people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) reduce the number and frequency of remissions, and one such existing treatment could offer an even greater benefit. The MS drug alemtuzumab is a drug currently used to treat patients with RRMS and reduce … Read More »

Immunotherapy Drug Has Significant Benefits for Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Posted on October 11, 2016 by Alex

Advanced stage head and neck cancer patients have few options for treatment as their cancer progresses. However, a recent international phase III trial of an immunotherapy drug may help extend life for these patients. Nivolumab is an immunotherapy drug that helps patients with head and … Read More »

Protein Responsible for Brain Cell Death in Strokes Found

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Alex

Strokes, brain injuries, and Alzheimer’s disease have one important thing in common. They all cause the death of brain cells. While different mechanisms cause these health conditions, the result is the same. Brain cells do regenerate, but in the case of acute brain cell death … Read More »

New Genetic Marker Drug Target Discovered for Autoimmune Diseases

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Alex

Researchers in the United Kingdom have used a new investigative tool, single-cell RNA sequencing, to identify new drug targets for asthma and autoimmune diseases. This tool allowed the researchers to investigate innate lymphoid cells (ILC). These cells are partially responsible for the body’s immune response … Read More »

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

Posted on October 5, 2016 by Alex

More than 30 million veterans suffer from some form of hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises during their military service. Noise from jet engines, loud weaponry, and explosions often cause partial or complete hearing loss. Tinnitus, a constant ringing or humming in the … Read More »

Kidney Cancer Drug, Axitinib, Might Help Attack Other Types of Cancer

Posted on October 3, 2016 by Alex

Researchers at the University of Bergen are taking a second look at the kidney cancer drug, axitinib, as a potential treatment for other cancers. Their study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, began with mapping the effects of 500 known drugs to … Read More »

Cell Reprogramming Techniques Could Repair Damage from Eye Diseases

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Alex

Eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration destroy retinal neurons, which can lead to vision loss and eventually total blindness. While there are treatments to slow the progression of these diseases, there is no cure yet for the retinal damage. Researchers at the Yale University … Read More »