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Research Confirms “Chemo Brain” Can Persist for Up to 6 Months After Breast Cancer Treatment

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Disability Help Group

Up until recently, the phenomenon of losing mental sharpness and memory after chemotherapy was not widely recognized as a concern. However, a study from the Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York has found that this cognitive impairment, known … Read More »

New Hepatitis C Drugs Bring Promising Results to VA Patients

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Hepatitis C, or Hep C, is becoming a less serious risk to the lives of veterans thanks to new treatment regimen from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system. Earlier in 2016, the VA announced full treatment funding for all current Hepatitis C patients. … Read More »

Anti-Inflammatory Drug Helps Reduce Brain Damage and Promote Brain Cell Regeneration in Stroke Patients

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Because a stroke results from a lack of blood to the brain, brain cells often suffer severe damage or even die. Treating a stroke is not always possible, and intervention must happen quickly to minimize damage. Researchers at the University of Manchester recently looked at … Read More »

Mutations in Genes of Leukemia Patients Might Suggest Treatment Success with Use of a Milder Chemotherapy

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Contrary to popular belief, some more lethal forms of leukemia might benefit from milder chemotherapy if the patient has a specific genetic profile. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine recently published a study on a potential new acute myeloid leukemia (AML) treatment in … Read More »

VA Among Leaders in the Nation for Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently received recognition from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR) for high achievements in cancer screening. The VA is now a part of the NCCR’s Hall of Fame for reaching an 82 percent screening rate for colorectal cancer, higher … Read More »

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

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

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 Disability Help Group

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 »

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

Posted on October 11, 2016 by Disability Help Group

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 »

Gene Stabilizing Technique Could Help Prevent Inherited ALS

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that progresses rapidly, causing muscle weakness and loss muscle of control. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 90-95 percent of all ALS patients develop the disease with no clear risk factors. The other … Read More »

Veterinary Care for Service Dogs Now Covered for Veterans with Mental Health Disorders

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Some mental health disorders can cause a veteran to suffer from limited mobility. Many of these veterans require the presence of service dogs to help them get around. Up until recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only provided veterinary health benefits to service dogs … Read More »