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New U.S. Federal budget may affect Social Security Disability

With President Trump now in office, many Americans are curious to see what new policies will be implemented and how they will affect the country. One of Trump's campaign promises was to drastically cut back on government spending, which likely would mean reduced or eradicated budgets for many federal departments. At the time of his campaign, he did promise not to cut spending to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. It now appears, however, that the promise may not be honored.

According to White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, it appears this administration is trying to make a distinction between a Social Security "core," likely meaning retirement benefits, and Social Security Disability benefits. There could be huge ramifications for this, which could affect millions of Americans throughout the country.

Understanding kidney disease

Recently, comedian and late night host John Oliver dedicated most of his popular show "Last Week Tonight" spotlighting problems with companies who provide kidney dialysis to Americans. It was an eye-opening feature story, and help shed the light on a disease that affects millions of Americans throughout the United States, including those from Atlanta, Georgia, all of Fayette County and the surrounding area.

Chronic kidney disease, also known as "CKD," affects as many as 26 million Americans and can lead to other serious health concerns, including heart disease and hypertension. Common causes of CKD include high blood pressure and diabetes, accounting for as much as two-thirds of all cases. Minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics, as well as seniors, are also at an increased risk.

What is cancer?

More likely than not, you have or had a family member or friend deal with some form of cancer. But, what exactly is cancer, and how does it affect the human body?

In its simplest definition, cancer is the disruption of the cycle of a body's cell, the formation of abnormal cells and the chance of old or damaged cells not properly breaking down, leading to tumors. When a tumor is benign, it will not spread or invade neighboring tissues. Malignant tumors, or cancerous tumors, are likely to spread to nearby cells, and could break off and travel, affecting other areas of the body as well.

Proving you have a disabling mental condition is not easy

Millions of Americans throughout the United States suffer from mental disorders. While they may appear healthy on the outside, even during occasional interactions, they may be haunted by any number of emotional or mental illnesses. This is why the Social Security Administration includes mental conditions among the disabilities for victims to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

It seems easy enough for a doctor to diagnose someone with a serious injury. We can take x-rays, cat scans and MRIs to reveal both physical injuries as well as many illnesses, such as cancer. But, it is far more difficult for medical professionals to provide tangible evidence of a victim's mental condition, although this doesn't mean that a mental condition could be any less debilitating.

Understanding blood cancer

There are three common forms of blood cancer that can affect the body, disrupting the body's ability to generate normal blood cells and serve their purposes in the body. Although blood cancer may not directly harm a person, its disruption of the tasks of blood could lead to other serious illnesses and even death.

Leukemia is typically formed in both blood and bone marrow, causing an abnormal increase in white blood cells, which disrupts bone marrow's ability to produce red blood cells and platelets. Myeloma affects plasma cells, which are naturally used to create antibodies to fight infection and disease. Lymphoma affects lymphocytes, a form of white blood cell that fights disease. The lymphocytes become lymphoma cancer cells, crippling a person's immune system.

Recognizing the signs of depression

Everyone has bad days now and then. But, when bad days turn into bad weeks, and bad weeks into bad months, there may reach a point where what was a person's temporary sadness may become a continued reality.

Unlike a physical injury or an illness that may be easy to diagnose with various tests or scans, determining depression can be far more difficult. But, there are many signs and symptoms that may help a victim or a doctor determine whether or not a person is suffering from depression and not just a bout of sadness.

Spring means active people, potential for injuries

The signs of spring are all around us, and while many people embrace the change of seasons and the warmer weather that comes with it, it also means that people will be more active while enjoying their outdoor recreational activities.

Whether you are into hiking, biking or playing in sports, there is always the risk of an injury. While a majority of injuries that happen are generally minor, there is always the risk of a serious or catastrophic injury.

How could back pain affect an Atlanta resident's ability to work?

Back injuries are fairly commonplace and can be very incapacitating for workers in Atlanta. Many people find that their ability to work is severely compromised by a back injury. Often, a back injury will manifest itself as severe back pain. This blog post will provide a little bit of information on back pain. Individuals suffering back pain should visit a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Back pain is obviously a pain that affects a person's back. Sometimes the pain will be a stabbing or shooting pain. Other times it will be a muscle ache. A pain that radiates down the leg or pain causing limited range of back motion or limited flexibility are other manifestations of back pain.

We have helped many Georgia vets with service-connected claims

When U.S. military service members make sacrifices for the benefit of Georgia and the nation, they rightly expect the nation to keep its promises relating to service-connected benefits and care. Although many are getting these promised benefits, others find that they must jump through numerous hoops first. While this may not be fair, this is the reality, and Georgia veterans should be prepared for it.

Not too long ago, we told you the story of one Georgia veteran's struggle to get the benefits he had earned. He was denied initially and had to file an appeal. After four long years, he finally prevailed and got the benefits he was entitled to.

Blood tests may soon help people in Fayette County avoid diseases

Millions of Americans live with chronic diseases such as diabetes, dementia, coronary artery disease, and kidney failure, and a number of those afflicted Americans live in Fayette County. Many people's ability to work is severely affected by these conditions, which can leave them facing financial hardship. Now, though, some researchers think that they may be able determine the risk that individuals have of developing certain chronic conditions based on the results of a battery of blood tests.

The blood tests in question measure things such as liver function, blood glucose, and the quantity of different kinds of blood cells. By combining the results of the various tests, the researchers maintain that they can establish a patient's likelihood of being diagnosed with a condition three years down the road. The researchers say that the battery of tests would allow doctor to concentrate their efforts on those with the worst test scores. These patients could be provided with information on changing their lifestyle, and they could be scheduled for more regular checkups.

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