Author: Dr Rob Laberts, LLC, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Dear Patients: You have it very hard, much harder than most people understand.  Having sat for 16 years listening to the stories, seeing the tiredness in your eyes, hearing you try to describe the indescribable, I have come to understand that I …

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UCLA scientists to study new ways to restore hand movement after paralysis


The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded UCLA researchers Dr. Daniel Lu (Brentwood) and Dr. Reggie Edgerton (Bel Air) a $6 million, five-year grant to explore new therapies for the approximately 273,000 Americans living with spinal-cord injuries. Some 12,000 Americans suffer such injuries each year. The UCLA research will …

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Stop the Stigma: Mental Health Webcast Series


The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in partnership with the Mood Disorder Society of Canada (MDSC) is pleased to present a series of three free broadcasts in the Stop the Stigma mental health webcast series. These webcasts focus on the stigma of mental illness among health care professions and in relation to Anxiety …

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Governments wage war against their own human rights laws

When award-winning writer Varda Burstyn complained to the Canadian Human Rights Commission about her treatment by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the last thing she expected was to be caught in the crossfire of a war between these government agencies. Burstyn suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS, also known as …

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Mobile Phone for People with Vision disabilities Launched

WASHINGTON: Odin Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the T-Mobile network, announced the country’s first mobile service designed for the sole purpose of improving wireless accessibility for people who are blind or low vision. Emporia Essence: A simple mobile phone for People with vision disabilities. (Photo Credit: Odin Mobile) …

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Oregon testing Windows 8 Tablets for voters with disabilities

Last fall, Oregon became the first state in the nation to utilize tablet technology in elections. Now in the state’s latest technology move, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has arranged to provide Samsung Series 7 PC tablets, featuring the Windows 8 operating system, to be used by Oregon voters with disabilities …

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MiSsing: One Autopilot

In 2003 my Multiple Sclerosis arrived and my autopilot disappeared. I was a full-time graduate student, commuting 50 miles each way to school. I had two young sons. I was a wife, trusted friend, reliable sister and daughter. I was actively involved in local civic organizations. I carved out “me …

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Welfare reform should not take from the sick to give to the poor, advocates say

For two Toronto single women on welfare, expected reforms to social assistance in this spring’s provincial budget could prove either promising or problematic. Both the NDP and the Tories believe people on welfare should be able to earn up to $200 a month before facing clawbacks, as recommended last fall …

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Five free apps to help remind you to take a break

We all work too much. Many don’t realize how important it is to step away from the monitor and take a break. This isn’t just for your physical health, but your mental health.For some users breaks come naturally. For others, a bit of a heads up is necessary. As you …

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