Long Term Disability

FDA Approves Targeted RNA-based Therapy to Treat Rare Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Onpattro (patisiran) infusion for the treatment of peripheral nerve disease (polyneuropathy) caused by hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidoisis (hATTR) in adult patients. This rare debilitating and often fatal genetic disease is characterized by the buildup of abnormal amyloid protein in peripheral nerves, the heart and other organs. Onpattro is…

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Yale Researchers Make Breakthrough on Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at Yale University have tested a new method for directly measuring synaptic loss in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Published in the Journal of American Medical Association Neurology, the study was a collaborative effort between researchers at the Yale PET Center and the Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit. Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.7 million Americans, with…

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Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID)

Common Variable Immune Deficiency, or CVID, is a relatively common disorder that impairs the immune system. People with CVID are highly susceptible to infection from foreign invaders such as bacteria, or more rarely, viruses. Recurrent infections are common, particularly in the lungs, sinuses and ears and often lead to pneumonia. Over time, the frequency of…

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Summertime and I’m Feeling Fine?

Most of us don’t give much thought to the occasional mosquito, flea or tick bite. With temperatures on the rise, it’s common to spend more time outdoors enjoying nature. It’s important to take precautions before hitting the trail, however, as some of those bites aren’t just dangerous—they are potentially life-threatening. In a recent study by…

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Dealing with Chronic Pain

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic disorder of a portion of the body, usually the arms or legs, which manifests as pain, swelling, limited range of motion and changes to the skin and limbs. It may initially affect one limb and then spread throughout the body.…

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New Research Offers Potential Hope for Lupus Sufferers

For patients who suffer from lupus, their immune cells attack the body’s own tissue and organs as if they are enemy invaders. There are many kinds of lupus, but the most common and severe kind is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys and nervous…

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When It’s More Than A Concussion

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when an external force injures the brain. Causes include slips/trips/falls, vehicle collisions, military incidents, construction incidents, sports and violence. Brain trauma occurs as a consequence of a sudden acceleration or deceleration within the cranium or by a complex combination of both movement and sudden impact. The general term…

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When Fibromyalgia Changes Your World

For many people, dealing with chronic pain is a way of life and it often leads to secondary issues like depression and anxiety. Diagnoses like fibromyalgia are difficult to understand and even harder to treat. Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include…

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Lyme Disease Can Lead to Long-term Disability

You have a great time hiking in the woods or even working in your own backyard, but it isn’t until later that you realize you have a tick on you. You pluck the tick off and go about your business, not realizing that what has been left behind could make you very sick. Lyme disease…

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The Standard Reversed for Ignoring Medical Evidence and Improper Denial

Marcin v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., No. 16-7125, 2017 WL 2818648 (June 30, 2017). Affirming the judgement of the district court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company acted unreasonably when it failed to properly consider the downward progression of one of its…

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