health and disability

Disabled Who Are Obese Face Rising Healthcare Costs

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The writer, who has cerebral palsy, discusses the difficulties faced by disabled people who require specialized medical equipment and the difficulties they face from insurance companies

October 30, 2012 -- Since 1994, the obesity rates among children with cerebral palsy (CP) have doubled. This is because such children, who received inadequate nourishment in utero, or were seriously ill when very young, continue to eat nutrient-dense foods after they are out of medical crisis.

CDC Grant Program Focuses on Improving the Health of People with Disabilities

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Oregon is one of 18 states to be funded for a project emphasizing prevention of secondary disability, including chronic conditions

July 19, 2012 -- One in five adults lives with a disability – and many more are likely to acquire a disability at some point in their lives either through illness, injury or the aging process, according to numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with disabilities are two and a half times more likely than non-disabled peers to report unmet health needs, and more than four times as likely to report fair or poor (as opposed to good) health.

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