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U.S. Disability Rights Advances and Setbacks: 2017 Year in Review

January 17th: Future Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos shows lack of knowledge about the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) During her confirmation hearing for education secretary, Betsy DeVos frustrated many special education advocates by stating that enforcement of the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires public schools to provide “free appropriate…

USA Today Investigation Incites Concerns About VA Hiring Practices

USA today recently released the results of an investigation into some pretty questionable hiring practices by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system. The VA has knowingly hired multiple clinicians with extremely problematic employment histories. One example is neurosurgeon John Harry Schneider, who was hired despite over a dozen malpractice suits against him –…

Orthotics

What Is an Orthosis?

An orthosis is a type of brace or other wearable device that serves one or more of the following purposes: Improvement of mobility Immobilization of an injured body part to promote healing Correction of biomechanical misalignments Prevention of injuries Reduction of weight bearing and pain Some orthotic devices are relatively inexpensive, over-the-counter products: examples include…

Improving Neurological Outcomes of HIE: Monosialoganglioside Treatment

Thus far, the most effective medical intervention for infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is hypothermia therapy, or cooling treatment. When administered very shortly after birth or the oxygen-depriving incident, this therapy can reverse brain damage and minimize (or in some cases prevent) permanent harm. However, hypothermia therapy is not always effective, and additional solutions for…