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What are the signs of a stroke?

Many of us have family members or know someone who has been the victim of a stroke. A stroke occurs when a portion of the brain is blocked from obtaining the necessary blood to properly function. A stroke may also occur if bleeding in the brain begins damaging brain cells. This loss of oxygen to the brain will ultimately start damaging brain cells, which could lead to serious and even deadly consequences.

For a stroke victim, the first few minutes and hours can make a huge difference in the ultimate outcome. The ability to recognize and identify the symptoms of a stroke and to act quickly is crucial. The common acronym F.A.S.T. is often used to identify and act on someone who may be having a stroke. "F" is for facial drooping along one side of the face, which is a common side effect. "A" is for arm weakness. Ask a victim to raise both arms. If that person is unable to raise one arm, it may be a sign of a stroke. "S" is for speech difficulty. Lastly, if a victim experiences any of these symptoms, "T" stands for it is time to call 9-1-1.

How Social Security Disability can help injured or ill Americans

As the United States begins to settle down following a presidential election that seemed to take televisions and social media hostage, it may be time to reflect on the privileges and services that are provided to Americans across the land, including by the Social Security Administration, or SSA. Social Security was initially developed in the 1930's following the Great Depression as a means of protecting Americans in need.

Social Security speeds up disability response time for veterans

While Americans throughout the United States recently honored our veterans and fallen heroes on Veteran's Day, the Social Security Administration, or SSA, posted a blog on their Social Security Matters website informing vets of recent efforts to help care for military members and their families suffering from illnesses, injuries and mental conditions.

MTA accident claims one life, another worker severely injured

Many occupations in New York leave workers more prone to workplace accidents. Employees working in potentially hazardous conditions, such as construction sites or at railroad locations, are especially vulnerable, as the workplace cannot always account for freak accidents or situations susceptible to accidents. Unfortunately, this was the case for two MTA workers while at jobsite as they worked on track repairs on the G line in Brooklyn last week. One worker was killed and another was injured when a train rounded the curve of a track and struck the workers, pinning them against the train. One worker died in the accident, the other was taken to New York Methodist Hospital in stable condition with injuries to his torso.

SSA reminds Americans about identity protection

A recent article written by the Social Security Administration is reminding Americans of the SSA's efforts to safely protect users' identity when accessing the site or obtaining information over the phone. The administration acknowledges there may be situations and instances when your account may be compromised, such as domestic violence with a spouse, and your account may be accessed by those unauthorized to do so.

New York Jets quarterback suffers season-ending ACL injury

Some things are just not meant to be. New York Jets fans may have been thinking or muttering those words last week when their newly anointed starting quarterback, Geno Smith, went down in the second quarter with a knee injury. Although Smith stated after the game that the injury did not appear to be severe, an MRI the following day showed an ACL tear, ending his season, and possibly his time with the New York Jets.

How to deal with your Social Security Disability application

For those suffering from a disability that is preventing them from working, even doing typically normal everyday tasks may become difficult or impossible to accomplish. If you are suffering from a debilitating injury, illness or mental condition, such as depression, even leaving your house may be a chore.

The ins and outs of Workers' Compensation

If you've been injured in the workplace, you may be entitled to benefits for your injuries. In addition to state laws, there are also federal laws, protections and insurance to assure an injured worker is properly compensated for any work-related accident. In most cases, an injured worker will seek benefits through workers' compensation.

Typically, any form of injury while in the workplace is included in workers' compensation insurance, regardless of who is at fault for the injury. There are however exceptions. If for example, it can be proven that an employee was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the accident was a result of the worker's intoxication, the workers' compensation may be denied. If the employee was involved with illegal activity or violated company policies, an employee may also be denied.

Singer Toni Braxton hospitalized after lupus flare-up

Lupus erythematous is an autoimmune disease that targets a group of organs, cells and tissue that protect the body from infection. It is a chronic disorder that may last as long as several months. Unfortunately, residents in New York and elsewhere suffer from this illness, making it challenging to work and even live a normal life.

According to recent reports, acclaimed singer Toni Braxton's representative made a statement last week regarding her health and recent stay at a hospital involving her battle with Lupus. Thankfully, it appears she is back home, resting and will be fine, according to the statement. This was not the first time in the hospital for Braxton; she was also in the hospital in 2012 under similar circumstances.

Springsteen opens up about depression in new autobiography

Last week, Bruce Springsteen's long-awaited autobiography "Born to Run" hit bookshelves across the country. Fans of Springsteen may think of the rock and roll legend as immortal. Writing, recording and churning out music for over 40 years, Springsteen or "The Boss" as he is affectionately called, is known for his legendary live shows, which can last as long as four hours. But Springsteen is human, and humans are flawed. Springsteen recently opened up about his decades-long battle with depression, which he said affected him like "a freight train bearing down."

Springsteen also opens up about his strained relationship with his father, who also suffered from mental conditions, including agoraphobia and hair-pulling disorders, which were neither diagnosed nor discussed. As a child, Springsteen reflects that his father's condition was ordinary and embarrassing. In the midst of his own depression, Bruce feared he was becoming too much like his father.

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