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Low level of Vitamin D is associated with mental illnesses; Supplements help

posted Oct 13, 2013, 6:06 PM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN   [ updated Oct 13, 2013, 6:12 PM ]

3/14/2013  Several studies have found that low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased mania, bi-polar disorder, depression, and psychosis.  More recently small studies suggest that in individuals with low levels, D3 supplements alone or in combination with prescribed psychiatric medications can improve mental status.  In a recent study by E Sikoglu et al. examining mania in teens with low levels of the blood variant of D3 (i.e., 25-OH-D) who also had low levels of the brain neurotransmitter GABA, an 8-week trial of D3 supplements significantly improved blood levels of 25-OH-D and brain GABA levels, and reduced manic symptoms.   (Finding summary from Bipolar Network News MARCH 12, 2013)

Unemployeed disabled are tuition exempt at Montgomery College

posted Oct 4, 2011, 8:42 PM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN

10/04/2011  "Any resident of Maryland who is retired from the workforce by reason of total and permanent disability as defined by the Social Security or Railroad Retirement Act, and who enrolls in any class at Montgomery College, which is eligible under Md. (Educ.) Code Ann. Section 16-305 for State support, which has at least 10 regularly enrolled students, shall be exempt from the payment of tuition, but not required fees." (MC BOT Policy 43003, Modification No. 057)

Low-cost Internet services, computers to low-income families

posted Oct 4, 2011, 8:33 PM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN   [ updated Oct 4, 2011, 8:49 PM ]

10/04/2011  Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan, unveiled March 16, 2010, is a FCC (Federal Communications Commission) plan which deals with improving broadband Internet access throughout the United States.  Part of the plan, Comcast's program Internet Essentials, began at the start of the school year and is available in 39 states, offers Internet service for a monthly fee of $9.95 plus tax to families that have at least one child in the National School Free Lunch Program.   AT&T's plan offers similar services through the nonprofit organization, One Economy, which has enabled eligible families to receive free and affordable broadband access, plus the related training that enable them to improve their lives.
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Lifeline and Link Up: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers

posted Oct 4, 2011, 7:03 PM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN   [ updated Oct 4, 2011, 7:05 PM ]

10/04/2011  Brought to you by the US Federal government, the Lifeline program provides discounts on monthly telephone charges, and Link Up provides a discount on the cost of commencing telephone service for qualifying low-income households. Lifeline and Link Up are supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).

President declares October 2011 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

posted Oct 4, 2011, 6:53 PM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN

10/03/2011    Now, Therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2011 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I urge all Americans to embrace the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people.  

The Loneliness of the Long-Term Care Giver – Journal Abstract

posted Mar 11, 2011, 6:51 PM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN

03/10/2011  Families have always borne the burden of long-term care, and struggle with feelings of grief, loss, despair, anger and hopelessness. In this powerful first person account, the author points out some of the sad consequences of the American health care system's emphasis on the treatment of acute episodic illness or injury and its relative neglect of chronic illness long-term care. This essay, written for the New England Journal of Medicine’s “Sounding Board” series, is considered a seminal work.

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Tax Credits for Persons with Disability

posted Mar 11, 2011, 6:46 PM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN   [ updated Apr 16, 2011, 11:08 PM ]


Taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities may qualify for a number of IRS tax credits and benefits. Learn about tax credits and other benefits including Impairment-Related Work Expenses, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled.

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Push for Federal Hiring of Workers with Disabilities

posted Feb 27, 2011, 1:11 AM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN   [ updated Feb 27, 2011, 1:14 AM ]

President Obama issued EO 13548 requiring Federal agencies to develop plans to hire 100,000 workers with disabilities by 2015.  "Targeted disabilities" (as defined in SF 256) include conditions that substantially limit one or more of major life activities including speech, vision, hearing, mental, or orthopedic impaiments, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and certain chronic conditions. See: for federal job opportunities.

Handheld device app may promote CBT use in children.

posted Feb 21, 2011, 12:30 AM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN

Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT has been demonstrated to be effective in several mental health conditions, but many persons with mental illness may find it difficult to effectively use CBT in their daily lives.  Although untested by medical research, a new portable device app may make journaling thoughts easier or more appealing to youngsters.

Researchers find that most US adolescents with severe mental illness never receive treatment and that minority adolescents are less likely than whites to be treated for their mental illness.

posted Feb 21, 2011, 12:17 AM by Trevor Albuquerque - FSTN

Merikangas KR, He J, Burstein M, Swendsen J, Avenevoli S, Case B, Georgiades K, Heaton L, Swanson S, Olfson M. Service Utilization for Lifetime Mental Disorders in U.S. Adolescents: Results of the National Comorbidity Survey–Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2011;50(1):32– 45.

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