Federal courts send hundreds of Social Security disability cases back due to errors, wrong denials

Michael Sheldon of Cortez, Colo. suffered severe injuries after his road-paving truck flipped on the job in 2006, hurling him headfirst toward a mound of boulders. He waited 14 years for disability benefits. (Corey Robinson for The Washington Post/For The Washington Post)

The WP writes about the trend of Social Security denials, like that of Michael Sheldon, who suffered a severe accident and was left unable to work due to debilitating injuries. Despite multiple surgeries and significant medical evidence supporting his disability claim, the Social Security Administration repeatedly denied him full disability benefits for over a decade. Continue reading →

For ME/CFS Patients, Viral Immunities Come at a Devastating, Lifelong Cost

“These findings are important because they show for the first time that there is an antiviral activity in the serum of patients with ME/CFS that is tightly associated with an activity that fragments the mitochondrial network and decreases cellular energy (ATP) production,” said Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD

“This paper will be a paradigm shift in our understanding of potential infectious causes behind ME/CFS. Human herpesvirus 6 and HHV-7 have long been thought to play a role in this disease, but there was hardly any causative mechanism known before,” said senior co-author Bhupesh K. Prusty, PhD.

Source: For ME/CFS Patients, Viral Immunities Come at a Devastating, Lifelong Cost

Early Research on Existing Drug Compounds via Supercomputing Could Combat Coronavirus

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used Summit, the world’s most powerful and smartest supercomputer, to identify 77 small-molecule drug compounds that might warrant further study in the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is responsible for the COVID-19 disease outbreak.

Source: Early research on existing drug compounds via supercomputing could combat coronavirus | ORNL

Jacqueline Ko OMF Canada Ambassador

Introducing Jacqueline Ko, OMF and OMF Canada Ambassador, she is a multi-award-winning Canadian performer, producer, and disability advocate. She is known for her roles in opera, theatre, musical theatre and film, and is also the founding artistic director of Opera Mariposa, a Vancouver-based performing arts company that showcases opera’s rising stars.

Source: Jacqueline Ko | Open Medicine Foundation