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Loneliness of the Blind and the Visually Impaired

Loneliness has been termed a social epidemic, especially when experienced by people with disabilities.

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9 Interesting and Surprising Facts About Guide Dogs

You may be aware that guide dogs help those who are blind or have low vision, but do you know the most common breeds, or what they do when “off-harness”?

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Disability and Diabetes Prevention

It is important for people with disabilities to know their diabetes status to help them make the best decisions for their health.

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Down Syndrome: Current Status, Challenges and Future Perspectives

It is the most prevalent genetic disease worldwide and the common genetic cause of intellectual disabilities appearing in about 1 in 400-1500 newborns.

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Many Adults with Disabilities Report Frequent Mental Distress

An estimated 17.4 million (32.9%) adults with disabilities experience frequent mental distress, defined as 14 or more reported mentally unhealthy days in the past 30 days.

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Sophia Loewen

Neurons get all the spotlight, but the microglia play an important role in the brain’s resiliency and aging process. Sophia’s study looked at the effects of vaporized cannabis on this understudied cell.

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Valerie Caron

With the help of her furry sidekick, Loki, Valerie hopes to discover if a service dog can provide long-term benefits for children living with cerebral palsy.

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Adults with One or More Functional Disabilities

According to the report, about 12% (22.6 million) of working-age adults in the United States have any disability and nearly 6 in 10 of them have only one disability type.

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Special Olympics Athletes Team Up to Roll-Out Fun Online Workouts

Special Olympics fitness programs focus on physical activity, hydration, and nutrition and offer year-round fitness clubs, fitness challenges for friends and families, and wellness classes.

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Physical Activity for People with Disabilities

Physical activity can help control weight, improve mental health, and lower the risk for early death, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

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