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    Fri Jul 12 04:51:07 2019
    L letaleonski97802 начал обсуждение Last Year, The Government Recognized Adult Onset Diabetes.

    A federal appeals court ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs must pay retroactive disability payments to thousands of Vietnam vets.

    -image-The payments must date to when veterans initially applied for benefits under a law that allowed them to do so beginning Sept. 25, 1985.

    Because of a complicated rule-making procedure, the government said the cancer victims could not receive benefits until Nov. 7, 1996, if they filed a claim after Jan. 4, 1994.

    The appeals court nullified that government interpretation, which affects an estimated 1,200 veterans, said Barton F. Stichman, executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program.

    Also undermined by the ruling was the government's position that veterans suffering from adult onset diabetes could not get benefits until July 9, 2001, if they filed a claim between Jan. 4, 1994, and July 9, 2001, Stichman said.

    "All I can tell you is for the last 20 years the VA has dragged its feet on the Agent Orange issue. They try every way they can to come up with theories to why they shouldn't give benefits," said Stichman, who filed suit in 1986.

    Phil Budahn, a Veterans Affairs spokesman, said the government had not seen the decision and could not immediately comment.

    Between 1962 and 1971, the United States sprayed 19 million gallons of herbicides over southern Vietnam to destroy jungle cover for communist troops. About 55 percent of that was Agent Orange.

    Over the years, the government has added a host of diseases associated with Agent Orange entitling veterans to disability benefits. Those include several cancers, including cancer to the lung, larynx and trachea. Last year, the government recognized adult onset diabetes .

    The ruling puts prostate cancer and adult onset diabetes in line with the other diseases acknowledged by the government to have links to Agent Orange, meaning disability benefits would be paid from when a claim was first filed.

    For https://www.titaniumplate.top/ many veterans, the government has paid retroactive benefits while litigation continued. The government reserved the right to take back the benefits if it won the lawsuit.

    Clifford Nash, a Vietnam veteran with prostate cancer, said the court decision will allow him to keep about $11,000 in benefits that he may have had to return had the court ruled the other way.

    "I've heard some veterans say we fought there and now we got to fight for what's right and ours," said the 71-year-old Nash, of West Enfield, Maine. "Everything seems to be taking a turn for the better."

    By David Kravets

  2. Fri Jul 12 04:49:07 2019
    L letaleonski97802 начал обсуждение Last Year, The Government Recognized Adult Onset Diabetes.

    A federal appeals court ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs must pay retroactive disability payments to thousands of Vietnam vets.

    -image-The payments must date to when veterans initially applied for benefits under a law that allowed them to do so beginning Sept. 25, 1985.

    Because of a complicated rule-making procedure, the government said the cancer victims could not receive benefits until Nov. 7, 1996, if they filed a claim after Jan. 4, 1994.

    The appeals court nullified that government interpretation, which affects an estimated 1,200 veterans, said Barton F. Stichman, executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program.

    Also undermined by the ruling was the government's position that veterans suffering from adult onset diabetes could not get benefits until July 9, 2001, if they filed a claim between Jan. 4, 1994, and July 9, 2001, Stichman said.

    "All I can tell you is for the last 20 years the VA has dragged its feet on the Agent Orange issue. They try every way they can to come up with theories to why they shouldn't give benefits," said Stichman, who filed suit in 1986.

    Phil Budahn, a Veterans Affairs spokesman, said the government had not seen the decision and could not immediately comment.

    Between 1962 and 1971, the United States sprayed 19 million gallons of herbicides over southern Vietnam to destroy jungle cover for communist troops. About 55 percent of that was Agent Orange.

    Over the years, the government has added a host of diseases associated with Agent Orange entitling veterans to disability benefits. Those include several cancers, including cancer to the lung, larynx and trachea. Last year, the government recognized adult onset diabetes .

    The ruling puts prostate cancer and adult onset diabetes in line with the other diseases acknowledged by the government to have links to Agent Orange, meaning disability benefits would be paid from when a claim was first filed.

    For https://www.titaniumplate.top/ many veterans, the government has paid retroactive benefits while litigation continued. The government reserved the right to take back the benefits if it won the lawsuit.

    Clifford Nash, a Vietnam veteran with prostate cancer, said the court decision will allow him to keep about $11,000 in benefits that he may have had to return had the court ruled the other way.

    "I've heard some veterans say we fought there and now we got to fight for what's right and ours," said the 71-year-old Nash, of West Enfield, Maine. "Everything seems to be taking a turn for the better."

    By David Kravets

  3. Fri Jul 12 04:43:20 2019

    "New Yorkers together went through a severe trauma," said Dr. Sandro Galea, an author of the study, 바카라사이트 sleeping irregularities, trouble concentrating and feelings of guilt or worthlessness.

    Dr. Neal Cohen, former city health commissioner, said the report should encourage people "to recognize there is something normal — not aberrant — about their response to these events and they may benefit from professional care."

  4. Fri Jul 12 03:12:20 2019

    "New Yorkers together went through a severe trauma," said Dr. Sandro Galea, an author of the study, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. He said the study demonstrates "there are tremendous mental health needs."

    Out of a representative sample of adults surveyed, researchers from the New York Academy of Medicine found that 7.5 percent of those living in the southern part of Manhattan suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. An additional 9.7 percent reported symptoms the researchers defined as depression.

    In the trade center's immediate neighborhood, the prevalence of post-traumatic stress was particularly high — 20 percent — researchers said.

    The 988 respondents of the survey, which was paid for by the nonprofit September 11th Fund, were selected at random for phone interviews from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 and they represent a sample of the population.

    Marylene Cloitre, professor of psychology at Cornell University's Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms include nightmares, anxiety, irritability or outbursts of anger. The symptoms are usually present for at least a month. Feelings of intense guilt are also common.

    Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest in life, loss of appetite, sleeping irregularities, trouble concentrating and feelings of guilt or worthlessness.

    Dr. Neal Cohen, former city health commissioner, https://www.ygjq26hly.online said the report should encourage people "to recognize there is something normal — not aberrant — about their response to these events and they may benefit from professional care."

  5. Fri Jul 12 03:10:20 2019

    "Obesity is medically accepted to be a disease in its own right," the IRS said.

    -image-Taxpayers who participate in these programs for medically valid reasons will now be able to deduct amounts above 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income, similar to any other medical expense not covered by insurance or other reimbursement. A taxpayer's spouse and 바카라사이트 dependents would also be covered.

    Still not deductible, however, are the costs of weight control programs intended "to improve the taxpayer's appearance, general health and sense of well-being."

    Diet foods also are not be deductible, even though they are often an integral part of a weight control program under a physician's supervision. The IRS reasons that people have to pay for food whether or not they are trying to lose weight.

    Fees, diet menus and literature and other costs would be deductible.

    The IRS has previously permitted deductions for weight-loss programs recommended by a physician for treatment of a disease such as high blood pressure. But the agency has never specifically cited obesity itself as a disease.

    The American Obesity Association estimates that 39 million Americans are obese, causing 300,000 unnecessary deaths in the United States each year.

    The ruling applies not only to 2001 income tax returns - which are due April 15 in most of the country - but as far back as 1998. Taxpayers who want to take the deduction need only file an amended return for the tax year in question.

    The IRS also recently included smoking cessation programs as deductible medical expenses, as are treatment and other costs for alcoholism.

    By Curt Anderson

  6. Fri Jul 12 03:03:38 2019

    The bill proposed by state Sen. Deborah Ortiz — one of the first in the nation to target sugary sodas as a root cause of kids putting on too many pounds — would offer schools incentives to drop lucrative contracts to sell certain soda brands on their campuses.

    -image-"It is not my intention to demonize soda," Ortiz, a Democrat from Sacramento, said in a statement sent Wednesday, adding that moderate soda pop consumption was not harmful.

    "The problem is that Americans have lost sight of moderation, and fail to recognize how many additional calories soda adds to their diets."

    A number of U.S. states, including Arkansas, Virginia and Washington, https://www.zkxgasb2um.online currently impose excise taxes on soft drinks. But most use the proceeds to fight litter, not the "epidemic" of overweight children in U.S. schools.

    Ortiz's bill, due to be taken up by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on April 10, would charge manufacturers and distributors 21 cents per 1 gallon) of bottled drinks and $2 per gallon of syrup used to create soft drinks in soda fountains.

    Consumers could be expected to absorb the additional cost, about two cents per 12-ounce can, according to Ortiz, a Democrat who represents Sacramento.

    The bill would raise an estimated $342 million a year, about half of which would be used to fund school health programs as well as after-school activities which some school districts now pay for with money earned through exclusive soft drink sales agreements.

    The rest of the money would be used to fund public health and childhood obesity prevention programs outside of school.

    The bill has generated controversy in Sacramento as beverage industry representatives and some Republican lawmakers accuse Ortiz of "demonizing" popular soft drinks and pushing government too far into the lives of school children and their parents.

    "The senator's desire to improve the health of children in California is commendable. The problem is her approach is misguided," said Sean McBride, spokesman for the National Soft Drink Association in Washington, D.C..

    "It is too simplistic to say that if we just ban or restrict certain foods in the diet, then our children will be healthy and obesity will go away."

    Ortiz's bill is among the latest efforts by state lawmakers to battle rising obesity in California children — many of whom have been offered a menu of sweet drinks and high-fat foods at their school cafeterias.

    Physical exams conducted by schools last year showed that 30 percent of California children in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades are overweight, reflecting national trends which show that over the last 20 years, the overweight and obesity rates among U.S. children have doubled while the number of overweight adolescents has almost tripled.

    Many public health specialists target soft drinks as a primary culprit . An average can of soda has about 150 calories and overall soft drink consumption has almost doubled over the past 20 years.

    Health educators worry that the rise in child obesity levels spells trouble ahead as these children mature into overweight adults more at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

    Last year California's state legislature passed a new law aimed at limiting the availability of "junk food" in elementary and middle schools, and this month a Democratic state assemblywoman proposed adding an additional "junk food tax" to help pay for children's dental care.

    Both the junk food and soft drink tax proposals come as a growing number of U.S. states look for new ways to boost flagging state revenues, including raising so-called "sin" taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.

  7. Fri Jul 12 02:58:19 2019
    L letaleonski97802 начал обсуждение More Poor Sleepers Also Are Seeking Pharmaceutical Help.

    A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found the death and destruction of the terrorist attacks caused about 69 percent of Americans to have some insomnia during the period immediately after Sept. 11. A survey a year earlier found only 51 percent experiencing insomnia.

    James Walsh, president of the foundation and a sleep researcher at St. Luke's Hospital Sleep Medicine & Research Center in Chesterfield, Mo., said Sept. 11 affected the sleep poll figures for all of 2001 and suggests a generalized increase in sleeplessness.

    "Last year's figure was 51 percent for insomnia, and this year it is 58 percent for the entire year," said Walsh. "All the terrorist activities are one of the major stresses in our lives now."

    The poll found that women tended to lose more sleep after Sept. 11 than did men. For women, 78 percent reported some insomnia, compared with 59 percent for men.

    More poor sleepers also are seeking pharmaceutical help.

    "Other studies have shown that the use of sleeping pills and the use of antidepressants went up for a couple of months," Walsh said. "That reflects the overall anxiety in the country."

    People who always have been poor sleepers are now having even more trouble, Walsh said.

    More people who do not sleep well, he said, "are now attributing it to these worries than to other things."

    The sleep survey is based on polling of 1,010 randomly selected adults, interviewed by telephone between Oct. 1 and Dec. 10 last year. The margin of error for the poll is 3 percent.

    Asked to rate the quality of their sleep in the days after Sept. 11, 47 percent of those polled said theirs was only fair or poor. This compares to 27 percent in polling not linked to Sept. 11.

    The poll found that fewer people than last year are getting eight hours sleep, https://www.ngcn4gsrh.online the recommended minimum. The mean sleep per night of those polled was 6.9 hours, compared with seven hours last year, and only 30 percent said they got eight or more hours, compared with 38 percent last year.

    Young people are more apt to wake up tired or to have trouble falling asleep than are the elderly, the poll found. Among people aged 18 to 29, 49 percent said they awoke unrefreshed from sleep, and 33 percent said they had trouble falling asleep. For those aged 30 to 64, the numbers were 41 and 24 percent. For those 65 and over, only 25 percent felt tired upon awakening, while just 19 percent said they had trouble falling asleep.

    Walsh said the fall-to-sleep recommendations of the foundation have not changed since Sept. 11. He said people need to limit caffeine, avoid naps late in the day, don't depend on alcohol for sleep and keep a regular bedtime routine and schedule.

    Also, said Walsh, people need to set aside time in the day to worry instead of taking their blues to bed with them.

    "We actually assign worry time to people so they don't lie in bed at night worrying about things," he said. "They can say tell themselves `I've already thought about that, and I have a plan of action.' These techniques can reduce anxiety when you're lying in bed at night."

    The poll also found an increase in irritability and anger among sleepyheads.

    "In sleep deprivation, one of the first things that changes is a person's mood," Walsh said. "They become more irritable and short-tempered."

    Walsh said the poll also suggested that people favor more sleep for professions that are important to safety, such as doctors, pilots and truck drivers.

    When asked the maximum time that doctors and pilots should work daily, the majority wanted to limit it to 10 hours.

    By Paul Recer

  8. Fri Jul 12 02:49:31 2019

    -image-Updated at 3:30 p.m.

    President Obama said Thursday he won't "rule out" any options to stem the growing violence in Iraq that has left an al Qaeda splinter group in control of two major cities and on a march to Baghdad.

    "What we've seen over the last couple of days indicates the degree to which Iraq's going to need more help, its going to need more help from us and its going to need more help from the international community," the president told reporters following a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

    "My team is working around the clock to identify how we can provide the most effective assistance to them," Mr. Obama continued. "I don't rule out anything because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria for that matter."

    But his comments will likely do little to stop Republican accusations that he bears responsibility for the current situation. Speaking with reporters Thursday morning, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, accused the president of "taking a nap" while extremists took control over western Iraq and the city of Mosul.

    "It's not like we haven't seen this problem coming for over a year," Boehner said. "The administration's failed policies in Syria, Libya and Egypt and its failure to implement a broader strategy for the Middle East is having a direct impact on the situation in Iraq. The United States has and will continue to have vital national interest in Iraq but the progress made there is clearly in jeopardy."

    He urged the president to provide equipment and technical assistance to the Iraqis.

    Two of the Senate's most prominent hawks, Republicans John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned that immediate action was needed. McCain, calling for "drastic measures" to be taken, suggested bringing back Gen. David Petraeus (who resigned as CIA director in the wake of a sex scandal) to the national security team and suggested a broad shakeup of the president's top advisers.

    "We need a new [joint chiefs] chairman, we need a new national security adviser, we need a new team that knows what America's national security interests are," McCain said.

    Graham said that "American air power is the only hope to change the question in Iraq," and that without any intervention, Baghdad is "definitely in jeopardy."

    CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports that there has been no decision to provide additional assistance or what it would look like, according to a Pentagon official. Although air strikes are being examined as one possible option, "we are no closer (to air strikes) today than yesterday," the official said.

    But American intervention would likely face stiff resistance from congressional Democrats, many of whom rode their opposition to the Iraq War to take over the House and Senate in 2006.

    "I don't think there's any appetite in our country for us to become engaged in any more military activity in Iraq," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters. "The American people have been exhausted with wars."

    Pelosi said the breakdown in order in Iraq might have happened with or without U.S. involvement because of the longstanding conflict between the Shia and https://www.sksk79.kr/ Sunni denominations of Islam.

    Mr. Obama echoed that assessment in his remarks, saying, that there had been insufficient trust and cooperation between the moderate leaders of the two groups.

    "That accounts in part for some of the weakness of the state and that then carries over into the military capacity," he said. "There will be some short term immediate things that need to be done militarily, and our national security team is looking at all the options but this should be also a wakeup call for the Iraq government. There has to be a political component to this so that Sunni and Shia who care about building a functioning state that can bring about security and prosperity to all people inside of Iraq come together and work diligently against these extremists and that is going to require concessions on the part of both the Shia and Sunni that we haven't seen so far."

    Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, similarly said that without a change within the Iraq government there was a limit to how far U.S. assistance could go.

    "It's unclear how air strikes on our part can succeed unless the Iraqi army is willing to fight, and that's uncertain given the fact that several Iraqi army divisions have melted away. While all options should be considered, the problem in Iraq has not been so much a lack of direct U.S. military involvement, but a lack of reconciliation on the part of Iraqi leaders," he said in a statement.

    The implications of the increasing violence - which have wiped out the security gains made by American forces during the war - will likely cast a shadow long in the future. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looked to pin the breakdown on the Bush administration.

    "The deadline on Iraq was set by the prior administration," Clinton said, noting that Mr. Obama would have had to negotiate an agreement to keep troops in Iraq past the deadline. "When President Obama came in, he was obviously not an enthusiast about the Iraq War, from the very beginning, very strong critic of it, both its initiation and its handling. There was a lot of effort to work through with the [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki] government what such a Status Of Forces Agreement would look like. At the end of the day the Maliki government would not agree so the decision was made, in effect. There could not be American troops left without such an agreement."

  9. Fri Jul 12 02:47:18 2019

    "New Yorkers together went through a severe trauma," said Dr. Sandro Galea, an author https://www.riuqu89u2j.online of the study, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. He said the study demonstrates "there are tremendous mental health needs."

    Out of a representative sample of adults surveyed, researchers from the New York Academy of Medicine found that 7.5 percent of those living in the southern part of Manhattan suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. An additional 9.7 percent reported symptoms the researchers defined as depression.

    In the trade center's immediate neighborhood, the prevalence of post-traumatic stress was particularly high — 20 percent — researchers said.

    The 988 respondents of the survey, which was paid for by the nonprofit September 11th Fund, were selected at random for phone interviews from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 and they represent a sample of the population.

    Marylene Cloitre, professor of psychology at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of the Institute for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, said surveying people five to eight weeks after the attack was significant because stress disorder usually arises within three months.

    "This was the slice of time where we find, presumably, the highest rates of PTSD," Cloitre said.

    She warned the rates could climb: "Displacement from home and economic difficulties contribute to the development of PTSD and those factors hadn't completely emerged by this point."

    Additional surveys were conducted at the four- and six-month marks after the attacks; the findings are still being reviewed. The four-month survey was expanded to include all of New York City, and the six-month review encompassed the entire metropolitan area. The researchers also plan a one-year study.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms include nightmares, anxiety, irritability or outbursts of anger. The symptoms are usually present for at least a month. Feelings of intense guilt are also common.

    Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest in life, loss of appetite, sleeping irregularities, trouble concentrating and feelings of guilt or worthlessness.

    Dr. Neal Cohen, former city health commissioner, said the report should encourage people "to recognize there is something normal — not aberrant — about their response to these events and they may benefit from professional care."

  10. Fri Jul 12 02:44:05 2019

    A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found the death and destruction of the terrorist attacks caused about 69 percent of Americans to have some insomnia during the period immediately after Sept. 11. A survey a year earlier found only 51 percent experiencing insomnia.

    James Walsh, president of the foundation and a sleep researcher at St. Luke's Hospital Sleep Medicine & Research Center in Chesterfield, Mo., said Sept. 11 affected the sleep poll figures for all of 2001 and suggests a generalized increase in sleeplessness.

    "Last year's figure was 51 percent for insomnia, and this year it is 58 percent for the entire year," said Walsh. "All the terrorist activities are one of the major stresses in our lives now."

    The poll found that women tended to lose more sleep after Sept. 11 than did men. For women, 78 percent reported some insomnia, compared with 59 percent for men.

    More poor sleepers also are seeking pharmaceutical help.

    "Other studies have shown that the use of sleeping pills and the use of antidepressants went up for a couple of months," Walsh said. "That reflects the overall anxiety in the country."

    People who always have been poor sleepers are now having even more trouble, Walsh said.

    More people who do not sleep well, he said, "are now attributing it to these worries than to other things."

    The sleep survey is based on polling of 1,010 randomly selected adults, interviewed by telephone between Oct. 1 and Dec. 10 last year. The margin of error for the poll is 3 percent.

    Asked to rate the quality of their sleep in the days after Sept. 11, 47 percent of those polled said theirs was only fair or poor. This compares to 27 percent in polling not linked to Sept. 11.

    The poll found that fewer people than last year are getting eight hours sleep, the recommended minimum. The mean sleep per night of those polled was 6.9 hours, compared with seven hours last year, and only 30 percent said they got eight or more hours, compared with 38 percent last year.

    Young people are more apt to wake up tired or to have trouble falling asleep than are the elderly, the poll found. Among people aged 18 to 29, 49 percent said they awoke unrefreshed from sleep, and 33 percent said they had trouble falling asleep. For those aged 30 to 64, the numbers were 41 and 24 percent. For those 65 and over, only 25 percent felt tired upon awakening, while just 19 percent said they had trouble falling asleep.

    Walsh said the fall-to-sleep recommendations of the foundation have not changed since Sept. 11. He said people need to limit caffeine, avoid naps late in the day, don't depend on alcohol for sleep and keep a regular bedtime routine and schedule.

    Also, said Walsh, people need to set aside time in the day to worry instead of taking their blues to bed with them.

    "We actually assign worry time to people so they don't lie in bed at night worrying about things," he said. "They can say tell themselves `I've already thought about that, and I have a plan of action.' These techniques can reduce anxiety when you're lying in bed at night."

    The poll also found an increase in irritability and anger among sleepyheads .

    "In sleep deprivation, one of the first things that changes is a person's mood," Walsh said. "They become more irritable and short-tempered."

    Walsh said the poll also suggested that people favor more sleep for professions that are important to safety, such as doctors, pilots and truck drivers.

    When asked the maximum time that doctors and pilots should work daily, https://www.rtvt32i3.online the majority wanted to limit it to 10 hours.

    By Paul Recer

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