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How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are somehow disabled from your work or just want to know about the disability benefits, read on to learn about what social security disability (SSD) benefit is, how to apply for it, and the requirements to get an approval. The United States SSA (Social Security Administration) pays disability benefit via two programs: The SSD insurance program The SSI (Supplemental Security Income) program What is Social Security Disability Benefit? This benefit is a social security for the people who have worked for a certain period of time and regularly paid Social Security taxes. Under this benefit, if you are somehow fallen in a medical condition and unable to continue your job or work for at least a year or more, you will get a monthly SSD payment after submitting an SSD application. This monthly payment will go on as long as you are unable to work. However, to get this benefit, you need to be eligible under the U.S. federal law. How to Apply for Disability This could be a big questio

US Immigration Medical Exam: Procedure for Vaccination

The US immigration medical examination is mandatory for individuals who are seeking adjustment of their status to that of permanent residence or green card applicants. A USCIS approved civil surgeon or a panel physician usually conducts the medical exam. During an immigration medical exam, a set of vaccines recommended by the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) are administered to the applicants. The CDC recommendation is based on the Immigration and Nationality Act. Congress Legislated in the mid 90s that each immigrant entering the US or seeking adjustment of status to that of permanent resident has to show proof that he has been vaccinated against diseases that can be prevented through vaccinations. Diseases for which vaccines are currently administered to applicants as a part of the medical procedure include: Measles Mumps Polio Rubella Pertussis Tetanus Diphtheria Hepatitis B Influenza As stated above, the medical examination for the US visa applicant wi

Understanding Hair Loss – Causes and Available Treatments

Hair loss is a very normal process that naturally occurs to continue the body's cyclic process of hair shedding and new hair growth. Every day hundreds of hairs usually fall from our body; however, to replace these lost hairs, new hairs grow as well. But when this balance of hair shedding and hair regrowth is disturbed, we just start losing more hairs than usual. Causes of Hair Loss Source: Image by There is no one single cause of hair loss. There are many different factors that are associated with the excessive hair loss from your scalp. In clinical studies, heredity, age, certain drugs, and some medical conditions are pointed as potential factors for hair loss. Increased dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a sex steroid and androgen hormone made from the male testosterone, and lack of vitamins and minerals in our daily food sources are also evaluated as two important causes for hair shedding. For the typical male pattern baldness, heredity is a big factor for b

Health Insurance Plan Options – Managed Care vs. Fee-for-Service Plans

Though we live in an age of sky-high medical advances, the general public of the most advanced country on the planet , United States, are struggling with two unthinkable challenges: high unemployment and hefty medical bills. The health care cost is unbearable; only a few people now have the ability to pay their medical bills without a health insurance. What's more unfortunate, however, is that a health plan is still not an option for many because of the rising insurance costs. Thus, many families and individuals with low income and resources are often less interested in having a health insurance. In contrast, those who can afford a health insurance, it's really challenging for them to find a health plan that is fulfilling and affordable at the same time. So if you are thinking of getting a suitable plan within your budget and needs, there are a few things you must know before moving forward. First you should know that selecting the right health insurance plan starts wit

How does the Human Body Cardiovascular System Work?

In human body, the cardiovascular system, also known as the circulatory system, is an organ system of closed tubes that transport blood from the heart to all parts of the body, and thereafter return back to the heart. Oxygen and nutrients are carried to the tissues via this system, and carbon dioxide and waste products of tissue metabolism are also transported through this system for removal from the body. The cardiovascular system consists of a four-chambered heart - right atrium, right ventricle, left atrium, and left ventricle – that rhythmically pumps blood and a series of vessels - arteries, veins, and capillaries - that carry blood from and to the body. The cardiovascular system is intimately connected to the respiratory system , urinary system, and digestive system. The respiratory system is linked for the spontaneous supply of oxygen and elimination of carbon dioxide; the urinary system is closely associated for the filtration of blood and elimination of nitrogenous wastes;

How does the Respiratory System Work?

The respiratory system is an essential system of the body. It performs the task of gas exchange, allowing oxygen from the air to enter into the blood and releasing carbon dioxide from the blood to exit into the air. In fact, this is the system in your body where the inhalation of oxygen and the exhalation of carbon dioxide are done. In other words, the respiratory system can be described as a series of air passages or tubes of various sizes that help conduct air into the lung tissues. The major organs and structures of this system includes the nose and its adjacent structures, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchial tree, alveoli and lungs. These organs function primarily to serve cellular respiration, maintain acid-base balance and release the waste products. Source: LadyofHats, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons How the Respiratory System Works? The primary job of the respiratory system is to provide the body with oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide. This process of respiration i