Yes, Politics Can Cause Your Heart to Skip a Beat

It's no secret that stress can physically manifest itself in different ways and can even affect your heart health. But according to a new study, major sociopolitical events like an election can even get your heart beating at an irregular rhythm. Researchers from the University of North Carolina looked at arrhythmia incidents among over 2,436 patients in the state in the six weeks leading up to and following the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Heart arrhythmia is caused by a disturbance in

How Immunocompromised People Are Navigating New CDC Mask Guidance

Updated mask guidance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying fully vaccinated people can resume regular activities without a mask or social distancing was a welcome change for some. But, due to a lack of clear instruction, many immunocompromised people who have been vaccinated were left wondering what they could safely do. In guidance for people who have been vaccinated, the CDC instructs that "if you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system

How Grief Is Different During COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have found ourselves forced to change our rituals and routines. Social distancing guidelines have made it especially difficult to safely come together to mourn the loss of a loved one, bringing drastic changes to the process of grieving. While working through grief is already a difficult process, research from Curtin University in Australia found that people grieving a loved one who died of COVID-19 are experiencing heightened psychological symptoms

The Problem With Zoom Adding Free Captions After Getting Called Out

As a journalist and content writer, I often have to go on Zoom calls every day with clients and interview sources who request to use this platform. I am also hard-of-hearing, which makes following what people say on calls tiring, due to listening fatigue. Automated captions help me do my job. It is difficult to be prepared to answer a client’s question or provide a follow-up when I am concentrating on understanding everything that a person says. While automated captions do not remove all barr

What Nike’s First Hands-Free Shoe Means for the Disability Community

On February 15, Nike began selling their Go FlyEase shoes, the brand’s first pair of lace-less sneakers that can be taken on and off without using one’s hands. The GoFlyease shoes are nearly a decade in the making, stemming from a letter that Matthew Walzer, who has cerebral palsy, sent to Nike in 2012. Walzer told NPR that in the letter, he wrote, “I have flexibility in only one of my hands, which makes it impossible for me to tie my shoes...My dream is to go to the college of my choice withou

Helen Keller Conspiracy Theories Are Awash With Ableism

Even before social media became a plan to embolden conspiracy theories, people have been underestimating what disabled people are able to accomplish. I grew up with hearing loss, so my peers made fun of me because I couldn’t hear their whispers, and adults questioned whether I should take foreign language classes with my classmates because they doubted my abilities and my intelligence. As a result, I didn’t have a lot of drive in elementary school because I didn’t think I was capable of achievin

Clinical Trial Suggests Existing Drug May Treat Common Lupus Complication

Despite existing treatments and advancements in medicine, 10–30% of people with lupus nephritis reach end-phase kidney failure. As this condition can be fatal, patients with lupus nephritis are in need of more treatment options. The positive results of a phase 3 clinical trial led by Richard Furie, MD, chief of rheumatology at Northwell Health, indicate that the drug belimumab (brand name Benlysta) helps manage lupus nephritis. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), belimumab wo

The Woman Putting Disability On The Catwalk, And The Cover Of Vogue

A Paralympian who became paralyzed in a shotgun accident, Samanta Bullock has never let a wheelchair get in the way of her thirst for high fashion. A model herself, when Bullock became frustrated by the lack of fashionable accessible clothing, she decided to do something about it. Originally from Brazil but now a Londerner, Bullock created Samanta Bullock (SB) Shop as a marketplace with clothes that “anyone can wear.”

How COVID-19 exposes a disability reporting gap

When reporting on disability, a May 2020 update to the Associated Press Stylebook suggests asking subjects whether they prefer identity-first language or person-first language. But many articles still make presumptions about how disabled people identify and how their disability impacts their lives. Writers and editors say the industry sorely lacks disability representation, even as COVID-19 pushes disability-rights topics like accessibility and mail-in voting to the forefront.

What Happens If You Run Out of Mental Health Meds During the Apocalypse?

Writer and comedian Gaby Dunn, who has bipolar disorder, went camping at a mountain with her then-girlfriend. During the trip, Dunn was asked what she would do if something bad happened. Dunn responded that her bipolar disorder symptoms would act up because she only had “a certain amount of medication” with her. This experience inspired Dunn to create the upcoming Audible Original series “Apocalypse Untreated.”

Animated DreamWorks Series for Kids Adds Disabled Character

The new season of the DreamWorks animated series “Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy” will feature a disabled character, Eleanor, who is a wheelchair user. Voice actress Cassidy Huff, who has Conradi-Hunermann syndrome, will be voicing the role. According to Huff, her role breaks from the typical disability stereotypes and is a win for authentic disability representation. “Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy” follows characters Lucky and her friends as they navigate their time and relationships wit

Can Someone Legally Ask Why You're Not Wearing a Mask?

In states and cities across the United States, many people are either encouraged or required to wear masks to help contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. While the decision to wear a mask has become a deeply polarized topic in the United States, there are people who cannot wear a face mask due to their health or disability and may need other accommodations. In conversations and debates about face masks, you may have heard laws and policies like the Health Insurance Portability and Acco

This Disability Activist Wants to Make the Entertainment Industry More Accessible

Whether it is your true passion or a fleeting thought, many of us have wondered what it would be like to star in a movie or work in the entertainment industry at some point in our lives. But, for people with disabilities, pursuing work in the entertainment industry is not just based on talent. Inaccessibility and harmful stereotypes about disability can be major barriers, on both sides of the camera. Keely Cat-Wells is one of many disability advocates fighting to make the entertainment industry
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