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800px-Slit_lamp_view_of_Cataract_in_Human_EyeLife with a Visual Impairment

6-11-11

Many people can close their eyes and imagine what life would be like if they were unable to see, but actually having a visual impairment is not that simple. Those with a visual impairment usually have some kind of residual visual, even if it is not very useful. Perceptions of light, peripheral vision, or blurry vision are just a few things that may be different for a person with a visual impairment. Only one out of ten people with a visual impairment use Braille, while others use large font.

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VBM3 Headaches: From Harmless to Severe

6-9-11

Headaches are extremely common and have been experienced by most people at one time or another. The majority of headaches are tension headaches, which are irritating, but harmless. It is rare that people experience headaches that can be associated with severe, potentially life-threatening, neurological diseases such as meningitis, aneurysms and brain tumors.

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MULTIPLE_SCLEROSISMultiple Sclerosis

6-7-11

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory disease that attacks the central nervous system. The fatty myelin sheaths around the axons of the brain and spinal cord are damaged, leading to scarring. The beginning of the disease usually occurs in young adults, most commonly in women. In the United States today, there are 400,000 cases of MS, with 200 additional people diagnosed each week.

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Spinal_cord_compressionSpinal Cord Injuries

6-4-11

Spinal cord injuries are caused by a number of traumas to the spine. Anything from a car accident, fall, sporting injury, or assault can cause this type of injury. Minor trauma can also cause an injury to the spinal cord if the spine is already weakened. Direct injury can occur to the spinal cord, especially if the bones or the disks surrounding the cord have been damaged. Additionally, if the spine is broken, bone fragments can damage the spinal cord or if a person was in a car accident, metal fragments can cut the spinal cord.

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