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The relationship between income and health underlines the need for strong government policies to break the cycle. Shutterstock

South African study shows how unhealthy ageing takes its toll on health and income

It's evident from research that while health influences economic well-being, the inverse is also true, economic well-being influences health.
Jean Truchon, right, looks on as lawyer Jean-Pierre Menard gives their reaction to a Québec judge overturning parts of provincial and federal laws on medically assisted dying on September 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The latest medical assistance in dying decision needs to be appealed: Here’s why

One judge must not be allowed to curtail parliament’s power to promote broader societal interests and protect people who are elderly, ill and disabled.
Knowing the right strategies can help parents of children with autism spectrum disorder boost their children’s communication skills. College of Education & Human Development, Texas A&M University

5 tips for parents to build communication skills with children with autism spectrum disorder

Specialists offer a series of tips on how parents of children with autism spectrum disorder can help their children communicate with more people and in different places.
Whether sex therapy should be a funded disability support has been controversial since the NDIS was rolled out. From shutterstock.com

Finally, the NDIS will fund sex therapy. But it should cover sex workers too

A woman with a disability has won the right to have a sex therapist funded under the NDIS. This sets a positive precedent, but the NDIS should go further and fund sex worker services, too.
William “Rick” Singer, front, is alleged to have helped some families secure fake learning disability diagnoses. Here he exits U.S. federal court in Boston after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. college admissions scandal means more skepticism of genuine invisible disabilities

Abuses of disability diagnoses cheat students with disabilities who are now more likely to face skepticism about their diagnoses.
Although 90 per cent of Canadians believe accessibility is a human right, our behaviour says something different. Recently, an Alberta woman was turned away from a grocery store for slowing down check-out. Shutterstock

Should I say ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a disability’?⁠

Disability is a sensitive topic. Fear of saying the wrong thing prevents people from having important conversations about disability. Here is a guide to get past those barriers.
For many individuals with spinal cord injury, restoring autonomic functions – such as blood pressure control, bowel, bladder and sexual function – is of a higher priority than walking again. (Shutterstock)

Electrical stimulation technique helps patients with spinal cord injury

Researchers have successfully used 'epidural spinal cord stimulation' with patients to improve bowel function, restore blood pressure control and increase upper-body exercise capacity.

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