1st U.S. Drug Approved for Fibromyalgia

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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21 June 2007—(U.S. Food and Drug Administration) – Lyrica (pregabalin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia. It's the first drug approved in the United States to treat the condition that affects up to 6 million Americans, the agency said Thursday. People with fibromyalgia usually have chronic pain, muscle stiffness, fatigue, and sleep problems. The disorder affects more women than men, and commonly develops in early-to-middle adulthood. In the absence of a diagnostic test, doctors typically conduct physical examinations, evaluate symptoms, and rule out other possibilities, the FDA said. More about this medication (.pdf) is on the FDA site.

Puppies Behind Bars

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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"uppies Behind Bars" trains inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Another program "Paws & Reflect Friendly Visiting Program" trains the dogs with homebound elderly in New York City to get used to oxygen machines, walkers, and more. Watch the full video for examples of how the dogs are trained for both programs. More videos and stories are available from the In the News: Media page.

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New Regulations for Disabled Air Travelers

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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DOT Gets It Together For Air Travelers With Disabilities

People with disabilities will have additional protections against discrimination when they travel by air, as the result of a new rule issued today [8 May 2008] by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that strengthens the existing regulation implementing the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and extends it to foreign airlines.

The new rule will apply to foreign air carriers operating a flight that begins or ends in the United States. It applies to U.S. air carrier operations worldwide. Passengers flying to Europe, Asia, or other destinations on foreign air carriers now will have similar protections against discriminatory policies and be entitled to the same accommodations as passengers flying on U.S. carriers. DOT will also be better able to take enforcement action against a foreign carrier if it discriminates against an individual because of his or her disability on flights to or from the United States.

Read the full article at https://www.usatechguide.org/blog/dot-beefs-up-protection-for-air-travelers-with-disabilities/