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Pennsylvania Property Tax and Rebate Deadline extended for some

Deadline for Property Tax and Rebate has been extended for PA residents with a disability age eighteen or older, individuals 65 and older and widow or widowers age 50 and older has been extended to December 31, 2013. Income limits are $35,000 for homeowners and $15,00 for renters. Half of Social Security Income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650. Property Tax /Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislator's offices.

Strokes and PTSD

Strokes and mini-strokes, although tragic, are fairly common occurrences. Approximately 800,000 people suffer from a stroke every year. While many of those individuals are over the age of 65, people of all ages are susceptible to stroke. In fact, the UPMC Stroke Institute alone deals with more than 2000 documented stroke cases every year. Those statistics aside, residents of the Pittsburgh area may be particularly susceptible to strokes based on the region's above-average obesity rates. The American Heart Association identifies obesity as a risk factor for the leading cause of stroke - high blood pressure. Excess body weight alone is enough to put an individual at an increased risk for high blood pressure, but obesity may also lead to sleep apnea and diabetes, both conditions increase that risk.

Spinal injury prevention begins by buckling up

Pittsburgh readers may have heard troubling statistics about the likelihood of being involving in a motor vehicle accident at least one in a person's lifetime. A corollary statistic involves the frequency at which such crashes may result in spinal cord injury. According to recent data, nearly 13 percent of car crashes result in severe spinal injury, often implicating paralysis.

Food triggers and remedies for migraine headaches

American workers who find their job performance compromised by a migraine headache, fatigue or low moods may seek a quick fix, often in the form of pharmaceutical drugs. However, this approach may only temporarily mask symptoms, while failing to treat the underlying problem.

Undetected Lyme disease may lead to disability

With summer in full swing, many Pittsburgh residents are finding ways to enjoy the greater outdoors. For some, that may take the form of softball games or backyard barbecues. More adventurous types may venture to nearby Bear Run Campground or rough in the wilds of McConnell's Mill State Park or Moraine State Park.

School children learn about disability firsthand

Thanks to childhood vaccines, many youth in Pittsburgh and across America may not even know about illnesses like scoliosis, tuberculosis, or other illnesses that often lead to disability or death. However, that progress may come at the price of life-skills needed later on, in the event of an accident or illness that results in a work-prohibitive impairment.

Employers fight long-term disability with onsite wellness aids

Dancers and professional athletes, perhaps more than any other type of worker, might be aware that job performance is attainable only if our bodies cooperate with our intentions. Books exploring the relationship between zen meditation and optimal sport performance provide context for this mind-body connection. Said another way, even the most intellectual of intentions or aspirations is usually dependent upon the physical body for its attainment.

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