Almost 6% of children aged 5 to 15 have disabilities, as do 12% of adults and 41% of seniors, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The health of African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans with disabilities was also more likely to be poor or fair compared with that of Asians and whites with disabilities, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
Researchers in January are to begin recruiting mothers-to-be for what is pegged as the largest-ever study of U.S. children. The goal of the National Children's Study is to track 100,000 youngsters from conception to age 21 to find out how the environment and other factors affect their health. The researchers will look at a range of issues, including asthma, autism, learning disabilities, diabetes and obesity.
Through AccesSportAmerica's year-round sports programs, people with disabilities are participating in sports they never before dreamed possible, such as windsurfing, kayaking, rowing and canoeing. The group's philosophy, says two-year member Carol Steinberg, is basically, "Stop whining, you can do anything."
The enduring controversy over ADHD's existence comes despite scientific evidence that the disorder has a biological basis, writes LiveScience's Bad Medicine columnist Christopher Wanjek. But for physicians and psychologists, controversy remains over how to diagnose and treat the disorder.