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New Social Security Ruling on Interstitial Cystitis

On March 18, the Social Security Administration published a ruling in the Federal Register for the evaluation of interstitial cystitis (IC) in adults and children. The new ruling, SSR 15-1p, rescinds and replaces prior SSR 02-2p for establishing IC as a medically determinable impairment (MDI) and determining disability. It takes into consideration descriptions of IC recently developed by the American Urological Association and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. In the new SSR, the following evidence can establish the MDI of IC: a diagnosis of IC by an acceptable medical source who reviewed the claimant’s medical history and conducted a clinical examination; IC symptoms, as indicated in the AUA and NIDDK descriptions; and medical signs or laboratory findings.

Article from Stars and Srips re PTSD Lawsuit

As a young soldier fighting in Vietnam in 1969, John Shepherd Jr. responded to an ambush by tossing a hand grenade into a bunker that killed several enemy soldiers. He was awarded a Bronze Star with a valor device.
A few weeks later, his platoon leader was killed by a sniper, Shepherd told The New York Times, as he was trying to help Shepherd out of a canal. Shepherd’s behavior became erratic, and soon he refused to go on patrol.
After a court-martial, the Army discharged Shepherd under other-than-honorable conditions, then known as an undesirable discharge, which, the Times reports, meant that veterans benefits were denied.


PLEASE SHARE - this is a very important message to our Service members exposed to Mefloquine!
Mefloquine was used by the military to prevent mala It was invented by the Army in the late 1960's as the result of research into 250,000 compounds of which it and one other drug were found to work. The other drug (Halfan) was later taken off the market after a few deaths from it. Mefloquine FDA approved for treating malaria in 1976.
 It was handed to the Swiss drug comapny Hoffman Laroche who marketed it under the name Lariam.
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