This Unique Invention Will Allow Disabled Children to Walk For the First Time

Behold the Firefly Upsee: a revolutionary harness that could become a game-changer for the150 million children living with physical disabilities across the world. The device allow infants and small children with special needs to use the support of an adult to stand and walk. It doesn’t just give the user the feeling that they are walking, it could also helps them develop that skill on their own too.

Clare Canale, the company’s clinical research manager and occupational therapist, believes this invention could have a huge impact both on children’s quality of life and their successful integration into society. “Short-term, the Upsee improves special needs family participation and quality of life, while research suggests it has the potential to help the with physical and emotional development in the longer term,” she stated in a press release.

One of the most revolutionary advancements of the Upsee is that children with motor impairments can now use this standing and walking harness to play with other children. Take Jack, a 5-year-old boy from Draperstown in Northern Ireland who suffers from cerebral palsy. In the video below, he is kicking a ball back to his brother, which his mother, Maura McCrystal thought she would never see. ”Last Sunday was a significant one for us as a family as it was the first time our son Jack was able to play football in the back garden with his dad, his brothers and our little dog Milly. To see Jack playing like any other 5 year old boy made me very emotional,” she said in a statement.

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Before Obamacare, GOP Candidate Was Denied Health Coverage For Adopting A Child

MADISONVILLE, Kentucky — In a parallel universe, Matt Bevin might not be an anti-Obamacare crusader, but instead a poster child for the issues with the old health insurance industry and the ways in which the Affordable Care Act now prevents insurers from taking advantage of consumers.

That’s because Bevin, a Republican Senate candidate trying to unseat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), himself was once the victim of an unfair insurance industry practice: Denying coverage to consumers because of a pre-existing condition.

During a campaign stop in western Kentucky on Monday, Bevin told the crowd that after leaving a job, “My wife and I literally didn’t have health care for about a year because of a pre-existing condition.”

Was it cancer? Heart disease? Pancreatitis? No. It wasn’t a health condition at all. “I was rather shocked… What it was is that we were adopting. That’s considered a pre-existing condition,” Bevin said. He and his wife have four adopted children from Ethiopia in total. As a result, Bevin noted, “For over a year or so, I had no coverage for my entire family. That’s a little bit unnerving for people.”

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U.S. Women Saved $483 Million On Their Birth Control Pills Last Year

simeone_02Women in the United States saved an estimated $483 million on their out-of-pocket costs for the birth control pill, according to new data from the IMS Institute on Healthcare Informatics. The health care data company found that Obamacare has “dramatically reduced” women’s out-of-pocket costs now that insurers are required to cover preventative care without charging an additional co-pay.

Compared to the data from 2012, about 24 million more birth control pill prescriptions were filled without a co-pay in 2013. That means each of the women filling those prescriptions ended up saving an average of $269. Those savings can make all the difference for women who are struggling to afford the reproductive care they need. According to the IMS Institute’s data, there was 4.6 percent increase in prescriptions for birth control between 2012 and 2013.

One of the most common misconceptions about Obamacare’s contraceptive provision is the assumption that women are now getting birth control “for free.” In reality, however, these women are accessing birth control through their private, employer-sponsored health insurance plans. Women do pay for the benefits included in those plans, both by working at their job and by paying a monthly premium. Under Obamacare, the difference is that they don’t have to pay an additional out-of-pocket cost for the preventative health benefitsspecific to their gender.

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Thankful for Obamacare – Going to the doctor

  • Name: Laurie Muffley, 52
  • Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
  • Job: Adjunct instructor/librarian

I signed up to get coverage starting January 1st. On January 2nd, I went to a local clinic and received a flu shot and a pneumonia shot.

I’ve worked two part-time positions for years, without health coverage. I didn’t have the money to buy insurance. It was about $140 a month.

I got the silver plan through Humana. I’m paying $10.01 a month with a $500 deductible.

By early February, I visited my primary care physician for the first time and received a tetanus shot, a blood test, a prescription for a mammogram, back X-ray and a colonoscopy.

Obamacare — the most pro-woman and pro-mother law in generations



The Associated Press reports on a little-known benefit of the Affordable Care Act for low-income pregnant women:

Lower-income women who signed up for a private policy in the new insurance exchanges will have access to additional coverage from their state’s Medicaid program if they get pregnant. Some women could save hundreds of dollars on their share of hospital and doctor bills.

Medicaid already pays for nearly half of U.S. births, but this would create a way for the safety-net program to supplement private insurance for many expectant mothers.

Officials and advocates say the enhanced coverage will be available across the country, whether or not a state expands Medicaid under the health law. However, states have different income cutoffs for eligibility, ranging from near the poverty line to solid middle class.

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After decades of exodus, companies returning production to the U.S.

madeinamericaIn 2001, Generac Power Systems joined the wave of American companies shifting production to China. The move wiped out 400 jobs in southeast Wisconsin, but few could argue with management’s logic: Chinese companies were offering to make a key component for $100 per unit less than the cost of producing it in the U.S.

Now, however, Generac has brought manufacturing of that component back to its Whitewater plant — creating about 80 jobs in this town of about ‎14,500 people.

The move is part of a sea change in American manufacturing: After three decades of an exodus of production to China and other low-wage countries, companies have sharply curtailed moves abroad. Some, like Generac, have begun to return manufacturing to U.S. shores.

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Something else that’s going downhill these days…the size of our prison population

After over 30 years of exponential growth, the number of prison admissions in this country is going down…so much so that in 2012 it was at a two-decades low.

The author of that piece, Stanford Psychiatry Professor Keith Humphreys, highlighted that as part of an overall trend.

The size of the prison population started to drop for the first time since the early 1970s and has kept dropping since. The rate of annual prison admissions fell to a two-decade low. Politicians on the right and left made common cause against mass incarceration in state after state, cutting sentences, promoting alternatives to incarceration, and closing correctional facilities. For the first time in 40 years, Congress and the President eliminated a mandatory minimum sentence. Marijuana decriminalization and legalization laws swept the land, and the intensity of pot enforcement swooned. Meanwhile, The Affordable Care Act and related reforms made addiction treatment more available than at any time in U.S. history.


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This Couple Is Making Roads Out Of Solar Panels, And They Actually Work

Finding a way to replace regular, concrete roads with ones that could better serve a sustainable world has long been Scott and Julie Brusaw’s dream. Lately, the couple has been working on that dream so much that — at least on Tuesday — they didn’t even sleep.

“All of the publicity is keeping us hopping,” Julie said by e-mail on Wednesday afternoon, after Scott had fallen asleep. “I have over 6,800 unanswered emails in my inbox right now. Not counting all of the thousands I have responded to of course!”

The e-mails are about the couple’s Solar Roadways project, which aims to replace traditional asphalt and concrete roadways with solar panels that are covered with four-square-foot glass hexagon panels. The glass panels are designed not only to withstand the heaviest of trucks, but are also textured, encouraging tires to grip the surface and water to run off. The solar panels underneath generate energy from the sun, which can not only power nearby communities, but also the electric vehicles that drive above them. The power could also fuel embedded heating elements that would melt ice and snow, essentially making plows obsolete. To top it off, the power also lights up yellow LED lights instead of painted-on road lines, making night time driving safer.

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