May 16, 2013

Serious Discrimination Issue

1 Landlords Can’t Bar Service Animals As Pets

The Federal Government has just issued directives aimed at strengthening the rights of the disabled to have their service animals and assistance animals exempted from restrictions on pets by landlords and housing providers. Noting that the most common complaints of housing discrimination received by the Department of Housing and Human Development involve assistance animals, the agency has underscored the requirement that such animals not be subject to prohibitions regarding pets, and issued a notice that it will enforce the Fair Housing Act rule that such restrictions cannot be used to limit or deny housing or to charge a pet deposit to persons relying on such animals to “perform tasks, provide emotional support or otherwise alleviate the impact of a person’s disability.”

More at Care2.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Service Animals, Assistance Animals, Guide Dogs, When Animals Are Not Pets, Housing for the Disabled, Disability Discrimination

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No Longer Declining

2 Americans' Cholesterol Levels Remain Steady

Levels of LDL cholesterol, known as bad cholesterol, have remained steady since 2008, following a significant decline after 2001. Researchers used a medical testing company’s database to check LDL levels in 105 million men and women, ages 18+ and found that they declined from 120 to 104.7 for 7 years. But, since that time, LDL cholesterol levels have bottomed out, averaging 104.3. (Medical experts consider an LDL of under 100 to be healthy although some recommend a reading of 70 or below.) Researchers are stymied as to why the decline leveled off but offer some explanations including the recession that may have caused people to stop seeing their doctors or buying cholesterol-lowering drugs. Another explanation may be an increase in obesity that began to override the drugs’ effectiveness.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Cholesterol Not Helped by Vitamin D Supplements

Tags: Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Statins, Cholesterol Levels Remain Steady

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