James Lee carries his son, Justin, to the shower. Justin's parents have a lift to help move him around the house, but their nearly 100-pound son, who has cerebral palsy, often needs to be picked up. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Soldiers participate in physical therapy while using a prosthetic brace called the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO), which allows them to use and strengthen severely injured legs. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Video games with lots of action might be useful for helping people with dyslexia train the brain's attention system. iStockphoto hide caption

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Dennis Aabo Sorensen tests a prosthetic arm with sensory feedback in a laboratory in Rome in March 2013. Patrizia Tocci/Lifehand 2 hide caption

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The Institute of Medicine is reviewing how chronic fatigue syndrome is diagnosed and whether that label puts too much emphasis on fatigue over other significant symptoms. Daniel Horowitz for NPR hide caption

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Dee Faught tests a robotic arm installed on his wheelchair in September. Commercially produced robotic arms can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but three Rice engineering students built one for Dee for about $800. Eric Kayne for NPR hide caption

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Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., gets help entering the Capitol from Vice President Joe Biden (right) in January 2013, one year after suffering a stroke at age 52. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Larry Bonassar shows off an ear that he and his colleagues at Cornell University built out of living cartilage cells with the help of a 3-D printer. Lindsay France/Cornell University Photography hide caption

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The health services offered in 30 years may not be explicitly covered by the long-term care insurance you buy today. Pamela Moore/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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If you're covered by Medicare and win or settle a personal injury case, the battle for compensation isn't over. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Zach Sayne at age 5, with his mother Nola. Courtesy of Nola Sayne hide caption

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A recent settlement between a university and the Justice Department may encourage institutions to better accommodate students with food allergies. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Claire Lomas walks the last mile of the London Marathon on May 8, 2012 in London, England. After a riding accident left her paralyzed from the waist down in 2007, Lomas completed the race walking 2 miles a day over 16 days with the help of a ReWalk bionic suit (by Argo Medical Technologies). Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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Katie Beckett fits herself with a vibrating vest that helps clear mucous from her lungs. A nurse comes over to her apartment in Cedar Rapids to help her do this twice a day. On the wall to the right are pictures of Katie as a child with Ronald Reagan. This story starts twenty-nine years ago with an angry President Ronald Reagan. <> We just recently received word of a little girl who has spent most of her life in a hospital. <> The little girl in the hospital was three-year-old Katie Beckett. Because of a brain infection, she needed to be hooked to a ventilator at night to breathe. Her parents wanted her home. Her doctors said she'd be better off at home. And it'd be cheaper, too: Just one-sixth the cost. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Researchers found that men who have disabilities were four times more likely to be sexually abused compared with men who weren't disabled.

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