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Landmark settlement sets new standard for treating transgender patients


HEATHER STAUFFER | Lancaster Online | August 26, 2015

A recent federal crackdown is being hailed as a landmark in establishing standards for nondiscriminatory care of transgender patients, and industry experts say every health-care provider should take it as a warning and ensure compliance.

The recent settlement reached between The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights marked the first time the federal agency actively enforced a part of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center was accused of putting a transgender patient who identified as female in a double room with a male. As part of the settlement, the center agreed to update its transgender nondiscrimination policy and provide appropriate training to staff.

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New Study Fails To Support Past Claims About Marijuana And Brain Health


NORML | August 27, 2015

St. Louis, MO: Cannabis exposure is not a cause of alterations in brain structure, according to clinical data published this week in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Psychiatry.

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri, and Kings College in London assessed the effects of cannabis exposure on brain volume in the hippocampus, amygdala, ventral striatum, and orbitofrontal cortex in groups of exposed and unexposed sibling pairs. Investigators reported that all of the volumetric differences identified “were within the range of normal variation,” and that they were attributable to “shared genetic factors,” not cannabis exposure.

Authors concluded, “[W]e found no evidence for the causal influence of cannabis exposure on amygdala volume.”

The trial is “the largest study to date examining the association between cannabis exposure (ever versus never used) and brain volumes.”

The study is one of two recent clinical trials to be published in recent months rebutting the claims of a widely publicized 2014 paper which alleged that even casual marijuana exposure may be linked to brain abnormalities, particularly in the region of the brain known as the amygdala, which plays a primary role in the processing of memory, decision-making, and emotional reactions.

In January, researchers writing in The Journal of Neuroscience reported “no statistically significant differences … between daily [marijuana] users and nonusers on [brain] volume or shape in the regions of interest” after researchers controlled for participants’ use of alcohol. They concluded: “[I]t seems unlikely that marijuana use has the same level of long-term deleterious effects on brain morphology as other drugs like alcohol. … The press may not cite studies that do not find sensational effects, but these studies are still extremely important.”

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Shared predisposition in the association between cannabis use and subcortical brain structure,” appears in JAMA Psychiatry.

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US Researchers Develop a Drug That Mitigates the Deadly Effects of Nuclear Radiation


Man is checked for radiation after arriving at a vehicle decontamination centre at J-Village, a soccer training complex now serving as operation base, near TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (photo: Reuters)
Man is checked for radiation after arriving at a vehicle decontamination centre at J-Village, a soccer training complex now serving as operation base, near TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (photo: Reuters)

 

Guneet Bhatia | International Business Times | Reader Supported News | August 25, 2015

n recent times, the potentially dangerous effects of exposure to the nuclear radiation and disasters have become an issue of serious concern among the developed nations. With an aim to find a relief for those who are exposed to such radiation, a U.S. research team claims to have discovered the drug that can potentially reduce the deadly effects of nuclear radiation.

The study, which appears in the Laboratory Investigation, a journal in the Nature publishing group, shows that taking a single dose of a regenerative peptide called “Chrysalin” significantly increases the survival rate.

The research team, led by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, claims that taking a single injection of the synthetic peptide 24?hours after exposure to the potentially toxic nuclear radiation counteracts the damage to the gastrointestinal system of the mice, which in turn delays the mortality.

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“‘Female Viagra’ is just an antidepressant” – Dr. Leonore Tiefer


 

RT America | August 20, 2015

Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace from Watching the Hawks speak with clinical psychologist Dr. Leonore Tiefer about the misinformation campaign surrounding the recent FDA approval of a “Female Viagra” pill.

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Surgeon General: I Have No Regrets About Calling Gun Violence Public Health Issue


Vivek Murthy, the new Surgeon General of the U.S. (photo: AP/Charles Dharapak)
Vivek Murthy, the new Surgeon General of the U.S. (photo: AP/Charles Dharapak)

 

Associated Press | Reader Supported News | August 16, 2015

Vivek Murthy stands by comments, saying his rocky confirmation process resulted from a gun control stance that prompted NRA opposition

 

he nation’s chief doctor said he doesn’t regret saying gun violence is a public health issue, calling his difficult confirmation process a consequence of speaking out.

Surgeon general Vivek Murthy said Saturday that the backlash from his gun control statement was disappointing but not a surprise.

He was confirmed in December in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association, in a rare defeat for the powerful gun lobby.

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Is Climate Change Causing Pre-traumatic Stress Disorder in Millennials?


An rapidly warming planet poses an existential threat. (Janez Volmajer / Shutterstock)

Martin de Bourmont and Dayton Martindale | In These Times | August 10, 2015

For the better part of a century, from Hiroshima through the Cold War, people around the world lived in visceral fear of nuclear annihilation. At any moment, the “finger on the button” could launch the end of civilization.

In Nuclear Fear: A History of Images, Spencer Weart, a scientific historian, chronicles the psychological toll this anxiety took on individuals, especially the young. “Well after the Cuban Missile Crisis,” he writes, a poll “found 40 percent of adolescents admitting a ‘great deal of anxiety’ about war.” He cites another survey from 1965 asking schoolchildren to predict the state of the world 10 years ahead. Though the questions made no mention of nuclear bombs, “over two-thirds of the children mention[ed] war, often in somber terms of helplessness.”

Today’s youth live with a different kind of dread. For the post-Cold War generation, the primary global threat comes not from action, but inaction. Last year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science warned that within a few decades, climate change will have “massively disruptive consequences to societies and ecosystems,” including widespread famines, lethal heat waves, more frequent and destructive natural disasters, and social unrest. Despite the litany of warnings like these, governments have utterly failed to take meaningful action.

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People Who Live Near Fracking Sites Suffer Higher Rates of Heart Conditions and Neurological Illnesses, Says Research


Protestors rally against fracking. (photo: AP)
Protestors rally against fracking. (photo: AP)

 

Tom Bawden | The Independent | Reader Supported News | August 14, 2015

eople who live in fracking zones appear to suffer a higher rate of heart conditions and neurological illnesses, according to new research.

Although the US study was unable to determine a specific reason, it suggests there may be a link between drilling and ill health, scientists said.

Residents in high-density areas of fracking made 27 per cent more hospital visits for treatment for heart conditions than those from locations where no fracking took place, according to a new study of drilling in Pennsylvania between 2007 and 2011.

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