Category Archives: Health

The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face

  I was an American Indian student pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the 1990s, when I realized the stark contrast between my life experiences growing up on my home reservation and those of my non-Native peers. Many incredible family members and friends had sacrificed and broken a trail for me to realize […]

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Researcher finds TV’s powerful influence on pregnancy, childbirth

  Surfing through cable TV channels often results in catching a glimpse of a woman giving birth or preparing for motherhood in one of the popular pregnancy and childbirth reality shows. But how much do shows like “Maternity Ward,” TLC’s “A Baby Story” or Discovery Health’s “Birth Day” really influence how women perceive and manage […]

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Oversimplifying Beliefs About Causes of Mental Illness May Hinder Social Acceptance

  Stigma is linked to combinations of biological and non-biological beliefs about mental illness, a Baylor University study finds WACO, Texas — Belief that mental illness is biological has increased among both health experts and the public in recent years. But campaigns to treat it as a disease and remove stigma may be lacking because […]

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Medical services for transgender people needed, survey finds

  A survey released on Monday found that transgender people are in high need of medical services, with 62 percent having a demand for hormone therapies, and 51 percent having a demand for gender reassignment treatment. Both demands are not fully satisfied, the report said. Only 6 percent of respondents expressed satisfaction with the current […]

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What can Britain learn from the US on links between economic distress and poor health?

  Social angst contributes to ill health; there is much that can be done locally to combat this, but government action is needed too Theresa May, in her first speech as prime minister, stood on the steps of Downing Street and referred to the glaring injustice of gaps in life expectancy and declared her intention to […]

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