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Transforming Transgender Care

by STEPHANIE DUTCHEN / December 17, 2018

When Perry Cohen experienced an urgent health concern earlier this year, his town’s only care provider who specializes in working with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) patients wasn’t available to see him. He went to a different doctor, then to a second. Both times, when the providers learned that Cohen is transgender, “their […]

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Dense Social Networks Inhibit HIV Disparities Among Young Gay Black Men

by Jared Kaltwasser / December 17, 2018

New research finds dense social networks play a major role in the wide HIV risk disparity between young white men who have sex with men and their black peers. Senior author Brian Mustanski, PhD, director of Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, told MD Magazine® it all has to do […]

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Indiana State Student Group Proposes $75 Mental Health Fee

by Associated Press / December 17, 2018

Most Indiana State University students would pay a $75 per semester fee for increased mental health services in the future under a proposal from the Student Government Association. Association President Stephen Lamb says demand for mental health services is increasing and students now generally must wait weeks to see counselors. Read More

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Student-led USC Group Aims for Diversity Among Physical Therapists

by Michelle McCarthy / December 05, 2018

The physical therapy profession has a bit of a diversity problem, one might say. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5 percent of all practicing physical therapists are African-American. And only 3 percent of all physical therapy students this year were African-American, while 6 percent were Hispanic, according to the Commission on Accreditation […]

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Staffing Levels, Culture Challenge Quality of Nursing Home Care

by Cara Rosner / December 12, 2018

In 2018, the state took the unusual step of issuing a consent order requiring a New Haven nursing home to hire an independent nurse consultant and implement minimum staffing ratios after inspections at the facility uncovered numerous lapses in care and safety violations. Read More

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School-based nutritional programs reduce student obesity

by Michael Greenwood / December 17, 2018

In-school nutrition policies and programs that promote healthier eating habits among middle school students limit increases in body mass index (BMI), a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds. The five-year trial, conducted in conjunction with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, followed nearly […]


Opinion: Kaiser mental health workers explain why they’re striking

by Clement Papazian, Marina Moliaris and Mickey Fitzpatrick

As mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente, we do our best to help people survive the hardest moments of their lives. For us, the most difficult moments are often when we first see a person suffering from a debilitating depression or the parent of a child with severe anxiety. Finally, they have reason to think […]

Unlocking the Potential of Digital Health Care

by Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA

Ever-evolving health care technologies are a classic example of a double-edged sword. On one side, they hold the promise of simultaneously improving patient outcomes and physicians’ professional satisfaction. On the other, they threaten to exacerbate some of the disparities and inequalities found throughout our health care system. Consider telemedicine. A driving force behind this technology […]