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Feds Authorize $3 Billion to Boost Vaccine Rollout  - web md

Feds Authorize $3 Billion to Boost Vaccine Rollout

The news comes days after President-elect Joe Biden said he planned to release all available doses of vaccine after he takes office on Jan. 20. The Trump administration has been holding back millions of doses to ensure supply of vaccine to provide the necessary second dose for those who received the first shot.
web md - 1 week ago
Hormonal therapies for advanced prostate cancer linked to a higher risk of falls and fractures - harvard

Hormonal therapies for advanced prostate cancer linked to a higher risk of falls and fractures

Falls rank among the top causes of death and injuries among the elderly, and the risk increases significantly in older people being treated for cancer. Now, investigators are reporting that a newer class of drugs for advanced prostate cancer is associated with a significant increase in fall risk. Called androgen receptor inhibitors, or ARIs, these […] The post Hormonal therapies for advanced prostate cancer linked to a higher risk of falls and fractures appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 2 weeks ago
New high-resolution imaging scans approved for use in prostate cancer - harvard

New high-resolution imaging scans approved for use in prostate cancer

Imagine trying to find a single match from a book of matches in a large room. Not an easy task, right? But if the lights were dimmed and the match was lit, then its location would be immediately apparent. This is the basic idea behind PSMA imaging, a newly approved method for detecting prostate cancer […] The post New high-resolution imaging scans approved for use in prostate cancer appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 1 month ago
RA: What Doctors Might Not Tell You  - web md

RA: What Doctors Might Not Tell You

What is life really like with rheumatoid arthritis? When you’re diagnosed with RA, your doctor may talk with you about joint pain and medications to treat it. But later, RA can cause fatigue, morning stiffness, or anxiety, and put you at risk for other autoimmune diseases too. Find out what to expect and how to cope.
web md - 1 month ago
Pandemic Drives Couples to Divorce or to Seek Help  - web md

Pandemic Drives Couples to Divorce or to Seek Help

In the U.S., sales of online self-help divorce agreements rose by 34% this spring compared to last year, and family lawyers surveyed in April and July reported a 25% to 35% increase in requests to start divorce proceedings compared to the same time in 2019.
web md - 1 month ago
Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters - harvard

Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

Gender fluidity refers to changes over time in gender identity and gender expression. For many people, gender identity and expression develop early and stay the same; for others, one or both may change. Understanding and supporting young people exploring gender is important to their emotional and physical well-being. The post Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 1 month ago
The sequence of hormonal therapy and radiation affects outcomes in men treated for prostate cancer - harvard

The sequence of hormonal therapy and radiation affects outcomes in men treated for prostate cancer

A common treatment for men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer is to combine radiation with drugs that block testosterone — a hormone that makes the tumors grow faster. (This type of treatment is also called androgen deprivation therapy, or ADT). New research is suggesting the sequence of these treatments may be crucially important. Dr. Dan Spratt, […] The post The sequence of hormonal therapy and radiation affects outcomes in men treated for prostate cancer appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 1 month ago
What the Pandemic Did to Workouts  - web md

What the Pandemic Did to Workouts

By June, just over 60% of those surveyed said they were meeting World Health Organization's guidelines for weekly exercise, representing a nearly 8% jump from pre-pandemic routines. Investigators also found a more than 11% jump in the number of people who were actually exceeding that threshold.
web md - 2 months ago
Is Ablation Rx the Best First Choice for A-Fib?  - web md

Is Ablation Rx the Best First Choice for A-Fib?

A-fib patients who underwent ablation were half as likely to have an arrhythmia episode in the following year compared to patients on medication. And they were 61% less likely to have an episode that caused symptoms.
web md - 2 months ago
Poll: Many Will Attend Large Indoor Holiday Events  - web md

Poll: Many Will Attend Large Indoor Holiday Events

And while many plan to take precautions -- such as social distancing and asking those with COVID-19 symptoms not to attend holiday gatherings -- one-third of respondents said they won't ask guests to wear masks.
web md - 2 months ago
Does lupus or arthritis affect your prognosis if you get COVID-19? - harvard

Does lupus or arthritis affect your prognosis if you get COVID-19?

People with certain chronic conditions are at increased risk for severe COVID-19. These include a compromised immune system, which can happen for a number of reasons. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus take drugs that suppress the immune system, and new research examined the risks associated with such a situation. The post Does lupus or arthritis affect your prognosis if you get COVID-19? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 2 months ago
Coping With IBS - harvard

Coping With IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome is a complex and painful condition. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure, so treatment focuses on day-to-day management, but often people need additional assistance beyond medical care to cope with emotional side of living with IBS. The post Coping With IBS appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 2 months ago
Lies Spread on Social Media Hamper Vaccinations  - web md

Lies Spread on Social Media Hamper Vaccinations

Every 1 point increase in the effort to discredit vaccines is linked to an average 2% drop in annual vaccine coverage around the world, and a 15% increase in negative tweets about vaccination, researchers found.
web md - 2 months ago
Supersreaders Spur Record New U.S. COVID Cases  - web md

Supersreaders Spur Record New U.S. COVID Cases

The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center reported that 88,521 new coronavirus cases were recorded Thursday in the United States -- the most in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
web md - 2 months ago
The Pandemic Diet: How to Lose the ‘Quarantine 15’  - web md

The Pandemic Diet: How to Lose the ‘Quarantine 15’

Another survey, done in August by RunRepeat, found that 41% of the 10,000+ respondents in the U.S. had gained more than 5 pounds since quarantine began -- and those are people visiting a website devoted to running.
web md - 2 months ago
Manage Risk to Stay Safe for COVID Thanksgiving  - web md

Manage Risk to Stay Safe for COVID Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be another holiday impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the CDC and other experts recommending either significantly scaled-down, socially distanced activities or replacing the usual traditions with virtual ones to avoid exposure to the airborne illness.
web md - 2 months ago
Psoriasis Meds Don

Psoriasis Meds Don't Raise Risk of Severe COVID-19

Moderate-to-severe cases of psoriasis are treated with drugs that suppress the immune system. This analysis of the international PsoProtect registry found that more than 90% of psoriasis patients survive infection with the new coronavirus.
web md - 2 months ago
Making special education work for your child during COVID-19 - harvard

Making special education work for your child during COVID-19

The pandemic has forced parents everywhere to face problems that don’t have clear solutions regarding their children’s schooling. For parents of children with disabilities who receive special education, these concerns are even more challenging, and parental choices are even more difficult. The post Making special education work for your child during COVID-19 appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
harvard - 2 months ago
Searching for Clues to COVID-19 Immunity  - web md

Searching for Clues to COVID-19 Immunity

Getting more specific answers about how the immune system responds to the virus that causes COVID-19, including whether recovery is likely permanent, is crucial not only to those who have recovered. These answers can help inform vaccine makers to make the most effective vaccines as well.
web md - 3 months ago
Hispanic Women More Prone to COVID in Pregnancy  - web md

Hispanic Women More Prone to COVID in Pregnancy

The researchers collected data on more than 900 Hispanic, Black, Asian and white patients. Among Hispanic women, nearly 11% tested positive for COVID-19, compared with 5.5% of non-Hispanic patients, the findings showed.
web md - 3 months ago
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Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

harvard - 1 month ago

Take a moment yes, right now to consider your gender. Do you identify as a woman, man, or another gender: essentially, how would you describe your gender identity? How do you show your gender to other people through how you look or act in other words, your gender expression? And has your gender identity or gender expression changed or stayed the same over time?

Questions like these can be especially valuable if youre wondering about how gender identity and expression may shift as children grow up. And, of course, these questions may also resonate with many adults.

At times in my life, Ive had shorter hair and a fondness for mens dress pants and dress shoes. Ive also enjoyed occasionally playing male roles in theater productions and dressing in costume as a man on Halloween. At other times in my life, Ive had longer hair and frequently worn dresses and dangly earrings and more feminine Halloween costumes. Although my gender expression has shifted over time between less feminine and more feminine, I have always identified as a girl or woman.

What is gender fluidity?

Lets define a few terms. Cisgender means a persons gender identity matches the sex female or male designated on their original birth certificate. Gender fluidity refers to change over time in a persons gender expression or gender identity, or both. That change might be in expression, but not identity, or in identity, but not expression. Or both expression and identity might change together.

For some youth, gender fluidity may be a way to explore gender before landing on a more stable gender expression or identity. For others, gender fluidity may continue indefinitely as part of their life experience with gender.

Some people describe themselves as gender-fluid. As an identity, it typically fits under the transgender and nonbinary umbrella, which applies to people whose gender identity doesnt match the sex assigned to them on their original birth certificate. (Nonbinary means a persons gender identity doesnt fit into strict cultural categories of female or male.)

Not everyone who experiences changes in their gender expression or identity identifies as gender-fluid. Nor does everyone desire gender-affirming medical treatment to change their body to better align with their gender identity.

How does gender develop and change?

People typically begin developing a gender identity in early childhood, around the age of 2 or 3. Gender identity develops within multiple social contexts: a persons family, their larger community, and the society and historical time in which they live. Each of these may have very different norms and expectations about gender expression and gender identity.

For example, a child might live in a family that believes that gender is more complex than boy or girl, and encourages a diversity of gender expressions. That same child may live in a town where most people believe that boys should look like boys and girls should look like girls. And this child might live in a society and at a historical time with similar gender norms as their community. Thus, this child may feel freer to have a different gender expression or identity at home than out in public.

For many people, gender identity and expression develop early and stay the same over time. For others, either one may change. While such changes can happen at any time during a persons life, theyre more common during childhood and adolescence than later in adulthood.

Whats the difference between gender-fluid and transgender?

While some people develop a gender identity early in childhood, others may identify with one gender at one time and then another gender later on. For example, a person who was designated female on their original birth certificate may identify as a girl until adolescence, then identify as a boy for the rest of their life. This person would be considered transgender, but not necessarily gender-fluid.

Another person who follows this developmental arc may only identify as a boy until they are in their 20s, and then identify as nonbinary, and then identify as a boy again later in adulthood. This person could be considered gender-fluid, because they experienced one or more changes in their gender identity or gender expression. Its wise to note, though, that they may never use the term gender-fluid as an identity label for themself.

Ultimately, anyone who identifies as gender-fluid is a gender-fluid person. Often, the term is used to mean that a persons gender expression or gender identity essentially, their internal sense of self changes frequently. But gender fluidity can look different for different people.

How is gender fluidity related to health in children and teens?

Just like adults, children and teens who express or identify their gender differently from their sex designated at birth are more likely to experience prejudice and discrimination. These experiences may create minority stress that is harmful for their mental and physical health. Compared to cisgender youth, transgender youth are two to three times more likely to have depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts and behavior.

All communities have expectations around what’s “normal.” A youth who is gender-fluid may be at greater risk for prejudice and discrimination, because their shifting gender identity or expression goes against an expectation that each of these aspects of personhood develops early and stays the same over time. And the harmful interactions may not occur only with people who are cisgender. A youth who is gender-fluid may also face discrimination from some people in the transgender community who view them as not really transgender. Seeing a youth who dresses more femininely on one day and more masculinely on another day may feel confusing or even threatening to anyone with strict ideas about gender.

How can you support gender-fluid youth in your life?

I encourage you to think about gender fluidity as part of the diversity of human experience related to gender identity and expression. While acceptance is important in how we treat anyone, its especially important for children and teens.

  • Listen to youth and validate their experience of their gender. Everyone is the expert of their own gender.
  • Be patient, as a youths gender fluidity may be part of their gender identity development.
  • Support gender-fluid youth in making informed decisions about gender-affirming care, such as hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Connect them to support and resources so they can talk to others with similar experiences. Gender Spectrum is a great resource for both gender-fluid youth and the adults in their lives.

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