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Why Three Families Entered Kids in a COVID Vaccine Trial  - web md

Why Three Families Entered Kids in a COVID Vaccine Trial

Before signing up, parents should ask about the time commitment, trial leaders say, including the number of visits, the follow-up period, and other details. Parents will be expected to record detailed information, such as whether children have side effects such as fevers.
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How to Deal With Toxic Parents

Not every parent-child relationship is healthy. If you have a toxic parent it can be hard to shed the child role and look after yourself. Learn how to spot toxic parental behavior, lose guilt, set boundaries, and practice self-care.
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Toxic Family Members: How to Deal With Them

Not every family fits the happy, loving ideal. For some, family dynamics are downright unhealthy, or even dangerous. Learn how to spot toxic behavior, shed guilt, put up boundaries, and keep distance to safeguard your own well-being.
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In its statement, Regeneron said it would ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the drug's emergency authorization use -- for high-risk people who already have COVID-19 but are not hospitalized
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Free Webinar: Create a happy workplace in ANY industry

Everyone who cares about workplace happiness has heard about Google, Zappos and Southwest Airlines. But have you ever heard of the call center Contento in Colombia? I hadn’t until I spoke at a conference in Chile and met the awesome Nicolas Gonzalez Restrepo and heard what a great culture he’s helped create for the 2,000 … Continue reading Free Webinar: Create a happy workplace in ANY industry →
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My Spouse Is Depressed: Tips on How to Help and Cope

Is your spouse depressed? If your loved one withdraws from activities or sex, spends more time alone, or drinks more alcohol than they once did, they may have depression. Find out what to do if your partner refuses to get therapy and get tips to protect your own mental health.
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Millennials Flock to Telehealth, Online Research

A new survey of 2,040 millennials (ages 23 to 39) found that 69% of respondents searched online for health and medical advice instead of going to the doctor, and a quarter of respondents trust Google to accurately diagnose their symptoms.
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An emerging treatment option for men with recurring prostate cancer after radiation therapy

Prostate cancer is often a multifocal disease, meaning that several tumors can be present in different parts of gland at the same time. Not all of these tumors are equally problematic, however. And it’s increasingly thought that the tumor with the most aggressive features — called the index lesion — dictates how a man’s cancer […] The post An emerging treatment option for men with recurring prostate cancer after radiation therapy appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.
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Peloton Spurs High-Tech, High-Dollar Home Fitness Trend

These expensive machines use high-tech home equipment, interactive video screens and trackers, trainers, and the enthusiasm found in group classes. They’re generally expensive and involve a subscription service. But lower-priced versions are sprouting up
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Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters

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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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