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STUDY: Starting HIV Treatment Early Cuts Risk Of Death In Half

An international clinical trial involving nearly 5,000 people with HIV confirms that treatment with antiviral drugs should start as early as possible after diagnosis. In fact, the results were so dramatic that the study was cut short nearly a year early so that all participants in the trial could receive the drugs. Participants in the … Continue reading

Long-Term Effects Of Bullying Can Be Deadly, Study Finds

Being bullied as a child has effects on the body that last for decades and can even shorten a person’s life, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Medicine. The study, conducted by researchers at King’s College London, found a significantly increased risk of obesity and stress-induced chronic inflammation in middle-aged men and … Continue reading

On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama Promises To Keep Fighting For LGBT Rights

In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama this weekend vowed to “keep fighting, for however long it takes, until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.” The president, who just last month called for an end to “conversion” therapy for gay youth, proclaimed in … Continue reading

Leading Physicians’ Group: Give LGBT People Full Rights

The nation’s second-largest physicians’ group has come out strongly in support of LGBT equality, criticizing discriminatory laws and calling for inclusive policies that will improve the health of the LGBT population. In a position paper published earlier this week, the American College of Physicians decried the entrenched disparities faced by LGBT individuals and recommended specific … Continue reading

Making The Public Health Case For Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage cases that will determine whether individuals of all sexual orientations have the constitutional right to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. As of now, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states. … Continue reading

STUDY: LGBT Kids Who Come Out In High School Have Better Long-Term Health Outcomes

A new study finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids who come out during high school suffer lower rates of depression and anxiety and higher rates of self-esteem, long-term, than those who hide their identity from their peers — even if they’re bullied as a result of coming out. The study, published in the current … Continue reading

‘They Aren’t Confused’: Landmark Study Shows Transgender Children Have Consistent, ‘Deeply-Held’ Gender Identity

Transgender children as young as 5 years-old demonstrate consistent gender identity across a variety of implicit gender-association measures, according to a landmark study to be published in the journal Psychological Science. The study found that the responses of children who identify as transgender are indistinguishable from those of children who do not identify as trans, … Continue reading

STUDY: ‘Minority-Status Stress’ Among Same Sex Couples Can Have Unique Health Impact

Studies of stress and its effects on health have typically focused on the worries of an individual: money, love, health, work. But what about stress shared by two people in a romantic relationship? New research from San Francisco State University, studies how minority-status stress — which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society — … Continue reading

Teens With Skewed Body Image Are More Likely To Be Obese As Adults, Study Finds

Teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are actually at greater risk of obesity as adults, according to research findings forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our research shows that psychological factors are important in the development of obesity,” says psychological scientist and study author Angelina Sutin of Florida … Continue reading

Experts Call On Congress To Take Action To End Preventable Epidemic Of Suicide

Suicide is preventable, but not all Americans have access to effective treatment and crisis intervention, a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) told a congressional panel last week. “Because the risk factors associated with suicide are multifaceted and vary across groups, suicide prevention demands comprehensive, evidence-based efforts across many settings,” Joel Dvoskin, PhD, told … Continue reading

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