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About 1.3 Million U.S. Adults Identify as Transgender: Study

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – One of the first comprehensive surveys on the subject estimates that about 1.3 million American adults currently identify as transgender. The new data is based on answers to a 2014 U.S. government survey of more than 151,000 adults conducted across 19 states. Transgender people identify with or express a gender identity that differs from the gender they were born with. Researchers say that 0.53 percent of respondents – about one in every 189 U.S. adults – answered "yes" to the question, "Do you consider yourself to be transgender?" Transgender individuals were more likely to identify as male-to-female (0.28 percent of adults surveyed) than female-to-male (0.16 percent), the study found. "The transgender population is a racially diverse population present across U.S. communities," concluded a team led by Dr. Halley Crissman of the University of Michigan. ... Read more

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Most Women Unfazed by Sharing Bathrooms With Transgenders

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – Most women aren't concerned about sharing public bathrooms with transgender women. But many men are concerned about the safety and privacy of the women in their lives, a new online opinion survey says. A transgender woman is someone who identifies as female, but was registered at birth as male. Researchers analyzed 1,035 comments posted by readers of 190 online news articles about transgender women's use of public bathrooms. The issue is controversial, particularly in the United States, where so-called "bathroom bills" are being considered for transgender use of public facilities. Men were about 1.55 times more likely than women to express safety and privacy concerns. Women were much less likely to comment on the news stories. When they did, they were more restrained than men. Women were much more concerned about so-called "perverts" who pose as transgender ... Read more

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Kids With Gay or Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – A long-term study of children adopted by gay and lesbian parents has found that the kids are well-adjusted through middle childhood, researchers say. Nearly 100 two-parent families were included in the study, half had gay or lesbian parents. All had adopted children. The kids were assessed at two points: at preschool age, then five years later. The researchers found no differences between those with same-sex or heterosexual parents. The study focused on behavior problems, stress levels, couple relationships, family function and relationship adjustments over time. "To the best of my knowledge this is the first study that has followed children adopted by lesbian, gay and heterosexual parents over time from early to middle childhood," said study author Rachel Farr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky. "Longitudinal research [like ... Read more

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Many Teens Give Sex Ed a Failing Grade

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Teens around the world are getting sex education in schools that fails to address their needs and concerns, researchers report. By not addressing the complex nature of sex education and offering a curriculum that isn't practical or helpful to young people, educators are missing a key opportunity to protect students' health and well-being, the study authors added. "Schools should acknowledge that sex is a special subject with unique challenges, as well as the fact and range of young people's sexual activity, otherwise [they] will continue to disengage from [sex ed], and opportunities for safeguarding and improving their sexual health will be reduced," the British researchers wrote. The research team, led by Dr. Pandora Pound of the University of Bristol School of Social and Community Medicine, analyzed 55 studies that examined sex education programs in schools ... Read more

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Transgender's Classification as 'Mental Disorder' Is Outdated, Study Finds

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – Being transgender is currently classified as a mental health disorder in the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases (ICD), but a new study suggests that should change. And, such a change wouldn't be without precedent. The American Psychiatric Association removed gender identity disorder from the latest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). For the new study, Mexican researchers interviewed 250 transgender people. The researchers found levels of distress were more strongly influenced by social rejection and violence than by being transgender. Seventy-six percent said they suffered social rejection due to being transgender. This rejection most often came from family members, followed by schoolmates/co-workers and friends, the study showed. Nearly two-thirds were victims of violence due to their ... Read more

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Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study

Posted 20 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – Transgender people can face big difficulties, but a new study shows their journey is made much harder when family members reject them. The researchers found that risks for attempting suicide more than tripled for transgender adults who experienced a "high level" of familial rejection. The risk for alcohol or drug abuse also rose much higher in these situations, the research found. Why is the potential rejection of parents, spouses and children so devastating? As researchers from the City University of New York explained, when transgender individuals face societal stigma, families can provide crucial support. However, when their families shut them out, this may deprive transgender people of a much-needed emotional "buffer" against that discrimination, wrote co-authors Augustus Klein and Sarit Golub. One expert agreed that the support of loved ones is key. "This ... Read more

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Penis Reconstructions 'Life-Altering' for Men, Studies Show

Posted 8 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 7, 2016 – Men who undergo surgery to create a new penis seem to fare well in the long term, two new studies show. The surgery, known as phalloplasty, is most often done for transgender men who want to undergo a surgical transition. But it's also an option for men who've lost their penis to cancer or trauma – including soldiers who've been wounded on the battlefield. The new studies, to be presented Saturday at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in San Diego, included both groups of patients. And the studies suggest that by and large, both types of patients do well in the long run. "A lot of people may not know there are surgeons who have this capability," said Dr. Gregory Bales, a urologist and surgeon at the University of Chicago who was not involved in the studies. But the procedure can be "life-altering," both for transgender men and for those who've ... Read more

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Young LGBT Adults Target of FDA Stop-Smoking Campaign

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Hoping to reduce tobacco use by young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched an LGBT stop-smoking campaign. "We know LGBT young adults in this country are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as other young adults," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. "We want LGBT young adults to know that there is no safe amount of smoking. Even an occasional cigarette can have serious health implications and lead to addiction," he said in an agency news release. The campaign specifically targets 18- to 24-year-old LGBT smokers. At least 800,000 of the more than 2 million LGBT young adults in the United States are occasional or social smokers, according to the FDA. A key reason for high tobacco use among this group of young adults is the real and perceived social stigma, discrimination ... Read more

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Young Gay, Bisexual Men May Be at Higher Risk for Suicide, Study Finds

Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Young gay and bisexual men may be much more likely to attempt suicide or harm themselves than their older counterparts, and blacks are at greater risk than whites, British researchers report. "We know minority groups are at higher risk of poor mental health than the heterosexual majority, however the mental health differences within sexual minorities is unclear," said study author Ford Hickson, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. "Our study showed that among gay and bisexual men, age and ethnicity had a significant impact on mental health, as did income and education. This is possibly because men are better able to cope with homophobia the older they are, or if they are relatively privileged in other areas of their lives," he said in a school news release. In the study, the researchers examined survey responses from nearly 5,800 gay and ... Read more

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Young Transgender Women May Face Mental Health Woes

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – More than 40 percent of young, low-income transgender women with a history of unsafe sexual behavior struggle with at least one serious mental health issue and/or substance abuse problem, a small study suggests. Nearly 20 percent have two or more serious mental health diagnoses, the investigators said. The findings concern both teens and young adults who identify as women but were born male. The study also found that mental health and substance abuse issues are roughly two to four times greater among these transgender women than among the U.S. population at large. The findings show that "interventions are urgently needed to address adverse mental health and substance use outcomes for young transgender women," said study author Sari Reisner, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. However, the researchers stressed that because the ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Gender Dysphoria

For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 – Transgender children who feel supported seem to have no greater risk of depression and anxiety than other kids do, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings are welcome news – especially in light of past studies finding high rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among transgender children and adults. These latest results suggest that when transgender kids feel supported in their "social transition," their mental well-being is on par with their peers, the researchers said. Social transitioning is considered an option for children who consistently identify as transgender. It means that the children take on a name, clothing, hairstyle and other characteristics typical of the gender they identify with, rather than the gender they were born with. No one is suggesting that social transition is the answer for all – or even most – children who are ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Gender Dysphoria

Lasting Damage Seen in LGBT Teens Who Suffer Harassment

Posted 11 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems, a new study suggests. "With bullying, I think people often assume 'That's just kids teasing kids,' and that's not true," said study author Brian Mustanski, director of Northwestern University's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing in Chicago. "If these incidents, which might include physical and sexual assaults, weren't happening in schools, people would be calling the police," he said in a university news release. "You can't equate someone giving you a dirty look with someone physically assaulting you. Victimizations that are more severe are going to have bigger effects. We scored them in a way that represented that, and we saw they had a profound effect on mental health rates over time," Mustanski ... Read more

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LGBT Immigrants Often Faced Persecution in Homeland: Study

Posted 6 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 – Many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people seeking asylum in the United States and Canada report suffering persecution and abuse in their homelands, a small study reveals. The severe verbal, physical and sexual abuse often began in childhood, the study found. Perpetrators included parents and caregivers, peers and school staff, the Rutgers University researchers said. The study included 26 interviews with people who obtained refuge or asylum in the United States or Canada on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. They came from Barbados, Belarus, Jamaica, Iran, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Trinidad, Uganda, Ukraine and Venezuela. The study supports previous research showing that LGBT children and teens are at high risk for abuse that contributes to mental health problems, such as depression, ... Read more

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Transgender Transition Costs Make Economic Sense: Study

Posted 5 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 – Sex reassignment surgery and hormone treatment for transgender men and women is cost-effective, a new study indicates. "Providing health care benefits to transgender people makes economic sense," study leader William Padula, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a university news release. Most U.S. health plans don't pay for these treatments, but this Johns Hopkins-led investigation found that surgery and hormone treatment doesn't cost much more than treatment for depression, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. These health problems are common among transgender people who can't undergo medical transition, according to the authors of the study published online recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. In the first five years, the cost of sex reassignment surgery and hormone treatment ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Surgery, HIV Infection, Dysthymia, Gender Dysphoria, Vascular Surgery, Genitourinary Surgical and Other Conditions

Human Brains Aren't Distinctly Male or Female, Study Says

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – There's no such thing as a distinctly male or female brain, new research suggests. An analysis of more than 1,400 MRI scans suggests that biologically unmistakable sex differences don't extend to the brain. Instead, the brain is home to a mix of masculine and feminine characteristics, the researchers found. "This is the first study to look at the brain as a whole and ask whether brains are of two types. The answer is no," said study lead author Daphna Joel, a psychologist and professor at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. "Each person possesses a unique mosaic of characteristics: some more common in females compared to males, some more common in males compared to females, and some common in both," Joel said. The question has been debated throughout the ages: Are human brains as gender-specific as chromosomes and sexual organs are in most people? Or are things more ... Read more

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