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Half of transgender youth avoid disclosing gender identity to healthcare providers

Half of transgender youth avoid disclosing gender identity to healthcare providers

Health
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Nearly half of transgender youth avoid disclosing their gender identity to healthcare providers for fear of discrimination and stigmatization, a new study shows. Published Thursday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the findings by researchers at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh highlight the challenges faced by younger transgender people, even as social acceptance has increased, at least in some parts of the United States. "I hope the findings increase awareness about the fear of discrimination that many transgender youth face while accessing healthcare," study co-author Gina Sequeira, an adolescent medicine fellow at UPMC Children's Hospital, told UPI. "This is particularly relevant as an increasing number of states propose legi...
‘It: Chapter Two’ stars recapture other kids’ youth

‘It: Chapter Two’ stars recapture other kids’ youth

Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- It: Chapter One introduced horror fans to the Losers Club of Derry, Maine. Bill (Jaeden Martell), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), Mike (Chosen Jacobs) and Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) faced the evil force they called "It," manifested as the evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). It: Chapter Two, in theaters Friday, picks up 26 years later with The Losers Club as adults. The grown-up cast had to capture the chemistry that made viewers fall in love with those seven kids. It director Andy Muschietti worked with Jessica Chastain on his first film, Mama, so he felt there was no one better to play Beverly as an adult. Chastain herself drew on Lillis's performance. "I took everything that she did from t...
Not all youth with psychiatric disorders need thyroid tests, study says

Not all youth with psychiatric disorders need thyroid tests, study says

Health
Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Many health professionals recommend children with anxiety or depression get tested for a thyroid disease, a new study says. Now, researchers say those screenings need to be targeted to young people who meet certain physical and family criteria for abnormal thyroid function, according to findings published "I was interested in devising this study because I wanted to better understand any relationship between the physical illness and mood disorder," Marissa Luft, a researcher at University of Cincinnati and study lead author, said in a news release. The thyroid gland controls the rate at which the body converts food to energy. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the gland produces too many hormones, bringing on anxiety, appetite loss, weight loss and lack of focus. Conversely, hyp...
Study: 90 percent of youth gun deaths are assault, suicide

Study: 90 percent of youth gun deaths are assault, suicide

Health
Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Although more children are dying from gun violence than ever, not enough research exists to address the problem, researchers say in a new metanalysis of previous research. About 90 percent of firearm deaths among young people up to age 17 are classified as assault or suicide, according to research published Thursday in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. To address the lack of coverage on this topic, researchers at the University of Michigan and National Institutes of Health examined previous research on five key areas associated with Firearm Injury Prevention among children and adolescents. "Firearm injuries and deaths have the potential to be understood much the same way as many other public health threats have been understood -- using scientific methods," Rebecca M. Cu...