Health

Report shows ACA has lowered rate of uninsured LGBT people

WASHINGTON DC — New research from the Center for American Progress shows that the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is making significant headway in connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, individuals and their families with affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage, but more remains to be done.

New study suggests genetic link to male homosexuality

A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual, but the results aren't strong enough to prove it.

Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of nearly 800 gay brothers say their results bolster previous evidence pointing to genes on the X chromosome.

They also found evidence of influence from a gene or genes on a different chromosome. But the study doesn't identify which of hundreds of genes located in either place might be involved.

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Covered California open enrollment begins Saturday

SACRAMENTO, California -- Open enrollment for health coverage in 2015 through Covered California begins Saturday, Nov. 15 and leaders from the statewide health exchange are hitting the road to spread the word.

Covered California representatives will be in San Diego today, starting at 10 am.

Now in its second year, the Covered California health exchange is a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is intended to help Californians find affordable health coverage. Through Covered California, consumers can shop and enroll in medical and dental plans, and apply for premium assistance.

Transgender men who become pregnant face social, health challenges

"Pregnancy and childbirth were very male experiences for me," said a 29-year-old respondent in a study reported Friday in Obstetrics and Gynecology. "When I birthed my children, I was born into fatherhood."

If this statement at first seems perplexing, it's less so when you realize the person talking is a transgender man – someone who has transitioned from a female identity to a male or masculine identity.

He is one of 41 participants in a study of how it feels to be male and pregnant, a study the authors think may be the first of its kind.

HHS looks back and continues path forward for advancing LGBT health and well-being

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a longstanding and deep commitment to advancing the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The Affordable Care Act is working to make health care more affordable, accessible and of a higher quality for millions of Americans, including LGBT Americans. And in the process has helped to address LGBT health care disparities.

Look Better Naked: Your liver and your overall well-being

Keeping your liver in optimal health is absolutely essential to your overall well-being. Your liver is the organ primarily responsible for cleansing your body of all toxins that may enter and thus is essential to your health. In the Western world, we tend to put a lot of stress on our livers with the amount of unhealthy foods we eat such as fast food and processed foods with synthetic ingredients and chemical preservatives. As a general rule, whole foods from the Earth support liver function, while manufactured, chemical-laden foods do the opposite.

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Q nutrition: Stem cells may be the booster, but good nutrition is the sustainer

Stem cells have come upon the medical scene as the new, futuristic treatment that just may save us from the ills of society. When it comes down to it, stem cell therapy is viewed as the new magic bullet, the new quick fix – yet an expensive quick-fix since most treatments are not yet covered by insurance.

Cervical cancer survey seeks lesbian and bisexual women

Michael Johnson, a PhD student at Medical University of South Carolina, is seeking input from lesbian and bisexual women on a study involving cervical cancer and screenings.

Johnson, who's been involved with LGBT advocacy and research for a number of years, will attempt to use the information from the study to improve healthcare services and programs for lesbian and bisexual women, specifically related to cervical cancer screening services.

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18 years later: Lesbian moms satisfied with their chosen sperm donor

LOS ANGELES, California – Eighteen years after conceiving their sons or daughters through donor insemination, 77.5% of lesbian mothers were satisfied with their choice of a known, open-identity, or unknown sperm donor, according to a new study released today by the Williams Institute.

Look Better Naked: Lifestyle playing into Alzheimer's

Deborah Barnes and colleagues from UC San Francisco have identified seven key risk factors which there is consistent evidence of an association with Alzheimer’s disease. These factors are having diabetes, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, physical inactivity, depression, smoking and low educational obtainment.

Researchers estimate that by reducing these risk factors by 10% by 2050, it is possible to reduce the prevalence of Alzheimer’s by 8.5%, preventing over 9 million cases.

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