Born this way: Stories of young transgender children

10 June 2014
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Our Cover Story this morning deals with children grappling with a very grown-up issue: gender identity — boys or girls believing they’re the opposite sex, saying they were born this way. Here’s Rita Braver: She could be any 12-year-old girl, hanging out with her mom and sister, but Zoey was biologically born a boy. “So how did you handle it when people related to you as a boy?” asked Braver. “Yeah, I always get upset,” she replied. “I would be like, ‘No, I’m not a boy. I’m a girl. You know, like, I like the color pink, I scream like...

RU ready to quit smoking? Texting can help

10 June 2014
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i i hide captionWant a cig? Researcher Lorien Abroms displays a sample Text2Quit message. William Atkins/George Washington University Want a cig? Researcher Lorien Abroms displays a sample Text2Quit message. William Atkins/George Washington University Smokers who want to quit have all sorts of tools at their disposal: call lines, nicotine patches, medication, friends, doctors. And now, texts. Getting counseling through text messages doubled the odds of kicking the habit compared with those who relied on Internet searches and basic information brochures, a study published Friday in the American...

Iowa revamps harsh HIV criminalization law

05 June 2014
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Iowa lawmakers dealt a death blow last week to especially harsh sections of one of the most draconian laws in the country criminalizing people living with HIV. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad approved a bill on Friday that effectively gutted a law he first signed as governor more than 16 years earlier in response to panic over the spread of HIV and AIDS. In 1990, Congress agreed to offer federal funds for states to cope with the growing epidemic, but with strings attached. States received the health care funding on the condition that HIV transmission become criminalized. Iowa took some of the most...

For new college grads, finding mental health care can be tough

05 June 2014
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i i hide captionFinding a good therapist can take time, especially in a new city. iStockphoto Finding a good therapist can take time, especially in a new city. iStockphoto For many young people, college graduation marks the entry into what grown-ups call “the real world.” But if you’re a new graduate with a mental health condition, the transition can be especially challenging. Many young people start managing their own health care for the first time when they graduate. And while finding and paying for a psychologist or psychiatrist can be difficult at any age, for young people...

Losing weight may require some serious fun

05 June 2014
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Study pinpoints when people are most likely to commit suicide

05 June 2014
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Suicides are more likely to happen after midnight, a finding that suggests the people who suffer from nightmares and insomnia could be at risk, according to a new study. Researchers determined that the suicide rate per hour rose to 10.27 percent after midnight. It peaked at 16.27 percent between 2 and 3 a.m., and then dropped to 2.13 percent between 6 a.m. and midnight, reports CBS Atlanta. “This appears to be the first data to suggest that circadian factors may contribute to suicidality and help explain why insomnia is also a risk factor for suicidal ideation and behavior,” Michael...

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