Medicare for hormone therapies: Study finds huge variability

A recent study has found great variability in terms of which hormone therapies are covered by Medicare. This may have a significant impact on transgender individuals’ access to appropriate gender-affirming therapy. Gender-affirming therapy and surgery can each have important positive effects on the quality of life for transgender individuals, as research has shown. Anecdotal evidence and nationwide surveys also support […]

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‘To be safe means to be healthy’ — Expert on racial health disparities

In the context of the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19, it is time to rethink notions of public safety and public health. In fact, it is time to see that ‘being safe is a key dimension of being healthy,’ said Prof. Hedwig Lee, a health disparities expert, in an exclusive interview for MNT. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests […]

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US administration erases transgender and nonbinary health protections

The United States government has modified the text of the Affordable Care Act, in a move that leaves room for healthcare providers to discriminate on the basis of gender identity. On Friday, June 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the administration of President Donald Trump, has finalized a rule affecting the text of the Affordable […]

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Marine life can bounce back by 2050 — but only if we act now

Scientists have identified proven interventions that, if scaled up, could almost completely restore ocean ecosystems within a generation. In the past 4 decades, populations of marine creatures have suffered catastrophic declines. Data from a 2018 report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) show an overall decline of 60% on average for mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians, an average drop […]

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Prof. Martin Bachmann on making millions of coronavirus vaccine doses

In the second part of our interview with Professor Martin Bachmann, we hear how his lab is coping with working during a pandemic, the concept of herd immunity, and how long the pandemic may last. In Part 1 of our interview with Professor Martin Bachmann from the University of Bern in Switzerland and the Jenner Institute at the University of […]

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