Timing of gender-affirming care linked to mental health

(HealthDay)—For gender-incongruent (GI) youth presenting for gender-affirming medical care (GAMC), late pubertal stage and older age are associated with worse mental health, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in Pediatrics. Julia C. Sorbara, M.D., from the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional chart review of patients presenting to GAMC to examine […]

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Developing neural circuits linked to hunting behavior

University of Queensland researchers have made an important step forward in linking changes in behaviour to the underlying development of brain circuitry. When zebrafish are learning to hunt fast-moving prey, it is a highly dynamic period in their development. The researchers demonstrated the relationship between improvements in zebrafish’s hunting skills and the development of sensory coding in a part of […]

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Higher parental stress linked to low screen-time enforcement, research finds

When parents are under stress, household rules about screen time often get abandoned, new University of Guelph research finds. A first of its kind in Canada, the study found parents of young children reporting high levels of life or parenting stress were less likely to monitor and limit their kids’ screen use and more likely to use their own devices […]

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Inherited mutation linked to higher prostate cancer risk in African American families

For years, researchers have known that men of African ancestry are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer with research suggesting that inherited factors may contribute to their greater risk. Now, a new USC study published in European Urology is the first to identify an inherited genetic variant associated with higher risk of prostate cancer in men of African descent […]

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Twelfth-grade binge drinking linked to risky driving practices

(HealthDay)—Twelfth-grade binge drinking predicts early adulthood risky driving practices and high-risk drinking in early adulthood, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics. Federico E. Vaca, M.D., M.P.H., from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues examined the longitudinal correlations of 12th-grade binge drinking with driving while impaired (DWI), riding with an impaired driver (RWI), blackouts, extreme […]

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Diabetes before or during pregnancy linked to early heart disease in children

Children of mothers with diabetes have increased rates of early onset cardiovascular disease or CVD (conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels) from childhood up to the age of 40, finds a study from Denmark published by The BMJ today. The increased rates were more pronounced among children of mothers with a history of CVD or diabetic complications. If this […]

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Multiple sclerosis linked to variant of common herpes virus through new method

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new method to separate between two types of a common herpes virus (HHV-6) that has been linked to multiple sclerosis (MS). By analyzing antibodies in the blood against the most divergent proteins of herpesvirus 6A and 6B, the researchers were able to show that MS patients carry the herpesvirus 6A to a greater […]

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Specific jobs linked to poor heart health for women

Female social workers, nurses, health aides and retail cashiers had poorer heart health than women in other jobs, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019—November 16-18 in Philadelphia. The Association’s Scientific Sessions is an annual, premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. Researchers investigated how […]

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