LGBTQ POLICY SPOTLIGHT: EFFORTS TO BAN HEALTH CARE FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH

LGBTQ POLICY SPOTLIGHT: EFFORTS TO BAN HEALTH CARE FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH

Transgender young people have the best chance to thrive when they’re supported and have access to the health care they need, like any other child. Ultimately, medical decisions are best left to patients, their families, and their health care providers, in accordance with medical best practices.

Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted in 4 Girls

Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted in 4 Girls

Researchers have grown vaginas in a lab, and the organs are working normally in four teenage patients who were among the first people to receive such an implant, scientists reported today.

All of the patients in the study underwent surgery five to eight years ago because they were born with a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus are underdeveloped or absent.

Scientists grew each vagina from the patient’s own cells, and then implanted it in her body. So far in the follow-up, the treatment has been successful, and the patients who are now sexually active have reported normal function, according to the study, published today (April 10) in the journal Lancet. [7 Facts Women (And Men) Should Know About the Vagina]

The Amsterdam Cohort of Gender Dysphoria Study (1972-2015): Trends in Prevalence, Treatment, and Regrets. – Semantic Scholar

More proof, trying to claim desistance as an excuse to deny trans people proper care isn’t based on research, just bigotry and ignorance.

 

The Amsterdam Cohort of Gender Dysphoria Study (1972-2015): Trends in Prevalence, Treatment, and Regrets. – Semantic Scholar:

To study the current prevalence of gender dysphoria, how frequently gender-affirming treatments are performed, and the number of people experiencing regret of this treatment.

Experts confirm gender identity is biological and say insurers should cover trans health needs – ThinkProgress

Experts confirm gender identity is biological and say insurers should cover trans health needs –ThinkProgress:

“The Endocrine Society, an international organization of medical experts and biological researchers, has released a new set of guidelines for caring for transgender patients. Along with the guidelines, the organization has issued a position statement calling on federal and private insurers to cover the costs of all medical interventions a physician might prescribe for a transgender patient, including hormone replacement therapies and surgeries.”

New Research Shows Just How High Stakes Are As Congress Runs Down The Clock On Zika | ThinkProgress

New Research Shows Just How High Stakes Are As Congress Runs Down The Clock On Zika | ThinkProgress:

“The continental United States is on the cusp of summer, and with it, the rising threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

In February, President Obama asked Congress for $1.9 billion to prepare for the fight against the rapidly-approaching virus, which can cause severe brain abnormalities in children when pregnant women are infected. Yet while health experts and lawmakers stressed the urgency of having the necessary funding as soon as possible, spending-adverse conservative lawmakers have resisted.”