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.

Transgender patients face uphill battle for care amid discrimination, doctor shortage

Transgender patients face uphill battle for care amid discrimination, doctor shortage

Yet even today, obstacles to care remain for the estimated 1.4 million adults in the United States who identify as transgender — in large part because of the lack of medical professionals who themselves are transgender and the discrimination patients face from other practitioners.

Less than 1% of U.S. medical students identify as transgender or gender nonconforming, according to a 2019 survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Don’t go bananas over spironolactone and potassium

Don’t go bananas over spironolactone and potassium

Spironolactone has recently been in the news due to apparently unfounded concerns that taking it could increase the chances of contracting pandemic coronavirus or suffering from more severe COVID-19, so this is a good time to examine one of the classic misconceptions about this medication: the potential risk of elevated levels of potassium.