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Lawsuit filed against state of Iowa

Two transgender women, Carol Ann Beal of northwest Iowa and EerieAnna Good of the Quad Cities along with the ACLU of Iowa have challenged the Iowa Medicaid ban on coverage for transition-related medical services as being a violation of equal protection under the law "as promised by the Iowa state constitution and the Iowa Civil Rights Act."

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Research reveals that hormone therapy does not increase risk of low bone therapy or cardiovascular events

Spyridoula Maraka, MD, MSc, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and colleagues evaluated 29 studies to determine the effects of sex steroids on changes in lipids including total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglicerides, and cardiovasculat events such as myocardial infarction, transient ischemic attack, strokes and venous thromboembolism events.

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Research from Texas

Transgender people are often referred to as mentally ill. People who do that will no doubt point to the suicide attempt rate in support of their assertion.

New research out of the University of Texas finds that transgender adolescents are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts than the general population and four times as likely to engage in substance abuse.

But what causes these differences?

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New surgical technique

Hayley Anthony is a transgender woman who helped design a new surgical technique for male to female gender affirmation surgery.

Dr. Jess Ting is director of surgery at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Important information I do not have available is the names of the doctors in India who actually made the medical advance. Anthony discovered a paper on their research somewhere on the web and shared it with Dr. Ting.

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Skepticism understandable

Yesterday Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin was out and about and was asked about Trump's transgender tweet (can't call it a ban in its present state). He claimed that the VA has compassion for transgender veterans.

If anyone -- transgender people included -- serves in the military, they will get medical and other care for life.

--Shulkin

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AMA moves to better serve transgender patients

The American Medical Association on Monday announced a new set of policies to better "inform and educate the medical community and the public on the medical spectrum of gender identity."

The authors of the adopted resolution wrote that gender is “incompletely understood as a binary selection” because gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genotypic and phenotypic sex are not always aligned.

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