Sunday, October 17, 2021

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HEALTH
U.K. Eases Restrictions on Blood Donation by Gay and Bisexual Men

The British government said it would ease restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men beginning next summer in a shift lauded by LGBT activists as a significant step forward in promoting equality and reducing the stigma that some men say they still face because of their sexuality.

Under the new guidelines, people with a single sexual partner who have been with that partner for more than three months can donate blood, regardless of their gender, their partner’s gender or their sexual orientation. The current rules call for a three-month wait after a man has had sex with another man.

“This is a positive step and recognizes individuals for the actions they take, rather than their sexual preference,” said U.K. Health Secretary

Matt Hancock.

He said the change would safely expand the pool of available blood donors.


‘This is a positive step and recognizes individuals for the actions

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HEALTH
U.K. to Ease Rules on Blood Donations by Gay and Bisexual Men

Britain announced on Monday that it would loosen restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men beginning next year, a shift in policy called “landmark” by the government and hailed by activists who have long fought rules they described as discriminatory.

The change will take effect next summer after the recommendations of a health committee that said a blanket ban on sexually active gay or bisexual men donating blood should be lifted. The government accepted the recommendations, saying the changes would not affect the safety of the blood supply.

“This landmark change to blood donation is safe and it will allow many more people, who have previously been excluded by donor selection criteria, to take the opportunity to help save lives,” Britain’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, said in a statement on Monday.

The current rules stipulate that “all men must wait three months after having oral or anal sex

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PREGNANCY
Keenan: Pregnancy loss hurts men too

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Burkholder says funeral director training focuses on “scientific courses, how to embalm and prepare bodies, with a small chapter on grief. Beyond that, you learn everything on the job.” He often goes into funeral homes to educate their staff and help them feel more comfortable with this situation.

“When we as professionals deal with a couple that has lost an infant or had a pregnancy loss, that’s not a normal day. So there’s a level of discomfort that we experience as funeral professionals. If I can help other funeral directors recognize that this loss is as great as losing a grandparent or a parent or a spouse, then I feel like I’ve done something.”

As for what you can say to someone who has experienced pregnancy loss, he advises avoiding phrases like “I’m sorry for your loss” or “You can have another.” His best suggestion is to

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HEALTH
Female Surgeons Get Less NIH Funding Than Men

 

In 2019, female surgeons and women of color received National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants at lower rates and in lower amounts than their male colleagues, researchers reported.

Men received 78.7% of the 1,235 NIH awards granted to surgeons in 2019 and 80.7% of the 671 RO1-equivalent grants, the “gold standard” of intervention research, reported Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, of the Children’s Foundation Research Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, and colleagues.

Women also received less money than men when they did receive grants for all award types (mean $428,109 vs $499,631, P=0.04), as well as when they received multiple awards (mean $659,343 vs $840,037, P=0.01), they wrote in JAMA Surgery.

Strikingly, no Black women, Hispanic women, or female orthopedists received R01-equivalent grants, Gosain reported.

Although men are overrepresented in surgery overall, accounting for 72.4% of Association of American Medical Colleges faculty as of 2019, their share of NIH

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HEALTH
More women than men in U.S. nervous about fast rollout of COVID vaccine, and that’s a problem: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American women, who traditionally make most of the healthcare decisions in their families, are more wary than men of the new, rapidly developed COVID-19 vaccines, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, presenting a potential challenge to efforts to immunize the public.

The Dec. 2-8 national opinion survey showed that 35% of women said they were “not very” or “not at all” interested in getting a vaccine, an increase of 9 points from a similar poll conducted in May when vaccines were still being developed.

Some 55% of women said they were “very” or “somewhat” interested in getting vaccinated, a drop of about 6 percentage points in the same time span. Meanwhile, 68% of men said they would get vaccinated, which is unchanged from May.

Overall, 61% of Americans said in December that they are open to getting vaccinated – a 4 point

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