Health

"LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention" is focus of California conference

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the second annual Research to Practice Conference this weekend.

This year's conference will focus on "LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention." The day-long conference, to be held Saturday, March 28 at San Francisco State University, will bring leading researchers from around the country together to share their findings.

Will boxed water get San Diegans off the bottle?

SAN DIEGO, California – A Michigan-based company is thinking outside the box when it comes to bottled water. Now San Diegans are getting a chance to try out more environmentally friendly water that comes in a box, sold at places like BevMo and Costco and coming soon to Target and Vons.

At C's Ice Cream and Deli in Scripps Ranch, the specialty is root beer, but now there's some friendly competition sharing the shelf. "Almost immediately people started gravitating toward it, and were just like what's this?" Todd Scheideman of C's Ice Cream and Deli said.

Oregon House approves bill banning "gay conversion" therapy

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon House voted Tuesday to outlaw a therapy that purports to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people, with several lawmakers arguing the practice has been discredited and can cause irreparable mental and emotional damage. The bill now goes to the Senate for debate and a vote.

Gays report sex habits in prisons in England and Wales

Rape is extremely rare in prisons in England and Wales, whereas consensual gay sex, pornography and masturbation is widespread and accepted, according to the findings of the first systematic review of sex between inmates.

The two-year commission on sex in prison, set up by the Howard League for Penal Reform, warns of an “urgent health issue” and calls for “coherent and consistently applied policies which recognise and respond to the reality of consensual and coercive sex in prison.”

High need for treatment of transgender youth, study finds

SAN DIEGO, California -- A new study has confirmed that transgender youth often have mental health problems and that their depression and anxiety improve greatly with recognition and treatment of gender dysphoria.

The results will be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

Psychology Today agrees to reject listings from "ex-gay" therapy practitioners

WASHINGTON DC -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) welcomed as a much-needed step the decision by Psychology Today to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people.

In a letter last week to the leadership of Psychology Today, HRC requested that they stop publishing such listings, and, to build on the publication’s history of LGBT inclusion and affirmation, also post an article condemning the use of harmful “conversion therapy.”

Covered California offering special enrollment for consumers unaware of tax penalty

SAN DIEGO, California -- Although the deadline for health coverage in 2015 through Covered California has passed, consumers who now face a tax penalty for being uninsured might have a way out.

Covered California is offering a time-limited opportunity to enroll during special enrollment for consumers who did not realize there was a tax penalty in 2014 or learned they may face a penalty in 2015.

Healing Within: Immune and digestive sytems and the inflammatory response

Inflammation arises from an immune system response that gets out of control. Infection or injury trigger an inflammatory cascade that leads to classic symptoms of inflammation like heat, pain, redness, and swelling.

The immune system summons white blood cells to come and clear out damaged tissue allowing the healing process to occur. This is a normal process in the body to acute inflammation. But when the switch cannot be shut off, chronic inflammation occurs leaving damaged tissue that simply will not heal.

HRC to Psychology Today: Reject ads touting "ex-gay" junk science

WASHINGTON DC -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today called on Psychology Today to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people.

HRC leadership made the request directly to executives of the publication in a letter that further urged them to build on Psychology Today’s history of LGBT inclusion and affirmation by posting an article condemning the use of harmful “conversion therapy.”

Alan Cumming stars in hilarious GLAAD and GMHC #CelibacyChallenge campaign

A coalition of organization’s, including GLAAD and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), launched a new PSA and social media campaign starring openly bisexual actor Alan Cumming to raise awareness about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi NY and Bullitt, #CelibacyChallenge urges the FDA to implement a blood donation system that screens all donors based on risk for HIV transmission, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.