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Study Shows How Being Poor Is Bad For Your Health

A homeless camp.

  A recent study using rhesus monkeys has proven that those at the bottom of the social hierarchy suffer additional stress that translates to their immune systems functioning differently than higher-ranking members of the same group. When introduced to pathogens, the lower-ranking monkeys saw increased rates of inflammation, which can be helpful when fighting off […]

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Discriminatory Medical Laws That Impact LGBT People

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  This year, both Mississippi and Tennessee passed laws making it explicitly legal for medical health care providers (doctors, psychologists, counselors) to refuse to take on any procedure or patient if doing so would “compromise their conscience.” A similar one in Florida, which was defeated, specified that religious hospitals (even their emergency departments) would not […]

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DNA Found in Saliva Reveals Sexual Orientation

Will a new DNA test that reveals sexual orientation in saliva allow parents to choose their child's sexual orientation?

Tuck C. Ngun, PhD, is a post-doctorate researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the first author on a paper entitled “A novel predictive model of sexual orientation using epigenetic markers.” So what does that mean for the rest of us? It means that Dr. Ngun […]

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