Digital Self-Harm Surges Among U.S. Teens from 2016 to 2021

Digital self-harm, where individuals anonymously post or share hurtful content about themselves online, has increased more than 88% since 2016. Between 2019 and 2021, about 9 to 12% of 13 to 17 year olds in the U.S. engaged in digital self-harm. The study also explored whether teens who experienced cyberbullying were more likely to engage in digital self-harm.

Study Underscores Social Factors of Low Breast Cancer Screening in the U.S.

To identify major social factors hindering breast cancer screening in U.S. women aged 40 and older, researchers focused on race/ethnicity, employment, education, food security, insurance status, housing and access to quality health care. Access to health care emerged as a statistically significant theme (61 percent) and insurance status was the most reported sub-categorical factor. Language was the third highest issue, highlighting its significance as an influential factor of screening behavior. Race/ethnicity, sex/gender and sexual orientation were additional factors reported.

Improving Cancer Outcomes for LGBTQ+ Patients Requires Earning Trust and Challenging Assumptions

Annual NCCN Patient Advocacy Summit explores stories and data highlighting barriers to high-quality care that LGBTQ+ people with cancer experience, examining persistent setbacks and promising developments.

A summary of myocarditis cases following COVID-19

Myocarditis-or inflammation around the heart–has been reported in some patients with COVID-19. After searching the medical literature, researchers have now summarized the results of 41 studies describing myocarditis in 42 patients with COVID-19. The analysis, which is published in the…

Mary Foltz awarded Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowship to Expand LGBTQ Archive

Lehigh University’s Mary Foltz will serve as a scholar-in-residence at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, where she will work with the center’s Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive and lead public humanities initiatives.

BU researchers create novel curriculum assessment tool to improve medical education about sexual and gender minority (LGBTQI) populations

(Boston)–Medical education aspires to mitigate bias in future professionals by providing a robust curriculum that includes perspectives and practices for caring for sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTQI) persons. To provide medical…

How different beliefs and attitudes affect college students’ career aspirations

A study published in Career Development Quarterly has looked at whether beliefs and attitudes influence career aspirations of college students with different genders and sexual orientations. Among 1,129 college students at a midwestern urban university, stronger self-efficacy beliefs–or perceptions about…

Transgender teens may turn to substance use to cope with stress

Over half of transgender or gender minority (GM) adolescents engage in substance use, seemingly as a coping strategy in response to GM stressors, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Sabra L.…

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to products for preventing HIV from anal sex

The initial insights from the study, aptly named DESIRE (Developing and Evaluating Short-acting Innovations for Rectal Use), are being reported on March 6 in a Science Spotlight session at the virtual meeting of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections…

The pandemic lockdown’s psychological impact on pregnant women

During the lockdown in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, pregnant women had higher symptoms of depression and anxiety. The finding comes from a study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica , which also revealed that…

Lesbian, gay, bisexual medical students are more likely to experience burnout, study finds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Studies have shown that nearly half of all medical students in the U.S. report symptoms of burnout, a long-term reaction to stress characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism and feelings of decreased personal accomplishment. Beyond the…

Study evaluates new World Health Organization Labor Care Guide for maternity care providers

The World Health Organization developed the new Labour Care Guide to support clinicians in providing good quality, women-centred care during labour and childbirth. In a study published in Birth , researchers evaluated the usability, feasibility, and acceptability of the new…

Lesbian, gay, bisexual communities more at-risk for dementia, study finds

Lesbian, gay and bisexual — or LGB — people are more vulnerable to one of the fastest-growing health concerns in the country: dementia, according to new research from Michigan State University. “Our study speaks to the unaddressed questions about whether…

November/December 2020 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet

Treating Opioid Addiction in Primary Care Benefits Both Patients and Cash-Strapped Medical Practices Buprenorphine-based treatment for opioid addiction is in short supply in many areas of the United States. And while many physicians want to offer it, clinics are unsure…