Transgender Men Fighting Breast Cancer: The Difficulties in Accessing Care

In an article dated October 16, 2016, Eli Oberman, a transgender man discusses the social and medical difficulties he faced when diagnosed with breast cancer, including discrimination by health care providers. There are roughly 1.4 million transgender individuals in the United States and only recently has the federal government lifted the ban on Medicare coverage for transgender healthcare. New York State lifted a similar ban under its Medicaid program. However, there is still a lack of trust in health care providers among the transgender community, and a lack of knowledge of transgender health care needs among the medical community, that create barriers to accessing much needed health care.

From, “Living as a Man, Fighting Breast Cancer: How Trans People Face Care Gaps”

Excerpt from article:

During one procedure, when Mr. Oberman had his shirt off, a male technician, seeing that he was transgender, exclaimed: “Why would you do this to yourself? It’s disgusting.”

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California Law “Designates Pharmacists as Health Care Providers”

A pharmacist must undergo eight years of education in order to obtain a doctorate in pharmacy. Until recently, pharmacists could only fill prescriptions. However, pharmacists across the nation have been taking on a more direct role in patient care. States such as North Carolina, California and New Mexico have implemented laws that allow a pharmacist to perform additional duties, and not just “fill a bottle with pills.” Some claim that allowing pharmacists more responsibility will alleviate the strain on resources experienced by both primary care physicians and hospitals. Others are concerned that pharmacists are being given too much responsibility.

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Boston University’s College of Engineering Opens Center of Synthetic Biology

Boston University’s College of Engineering opened the Center of Synthetic Biology in the fall of this year. The Center is also known as “CoSBi.” The University plans to use to it educate “the next generation of researchers,” and to hold annual symposiums that include the world’s top researchers in the field.

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Ireland’s Junior Doctors Have “Dangerously Long Working Hours”

The European Union (EU) began to regulate “working time” in 1993. The work week is limited to forty-eight hours, averaged over four, six or twelve months; minimum rest periods between shifts are required; and, an employee must receive one day off for every seven days of work and two days off for fourteen days of work. Ireland implemented measures in accordance with the EU working-time directive; however, the measures did not apply to junior physicians. By 2009, junior physicians’ hours were regulated also, and limited to 48 per week, but the practice implemented by health institutions has not complied with the law. The EU issued a formal notice to Ireland to address its non-compliance in 2011. Also, physician groups are advocating against what they call “dangerously long working hours.” However, some wonder if the working-hours directive directly conflicts with the duty of the public health system to provide “around-the-clock care.”

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Conservative Group Uses Questionable Media Tactics in War on Obamacare

Various partisan organizations use the media to wage their battles in the war surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, one outfit in particular, Generation Opportunity, a conservative group based in Virginia, has launched a campaign (described as “creepy”) aimed at convincing younger people not to enroll in the insurance exchanges. In order to sway this population, Generation Opportunity made a video featuring a young woman visiting the gynecologist. The young woman is in stirrups; her female doctor leaves the room unexpectedly—in order to make way for “a leering Uncle Sam” brandishing a speculum.  The woman squirms and screams out of fear. The president of Generation Opportunity claims that the goal is to educate the younger population, and not to insinuate rape. The group made a similar video geared to the young, male population, in which Uncle Sam snaps on his rubber glove.

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High School Students in Suffolk County, New York Learn About Bioethics

Stony Brook Hospital and the Three Village Central School District recently hosted an educational event about bioethics called “Living Book Project: A Day of Conversation, Exploration and Reflection Inspired by Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”  As a result of the event, over 230 high school students from Suffolk County, New York were educated about topics including bioethics, healthcare disparities, and patient advocacy.  Read the original article here.