Hormones 2016

Today I'm proud to announce the publication of "Hormones 2016" (gold cover edition) containing 780 pages of goodies, with one new hormone 'Triptorelin', and a major chapter called "README FIRST", which summarises all the drugs and gives their common side-effects, and links to their main entries. There is also a …

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Tips for coping in hot weather

Date Series Part 1 of Stay cool Tags cool
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.

  • Stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11:00 and 15:00 (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects …

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Sleeping in hot weather

Date Series Part 2 of Stay cool Tags cool
  • Cast aside your pyjamas and sleep naked if possible. If you do tend to get very hot and sweaty, then drape a beach towel over the bed and pillows to protect the bedding.

  • Open the windows - preferably more than one, on different sides of the house - to allow more air …

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Tavistock and Portman to take responsibility for gender identity services at Charing Cross

From April 2017, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will be the providers for the Charing Cross West London Gender Identity Clinic for one year on an interim basis. The service moves from West London Mental Health Trust which served notice on their contract for the services earlier this …

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Brain differences found in sex change 'men'

Men who have sex change operations may be acting on a deep-seated urge "programmed" into the very fabric of the brain, according to a study of brain tissue from transsexuals who left their bodies to science. Dick Swaab and his colleagues at the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research in Amsterdam …

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Transsexual differences caught on brain scan

Differences in the brain's white matter that clash with a person's genetic sex may hold the key to identifying transsexual people before puberty. Doctors could use this information to make a case for delaying puberty to improve the success of a sex change later.

Medics are keen to find concrete …

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'Transsexuality gene' makes women feel like men

A gene variant has been identified that appears to be associated with female-to-male transsexuality - the feeling some women have that they belong to the opposite sex.

While such complex behaviour is likely the result of multiple genes, environmental and cultural factors, the researchers say the discovery suggests that transsexuality does …

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Fair care for trans patients

The Royal College of Nursing recognises that trans people frequently experience prejudice and discrimination. This resource is designed to help nurses respond to the needs of their patients and clients who identify as transgender. Initially created in response to an RCN Congress resolution, this guidance has been updated following further …

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This is why the London gender identity clinic ending its NHS contract is an opportunity, not a crisis

Date Series Part 3 of London GIC Tags CX / GIC

London's transition services need radical improvement, trans health expert Jess Bradley writes

West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) announced yesterday that it has served notice on the contract it has with NHS England to provide care to trans patients at the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic.

In the recent government …

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Aging and Trans, parts 1 - 4

Today I'm releasing a major work, a four-part book called 'Aging and Trans'.

This has been worked on for many months, and I hope that people will find it useful. Its relevant for you if you're over 60, but also if you're younger and have aged parents.

Part 1 - General …

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Infants Prefer Toys Typed To Their Gender

Children as young as 9 months-old prefer to play with toys specific to their own gender, according to a new study from academics at City University London and UCL.

The paper, which is published in the journal of Infant and Child Development, shows that in a familiar nursery environment significant …

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For Aging Trans People, Growing Old is Especially Isolating

Most people look forward to their retirement, but researchers say that transgender people are especially vulnerable to abuse in care homes.

Retirement can often be a source of great apprehension, discomfort, and - in some cases - torment for older trans people. From care homes and carers, to mental health wards and …

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Huge rise in number of Britons trying to change gender

Figures obtained from UK clinics show referral increases of several hundred percent, leading to long waits for new patients

The number of Britons taking steps to change their gender has shot up dramatically in recent years, leaving vulnerable people waiting years for treatment.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information …

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Government to review 2004 Gender Recognition Act

Legal processes for registering a change of gender are to be overhauled to make them less distressing for transgender people.

The move is part of a package of reforms unveiled by the equalities minister, Nicky …

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Trans people attack UK government's trans 'equality' report

'Trans people deserve action, not more words.'

Many trans people have reacted in anger to the UK government’s trans equality report released today (7 July).

The new package, which includes a review of the Gender Recognition Act, says very little of note.

Nicky Morgan, the Women and Equalities Minister …

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Genital mutilation of UK intersex people on the NHS, UN acts

Gay Star News, UK

Nepal and the UK have been reprimanded by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for intersex genital mutilation

The UK still has doctors doing unnecessary and dangerous genital surgery on intersex children and now the UN has stepped in.

Activists say the …

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Perceived Discrimination, Social Support, and Quality of Life in Gender Dysphoria

Introduction

Transgender individuals experience discrimination in all domains of their personal and social life. Discrimination is believed to be associated with worse quality of life (QoL).

Aim

To investigate the relation between QoL and perceived levels of discrimination and social support in individuals with gender dysphoria (GD).

Methods

Individuals with …

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Effects of Sex Steroid Deprivation/Administration on Hair Growth and Skin Sebum Production in Transsexual Males and Females

And I also found this file which is quite interesting. They say in their conclusion -

"estrogens plus antiandrogens in biological males block circulating androgens and sebum production almost completely, but inhibit hair growth only slowly. A strong reduction in hair-shaft diameter was the first sign of androgen deprivation, reaching its …

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The Transsexual Phenomenon

Looking through the logs I found that several people were looking for "phenomenon" and not finding it. I knew what the true title of the article was "The transsexual phenomenon" by Harry Benjamin published in 1966.

I knew that it used to be here, back when I had a wordpress …

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A puddle underneath the keyboard!

I've just come back from a hospital appointment and had one hell of a job logging back in to my computer. It was almost as if my keymaps had been changed. Whilst at the login screen the number '0' opened the menu containing "shut down"! So I thought that I'd …

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Transgender kids: ‘Everyone was calling me Sebastian, but I knew I was a girl’

Camille is six. Today she is wearing a dress patterned with strawberries and a pink zip-up sweatshirt with Dance printed across the front in sparkly sequins. Her fingernails are painted alternately pink and blue. She likes playing with Barbies. Her favourite Disney heroines are Elsa from Frozen and Ariel from …

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Does Menopause Really Cause Weight Gain?

For many women going through menopause, weight gain can be incredibly frustrating. No matter how many salads they eat or walks they take, the number on the scale keeps creeping upward. What is it about a woman's changing metabolism that increases her tendency to put on weight? Is it just …

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Clinical Review: Breast Development in Trans Women Receiving Cross-Sex Hormones

Published online 16 December 2015

Abstract

Introduction

In trans women (male-to-female transsexual persons), cross-sex hormone therapy is administered to induce feminization. Breast development is an important part of feminization for most trans women.

Aim

The aim of this study is to assess the effect of cross-sex hormone therapy on breast …

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5 rules for taking creative criticism

This rings many bells for me, after taking many months writing a book I desperately need honest criticism about it for it to be even better. So please, give me feedback?

Rule 1

Us creatives can be pretty delicate when it comes to our work and ideas. If we're honest …

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Clearing out damaged cells in mice extends lifespan by up to 35 percent

Date Tags life

As we age, cells within our bodies can become damaged. As a way of helping prevent cancers developing, a biological mechanism called cellular senescence stops these damaged cells from dividing. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have now shown that clearing these senescent cells from the body of mice can improve health …

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Dangerous bacteria molecules discovered in processed foods

Date Tags food / diet

Everyone knows that processed foods aren't exactly good for the human body, but a new study by researchers at the University of Leicester has shed more light on exactly why that's the case. The scientists have detected dangerous molecules called pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), which are linked to numerous conditions …

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Charing Cross GRS Waiting Lists - 2015

December

Updated information about the waiting lists for genital surgery at Charing Cross have been published. Please note that this is statistics for the surgical team at Charing Cross, regardless of which GIC the patient has been referred from. Also it is not currently possible to get information about waiting …

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Government Trans Equality Report; Much to Cheer But Timid in Parts

Sarah Brown's Blog, UK
Posted on 14 January, 2016

This morning, the government’s Women and Equalities Committee released its first report on transgender equality, detailing its recommendations. They fall into a few broad areas:

  • Reform of the 2004 Gender Recognition Act
  • Reform of the 2010 Equality Act
  • Reform of …
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