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Religious refusal laws harm sexual minority mental health, study finds

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ScienceDaily, 23 May 2018. A new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher has found that state laws permitting the denial of services to same-sex couples because of religious or moral beliefs harm the mental health of sexual minority adults in those states. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found these laws were associated with a 46 percent increase in...

Study on mental health impacts of anti-gay religious prejudice should be a ‘wake-up call’ for faith leaders

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ABC, 19th October 2017 Faith leaders who insist same-sex couples should not be able to marry — even those who also promote love and support for LGB people — may be causing serious harm to the mental health of LGB individuals, the author of a new study on the impacts of religious anti-gay prejudice has said. In the new study, published this week in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry...

Punishing one person for STI transmission weakens public health efforts

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The Conversation, September 21, 2017 Is one person to blame if another gets a sexually transmissible infection (STI)? In most Australian states, if you have certain STIs, you have a legal responsibility to notify your potential sexual partners. The idea that punishing STI exposure or transmission will decrease rates of infection is not supported by global research on HIV, and there is no reason...

Broader definition of polycystic ovary syndrome is harming women: Australian experts

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The Age, August 17 2017 – 11:20 AM In an opinion article in the latest British Medical Journal, Australian researchers argue that an expanded definition had inadvertently led to overdiagnosis, and therefore too much treatment and even harm. The widening of the definition (to include the sonographic presence of polycystic ovaries) in 2003 led to a dramatic increase in cases, from 5 to 21 per...

What does the Anna Stubblefield case teach us about sentencing and sexual assault?

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ABC Radio National, 19.6.17  at 1:31 PM A former chair of philosophy at Rutgers University had sex with a man who can’t speak. The resulting court battle raised questions about when and why suffering matters in sentencing — and Anna Stubblefield went to jail. Stubblefield had slept with a man known only by the pseudonym DJ, who has cerebral palsy and to this day has never spoken...

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