Being transgender is not a mental illness, and the WHO should acknowledge this

The pathology lies in society discriminating against transgender people, not in transgender people themselves. Ted Eytan/Flickr, CC BY Damien Riggs, Flinders University The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced it may no longer classify being transgender as a disorder in the revised version of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), due for release in 2018. The ICD is a diagnostic tool used across much of the world to diagnose health issues, including mental illness. A study published this week in the Lancet medical journal has lent support to this move. Echoing previous research, the study found poor mental health among transgender people is primarily the product of social stigma and violence. This counters the view that being transgender is itself pathological. History of diagnostic criteria Historically, it has been assumed that the sex we are assigned at birth determines our gender. Primarily on the basis of visual inspection of genitalia, people are…
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Diabetes and pregnancy can be a tricky (but achievable) mix: 6 things to think about if you want a baby and 1 if you don’t

A successful pregnancy if you have diabetes comes down to planning and making sure you have the right health-care team behind you. from www.shutterstock.com Freya MacMillan, Western Sydney University; David Simmons, Western Sydney University, and Tinashe Dune, Western Sydney University The number of people with diabetes is expected to increase from 463 million in 2019 to 700 million by 2045 globally. So more women with diabetes will be having babies in the future. If you have diabetes, here’s how to have the best chance of a safe and successful pregnancy, and to give your baby the best start in life. Alternatively, if you have diabetes and want to avoid pregnancy, here’s what to think about when it comes to contraception.   Read more: Explainer: what is diabetes? Why are women with diabetes and their babies at greater risk? Women with diabetes have an increased risk of pregnancy complications, particularly if they’re among the more than 60% whose pregnancies …
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