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Jun 07, 2022

How do mental health conditions affect the LGBTQIA+ community? 

Nearly 20 percent of the adult U.S. population lives with a mental health condition, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are nearly three times more likely to be part of that group. It is important to recognize the facts about mental health and LGBTQIA+ communities, eliminate stigma, and find a way to bring help to those who need it. 

Jul 07, 2021

Why Does the LGBTQIA+ Community Suffer from Poor Mental Health at Higher Rates?

Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity, but people who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community are at higher mental health risk compared to others. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), "LGB adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition. Transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender individuals to experience a mental health condition". Many factors aside, this is because many people identifying as LGBTQIA+ face discrimination, family rejection, harassment, and fear of violence.

Nov 03, 2020

What Are Pronouns and Why Do They Matter?

Pronouns—they’re something a lot of us take for granted in everyday life. If you identify with the sex you were assigned at birth, pronouns might not be something you’ve had to think about. If you or someone in your life is transgender, genderqueer, or another gender-variant, you probably know how important it is to get pronouns right, even if you don’t do so the first time.

Jun 14, 2016

Banned Blood: Why Not Everyone Can Donate

It’s World Blood Donor Day, yet not everybody can donate blood.

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The Wellness Bus Offers Free Nutrition Services in Utah

Sep 21, 2022

Eating a diet with good nutrition can be challenging. Luckily, experts can help us to eat healthier. The Wellness Bus travels around Utah offering free health screenings and education to members of the community. Clinical dietitian Alex Marie Hernandez works on the bus, and she shares her tips on eating healthier, avoiding common nutrition misconceptions, and improving your health with free nutrition counseling.

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How Do You Treat Parosmia or Loss of Smell?

Sep 21, 2022

Parosmia is a condition where a person’s sense of smell no longer works correctly. Caused by infections like COVID-19, head injuries, or other neurological conditions, this loss of smell can be an inconvenience for some— and a significant problem for the quality of life of others. Rhinologist Kristine Smith, MD, explains what parosmia is, what treatments are most effective, and lifestyle changes that may help you get through the condition.

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114: Could That Lump Be Male Breast Cancer?

Sep 20, 2022

It may be more rare, but men can develop cancer in their breast tissue. Unfortunately, the survival rate for men diagnosed with breast cancer is significantly lower than women. Why? According to cancer specialist Dr. Matt Covington, men are less likely to catch their cancer early enough for treatments to be effective. Learn what risk factors may increase your chance of breast cancer and how to check yourself for lumps.

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What Is Monkeypox and How Can You Keep Yourself Safe?

Sep 14, 2022

Monkeypox is a contagious viral infection that can lead to severe, scar-causing rashes. While the virus is not particularly life-threatening to most people, the painful symptoms can last for weeks. Virologists Sankar Swaminathan, MD, and Adam Spivak, MD, discuss how monkeypox spreads and what you can do to prevent an infection, along with dispelling some of the myths about the virus floating around the internet.

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