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The Government of Canada recently announced more than $1.6 million for endometriosis patients and research, the largest single investment in endometriosis care in Canada for the last 20 years. (Shutterstock)

Endometriosis: It’s time to change the pattern of pain, stigma and barriers to diagnosis and treatment

Endometriosis often means years of severe pain, lost productivity and dismissed symptoms before getting a diagnosis — followed by ineffective treatment. New funding aims to change this pattern.
Feet of a person with lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. WHO

Patients’ beliefs about illness matter: the case of elephantiasis in rural Ghana

In rural Ghana, only 18% of patients believe elephantiasis is a disease. Some others think it is caused by curses or even rain. Only by understanding local beliefs can it be treated effectively.
A transgender woman at a safe house supporting LGBTQ residents in Kampala, Uganda. Anti-gay laws make certain homosexual relationships punishable by death. Luke Dray/Getty Images

Young people with sexual or gender diversity are at higher risk of stopping their HIV treatment because of stigma and harsh laws

Stigmatised people living with HIV often suffer from fear, depression and abuse. It’s sometimes easier to stop a treatment regime than risk being ostracised or assaulted by the community.
Whistleblower Athol Williams, a former partner at Bain SA, testifies at the State Capture Commission in 2021. Papi Morake/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Corruption in South Africa: would paying whistleblowers help?

Whistleblowers should be entitled to financial support. But that has potential costs as well as benefits.
People living with HIV need support from family and friends to overcome stigma. Getty Images

Nigerians with HIV are stigmatised: study shows support from family and friends is crucial to well-being

When people living with HIV in Nigeria receive support from close friends, they are less likely to experience stigma and associated poor health outcomes.
LGBTQ+ caregivers from racial minorities reported experiencing poorer family quality of life and higher depressive symptoms. FG Trade/E+ via Getty Images

LGBTQ+ caregivers of people with dementia face unique stresses that lead to poorer physical and mental health

Discrimination, isolation and stigma related to sexual orientation or gender identity likely contribute to the higher rates of depression and lower quality of life of LGBTQ+ caregivers.
Many people with ADHD are finding it difficult to get their Adderall prescriptions filled amid the shortage. AP Photo/Jenny Kane

Misuse of Adderall promotes stigma and mistrust for patients who need it – a neuroscientist explains the science behind the controversial ADHD drug

For those who need it, Adderall and other stimulants can be game-changing medications that help restore the chemical imbalances underlying ADHD. But for those who don’t, these drugs can be harmful.
The Mass Casualty Commission has released its final report on the mass murder that happened in rural Nova Scotia in April 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Mass Casualty Commission report details the Nova Scotia shooter’s abuse of sex workers

The mass casualty commission report into the Nova Scotia mass murders outlines the perpetrator’s history of sexual abuse toward sex workers and what should be done to prevent it from happening again.
Talking for Change is a government-funded national program that aims to prevent child sexual abuse. It provides an anonymous national helpline and treatment options for anyone concerned about their attraction to children. (Shutterstock)

To prevent child sexual abuse, we need to change our thinking — and stop exploitation before it happens

There is a dire need to prevent child sexual abuse in Canada. It is critical to intervene early, and provide those at risk for offending with support through an anonymous helpline, as well as therapy.
Would you hold the mother responsible for her daughter’s weight? Courtesy of Steve Neuberg, Arizona State University, and Jaimie Krems, Oklahoma State University

People blame and judge parents for children’s heavier weights

While excess weight arises from a complex interplay of genes, environment, diet and activity, new research finds Americans hold parents responsible for excess weight in their kids.

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