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Longer Glances: Interesting Reads You Might Have Missed

Every week, KHN finds longer stories for you to enjoy. This week’s selections include stories about emotional support animals, Down syndrome, trans healthcare, plus-size exercise gear, covid, and more.

The Washington Post: This dog knows 40 commands and can play cards. A hospital hired him.

A children’s hospital in Orlando recently recruited candidates for a coveted new position. After rounds of interviews, his choice for the job was Parks, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever with golden fur and floppy ears, who boasts an impressive catalog of more than 40 commands. Like many dogs, he knows how to sit, stay and lift his paw on command. But what impressed hospital workers were Parks’ advanced skills, including pushing objects, turning light switches on and off with his nose, pulling strings to hold doors and drawers open, retrieving items and helping with laundry. pulling the washing machine basket. (Page, 4/5)

The Washington Post: For people with Down syndrome, a longer life, but under a cloud

Karen Gaffney is not afraid of challenges. Born with chubby hips, she became an accomplished swimmer, solo crossing Lake Tahoe and the English Channel as part of a relay team. She started a foundation to advocate for people with disabilities, giving motivational speeches. She works for a law firm four days a week. But Gaffney, who has Down syndrome, loses his bravado when he speaks of an imminent threat to everything he has accomplished, a threat to his own life: Up to 90 percent of people with the genetic condition develop Alzheimer’s disease, usually in their early 50s. but sometimes in their 40s. Gaffney is 43 years old. (McGinley, 7/4)

North Carolina Health News: Can NC reduce the number of children in crisis who end up in limbo? Advocates hope a new plan can help

Any time children are taken from their homes as social workers and others try to protect them from abuse, neglect or other dangerous situations, it can be emotionally wrenching for them. Some have been further traumatized in North Carolina recently by having to sleep in department of social services offices, hospital emergency rooms or local hotel rooms while child welfare workers search for a bed. safe and temporary housing. (Blythe, 3/28)

Undark: The Troubled Evolution of Pediatric Transgender Medicine

Relationships between patients and doctors last a long time at the Gender Dysphoria Expertise Center in Amsterdam. Some of today’s adult patients have been visiting the clinic since the age of 5, when their parents first noticed signs of gender dysphoria, the distressing experience that can occur when a person’s gender identity is not correct. matches the sex assigned at birth. For some very young children, negative feelings diminish over time and they no longer identify as transgender. But for other kids, the angst lingers in the years before puberty. (Klotz, 6/4)

The Wall Street Journal: Plus-Size Fitness Fans Call for More Inclusive Sports Equipment and Gear

Many apparel companies have started selling larger sizes in recent years, but some plus-size wearers say manufacturers of technical athletic apparel and equipment have failed to keep up. While ordinary shorts and t-shirts above US size 16 are sold in many places, specialty items are more elusive. Archers and fencers say it’s hard to find chest protectors big enough. Horse and bike riders need to look for well-fitting breeches and padded pants. Skiers and snowboarders have trouble getting snow pants and boots, which have to fit around the calf. (Deighton, 4/4)

The New York Times: Cannabis for Better Sex? This is what science says

The bottom line: It’s hard to say for sure that cannabis will increase desire or improve your sex life, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the right dose of cannabis can make a woman’s orgasms more satisfying and increase sexual desire. This is in part because cannabis can enhance the senses and also alleviate some of the symptoms that inhibit desire, such as anxiety, insomnia, or pain. It can also have positive effects for men, but also several negative effects, and women should also be aware of its possible disadvantages. (Caron, 4/1)

USA Today and El Paso Times: US and Mexico seek new strategies against the pandemic after the COVID disaster

Health experts like to warn that “disease knows no borders.” It was true for El Paso, Texas, and Juárez on the US-Mexico border, two cities separated by the width of a river. COVID-19 destroyed families on both sides as if the border did not exist, changing and ending lives regardless of nationality. The two cities faced waves of COVID-19 that hit within days or weeks of each other. The virus took a terrible toll on the lives of Borderland residents, overwhelming hospitals, closing businesses and isolating previously intertwined communities. More than 3,300 people have died in El Paso; more than 4,500 have perished in Juarez. (Pskowski and Villagran, 3/29)

The New York Times: Inside a maternity hospital in Ukraine as the war rages on

Before the war, Alina Shynkar’s gynecologist advised her to avoid stress during pregnancy and suggested that she spend her time “just watching cartoons and goofing around”. It was simple enough advice, but not so easy to follow after air raid sirens blared, artillery blasts rattled windows, and fierce street fights broke out a few miles from her maternity hospital. Then, staying calm for her baby became Mrs. Shynkar’s quiet personal battle in the Ukraine war. She checked into Maternity Hospital No. 5 in the capital kyiv before the war started in late February to rest on bed due to the risk of premature birth, only to see the hospital turn into a state of chaos and panicked weeks later. (Kramer, 7/4)

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