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Trans advocates say intake forms are transphobic; New STI testing and diagnosis protocols; Hot and polluted days may double heart attack risk - Morning Medical Update

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Trans advocates say intake forms are transphobic

The Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine have released six forms that will need to be signed by trans individuals if they want to continue gender-affirming care. Advocates say the forms are transphobic and say the forms classify care as “speculative” and “based on poor quality research” when it is backed by many major medical associations.

New STI testing and diagnosis protocols

With sexually transmitted infections on the rise, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for better prevention and treatment at the STI & HIV 2023 World Congress in Chicago this week. Global cases have surged to 1 million a day after many countries relaxed prevention efforts during the pandemic. WHO’s new guidance includes updated diagnostic literature.

Hot and polluted days may double heart attack risk

A mix of heat and wildfire pollution doubles the risk of a heart attack, according to a new study. Two-day heat waves with temperatures between 82- and 98-degrees F increase fatal heart attack risk by 18%. Four-day heat waves with temperatures between 95- and 109-degrees F increased the risk by 74%. Women are more likely than men to experience a fatal heart attack in these conditions.

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