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5:33pm

Mon May 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

To Fight HIV, Indian Health Workers Say Homosexuality Must Be Legal

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 7:20 pm

Participants carry a rainbow flag during a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parade in Mumbai, India.
Rajanish Kakade AP

It's just after nightfall as Anandrag Davinder, an outreach worker among Mumbai's mostly hidden community of gay men, wanders down a dark alley beside a busy railway station in Mumbai. His stop is a squalid row of urinal buildings where gay men go to meet, hidden from public view. The stench inside is overwhelming.

"This is a loo. This is a cruising center," Davinder says, stepping into the crowded, nearly pitch-black room. "All the gays are standing here only and saying, 'I like these guys. I want to do sex with this person.' "

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2:56pm

Mon May 14, 2012
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In Talent Hunt, Some Businesses Offer Health Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Reaction to President Obama's bombshell that he now supports gay marriage ran the gamut from profound to lighthearted.
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President Obama's pronouncement last week in favor of same-sex marriage has no legal effect on employers' decisions on whether to offer benefits to workers' domestic partners.

But some advocates say it could reinforce a decade-long trend toward coverage.

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12:15pm

Mon May 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Jobs And College Pose New Challenge For Young People With Autism

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:50 am

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Times are tough for young people. Unemployment is high, and college costs are soaring.

For those who've been diagnosed with autism, the challenges of life after high school are even steeper, according to a study just published in the journal Pediatrics.

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1:27am

Mon May 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors' Due Diligence: Measuring Kids' Blood Pressure

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:37 am

Doctors often overlook taking a child's blood pressure during routine visits.
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

There have been hints that the obesity epidemic's rise has slowed a bit among certain populations, but for the most part, it continues to dominate American health. One third of children and teenagers are now overweight or obese. And researchers forecast as many as half of our nation's population could be obese — not overweight but obese — by 2030.

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1:26am

Mon May 14, 2012
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Alzheimer's Patients Turn To Stories Instead Of Memories

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 4:44 am

TimeSlips is a program based on the idea that storytelling can be therapeutic for people with dementia.
Dick Blau TimeSlips

Ask family members of someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia: Trying to talk with a loved one who doesn't even remember exactly who they are can be very frustrating.

But here at a senior center in Seattle, things are different.

On one recent day, 15 elderly people were forming a circle. The room is typical — linoleum floors, cellophane flowers on the windows, canes and wheelchairs, and walkers lined up against the wall.

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