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Overweight Men May Feel Stigmatized, Too

WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's not only women who agonize over their excess pounds. Stigma about being overweight can cause physical and emotional harm to men, too.

"It's often assumed that conversations about weight loss, poor body image, and dieting are more salient for women. Men are frequently overlooked, but that does not necessarily mean that men are less affe...

Preterm Births to Hispanic Women Climbed After Trump's Election

FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of preterm births to Hispanic women in the United States inched up shortly after the 2016 election -- raising the question of whether the political climate played a role, researchers say.

The study, of births between 2009 and 2017, found an uptick in preterm deliveries among Hispanic women that occurred in the nine months after Pres...

Ageism Disappears When Young and Old Spend Time Together

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ageism is pervasive throughout society, and harmful to young and old alike. But a new study finds some simple steps can help erase it.

Mixing younger and older people in various settings, combined with educating younger people about the aging process and its misconceptions, works quickly to reduce ageism, the new research indicates.

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Many 'Dehumanize' People with Obesity

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many people -- including those who are overweight themselves -- view people with obesity as less human or less evolved, new research reveals.

In four online studies questioning more than 1,500 participants from the United States, the United Kingdom and India, researchers also found that dehumanization of those with obesity predicted support ...

Funding Gap Leaves Women Scientists at a Lifelong Disadvantage: Study

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women scientists get less early-career research funding from the U.S. government than men, which can put them at a disadvantage for the rest of their careers, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed grants given by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to 53,000 first-time principal investigators (57 percent men and 43 percent women) be...

Women Doctors Say They're Penalized for Motherhood

THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women juggling a medical career and motherhood often face significant workplace discrimination, a new study finds.

Researchers conducted an online survey of U.S. doctors who were mothers. The age range was 24 to 62, and most worked more than 40 hours a week.

Common complaints included less chance of career development; financial pe...

Ageism Costs Billions in Health Care Dollars

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Prejudice directed at older people results in $63 billion in excess health costs each year in the United States, a new study claims.

Ageism, which is the marginalization of the elderly in society, accounts for one of every seven dollars spent on the eight most expensive health conditions for Americans older than 60. Those conditions include...

Ex-Cons May Be Good Job Hires

MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hiring people with criminal records may offer a short-term pay off, at least in customer service jobs, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., collected data on nearly 59,000 people hired for sales or customer service jobs in U.S. call centers from May 2008 to January 2014.

They found emplo...

Companies Not Doing Enough to Combat Sexual Harassment: Survey

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The #MeToo movement has shone the spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace, but a new survey shows most U.S. employers aren't tackling the issue.

The movement "has given business leaders an opportunity to finally take real action addressing a complex problem that has been pervasive for generations," said survey author David Ballard....

Discrimination Affects More Than Just the Victims

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Discrimination takes a toll not only on a victim's health but on the well-being of their romantic partners, too, a new study finds.

"We found that when an individual experiences discrimination, they report worse health and depression," said study leader William Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. "Howeve...

Feeling Sexually Harassed? You're Not Alone

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Before the #MeToo movement and the fall of numerous powerful men accused of sexual harassment, researchers surveyed thousands of women and found the problem to be widespread.

The poll, conducted last winter by Harvard researchers, found those women most likely to report sexual harassment were young and college-educated.

Among w...

Race, Age Bias Common in U.S. Medical Care: Survey

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 20 percent of older people who've sought care for chronic illness say they experienced discrimination in the U.S. health system, a new study reports.

Racial discrimination was the most common kind, but the study also revealed discrimination based on ancestry, gender, age, religion, weight or physical appearance, physical disability, ...