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The Transgender Community Has a New Way to Find the Right Doctor

Many trans people struggle to find physicians who understand their specific needs. That just got a little bit easier.

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Finding a good doctor is never easy. But finding a doctor for many transgender people can be especially difficult: someone who isn’t just sensitive, but keenly attuned to the specific needs of transgender individuals. That’s why a new website called “MyTransHealth”* helps transgender people find trans-friendly doctors in the location, and specialty, they’re looking for.

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Does Cuba Hold the Cure for America’s Doctor Shortage?

Normalizing relations with the island nation is not just good for business, it brings out decades of embargoed medical expertise.

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Ever since Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced their intention to normalize relations between America and Cuba last December, the world has been abuzz with speculation as to what the long-awaited opening will bring the two nations. American businessmen and officials have already launched trade delegations to the island, exploring new import-export markets and avenues for development. But besides all the chatter about American tractor exports and Cuban cigar imports, one of the most exciting new deals has been a plan by a Buffalo, New York-based biotech firm to import, test, and distribute a Cuban lung cancer vaccine, Cimavax. Already widely used in countries with better economic relations to Havana, the drug (which is far cheaper and less toxic than chemotherapy) seems capable of extending the lives of critical patients by four to six months, buying them some much needed time.

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Doctors Rally With Candid Napping Pics to Show the Need for Sleep

Siesta solidarity brings to light the severely demanding working conditions in Mexico’s healthcare system.

Earlier this month, a Mexican blog posted a picture of a young medical student caught sleeping at her desk. Widespread criticism followed, until a group of doctors courageously came to her defense and started posting pictures of themselves sleeping at work. The doctors who heroically napped in protest are especially concerned about the importance of sleep in the medical community.

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Dubai Student Designs Mobile Prenatal Care Device

This 20-year-old Dubai student's new mobile device could make childbirth much safer in developing countries.

It’s not hard to guess from his technology competition name—The Hex Pistols—that 20-year-old Shawn Frank is a fan of music. He's also a strong advocate of ensuring that women in developing nations have access to quality prenatal care. Six months ago, while walking to an internship, Frank came up with the idea for momEcare, a mobile device that helps provide medical assistance to pregnant women who can't get to a hospital. Now Frank, who just graduated from the computer science program at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, is headed to Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a technology competition for socially conscious high school and college students happening next week in New York City (we've covered the other young finalists here, here and here). I caught up with him to find out what first sparked his interest in technology and learn more about how momEcare works.

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Developing Better Teachers by Training Them Like Medical School Residents

A new training program is educating teachers the way medical schools educate doctors. Can it help close America's persistent achievement gap?

Can the largest charter school organization in California close the achievement gap by revamping teacher training and ending the massive problem of high teacher turnover? The Aspire Public Schools Teacher Residency Program, a new teacher preparation initiative certainly wants to try. The program is approaching teacher education the way medical schools educate doctors—combining education theory, classroom practice, and intensive coaching and mentorship.

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