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LGBT Wellness Roundup: April 25

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with bloggers Liz Margolies and Scout, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness, visit our page dedicated to the topic here.

  • 1 Older LGBT people have to help each other face dementia challenge
    Older LGBT people are less likely to have partners or children and, therefore, rely on their friendship networks for support.
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    Older LGBT people are less likely to have partners or children and, therefore, rely on their friendship networks for support. As they age together, they can become less able to care for each other, especially if they experience dementia or cognitive decline. This week, The Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia partnered with the Elder Initiative and the local Alzheimer’s Association to learn the early warning signs and the importance of screening.
  • 2 Study Finds Health Disparities in North Carolina’s Sexual Minority
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    A new study found many LGB health disparities in those who live in North Carolina. The researchers, Dr. Derrick Matthews and Joseph Lee, MPH found higher smoking rates, poorer mental health and a greater likelihood of stress about having enough money to pay their rent.
  • 3 New Study Finds Extensive Negative Health Effects of Childhood Bullying
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    A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows the long term effects of childhood bullying, which include poor physical and psychological health, lower educational levels, higher levels of unemployment, and less general satisfaction with life. LGBT youth, who are at increased risk of bullying, can face additional effects due to a lack a support systems and homophobia or transphobia.
  • 4 Protecting Ourselves on World Meningitis Day
    <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gay-meningitis-deaths_n_5100673" target="_blank">Cases of meningitis among gay men</a
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    Cases of meningitis among gay men in both New York City and Los Angeles in recent years have been on the rise. World Meningitis Day, April 24, 2014, serves as a good reminder to be up to date on your vaccines!
  • 5 World Bank May Grant Uganda $90 Million Health Care Loan
    In the ongoing saga of Uganda’s LGBT laws, <a href="http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/04/23/world-bank-may-grant-uganda-90-m
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    In the ongoing saga of Uganda’s LGBT laws, the World Bank has granted a $90 Million health care loan to Uganda with stipulations that healthcare workers not be penalized for treating LGBT people, nor that individuals must identify themselves as LGBT to their health care providers. However, there is no guarantee for their safety. Ugandan activists have asked that sanctions not be made by western nations, for fears that this could lead to further persecution of LGBT people and harm services they themselves need, but that there are other ways that would be more effective, including supporting Uganda LGBT grassroots efforts.