Rules on Cornea Donations From Gay Men Prevent Sight-Restoring Surgery: Study | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) — U.S. and Canadian restrictions on cornea donations from gay and bisexual men prevent thousands of vision-restoring transplants and need to be changed, researchers say.

A corneal transplant can cure some forms of blindness and visual impairment. The United States bans men from donating if they have had gay sex in the past five years; Canada has a 12-month restriction.

The same debate has raged for years in the United States about blood donations. In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration changed the abstinence period required for gay and bisexual blood donors from 12 months to three months.

The restrictions prevented more than 3,200 corneal donations from gay and bisexual men in 2018, despite a lack of scientific evidence of harm caused by receiving corneas from these men, according to a study published Sept. 24 in the

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Why Do Gay and Lesbian People Get More Migraines? | Health News

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

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MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Could migraine risk be affected by sexual orientation? A new study suggests that the answer may be yes.

After tracking migraines among thousands of American adults, investigators found that men and women who identify as gay, bisexual or mostly but not exclusively heterosexual have a notably higher migraine risk.

“Lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals were 58% more likely to experience a migraine compared to heterosexual individuals,” said lead author Dr. Jason Nagata, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Nearly a third of gay, lesbian and bisexual study participants had experienced a migraine, Nagata noted.

“We also found that individuals who identified as mostly heterosexual but with some same-sex attractions were more likely to experience a migraine, compared to those who identified as exclusively heterosexual,” he added.

Migraines are a type of

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