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Research and Innovation

Dr. Tandy Aye and her team are examining the effects of pubertal blockers and cross sex hormones on the brain, bone and body composition to help provide better preventative care for transgender youth.

What transgender teens need from their parents

When teenagers confide that they are transgender or uncertain about their gender identity, their parents may be unsure how to offer support.

To find out what types of family support help transgender adolescents, a Stanford research team asked them. The actions teens valued most were among the simplest, according to the new study, which was published March 8 in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Teens said they most appreciated having parents use their preferred name and pronoun, as well as knowing that their parents were emotionally available and listening to their concerns.

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Better mental health found among transgender people who started hormones as teens

According to new research led by the Stanford University School of Medicine, transgender people who started gender-affirming hormone treatment in adolescence experienced better mental health than those who waited until adulthood.

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Watching for eating disorders in transgender teens

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More than half of transgender teenagers intentionally gain or lose weight to align their bodies with their gender identity, a Stanford study found. The study, published recently in the Journal of Adolescent Health, began because caregivers at the pediatric and adolescent gender clinic at Stanford Medicine Children's Health saw worrisome patterns of weight manipulation among their patients.

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