These 18 countries allow transgender people in their militaries

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 12:27 PM

ROCKHAMPTON, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  The shoulder insignia of an Australian soldier is seen at the Williamson airfied in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area as part of Battle Group Pegasus on July 12, 2017 in Rockhampton, Australia. Exercise Talisman Sabre, a biennial combined Australian and United States (US) training activity, is the largest combined military exercise hosted by the Australian Defence Force. The battle group consists of around twenty-four rotary wing aircraft from the Australian Army's 16th Aviation Brigade, the US Army's 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Aircraft include US Army Blackhawks and Apaches attack helicopters, Australian MRH-90, chinooks and tiger helicopters along with New Zealand NH-90 helicopters.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
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ROCKHAMPTON, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: The shoulder insignia of an Australian soldier is seen at the Williamson airfied in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area as part of Battle Group Pegasus on July 12, 2017 in Rockhampton, Australia. Exercise Talisman Sabre, a biennial combined Australian and United States (US) training activity, is the largest combined military exercise hosted by the Australian Defence Force. The battle group consists of around twenty-four rotary wing aircraft from the Australian Army's 16th Aviation Brigade, the US Army's 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Aircraft include US Army Blackhawks and Apaches attack helicopters, Australian MRH-90, chinooks and tiger helicopters along with New Zealand NH-90 helicopters. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)(Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

In a series of tweets Wednesday, President Donald Trump said transgender people will be barred from serving in the U.S. military “in any capacity.”

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“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote.

In 2015, the National Center for Transgender Equality estimated 15,000 trans people served in the U.S. military.

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The Pentagon ended the ban on transgender people in the military last year, placing the United States in the company of at least 18 other countries that allow trans people to serve in their militaries, according to a 2014 report from the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

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Researchers behind the “LGBT Military Personnel: a Strategic Vision for Inclusion” report analyzed policies regarding LGBT inclusion in more than 100 countries and ranked them based on four principles: admission, tolerance, exclusion and persecution — each determined by a total of 19 different indicators, including transgender personnel.

Here are 18 countries that allow trans military personnel, according to the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies report:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bolivia
  5. Canada
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Israel
  13. Netherlands
  14. New Zealand
  15. Norway
  16. Spain
  17. Sweden
  18. United Kingdom

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But even in those countries that researchers found inclusive to trans military members, several have set specific policies regarding trans personnel.

For example, in the United Kingdom, trans individuals should have finished transitioning before they serve.

It’s similar in Belgium, where policies state a person must undergo surgery and sterilization for the military to recognize their identified gender.

Australia’s Air Force, on the other hand, offers assistance in transitioning.

Read the full report from the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

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Regular exercise can prevent older adults from falling, study says

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:03 PM

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Falls and fractures among older adults can lead to long-term disabilities. However, doctors have now found a simple solution to avoid accidents: regular exercise. 

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Researchers from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently conducted a review, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to determine the best practices to avoid falls among people age 65 and older. 

To do so, they examined data from about 20 studies that gathered the health records of older adults, some of who were at high risk for falling. They also evaluated evidence on vitamin D supplementation, which has been linked to a reduced risk of decreased bone density.

After analyzing the data, they found that exercise decreased the likelihood of falls and injuries related to falls. In fact, they discovered there was a 10 to 20 percent reduced risk. 

“It’s abundant evidence,” said Madeleine Hackney, geriatrics professor at Emory University, who was not a part of the trial. “As we get older, we lose muscle mass. The way to get stronger is to strengthen them on a regular basis.”

The researchers listed several types of exercises that are beneficial for older adults, including cardio, resistance training and even tai-chi.

However, they said vitamin D may not be as effective in preventing fractures. They recommend against vitamin D supplementation to limit falls among adults 65 and older, because they did not see a consistent benefit. Those with a vitamin D deficiency are an exception. 

“Pooled analyses showed neither a significant reduction in falls nor a significant effect on the number of persons experiencing a fall with vitamin D supplementation,” the authors wrote.

Hackney called those findings “interesting.” 

“That’s going in the face of common practice. Doctors are prescribing it, but the evidence is not backing it up,” she said. 

Despite the results, Hackney said there are several different approaches to strengthening the body.

“The most important thing is that they find something they like to do where they can be nurtured and supported,” she advised. “If you do it regularly, you body will note.”

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Man intentionally ran mother, 80, off road, deputies say

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:24 PM

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A man intentionally ran his 80-year-old mother off the road Thursday as she was trying to drive to the sheriff’s office to get help, investigators said. 

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Roger Wayne Lincoln, 58, crashed into his mother’s car around 6 p.m. He was driving in a red 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as she was driving to the Payette County Sheriff’s Office, according to KTVB.

The mother, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

"Our belief is they had some kind of incident at the house and we believe he didn't allow her to call 911 at that time, according to the information we have, and she was leaving the residence to get help,” Payette County Sheriff's Lt. Andy Creech told the Idaho Press.

Lincoln is wanted on charges of aggravated battery, intimidating a witness, leaving the scene of an injury collusion and intentional destruction of a telecommunication line or instrument, according to KTVB.

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'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

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Verne Troyer, famous for his role as "Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. (Photo: Verne Troyer/Facebook)

Verne Troyer, famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. 

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American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:12 PM

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An American Airlines plane flying from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Palm Beach International Airport developed a hydraulic leak Saturday afternoon. 

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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the airport after the plane landed safely at the gate at about 1:07 p.m, according to Capt. Albert Borroto.

The plane -- which was scheduled to land at PBI -- did not need to make an emergency landing, and there are no reports of injuries, Leonard Serratore of PBI said. 

It is unclear if the plane experienced the leak before or after the plane took off from Charlotte. 

In August 2016, a similar incident with an American Airlines plane occurred at PBI in which the plane developed a hydraulic leak on a taxiway. In that instance, 23 passengers and one flight attendant were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, including burning eyes, itchy skin and difficulty breathing.

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