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Is there much bias now against biracial kids?

Is there much bias now against biracial kids?

No cure...: There is no cure for ignorance. Racism is still everywhere. ...Read more

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Is there still a bias against only children? Why?

Is there still a bias against only children? Why?

Not really: I don't think there is a bias, its just different for everybody their wants and desires. Each family should make that decision for themselves, we all have different needs and different situations. ...Read more

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How biased are these womens health promoters like nams and guttmacher?

How biased are these womens health promoters like nams and guttmacher?

Bias towards women: These organizations have tried for years to enhance the health of women and eliminate medical and political obstacles their care and well being. Yes they are biased - they are biased towards women and against the ignorance and errors of the past. ...Read more

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Is there a pregnancy bias or penalty for women in the workplace?

Is there a pregnancy bias or penalty for women in the workplace?

Potential bias: I remember being very frustrated years ago when another female medical student slept 8 hours and I worked all night without a break during a surgery rotation because she was pregnant. I have had three children since becoming a physician. The female psychiatric residents I worked with found variable acceptance by both their male & female peers. Having a pregnant co-worker can bring up a number ...Read more

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My shrink won't tell me what my diagnosis is because she thinks it would have a negative effect on me. Do you think this is a good bias?

My shrink won't tell me what my diagnosis is because she thinks it would have a negative effect on me. Do you think this is a good bias?

Disagreement vs bias: If you are really 18 or older, you should talk to your psychiatrist ("shrink") and ask what your rights are regarding your knowing about your mental health. You may also ask to talk to the office manager or your state medical board. If you are under 18, then you need to talk to your parent or legal guardian. If you life in a hospital or group home, talk to your case worker. I don't see a bias. ...Read more

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Growth spurts. Do they really happen or are they just parent's observational bias?

Growth spurts. Do they really happen or are they just parent's observational bias?

Yes: During the newborn period baby grows ~ 10in the first yr and ~4in the 2nd & 3in/yr until puberty. At that point they may jump up to ~5in/yr for a yr or so. Timing is different from kid to kid and in boys or girls. So in truth, growth both slows down & spurts as part of normal growth & development. ...Read more

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Is there gender bias in health care?

Is there gender bias in health care?

Sometimes: Sometimes certain diagnoses are applied to more women vs men, and problems can be missed because our index of suspicion may not be high enough. For instance, heart attack symptoms may differ in men vs women, but both genders will be just as sick. Some doctors may also assume that women are "hysterical" rather than understanding they may have a complicated health problem. We have a lot to learn. ...Read more

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Are most mental health facilities and hospitals biased?

Are most mental health facilities and hospitals biased?

Second opinion: Although im not entirely sure what you mean by biased, i would answer that they generally are not. However, mental health and diagnosis can be very complex and some clinics may be more biased toward one diagnosis vs another. It is always good to seek a second opinion if you arent sure or disagree with one clinics opinion. If several clinics say the same thing then you are on the right track. ...Read more