Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: NIH study shows many preteens screen positive for suicide risk during ER visits

(NIH/National Institute of Mental Health) A new study found nearly one-third of youth ages 10 to 12 years screened positive for suicide risk in emergency departments. As part of a larger study on youth suicide risk screening in emergency departments, researchers at NIMH and collaborators explored how frequently preteen youth ages 10 to 12 screened positive for suicide risk. Notably, 7 percent of the preteens who screened positive for suicide risk were seeking help for physical – not psychiatric – concerns.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: New species of stiletto snake capable of sideways strikes discovered in West Africa

(Pensoft Publishers) During surveys in the Upper Guinea forest zone of Liberia and Guinea, scientists discovered snakes later identified as a new to science species. It belongs to the stiletto snakes, spectacular for their unusual skulls, allowing them to stab sideways with a fang sticking out of the corner of their mouths. The discovery, published in the open-access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution, is further evidence supporting the status of the region as unique in its biodiversity.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Air pollution may impact fetal cardiovascular system, Rutgers study says

(Rutgers University) Microscopic particles in air pollution inhaled by pregnant women may damage fetal cardiovascular development, according to a study by Rutgers researchers.The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Toxicology, found that early in the first trimester and late in the third trimester were critical windows during which pollutants most affect the mother’s and fetus’ cardiovascular systems.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Colorectal cancer in patients with early onset is distinct from that in older patients

(Wiley) New research indicates that colorectal cancer diagnosed at an early age has clinical and genetic features that are different from those seen in traditional colorectal cancer diagnosed later in life. Published early online in CANCER, the study also revealed certain unique features in especially young patients and those with predisposing conditions.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Academic performance of urban children with asthma worse than peers without asthma

(American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) A new study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows urban children with poorly controlled asthma, particularly those who are ethnic minorities, also suffer academically. Kids who were kept home due to asthma symptoms weren’t able to do as well in the classroom.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Smoking during pregnancy doubles the risk of sudden unexpected infant death, study warns

(Seattle Children’s) The first findings to result from a collaboration between Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Microsoft data scientists provides expecting mothers new information about how smoking before and during pregnancy contributes to the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly before their first birthday.

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Weekend reads: Journal editor fired for homophobic comments; “three-parent baby� paper mega-correction; the Bette Midler journal club

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Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Navigator: I Love Airports!

It’s 6:47 a.m. on Friday as I write this, and I am more than four hours early for my international flight. (I mixed up the departure time with the arrival time!)

Light from the brightening sky has been pooling into the previously dark waiting area of Dulles International Airport, where I have been sitting, waiting to check in. An Indian family across from me is trying to entertain a fussy toddler. Behind me, an airport employee speaks to someone (a friend? a sister?) on the speakerphone in a mix of West African French and English. From time to time, her walkie-talkie bleeps and stern voices crackle through. In the background, Blondie’s “Heart of Glass� is playing, but because I’m so sleepy, it takes me a few minutes to identify the song.

I love this airport; I’ve come to admire its handsome brutalist slopes and edges; its remoteness from central Washington, D.C.�although inconvenient�makes it seem like I’m already far away. And while the security lines aren’t fun, people watching here always is.

Generally, too, I find airports fascinating�they function as mini-cities, planned with security, commerce, and mobility in mind. But they’re also portals to other worlds�borderlands with their own set of rules. They all reflect the unique aspects of the places they’re in, but they’re also sort of all the same.

According to French anthropologist Marc Augé, airports are places of “solitude and similitude,� where every person who passes through becomes reduced to a role�they’re passengers or pilots before they’re people. But in a blog post for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, author Jenifer Van Vleck disagrees, arguing that an airport is “a deeply social space�and, indeed, an emotionally charged space.�

As I look at the screen to check on the departure time for my flight to India, I realize my love for airports draws from all of these theories. I love the anonymity and time-warping quality of the space; but also enjoy observing human moments that appear particularly stark against the sterility of the place. Most of all, I love the feeling of being in motion. Like Alain de Botton writes in his book, A Week at the Airport, airports offer “promises of alternative lives, to which we might appeal at moments of claustrophobia and stagnation.�

A colorful mock-up of the Mexico City international airport. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

What we’re writing:

Are dog parks… exclusionary? ¤ Why Toledo just gave Lake Erie legal rights. ¤ Finding a writer’s voice in Lagos. ¤ These Parisiens have had it with people who want to Instagram their street. ¤ Pune is turning buses into public bathrooms for women. ¤ Want to fight a pipeline? Live in a tree. ¤

And remember that sampling of public transit textiles I previewed in the last edition of Navigator? CityLab’s Feargus O’Sullivan has now written a much more comprehensive, global review of public transit fabrics.

What we’re taking in:


The feminist history of the tea room. (JSTOR Daily) ¤ “Convinced that becoming skoolies�people who live mobile lives in converted school buses�would afford them freedom and adventure, they sprung for a white 36-foot 1995 Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner for $4,500.� (Curbed) ¤ “I could see how big the city was, that we were a small part of something larger. It comforted me. � (Catapult) ¤ How does one map a myth like Homer’s Odyssey? (Lapham Quarterly) ¤ Solange’s new album is “made in Houston and steeped in its hyper-local culture.� (NPR) ¤ “We honour our concrete just like people honour their trees.� (The Discourse) ¤ How the Census was manipulated. (The Baffler) ¤ Liberty City memorializes lost loved ones on T-shirts. (Topic) ¤ A Norwegian town called “Å.� (Popula) ¤ This Kolkata artist is creating traditional Patachitra art, but with urban scenes from modern India. ( ¤

View from the ground:

@axlaxlaxlaxlaxl strolled by the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. @yasminedagher highlighted the warm rooftops of Beirut. @ethan.k56 captured the waterfront views in New Orleans. @helloimhelen enjoyed the sunny Houston weather.

Tag us with the hashtag #citylabontheground and we’ll feature it on CityLab’s Instagram page or pull them together for the next edition of Navigator.

I’m off the week after this one so look out for the next edition of Navigator in approximately 4 weeks.