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Emails Show Seattle Hospital Tried To Hide Puberty Blocker Mistakes

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  • The University of Washington (UW) and Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) conspired to cover their tracks after falsely claiming their study had found that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones improved mental health for transgender youths, according to emails obtained by Jason Rantz.
  • UW and SCH spokespeople agreed not to correct inaccurate news articles that were written based off their press release and to ignore questions from outlets they characterized as conservative, including the Daily Caller News Foundation, after independent journalist Jesse Singal published a thorough critique of the study and the UW press release. UW had claimed their February study found that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones “caused rates of depression to plummet” among trans youths when, based off their own data, depression only decreased 1 percentage point for that group and no causal relationship was established.

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