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Researchers are finding new ways to mitigate implicit bias in health care providers

Before being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease several years ago, Linda Chastine says she was skinny. But the lifesaving steroid treatment for her condition made the Seattle community organizer gain roughly 45 kilograms in 1 year. Yet her doctors often fail to recognize the relationship between the autoimmune condition, her medication, and the weight gain. Instead they routinely bring up being overweight as her main problem, she says, and suggest she count calories. “It’s a very traumatic experience to have a doctor dismiss a lot of your complaints or concerns based on weight,” Chastine says.

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