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Strong tobacco taxation policy adopted despite industry interference
Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service
Allies of tobacco industry had tried to persuade government delegations before the global tobacco treaty negotiations began in Moscow earlier this week. But governments who have ratified the global tobacco treaty voted for public health and not corporate interests. Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said at the opening of Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco ... Read More
Canada ready with quick-response expert team should Ebola arrives: Minister Ambrose
OTTAWA - Should Ebola arrive on Canadian soil, Health Minister Rona Ambrose says a team of public health experts and epidemiologists is standing by to provide support, expertise, rapid diagnoses and emergency supplies.

Amid growing global anxiety about the spread of the virus, Ambrose met Wednesday with representatives of the national nurses' union, which has complained of inadequate personal protective gear, training and preparedness for nurses, who would be on the front lines.

She reassured the nurses ... Read More
People eat more when dining with overweight friends, study finds
Diners eating in the company of larger people have a tendency to eat more.

That's the basic finding of a new Cornell University study that found the body type of the people you are eating with or those around may influence how much you eat.

For the study, published in the journal Appetite, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab researchers gathered 82 undergraduate students and asked them to eat lunch. They set up a buffet that included ... Read More
Ebola outbreaks have different sources in nature, virus study finds
A second, smaller Ebola outbreak has been going on in Africa, and a new study shows it has a different source in nature than the massive epidemic raging now in the western part of the continent.

The outbreak that began in July in the Democratic Republic of Congo is similar to earlier ones in that central African region, genetic testing of viruses shows. At least 69 people, including eight health workers, are believed to have been ... Read More
Ebola symptoms: What are they?
The Ebola outbreak in western Africa and the handful of cases that have surfaced in North America and Europe have raised concerns about how infectious the disease is and how to recognize its symptoms.

Ebola outbreak: How prepared are Canadian hospitals?
The Ebola outbreak, by the numbers
Ebola: Stories, photos and video coverage

Dr. Todd Hatchette, director of virology and immunology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, says that when it comes to Ebola, diagnosis can be tricky.

"With flu season ... Read More
Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern
If we’re taking it, we’re also drinking it: painkillers, blood thinners, hormones, chemotherapy agents, even cocaine and amphetamines.

Whatever goes into us, also comes out of us, through our own biological effluent, every time we flush the toilet. The excreted drugs pass right through most sewage treatment processes and end up in rivers and lakes, and then in our drinking water.

A Canadian study quietly released last month reported record-breaking levels of three pharmaceuticals in river water ... Read More
Ebola outbreak: Priority is stopping it at the source, CDC head says
To protect the U.S. from the Ebola virus, the disease needs to be stopped at its source in West Africa, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden says.

"One of the things I fear about Ebola is that it could spread more widely in Africa. If this were to happen, it could become a threat to our health system and the health care we give for a long time to come," Frieden told the congressional hearing.

Frieden said there ... Read More
Ebola tested in 25 cases in Canada, all negative
Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg has tested for Ebola in 25 cases so far, with all results negative.

The national laboratory says the samples have come from four provinces:

Quebec: 10 cases.
Ontario: 10 cases.
Alberta: 4 cases.
Saskatchewan: 1 case.

The latest negative results came for patients in Ontario earlier this week.

A Canadian Forces member who was part of a mission to deliver medical supplies to Sierra Leone went to hospital in Belleville, Ont., early Monday after registering a ... Read More
Health Canada and CBC Television Distort Medical Facts
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
Do you remember the movie, “Network?” Howard Beale portrays the evening news anchor on national TV and he’s depressed about corruption, crime, unemployment and other societal ills. So angry he decides to speak his mind during the evening broadcast, to everyone’s surprise. Finally, after raving about injustices, he shouts, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”, repeatedly. Then Beale tells listeners to ... Read More



Journal of Comparative Family Studies   

The leading journal exclusively specializing in cross-cultural family studies.

The Journal of Comparative Family Studies was established in 1970 to publish high quality articles based on research in cross cultural family studies.  The journal promotes a better understanding of inter-ethnic family interaction that is essential for all multicultural societies.  It draws articles from social science researchers around the world and contains invaluable material for Sociologists, Anthropologists, Family counselors and Social Psychologists.

- Editor:  DGeorge Kurian

Titles of some special issues:

  • Comparative perspectives on black family life (1998)
  • Families' and children's inequalities (2003)
  • The transmission of religious beliefs across generations: do grandparents matter? (2008)


The journal is published five times a year including special issues on selected themes. The Journal is available online to institutional subscribers. Yearly Subscriptions available for individuals or institutions, contact information below:



Journal of Comparative Family Studies
Department of Sociology, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Canada
Email: jcfs@ucalgary.ca

  • The Arab family (1997)
  • Ethnicity and gender in non-traditional family forms: studies of families pushing   normative boundaries (2000)
  • Immigrant and ethnic minority families (2001)
  • Theoretical and methodological issues in cross-cultural families (2002)
  • Violence against women in the family (2003)
  • Turbulent times and family life in the contemporary Middle East (2004)
  • Farm family responses to changing agricultural conditions: The actors' point of view (2005)
  • Intergenerative conflicts and health hazards in migrant families (2006)
  • Informal unions in Mexico and the United States (2007)
  • Homemaker or career woman: life course factors and racial influences among middle class Americans (2008)
  • HIV and AIDS: are all women equally at risk? Afrikaans speaking married women's perceptions of self-risk (2008)




 
 
 
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