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7 Diseases that Strike Younger Than You Think
By Nadia Arumugam, Prevention

"When we're young, we think we're invincible," says Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "But we're not." And increasingly, diseases we commonly associate with people in their 60s and 70s are hitting two, three, or even four decades earlier. Why? Better screening and early detection are part of the picture, but lifestyle factors such as poor diet and the fact that we're living more sedentary lives are ... Read More
The Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon
By Elizabeth Street | Healthy Living
Cinnamon is one of those ingredients we always have on hand in our pantries. Whether we're making a breakfast treat for the kids or baking oatmeal-raisin cookies, cinnamon has a comfortable place in our kitchens. It's far more versatile than nutmeg (although, to be fair, nutmeg is a necessity for béchamel sauce), and it has a long shelf life, making it a consistent presence on the spice rack. But ... Read More
Physical activity earlier in life can lead to stronger bones
(Relaxnews) - The many health benefits of physical activity are well-known, with a new study citing yet another perk. U.S. and Australian researchers recently found people who remained physically active throughout their lives had stronger bones when they reached their golden years.

The study was commissioned by the National Institutes of Health and focused on bones in the arms of Major League Baseball players.

It was discovered that exercise contributes to bone size as well as strength. ... Read More
Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, U.K. residents told in health study
(LONDON-AFP) - Britons should eat seven portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day, according to new research into healthy eating, published on Tuesday.

The state-run National Health Service currently recommends each person eats five 80-gramme helpings of fruit and vegetables daily.

But researchers at University College London (UCL) found that eating seven portions or more could reduce the risk of dying from cancer by 25 per cent and of heart disease by 31 per cent compared ... Read More
First 3 years of eating influence children's long-term tastes: study
Parents' involvement during the first three years of life is crucial to fostering lifelong healthy eating habits, according to the findings of the HabEat project.

Faced with a nine-month-old who makes faces at anything green, or a toddler who throws a tantrum at the sight of a carrot, many parents are tempted to give up on getting their kids to enjoy veggies.

Initiated in January 2010 by 11 partner organizations from five European countries, the HabEat ... Read More
Food safety: 5 things to watch out for next time you dine out
Canadians love to eat out. But getting a reservation is sometimes a lot easier than finding out how a restaurant fared on its last public health inspection.

CBC's Marketplace crunched the data from almost 5,000 public health restaurant inspections for national chains in five Canadian cities. Watch the full investigation, Canada’s Restaurant Secrets, to see how your favourite coffee shops, fast food and family dining restaurants performed.

Before you even get a table, there are signs of ... Read More
This Drink Might Help You Get a Raise
By YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living
New research shows green tea improves cognitive functioning.Add this to the long list of good reasons to drink green tea: You'll do a better job, at your job.
New research shows that green tea improves working memory, which is the type of cognitive functioning that allows you to grasp what you're reading, or comprehend your boss's instructions and then figure out how to do what she wants.

In a small April 2014 study, ... Read More
Influence of pharmaceutical companies on clinical research
Pharmaceutical companies fund the bulk of clinical research and heavily cited Canadian researcher Joel Lexchin believes this funding introduces biases through methods such as influencing the choice of standards, only publishing positive trials and reinterpreting data submitted to regulatory agencies.

Lexchin says there is no evidence that any of the measures introduced through legislation have stopped these biases and what is needed is a paradigm change in the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and the conduct ... Read More
Death by Measles??
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

How would you react if your unvaccinated child or grandchild died from measles? No doubt your response would be one of agonizing grief. What you wouldn’t know is that this personal tragedy did not have to happen in 2014. Unfortunately, I bet not one doctor in a thousand knows how Dr. Frederick Klenner successfully treated this viral infection over 60 years ago.

Doctors are not the only ones unaware ... Read More
Western University study unlocking secrets of breast tissue
A unique population of microbes in the female breast may lay the groundwork for understanding how this bacterial community contributes to health and disease, according to a new study out of Western University. The study titled "Microbiota of human breast tissue," is now published online, in advance of the May issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

The human body is home to a large and diverse population of bacteria with properties that are both harmful ... Read More
Rise in global health financing, but funding priorities shift
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service

(CNS): A new research done by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), at the University of Washington, indicates that globally the total development assistance for health (DAH) hit an all-time high of $31.3 billion in 2013 (a year-over-year increase of 3.9%), although funding priorities shifted. Findings of the research were presented in the report 'Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity' by IHME Director and ... Read More
UK scientists make body parts in lab
Some scientists predicted certain lab-made organs will soon cease to be experimental. (`Reuters) Some scientists predicted certain lab-made organs will soon cease to be experimental. (`Reuters)
SummaryIn a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells.

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts ... 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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