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East Indian Cuisine Could Save Your Life
Carolyn Anderson
This blog is part of the Preventative Lifestyle: Keeping Your Body Healthy (and cancer-free) blog series. While researching ways to help my cancer-stricken mother, I found a variety of things that can help reduce our risk of cancer. While we cannot guarantee that we will never get cancer, it is important we do what is within our power to lower our risk. Please consult with your doctor before making any significant lifestyle or dietary ... Read More
Link found between density of fast-food restaurants and heavier people: study
TORONTO -- Neighbourhoods with a high number of fast food restaurants are no place for the weight conscious, a new study suggests.

The research reveals that the average body mass index of Canadians living in areas with a high density of fast food outlets is higher than the average BMI of people who live in neighbourhoods with more full-service restaurants.

The work was conducted by scientists at the University of Western Ontario, in London, and published in ... Read More
Climate change may increase risk of kidney stones: study
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A warming planet is likely to bring more hot days, more sweaty people and more dehydration -- a key risk factor for a surge in kidney stones, researchers say.

Already, the study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found a link between hot days and kidney stones in 60,000 patients whose medical records were studied in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

"We found that as daily temperatures rise, there is a rapid ... Read More
'Rotten egg' smell could lead to a raft of health therapies: study
The pungent odour of rotten eggs and human flatulence is a compound called hydrogen sulfide, and researchers at the University of Exeter say it could hold the key to treating diabetes, stroke, heart attack and dementia.

"Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence," says Dr. Mark Wood, of Biosciences, at the University of Exeter. "It is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a ... Read More
Nosebleeds in kids: What to do and how to prevent them
TORONTO -- When Irum Khan rushed into her daughter Amelia's room in the dead of the night to respond to her cries, she was alarmed to find blood running down the three-year-old's face.

A nosebleed turned out to be the culprit.

"It was like a waterfall -- it wouldn't stop," recalled Khan.
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MERS primer: what you need to know
The recent arrival of cases of MERS or Middle East respiratory syndrome in North America has focused attention on the viral infection.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization said MERS is not an international public health emergency, but added there is a clear sense of urgency around the illness.

The outbreak itself is accelerating in the Arabian Peninsula, particularly in Saudia Arabia. There are nearly 600 confirmed cases.

"What they reached was a consensus that the situation had ... Read More
Hookah smoking called worse than tobacco as St. John's lounge opens
The Canadian Cancer Society is concerned that smoking shisha in the first hookah lounge in St. John's will hurt patrons more than if they smoked cigarettes.

Aladdin's Hookah Lounge, which opened on Water Street in downtown St. John's on Thursday, serves shisha — a blend of flavoured herbs smoked through a hookah, a water pipe.

Mohamed El Bakri, a co-owner of the lounge, says their shisha doesn't contain tobacco. But that doesn't alleviate the concerns of ... Read More
Indian Doctor Trupti Gilada to get Fellowship Award at AIDS 2014
Citizen News Service
A Mumbai-based Indian doctor, Dr Trupti Gilada Baheti, is a recipient of the prestigious Fellowship Award on HIV and Drug Abuse Research from the International AIDS Society (IAS), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS). This fellowship will be formally awarded on 23rd July 2014 at the XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), the premiere gathering of thousands of researchers, policymakers, ... Read More
What Critics Won’t Admit About Vitamins and Minerals
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
Are vitamin supplements safe? Do vitamins work? Are they necessary? Do they contain dangerous impurities? And, is what’s on the label actually in the vitamin? Lately, newspaper headlines have unleashed a rash of criticism about vitamins. But as England’s Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once remarked, “It is easier to be critical than right”. What critics don’t admit can be very misleading.
A recent and valid concern is whether many of ... 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
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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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