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High-fat diet could inhibit sense of smell, researchers say
(Relaxnews) - Researchers from the neuroscience department at Florida State University conducted an experiment on mice which, for the first time, made a scientific association between a bad diet and a reduced sense of smell.

In a quasi-Pavlovian technique, researchers taught mice to associate a particular aroma with a reward, in this case, water, while feeding the test group a high-fat diet.

The test group was slower to make the association between the aroma and the water, ... Read More
U.K. drugmaker seeks approval for world's 1st malaria vaccine
GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa.

The British drugmaker said the shot, called RTS,S, is intended exclusively for use outside the European Union but will be evaluated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Malaria, a mosquito-borne parasitic disease, kills more than 600,000 people a year, mainly babies in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan ... Read More
How Big Tobacco skirts Ottawa's ban on flavoured cigarettes
By Kelly Crowe
They look like Fruit Roll-ups, they smell like bubble gum, but they can kill like tobacco.

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper discusses his proposed ban on tobacco products being marketed to children in Welland, Ont., at a campaign stop during the 2008 federal election. (The Canadian Press)

Watermelon-flavoured cigarillos, maple syrup cigars that smell like warm pancakes, skinny minty-flavoured cigarettes that look like a lipstick.

They are all part of the latest collection of starter tobacco products ... Read More
Unearth the potential of your mind
Kottayam: Offering a comprehensive solution for 'mental illumination', Suhani Shah, a name synonymous with mind care and hypnotic therapy, says there are two things that decide the course of one's life. One is Karma and the other is the way of thinking. Stressing that destiny is not something that is predetermined, Shah says that what ever happens in life is the result of a person's actions and his /her thoughts.

This visit to Kottayam is triggered ... Read More
'Homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality': Inter-faith message
Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service
For believers of God, religious faith has a paramount influence on their lives. At XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in the inter-faith session the message was loud and clear from different religious leaders: homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality; and religious scriptures teach us to be compassionate, non-judgmental and accept everyone else in totality without prejudice.

Rev Phumzile Mabizela, who is one of the religious leaders openly living with HIV, ... Read More
Burnout 101 for Caregivers
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
Here’s a possible Trivial Pursuit question, “What’s the fastest growing unpaid profession in North America?” I admit I wouldn’t have known the answer. But, according to the “Family Caregiver Alliance”, more than 65.7 million Americans, that’s 29 percent of the population, provide care to a family member, loved one or friend who is ill, disabled or aged. But when does such labour of love trigger burnout anger in the ... Read More
Oral cancer claims one life every six hours in India
KOLKATA: One person dies every six hours due to oral cancer in the country, signalling an alarming rise in the incidence of the disease, according to a top orthodontist.

The situation could be still graver as many cases of the disease went unreported, Secretary-General of the Indian Dental Association Dr Ashok Dhoble told PTI from Mumbai.

"Cases of the disease and deaths resulting from it in rural areas and among the poorer sections of society are ... 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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