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What is a Dosa, you might ask?
The dosa is one of the most ancient dishes, dating back to the 5th century AD. Dosa is a fermented crepe made from rice batter and lentils. It is rich in carbohydrates, contains almost no sugar or saturated fats and contains a lot of protein. The fermentation process also increases the vitamin B and vitamin C content. They appeal to the health conscious, as they are usually high in carbohydrates and low in calories and ... Read More
World's oldest people share no genetic secrets: study
Think the reason some people live beyond the age of 100 is because of their genes? Think again.

U.S. scientists said Wednesday they've found no genetic secrets shared between a group of 17 supercentenarians, or those who have lived beyond 110.

"From this small sample size, the researchers were unable to find rare protein-altering variants significantly associated with extreme longevity compared to control genomes," said the study led by Hinco Gierman of Stanford University.

The research was published ... Read More
Learning a new language strengthens brain at any age: study
If the brain is a muscle, learning a new language is its barbell, according to a new study from Pennsylvania State University.

"Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain," says Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics and information sciences and technology. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger."

Dr. Li and his colleagues worked with a group of 39 native ... Read More
Misunderstood and often misdiagnosed, the mystery of vertigo
Meredith Levine is an award-winning, multimedia journalist and full-time faculty member with the graduate journalism program at Western University. She became interested in reporting on chronic vertigo after living with it for a year and a half and then, luckily, recovering. This project is supported, in part, by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Tier 1 Journalism Award and by the faculty of information and media studies at Western University.

Word went round Janice Mackay's quiet ... Read More
PSA test should be abandoned as screen for prostate cancer, task force says
Money raised through past Movember men's health campaigns is helping fund the search for alternatives to PSA screening for prostate cancer.

That search has taken on added importance now that an official task force has recommended not using PSA testing to screen for prostate cancer.

Prostate-specific antigen — or PSA — testing measures the amount of that protein enzyme in blood. Higher levels may indicate the presence of cancer or infection in the prostate. Or sometimes they ... Read More
Sugar is the same, nutritionally, even by any other name
Consumers who think brown sugar is healthier than white sugar, that the large-grained demerara sugar is healthier than brown sugar, or that honey is better than any of them, think again — nutritionally, they're all basically the same, according to some experts.

"The short answer is no," said Kate Comeau, a Halifax-based dietitian and spokeswoman with Dietitians of Canada, when asked if there are any differences.
Michigan Daily Life

Sugar is back in the headlines, this time ... Read More
Tackling Cavities in India’s Slums with Xylitol Gum
By LIRIEL HIGA
During Morgan Snyder’s year of volunteering at an education charity in Bangalore, she noticed that many of the children complained of toothaches. Teachers told her that kids were missing sessions because of dental health problems, and that many did not brush more than once a day, and poorly at that. Her well-educated local friends didn’t like going to the dentist, and she observed that a culture of regular dental check ups did not ... Read More
EP = a2 Has Killed More People than E=mc2
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones, M.D.

It’s been said Einstein’s E=mc2 (energy=mass x C speed of light squared) is the world’s most important scientific equation. Unfortunately it created the atomic bomb that killed thousands in World War II. But I believe my equation EP = a2 (extra pounds = atherosclerosis squared) is the world’s important medical equation. Regrettably, it’s killing more millions every year than E=mc2.Think again if you believe this is exaggerated. ... 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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