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Alzheimer's risk possibly raised with use of anxiety, sleeping pills: study
Seniors over 65 using sleeping pills for more than three months had a 43 to 51 per cent higher risk of getting Alzheimerís disease, suggests a new study.

Long-term use of pills for sleep problems and anxiety could increase an elderly personís chance of getting Alzheimerís disease by up to 51 per cent, suggests a new study by Canadian and French researchers.

The team, which included scientists from the University of Bordeaux in France and the University ... Read More
Sudarshan Kriya Yoga Can Beat Stress

NEW YORK: The breathing-based meditation practice Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can effectively treat people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reveals a promising study.

Researchers at the centre for investigating healthy minds (CIHM) at Waisman Center of University of Wisconsin-Madison were particularly interested in Sudarshan Kriya - a practice of controlled breathing that directly affects the autonomic nervous system - and its effect on reducing stress.

The CIHM study included 21 soldiers: an active group of 11 ... Read More
Sleep deprivation during adolescence can lead to obesity: study
Teens who think sleep is overrated should guess again, according to a recent study conducted at Columbia University in New York that suggests sleep deprivation during adolescence could lead to obesity.

The research team concluded that 16-year-olds who log less than six hours of sleep per night have a 20 percent increase in their risk of becoming obese by age 21 when compared to those who slept eight hours per night.

"Lack of sleep in your teenage ... Read More
An apple a day reduces heart disease risk by 40 per cent: study
A seven-year study involving nearly half a million subjects concludes that daily fruit consumption cuts the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 40 per cent.

Dr. Huaidong Du from Oxford, U.K. presented the study at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Barcelona on Monday.

Participants hailed from the the China Kadoorie Biobank, which covers 10 areas of China. Their sample totaled 451,681 participants with no history of CVD and who were not taking medication ... Read More
Potassium-rich foods offer health benefits for older women: study
Healthy postmenopausal women reduce their risk of stroke if their diet is rich in potassium, according to a research team led by Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

According to Dr. Wassertheil-Smoller, previous research has shown that potassium could lower blood pressure, but it was never clear as to whether it could ward off stroke.

"Our findings give women another reason to eat their fruits and vegetables," she says. "Fruits and ... 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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