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New 'Mind' Diet May Cut Alzheimer's Risk By Half

NEW YORK: A new diet which researchers say is easier to follow than the Mediterranean diet may help lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) by as much as 53 percent, says a study.

A hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, the benefits of the new diet appropriately known by the acronym MIND - Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay - are detailed in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia: The ... Read More
Hold tobacco industry liable: Turn the cost-benefit ratio upside down
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service
(CNS): Despite loads of credible and scientifically robust evidence that tobacco kills and is a common risk factor for major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), public health programmes have achieved limited success in controlling tobacco epidemic. With over 6 million tobacco-related deaths every year, the world is far from eliminating tobacco deaths. Every tobacco-related death is a tragedy, because it is preventable, had rightly said US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the opening ... Read More
Green tea could help improve MRIs: Study
A new unexpected role for green tea – to improve the image quality of magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) – has been discovered by researchers, including one of Indian-origin.

Sanjay Mathur, from the University of Cologne in Germany, and colleagues have successfully used compounds from green tea to help image cancer tumours in mice.

Researchers note that recent study has shown the potential usefulness of nanoparticles – iron oxide in particular – to make biomedical imaging ... Read More
How to Escape Dinner Invitations
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
“Where do most hernias occur?” Ask this question and nearly everyone will reply that a hernia is a mass that occurs in the lower abdomen. But most are unaware there’s another location for the common hernia. It develops in the large intestine and can, at times, be a major problem requiring surgery. And one New Zealand doctor has a novel way to prevent ... Read More
Breastfed babies earn more money, score higher on IQ tests as adults
Babies who are breastfed for at least a year earn more money, go to school longer and score higher on intelligence tests by the time they are 30 years old, according to a new study in The Lancet Global Health.

"The longer time of breast feeding duration - the higher an effect," said Dr. Bernardo Horta from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil. "Even for the group that breast fed for three to five ... Read More
Salty foods could have protective benefit: study
Dietary salt could defend the body against invading microbes, according to a new study.

Overconsumption of salt has long been known to increase risk of heart disease and stroke however, researchers in Germany say it warded off skin-parasites from infecting mice.

"Up to now, salt has been regarded as a detrimental dietary factor," says first study author Jonathan Jantsch, a microbiologist at Universitätsklinikum Regensburg and Universität Regensburg. "Our current study challenges this one-sided view and suggests that ... Read More
Study reveals average penis size for men
Marble statues of Venus and Mars in Rome's Chigi Premier's Palace. A new review provides insights on what's considered normal for penis length and circumference in men. (Andrew Medichini/Associated Press)

The question of what's a normal sized penis now has a well-informed answer.

Doctors searched through 17 published studies on more than 15,000 men who had their penis size measured by a health professional and graphed the averages in Tuesday's issue of BJU International, formerly the British ... Read More
'Super seniors' research to check if cancer protection genes exist
While previous research points to gene sequences that lead to cancer, the new study will focus on genetic factors that have kept seniors healthy for decades.
Can certain genes protect people from cancer? One of the country's top research organizations is hoping to find out.

The Canadian Cancer Society has commissioned geneticists in British Columbia to assess the genes of some of the country's healthiest people.

The research subjects have all reached at least the age of ... Read More
Grapefruit juice interaction with drugs can be deadly
More prescription drugs are on the market that can interact with grapefruit juice with potentially serious effects including sudden death, Canadian doctors warn.

David Bailey, a clinical pharmacologist at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ont., discovered the interaction between grapefruit and certain medications more than 20 years ago. Since then, he said, the number of drugs with the potential to interact has jumped to more than 85.

Grapefruit juice is known to interact with some ... Read More
Dementia prevention trial finds benefits to diet, exercise combo
Older people could improve or maintain their mental function through heart healthy lifestyle changes, a large randomized trial for dementia prevention shows.

Researchers in Finland and Sweden designed a trial to tackle risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.

The 1,260 Finns aged 60 to 77 participating in the study were all considered at risk of dementia based on standard test scores.

Half were randomly assigned to receive advice from health professionals on maintaining a healthy diet, aerobic and ... Read More
Peanut allergies can be reduced in high-risk children, study suggests
Peanut allergies were substantially less likely to develop among children at high risk if they ate snacks containing peanut butter early in life compared with those who stayed clear of it, a large new randomized trial suggests.

The prevalence of peanut allergies has grown in North America, Western Europe and Australia to between 1.4 to three per cent and is on the rise in African and Asian countries. Peanut allergies can cause reactions ranging from hives ... Read More
This Baba Sehgal song will inspire you to exercise
Are you fat or chubby, with unhealthy eating habits and just too lazy to go to the gym? Well worry no more, because Baba Sehgal is here to inspire you like anything!

Everyone can relate to this deep and meaningful rap song because each and everyone of us makes excuses about going to the gym. But Baba Sehgal tells us to 'Just go to the gym!'
... Read More
Waiter, Make Sure My Steak Moos only Once!
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

I’ve been told it many times, “One of these days you’re going to push your luck too far”. It’s because I stress to waiters I want my steak “blue”. The worst that can happen is it arrives rare. But what is the risk of a blue steak? And can well done steak be bad for the heart?
No waiter has ever said to me, “You dummy, didn’t you learn in ... Read More
Male images seen by left side of brain
London: People are quicker to categorise a face as being male when it is shown to the left side of the brain, reveals a new study.
"Our study clearly found that people are much more likely to make a quick decision that a face is male when it is shown to the left-hand side of the brain," said lead study author Sapphira Thorne from the University of Surrey.

The researchers analysed the responses from 42 volunteers, who ... Read More
Over 30? You will get the flu less frequently, study says
It may not seem that way when you're lying in bed, asking "why me?" but according to a new study, adults really only catch the flu twice a decade.

Many pathogens can cause influenza, according to the London-based research team, which has made it difficult to assess how often people come down with it.

In the study, the team analyzed blood samples from volunteers in Southern China and counted antibodies that came from an array of nine ... Read More
New project aims to make seafood safer
New ways of screening seafood for contaminants are part of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project that's funded by the European Union.

Contamination of the oceans over time has raised controversy over the impact on marine life and, in turn, public health.

Microplastics, pharmaceuticals, endocrine-disrupting compounds, personal care products, marine biotoxins and heavy metals are well known examples of marine litter that cause harmful algal blooms.

Project leaders are in the process of fine-tuning the tools they created to assess the ... Read More
Health Van Launched in Naxalism-hit Sukma in Chhattisgarh
• Health Van part of CSR activities of Essar Group Foundation

New Delhi, Mar 4: In line with its commitment to ensure better healthcare service delivery to the ‘last mile’, including the Naxal-affected tribal regions, HLFPPT has launched a Health Van, in collaboration with Essar Group Foundation, to offer a variety of preventive and curative healthcare services to underserved communities in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

The Health Van, ... Read More
Western's commitment to sexual violence prevention
Today (March 5), Western University officially launched a revamped website devoted to sexual violence prevention and victim/survivor support.

The website, www.uwo.ca/sexualviolence, includes background on sexual violence and its effect on victims/survivors; information on how to report an incident of sexual violence; and on- and off-campus resources and support for victims/survivors and those who want to help them.

“All members of the Western community have the right to study, learn, work and research in an environment free of ... Read More
Sugar intake should be reduced to 5-10% of calories, WHO says
People worldwide should cut their free sugar intake to between five and 10 per cent of their overall calories, the World Health Organization advises.

Free sugars refer to table sugar added to foods and drinks by the cook or consumer and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. Excluded as non-free sugars are those contained in fruit, vegetables and milk.

Dr. Francesco Branca, director of WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health ... Read More
'Ladies, don’t freeze your eggs,' says Prof. Françoise Baylis
A Dalhousie University professor is discouraging career-minded women from freezing their eggs for lifestyle reasons, a practice known as 'social egg freezing.'

How freezing egg technology works
Facebook and Apple add egg freezing to employee benefit plans, spark controversy

Françoise Baylis, a professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, is giving a lecture Thursday at the University of Windsor entitled, "Ladies, don’t freeze your eggs."

'Why is it a woman has to ... Read More
Do You Want a Shock? High Cholesterol for a Longer Life?
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford –Jones M/D.
A recent medical tip to readers sparked a quick reaction. It reported a study that those with higher blood cholesterol lived longer! This is contradictory to everything we’ve been told for years.
The Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care reported research that will shock millions of North Americans who ingest, faithfully, cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs). Scientists analyzed the cholesterol level of 120,000 Danish adults residing in Denmark. They ... Read More
Stroke Update: What’s Missing will Cost Lives
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

Every year 650,000 North Americans suffer a lethal stroke, or one that leads to debilitating mental or physical problems. The American Stroke Association (ASA) has issued an important update on how to prevent this disaster for those who have not had a major stroke or a mini one. But why do prestigious university medical centers continue to make a grievous error that costs lives?
Remember, you cannot change your ... Read More
Study ties more types of disease to smoking
Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and even routine infections. A new report ties these and other maladies to smoking and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use.

The study by the American Cancer Society and several universities, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, looks beyond lung cancer, heart disease and other conditions already tied to smoking, and the 480,000 U.S. deaths attributed to ... Read More
Eat breakfast like an athlete, dinner like a sloth to fight diabetes
Type 2 diabetes patients should eat a high-energy breakfast and a low-energy dinner for optimal control over their blood sugar, according to researchers hailing from Sweden and Israel who conducted a small-scale study.

In the new study, published in the journal Diabetologia, they worked with eight men and 10 women who have lived with type 2 diabetes for less than 10 years.

Participants ranged in age from 30 to 70 years and they had a Body Mass ... Read More
Measles: What you need to know
Health officials in Toronto expressed concern recently after confirming four cases of measles, an extremely contagious virus that is easily prevented with immunization.

The four cases — two in children under the age of two and two adults — are unconnected and have no known source, suggesting measles was contracted in the city instead of abroad.

Measles vaccination levels in Canada 'reasonably high'
Vaccines: Busting common myths

Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young ... Read More
Hearing protected by limiting audio devices to an hour a day
About five to 10 per cent of people who listen to music for more than an hour a day at a high-volume setting for years are considered at high risk of developing permanent hearing loss. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Unplug your audio player’s headphones after an hour, the World Health Organization recommends to protect hearing.

About 1.1 billion teens and young adults are at risk of hearing loss from unsafe levels blasting from devices such as smartphones, noisy nightclubs ... Read More
Older women may not need as much exercise
The study of more than 1 million women in the U.K. set out to answer the question: How much exercise is just enough to protect the heart and brain, without wasting time or risking injury?

The women, age 50-65, were tracked for nearly a decade. Researchers looked at the amount of time the women spent doing mundane activities such as housework, gardening, and walking -- anything that slightly raised their heart rate or caused them to ... Read More
FDA issues warning as peanuts found in cumin spice
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in ground cumin spice -- a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.

The recall has been ongoing since December, as more retailers identify products that contain the cumin. The Food and Drug Administration is now warning all people with peanut allergies to avoid cumin and products that contain cumin.

While such large allergy-related recalls are rare, undeclared allergens ... Read More
Stroke risk raised despite starting blood thinner
People with an irregular heart beat condition should be closely monitored after they start taking a common blood thinner because they are at much higher risk of stroke in the first month, Canadian researchers have discovered.

Heart health advances threatened by lifestyle changes, obesity
... Read More
Is too much health research - unnecessary, unethical, unscientific, wasteful?
Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service
Too much health and medical research may be unnecessary, unethical, unscientific, and wasteful, warns a new global network, 'Evidence-Based Research Network (EBRNetwork)' - initiated by a group of Norwegian and Danish researchers. Researchers, research funders, regulators, sponsors and publishers of research fail to use earlier research when preparing to start, fund or publish the results of new studies, EBRNetwork experts argue. They stress: To embark on research without systematically reviewing ... Read More
Magnesium: Protection from Undertakers
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
In 1979 Dr. David Chipperfield reported a finding in the British Medical Journal, Lancet. He had discovered that patients suffering from angina pain had low blood levels of magnesium. Equally important, he found that by prescribing this mineral, often referred to as “nature’s natural dilator”, the spasm of the coronary artery could be relieved, preventing a fatal heart attack and ultimately, the need to call an undertaker.
Today, doctors ... Read More
Energy drinks increase hyperactivity, inattention in children: study
Children between the ages of 10 and 13 who consume sugar-laden energy drinks are dramatically more at risk for hyperactivity and inattentiveness, according to researchers from Yale University in the US.

The authors, whose study was published in the journal Academic Pediatrics, also recommend that younger children steer clear of energy drinks, although their study involved 1,649 children in the US whose average age was 12.4.

"As the total number of sugar-sweetened beverages increased, so too did ... Read More
Measles vaccination levels in Canada 'reasonably high'
Health officials in Toronto expressed concern recently after confirming four cases of measles, an extremely contagious virus that is easily prevented with immunization.

The four cases — two in children under the age of two and two adults — are unconnected and have no known source, suggesting measles was contracted in the city instead of abroad.

Measles vaccination levels in Canada 'reasonably high'
Vaccines: Busting common myths

Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young ... Read More
Canada health report card ranks B.C. 1st, Nunavut last
British Columbia is home to the healthiest Canadian population, while residents in Newfoundland and Labrador and the three territories are the least healthy, according to report card released Thursday by the Conference Board of Canada.

The report compared residents' health in each province and territory, while comparing Canada as a whole to the U.S., Japan, Australia and 12 countries in Western Europe.

The study looked at such factors as life expectancy, infant mortality, cancer deaths and suicides, ... Read More
Lung cancer: Difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, easy to prevent
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service
Just a few days before World Cancer Day this year, an acquaintance of mine succumbed to this dreaded disease within 10 months of diagnosis, and became part of the world statistics of someone dying somewhere of lung cancer every 30 seconds. Of all known cancers, lung cancer has highest annual mortality (1.6 million) as well as incidence (1.8 million) globally, and is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 cancer related ... Read More
Living Will: Make It a Legal Document
The Doctor Game – W.Gifford-Jones M.D.
“Eureka”! Finally, in 2015, The Supreme Court of Canada has decided unanimously, what it should have passed years ago. It’s declared that doctor- assisted voluntary euthanasia (DAVE) isn’t an illegal act. But this ruling is already facing opposition from a variety of sources. The perfect solution is to make The Living Will a truly legal document that cannot be contested.
It’s been said that war is too dangerous to ... Read More
Do you know your cancer risk?
A new online tool can offer some insight.

Most people don’t understand their own risk and what they can do to reduce it, say officials with the Ontario agency in charge of improving cancer services.

Cancer Care Ontario hopes to change that with an online tool it launched recently called My CancerIQ, which “helps you understand your risk for cancer and what you can do to help lower that risk.”

Through a series of questions about habits, environmental ... Read More
Twin study finds environment overshadows genetics in shaping immune system
WASHINGTON -- How your immune system does its job seems to depend more on your environment and the germs you encounter than on your genes, says new research that put twins to the test to find out.

After all, the immune system adapts throughout life to fight disease, said Stanford University immunologist Mark Davis, who led the work.

And while young children's immunity may be more influenced by what they inherit from mom and dad, Thursday's study ... Read More
Does milk really do the body good?
Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product.

But how healthy is it?

While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to suggest potential ill effects from drinking too much of the white stuff. It gives a body pause, so to speak.

Here then is a quick review of what science currently says about milk's health ... Read More
10 Foods that Suppress Your Appetite and Leave You Feeling Full
Gargi Sharma

10 Foods that Suppress Your Appetite and Leave You Feeling Full If you're trying to lose weight, then you're more likely to restrict what you eat and how much of it you eat. This might up your food cravings, causing you to indulge in unhealthy snacking and ultimately, putting you in harm's way. We can't stress enough on how important it is to balance your meals and snacks.

So instead of rummaging through your ... Read More
“Darling, Do I Have Permission to Have Sex With 20 Other Women?”
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

Hmmm… Why wasn’t this study done 70 years ago when I was young with an abundance of testosterone?
This was my first reaction to a report in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology. But for the Don Juans of this world, this news is better late than never. I’m sure they will be ecstatic to learn that frequent sex can decrease the risk of prostate cancer. But what will their bride-to-be ... Read More
Research and bring out India's contribution to medicine: Irani
Varanasi, Jan 31

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani today asked medical students to carry out research in the field of ancient medical history of India and bring forth the contribution of the country before the world. PTI file photo

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani today asked medical students to carry out research in the field of ancient medical history of India and bring forth the contribution of the country before the world.

She was ... Read More
Health-care quality satisfies Canada's seniors, study finds
Older Canadians were more likely to have discussions with their health-care provider about healthy habits like diet and exercise, compared with people in other developed countries.

Canadian seniors wait longer to see a doctor or nurse but are generally pleased with the quality of care when they do, compared with their counterparts in 10 industrialized countries, according to a new report.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research released the report ... Read More
Probiotics may hold key to improving mental health
Canadian researchers are investigating whether probiotics can be a treatment for those with bipolar disorder.

Probiotics are “a novel area for exploration” for treating mental illness, researcher Dr. Valerie Taylor, a psychiatrist at Women’s College, told CTV News.

The key to improving treatments, and the lives of those suffering from mental illness, may lie in “looking outside the box and other body systems,” Taylor said.

“There may be something (with probiotics) that is worth exploring and we'll never ... Read More
Life in the slow lane: Walking groups boost health
(Paris-AFP) - Joining a walking group is one of the easiest ways to boost health and morale, according to an investigation published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers at Britain's University of East Anglia analysed 42 published studies of people who took up organised walking -- regular outings that typically lasted less than an hour.

Walkers enjoyed "statistically significant improvements" in wellbeing compared to their formerly sedentary state, the probe

Small but measurable gains ... Read More
Busy social life can be good for physical health, study finds
Good friends can actually make you healthier in the physical sense in addition to improving your mental well-being, according to a new study from Concordia University in Montreal.

Working with a group of 60 international students whose lives were changed dramatically by a move to Montreal, psychology professor Jean-Philippe Gouin observed their health in the five-month study, which was published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Grouin assessed their social integration by means of a questionnaire that ... Read More
Doctors Told To Watch Your Weight
By Dr. Brian Goldman

Obesity rates are up dramatically in Canada. Primary care professionals as being asked to do something to reverse the trend.

The recommendation come from a group called the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care. The task force says primary care professionals (family doctors, GPs & nurse practitioners) and specialists need to be much more vigilant about weight gain instead of ignoring it. They're being ... Read More
Pharmacy errors: How often do they happen? Nobody knows
If a pharmacist gives you the wrong drug or dose, it can be dangerous or even deadly. But how often does it happen in Canada? A CBC News/Marketplace investigation reveals that nobody knows.

While close to 38,000 pharmacists dispense more than half a billion prescriptions in Canada every year, there is no national tracking system, and little mandatory reporting, for pharmacists who make mistakes.

"We’re doing a lot of good things, but there are still a lot ... Read More
A Shocking Finding About Aspirin and Heart Attack

The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D

Aspirin has been called the “One Cent Miracle Drug” for good reason. It’s the most widely used medical remedy in the world and available for over a hundred years to treat headaches and other pains. Millions take it to decrease the risk of heart attack and more recently, cancer. But how effective is it? And what is the recent surprise ... Read More
Weight Gain Is Contagious? And Snacking Fights it?
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
How many people in mid-life can fit into their wedding clothes? Not too many, because predictably, most have exchanged muscle tissue for body fat and more pounds. Now, a report from Johns Hopkins University claims there are proven ways to limit and even reverse weight gain in both sexes.
Women, as they start into menopause along with decreased activity, develop what’s been labelled the “Menopot”. With lowered estrogen, testosterone ... Read More
Drinking Coffee Can Save You from Skin Cancer

NEW YORK: Drinking four cups of coffee a day may protect against malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, a new study has claimed.

Study participants who drank four or more cups of coffee daily were 20 per cent less likely to develop malignant melanoma than non-coffee drinkers, researchers said.

"Our results, ... Read More
Woman on top, doggy style most dangerous sex positions for men
Unbelievable as it may sound, men are likely to suffer fractures during sex as at any other time. The only difference being that the fracture during sex is likely to be a penile fracture.

A new study by scientists, published in Advances in Urology, has found that the 'woman on top' or 'cowgirl' position is the most dangerous for men to engage in during intercourse.

The study found that the 'woman on top' position is ... Read More
German court upholds tenant's right to pee standing up
(Reuters) - A German court ruled in favour of mens' right to pee standing up on Thursday, after a landlord tried to retain part of a tenant's 3,000 euro deposit for allegedly damaging the marble floor of a toilet by sprinkling it with urine.

The debate about whether men should stand or sit is no laughing matter in Germany, where some toilets have red traffic-style signs forbidding the standing position. There is also a derogatory term ... Read More
Is Coconut Oil the Super Food that can Prevent Alzheimer's?
We’re always reading the latest tips on prevention – eat right, reduce stress, get plenty of exercise and keep your brain engaged in challenging activities. As far as diet, coconut oil continues to receive a great deal of attention from advocates like Dr. Mary Newport.

In her 2011 book, “Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure? The Story of Ketones,” Dr. Newport fervently declares that her husband has shown clear improvement in his dementia with ... Read More
4 pharmacy errors that can harm your health
How often do serious pharmacy errors happen? Actually, nobody knows. There is little data tracking the problem across Canada.

So what do you need to know to stay safe? Here are four errors to watch out for that can have serious consequences for your health.

CBC News and Marketplace have been investigating pharmacy errors for several months in the largest hidden-camera test of its kind in Canada. Follow our continuing coverage at cbcnews.ca. Watch the complete investigation, ... Read More
Life satisfaction improves bone density
Women who are satisfied with their lives have a higher bone density in the golden years, suffering less frequently from osteoporosis than those who are not, according to a new study at the University of Eastern Finland.

Osteoporosis is a disease that can lead to bone fracture due to dwindling density and post-menopausal women are the most at-risk.

Low levels of physical activity and smoking are commonly cited causes leading to osteoporosis, but psychological factors such as ... Read More
Should your kids see you naked?
By Jennifer O'Neill
When my son was a baby, I thought nothing of changing my clothes or bathing in front of him. He’s 4 now and nothing has changed. But recently a laminated sign on the door of the women’s locker room in our local YMCA gave me pause. “With boys age 5 and over,” it read, “please use the Family Changing Area or the men’s locker room.” That got me thinking: Is the clock really ... Read More
Stress can lead to schizophrenia, says study
If you are someone who is constantly stressed, you are at a greater risk of suffering from mental disorders like schizophrenia, says a new study.

Researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, revealed in a study that those suff ering from chronic or permanent stress are at a higher risk of mental diseases. Stress results in activation of immune cells that can cause certain changes in the brain, triggering mental disorders like schizophrenia. Under normal circumstances, ... Read More
An avocado a day can keep cholesterol at bay, study suggests
Eating one avocado per day as part of a moderate-fat diet can improve cholesterol levels, according to researchers from the American Heart Association who worked with overweight and obese individuals in a small-scale study.

The research team set out to see what would happen if saturated fatty acids from the typical American diet were replaced with avocados, which contain unsaturated fat.

They put the 45 overweight or obese participants -- who were between the ages of 21 ... Read More
Babies' memory develops while napping: study
Naps during the day of at least a half hour help infants retain new behaviors learned earlier, according to researchers from the University of Sheffield.

"These findings are particularly interesting to both parents and educationalists because they suggest that the optimal time for infants to learn new information is just before they have a sleep," says Dr. Jane Herbert from US's Department of Psychology.

In the study, which is believed to be the first of its kind, ... Read More
8 glasses of water a day 'an urban myth'
The common advice to drink eight glasses of water a day doesn't hold water, say nutrition and kidney specialists who want to dispel the myth.

"What drove us to drink two litres of water a day?" asks an editorial in this week's issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

The recommendation was driven by vested interests rather than health, suggests author Speros Tsindos of the department of dietetics and human nutrition at La ... 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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