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Ebola outbreak: How Canada's prep has 'led the world'
The Ebola virus continues to claim lives in West Africa, but the risk of it spreading to the Canadian public remains low, health experts say — and even if a case emerged here, the country is well prepared to handle it.

"I'm not concerned. I already know that Canada is prepared," said Jason Tetro, a microbiologist and author of The Germ Code, who recently penned the blog entry Canada, Don't Worry About Ebola in the Huffington ... Read More
Toronto's medical officer recommends city-wide e-cigarettes ban
Toronto's board of health is considering a city-wide ban on electronic cigarettes if the Ontario government doesn't restrict use across the province by February.

A report written by Toronto Medical Officer of Health David McKeown recommends that the Ontario Ministry of Health amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places, as well as a ban on the sales of flavoured e-cigarette products. McKeown also recommends the province ban e-cigarette displays ... Read More
Western University-led study says anorexia nervosa should be considered a 'passion'
New findings from Western University suggest that characterizing anorexia, or anorexia nervosa, as a 'passion' will yield immediate and practical results in terms of treatment and therapy.

The study, led by Louis C. Charland of Western's Rotman Institute of Philosophy, is novel in that philosophers have collaborated with psychiatrists, scientists and clinicians to arrive at this new recommended categorization, which compares the condition to other mental illnesses and holds fundamental implications for treatment, especially in ... Read More
Love thy neighbour, it's good for the heart: study
(PARIS-AFP) - Ever felt like your neighbour's antics could drive you to an early grave?

Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link Tuesday between having good neighbours and a healthier heart.

"Having good neighbours and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual's heart attack risk," said a statement that accompanied a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
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Tickling the ear could lead to better heart health, study suggests
The ear could be the key to one's heart, researchers at the University of Leeds say, noting that stimulating the nerves in the ear could distract nervous signals that are overexerting a heart in poor health.

The research team conducted their experiments on 34 participants using a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine, a medical instrument used to relieve labour pains.

"You feel a bit of a tickling sensation in your ear when the TENS machine is ... Read More
Ramen risks: Why instant noodles are bad for your health
Instant noodles have long been a popular meal option, loved for their convenience and low cost. But a new study suggests they may increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. And the study has sparked renewed interest in an eye-opening video that shows how our stomachs handle processed foods.

The study, published last week in The Journal of Nutrition, was based off of data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007-2009.

Using ... Read More
Restrictions coming for most-abused painkiller in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine and oxycodone. Patients will be limited to one 90-day supply of medication and will have to see a health care ... Read More
Concussion policies missing for many sports, Canadian advocacy group finds
A coalition of health and sporting groups across the country is calling for Canada's athletic organizations to get more proactive about protecting participants from head injuries.

The Canadian Concussion Collaborative, consisting of nine national sports advocacy groups, has laid out two specific recommendations in the September issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The collaborative says most sports organizations don't have policies in place that address the needs of a concussion patient at every step of ... Read More
Are West Africans Needlessly Dying From The Ebola Virus?
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
“Those who do not remember history are destined to relive it”, is an often quoted saying. But the great tragedy is that by failing to read history, researchers and doctors have, in the past, condemned millions to die from viral disease. Now it is happening again in West Africa. So what will happen if a case of Ebola disease occurs in this country?
Currently Canada and other nations ... 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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