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Study says we’re over the hill at 24
It’s a hard pill to swallow, but if you’re over 24 years of age you’ve already reached your peak in terms of your cognitive motor performance, according to a new Simon Fraser University study.

SFU’s Joe Thompson, a psychology doctoral student, associate professor Mark Blair, Thompson’s thesis supervisor, and Andrew Henrey, a statistics and actuarial science doctoral student, deliver the news in a just-published PLOS ONE Journal paper.

In one of the first social science ... Read More
Romania keeps tradition of bee medicine alive
(BUCHAREST-AFP) - Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds -- the humble bee has been a key source of alternative medicines since ancient times, and Romania is working to keep the tradition of "apitherapy" alive.

The tradition goes back to ancient Greece when Hippocrates applied honey to treat wounds, and the Romans saw pollen as "life-giving".

In the past of India, China and Egypt, a resinous substance collected by bees from ... Read More
Zinc can reduce the length of common cold: study
While there is still no cure for the common cold, there is one way to make sure the symptoms are over as quickly as possible. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers concluded that zinc supplements taken at the first signs of a cold could reduce the duration of symptoms by as much as half.

It may start with a sneeze, a runny nose, or a cough. Regardless of ... Read More
Ear wax is Mother Nature's way to protect mechanisms of hearing, MDs say
TORONTO -- "Oh, my goodness, you could grow potatoes in those ears -- wash them again!"

It's an old saying, but one some parents are sure to admonish their children with at bath time, repeating what they heard as kids from their own parents once upon a time.

And many of those adults still adhere to the notion that the only clean ear is an ear devoid of wax.

But doctors say wax has nothing to do with ... Read More
Canadians urged to break up sedentary routines with bouts of fitness
TORONTO -- While much attention has been devoted to monitoring the activity levels -- or lack thereof -- among Canadian kids, many of the country's adults are also at risk of spending too many of their waking hours being idle.

With its Sneak It In campaign, ParticipAction is encouraging adults to break up sedentary time spent commuting and sitting in the office. To help reach that goal, they're encouraged to take active breaks and boost their ... Read More
Low blood sugar linked to 'hangry' fights for spouses: study
WASHINGTON -- A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

That's because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose.

In fact, it can make them "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman.
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Drinking milk could prevent arthritis in women: study
Drinking low-fat or skim milk could slow the progression of knee arthritis, according to a recent study published in Arthritis Care & Research, the journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

While cow milk certainly has its detractors, its role in promoting healthy bone structure has long been established. This latest study provides additional evidence in favor of the beverage, particularly for women at risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.

A chronic degenerative condition, osteoarthritis ... Read More
Americans look past calories as approach to dieting evolves
NEW YORK -- Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling.

The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became weight-watching staples primarily by stripping calories from people's favourite foods.

Part of the problem: "Low-calorie" foods make people feel deprived. ... Read More
Germans fast to cure what ails them
(UEBERLINGEN, Germany-AFP) - What to give the patient who has everything? Well-off Germans in Europe's top economy are increasingly deciding less is more and fasting to cure what ails them.

High-end clinics specialising in deprivation rather than pampering are all the rage in Germany, one of the homes of the fasting movement, and in some cases it is even covered by health insurance plans.

Michael van Almsick, 57, is a fasting devotee and, once a year for ... Read More
'Gluten-free', 'homemade' labels rise on U.S. menus
The term ‘organic’ has seen a decline on restaurant menus, while the term ‘gluten-free’ has posted a 200 per cent increase, says a new report on the status of dining in the U.S.

According to a new report from market research group Mintel, though the term ‘organic’ continues to be the leading ethical claim on restaurant menus, its appearance declined 28 per cent between 2010 and 2013.

On the other hand, in response to the continued popularity ... Read More
Call to stop water privatization and strengthen public water systems
Citizen News Service

On the heels of the World Bank's 2014 spring meetings, an international coalition of water rights groups from India and the United States issued a stern call for the institution to end its destructive promotion of water privatization under the guise of development. After a week of meetings, including high level events on water, no action has been taken to address the coalition’s concerns.

The World Bank, via the International Finance Corporation (IFC), ... Read More
Too much soda (like Coke) can kill you
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
“Why would anyone be so foolish to carry on this asinine habit for so long?” This was my immediate reaction to an article, published by LiveScience and reported at the European Heart Rhythm Association. In effect, the article shows how a most innocent habit, carried out for a long period, can send you to hospital.

A woman living in Monaco was admitted to emergency following a fainting episode. She had ... 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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