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Weak handgrip a sign of higher risk of dying from disease: study
A limp handshake could mean more than just a bad first impression, but also a marker of poor health, researchers say.

According to a new study, a weak handgrip is linked to a higher risk of dying from both cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular diseases.

The study also finds that grip strength is better at predicting the risk of dying from these diseases than blood pressure.

"One important message is really how vulnerable you are to dying of a ... Read More
Avoid glamorous tanning beds; It could also kill you.
Alabama nurse and new mom Tawny Willoughby started tanning in high school, often up to five times a week.

"I had my own personal tanning bed in my home, and so did a lot of my friends growing up," she told CNN in an interview on Wednesday. "Everyone tanned ... I didn't really even think about the future or skin cancer at the time."

At 21, Willoughby saw a dermatologist for the first time after a friend ... Read More
A Small Hole Can Sink a Big Ship
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

A proverb states that, “For want of a nail the horseshoe was lost. For want of a horseshoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost.”
All this due to the want of a nail! Napoleon Bonaparte once remarked that trivial things often decide the outcome of a battle. They can also decide the outcome ... Read More
Insulin Resistance a Pressing Problem for South Asian Populations
Recent research has shown that in addition to being more prone to heart disease, South Asians are also more likely to develop insulin resistance. One of the leading specialists in this field is Dr. Ronesh Sinha, whose book, The South Asian Health Solution, delves into the unique factors which make South Asians prone to serious disease. Dangerous lifestyle factors include a lack of physical activity, the consumption of a poor diet (comprising too many starchy, ... Read More
Teen scientist finds cancer-killing molecules in chia seeds
Olivier Cloutier said he first began studying chia seeds after his mom brought a bag home and touted their health benefits and nutritional value.

The 18-year-old from Rimouski, Que., decided not to take his mother at her word and began a journey that would lead him to win a prestigious science-fair prize.

'I was flabbergasted. It was a really, really great feeling because I totally was not expecting to have those results.'
- Olivier Cloutier

?Cloutier explained his process ... Read More
Sleepwalking, night terrors may run in families
Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press
TORONTO -- If you have a history of sleepwalking, chances are your children will be somnambulists too.

A new study from Montreal researchers adds support to the growing belief that behaviours like sleepwalking and sleep terrors run in families. The findings were published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

The offspring of parents who are or were sleepwalkers are between three and seven times more likely to sleepwalk than other children, report the ... Read More
Substituting 1 sugary beverage a day with water, tea cuts diabetes risk: study
Replacing one sugary drink with water, tea or coffee each day could help cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 25 per cent, new research out of the U.K. shows.

The study, published Thursday in the European journal Diabetologia, linked daily consumption of sweetened drinks with diabetes risk: for each five per cent increase of a person’s total energy intake provided by sweet drinks, the risk of developing type ... Read More
Chocolate health myth dissolves
When the New York Times ran this headline last fall, "To improve a memory, consider chocolate," it quickly became one of the newspaper’s "most emailed" stories. Other news outlets rushed to match the story.

My assignment desk perked up and sent me the clipping with the question "interesting?" And it was interesting, but not for the reasons most news editors hope.

It was interesting because the study was not about chocolate at all. That’s because chocolate contains ... Read More
Treating poverty works like medicine, doctors say
Adding to poor patients' incomes works to decrease the health effects of poverty, Canadian doctors are finding.

The Canadian Medical Association is asking people across the country how poverty affects their health as part of its national dialogue tour. The group said that social and economic factors determine 50 per cent of health outcomes.

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Dr. Gary Bloch sees poverty as a disease in his family medicine practice in Toronto's inner city. (CBC)

At his inner city family practice ... Read More
With no cure in sight, controlling asthma is essential
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service
(CNS): With no cure in sight, experts believe that controlling asthma is essential to ensure good quality of life for those living with it. "It is Time to Control Your Asthma" is thus the sub-theme of this year's World Asthma Day, an annual event earmarked for the first Tuesday of May, which is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), in collaboration with healthcare groups to raise awareness about ... Read More
There’s A Sucker Born Every Minute
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
It’s been said that “There’s a sucker born every minute”. I often think of this remark while watching TV medical commercials, the ones that promote drugs to treat common ailments, then show pictures of someone riding a horse, climbing a hill or hugging their partner.
But then the commercial adds “See your doctor if you notice a rash, skin sores, sudden pain, dizziness, abdominal bloating, fever, chills or coughing up ... Read More
Short people at greater risk for heart disease: study
Short people have more risk for heart disease, and now researchers may know why: Genes that govern height also seem to affect cholesterol, especially in men.

Doctors have suspected that height and heart risks are related. Shorter people are more prone to heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes than taller people are, but the reason has been unclear.

Earlier studies that made this link did it by comparing heart risks in groups of people according to ... Read More
Some food items could be good 18 months after expiration date: USDA
Each person wastes 36 pounds of food per month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is aiming to reduce that number because it represents 21 per cent of the total available food in the country.

Overly cautious expiration dates are to blame, according to one USDA official, who says in a video that some foods can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months past the date of expiration that's stamped on the package.

In ... Read More
Shawn Achor's happiness tips
Psychologist and best-selling author Shawn Achor has made a career studying the science of happiness.

"Scientifically, happiness is a choice," Achor says. He explains that research has shown you can rewire your brain to make yourself happy by practising simple happiness exercises every day for three weeks.

Texas-born Achor's books include The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness.

Achor says in just 21 days, the exercises can transform a pessimist into an optimist.
Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor, author of The ... Read More
Put Them in Prison to Find Out About Blood Cholesterol
The Doctor Game - W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
Benjamin Disraeli, the distinguished British Prime Minister, once ridiculed an opposition member of parliament by saying, “He is distinguished by his ignorance for he only had one idea and that was wrong”.

Today 99 percent of doctors have one idea that cholesterol-lowering drugs are the be-all-and-end-all to lower blood cholesterol. I believe history will prove them wrong. This week, an old prisoner experiment ... Read More
Study In British Medical Journal Calls BS On Doctor Oz


By Darrell Lucus

My mom has been a big fan of Doctor Oz for some time–at least since he got his own show in 2009, if not longer. It’s pretty easy to see why–Mehmet Oz’ stock in trade is making medicine easy for the average person to understand while telling viewers about “miracle” and “revolutionary” cures for weight loss and other everyday medical bugaboos. But a new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests ... Read More
Should Dr. Oz be silenced?
Dr. Mehmet Oz says he "will not be silenced" by a group of 10 prominent doctors who are calling for him to resign from Columbia University.

In a special episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" he taped on Tuesday, Oz — arguably America's best-known doctor — addressed the 10 doctors directly and accused them of trying to intimidate him.

The episode will be televised on Thursday, but the show released a preview clip on Tuesday evening.

"This month, ... Read More
Tango dancing may help Parkinson's patients with motor function, balance: study
For many, tango dancing is simply a fun and exotic exercise. But a small new study out of Montreal shows it could also be therapeutic for those suffering from the potentially debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers at Montreal Neurological Hospital and MUHC Foundation looked at the effects of tango dancing on Parkinson’s patients, and found that Argentine tango may help those who suffer from the disease keep moving even after the music stops.

Half of the ... Read More
Small changes in diet now could make a big difference later: study
Seemingly minuscule changes to the types of protein and carbohydrates we consume could profoundly affect long-term weight maintenance, according to a new study at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University.

Evidence spans over 16 years of follow-up among 120,000 men and women in the U.S. in the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Diets with a high glycemic load (GL), which is found in refined grains, starches and sugars, ... Read More
Beat cravings for salt, fat with porous foods: study
Where willpower continues to fail us, science prevails in a new study that suggests tweaking porosity during food manufacturing could mean the end of infamous cravings for salt and fat.

Manipulating the number and size of pores during the processing could enable manufacturers to use less salt and consumers to enjoy it that way, according to the research team from the University of Illinois.

What's more, controlling the pore pressure in foods during frying reduces oil uptake, ... Read More
Can maple syrup help fight infection-causing bacteria?
Maple syrup may be able to help in the fight against infection-causing bacteria, which could in turn aid in reducing the use of common antibiotics, new research suggests.

A group of McGill University scientists tested a concentrated extract of maple syrup on strains of bacteria, including E. coli and Proteus mirabilis, which causes urinary tract infections.

The researchers say on its own, the extract was “mildly effective” in fighting bacteria. When combined with antibiotics, it proved to ... Read More
Infants feel pain like adults, 1st MRI scans reveal
Infants' brains light up in response to pain in a similar way to adults, researchers have discovered, as they try to extend our understanding of the youngest patients' pain response.

Scientists from Oxford University in the U.K. found 18 of the 20 brain regions activated in adults experiencing pain were also active in infants.

In a small study, Rebeccah Slater of Oxford's pediatrics department and her team found when infants between one and six days old were ... Read More
Breast cancer survival odds boosted by ovary removal
Women diagnosed with breast cancer who have the BRCA 1 gene mutation gain a survival advantage by having their ovaries removed, a 20-year, Canadian-led study finds.

The average woman has a 12 per cent risk of developing breast cancer sometime during her life. In women like actress Angelina Jolie who carry the BRCA1 mutation, the lifetime risk for breast cancer is about five times higher.

The BRCA1 and 2 mutations account for about five per cent of ... Read More
New Musculoskeletal Health study cautions use of whole-body vibration platforms
A new study from Western University shows that whole-body vibration platforms, which are used extensively in health clubs and rehabilitation clinics, may be causing significant damage to joint tissues.
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What Oscar Knows That Doctors Don’t Know
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
Years ago the family cat, usually aloof, suddenly decided to spend time on my father-in-law’s lap months before he died of pancreatic cancer. Why? Another family reports in a Toronto newspaper that their pet feline recently began a vigil on a loved one’s lap just before he died. So what did the cat know that wasn’t taught to me at The Harvard Medical School?
The New ... Read More
Dietary fibre supplement could speed metabolism: study
Rats that consumed a fibre supplement evaded the pitfalls of a high fat and high sugar diet, gaining far less weight than expected during a study at the University of Calgary.

Supplementing one's diet with fibre, say the researchers, could be key in helping individuals maintain a healthy weight despite a selection of choices from the food industry that can be difficult to navigate.

The rats were given free access to foods that were high in sugar ... Read More
Small changes in diet now could make a big difference later: study
Seemingly minuscule changes to the types of protein and carbohydrates we consume could profoundly affect long-term weight maintenance, according to a new study at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University.

Evidence spans over 16 years of follow-up among 120,000 men and women in the U.S. in the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Diets with a high glycemic load (GL), which is found in refined grains, starches and sugars, ... Read More
The bitter truth about chocolate
When the New York Times ran this headline last fall, "To improve a memory, consider chocolate," it quickly became one of the newspaper’s "most emailed" stories. Other news outlets rushed to match the story.

My assignment desk perked up and sent me the clipping with the question "interesting?" And it was interesting, but not for the reasons most news editors hope.

It was interesting because the study was not about chocolate at all. That’s because chocolate contains ... Read More
Brain aging: 5 ways to stay sharp urged by U.S institute
Those lost car keys that were an annoyance in your 30s can spark major anxiety in your 60s. Turns out it's pretty normal: The brain ages just like the rest of your body, says a new report that urges Americans to take steps to keep sharp in their senior years.

The prestigious U.S. Institute of Medicine examined what scientists know about "cognitive aging," changes in mental functioning as we get older.

This isn't a disease like Alzheimer's ... Read More
Pot smoked or used by 12% over a year: StatsCan
About 12 per cent of Canadians age 15 or older said they used marijuana in a year, according to Statistics Canada.

Wednesday's issue of the agency's Health Reports looks at marijuana use in 2012 compared with a decade earlier.

Among those aged 18 to 24, 33 per cent said they'd "used or tried" marijuana in the past year — the highest prevalence by age group and the group that tended to use it more frequently. About ... Read More
Neo40: A Natural Remedy to Treat E.D.
The Doctor Game - W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
Ever heard of Stein’s Law? It states that if something can’t go on forever, it will stop. Stein’s law always wins. There’s no better example than erectile dysfunction (ED), when men who have always expected instant gratification, suddenly develop a headache at bedtime! This week, how a natural remedy, Neo40, helps this troubling disorder. And it’s available without a doctor’s prescription.
It’s ironic that doctors have no trouble asking ... Read More
Packed with health benefits, coffee gains ground with experts
Washington - Long viewed as a controversial dark substance, coffee is gaining ground among medical experts who say it can protect against heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes, even if it is decaffeinated.

Multiple studies published worldwide in recent years have concluded that coffee can be good for the health.

In February, the US government issued new dietary guidelines, as it does every five years.

But this year's recommendations said for the first time that coffee is not ... Read More
Vigorous exercise may help you live longer: study
MIAMI, United States (AFP) - Vigorous exercise, the kind that makes you sweat, get red in the face and breathe hard, may be better than moderate exercise when it comes to living longer, researchers say.

The study by Australian researchers is based on more than 200,000 adults over age 45, and was published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine.

The study participants were followed for more than six years.

Those who did ... Read More
Short people at greater risk for heart disease: study
Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press
Short people have more risk for heart disease, and now researchers may know why: Genes that govern height also seem to affect cholesterol, especially in men.

Doctors have suspected that height and heart risks are related. Shorter people are more prone to heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes than taller people are, but the reason has been unclear.

Earlier studies that made this link did it by comparing heart risks in groups ... Read More
Sabra hummus recalled in U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says a routine sample of Sabra hummus collected from a store last month tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. (The Associated Press)

About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold in the U.S. are being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

Listeria is a food-borne illness that can cause high fevers and nausea in minor cases, but the infections can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems and young children, along ... Read More
World Health Day: No substitute to healthy mind
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service
We all aspire to be healthy and at times go to great lengths to ward off sickness. The fight against disease begins early on in life with responsible parents ensuring that their kids are administered all available vaccinations ((although there is a small lobby that is against this important preventive measure); as much as possible; they feed them nutritious diet (facing stiff competition from fast food chain offerings) and there ... Read More
What to eat to promote good eye health
Anyone concerned with maintaining healthy eye function may want to add more broccoli, sardines and blueberries to their diet, according to the recommendations from an expert at Loyola University Chicago.

Several nutrients are essential to eye health, and some may even help to improve eyesight and prevent problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Dr. James McDonnell, a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Loyola University Health System, has compiled a list of these nutrients and the foods ... Read More
5 nutrition tips for better sleep
March is World Sleep Month, which means research institutes around the globe are releasing reports on the importance of shut-eye, as well as tips on how to get enough.

In France, after observing the link between eating habits and sleep hygiene in a recent study, the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance (INVS) and the health insurer MGEN share suggestions on how to eat to improve the chances of getting a good night's rest:

Never skip dinner: ... Read More
Smoking Boosts Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs: Study
By PTI

WASHINGTON: MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant superbug, becomes even more resistant to killing by the immune system when exposed to cigarette smoke, a new study has warned.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that MRSA bacteria exposed to cigarette smoke become even more resistant to killing by the immune system.

"We already know that smoking cigarettes ... Read More
What is average penis size?
CBC

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.

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 Journal of ... Read More
Most suicides occurred at first attempt
CBC

Most suicides in an almost nine-year Ontario study occurred after a first attempt, pointing to the need for longer-term monitoring, doctors say in a new report published Wednesday.

The study tracked more than 65,000 children and adults between April 2002 and December 2010 who went to an emergency department in the province for a first self-poisoning. It compared them with controls of the same age and sex.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people ... Read More
How to Fight The Deadly Trio
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

What kills more North Americans than anything else? It’s the deadly trio of obesity, diabetes and heart attack. Each is a huge problem by itself. But when lumped together they constitute three raging epidemics completely out of control with catastrophic consequences for patients and our health care system. But there are ways for smart medical consumers to avoid becoming victims of the deadly trio.

Consider what’s happened ... Read More
An Indian parliamentarian doubts if tobacco kills!
Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service

An Indian parliamentarian who is chairing the committee which told the government not to implement stronger pictorial graphic health warnings on tobacco packs (and raise the warning size from 40% to 85%) from 1st April 2015, casted doubts whether tobacco causes cancer. India is at risk of reversing the gains made in saving lives from tobacco! He is the same parliamentarian who had raised similar questions in the parliament in ... Read More
New diet could reduce risk of Alzheimer's, study suggests
MIND diet

Researchers at Rush University in Chicago have developed the MIND diet, which their recent study suggests could significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The study is published in the latest issue of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

Professor Martha Clare Morris and her colleagues combined elements of the Mediterranean diet with elements of DASH, a diet aimed at combatting high blood pressure, to create MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay).

To ... Read More
Coffee is good for you
As drug delivery systems go, you’d be hard-pressed to find a tastier one than coffee. In fact for many of us, caffeine is the only thing that makes mornings tolerable.

A full two-thirds of Canadians had a coffee today, according to the Coffee Association of Canada. So we like our cup of java, which is great, because it seems that with more research showing its benefits, doctors and dietitians like coffee too. Or at least, they’re ... Read More
Need a lot more vitamine D
(Relaxnews) - We need far more vitamin D than previously thought, according to two teams of researchers from Canada and the US.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is ten times lower than what we actually need, say two teams of researchers who have challenged the US's National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), both responsible for the RDA.

"The error has broad implications for public health regarding disease prevention and ... Read More
A new device to foretell heart atttacks
(Paris, France-AFP) - Over the age of 40? Want to know your risk of suffering a fatal heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years? Read on.

A new instrument dubbed Globorisk, unveiled Thursday, will allow you to determine your risk simply by inputting your age, gender, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, whether you have diabetes or smoke, and which country you live in, its developers say.

It is hoped such self-scrutiny can spark important lifestyle ... Read More
Woman who injected silicon for plump butts jailed
A woman who injected industrial silicon oil into the buttocks of women as an illegal cosmetic procedure preyed on the vulnerable for profit and deserves a stiff prison term, the prosecution said Friday.

In calling for a 10-to-12 year sentence, Crown lawyer Allison MacPherson described Marilyn Reid as a predator who was in the "business of poisoning people."

"She preyed on the lambs like a wolf — this was a money making operation and she made a ... Read More
Why Surgeons Need Cockpit Training
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

Would you buy an airplane ticket if the pilot refused to check his instrument panel before taking off? You’d probably would run for the woods, choose another airline or decide it’s safer to go by train. But a recent study shows that some surgeons are not following proven surgical guidelines for a potentially fatal operation. What’s needed? A big dose of pilot discipline.

A study done at the University of ... Read More
Nepal leading tobacco control in South Asia
Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service

(CNS): South Asian region has very high levels of tobacco use, and thus not surprisingly, rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other tobacco related illnesses rage high. Nepal is in spotlight in South Asian region by demonstrating high commitment to tobacco control and also acting on the ground! Recognizing Nepal's leadership, the country was awarded the prestigious 'Bloomberg Philanthropies Award for Global Tobacco Control' at the 16th World Conference on ... Read More
New 'Mind' Diet May Cut Alzheimer's Risk By Half
By IANS

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
By: PTI
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
CBC
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!'
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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.'

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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'
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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
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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



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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