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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
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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
By PTI

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
IndiaToday.in
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
CBC
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
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
Liver Injury (“DILI”) Is Killing More People Every Year
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

North Americans must rid themselves of a major misconception. Too much Cabernet Sauvignon is not the only way to damage the liver. Today liver injury is being caused by prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, and some herbal supplements. More than 1,000 drugs and supplements have been associated with drug induced liver injury (DILI) which is increasing every year.
Everything we consume, with both good ... Read More
The Vitamin D Bandwagon: Is it Ahead of the Science?
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
Here are some of the 100 medical conditions that have been associated with decreased blood levels of vitamin D; arthritis, asthma, colon cancer, emphysema, dementia, depression, diabetes, coronary heart disease, fibromyalgia, hypertension, infections, multiple sclerosis, muscle weakness, obesity, Parkinson’s Disease and psoriasis. But how many of these links have been proven by scientific studies?
A report from the University of California says most of them are the result of ... Read More
5 smart fitness tips for working professionals
For a healthy life, all you have to spare is 30 minutes a day.

Read on to find out how simple habits can make a huge difference to your health.

How to stay fitAs an entrepreneur or working professional there is always a sense of panic, stress and meeting deadlines.

Everything around us that is work related takes priority.

We tend to forget that our body and mind is going through immense exhaustion and stress to keep up with ... Read More
Two-thirds of cancers caused by bad luck, not genetics & environment
Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like smoking.

The researchers said on Thursday random DNA mutations accumulating in various parts of the body during ordinary cell division are the prime culprits behind many cancer types.

They looked at 31 cancer types ... Read More
Improving child and maternal healthcare in rural areas
Suvali (Surat), Dec 30: Taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pioneering Digital India campaign, HLFPPT has launched an innovative e-ASHA training programme in the remote Suvali block of Surat in the PM’s home state, a fist of its kind initiative that has been shown to improve child and maternal healthcare delivery.

The initiative – an integrated easy-to-use package on Android platform for Tablets, has been developed by UNICEF in partnership with IIT Jodhpur ... Read More
Did You Know You Actually Breathe Out Fat?
NDTV

Did You Know You Actually Breathe Out Fat? There exists a whole lot of information that one can easily access and start following in order to lose weight and become fit. From the kind of physical activity one should indulge in to tailor-made diet plans. Unfortunately, while all of us strive hard to achieve our personal fitness goal every day, very few may have wondered how this process of losing weight actually works. Having ... Read More
An Experiment that should get everyone’s Attention
The Doctor Game _ W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

Why would any sane person drink 10 cokes a day for one month? I recently asked George Prior, a Los Angeles resident and father of two children, this question. His straight-forward answer, “I want to increase the awareness of my children and the public about the dangers of sugar”. But how is Prior proving that all these colas are bad for your health?

His experiment got my attention because I’ve ... Read More
Could foods contain more antioxidants than we thought?
The benefits of certain foods, such as orange juice, could be more important than we think, according to a new study suggesting current methods for determining antioxidant activity only tell half the story.

Researchers from the University of Granada developed a method called the global antioxidant response (GAR) that they claim provides a more thorough analysis because it assesses food in its entirety.

The researchers say that current methods for determining antioxidant value reflect only the portion ... Read More
Pornography, kids and sex education: what to do?
More kids at ever younger ages are accessing pornography online, according to a range of international studies, but there's not much consensus about what, if anything, should be done by parents or teachers to address the issue.

Today in Winnipeg, a children's advocacy group called Beyond Borders will host a symposium entitled "Generation XXX, the pornification of our children."

"The porn industry is the country's main sex educator of our boys and girls," says Cordelia Anderson, one ... Read More
How Skype and email could help seniors avoid loneliness
Researchers say that loneliness is not only emotionally taxing but can affect your life expectancy.

This is of particular concern to seniors, but many have found that modern communications technology provides a means of keeping loneliness at bay.

Just ask 94-year-old Bertha Kronenberg, who lives in Revera’s Forest Hill retirement home in Toronto.

Kronenberg grew up in an orphanage in Johannesburg, and her early life was devoid of love and human contact – staff in the orphanage called ... Read More
On Exchanging body air and body fluids
Ivan Pereira

I recall my son asking me to go with him to a public lecture at Concordia University, Montreal, given by David Suzuki, the famed environmental biologist.

My friend, David Orchard, organic farmer from Alberta, spoke before him.

David said that he was a successful big organic farm owner, and he argued that organic farms could feed the world with good nutrition, and there was no need for genetically modified seeds (GMOs) on our planet. ... Read More
How Much Did You Learn in 2014?
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

Are these questions true or false?

1. If you want to increase the chance of picking up an infection on a plane, ask for an aisle seat.

2. A young woman who carried her cell phone in her bra developed a breast cancer that was the shape of her cell phone.

3. Swedish researchers discovered that when they treated brain tissue of mice suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease with vitamin C, the amyloid ... Read More
Echolocation acts as 'sixth' sense for blind people
A new study by neuroscientists at Western University's Brain and Mind Institute has further demonstrated that human echolocation operates as a viable 'sense,' working in tandem with other senses to deliver information to people with visual impairment.

The findings are published this week in the journal Psychological Science.

"Some blind people use echolocation to assess their environment and find their way around. They will either snap their fingers or click their tongue to bounce sound waves ... Read More
Could foods contain more antioxidants than we thought?
The benefits of certain foods, such as orange juice, could be more important than we think, according to a new study suggesting current methods for determining antioxidant activity only tell half the story.

Researchers from the University of Granada developed a method called the global antioxidant response (GAR) that they claim provides a more thorough analysis because it assesses food in its entirety.

The researchers say that current methods for determining antioxidant value reflect only the portion ... Read More
Pornography, kids and sex education: what to do?
More kids at ever younger ages are accessing pornography online, according to a range of international studies, but there's not much consensus about what, if anything, should be done by parents or teachers to address the issue.

Today in Winnipeg, a children's advocacy group called Beyond Borders will host a symposium entitled "Generation XXX, the pornification of our children."

"The porn industry is the country's main sex educator of our boys and girls," says Cordelia Anderson, one ... Read More
How Skype and email could help seniors avoid loneliness
Researchers say that loneliness is not only emotionally taxing but can affect your life expectancy.

This is of particular concern to seniors, but many have found that modern communications technology provides a means of keeping loneliness at bay.

Just ask 94-year-old Bertha Kronenberg, who lives in Revera’s Forest Hill retirement home in Toronto.

Kronenberg grew up in an orphanage in Johannesburg, and her early life was devoid of love and human contact – staff in the orphanage called ... Read More
On Exchanging body air and body fluids
Ivan Pereira

I recall my son asking me to go with him to a public lecture at Concordia University, Montreal, given by David Suzuki, the famed environmental biologist.

My friend, David Orchard, organic farmer from Alberta, spoke before him.

David said that he was a successful big organic farm owner, and he argued that organic farms could feed the world with good nutrition, and there was no need for genetically modified seeds (GMOs) on our planet. ... Read More
How Much Did You Learn in 2014?
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D.

Are these questions true or false?

1. If you want to increase the chance of picking up an infection on a plane, ask for an aisle seat.

2. A young woman who carried her cell phone in her bra developed a breast cancer that was the shape of her cell phone.

3. Swedish researchers discovered that when they treated brain tissue of mice suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease with vitamin C, the amyloid ... Read More
Echolocation acts as 'sixth' sense for blind people
A new study by neuroscientists at Western University's Brain and Mind Institute has further demonstrated that human echolocation operates as a viable 'sense,' working in tandem with other senses to deliver information to people with visual impairment.

The findings are published this week in the journal Psychological Science.

"Some blind people use echolocation to assess their environment and find their way around. They will either snap their fingers or click their tongue to bounce sound waves ... Read More
Turmeric therapy to fight malaria
New Delhi, Dec. 17: Indian scientists have trapped a key ingredient of the common kitchen spice turmeric in tiny spheres shaped like soap bubbles and are pitching the entrapped molecule as a potential new therapy to fight malaria.

Aparajita Ghosh at the Bose Institute, Calcutta, and her colleagues have shown that the turmeric compound called curcumin, entrapped in spheres, can improve survival in mice infected with a parasite similar to the one that causes brain inflammation ... Read More
Women with dense breasts face dilemma of screening options beyond mammograms
Lauran Neergaard

WASHINGTON -- More women are learning their breasts are so dense that it's more difficult for mammograms to spot cancer. But new research suggests automatically giving them an extra test isn't necessarily the solution.

Screening isn't the only concern. Women whose breast tissue is very dense have a greater risk of developing breast cancer than women whose breasts contain more fatty tissue.

Laws in 19 states require women to be told if they have dense breasts ... Read More
How old do you feel? The answer might help predict your death, study suggests
CHICAGO -- How old do you feel? Think carefully -- the answer might help predict how much longer you'll live. That's according to British research posing that question to about 6,500 adults. Those who felt younger than their real age lived the longest over the following eight years.

Here are five key findings from the study, by researchers Isla Rippon and Andrew Steptoe at University College London. Results were published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine:

REAL ... Read More
Active sitting: What it can (and can't) do for you
As studies emerge classifying sitting for extended periods as bad to our health, wobbly stools and exercise balls are replacing office chairs, pedal sets are being installed under desks and everyone's talking about how to stay physically active while seated at their desk.

But what can we expect from active sitting? L.A.-based trainer and martial arts expert Philippe Til weighs in on the facts and fables.

Fact: Effective posture is the basis for active sitting, so if ... Read More
Low-glycemic diet may not benefit heart health
Diets that classify high-carb foods by how much they increase blood sugar don't improve risk factors for diabetes or cardiovascular disease as previously thought, according to a new study.

"The study results were very surprising," says lead author Frank M. Sacks, MD, a physician and researcher in Brigham and Women's Hospital's Channing Division of Network Medicine. "Our findings demonstrated that using glycemic index to select specific foods did not improve LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood ... Read More
Expert Says, “It’s The Worst Dirty Trick of Aging”
The Doctor Game- Gifford-Jones

In 2014, how much progress did we make in the search for sound lifestyle? Many of us know it’s better to ask for low fat milk or eat more chicken than fatty meat. Some of us see the nutritional folly of soft drinks loaded with sugar, and that we should eat more fruits and vegetables. But a report in Nutrition Action Health Letter says some messages have not shown up on our ... Read More
Canadian Arrhythmia Network to be hosted at Western University
The Government of Canada announced $26.3 million in funding today to establish the Canadian Arrhythmia Network (CANet) as a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) hosted at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

This announcement positions Western and London as the national centre for research into the effective diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disturbances, also known as arrhythmias, such as syncope, atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. Sudden cardiac death alone accounts ... 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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