Angelina Jolie Has Double Mastectomy Because Of 87% Breast Cancer Risk
Actress Angelina Jolie, who carries a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, announced that she has had a double mastectomy. Women who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation have a significantly higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.
According to Angelina Jolie, her lifetime risk of developing breast cancer before having her breasts surgically removed was 87%. Having the BRCA1 mutation also means a 50% lifetime risk of ovarian cancer.
According to scientists at the Johns Hopkins ... Read More
Erectile Dysfunction Tied To Long Term Painkiller Use
A new study suggests that long term use of opioid prescription painkillers for back pain is tied to a higher risk of erectile dysfunction (ED). The findings are published in the 15 May online issue of the journal Spine.
Lead author Richard A. Deyo, an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research says in a statement:
"Men who take opioid pain medications for an extended period of time have the highest risk of ED."
With his ... Read More
New Facts About Genital Herpes
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones N.D.
“How could this happen to me?” Or “How can I tell my partner I have genital herpes?”
I have too often heard these questions, and the despair, guilt, remorse and fear of patients when told they have genital herpes. Now, a report in the journal, “Nature”, may help to decrease the spread of this disease and result in an effective treatment for what is called “herpes simples virus Type ... Read More
Soy And Tomato Combination May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer
Soy and tomato foods are probably better at preventing prostate cancer when eaten in combination than alone, researchers from the University of Illinois reported this week.
John Erdman, professor of food science and nutrition, and colleagues used genetically engineered laboratory mice for their study. They were engineered to develop a fast-progressing aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Half the mice that were give tomato and soy had no cancerous lesions in their prostates at the end of the ... Read More
Diet Linked With Daytime Sleepiness And Alertness In Healthy Adults
A new study suggests that your level of sleepiness or alertness during the day may be related to the type of food that you eat.
Results show that higher fat consumption was associated with increased objective daytime sleepiness, while higher carbohydrate intake was associated with increased alertness. There was no relationship between protein consumption and sleepiness or alertness. These findings were independent of the subjects' gender, age, and body mass index as well as the total ... Read More
Protein Rejuvenates Hearts In Mice
Researchers in the US have identified a protein that rejuvenates old hearts in mice. The mouse hearts had thickened walls, a sign of aging similar to that seen in humans, but after treatment their hearts reduced in size and thickness, and became more like the hearts of younger mice.
The researchers suggest the protein, known as growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF-11), may prove to be the first effective treatment for a form of age-related heart failure, ... Read More
iPad 2 May Interfere With Heart Implants
The magnets in iPad 2 tablets and their covers are capable of interfering with heart implants, including pacemakers, suggests a new, small study presented Thursday at Heart Rhythm 2013, the Heart Rhythm Society's 34th Annual Scientific Sessions.
The research was performed by 14-year-old high school freshman Gianna Chien of Stockton, California and her colleagues. They found that magnetic interference could change the settings and even deactivate the technology of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
Chien was helped by ... Read More
The unsung heroines of the slums
(CNS): Pratima refused to finalize the marriage of her son till her husband agreed to construct a toilet in their house located in a Kanpur slum. She did not want her daughter-in-law to suffer the same fate of open defecation as she did. Sushma raised the banner of women’s education, persuading her illiterate slum neighbours to send their daughters to college. Against all odds, Urmila and her team mates prevailed upon their local corporator ... Read More
Drug Improves Memory In Mice With Alzheimer's Disease
A novel drug candidate, J147, is able to reverse memory deficits and improve several aspects of brain function in mice with advanced symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD), finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal Alzheimer's Research & Therapy.
Previous studies have demonstrated that several compounds, including J147, are able to prevent or delay onset of AD-like symptoms in young mice. This does not mimic the situation in humans where symptoms usually precede the diagnosis. To ... Read More
Coumarin In Cinnamon Linked To Liver Damage
Many kinds of cinnamon, cinnamon-flavored foods, beverages and food supplements in the United States use a form of the spice that contains high levels of a natural substance that may cause liver damage in some sensitive people, scientists are reporting. Their study, published in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found similar results as those published in the European Union.
Ikhlas Khan and colleagues explain that cinnamon, which comes from the bark of certain trees, ... Read More
Detect Alzheimer's Disease Years Before Memory Loss And Cognitive Decline Become Apparent
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have helped identify many of the biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease that could potentially predict which patients will develop the disorder later in life. Now, studying spinal fluid samples and health data from 201 research participants at the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the researchers have shown the markers are accurate predictors of Alzheimer's years before symptoms develop.
"We wanted to see if ... Read More
A Woman's Risk Of Heart Disease May Be Increased By Insomnia
Insomnia and other sleep disturbances are common among perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and may increase their risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Evidence that a combination of altered sleep duration and insomnia among women ages 50-79 doubled their risk of both CHD and CVD over a period of more than 10 years is presented in an article in Journal of Women's Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. ... Read More
Human Intelligence Cannot Be Explained By The Size Of The Brain's Frontal Lobes
Research into the comparative size of the frontal lobes in humans and other species has determined that they are not - as previously thought - disproportionately enlarged relative to other areas of the brain, according to the most accurate and conclusive study of this area of the brain.
It concludes that the size of our frontal lobes cannot solely account for humans' superior cognitive abilities.
The study by Durham and Reading universities suggests that supposedly more 'primitive' ... Read More
Could Marijuana Lower Diabetes Risk?
Regular marijuana use is linked to advantageous indices related to diabetic control, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine.
The research found that current marijuana users had considerably lower fasting insulin and had a lower probability of being insulin resistant, even after excluding patients with diabetes mellitus.
For centuries, people have been using marijuana to improve mood, increase appetite, and alleviate pain. However, a study from earlier this year demonstrated that a pill ... 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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- 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)