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DTC genetic testing has negative consequences in children

DTC genetic testing has negative consequences in children

A woman coping with the burden of familial breast cancer can't help but wonder if her young daughter will suffer the same fate. Has she inherited the same disease-causing mutation? Is it best to be prepared for the future, or to wait? During the last decade, genetic tests have been through a sea change, both in their availability and the technologies behind them. Today there are at least 34 companies that offer direct to consumer (DTC) DNA testing, some of which return health results. And now it is possible to sequence someone's entire genetic code for the price of a laptop. [More]
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: CAMFT encourages all minorities to get mental health support

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: CAMFT encourages all minorities to get mental health support

Research from the National Association on Mental Health suggests that one in five Americans experiences a mental illness in a given year. The same research shows that African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate. [More]
Researchers compare relationship between marital status and body mass index in nine European countries

Researchers compare relationship between marital status and body mass index in nine European countries

It is generally assumed that marriage has a positive influence on health and life expectancy. But does this "marriage bonus" also apply to the health indicator of body weight? Researchers at the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development have investigated this question in cooperation with the market research institute GfK. Specifically, they compared the body mass index of married couples with that of singles in nine European countries. [More]
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Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it's easy and free! [More]

CAMFT supports Supreme Court’s verdict on same-sex marriage

The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) is in full support of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. CAMFT firmly believes that all couples and all families, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, should have the civil right to marry, with all the associated privileges and responsibilities. [More]
Humans carry recessive disease mutations that can cause severe genetic disorders or prenatal death

Humans carry recessive disease mutations that can cause severe genetic disorders or prenatal death

Humans carry an average of one to two mutations per person that can cause severe genetic disorders or prenatal death when two copies of the same mutation are inherited, according to estimates published today in the journal GENETICS. [More]
Researchers assess how chronic stress and relationship quality influence individual's blood pressure

Researchers assess how chronic stress and relationship quality influence individual's blood pressure

While other studies have shown that stress and negative marital quality can influence mortality and blood pressure, there has not been research that discussed how it might affect married couples over time. Using systolic blood pressure as a gauge, researchers assessed whether an individual's blood pressure is influenced by their own as well as their partner's reports of chronic stress and whether there are gender differences in these patterns. [More]
New book focuses on life events resulting in teen motherhood

New book focuses on life events resulting in teen motherhood

If Diane could reverse time, she never would have slammed the door--an act of teen frustration and ongoing family conflict that finally got her kicked out of her mother's house. [More]
Educated women in Latin America choosing to have children out of wedlock

Educated women in Latin America choosing to have children out of wedlock

In Latin America, consensual (common-law) unions are traditionally associated with poorer or indigenous populations. [More]
Childbearing within consensual union among educated women has become common in Latin America

Childbearing within consensual union among educated women has become common in Latin America

"Consensual unions," two people living in the same dwelling in a relationship akin to marriage, have been an integral part of family life in Latin America for centuries. In fact, in Latin America, legal marriages and consensual unions are seen as similarly acceptable family arrangements for bearing and raising children. [More]

Renowned scholars to address social, psychological harm of colorism at global conference

Colorism, the practice of discrimination based on skin tone even among people of color, is rarely addressed publicly and is uniquely different from racism. [More]
Study finding suggests importance of individually-tailored treatment for depression

Study finding suggests importance of individually-tailored treatment for depression

The most commonly used treatment for the over 14 million Americans who suffer from Major Depressive Disorder is anti-depressant medication. While such medications bring relief to many, current research suggests that one size may not fit all when it comes to treating depression. [More]
New conference to discuss ways of abolishing female genital mutilation in the UK

New conference to discuss ways of abolishing female genital mutilation in the UK

'We believe that education is the way forward to eradicate FGM. Therefore, in this symposium we are also launching an educational package for both professionals and communities alike'- Sadiyo Siad, FGM survivor, activist and campaigner. [More]
Permanency of marital relationship contributes to sexual frequency, shows study

Permanency of marital relationship contributes to sexual frequency, shows study

While people in the early years of marriage have sex more frequently, and their sexual activity tapers off over time, a slight rebound occurs for those whose marriages endure longer than half a century, according to new research. [More]

Minority stress affects same-sex couples' stress levels, overall health

New research by Allen LeBlanc, Health Equity Institute Professor of Sociology at San Francisco State University, studies how minority stress -- which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society -- affects same-sex couples' stress levels and overall health. [More]
Silencing neurons in the arcopallium

Silencing neurons in the arcopallium

New research published by the Neuronal Mechanism for Critical Period Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University has shown the effectiveness of chemogenetic inhibition used to suppress neuronal activity as well as interesting results on how vocalization is controlled through this techniques application in zebra finches. [More]

Study provides rare evidence on effect of Iraq War on child marriage, early childbearing

A study published today is the first detailed assessment of whether the 8-year Iraq War had an effect on childbearing. The study found that before the war, from 1997 to 2003, adolescent fertility in Iraq was stable at just below 70 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19. [More]
Livongo Health, Iron Mountain collaborate to improve health of their employees with diabetes

Livongo Health, Iron Mountain collaborate to improve health of their employees with diabetes

Livongo Health, a consumer digital health company that is focused on using technology to empower people with chronic conditions to live better, today announced an agreement with Iron Mountain Incorporated. They wanted to improve the health and productivity of their employees with diabetes while reducing the cost of care. [More]

Teenage fertility rises by more than 30% during Iraq War

The nine-year Iraq War led to a sharp rise in teenage childbearing, according to new research published today (12 December) by the London School of Economics and Political Science. [More]
VUSM student creates national guide to improve health care needs of LGBT patients

VUSM student creates national guide to improve health care needs of LGBT patients

Vanderbilt University Medical School student Kristen Eckstrand, Ph.D., is making a national impact on the way healthcare is delivered to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. [More]
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