Forced Marriages Introduction

What is a forced marriage? forced marriage happens when one or both participants are coerced into matrimony – without their free consent. They may have been emotionally blackmailed, physically threatened or abused. Forced marriages differ from arranged ones, which may have been set up by a relative or friend, but are willingly agreed to by … Continue reading Forced Marriages Introduction

A Christian prayer in union with creation – Pope Francis in the Laudato Si

Father, we praise you with all your creatures. They came forth from your all-powerful hand; they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love. Praise be to you! Son of God, Jesus, through you all things were made. You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, you became part of this … Continue reading A Christian prayer in union with creation – Pope Francis in the Laudato Si

Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes in Couples with Infertility With and Without Assisted Reproductive Technology

Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes in Couples with Infertility With and Without Assisted Reproductive Technology: With an Emphasis on US Population-Based Studies. Luke B. Abstract Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive within one year of unprotected intercourse, affects an estimated 80 million individuals worldwide, or 10-15 percent of couples of reproductive age. Assisted reproductive technology … Continue reading Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes in Couples with Infertility With and Without Assisted Reproductive Technology

Cannabis and alcohol use, and the developing brain

Meruelo, Castro, Cota, Tapert Abstract Sex hormones and white (and grey) matter in the limbic system, cortex and other brain regions undergo changes during adolescence. Some of these changes include ongoing white matter myelination and sexually dimorphic features in grey and white matter. Adolescence is also a period of vulnerability when many are first exposed … Continue reading Cannabis and alcohol use, and the developing brain

To thee, O blessed Joseph (Prayer to Saint Joseph)

To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that … Continue reading To thee, O blessed Joseph (Prayer to Saint Joseph)

Influence of maternal remifentanil concentration on fetal-to-maternal ratio in pregnant ewes.

J Anesth. 2017 Mar 8. doi: 10.1007/s00540-017-2332-4. [Epub ahead of print] Influence of maternal remifentanil concentration on fetal-to-maternal ratio in pregnant ewes. Sato M1,2, Masui K3, Sarentonglaga B4, Yamaguchi M4,5, Fukumori R4,5, Nagao Y4,5, Sago H6, Sumikura H1. Author information 1 Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Bunkyo, Tokyo, … Continue reading Influence of maternal remifentanil concentration on fetal-to-maternal ratio in pregnant ewes.

30. What are the options when we cannot bear children?

It is indeed a great trial for a couple to realize that there are difficulties for them to conceive a child. There are, in fact, very few couples who are completely sterile without any possibility of pregnancy, while some other couples, appoximately 10 %, are “hypo-fertile”, which means they will take longer to conceive a … Continue reading 30. What are the options when we cannot bear children?

29 Over-population? Should developing countries be forbidden to have children?

An enormous pressure is put on developing countries to diminish their birthrate. Measures are forced upon them which often run contrary to human respect. For example, a certificate of sterilization must be produced in order to get a job in certain societies. International organizations will only give financial aid on the condition that birth control … Continue reading 29 Over-population? Should developing countries be forbidden to have children?

Chemical Identification of “Maternal Signature Odors”

Abstract Newborn altricial mammals need just after birth to locate their mother’s nipples for suckling. In this precocious behavior, including for the human baby, maternal odor via the olfactory process plays a major role. Maternal odor emitted by lactating females or by amniotic fluid (AF) attracts pups, but the chemical identity of this attractant has … Continue reading Chemical Identification of “Maternal Signature Odors”

Cannabis exacerbates depressive symptoms in rat model induced by reserpine

Cannabis sativa is one of the most widely recreational drugs and its use is more prevalent among depressed patients. Some studies reported that Cannabis has antidepressant effects while others showed increased depressive symptoms in Cannabis users. Therefore, the present study aims to investigate the effect of Cannabis extract on the depressive-like rats. Twenty four rats … Continue reading Cannabis exacerbates depressive symptoms in rat model induced by reserpine

Reciprocal relationships between substance use and disorders and suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in the Collaborative Study of the Genetics of Alcoholism.

Substance use and misuse and suicidal thoughts and behaviors tend to co-occur. The purpose of this study was to examine whether (a) suicidal ideation and attempt are related to onset of alcohol, nicotine and cannabis use and dependence; (b) early use of alcohol, nicotine and cannabis is associated with onset of suicidal ideation and attempt; … Continue reading Reciprocal relationships between substance use and disorders and suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in the Collaborative Study of the Genetics of Alcoholism.

Faith’s wager: How religion deters gambling

The relationship between religion and gambling has only rarely been investigated in sociology and related fields. Prior studies have found that religion, broadly defined, deters gambling, with different religious traditions exhibiting varying degrees of deterrence. Our study, a quantitative analysis of a recent representative sample of U.S. adults, theorizes and tests how three different dimensions … Continue reading Faith’s wager: How religion deters gambling