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
God created man and woman in His image so that they may be happy both in daily human life and as children of God, sharing in God’s life and finding fulfilment through an unselfish gift of themselves. But man, misled by the devil who made him doubt God’s word, decided to depend only on himself. … Continue reading 31. What is Original Sin?
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: 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
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
Lord, teach us to not love only ourselves, to not love only those who are dear to us, to not love only those who love us. Teach us to think of Others and love especially those whom no one loves. Lord, make us suffer the sufferings of others. Give us the grace to understand that … Continue reading Lord Deliver Us From Ourselves (Raoul Follereau)
The scientific research on the Shroud As mentioned earlier, it is the first photograph taken in 1898 that initiates a totally new and fascinating period: that of the “scientific history” of the Holy Shroud. The hypotheses on the origin of the impression The question pertaining to the modality of the formation of the image was … Continue reading The scientific research on the Shroud
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)
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.
JAMA. 2017 Mar 14;317(10):1070-1071. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.19706. Cannabis Use and Risk for Substance Use Disorders and Mood or Anxiety Disorders. Hill KP1. Author information 1 Substance Abuse Consultation Service, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts2Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts. FULL TEXT HERE
Within weeks the people of Ireland will be asked to vote in a referendum that will change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution of Ireland. Marriage is of fundamental importance for children, mothers and fathers, and society – all of us need to reflect deeply before changing it. We ask the people of … Continue reading Marriage is important – Reflect before you change it
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?
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?
Friendship is the first level of love. When you love someone you know the happiness of being together. Nothing is done in the same way, because you are no longer alone even when you are separated. The loved one is part of your life and thoughts. Everything is done with the loved one and everything … Continue reading Love is more than friendship
The Shroud is a linen sheet 4.41 meters (~14.5 feet ) long and 1.13 meters (~3.7 feet) wide. The fabric is tightly woven herringbone twill made in a single piece. On it can be seen a double image (front and back) of a human body which has been tortured and beaten, with wounds visible on … Continue reading Shroud: what you see
Christ made Himself poor for you” (2 Cor 8,9) Dear Brothers and Sisters! 1. Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters. … Continue reading Lent and almsgiving (Benedict XVI)
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 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
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.
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