The bad side of antibiotics

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The News Story - With overuse, antibiotics become bad medicine

With American children back to school, runny nose, earache, and cough season will be hitting soon.  A recent FOX News story highlights the dangers of overprescribing one of the most common treatments for such ailments—antibiotics.
Antibiotic-resistant illnesses are on the rise, and Americans are increasingly at risk.  “Every year,” according to the story, “more than 2 million people in the United States become ill with an antibiotic-resistant infection, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last year. Of those, more than 23,000 ultimately die.”  Bacteria mutate faster than pharmaceutical companies can keep up, and antibiotics on the market become useless.
The American public remains remarkably uneducated.  “Some patients expect a prescription for antibiotics, no matter the diagnosis.”  But recent research reveals that, as in anything else concerning… click here to read whole article and make comments



Homemakers build the foundations of society

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I’m not sure that there was ever a time when the division of labour between the workplace and the home seemed natural and harmonious. But in recent decades – with all the upheaval of our various social and sexual revolutions – the home sphere has become contentious. Who should do what around the house has become hugely political; particularly amongst that generation of women who were raised to become professionals outside the home. 

What we all know now of course is that we ignore the work of building a home at our peril. But who should take the responsibility for that work? The Homemakers’ Project team travelled for several months around Europe and the Americas, filming people from diverse groups connected with homemaking in some form. From domestic workers to economists, from women maintaining homes and professions to women, including me, who have made the decision to leave their careers and concentrate… click here to read whole article and make comments



Expert offer solutions to end marriage crisis

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Pope Francis has convened a synod of Bishops later this month to discuss the shaky state of marriage and the family. As this approaches, an international group of academics has written an open letter with suggestions on practical measures the Church and society can take to strengthen marriage.

The 48 signatories include Pastor Rick Warren, one of the most prominent evangelical preachers in the US; Professor Robert P. George, of Princeton University; Jason and Crystalina Evert, founders of the Colorado-based Chastity Project; and David Quinn, of the Iona Institute, in Ireland.

Here are excerpts from the letter:

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This Synod is an opportunity to express timeless truths about marriage. Why do those truths matter? How do they represent true love, not “exclusion” or “prejudice,” or any of the other charges brought against marriage today? Men and women need desperately to hear the truth about why they should get… click here to read whole article and make comments



Marriage linked to income increase

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The News Story - Marriage rates keep falling, as money concerns rise

Pew Research Center Report released Wednesday reveals that a record 20% of adults over the age of 25 have never married, and that number is expected to rise to 25% by 2030. 
The New York Times reports that at least a part of this marriage decline is due to “the country’s deepening socioeconomic divide.”  Women, it seems, still prefer to marry men who are stably employed.  “Educated, high-income people are still marrying at high rates and tending to stay married,” reports the Times.  “Remaining unmarried is more common among the less educated, blacks and the young . . .” The report also reveals that lack of financial preparedness is one of the main reasons that young adults are foregoing marriage.
But if current research is correct, these couples may be sacrificing the very economic stability they seek… click here to read whole article and make comments



Happy personal life or hefty paycheck?

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One of the biggest regrets that successful people have is not spending enough time with family and loved ones. Which is why California-based CEO, Mohamed El-Erian, is a very smart man.

El-Erian resigned as the chief executive of two-trillion-dollar investment fund, PIMCO, in May 2013. Why? Because, as revealed in his recent essay, his 10-year old daughter wrote him a list of 22 special moments that he’d missed due to work - from her first day at school to parent-teacher meetings. And family is irreplaceable, unlike money.

First things first: I find it a sad thing that this occurrence is rare and even newsworthy. It just goes to show the priorities of our society, if it’s so uncommon for a man to choose family time over a hefty paycheck. But at the same time, El-Erian did make this choice, which is a hopeful thing – at least we know… click here to read whole article and make comments



Raising boys to respect women

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I, like most young women, will admit that I’ve spend many a day bemoaning the quality of men these days. Yes, I’m lucky enough to be engaged to an amazing man myself, but what about my sisters? My friends? And my future daughters? They also deserve a man who will consistently treat them with love and respect.

Most parents will assume that they’ve taught their boys to respect women, or that all they need is a conversation or two. And yes, the example of a dignified mother who is well-respected by her husband is the best possible start. But is that enough, in this day and age where all the negative opinions of the world are just a mouse-click away?

That’s why I really liked this article that was published in Time. Penned by mother of three and human rights lawyer, Jennifer Prestholdt, she makes an excellent point – even when… click here to read whole article and make comments



How family meals deter obesity

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The News Story - Study: standing desks could help cut childhood obesity rates

With childhood obesity rates still soaring, researchers at Texas A&M believe they’ve hit on at least one potential solution: a new type of desk that requires children to stand in class.
The desks, reports CBS Philly, “are positioned higher than a regular desk and come equipped with a stool for when children want to sit.”  In a study of 500 schoolchildren in the College Station, Texas, school district, researchers followed the students’ step counts and energy expenditure over a period of five days.  The researchers reported that those students who used the standing desks burned an average of 15 calories per minute more than their peers at traditional desks.  Obese children burned 25% more calories than peers at traditional desks.  “The hope,” reports CBS, “is that standing desks could help to cut… click here to read whole article and make comments



Teaching your kids to be happy

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Let’s face it – kids are meant to be happy and full of life, but all too often these days we come across little ones that are sulky, moody, and just keen to get back on their mum’s iPad. Not ideal! So when I came across this Time article about happiness, I thought it had some good ideas that could be worth taking on and instilling in your children. There are the usual ones like learning to give, but here are a few more:


Teaching your kids to say a simple “thank you” might just seem like teaching manners, but you’re actually teaching happiness. Why? Because people who are grateful and appreciative are a lot happier – they see the good in life, it’ll help to improve their relationships, and they learn to make life better for the people around them.

Play to your strengths

Doing what you’re good at… click here to read whole article and make comments



Setting a wage for homemaking

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HOUSEWIFEHousewife in her mobile home in Minnesota. Photo: Horatio Villalobos / Wikimedia


Should the state – one way or another – pay home-makers for housework? Nothing new in that question. Family campaigners have said so for years. But it is potentially of note that the idea is now being advocated – I use the word advisedly m’lud – by two prominent lawyers.

Both have arrived at their conclusions independently and, interestingly, the points they advance in favour of reimbursement, are really quite different.

One of these attorneys is Noah Zatz, a professor at the University of California School of Law who joined a debate on the subject at the New York Times last week. Part of his critique of the domestic status quo is legalistic – that it involves a diminution of the rights enjoyed by other productive citizens.

He is concerned that:… click here to read whole article and make comments



Married at First Sight

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The News Story - 'Married at First Sight' and our attitude towards marriage

Today’s depressingly high divorce rate prompts more queries than ever before on what makes a marriage stick.  More money?  More education?  A bigger wedding?  Cable’s FYI Network has speculated on just this question in its new hit reality series, “Married at First Sight,” in which three couples who have been matched based on compatibility tests meet on their wedding day, then spend the next month figuring out if they want to stay married.
This week’s conclusion led to more media chatter on making marriage work.  Stacia L. Brown of the Washington Post speculates that the show’s success is due to its appeal to a deeper societal loneliness.  “[A]s you root for the couples to work through their issues and ‘beat the odds,’” she writes, “you become increasingly aware that the experience isn’t really about them. It’s about… click here to read whole article and make comments


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