More screening, or more married parents?

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The News Story: New Recommendations for Depression Screening in Primary Care 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is considering a new standard recommending that all adults be routinely screened for depression during visits to their primary care provider, according to a story released by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

According to the AAFP, the need for such routine screening is severe, as “one out of about every dozen people age 12 or older has experienced symptoms of depression in the past two weeks.” Detecting and treating depression early, the story continues, are obvious public health goals. But in spite of what one might suppose from the recommendation that all adults be regularly screened, all adults are not equally at risk for becoming depressed. Groups of concern are “women, younger and middle-aged adults, and nonwhite individuals,” as well as “people who are undereducated,… click here to read whole article and make comments



The fight against filth

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We've all been there, standing in line at the store, waiting patiently to purchase our groceries while scantily-clad, heavily-Photoshopped women stare longingly at us from the glossy covers of the surrounding magazines in the check-out aisle. As if there were any doubts as to the sort of material within these publications, the cover lines shout out such phrases as “His #1 Sex Fantasy,” “Bad Girl Sex,” “12 Kinky Quickies,” or “21 Mind Blowing Sex Moves.”

It's likely most of us have come to accept the presence of these scandalous publications as a fact of life. We don't like them, but there's not much we can do about the situation besides trying to divert our children's attention to the innocuous candy bar and Tic Tac section of the aisle.

Several years back, Megan Reusz decided that she'd had enough of all this and resolved to take a more active approach. She and… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 31 JULY 2015

A letter to engaged couples of the future

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Dear future-engaged-person,

Next time you hear from me on Family Edge, I’ll be a married woman. With only 15 days to go, I wish I had written a day-by-day journal of the ups and downs, the discoveries and lessons, and the raw beauty of the whole process of being engaged. So I’d like to take this last chance to reflect on being almost-married.

There is so much I want to share. I want to tell you all about the overwhelming joy of saying “yes” and looking forward to the future, and about the peace that comes from knowing that I've chosen the right man for me.

I want you to know that I thought I’d spend the months before preparing with the perfect work-out routine (is it too late to start now?), but that my preparation was more of the mental and spiritual variety – learning more about marriage so that I could… click here to read whole article and make comments



Side Effects of the Pill 102: death

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Where would you expect to find a film about the oral contraceptive pill which begins with the comment that this is “the first medical drug made specifically to treat people who aren’t sick”?

Not at a bastion of liberal opinion such as the UK Guardian website. But that is where the video above was posted last month, warning that if you weren’t sick when you started taking this treatment for being a woman, you soon might be.

The eight-minute film is a trailer for a longer documentary being made by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born, 2008) and based on the 2013 book, Sweetening the Pill, by Holly Grigg-Spall. The film is due out next year.

Most women know little more about the pill and other forms of hormonal contraception than what the drug company ads tell them, but a day-long symposium to be held at Georgetown… click here to read whole article and make comments



Medicating womanhood

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Across North America today, there are calls to make the birth control pill accessible over the counter. The Pill, we are told, is part of comprehensive health care and it is an insult that women should need a doctor’s prescription to use it. Recently, a columnist at the National Postcomplained that it is easier to get the Pill in Abu Dhabi than in Calgary or Toronto.

Most calls for the Pill to be made more broadly accessible—ideally free and without a prescription—all share the same subtext. Denying access to the Pill isn’t merely denying health care, it’s denying women’s rights.

Yet this is not about the right to get the Pill but rather, the right to not get pregnant.

This stems from the modern idea that men and women are only equal in dignity when we are exactly the same. As a result, we think that if men… click here to read whole article and make comments



How to know if you’re over-parenting

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Last week, when talking to my fiancé’s sister-in-law about having kids, she made an interesting point: the biggest change is not necessarily that you now have a child, but all the worry that comes with it. How true does that ring?! I sometimes feel annoyed by mothers that seem to keep their baby all to themselves when all they are doing, perhaps  subconsciously, is protecting their child as they know how.

Which leads me to the topic of over-parenting: because yup, parents, it’s a thing – at least according to a recent article. And I’d have to agree! Like most things, parents wouldn’t even be aware that they’re doing it. But, also like most things, parenting should beware of extremes and strive for a healthy balance between guiding kids and allowing them to flourish freely.

According to the article, mums and dads fall into over-parenting because of… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 24 JULY 2015

The link between hook-up apps and STDs

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The News Story - Rise in sexually transmitted diseases could be linked to hook-up apps

Many have decried the so-called “hook-up culture” in which we live, arguing that it damages both men and women physically, emotionally, and mentally. A new story out of Atlanta sheds light on how some of this damage may be spreading.
FOX News Atlanta reports that hook-up apps may be contributing to Georgia’s rise in STD rates in recent years, by “providing easy access to meet strangers and sometimes engage in risky behavior.” Says Dr. Yolanda Wimberly, associate professor of Adolescent Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, “You're not in a relationship with someone; it doesn't give you an opportunity to really know that person, to know their sexual history . . .” Nonetheless, Wimberly believes that “the alleged connection” between apps, social media, hook-ups, and STDs still needs more investigation.… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 20 JULY 2015

The best age to get married

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20 is much too young to be engaged… Oh, you’re 30, and you’re not married yet? Whatever age we tie the knot, people are going to have an opinion. But what do the statistics say?

Research has generally told us that the older, the better (younger couples lack the maturity), and that your thirties are as good a time as any. But according to research collected in 2006-2010 (as analysed by Nicholas Wolfinger), these days the odds of divorce increase by 5% per year for each year after age 32 – across a variety of demographic and social differences. So what’s changed?

Wolfinger suggests a few potential reasons - that the experience of staying unmarried past 30, with all its probable relationship history, could work to make someone less fit for or less desiring of marriage. Or perhaps the pool of people left to marry at this age does not represent… click here to read whole article and make comments



Video: Hilary Swank turns down roles to care for her sick father

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In this modern day and age, there’s more than plenty to distract us from what really matters. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to hear about two-Oscar winner Hilary Swank, who has been turning down movie roles in order to care for her sick father.

I don’t claim to be an expert on Swank, but I admire her for this decision to put family first. As she puts it - “Really, what we’re here for is our family, right?” Even so, that’s not an easy choice when you have all the lure of fame, riches and glamour to pull you in the other direction! The family unit is something to be treasured, and often instead of protecting that, we’re encouraged to put ourselves first.

At the end of life, we won’t regret not making more money or our career choices – but we will regret not loving… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 13 JULY 2015

The more you connect, the less you connect

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Image taken from the Huffington Post.

So we often talk about kids and young people are addicted to their smartphones. But what about you, parents? Have you ever stopped to think about your phone usage and how it could be affecting your children?

A new ad campaign in China has tried to make people think about this very issue and the barriers it can cause in the family. Created for the Center for Psychological Research, the ads aim to promote awareness of a growing screen addiction trend – and how it’s putting barriers between parents and kids, and between couples.

Because at the end of the day, does it matter how many people we connect with on Facebook or how many followers we have, if our own family seems worlds away?

Images taken from the Huffington Post.

Image taken from the Huffington Post.

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Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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