Public Discourse 29 June 2016A new study released earlier this month in the journal Depression Research and Treatment contributes to mounting evidence against the “no differences” thesis about the children of same-sex households, mere months after media sources prematurely—and mistakenly—proclaimed the science settled.One of the most compelling aspects of this new study is that it is longitudinal, evaluating the same people over a long period of time. Indeed, its data source—the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health—is one of the most impressive, thorough, and expensive survey research efforts still ongoing. This study is not the first to make use of the “Add Health” data to test the “no differences” thesis. But it’s the first to come to different conclusions, for several reasons. One of those is its longitudinal aspect. Some problems only emerge over time.Professor Paul Sullins, the study’s author, found that during adolescence the children of same-sex parents reported marginally less depression than the children of opposite-sex parents. But by the time the survey was in its fourth wave—when the kids had become young adults between the ages of 24 and 32—their experiences had reversed. Indeed, dramatically so: over half of the young-adult children of same-sex parents report ongoing depression, a surge of 33 percentage points (from 18 to 51 percent of the total). Meanwhile, depression among the young-adult children of opposite-sex parents had declined from 22 percent of them down to just under 20 percent.A few other findings are worth mentioning as well. Obesity surged among both groups, but the differences became significant over time, with 31 percent obesity among young-adult children of opposite-sex parents, well below the 72 percent of those from same-sex households. While fewer young-adult children of same-sex parents felt “distant from one or both parents” as young adults than they did as teens, the levels are still sky-high at 73 percent (down from 93 percent during adolescence). Feelings of distance among the young-adult children of opposite-sex parents actually increased, but they started at a lower level (from 36 percent in adolescence to 44 percent in young adulthood).To be fair, life in mom-and-pop households is not simply harmonious by definition. It is, however, a recognition that it is not just stability that matters (though it most certainly does). It’s also about biology, love, sexual difference, and modeling.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/06/17255/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
The Federalist 11 October 2016Family First Comment: Good question – “In 1960, when Random House Books first published P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book “Are You My Mother?,” no one would have guessed that a generation later children might be asking that very question of their fathers.”In 1960, when Random House Books first published P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book “Are You My Mother?,” no one would have guessed that a generation later children might be asking that very question of their fathers.Imagine Darth Vader surprising Luke Skywalker with the earth-shattering news that he’s the young man’s father—and mother. Sounds funny, maybe even impossible, doesn’t it? But it is possible, and no laughing matter.Modern science and medicine, ever exploring new possibilities, rarely stop these days to consider the ethical implications of zooming down those uncharted paths. Once upon a time, we generally weighed questions of scientific possibility on ethical scales before proceeding. Not so much these days.Consider the Beatie ChildrenIn 2002, doctors performed sex-reassignment surgery on Tracy Lehuanani LaGondino, physically molding the young lady into a resemblance of a young man, Thomas Beatie. Beatie chose to keep her female reproductive organs. In 2008, Beatie became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Beatie later gave birth two more times, to sons.In 2012, Beatie filed for and was granted a divorce from her bodybuilder wife, whom she claimed had physically abused her. Recently, Beatie married her kids’ preschool teacher. How are the three Beatie children faring through all this turmoil? It seems that few outside the little family know the answer to that question.Since I grew up with a transgender father, however, I have a pretty good idea. Based on the difficulties I endured and the struggles I saw in my siblings, I suspect the answer is that the Beatie children are not doing well. I suspect they’re confused, sad, sometimes resentful, and sometimes fearful.Beatie’s children—and, increasingly, more like them—will have to struggle with the knowledge that their mother is also their father, or vice versa. If the terminology alone is confusing for adults to pin down, imagine what day-to-day life is like for the kids.What Is in the Child’s Best Interests?Prior to the mid-twentieth century most children were raised by both a mother and a father. That was the natural order—God’s design. That was how most people saw it, and, generally, the arrangement suited society well. Divorce was relatively rare, and when single-parenting occurred, it was more likely due to the death of a parent. These days, divorce or absentee fathers are more likely to be the causes of single-parent homes.READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/11/transgender-mans-child-hurt-will-hurt-kids/?utm_content=buffer9ad91&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=bufferKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Scientific American 20 October 2017Family First Comment: Why would we want to legalise and normalise such a harmful substance? “…People who had consumed cannabis before age 18 developed schizophrenia approximately 10 years earlier than others. The higher the frequency of use, the data indicated, the earlier the age of schizophrenia onset. In her study neither alcohol use nor genetics predicted an earlier time of inception, but pot did. “Cannabis use during puberty is a major risk factor for schizophrenia,” Ehrenreich says”www.saynopetodope.nzResearch presented at a Berlin psychiatric conference shows teenage cannabis use hastens onset of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals.Society’s embrace of cannabis to treat nausea, pain and other conditions proceeds apace with the drive to legalize the plant for recreational use. Pot’s seemingly innocuous side effects have helped clear a path toward making it a legal cash crop, with all of the marketing glitz brought to other consumer products. But that clean bill of health only goes so far. Marijuana’s potentially detrimental impact on the developing brains of adolescents remains a key focus of research—particularly because of the possibility teenage users could go on to face a higher risk of psychosis.New findings may fuel those worries. At the World Psychiatric Association’s World Congress in Berlin on October 9, Hannelore Ehrenreich of the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine presented results of a study of 1,200 people with schizophrenia. The investigation analyzed a wide range of genetic and environmental risk factors for developing the debilitating mental illness. The results—being submitted for publication—show people who had consumed cannabis before age 18 developed schizophrenia approximately 10 years earlier than others. The higher the frequency of use, the data indicated, the earlier the age of schizophrenia onset. In her study neither alcohol use nor genetics predicted an earlier time of inception, but pot did. “Cannabis use during puberty is a major risk factor for schizophrenia,” Ehrenreich says.Other studies, although not all, support the thrust of Ehrenreich’s findings. “There is no doubt,” concludes Robin Murray, a professor of psychiatry at King’s College London, that cannabis use in young people increases the risk of developing schizophrenia as an adult. Speaking at the Berlin conference, Murray—one of the first scientists to research pot’s link to the disorder—cited 10 studies that found a significant risk of young cannabis users developing psychosis. He also mentioned three other studies that identified a clear trend but had a sample size that was too small to reach statistical significance. “The more [cannabis] you take—and the higher the potency—the greater the risk,” he contends, warning this makes the increasingly potent new strains of marijuana especially concerning.READ MORE: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/link-between-adolescent-pot-smoking-and-psychosis-strengthens/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content&utm_term=mind_news_text_free
NZ Herald 6 March 2019Family First Comment: “The UN agency tasked with upholding international anti-drug treaties (International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)) offers a hardline stance on cannabis, saying the drug represents a “significant challenge to health and wellbeing, particularly among young people” and legalising it “contravenes the international drug control treaties”.Are you listening, Labour, Greens and Drug Foundation?New Zealand’s “resilient” demand for hard drugs is laid bare in a new report from the United Nations.The UN agency tasked with upholding international anti-drug treaties outlines big increases in seizures of cocaine, heroin and ecstasy while noting high availability of methamphetamine.And with a binding referendum due next year, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) offers a hardline stance on cannabis, saying the drug represents a “significant challenge to health and wellbeing, particularly among young people” and legalising it “contravenes the international drug control treaties”.Released late last night , the INCB’s annual report details its efforts to “identify and predict dangerous trends” and suggest “necessary measures”.The section on Oceania includes data about drug seizures and use in New Zealand. Although it only notes changes between 2016 and 2017, researchers here suggested those figures chimed with longer-term trends.Over that period, the amount of cocaine seized tripled. While the number of busts rose less sharply, that indicated traffickers were trying to move bigger amounts at a time.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12209805
Muhsin al-FadhliA US-led coalition air strike earlier this month killed the leader of an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria that American officials accuse of plotting attacks against the United States and its allies, the Pentagon said.Muhsin al-Fadhli was killed in a “kinetic strike” on July 8 while traveling in a vehicle near the northwestern Syrian town of Sarmada, said Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.He did not confirm whether a drone or a manned aircraft had killed Fadhli, 34.Fadhli was allegedly the leader of the Khorasan Group, a group of senior Al-Qaeda members who have traveled from Central Asia and elsewhere in the Middle East to Syria to plot attacks on the West.The Kuwaiti-born militant was so trusted by the inner circle of late Al-Qaeda supreme leader Osama bin Laden that he was among the few who knew in advance about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, according to US intelligence.“His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of Al-Qaeda against the United States and its allies and partners,” said Davis, who heads the Defense Department’s press operations.Counterterrorism expert Bruce Riedel, however, a former CIA analyst, called Fadhli’s death a “serious but not fatal” blow to Al-Qaeda in Syria.Davis said Fadhli was also involved in October 2002 attacks against US Marines on Kuwait’s Failaka Island and on the MV Limburg, a French oil tanker.He was reported to have been previously targeted in a US air strike in September, but his death was not confirmed by US officials at the time. – Shadowy but lethal group – Officials say Khorasan is part of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front, though experts and activists cast doubt on the distinction between the two groups.In a September interview, US President Barack Obama listed Khorasan among “immediate threats to the United States,” warning that “those folks could kill Americans.”
Related There was some violence reported ahead of Tuesday’s polls in Burundi. There were reports of gunfire and explosions in several parts of the capital, Bujumbura. At least two people, a policeman and a civilian were killed overnight Monday.President Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence. Burundi: Presidential elections to take place amidst on-going violence Burundi Elections:Presidential vote proceeds despite violence Burundi’s presidential elections postponed
NASA has given researchers $200,000 to turn human poop into food”Human waste” is this the food of the future? This is what scientists are looking to….turning human waste into food that can help astronauts sustain on deeper space missions, including Mars.The US space agency has allocated researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina US$200,000 a year for up to three years to figure out how to recycle human faeces into synthetic food that could sustain astronauts during extended journeys or on a Martian colony.The researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina will receive $200,000 (roughly Rs. 1.4 crores) a year for up to three years to achieve this task, the US space agency said in a statement.Using urine and breathed-out carbon dioxide as the building blocks to create useful aboard items, the team is genetically engineering yeast to produce things that astronauts may need.“A particular strain of yeast can be genetically manipulated to create polymers, or plastics, used for 3D printing, as well as Omega 3s, which lower heart disease risk, and protect skin and hair,” Mark Blenner, professor at Clemson, was quoted as saying in a Quartz report.Nitrogen is needed to grow the yeast and is abundant in human urine.Yeast also feeds on fatty acids which certain algae can create out of carbon.Blenner’s system would grow yeast that could take those lipids and nitrogen and turn them into plastics and Omega 3s.International Space Station The grant was one of eight given to universities around the US, all of which focus on “innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America’s space program”, Nasa said.“These early career researchers will provide fuel for Nasa’s innovation engine,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for Nasa’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.Earlier this month, the six astronauts currently living on the International Space Station (ISS) became the first people to eat food grown at the Veggie plant growth system aboard the orbiting laboratory in space.The fresh “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce that accompanied the crew’s usual freeze-dried fare, however, is far from the first crop grown on a space station.As the space agency eyes deep-space missions like a trip to an asteroid or Mars, space farming becomes less of a novelty and more of a necessity.Plants will be an integral part of any life-support system for extended missions, providing food and oxygen and processing waste.Significant further advances will be necessary, and each of them promises to bring new innovations to agriculture here on the Earth.Nasa is planning to land humans on Mars by 2030 and is investing in ideas to figure out ways for astronauts to be more self-sufficient on long-term space missions.
Tweet Share 38 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Measles outbreak prompts plea to vaccinate children by: – May 27, 2011 By Philippa RoxbyHealth reporter, BBC NewsParents in England and Wales are being urged to have their children vaccinated after a tenfold rise in measles cases in the first four months of the year.The Health Protection Agency reported 334 cases compared with 33 in the similar period last year.The outbreak is thought to be linked to an epidemic in France, where 7,000 cases have been reported since January – more than in the whole of 2010.The HPA says it is “crucial” that those at risk are fully immunised.It says the latest cases are mainly among unvaccinated people under 25 years old and are centred on “small clusters in universities, schools or families or associated with travel abroad”.Worst-hit are London and the South East, with 104 and 102 confirmed cases respectively in the first quarter of this year.Recently the Health Protection Agency sent out letters to some primary schools and further education colleges in London warning of the risks of taking children who are not fully immunised to mainland Europe.‘Potentially dangerous’Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at the Health Protection Agency, warned parents and young adults of the importance of immunisation.“Although MMR coverage has improved over the last few years, we cannot stress enough that measles is serious and in some cases it can be fatal.“Measles is a highly infectious and potentially dangerous illness which spreads very easily.“Whether you stay here in the UK or travel abroad, it is crucial that individuals who may be at risk are fully immunised.”In the UK, two doses of the MMR vaccine are usually given, the first at around 12 months and the second around the time of starting school.The HPA advises parents to contact their GP as soon as possible if their child is over a year old and has never had the MMR jab.Two doses of the MMR vaccine are required to provide the greatest protection against measles.HPA figures show that the number of toddlers getting the MMR vaccination is climbing steadily, but is still far from the 95% uptake rate needed to stop the spread of the disease in the community.In December 2010, 89.4% of two-year-old children in the UK had received their first dose of the MMR vaccine.For five-year-olds, the uptake rate had risen to 92.8%.The vaccination rate had been well below 95% for several years, ever since The Lancet published controversial research about the MMR vaccine in 1998.The study has since been discredited, but confidence in the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine has been slow to return.In Scotland, there have been 12 confirmed cases of measles between January and April, compared with no cases at all for the same time last year.Since the start of 2011 Northern Ireland has had one confirmed case of measles.In France, the figure of 7,000 cases so far this year already exceeds the 5,090 recorded in the whole of 2010.The World Health Organization said France was taking immediate steps to control the outbreaks by vaccinating infants at nine months and offering the vaccine to all unimmunised or under-immunised people over that age.Other European countries reporting an increase in cases of measles are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Romania, the Russian Federation, Sweden and Switzerland.BBC News Share
Share Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Directions:In a shallow dish combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, and black pepper. In another dish stir together the egg and water. Rub about half of the garlic over steaks. Dip steaks in egg mixture; coat with crumb mixture. Set aside.For the relish, in a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic, the sweet peppers, onion, and rosemary sprig or dried rosemary; cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove fresh rosemary, if used. Stir in vinegar. Remove from heat; keep warm.Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat butter or margarine and remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add meat; reduce heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, to desired doneness, turning once. [Allow 10 to 12 minutes for medium doneness (160 degrees F).] Serve with the relish. If desired, sprinkle with snipped rosemary. Makes 6 servings. Tweet Sharing is caring! Food & DiningLifestyle Beef Steaks with Pepper-Onion Relish. by: – July 15, 2011 Share 20 Views no discussions Share Beef Steaks with Pepper-Onion Relish.In this Italian-inspired dish, tenderloin beefsteaks are coated in a savory mixture of breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, and seasonings, and then pan-fried until cooked to your desired doneness. A homemade sweet pepper and onion relish is used as a flavorful accompaniment. With our guidance, you can learn the proper way to cut and seed the peppers for this recipe.Nutrition facts * Calories273 * Total Fat (g)15 * Saturated Fat (g)5, * Cholesterol (mg)91, * Sodium (mg)377, * Carbohydrate (g)15, * Fiber (g)3, * Protein (g)21, * Vitamin A (DV%)8, * Vitamin C (DV%)98, * Calcium (DV%)10, * Iron (DV%)16, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.Ingredients:1/4 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley1/4 teaspoon saltDash ground black pepper1 beaten egg1 tablespoon water3 cloves garlic, minced6 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1/2 inch thick (1 to 1-1/4 pounds)2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil3 red, green, and/or yellow sweet peppers, cut into bite-size strips2 large onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings (3 cups)1 sprig fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed3 tablespoons red wine vinegar1 tablespoon butter or margarineSnipped fresh rosemary (optional)
Tweet LifestyleRelationships A 9/11 Widow Shares Her Tale Of Love From Beyond by: – September 10, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share 50 Views no discussions Share On September 11, 2001, Bonnie McEneaney was away from her desk when her husband, Eamon McEneaney, tried calling from his office in the World Trade Center. “I missed Eamon’s call,” she says. “He spoke to my assistant just basically to tell me and the kids that he loved us and he was trying to get out.”On September 2, 2001, Eamon revealed to Bonnie that he’d experienced a premonition suggesting New York City would be attacked by terrorists, and that it would happen soon. Bonnie wondered why such a dark thought would surface at a family Labor Day picnic, and she began to worry that her husband was suffering depression. Then, the night of September 9, 2001, Eamon turned to Bonnie while they were watching a TV program about D-Day, and told her, “I want you to know that I can handle my death now.” Bonnie calls that “the last real exchange we had” before the morning of September 11, when Eamon experienced a vertigo attack in the shower. He somehow composed himself enough to get dressed and make his daily commute to New York City’s Financial District.But it wasn’t until Sept. 12 that Bonnie realized her husband had possessed a special connection with the supernatural. She and her four children, along with Eamon’s family, spent all of Sept. 11 calling hospitals and emergency centers to see whether there was any chance Eamon had checked in there. “I was very frustrated, we’d been looking all day trying to [find him], and I went out my front door. I live in a very country-like setting and I just yelled out, ‘Please tell us where you are!’ It was a still, still day—the type of day when there’s no air moving.” Just then a wind came from nowhere to rustle through the trees and past her skirt. Bonnie took a minute to observe it sweep across her yard and cease before she re-entered her home to make an announcement to her family: that breeze somehow confirmed that Eamon was gone. This was the first of a series of signs that propelled Bonnie to begin writing her book, Messages: Signs, Visits, and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11. As part of her research, Bonnie started to investigate whether other women who’d lost their husbands in 9/11 were receiving symbols like she was. “I was raised Christian and I believe in God, of course, but I had never experienced anything like that,” Bonnie says. “When I started asking other wives, ‘Did you have something happen?’ It was unbelievable how many said yes.” Mothers, siblings and children also reported that they’d had a visitation in which they experienced their deceased loved one’s presence through a voice, for example, or the smell of their pipe smoke. Each witness felt for sure that the signs that came to them were indications that their loved one was still alive, but that their physical being had been transformed into a spiritual existence.While at first she’d tried to analyze the occurrences skeptically, Bonnie now fully believes that her husband had found ways to stay in touch with her. “Isn’t it better to feel that there is more?” Bonnie says. “Everybody was comforted by these experiences. You gain nothing by ignoring them and trying to deal with such horrific circumstances without anything else to lean on. To believe in something gives you a significant sense of support when you meet your darkest corner.”In 2006, just when Bonnie believed her husband’s soul was resting for good and that it was time to work full-time on her book, he appeared again. “I was out to dinner with a lot of friends,” she recounts. “That day I had really starting to second-guess my decision to quit my job and work on this book—I didn’t even have a publisher; I didn’t have anything except a series of stories [from families of 9/11] and I was getting more stories every day. We had just been talking about signs from September 11 and we started to share coin stories too. Coins are huge [when someone dies]. They were turning up under refrigerators, under people’s telephones and behind picture frames. So we were sitting at a round table with candles and finally the waiter brings the menus. I open my menu, and I see the person on the left of me, then the person on my right, look down. There was a penny in the middle of my menu, and the gentleman on the right said, ‘What does it say?’ It was a 1944 penny, and we’d just been talking about my last conversation with my husband: D-Day. It happened on June 6, 1944. You don’t find a 1944 penny just opening your drawer, you know?”Indeed Eamon was still finding ways to stay in touch with his wife, and her awareness of his pure, kind nature grew more evident than ever before. Like most married couples, Bonnie says that after 19 years and four kids together, she and Eamon had reached a point in their marriage where they’d grown so comfortable that it was easy to forget how valuable the other’s presence was. But a decade after her husband’s passing, Bonnie says she feels more connected to him than ever. “After a person is gone, you suddenly start to realize things about them that you never realized before.” Bonnie learned from Eamon’s friends and colleagues that he’d ushered people in his office out of the World Trade Center in the 1993 bombing and that he’d regularly taken a homeless man to lunch. She also feels that the very trial of losing Eamon in the physical sense brought their spirits closer together, and she says she’s learned that a successful love is very much like living as an individual: it’s facing what seems impossible that makes you stronger together.Meanwhile, there’s a lot we can all learn from a woman whose bond with her husband actually grew after he passed during the most tragic event most Americans have ever lived through. For women in long-term relationships, Bonnie McEneaney’s advice is to appreciate their partners every day. “Make sure you don’t take your situation for granted,” she says. For marriages that have hit something more serious than a temporary rut, she urges couples to consider every possible alternative to splitting. “Identify why and work hard to resolve that issue. Only if you can’t resolve it should you identify what steps you have to take. I think we quit too quickly.”Bonnie knew Eamon in college as a friend before they began dating in 1982 (they married four years later), and she has a lesson about love for single women too. “Have confidence in yourself, and be patient,” she says. “When you meet someone new, don’t be overly critical right off the bat because it takes a little bit of time for that person to let their guard down enough for you to get to know them. You may or may not really know what you want in a person. Patience is important.”Today, McEneaney says her children—now ages 16 to 22—have served as her greatest source of strength over the last 10 years. How did she mother her children through their dad’s death? “No matter how bad you feel, you’ve got to be strong for them,” she says. “It’s certainly okay to show emotion because you want your children to know how much you loved the person you lost, but remember: your kids are depending on you now. You’re it.”In moments when Bonnie needed a little extra support in parenting, extended family came through. “My kids are very fortunate because my husband comes from a big Irish family. When my husband couldn’t be at their soccer games or to see them in their first play because he was no longer with us, his brothers and sisters were always there. That’s love and the bond of family.”How does the attention on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 affect a woman who lost her husband on that day? Bonnie reveals she’s already had the privilege to visit the 9/11 Memorial twice (it opens on September 11). “People should always remember what happened and these innocent lives that were taken so needlessly,” Bonnie says. “The 9/11 Memorial will be the perfect setting for people to reflect for generations to come.”And while she prefers not to comment on her current romantic status, Bonnie McEneaney says the whole point of her story is this: “Love is the strongest force in the universe, and just because a person dies doesn’t mean they’re gone forever. They may be gone in the physical sense, but love keeps you connected. Love is strong enough to transcend any divide—even the boundary between love and death.” BIO will air a special based on Bonnie McEneaney’s book, Messages: Signs, Visits, and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11 on Saturday, September 10 at 10 p.m. EST. Learn more about Messages at the book’s Facebook page.Written by Kristine Gasbarre for YourTango.