The Blessing of Anastasha – Part 11

Bioethics, Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Little Anastasha, only about 207 days old, despite her likely terminal diagnosis of anencephaly, continues to grow and prosper in her mom’s womb. And, she continues to bless her parents, her siblings, her family, and all of who are able to follow her journey and pray for she and her family. Her daddy, Dr. Craig DeLisi, has only sent out a brief update this week. But, it's a powerful one: This song has ministered to me a lot lately. Rather than looking at the pain of our situation, I want to dwell on God and Who He is. This song is simple but profound. It's a beautiful song about how precious our brokenness is to God, performed by someone who I suspect knows that place well. You can watch a video of…
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Having good friends appears to ‘boost’ survival

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Last week I blogged on the topic that "Strong relationships improve chances of living longer." Now, another study is showing that having a good network of friends and neighbours boosts survival chances by 50%. Here are the details from a report from the BBC: A Brigham Young University team number-crunched data from nearly 150 studies looking at survival odds and social networks. And they calculate that having few friends is as damaging to survival as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being alcoholic, PLoS Medicine reports. They believe caring about others makes us take better care of ourselves. But they warn that in today's modern world social networks are deteriorating as we struggle to juggle careers and families and find a happy work-life balance. Losing this social support, they say,…
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New Lesbian Parenting Study Makes Claims Unsupported by the Evidence

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting
You probably heard or read a headline saying something like this, "The National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) published byAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following conclusion: 'Adolescents who have been reared in lesbian-mother families since birth demonstrate healthy psychological adjustment.'" Now, Dr. A. Dean Byrd, PhD, MBA,MPH, has evaluated the data and comes up with a completely different conclusion. Here are the details from Life Site News: Authors Gartrell and Bos generalize their findings to the lesbian population at large, claiming their research offers "implications for same-sex parenting." Making an enormous scientific leap, they conclude that their study provides scientific proof that there is "no justification for restricting access to reproductive technologies or child custody on the basis of the sexual orientation of the parents." Implied, though not…
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Two new studies lend more support to compression-only CPR

Heart Health
As you may have heard, the rules of CPR are about to change, as two newly published studies question the way millions of us learn to administer it. Indeed, most experts all agree the most important thing to do is call 9-1-1 immediately. It's the next part that's in dispute. At present, the American Red Cross still teaches mouth-to-mouth as part of CPR. But, that may be about to change. Now, new research confirms that for bystanders with no training, chest compressions on adults are enough to restore life. And there is no benefit to performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. This is noteworthy, because it's estimated that only one third of those who go into cardiac arrest get CPR from a bystander. The hope is that by making it easier to do,…
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