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Unique genetic profile helps over-45s conceive naturally
Women who have a special genetic profile can conceive spontaneously after the age of 45 years, a scientist said at the 21st annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Tuesday 21 June 2005). Dr. Neri Laufer, from the Haddassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel, told the conference that his team's work to identify a specific gene expression profile linked to later fertility would enable development of better treatments for infertility in older patients. (2005-06-20)

Increasing reproductive tourism in Europe is a 'safety valve' that promotes peaceful coexistence
Reproductive tourism is on the increase in Europe, but rather than condemning it, we should regard it as a (2005-06-20)

U-M study shows devotion to Islam is not linked to terror
Islam is not to blame for suicide bombings, a University of Michigan study shows. (2005-05-26)

Searching for the Queen of Sheba
The queen of Sheba was once one of the most powerful leaders in the world but there are few clues left anywhere about this woman who ruled a rich and powerful nation somewhere in Africa - perhaps, as some archeologists maintain, in what is now southwest Nigeria. (2005-05-18)

Moluccan history of religion and social conflict
Dutch-sponsored researcher Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta analysed the dynamics of the conflict between Muslims and Christians in the Molucca Islands. The anthropologist proposes that rituals play an important role in this. (2005-05-10)

Social connections: Could heartwarming be heart-saving?
Being social has its rewards. Men who are socially isolated have elevated levels of a blood marker for inflammation that's linked to CVD. (2005-05-01)

University of Chicago receives grant to study connections between religious beliefs and health
A belief in God may improve a person's physical health, according to University of Chicago researchers who are launching the first comprehensive study to examine the relationship between religious attitudes and health. Among the researchers' initial discoveries is that African Americans who say they have a strong relationship with God were significantly less likely to report depressive symptoms than those who did not. Among others in the study, there was very little impact of religious belief on depression.  (2005-04-13)

Spirituality, religious practice may slow progression of Alzheimer's disease
Spirituality and the practice of religion may help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology 57th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, April 9 - 16, 2005. (2005-04-13)

UPenn receives 2005 Templeton Research Lectures Grant
The Philadelphia-based Metanexus Institute announced today that the University of Pennsylvania is the recipient of a 2005 Templeton Research Lecture Grant. This three-year $270,000 grant promotes the constructive engagement of science and religion through interdisciplinary study groups and an annual distinguished lectureship. The UPenn project will explore mind, religion, and ethics in dialogue. (2005-04-08)

The right to live gives us a right to die
Human beings' inalienable right to life means we also have the right to die, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2005-04-07)

Homeschool numbers growing, tracking difficult
An outgrowth of the 1960s alternative school movement, homeschooling, is on the upswing in the United States, and a Penn State researcher is trying to piece together a snapshot of the movement where in many cases, states require little record keeping. (2005-04-06)

The cult of consumerism
Everything that is crucial to religion--shared values and beliefs, community interactions, storytelling, and an acceptance of the supernatural--can also be found in the worship by consumers of many marginal brands to hit the marketplace. (2005-03-29)

Indigenous initiation ceremonies in Catholic Papua community
Indigenous initiation ceremonies and Catholicism can happily coexist according to Dutch researcher Louise Thoonen. During her anthropological research she investigated how individual Papuan women experience and use initiation ceremonies and Catholicism to form their own identity. (2005-03-16)

Witchcraft, God's punishment or just malaria in West Papua?
Who has made Mama Raja ill? Was it witchcraft, evil spirits, malaria or God's punishment? Dutch researcher Ien Courtens discovered that in the interior of the Bird's Head of West Papua, the presumed cause of the illness determines the choice of treatment. (2005-03-16)

Nature helps create religious adults
Environmental factors, like attending religious ceremonies with family, affect our religiousness as children, but genes most likely keep us attending and believing as we become adults. (2005-03-14)

Environmental crisis forging strange bedfellows
New partnerships bridging the boundaries between religion and science must be forged if the world is to avoid ecological collapse because of pollution and human interference, says a University of Toronto professor. (2005-03-14)

Iraqi Turkmen should be involved in their country's future
The international community should take responsibility for ensuring Iraqi Turkmen participate in the reshaping of their country's future says a report published by Bristol University this week. (2005-02-08)

After the Tsunami: Virginia Tech professors to provide mental health training in Indonesia
Families are a resource in times of disaster, but the December Tsunami shattered thousands of families. Two family therapy professors will be going to Jakarta, Indonesia, to work with other professionals, as well as volunteers on ways to bring communities together and make use of their strengths and to develop continuing support programs. (2005-01-28)

Physician response to conflicts between faith and medicine
This study shows that conflicts between a doctor's best medical advice and a patient's religious concerns are not uncommon, that most physicians strive to accommodate the demands of a patient's faith, but that certain types of conflict tend to push doctors over a threshold toward negotiation, persuasion, and appeal to other authorities. (2005-01-10)

Physicians' response to religion-related conflicts in medicine
Physicians may encounter situations in which their medical recommendations conflict with a patient's religious beliefs, according to an article in the January 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-01-10)

Anti-consumerism activism
Consumerism and consumption has become deeply embedded and, in fact, a defining part of the global--and particularly American--social fabric. Of particular note, say the authors of an article in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, is the idea of consumption above and beyond the call of need. (2005-01-07)

How possessions become heirlooms
An article in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research seeks to explain, by looking at middle-class American families, how an object evolves from simply being stuff, alienable, and turns into a sacred, inalienable possession to be passed across generations. (2005-01-07)

Holidays, birthdays and postponement of cancer deaths
A careful analysis of the timing of over a million deaths reveals no evidence that cancer patients can intentionally postpone their demise in order to live long enough to reach an emotionally significant or meaningful event, say scientists in the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. The findings run counter to the widely held belief that some people are able to (2004-12-21)

Evidence indicates cancer patients unable to intentionally postpone death for significant events
Contrary to previous reports, new research shows that cancer patients can not intentionally postpone death to survive for significant personal events such as Christmas, Thanksgiving or a birthday, according to a study in the December 22/29 issue of JAMA. (2004-12-21)

Caribbean families embrace Kwaanza as Christmas becomes too materialistic
As Christmas becomes ever more materialistic, Caribbean families in Britain are increasingly turning to Kwaanza - a festival rooted in an African tradition - as the setting for their family celebrations, according to research sponsored by the ESRC. (2004-12-19)

Church at Christmas: Hereford's 'come all ye faithful' v Manchester's 'silent night'
While the lure of carols, candlelight and crib scenes could see church congregations in Guildford treble this Christmas, vicars in Manchester can expect fewer than 20 per cent more worshippers to mark the traditional birthday of Jesus. (2004-12-19)

44% of Americans favor curtailing some Muslim liberties
In a study to determine how much the public fears terrorism, almost half of respondents polled nationally said they believe the U.S. government should -- in some way -- curtail civil liberties for Muslim Americans, according to a new survey released Dec. 17, 2004 at Cornell University. (2004-12-17)

Studies reveal physicians' attitudes on end-of-life care
Doctors appear willing to use intensive treatment to lessen otherwise untreatable pain or other severe symptoms in dying patients even if the treatment, at least in theory, risks hastening the dying process, according to two studies. Known as (2004-12-06)

Religious 'neutrality' in French gaols fosters racism and discrimination for Muslim prisoners
The supposed neutrality of the prison service in France towards the ethnic and religious backgrounds of prisoners is widely blamed by Muslim inmates as a prime cause of racist and discriminatory treatment, according to new research sponsored by the ESRC. (2004-11-09)

Americans had strong need for spiritual support following 9/11 attacks
Americans had a strong need for spiritual support and a positive outlook in coping with the aftermath of the terrorists attacks and a new study also found what appears to be a potential spiritual-psychological pathway linking the so-called faith factor with post-crisis mental health. (2004-09-23)

Survey highlights myth of multi-faith chaplaincy in hospitals
Hospital patients and staff of non-Christian religions have limited access to religious and spiritual care, a University of Edinburgh Professor has highlighted in this week's British Medical Journal (11 September, 2004). (2004-09-10)

Research details Bush's use of religion to sell war on terror, Iraq
An analysis of hundreds of administration speeches and articles in major newspapers reveals the frequent echoing of Bush's religious imagery by the mainstream press. (2004-08-10)

Study: Religious activity equals less sex, drugs for some teens
High levels of church attendance in the ninth grade may protect some African-American teenagers from getting involved in risky behaviors throughout the rest of their high school career, a new study suggests. After talking with some 700 African-American teens every year for four years, the researchers found that more religious activity in the ninth grade predicted smaller increases in marijuana use among boys and cigarette use among girls. (2004-07-07)

Pregnancies from frozen eggs may help couples trapped by Italian law
Five children have been born conceived from previously isolated and frozen egg cells, Italian scientists announced today. The method bears great promise for patients who live in countries where embryo cryopreservation (freezing) is prohibited, like Italy, or who object to embryo freezing for personal reasons, said Dr. Paolo Levi Setti from the Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Milan. (2004-06-29)

Soccer may be the crying game but historian reveals male tears were for centuries a class issue
Soccer is highly emotional, and as England's dreams of winning Euro 2004 died last Friday, players and fans may well have spilt a few tears of anguish. However, a University of Warwick historian researching the expression of male emotion through tears reveals there is a long history of men and crying, and that tears were for centuries a class issue. (2004-06-28)

As stem-cell debate heats up, public still uninformed and undecided
Public opinion about stem-cell research appears to be very volatile, and could be swayed in either direction, according to a researcher who recently studied poll results on the issue. (2004-06-22)

Cult experts converge on University of Alberta campus
More than 170 experts on cults, including former and current members of cults, will meet at the University of Alberta this weekend to discuss issues such as how to re-socialize children who were born and raised in cults. (2004-06-09)

New theory suggests people are attracted to religion for 16 reasons
People are not drawn to religion just because of a fear of death or any other single reason, according to a new comprehensive, psychological theory of religion. There are actually 16 basic human psychological needs that motivate people to seek meaning through religion, said Steven Reiss, author of the new theory and professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State University. (2004-05-26)

Approach of holidays has no effect on time of death
The idea that dying people hang on to life in order to celebrate one more birthday or holiday lacks any scientific basis, say scientists who reviewed two decades' worth of research. (2004-05-21)

(Nearly) every girl loved a soldier - UU research
Predecessors of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment - the British Army regiment at the centre of abuse allegations in Iraq - had a much more positive interaction with the Irish civil population when posted here over a century ago, according to research by a University of Ulster academic. (2004-05-20)

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