Month: January 2015

Former transsexual says surgeons too quick to operate


The Christian Institute 28 January 2015 A man who underwent a sex change then had it reversed is warning that surgeons are too quick to operate in cases like his. Walt Heyer, 74, now advises people who want to have…


The new harmful addiction for kids?

teenage sleep

Australian children are falling asleep on phones and use gadgets at the dinner table, Telstra study shows 29 January 2015 ALMOST two in every five Australian children fall asleep using a gadget, and one in five uses technology during…


Neuroscientist: Sex differences crucial in evaluating medication


Stuff 29 January 2015 Recent research showing the different effects of medicines on men and women could lead to big changes in the way drugs are assessed and prescribed. Animals used in laboratory tests are typically only male –…


Meet the LGBT Americans who oppose gay marriage


Washington Post 27 January 2015 If you thought everyone in the LGBT community wanted gay marriage, you would be wrong. It’s much more nuanced than that. A new chart from Pew, based on 2013 data, shows that 7 percent of…


This Country Just Made it Illegal to Give Kids Too Much Screen Time

texting teens

Malaysian Digest 27 January 2015 Excess screen time is now considered to be the equivalent of smoking, drinking and using drugs. Taiwanese parents are now legally obligated to monitor their children’s screen time. Taiwanese lawmakers approved the “Child and Youth…


House passes bill to prohibit federal funding for abortion


USA Today 22 January 2015 House Republicans, faced with mounting opposition from their own members, pulled a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and instead Thursday passed less restrictive legislation to prohibit federal funding for…


‘Should we allow mothers to marry their daughters?’

confused kid

UK News 22 January 2015 Debate in the same-sex marriage referendum has stepped up a few notches this week, buoyed on by the publication of the wording of the vote yesterday. The move was broadly welcomed by politicians and several…


Smacking ban law plan for Wales is dropped


BBC News 22 January 2015 Proposals to introduce a law to ban smacking children in Wales have been dropped. The assembly’s communities, equality and local government committee had considered including the ban as part of a new law to tackle…


Europe’s Euthanasia Craze


First Things 9 January 2015 The case of Frank Van Den Bleeken—the Belgian murderer and rapist who requested to be euthanized rather than spend life in prison—has provoked its fair share of comment. And rightly so, for the facts of…


Computer time is modern parents’ bribe and threat

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BBC News 22 January 2015 The Childwise survey, which has been tracking family life in the UK since the 1990s, shows a surge in the number of tablet computers used by children. But it suggests that parents use time on…