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The Red Equal Sign: How The Modern Family is Evolving
If you went on Facebook yesterday, it may have appeared that everyone's profile had suddenly gotten hacked. Your timeline was probably awash in a sea of red equal signs or some variation thereof. What was this wildly viral meme? It was a powerful social media charge organized by the Human Rights Campaign, an organization in support of gay marriage.
With the Supreme Court hearing two arguments in regards to California’s Proposition 8 and the National Defense of Marriage Act gay-rights cases this week, the focus is all on marriage rights, and times have changed. According to a recent ABC News poll, 58% of americans favor gay marriage today, while only 32% were for it in 2004.
This sea change in sentiment reflects the changing nature of the modern family. While not entirely disappearing, the growth rate of traditional families is declining. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, husband-wife families with their own children under 18 years old shrunk by five percent between 2000 and 2010. And what is replacing mom, dad and 2.5 kids? All kinds of families. Shifting social norms, combined with an economic downturn is reconfiguring the cast members of the family unit.
Here are a just a few statistics about the modern family:
25% of same-sex American households are raising children.
Over 12 million households are headed by single parents.
in 2010, 5.4 million children lived in a household headed by a grandparent, up from 4.7 million in 2005.
Sandwich Families: 1 of every 8 Americans aged 40-60 is both caring for a child (often an adult child), and caring for a parent.
Co-parenting: A growing movement of unromantically-involved couples who come together to have children. There are 5 million adults in the U.S. in their mid-30s and above who are single, childless, yet still want to become parents.
Friends as family: Growing numbers of people (young and old) are entering into permanent roommate living situations, where groups of friends take the place of a traditional family.
Professional aunts, no kids (PANKs), the emerging demographic of child-loving women who do not have children of their own, represents approximately 23 million; one in five women is a PANK.
So what does this all mean to the business that wants to serve families in 2013? Although the core needs of the family unit are not changing (everyone still needs to be fed, clothed, sheltered and loved), new needs, habits and pain points are arising. Differing primary caregivers, splintered living situations, schedules and shrinking family budgets all diversify the challenges and opportunities in the space.
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Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.
- The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
- Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
SEAL training is the ultimate test of both mental and physical strength.
- The fact that U.S. Navy SEALs endure very rigorous training before entering the field is common knowledge, but just what happens at those facilities is less often discussed. In this video, former SEALs Brent Gleeson, David Goggins, and Eric Greitens (as well as authors Jesse Itzler and Jamie Wheal) talk about how the 18-month program is designed to build elite, disciplined operatives with immense mental toughness and resilience.
- Wheal dives into the cutting-edge technology and science that the navy uses to prepare these individuals. Itzler shares his experience meeting and briefly living with Goggins (who was also an Army Ranger) and the things he learned about pushing past perceived limits.
- Goggins dives into why you should leave your comfort zone, introduces the 40 percent rule, and explains why the biggest battle we all face is the one in our own minds. "Usually whatever's in front of you isn't as big as you make it out to be," says the SEAL turned motivational speaker. "We start to make these very small things enormous because we allow our minds to take control and go away from us. We have to regain control of our mind."
Is focusing solely on body mass index the best way for doctor to frame obesity?
- New guidelines published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal argue that obesity should be defined as a condition that involves high body mass index along with a corresponding physical or mental health condition.
- The guidelines note that classifying obesity by body mass index alone may lead to fat shaming or non-optimal treatments.
- The guidelines offer five steps for reframing the way doctors treat obesity.