Kristen Hovet is a science journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. She covers genetics, medical innovation, psychology, and health.
THE HIDDEN TRAUMA OF LIFE AFTER FUNDAMENTALISM — This story is part of The Establishment’s series on PTSD Awareness. A record number of people are leaving the Christian church, according to Pew Research Center’s report on America’s current religious landscape. The majority of adults who leave their religion do not experience pronounced negative health or psychological repercussions, and in fact, recent focus has been on the apparent benefits of maintaining one’s faith.
RESEARCHERS SAY NO TO LOW CARB AND KETO DIETS — The results from new and pooled research on low carbohydrate diets were presented at the European Society of Cardiology's 2018 Congress in August by researchers based in the UK, Poland, Sweden, and Greece. The findings are not good for those following low carb diets.
CAN BIG DATA FIGHT CANCER BY IDENTIFYING THOSE GENETICALLY PREDISPOSED TO DISEASE? — Present-day cancer care is reactive. When an individual begins to have symptoms of cancer, a tumor has typically already formed and may have begun to invade surrounding tissue. Metastatic cancer — the spread of cancer to somewhere other than the primary tumor site — may have developed, too. Once cancer has spread to other areas of the body, the prognosis is poor. But a new method for identifying cancer predisposition genes could help speed up the shift to proactive cancer care.
BRIGID MAGAZINE — BRIGID Magazine is a Canadian health and wellness news site featuring evidence-based, science-informed dispatches from reliable sources around the world. We are passionate about factual news delivered in an interesting and open-minded way. Our journalists bring you the latest in Health, Psychology, and Social Issues. Where applicable, we take a solutions journalism approach. We believe that journalism should inform, inspire, and empower. Founding editor: Kristen Hovet http://www.brigidmag.com
YOUR GENETIC DATA IS THE NEW OIL: THESE STARTUPS WILL PAY TO RENT IT — Perhaps you’re one of the 12 million people who has spit into a tube in recent years to learn the secrets in your genetic code, like your ancestry, your health risks, or your carrier status for certain diseases. If you haven’t participated in direct-to-consumer genetic testing, you may know someone who has.
THE PUBLIC MIGHT BE READY FOR GENE-EDITED BABIES — Should we be able to genetically design our children before they are born — giving them the eye and hair color we prefer, deciding their sex and height, and even genetically manipulating their intelligence? Most, including top scientists and genetic counselors, say no.