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“Because of the stressors that have been on the military and military families, particularly in the last decade, it’s easy to focus on the difficulty and dysfunction of their marriages,” said professor Jared Anderson. “But I think one of the things that this study does is look at what makes these families resilient in the midst of ongoing stress.”
K-State researchers in family studies and human services studied the marital quality of military couples and identified factors that relate to relationship distress.
Their findings showed that the vast majority of people in the sample were non-distressed in their relationship.
Anderson studies how couples develop and maintain strong marriages, and conversely, the factors that contribute to relationship problems. By understanding factors associated with distress, he said interventions could be developed to target at-risk marriages.
“I think it’s just as important, or more important, to learn factors of non-distressed marriages because that gives us a picture into what we can actually do to replicate that for other families,” Anderson said.

Mums-to-be trust their moms more than doctors
Expectant mothers pay more heed to their mothers’ advice during pregnancy, as compared to medical advice from doctors, say researchers.
A survey by a team from University of London that spoke to women who gave birth in the 1970s, 1980s and the 2000s revealed that although modern women were more likely to take a mixture of advice, they still prefer family wisdom, especially if they had some worries.
Women who had babies between 2000 and 2010 had a wide range of information and advice to choose from — doctors, midwives, books, magazines and, latterly, the internet — as well as that from their families, but family advice won out in the end.
When it comes to the crunch — if women feel sick for example — they will take their mother’s or their grandmother’s advice.
They wouldn’t necessarily recognise how important it was to them, but it would override the science.
“Taking all the guidelines too seriously leads to anxieties. Lack of self-confidence also can lead to worry about ‘doing the wrong thing’ which is potentially more harmful than taking the odd glass of wine or eating soft cheese,” said Paula Nicolson from Royal Holloway, University of London.

New way to assemble artificial tissues developed
American tissue engineers have developed a new way to assemble artificial tissues.
Although tissue engineering holds promise for building new organs to replace damaged livers, blood vessels and other body parts, the one major hurdle researchers faced until now was to get cells grown in a lab dish to form 3-D shapes instead of flat layers.
However, scientists at the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) have developed a new way to overcome that challenge — by encapsulating living cells in cubes and arranging them into 3-D structures, just as a child constructs buildings out of blocks.
The new technique, dubbed ‘micromasonry’, employs a gel-like material that acts like concrete, binding the cell ‘bricks’ together as it hardens.

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