Epigenetics

I was excited to read The Double Helix when I was young. That was the account by James Watson of the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid as the building block of life. I was always looking for explanations and causes in those days and it seemed Watson and Francis Crick had identified DNA as life’s foundation. It was indeed a landmark scientific moment in understanding the biological sequence over time; how worms, monkeys, insects, humans and all living things shared a blueprint.

DNA explained it all: why one person has blue eyes and the other brown, one was tall and the other short, one person slim and another hefty. Everything, including how we behaved, could be found in that coded strip…

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The Sex Issue

The fundamentals of sex may not have changed much over the years but societal attitudes, relationship dynamics, and the means of meeting partners and communicating look very different than they did even in the not-too-distant past. The Reader surveyed four local experts to get a snapshot of what sex and relationships look like today:

DR. SOFIA JAWED-WESSEL Assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. “I teach in the area of sexual health and I also do research on sexuality,” she said.

NANCI KAVICH Co-founder of Profile Wingman. “I help people write their online dating profiles and to navigate the world of on- and offline dating in general. It’s so…

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Vaccines: A Shot in the Dark

While raging about vaccines, both sides of the aisle seem fraught with emotion. Anti-vaxxers and pro-vaxxers are vehement in supporting their positions. But some people are confused about vaccines and whether they should get them for themselves or their children. Some claims are outlandish. Others simply untrue. There are some common-sense conclusions, though. My observation is that maybe some vaccines make sense and some do not. There is enough misleading information on both sides.

The basic idea makes sense. The idea of perking up the natural immune system by teasing it with a taste of a potential disease seems to make sense. A forewarned immune system should be ready to ward off disease. But are we doing it the right…

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Sexperts: Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel

Interview with Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. “I teach in the area of sexual health and I also do research on sexuality,” she said. 

What books or websites would you recommend to people interested in cultivating healthy relationships and intimacy?
When someone comes to me with specific concerns or questions, I’m happy to recommend different kinds of books or websites, but it’s hard for me to say ‘This is a website that is good for everybody.’ Academics are notorious for ‘It depends’, right? But it really does. There’s so much available and it’s so overwhelming. 
The stuff I read is going to…

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Sexperts: Nanci Kavich

Interview with Nanci Kavich, the co-founder of Profile Wingman (profilewingman.com). “I help people write their online dating profiles and to navigate the world of on- and offline dating in general. It’s so hard to make yourself three-dimensional and have your personality come through and attract the person you want to attract...that’s where we come in.”

What books or websites would you recommend to people interested in cultivating healthy relationships and intimacy?
I have a blog kind of about every topic, which I send my clients to often depending on what they’re struggling with. Everybody has their own issues or baggage, or things that are holding them back, so there’s not one book or one website to help everybody. But…

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Sexperts: Kristen Lilla

Interview with Kristen Lilla, MSW, LCSW, CST, one of only four certified sex therapists in Nebraska. Lilla is in private practice at Omaha Sex Therapy, where she provides therapy services to both individuals and couples. 

What books or websites would you recommend to people interested in cultivating healthy relationships and intimacy?
One that is really great is ‘Mating in Captivity’ by Esther Perel. It’s basically about how you keep the intimacy alive in a long-term relationship, and I think that’s something that a lot of relationships struggle with. 
Another one is ‘Rekindling Desire’ by Barry McCarthy and Emily McCarthy. It’s along the same lines: In a long-term relationship when you kind of lose that spark, how do you…

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Sexperts: Gail Risch

Interview with Gail Risch, who teaches in the department of theology at Creighton University, including the classes Christian Ethics and Theology of Christian Marriage. From 1995 until its closure in 2009, Risch was a researcher with the Center for Marriage and Family at Creighton. She has a particular expertise in sexuality and its place within marriage and marital stability.

What books or websites would you recommend to people interested in cultivating healthy relationships and intimacy?
If I had to boil it down to one, ‘The Good Marriage: How And Why Love Lasts’ by Judith Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee. My reading list for my students is like 250 books long, but most of them are more geared toward theology, specifically…

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