Julie Borg

Julie is a clinical psychologist and writer who lives in Dayton, Ohio. She reports on science and intelligent design for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.

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Groundbreaking surgery helps baby whose parents chose life

Science | Doctors offered an abortion, but family opted for a first-of-its-kind procedure
by Julie Borg
Posted 11/02/17, 01:20 pm

Surgeons at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston recently performed an innovative new surgery on an unborn baby boy with spina bifida at 24 weeks of gestation. The doctors removed the mother’s uterus but left it attached internally and then operated on the child through tiny slits in the womb, The New York Times reported.

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In secular morality, the majority rules

Science | Experiment shows people accept as right that which is common
by Julie Borg
Posted 10/26/17, 01:00 pm

Parents of teens commonly hear, “Everybody else is doing it!” But adolescents are not the only ones who judge right or wrong by others’ actions. Two recent studies on morality showed the choices of the majority often dictate society’s moral standards.

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A dangerous weed

Science | For psychiatric patients, a link between marijuana and violent behavior
by Julie Borg
Posted 10/25/17, 12:52 pm

Recreational drugs can wreak havoc on anyone’s life. But for those with mental illness, smoking pot could lead to aggressive behavior—and put their loved ones at risk.

According to a new study published in September in Frontiers in Psychiatry, adults who persistently smoke marijuana following a psychiatric hospitalization are 2½ times more likely to commit violent acts, including assault, battery, or threats with a weapon, than those who do not use the drug.

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