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Heart Stents May Require Longer Blood Thinner Use

Heart Stents May Require Longer Blood Thinner Use
Millions of people with stents that prop open clogged heart arteries may need anti-clotting drugs much longer than the one year doctors recommend now. A large study found that continuing for another 18 months lowers the risk of heart attacks, clots and other problems. Even quitting after 30 months made a heart attack more likely, raising a question of when it's ever safe to stop. It's a big issue because the drugs can be expensive and bring risks of their own. The result also is a surprise, ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 17 )

Israeli Researchers Makes New Discovery in the Study of the Brain and Memory

Israeli Researchers Makes New Discovery in the Study of the Brain and Memory
University of Haifa researchers find a functional link between the brain region responsible for taste memory and the area responsible for encoding the time and place we experienced the taste Have you ever eaten something totally new and it made you sick? Don’t give up; if you try the same food in a different place, your brain will be more “forgiving” of the new attempt. In a new study conducted by the Sagol Department of Neurobiology at the University of Haifa, researchers found for ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 23 )

Study Questions Need for Most People to Cut Salt

Study Questions Need for Most People to Cut Salt
A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health - and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists. Limiting salt is still important for people with high blood pressure - and in fact, a second study estimates that too much sodium contributes to up to 1.65 million deaths each year. The studies both have strengths and ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 14 )

Jury Still Out on Benefits of Vitamin D

Jury Still Out on Benefits of Vitamin D
Two new reports that analyzed research on vitamin D supplements found there's no reason to get excited yet about any possible health benefits. One review, from international researchers, found hardly any benefit. The other analysis suggested it may have what a specialist called a "huge" effect on lifespan, but the findings aren't definitive. "For now, the vitamin D story is intriguing," said Naveed Sattar, a professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, who ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 02 )

Health: The Successful Failure

Many of you surely remember in the mid 1960’s how the United States and the Soviet Union were embroiled in the space race.  As we all know, the USA won, eventually landing a man on the moon.  In spite of many bumps along the way, they reached President Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon before the decade was out.  A success by all definitions!  However, two moon flights later, the unthinkable happened when the Apollo 13 spacecraft had an explosion in an oxygen tank on the way ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 06 )

WHO: Only 5 Percent Of Calories Should Be From Sugar

WHO: Only 5 Percent Of Calories Should Be From Sugar
Just try sugar-coating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday. After a review of about 9,000 studies, WHO's expert panel says dropping sugar intake to that level will combat obesity and cavities. That includes sugars added to foods and those present in honey, syrups and fruit juices, but not those occurring ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 05 )

Century-Old Organization Undergoes A Transformation As A New Era Is Ushered In

Century-Old Organization Undergoes A Transformation As A New Era Is Ushered In
When he joined the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) this past August as its Executive Director, Rabbi Perry Tirschwell hit the ground running. With his considerable experience in Jewish education and organizational life, Rabbi Tirschwell was tasked with overseeing and making Young Israel a transformative force in American Jewish life. At the six-month mark of his tenure as the head of the National Council of Young Israel, which has ably served the broader Jewish community for over ...
(3 opinions  |   February 26 )

Lev Malka Responds to Nationwide Blood Shortage

Lev Malka Responds to Nationwide Blood Shortage
During a meeting preparing for the upcoming blood drive, Lev Malka officials set a minimum goal of 900 units of blood towards helping to alleviate the nationwide blood shortage. The blood drive will take place on Thursday, 27 Adar I 5774 in Bank Mizrachi-Tefachot located at 16 Malchei Yisrael Street in the Geula neighborhood of Yerushalayim. The event is sponsored by Lev Malka in coordination with Magen David Adom Blood Bank Services. MDA officials report a nationwide shortage at present ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 19 )

Caffeine Common In Kids, Young Adults; Mainly Soda

Caffeine Common In Kids, Young Adults; Mainly Soda
Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds. Though even most preschoolers consume some caffeine-containing products, their average was the amount found in half a can of soda, and overall caffeine intake declined in children up to age 11 during the decade. The analysis ...
(3 opinions  |   February 10 )

The 'Pareve' Controversy (Trans Fats)

Since the 1980’s, a very popular ingredient in Kosher cooking has been margarine. Margarine can transform kugels, cakes and desserts into creamy, pareve delights. Although margarine and shortening are staples in most Jewish homes, there is an increasing awareness that these man- made products, known as trans fats, can cause serious health problems.  First, a brief history of trans fats. Trans fats had long been considered a good alternative to dietary fat from both animals and other ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 06 )

New Treatment Could Reduce Kids' Peanut Allergies

New Treatment Could Reduce Kids' Peanut Allergies
An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 percent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts. Although experts say the results of the carefully monitored study are encouraging, they warn it isn't something that parents should try at home. Peanut allergies are on the rise globally and affect about 1 in 50 children, mostly in high-income countries. The consequences can be life-threatening — ...
(2 opinions  |   January 30 )