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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 )

I'm Digitally Distracted

We’ve all been there.  You are at a Chassidic concert, the singer and orchestra are singing a beautiful song lifting your Neshoma to new heights, and then all of a sudden, the guy sitting three rows in front of you down to the left has a loud, disruptive ring coming out of his pocket.  Your moment is ruined!  Perhaps you are in the middle of davening in the morning.  It is difficult enough to keep your Kavona in a good place, but you are there, in the middle of Shmona Esrei, and the guy ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 21 )

Surgeon General Adds To List Of Smoking's Harms

Surgeon General Adds To List Of Smoking's Harms
It's no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms — even as the government struggles to get more people to kick the habit. A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General's office says the nation is at a crossroads, celebrating decades of progress against the chief preventable killer but not yet poised to finish the ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 17 )

Health: Don’t Leave this Out!

When we think of exercise, many of us automatically think more about aerobic exercise than anything else.  After all, it is very important that we exercise our heart and lungs most days of the week and walking is something that almost anyone can do, it isn’t that hard to fit it in and it costs nothing. More and more evidence based on recent research tells us just how beneficial it is in almost every respect.  But, aerobics, whether walking, jogging, swimming, cycling or any other form that ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 06 )

Health: Eating Out

Sixty or seventy years ago, eating out in a restaurant or buying takeout food was practically nonexistent in our community.  A kosher eatery was  very rare in those times, most people probably weren’t able to spend any extra money on what at the time was an extravagance.  Even in the non--Jewish world, the idea of fast food style restaurants had not yet infiltrated our culture. (McDonalds only started in the early 1950’s and it took a while in order to manifest itself into becoming a ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 25 )

Higher Blood Pressure Threshold OK In Older Adults

Higher Blood Pressure Threshold OK In Older Adults
Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from an expert panel. But not all experts are on board with the advice — including the federal agency that appointed the group. Panel members stressed that they are not changing the definition of high blood pressure: 140 over 90. For adults aged 60 and older, they are recommending a higher treatment threshold, ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 19 )

Study Says Many Lung Cancer Tumors Prove Harmless

Study Says Many Lung Cancer Tumors Prove Harmless
Harmless lung cancer? A provocative study found that nearly 1 in 5 lung tumors detected on CT scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems. The analysis suggests the world's No. 1 cause of cancer deaths isn't as lethal as doctors once thought. In the study, these were not false-positives — suspicious results that turn out upon further testing not to be cancer. These were indeed cancerous tumors, but ones that caused no symptoms and were unlikely ever to become ...
(2 opinions  |   December 10 )

New Warning About Potentially Dangerous Toys

New Warning About Potentially Dangerous Toys
With holiday shopping in full swing, a New York lawmaker has a warning about some potentially dangerous toys. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined the non-profit "New York Public Interest Research Group" to announce what they claim are the most unsafe toys on store shelves. The risks range from choking hazards to dangerous levels of noise and chemicals. Senator Gillibrand is calling for the Federal Government to ban toxic chemicals in all children's products. CLICK HERE to see the toys ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 09 )

FDA Warns of Problems With Philips Heart Devices

FDA Warns of Problems With Philips Heart Devices
Federal health regulators are warning the public not to use certain defibrillators recalled by Philips Healthcare because the heart-shocking devices may fail to operate in emergency situations. Philips recalled three models of its HeartStart devices in September due to an electrical malfunction. The recall affects about 700,000 defibrillators sold between 2005 and 2012. The defibrillators are used by emergency responders and others to restore normal heart function in people suffering a ...
(1 opinions  |   December 03 )

Health: Something In Between

We’ve all been through it.  Just like Meir!  His doctor persuaded him that instead of medication, which might have unfavorable side effects, an exercise program would really help him to lower his blood pressure and cholesterol and it would most likely help him get rid of some extra kilos too.  Meir didn’t really know much about exercise, so he hired a personal trainer and spent 6 months seeing his trainer and doing his home assignments.  And as expected, a well rounded exercise program ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 28 )