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A mother’s campaign for a cure

by Nancy Sokoler Steiner

April 2, 2015 | 7:33 pm

Audrey Davidow Lapidus and son Calvin. Photos by Eric Lapidus

When her son Calvin was diagnosed with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome (PTHS), a rare genetic disorder characterized by delayed physical... read full article

  • Feeling panicked? It could be in the genes

    by Deborah Kotz, JTA

    March 9, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    In designing and testing theories on how the body programs its 19,000 genes, Moshe Szyf, a geneticist and molecular biologist at McGill University in...

  • Medical marijuana may soon get kosher stamp of approval

    The Jewish Daily Forward

    February 23, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Kosher marijuana could soon be available to Orthodox Jews in New York State — but only on doctor’s orders.

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana.

    Read more at Forward.

  • New option for Jewish genetic testing

    by Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 11, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    When a Jewish couple is planning their wedding or anticipating starting a family, they probably aren’t thinking much about rare genetic conditions. But...

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  • The Alzheimer’s tsunami alert

    by Michelle K. Wolf

    February 11, 2015 | 12:48 pm

    At a recent weekday matinee showing of the film “Still Alice,” in which Julianne Moore stars as Alice, a Columbia University linguistics professor who...

  • Are anti-vaxxers’ religious exemption claims grounded in actual religious laws?

    by Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org

    February 5, 2015 | 1:37 pm

    As the debate on vaccination heats up again in the U.S., some anti-vaxxers are requesting exemptions from vaccinating their children on religious...

  • Los Angeles area daycare center shuts down after baby contracts measles

    by Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

    February 3, 2015 | 9:05 am

    A daycare center at a Southern California high school has been closed and more than a dozen infants placed under three-week quarantine after a baby...

  • Day schools see decline in vaccinations

    by Anthony Weiss, JTA

    January 21, 2015 | 11:36 am

    A recent measles outbreak originating at Disneyland that has infected more than 50 people has returned the issue of declining immunization rates to the...

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