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  • Jewish movement disorders and genetics

    4 days ago

    As I was sitting (and standing) in a synagogue over the holidays I let my mind wander, as I often do under similar circumstances, and tried to answer the eternal question: If God designated the Jews as the “Chosen People” why did he/she also referred to them as the “stiff-necked...
  • L.A. Cancer Challenge:  Running for lives of others

    By Elyse Glickman

    2 weeks ago

    When thousands of racers line up at the Veterans Affairs grounds in West Los Angeles on Oct. 26, it will be to raise awareness for a devastating type of cancer sometimes linked to mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are more prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews.

    But it’s not...

  • Study: Test all women of Ashkenazi descent for BRCA defect

    September 8, 2014 | 11:11 am

    All women of Ashkenazi descent should be screened from age 30 for the BRCA gene mutation that causes breast cancer, an Israeli study recommends.

    The study, by a research team headed by Ephrat Levy-Lahad of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, was published Friday in the journal...

  • Ashkenazi-Sephardic Strife and Israel’s New Shekels

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 1, 2013 | 8:05 am

    You may have heard that Israel's Cabinet has authorized newly designed bank notes to be issued at the end of this year, despite criticism that the new bills feature only Ashkenazi Jews. The new green 50 shekel bill will feature famed poet Shaul Tchernichovsky, and the blue 200...

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  • Funding shortage and ignorance hurt pancreatic cancer fight

    By Julie G Fax

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Marilynn Lowenstein walked into shul on Rosh Hashanah two and half years ago, her friend, a doctor, took one look at her and sent her to the emergency room. Lowenstein's skin and eyes were yellow -- she was severely jaundiced.

    By the time the congregation got to the "who shall...

  • Group hopes Gaucher becomes household name

    By Lorelei Laird

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Michael Margolis was 4, his doctor took his parents aside and told them he had a rare disorder called Type I Gaucher Disease. The disease, which strikes Ashkenazi Jews seven times more often than the general population, is a genetic disorder that robs patients of an enzyme that...
  • Sorrel Helps Liven Up Neglected Schav

    By Linda Morel

    May 6, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    "Mother used to leave jars full of schav in the refrigerator," says a friend of mine. "Because the stuff looked like seaweed, I would run from the kitchen in horror."

    Schav, the khaki-colored soup once savored by Ashkenazi Jews, has fallen on hard times in recent decades. In a world...

  • It Takes a Village Glen

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's break time in a sixth-grade classroom at Village Glen School in Sherman Oaks. Two boys play chess with an air of serious concentration, ignoring a small group of 12-year-olds talking and joking nearby. A handsome boy with golden hair and freckles breaks away from the group,...

  • A Decrease in Vigilance

    By David Evanier

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A conference on genetic diseases held by the Cultural Foundation of Habib Levy in November led The Journal to examine the Jewish community's reduced state of awareness about genetic testing for prospective parents. During the past 30 years, large-scale genetic screening of Ashkenazi...

  • Autism: The New Epidemic

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara and Sheldon Helfing never expected to have one autistic child, much less two. Their son Leland, now 5, was born prematurely and began showing signs of a neurological disorder before...

  • Singles

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I'm not mental. Really. I'm not manic-depressive,hypomanic, borderline schizophrenic or psychotic. I don't hear voicesor imagine I'm being followed by Marie Osmond. I don't have tics or acompulsive need to wash my hands or avoid cracks in thesidewalk.

    Like a lot of people, I could...

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