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  • In defense of Jewish circumcision

    By Dennis Prager

    22 hours ago

    This past week, I was in Miami for the bris (or brit), the Jewish ritual circumcision, of my grandson. It’s a good time to offer a defense of the Jews’ most ancient ritual.

    According to various reports, there are Jews — and not only Jews who have forsaken their Jewish identity —...

  • When it’s time to die

    2 days ago

    A recent study of critical-care physicians at one Southern California hospital system found that more than 1 in 10 patients receiving treatment in their hospitals’ intensive care units were receiving treatments that would not benefit the patient in a meaningful way.  These...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • Israeli scientists make steps toward decoding human genome

    August 31, 2015 | 8:59 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    [Jerusalem] Scientists at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University have announced the creation of an internet tool that they hope will be a step forward in tackling illnesses associated with mutated genes passed from parents to children. A...

  • Diabetes in Salinas: Why won’t a city world-famous for agriculture eat its vegetables?

    August 5, 2015 | 10:58 am

    The Salinas Valley is world famous for producing healthful foods, but people here struggle with severe health challenges. As a physician seeing patients in exam rooms, I found it enormously difficult to help people—even those harvesting lettuce—to eat in healthy ways.

    I decided...

  • Slim your waistline, not your wallet

    By Julie Bien

    July 25, 2015 | 11:26 am

    No need to spend money on a pricey gym membership or state-of-the-art home equipment — you can get a full-body workout for less than $35. With free online workout videos and reimagined childhood toys like Hula-Hoops and Frisbees, fitness can be affordable, portable and fun.

  • American Football gets an F!

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 29, 2015 | 5:27 am

    Attention all parents! Before signing your kids up for the football team at camp — or during the school year — you must read this.

    And the results are in: Playing football is bad for your health. It's bad even if you haven't suffered multiple concussions — even if you haven't...

  • An Elliptical, Recumbent Bike and Chocolate Cake

    By Ilana Angel

    June 19, 2015 | 7:02 am

    I bought a new exercise machine yesterday. She is a beauty and I love her. She is both an elliptical machine and a recumbent exercise bike. She is sleek, pretty, easy to operate, and effective. I was so excited to meet her I celebrated her arrival by baking a chocolate cake. Yes. I...

  • And the lies go on . . .

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 1, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Did you know that shiny new wood-style flooring you pulled up the ratty old carpet for can kill you? If you've covered your rooms with laminate from major discounter, Lumber Liquidators, you're likely living with formaldehyde exposure levels of seven- to up-to-20 times federally...

  • Israeli shoes (re-)teach the brain how to walk

    May 29, 2015 | 4:47 pm

    Picture the last time you went for a walk: You may have negotiated uneven pavement, or stepped from grass onto a dirt trail, adjusting to the differences in terrain without much thought.

    People with some walking disorders don’t have that ability, but an Israeli-designed invention...

  • Scoping out the senior scene

    By Elyse Glickman

    April 15, 2015 | 10:35 am

    Why take Max Izenberg’s advice on what’s going on around town? Because the retired nutritionist knows what’s good for you. 

    Izenberg built her career on helping people and being well-informed, qualities she’s found useful in gathering and sharing information with an extended...

  • A mother’s campaign for a cure

    April 2, 2015 | 7:33 pm

    When her son Calvin was diagnosed with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome (PTHS), a rare genetic disorder characterized by delayed physical development and severe mental retardation that has been identified in only about 300 people worldwide, Audrey Davidow Lapidus knew she had a choice:...

  • A Mishkan for all: A communal approach to mental illness

    March 26, 2015 | 10:46 am

    I grew up with my younger brother, Zack Thomas, who has struggled with bipolar disorder since he was a very young child. 

    What it has taught me is that as individuals, and as a community, encountering mental illness is a blessing and a challenge — and one that we need to do a...

  • Revolutionary treatments, Haredim in High-Tech, Forbes, and more - This week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 9, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Israeli military expertise join commercial space race

    Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. Using the expertise of a defense industry that created technology such as the "Iron...

  • BDS fail, Israeli Disneyland, Tim Cook, Canna-Tech, and more…This week from the Startup Nation!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 16, 2015 | 8:38 am

    Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to inaugurate new headquarters in Israel

    Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., is planning a visit to Israel next week to inaugurate Apple Israel's new headquarters in Herzliya, Globes reported Thursday. During the trip, Cook is also expected to meet with former...

  • Solar backpack, Arab high-tech and more - This week from the Startup Nation!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 1, 2014 | 8:23 am

    Elbit creating an electrically powered public transportation

    Israel- originated high-tech giant, Elbit, is creating an electrically powered public transportation system with neither overhead cables nor battery life issues. Elbit is developing an electric bus charging system that...

  • ‘Sleepless in America’ reveals eye-opening truth about lack of sleep

    November 25, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Can’t fall asleep? Not getting enough sleep? You’re not alone, and that sleep deprivation may be causing a lot more damage than you realize.

    Waking up earlier, going to bed later and getting far less sleep than our bodies require not only makes us tired and unable to function, it...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 14, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    There isn’t much to say about Cherry Tomato. I’m sure you all know and love it, whether it is part of a dish or a healthy snack. The small-sized tomatoes are believed to go all the way back to Aztec Mexico in the 15th century. The Santorini Cherry Tomatoes were used in Greece in...

  • Healing: Where religion and science meet

    November 3, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    What does Judaism have to do with healing?  This was the topic of the lively conference, "Healing: The Interplay of Religion and Science," October 26 and 27, 2014 at Arizona State University.  Three local attendees were Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector and Distinguished Professor of...

  • Preparing for the worst: A Q&A with Cedars-Sinai’s director of epidemiology on Ebola

    October 21, 2014 | 4:12 pm


    The dreaded word is all over the news and causing a flurry of activity at hospitals across the nation as officials scramble to prepare for the possibility of new cases of the West African disease in the United States. So far, just three cases of Ebola have been diagnosed...

  • Raining on the Ice Bucket Parade

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 29, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a truly horrible illness. It is a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disorder that leads to worsening muscle weakness.

    Weakness in the limbs initially makes handwriting sloppy and makes it hard to...

  • 5 Reasons Why You Need to Pee In the Forest Once in a While

    By Arielle Adelman

    August 13, 2014 | 9:23 am

    When I was a little girl I would beg my mom to let me be “nature girl”.  By definition, nature girl means: a person with xx chromosomes who uses the great outdoors or a sandbox to (daintily) pee.  In my adult life when I recall this memory, I’ve had a hard time understanding my...

  • Paid Family Leave: Celebrating in CA and Working for Change for the Rest of the Country

    By Maya Paley

    July 1, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    "Family leave, childcare, flexibility—these aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses—they should be the bottom line." --President Obama, June 21, 2014

    According to the Pew Research Center, the United States ranks last of the OECD countries in...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?


    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • Health benefits of circumcision reinforced

    April 16, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    In the circumcision wars, circumcision has been winning some big battles.

    A new survey of medical data going back more than two decades has found that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. The publication of the article on April 4 by the medical journal Mayo...

  • You can have fun when you die

    By Gina Nahai

    April 2, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    “So, what do you do?” the doctor asks. 

    “When?” I answer. 

    “Just ... every day.”

    “You mean ... for work?” 

    “Or otherwise.”

    “I’m a writer.”

    “You are?”


    He’s still waiting. I wait, too. 

    “So ... what else do you do?” 

    What’s wrong with this guy? I wonder....

  • Let’s Move, Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 19, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Let’s Move!, the campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States led by First Lady Michelle Obama, was announced in early 2010. One year later, Israel founded a similar program following the success of its American parallel, aimed to promote a more active and healthy way of...

  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

    As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!  
    To celebrate, I am...

  • Finding a cure

    February 13, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Israel’s reputation as a tech pioneer extends far beyond wireless technology and computer chips to the biomedical field. While some of the most ingenious treatments are being developed at Israeli universities, others are being launched by private start-up companies.  

    Here is a...

  • A day to learn about women’s wellness

    February 5, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Quick. And no using your smart phone. What is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States? If you answered breast cancer, you’re close. Indeed, breast cancer takes far too many lives each year. But it is No. 2. No. 1 is heart disease.

    Ready for another one? Chia seeds: Just...

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