Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Hayley Leib has been in and out of the hospital since she was 12. Now 21, her doctors have diagnosed her with mitochondrial disease, a disorder affecting energy and metabolism. Illness and long hospital stays can put untold pressure on any family, but the Leibs have had some help from an unexpected source. Enter Chai Lifeline, an international nonprofit organization...
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Karina Grudnikov, JE Feature
Checking her Facebook page, Laura Miller saw requests from an old family friend, her boyfriend's best friend and a former high-school classmate. Another request surprised her: one from her mother. Miller promptly rejected it. "I told her I'd have no problem helping her use [it] as long as she didn't expect me to be her friend," she says. "So why...
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What abnormal appearances may say about those in the mainstream
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
In his book, Freaks of Nature, What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution , Mark S. Blumberg, professor in the department of psychology, and a Starch Faculty Fellow, at the University of Iowa, proposes that freaks are actually part of the normal course of development, survival and evolution. Blumberg introduced the book to a packed house at the College...
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
"If you also see your mother when you look in the mirror, you are not alone," says Laura Arens Fuerstein, author of My Mother, My Mirror: Recognizing and Making the Most of Inherited Self-Images. Fuerstein, an analytic therapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience, explores a mother's influence on her daughter without blaming Mom. "This book does not...
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Heeding differences between disorders
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Dr. H. Michael Zal, JE Feature
All of her life, Nancy had been "high strung," clumsy, accident-prone and suffering from low self-esteem. As a child, she seemed bright but shy in school; at age 6, her teacher wanted to place her in a special class for slow learners. But her parents fought the placement. They had her evaluated by a neurologist and a psychologist. The doctors...
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