Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

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Lori Samlin Miller Jewish Exponent Feature
At a recent conference on "Our Heritage and Our Health: The Importance of Being Informed/Understanding Jewish Genetic Diseases," Gary Frohlich, a leading New York trained and now California-based genetic counselor, opened by pronouncing that genetic diseases don't discriminate. "Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases are not sex limited; that is, males and females are affected equally. When speaking about genetic diseases, we're...
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Elyse Glickman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Among the various childhood rites of passages, many of us will recall a bout of measles as one of them. From a kid's perspective way back when, it did have a plus side -- staying home from school, eating chicken soup and watching cartoons. But the illness is no trivial matter. Recent reports have shown a resurgence nationally of measles,...
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For years, Laurel Klein has been dreaming of opening a combination restaurant, bar and performance space where Jewish young adults could gather to eat, socialize, learn and then "take their Jewishness back home with them." Now, the 31-year-old Philadelphia transplant has a litmus test of whether others want that, too. Klein's proposed "Cafe Olam" is among a handful of startups...
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Diane McManus
Not long ago, macular degeneration, a disease of the retina, meant certain blindness. But scientists are working on an implantable artificial retina that can, with a simple surgical procedure, restore eyesight. Other implantable devices are being developed to monitor glucose, treat heart failure and relieve pain. Indeed, overweight patients could one day swallow an ingestible hydrogel capsule that induces satiety...
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Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin In 1980, when Simeon J. Maslin became senior rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, it was all about the suburbs. “All suburban congregations were thriving. We had Confirmation classes of 70 or 80 kids — it was the culmination of the suburban migration. I got in on the tail end of this great...
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