In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: This genetic disease affects about 1 in 3,000 people --- yet few have ever heard of it

By Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, M.D.

JewishWorldReview.com | DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes neurofibromatosis, and how is it treated? Is it very common? I had not heard of the disease until my niece was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1.

ANSWER: Neurofibromatosis type 1 is a genetic disorder that disrupts cell growth, causing tumors to form. The tumors, called neurofibromas, are associated with nerve tissue. They can arise anywhere in the body. No treatment currently exists that can slow or stop the tumor growth. But close monitoring can help catch complications early, so they can be treated as soon as possible.

Neurofibromatosis affects about 1 in 3,000 people. About 50 percent of those affected have a family history of the disease. In the other 50 percent, the gene mutation that causes neurofibromatosis develops spontaneously. In people who have neurofibromatosis, the likelihood that they will pass it on to their children is 50 percent.


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In children, symptoms of neurofibromatosis usually include flat, light-brown spots on the skin, called cafe au lait macules, and freckling in the groin or armpits. Eventually, soft bumps that are neurofibromas may develop under the skin. Neurofibromatosis may result in bone problems, such as scoliosis or bowing of bones in the legs. Children may have developmental delays, low muscle tone, a larger than average head size, short stature and learning problems. In some people, neurofibromatosis can result in eye problems. If a tumor directly affects a nerve, the disease may cause chronic pain.

Fortunately, most people with neurofibromatosis have cases that are mild and cause few symptoms or complications. Many adults who have the disease are not aware of it.

Treatment options for neurofibromatosis are limited. Because the development and growth of the tumors cannot be stopped, it's important for people with this disease to receive ongoing medical care from a team of specialists familiar with neurofibromatosis. Clinics for neurofibromatosis are usually coordinated by a geneticist or neurologist. With careful monitoring, such a team often can identify medical problems that arise because of neurofibromatosis early, and start treatment quickly.

If a tumor begins to damage tissue or compress nerves, surgery to take it out may help relieve symptoms. In advanced tumors this can be complicated, and the procedure to remove a tumor can cause lasting nerve damage. The tumor also may grow back. For these reasons, the pros and cons of using surgery to treat neurofibromatosis need to be considered carefully.

Most neurofibromatosis tumors are not cancerous, but some of the tumors associated with neurofibromatosis are cancers. These uncommon malignant tumors are treated with standard cancer therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Research to improve neurofibromatosis treatment is ongoing. Several drugs are being studied in clinical trials that may slow the development of the tumors. Some of these drugs block the formation of blood vessels. That may help because tumors need more blood than normal tissues. If a tumor does not receive enough blood, it cannot grow as quickly as usual.

Because neurofibromatosis can affect many areas of the body and can be difficult to treat, it's important to seek care from a health care organization that has a neurofibromatosis clinic. That clinic should be staffed with experts in the disease, as well as specialists from a variety of other medical and surgical areas who can help with all aspects of diagnosis and treatment, as needed. -- Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, M.D., Medical Genetics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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