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: Long QT syndrome makes heart vulnerable to fast, chaotic heartbeats

By Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D.

Learn the symptoms of genetic heart rhythm disorders | DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My son was diagnosed recently with long QT syndrome after a scary fainting spell. What do I need to know to keep him healthy? Also, I have tested negative, but my doctor still suggests I take beta blockers and avoid certain medications. Why would this be necessary? Should I tell other family members to be tested?

ANSWER: Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a genetic abnormality in the heart's electrical system. The condition is one of many genetic heart rhythm disorders. Of these, LQTS is the most common, affecting as many as 1 in 2,000 people.

In patients who have this syndrome, the heart works perfectly as a muscle and a pump, but its built-in electrical system has a glitch, causing it to recharge itself too slowly and inefficiently in preparation for the next beat. This glitch can make the heart vulnerable to fast, chaotic heartbeats that may trigger a sudden fainting spell, a sudden faint followed by a generalized seizure, or even cardiac arrest that can result in sudden death.


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Many patients with LQTS have no symptoms and never know they have the condition. But there are warning signs that someone has LQTS, and knowing those signs is extremely important. Such warning signs include a prior sudden fainting spell that occurred with minimal warning, especially if during exercise, excitement, or when startled, and a family history of unexpected, unexplained sudden deaths involving a young relative. And, if sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the only thing that can prevent sudden death is a rapid external shock from an automatic external defibrillator (AED).

The most common triggers for long QT patients are exercise, excitement or any activity that causes an adrenaline rush. For example, being caught off guard or startled by a loud sound, such as the sudden ringing of a phone or an alarm, can be triggers.

Because LQTS is a genetic disease, if one person has it, every family member is potentially vulnerable. Once the disease is diagnosed, the person's relatives -- children, siblings and parents -- need to be evaluated carefully. Since your son has been diagnosed, you and your husband and other children should be tested. But, if your son's LQTS has been diagnosed clinically and genetically confirmed, then a sibling or parent who has never exhibited symptoms, has normal cardiac tests, and tests negative for the affected child's LQTS disease-causing mutation does not need to be treated. However, a cardiologist with experience in LQTS should review your situation.

The good news is that the condition is manageable. Eating and sleeping well, along with a diet rich in potassium, helps. Certain medications, including some antibiotics, antidepressants, and psychiatric drugs, should be avoided. Ask your son's physician for a complete list.

While beta blockers are very effective in preventing these "electrical attacks," some patients do not tolerate this medication or need additional protection. For these individuals, there are some alternatives. Implanting a small defibrillator that will shock the heart's rhythm back to normal, if needed, may make sense. The implant is surgically placed in the chest to monitor electrical activity. If the heart exhibits a life-threatening change in rhythm, the defibrillator delivers an electrical shock to restore the heart's normal rhythm.

A relatively new alternative to implanting a defibrillator is videoscopic denervation therapy -- removing a chain of nerves along the left side of the spine. Mayo Clinic can perform this procedure using minimally invasive surgery. Denervation helps reduce the chances that adrenaline-related triggers will ignite the LQTS heart. Although this treatment reduces the risk of a future event significantly, it should not be viewed as a surgical cure for the disease.

The current best screening tool for LQTS, the 12-lead electrocardiogram, is not foolproof. In the meantime, understanding, respecting, and acting upon the warning signs are extremely important.

In any consideration of long QT syndrome, the answers to these two questions may help prevent a sudden death:

Have you ever fainted suddenly, unexpectedly, with minimal warning during exercise or immediately after an auditory stimulus like an alarm clock?

Has anyone in your family died suddenly and unexpectedly before age 50?

Sudden, unexplainable death in someone under 50 is worth looking into. In studying autopsies of these patients, a genetic heart abnormality is found in about 25 to 35 percent. Many of those tragedies had clear-cut yes answers to one of the two questions. If they were known to have LQTS, a personalized treatment program might have been life-saving. -- Michael J. Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., Pediatric Cardiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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