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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

Daily aspirin prevents dangerous clots

By Harvard Heart Letter





Ever wonder how or why? We thought so.


JewishWorldReview.com | Aspirin is one of the simplest, safest, cheapest -- and most effective -- ways to prevent a clot-caused heart attack or stroke. It does so by preventing platelets from sticking together in your blood, an early step in clot formation.


You should take a low-dose (81-mg) aspirin a day if you've already had a heart attack or stroke caused by a blood clot, or your 10-year risk of a heart attack or stroke is above 10.6 percent (calculate your risk for heart attack or stroke at health.harvard.edu/147).


If your calculated risk is between 6 percent and 10.6 percent, ask your doctor to help you make the aspirin decision. If your risk is less than 6 percent, daily aspirin could do more harm than good.


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It's hard to understand why fewer than half the people who should be taking aspirin daily actually do. As medicines go, it's easy to take. Low-dose aspirin comes in small pills that go down easily. And it isn't expensive; a year's worth can cost as little as $5. If you have trouble remembering to take it, establish a routine, such as popping an aspirin after you brush your teeth in the morning. If you use a pill organizer to remind you to take other medications, drop a low-dose aspirin into each day's compartment.


If side effects such as stomach upset or bleeding worry you, try taking aspirin with food. Another way to address the stomach-upset problem is to add a medication that quells or prevents heartburn. These include proton-pump inhibitors such as omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid, generic); simple antacids like Tums; or acid blockers like famotidine (Pepcid, Fluxid, generic).


If you're allergic to aspirin or prone to bleeding internally (because of a stomach ulcer or a past episode of bleeding), don't take it. Instead, talk with your doctor about alternate approaches to prevent platelets from sticking together, which include medications such as clopidogrel (Plavix) and ticlopidine (Ticlid). Some researchers have raised the possibility that proton-pump inhibitors might diminish clopidogrel's impact on platelets, but clinical trials haven't borne that out. -- Harvard Heart Letter

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