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

Heart bypass surgery underused, study says

By Thomas H. Maugh II

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Tens or even hundreds of thousands of Americans are having coronary artery angioplasty and stenting every year when they should be having bypass grafts, and the result is an extra 5,000 or more deaths annually.

Patients and cardiologists frequently prefer angioplasty and the insertion of a stent to keep arteries open because it is quicker and easier, and patients go home sooner and return to work more quickly.

But new data from a major European-American study on more than 1,800 patients show that three years after the procedure, those who got stents were 28 percent more likely to suffer a major event, such as a heart attack or stroke, and 46 percent more likely to require a repeat procedure to reopen arteries. They were 22 percent more likely to die.

"This is one of the strongest studies yet demonstrating that, in advanced coronary disease, bypass has a real patient advantage," said Dr. Robert Guyton, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study.

"This will change practice," he said. "It may not reverse some of the use of stenting, but it is certainly going to slow it down and make people think. Stenting is a little bit easier on you and the return to work is quicker. But the benefits of surgery are more enduring and tend to emerge as time goes by."

Dr. Richard Shemin, chief of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles' Ronald Reagan Medical Center, echoed that view. "Surgeons have had a strong feeling that, over time, surgery would be better for the most complex forms of heart disease," said Shemin, who also was not involved in the study.

"Anytime that you compare angioplasty and surgery, the longer you go, the better surgery looks," said Dr. Michael J. Mack, first vice president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and a co-author of the study.

Coronary-artery bypass grafts, commonly called CABG (pronounced cabbage), were the first treatment for blocked arteries. In the procedure, a blood vessel removed from elsewhere in the body, most often the chest or the leg, is used to bypass the blocked area, providing a new channel for blood to flow to the heart.

Hospital stays generally last five or six days, and the patient can return to work after a few weeks.

In recent years, however, cardiologists have turned more and more to balloon angioplasty, in which a catheter is threaded through a blood vessel in the groin to reach the blockage and a balloon is inflated at the site to compress the plaque. Originally, that was all that was done. Then physicians began inserting bare-metal stents, spring-like devices that hold the artery open.

Hospital stays are typically overnight, and the patient can return to work after a couple of days.

More than 1.3 million Americans now undergo angioplasty every year, compared with 448,000 who undergo bypass, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The new study, reported Sunday at a Geneva meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, is the first large trial to compare stenting and CABG directly. Called SYNTAX (Synergy between Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with Taxus and Cardiac Surgery), the trial enrolled 1,800 patients at 85 centers in Europe and the United States.

Patients were randomized to receive either angioplasty with stenting or bypass.

Patients were considered to have mild disease if they had a single blocked artery. Their disease was considered moderate or severe if they had a blockage in the left main artery — the primary artery supplying blood to the heart — plus blockage in one of the other three arteries, or if they had blockages in all three other arteries. They were also considered severe if they had very long blockages, arteries that were totally blocked, or "very tortuous, curvy arteries" that make angioplasty difficult, Mack said.

For patients with mild disease, the two procedures produced equivalent results, so angioplasty might be preferred because it is easier on the patient. Previous studies have also shown that such patients can be successfully treated with medical therapy alone. But the differences were much more dramatic for those with more severe disease, which is present in about half of all patients undergoing angioplasty in the U.S.

Dr. John Conte, associate director of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, noted that it is now incumbent on physicians to make sure patients have all the facts before they undergo any procedure. "It's absolutely amazing that the federal government and private insurers don't insist on it," he said. "Wouldn't it make sense to do the right procedure the first time, rather than do it over and over and drive up the cost of healthcare? To me, it's a no-brainer."

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