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: Elective induction can lead to unnecessary complications for mom and baby

By Jennifer Tessmer-Tuck, M.D.

It is natural for new mothers to want to know exactly when their baby will be born so they can plan and be prepared for baby's arrival. What those considering doing so likely don't know | DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 35 weeks pregnant with my first child. I would like to plan the baby's birth and set a date to be induced around 38 or 39 weeks if the baby doesn't come on its own, but my doctor will not schedule an induction until 10 days after my due date. If the baby is already close to or full term, why do we need to wait?

ANSWER: It is natural for new mothers to want to know exactly when their baby will be born so they can plan and be prepared for baby's arrival. Scheduling when you will begin labor, however, can lead to complications, including increased risk of a cesarean section (C-section), harm to your baby, and increased health care costs. Overall, it's better to go into labor on your own.

A pregnancy is considered full-term at 40 weeks, also called your due date. For many first-time moms, it's not uncommon for the baby to arrive after this due date.

In some circumstances, a doctor may choose to induce labor before the due date for medical reasons. For example, if the mother has high blood pressure, if tests show the baby has stopped growing at the expected pace, or if there is not enough amniotic fluid surrounding the baby (oligohydramnios).


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Elective induction of labor -- stimulating uterine contractions for non-medical reasons -- is not the safest choice for mom or baby. Because of this, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend against elective induction of labor, especially before 39 weeks gestation.

First-time mothers who undergo elective induction of labor are twice as likely to have a C-section as those who go into labor on their own. C-sections increase the mother's recovery time, increase the cost of delivery and are associated with surgical complications not seen with vaginal deliveries.

New research suggests that babies who are born between 37 weeks and 39 weeks have medical problems that babies born after 39 weeks do not have. Some doctors now refer to these deliveries as "late preterm births." Health problems with babies who are born during this period can include respiratory (breathing) issues, sepsis (infection), seizures, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and jaundice (high bilirubin counts). Late preterm babies also have an increased risk of health problems for their entire first year of life.

Inducing labor means that women are in the hospital longer than with spontaneous labor, which increases the overall costs of having a baby. The increased risk of C-section also increases costs and length of stay. Overall, babies born in the late preterm period have higher health care usage and costs during their first year of life.

Almost one-third of women actually deliver after their due date (40 weeks). But how late is too late? Forty-two weeks is considered a post-dates, or post term pregnancy. Although the overall risk is low, the risk for stillbirth does increase after 42 weeks. In general, obstetricians at Mayo Clinic try to avoid elective induction of labor, but will consider inducing 10 days after the due date to avoid going past 42 weeks. Physicians and patients are starting to understand that the risks of elective induction to mom and baby far outweigh the convenience of planning your birth. -- Jennifer Tessmer-Tuck, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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