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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 Dec. 29, 2014

Surprising facts about common drugs




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Thanks to those nonstop TV ads for drugs, you know that they can come with some weird side effects, says ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports.

But based on the questions that ShopSmart's sister site CRBestBuyDrugs.org gets, there's probably a lot of important information you don't know about medications -- even the ones you might take every day. And summer can be an especially risky season when it comes to certain drugs. To help you to stay safe, ShopSmart asked its Best Buy Drugs experts, who evaluate meds for safety, price and effectiveness, to share some surprising facts based on what people have asked them.

Summer side effects can turn deadly fast. Some drugs can make you less thirsty or cause you to urinate more, increasing your risk of dehydration. Other drugs interfere with your body's ability to regulate temperature -- by reducing your ability to sweat, for example.

Those things increase your risk of heat-related illnesses, including muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and most serious, heat stroke, which can quickly escalate to a medical emergency. Some drugs to watch out for include the following (and their generics): diphenhydramine (Benadryl); certain antidepressants, such as amitriptyline; some diuretics and other drugs for high blood pressure, including losartan (Cozaar) and valsartan (Diovan); and drugs for an overactive bladder, such as oxybutynin (Ditropan), solifenacin (VESIcare) and trospium (Sanctura).

Some medicines can make you more sensitive to the sun. If you're taking certain drugs, you should be extra careful in the sun or you could end up with a nasty sunburn or rash, says Dr. Jessica Krant, a dermatology professor at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City. Those drugs include benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and salicylic acid for acne or aging skin; certain antibiotics and antifungals; amitriptyline for depression or migraines; some diuretics for high blood pressure; and even over-the-counter pain relievers including ibuprofen (Advil and generic) and naproxen (Aleve and generic). Risks can linger even after you stop taking them, so tell the doctor or your pharmacist if you're planning to spend time in the sun.

Pharmacists sometimes make medication mistakes. That's why you should always look inside the bag your prescription comes in before you leave the pharmacy. Read the label and "look inside the pill container to be sure it's what you expect," says Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph., Sc.D., president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. If you got the wrong drug and took it by mistake, tell your doctor and watch for side effects.

Ordering prescription drugs from Canada is risky and often illegal. Yes, that's right; ordering drugs through the mail or over the Internet from other countries is risky for your health and is usually against the law. Why? Because you have no way of knowing whether the drugs are safe or work the way they're supposed to. The Food and Drug Administration can't guarantee their safety and effectiveness.

Your emergency kit is probably missing something. Here are the basics for a first-aid kit that ShopSmart's medical experts recommend: an antihistamine (such as Benadryl or generic), an antacid (such as Tums), a pain reliever (such as Advil or generic ibuprofen), something for an upset stomach and diarrhea (such as Pepto-Bismol), antiseptic wipes, an antibiotic ointment, bandages, eyewash solution, gauze and hydrocortisone cream. Or you can buy a kit that's already stocked with those essentials. Add any other medicines and supplies that your family uses regularly.

The weather can damage mail-order drugs. There's another seasonal drug risk, especially if you live in an extremely hot or cold area. Most drugs should be stored at room temperature and away from sunlight. Extreme temperatures and moisture can quickly break down certain ingredients, potentially damaging them. So the drugs might be less potent or even ineffective. And in very cold temperatures, crystals and other solids can form in liquid and injectable drugs.

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Previously:


8 home insurance policy shockers
Store more for less
Gas-saving tips and myths
Run your home from your phone
Getting more from your store
A user's guide to user reviews
6 ways to shop smarter
Gadgets make healthy meal prep faster and easier
Secrets to dealing with devastating messes
Greatest money-saving sites
Your guide to the new insurance rules
Car mechanic fiction vs. fact
Extended warranties are an expensive gamble
Pick the best mattress
Find -- and fix -- the cause of your fatigue
Got joint pain? How to get relief
Four healthy foods you can overdo
How to hear a whole lot better
Interior paints
Want happy feet? Here's how
Don't let these ad traps catch you
Secrets to a better night's sleep
Where to find last-minute vacation deals
Costly fees you should never pay
Should you repair or replace that broken product?
Why prepaid legal services may not be a bargain
Secret scores you need to know about
5 reasons patient portals can lead to better health
7 ways to save money on a gym membership
Food fake out
Four healthy foods you can overdo
Fat facts and fat fiction
Surprising ways to cut your drug costs
Get organized for under $5
7 money stumbles to avoid
How to make great choices in technical gadgets
Cancer screenings you should avoid
In tests of interior paints, newcomer outperforms big names
Unscrambling the latest egg advice
How to buy a coffee maker
Save big on eyewear
Car owners prefer independent shops
How to hear a whole lot better
Bargaining can reap big bucks
Surprising ways to cut your drug costs
Should you report that fender bender?
Great new sites for saving big
Better joints without surgery
6 surprising hazards in your home
Protect your good name online
Great car care gifts
How low car payments can hurt you
High-fiber cereals can satisfy your taste buds
What you need to know about prepaid cards
The only 2 rewards cards you really need
Can good bacteria fight a growing medical threat?
11 things every home should have
Dump your big bank and save
Beauty products you're probably using the wrong way

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