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ER Reduces Radiation Exposure in Children with Suspected Appendicitis

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New York—Physicians can safely reduce the use of computed tomography (CT) scans in children who have a suspected appendicitis by performing an ultrasound first, according to preliminary results of a retrospective study presented at Touro College Research Day.

Organized by the Touro Research Collaborative, Touro College...

Chores, Every Child’s Six-Letter Dirty Word

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Part II

In my last column, I began a multi-part article on how to successfully get children to do their chores. I explained the importance of adopting an authoritative (not authoritarian) parenting style, one in which you, the parent, approach your child as the person in charge, the commander-in-chief! This is not natural for many people, but important nonetheless. Making the decision to be authoritative is the first step toward getting your children to do their chores.

The second step I shared last time is to set realistic expectations for yourself about what it will be like when directing your children to do their chores. In other words, gird yourself and strengthen your resolve...

Let’s Talk About Stigma

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It’s great to be part of a community. It can make you feel like you’re not alone, like you’re among people who get you and your life experience. In a community, especially our various Jewish communities, you have people to turn to, who will mobilize for you and share your joys and your challenges.

Except when you don’t.

When your challenge happens to be depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, addiction or another emotional challenge, things are different. Then the people around you have beliefs and attitudes that make it very hard for you to reach out and get help for your community. As a result, most of the time you pretend that everything is fine while you suffer, ashamed and...

Prehabilitation: Be Proactive; It Can Make a Difference

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Many of us either have had experience with or at least have heard of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation, sometimes called “rehab,” is often prescribed post-surgery or after one has sustained mental, emotional or physical injury. Recently, a program of “prehabilitation,” already employed for a number of years prior to surgery, has been implemented for people with a diagnosis of cancer. The basic definition of prehabilitation is “a form of strength training that aims to prevent injuries before they can occur.” Another type of prehab may include a diet high in nutrients and protein and training in stress-reduction techniques.

It is well known among health professionals that poor...

The Holy Sense of Smell

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“How is the incense mixture formulated?... Balsam, onycha, galbanum, frankincense… myrrh, cassia, spikenard, saffron… costus…aromatic bark… cinnamon…and a small amount of smoke-raising herb.” Talmud, Keritot, 6b

We largely take the sense of smell for granted, and perhaps secondary, yet it should be of no great surprise that activating the sense of smell has the potential for centralized healing power. The olfactory (smell) nerve forms the shortest path of all of the cranial nerves and directly hits the portion of the brain responsible for executive function and personality, and thus can have profound effects.

The olfactory nerve, which is derived from early embryonic...

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