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The Strength of the Jewish Backbone

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“…and solid, and right and present and straight, and loyal, and beloved, and appreciated, and desired, and pleasant, and awesome, and amazing, and reconciled, and accepted, and good, and beautiful is this [truth] for us, forever.” – The siddur, after the Sh’ma.

The collective backbone of the Jewish people is always...

How Do I Choose a Doctor for My Baby?

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Question: I will be giving birth in two months and a friend suggested that I check out some local pediatric offices so that I can make an informed decision about who to choose for my baby. What are some questions that I should be asking at that visit and what should I be looking for?

1. The Doctors

The most important choice when searching for any new doctor is recommendations, recommendations, recommendations. I am not talking about the Castle Connolly America’s top doctor ads on the back page of the NY Times. I am talking about recommendations from anyone whom you know and trust—friends, neighbors and family who have lived in the area and who have used their practice for a while...

THE GYM Fundraiser Helps Disabled Veterans

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THE GYM recently hosted a successful fundraising drive to help raise money for disabled veterans through Homes For Veterans, a local charity based in Harrington Park, NJ.

The fundraising events included a push-up contest, with trainers and members participating in a friendly competition where funds were raised with every push-up. The fitness events and sales of “Support Our Troops” t-shirts raised over $3,400 for Homes For Veterans.

“Homes For Veterans thanks the veterans and all of the employees and members of THE GYM who participated in the fundraiser. Their team effort exemplifies how much Americans appreciate the service and sacrifice of our veterans,” said Doug DiPaola...

Researchers: Fertility Treatments Do Not Increase Cardiovascular Deaths in Women

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Beer Sheva—Women undergoing fertility treatment are not at greater risk for future cardiovascular complications or death, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center.

The study was recently presented at the 36th Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) in Atlanta, Georgia and has just been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Perinatology.

In the United States, fertility treatments account for about 1.5 percent of 3.9 million annual births, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. In Israel, 8,123 pregnancies in 2010 were the result of IVF treatment, according to the Israel Health...

Backyard Bounty: Vegetables Are Nature’s Original Nutritional Powerhouses

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BPT—You’ve probably heard the chatter around how a handful of unusual foods are must-eat nutritional powerhouses - and wondered how you’ll ever get your kids to try kale or chia seeds. But you don’t have to stress over how to incorporate the latest health food fads into your family’s diet in order to get powerful nutrition.

The truth is, those headline-grabbers aren’t the only nutritional powerhouses. Most vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals, so quit worrying about how to pronounce acai or where to find seaweed in the supermarket. Instead, improve your family’s diet and save some money by growing nutrition-packed vegetables right in your own backyard. Keep...

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