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Toothbrushes: How Do I Choose?

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From the time we’re young, we’re taught that using a toothbrush regularly is one of the best ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy. We hear that echoing of our parents, and now many of us as parents to our children, “Don’t forget to brush your teeth.” Seems simple enough. But have you gone to the toothbrush...

Do I Really Need to Floss?

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Since we are now in the season of spring cleaning, “turning over” and scrubbing our tiles with old toothbrushes, I figured it’s time to take another look at how we clean our mouths. Brush, floss, rinse...you’ve heard it many times leaving the dental office, but the question is: what do you do with that priceless advice?

Yes, brushing is the easy part for most, even though the average individual spends about 17 seconds and not the recommended two minutes. Rinsing is refreshing and gives you that sterile, clean feel. But what about dental floss?

Let’s face it: for whatever reason, floss gets a bad rap. No one likes to do it. We tell our patients every visit, “Don’t forget to...

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...

Chores, Every Child’s Six-Letter Dirty Word

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If you’re like a lot of parents, you tend to brace yourself when telling your children to clean up or to do chores. You know you’re being reasonable and fair. You know all children need to learn responsibility and good habits. So, it isn’t that you question yourself. It’s just that, perhaps, you expect a lot of push-back from your children and often are not in the mood to deal with it, especially after a long day at work or as a stay-at-home parent (which is no less difficult).

So, what do you do? Do you muster up the strength and force of will and plow ahead, or do you take the path of least resistance and skip the chores “just this once” (which then turns into a regular...

Chazkeinu: Peer Support for Those Struggling With Mental Illness

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The Jewish community has begun to wake up and take notice of the unmet needs of individuals dealing with depression and other forms of mental illness. Chazkeinu is an organization that began as the brainchild of a few women who had never met each other, but connected with the help of divine intervention. Through a common acquaintance and a website that offers support for mental illness, they joined together with a shared passion and enthusiasm to make a difference in the mental health community. These women each had a vision and a desire to help create something to help Jewish women dealing with mental illness as well as friends and family members of those with mental illness.

Chazkeinu...

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