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Jewish Welfare Board Has Mitzvah Project to Honor US Jewish Troops

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Did you know that there are more than 10,000 Jewish men and women serving in the US Armed Forces aboard ships and stationed on bases around the world in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Korea, Japan, Guam, Germany, England, and Italy?

For nearly 100 years, in times of peace and in times of war, JWB Jewish Chaplains...

Herd Immunity and Measles: Why We Should Aim For 100% Vaccination Coverage

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Assistant Professor of Biology and Adjunct Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University

The measles outbreak traced back to Disneyland has spread to eight states, with as many as 95 cases reported by January 28. Media outlets are highlighting the rise of anti-vaccination sentiments. Scientists are expressing their dismay at people who reject sound medical advice and put their families and communities in harm’s way.

Measles was considered eliminated in the United States in 2000. But if the first month of 2015 is any indication, this year will easily beat the record number of measles cases recorded in 2014.

The narrative during this outbreak...

How to Beat Winter Weight Gain

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When we think of snow days, we often imagine curling up with hot cocoa, marshmallows, and whipped cream, buttered popcorn and chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven all while watching a DVD in the living room. As cozy as this scene sounds, regularly consuming calorically dense foods in the winter can be a dieter’s downfall. In fact, Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, founder and director of John Hopkins Weight Management Center says that surveys have shown an average of five to seven pounds gained in the winter months. Consuming comfort foods, reduced exercise, and being able to hide weight gain behind bulkier sweater may all be factors of the weight gain. But now that we have identified the...

The Stresses and Strains of Backpacks

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To worried parents, they can look like pack mules on two legs—students who carry a load on their minds and a load on their backs. A backpack loaded with books may cause strain rather than success. Many studies have shown that heavy backpacks place significant stress on children’s spines and may lead to back pain. A recent study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons said that 58 percent of orthopedists reported seeing children complaining of back and shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.

Book bags were never designed to carry such heavy loads, manufacturers say. Several companies are now reinforcing them with metal stays along the back, with extra cushioning in the...

Got Milk? Toss the Gatorade

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Brisbane—Australian scientists have discovered that drinking milk is better for your body post-workout than drinking sports drinks.

The Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism journal published the results of the study at Griffith University in Australia, which tested 15 men (average age of 25), by having the subjects work out on stationary bikes. They worked out four separate times, and each one hydrated with a different liquid after each activity: cow’s milk, soy milk, milk-based meal supplement, and Powerade. The participants’ weight, blood, and urine were tested before and after each workout. The milk-based supplement proved to be the healthiest post-workout drink...

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