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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

How Stuff Works: How swine flu works

By Marshall Brain

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The 2009 outbreak of swine flu began in Mexico, with the first cases appearing in March 2009. This particular influenza strain has captured attention because it spreads easily from person to person and because it is killing about 10 percent of the people who catch it.

What makes this influenza strain so deadly? Let's start at the beginning. The swine flu, like any strain of influenza, comes from a virus. A virus is not a living thing like a bacteria. A virus is a little package of inert genetic material. The virus particle attaches to a living cell and injects the genetic material into it. The virus's genetic material hijacks the cell's normal RNA/DNA machinery and tells the cell to create copies of the virus. Then the cell bursts, and hundreds of virus particles are released to repeat the cycle.

Obviously this would be a fatal problem if left unchecked. All of the target cells in your body would get infected and burst. Fortunately you have an immune system that detects the viral invasion and starts destroying the virus particles.

Vaccines can help prevent virus infections, but only if you receive the vaccine ahead of time. The idea behind a vaccine is to teach your immune system about a certain strain of virus, so that the virus is destroyed immediately if it ever shows up in your body.

Right now there is no vaccine for this strain of swine flu. The problem with the flu virus is, first, there are many different strains of influenza. Second, all of these strains are constantly mutating. There are also strains of influenza that infect animals like pigs or birds, and these strains occasionally mutate enough that they start infecting humans. This is what has happened with this particular strain of influenza. It normally infects pigs (hence the name "swine flu"), but it has mutated in a way that allowed it to jump to humans and to then be infectious by person-to-person contact.

The progression of the disease normally looks something like this: You breathe in or swallow a virus particle. It takes over a cell in your respiratory system. That cell dies and releases new particles to infect new cells. If takes from one to several days for enough virus particles to kill enough cells that you start seeing symptoms.

The onset of symptoms can happen fast. At breakfast you feel fine. By lunch you are coughing, you have a fever and your body aches all over. These symptoms last two or three days while your immune system sorts out the problem and destroys the virus. Then it takes some time for your body to replace all the damaged cells and you are well again.

The flu virus can kill so many cells so quickly that the infected person can die. Hundreds of thousands of people die worldwide from the flu every year. The damage that the flu virus causes can also encourage secondary bacterial infections in the damaged tissue, and these infections can get severe as well.

If you would like to avoid the swine flu, what can you do? The most extreme measure, and the most effective, would be to stay alone in a freestanding house until this outbreak is contained. Chances are very good that the viral particles will not enter your home, so you cannot catch the disease. You need to have a good supply of food and water for this to work. You also need to stop your mail and all other deliveries.

Assuming that you need to continue living your life, then the next best thing to do would be to wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your face. You may also want to wear a rated mask that can trap virus particles floating in the air. Also consider glasses, since virus particles can enter through your eyes.

It is likely that a vaccine for swine flu can be developed, but it traditionally takes six months. New techniques might lower the time to three months. If the CDC can contain the disease until a vaccine is available, then a potential epidemic could be averted.

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