In this issue
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

Ask the Harvard Experts: Too much ibuprofen?

By Howard LeWine, M.D.

Even nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have side effects | Q: I've been taking a couple of over-the-counter ibuprofen tablets two or three times per day to ease pain and inflammation in my knees. Could it be harmful to do this for an extended period of time, say a year?

A: Ibuprofen is one of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It's sold under brand names such as Advil and Motrin. It's also widely available as less expensive generic versions. Other over-the-counter NSAIDs include aspirin and naproxen (Aleve, generic versions).

As with most medicine, the higher the dose of an NSAID, the more likely you'll have side effects. The typical over-the counter ibuprofen tablet contains 200 milligrams (mg) of active ingredient. So you're taking between 800 and 1,200 mg each day. I know that seems like a lot, but it's actually a fairly low dose. For some conditions, people take as much as 3,200 mg daily.


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Ibuprofen and the other NSAIDs tend to irritate the stomach lining. So the most common side effect from the amount of ibuprofen you're taking is an upset stomach. You may experience a burning pain in the upper part of your abdomen, mild nausea or a loss of appetite. To prevent these problems, try taking NSAIDs at mealtimes or with an antacid.

NSAIDS can cause other side effects, but these are less common. For instance, NSAIDs may cause:

1. More serious abdominal problems, including ulcers and internal bleeding

2. Blood pressure to rise, or rarely, drop to an unhealthy degree

3. Kidney damage

4. People with heart disease to develop heart failure, causing shortness of breath and leg swelling

5. A severe allergic reaction

Another common painkiller, acetaminophen (Tylenol), is not classified as an NSAID. It doesn't cause the bleeding problems associated with NSAIDs, but too much can build up and cause liver damage.

All of this sounds pretty scary. Keep in mind, however, that these side effects are exceptions to the rule, especially at the dose you're taking. Millions of people use NSAIDs for pain with satisfying results and without harm.

(Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass., and Chief Medical Editor of Internet Publishing at Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School.)

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