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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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

Eyes may provide new insight into brain problems

By Sandi Doughton





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W EATTLE— (MCT) The eyes may be the window to the soul, but researchers are finding they also provide a view into the brain that could help detect neurological damage from bomb blasts, sports concussions and a wide range of diseases, including Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis.

If initial results are borne out, it might eventually be possible to use simple eye tests to evaluate soldiers, athletes or accident victims and to monitor the effectiveness of drugs and other treatments, several scientists said at a meeting of the world's largest vision-research organization.

More than 12,000 researchers and clinicians were in Seattle this week for the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

One session brought together some of the nation's top researchers on brain injuries in veterans and athletes, including psychiatrist Elaine Peskind, of the University of Washington and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.

Nearly 2.4 million U.S. troops have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. About 20 percent of them were exposed to blasts from roadside bombs and other explosives, Peskind said.

The veterans she studied experienced an average of 14 blasts, though some were exposed to 100 or more.

Many reported symptoms that include memory loss, headache, muddled thinking and irritability.

Though Peskind has used sophisticated brain scans to document permanent brain damage among blast-exposed veterans, there's no easy way to tell which soldiers may go on to develop more severe problems, including dementia, as a result of their injuries.

The most definitive test for the type of advanced brain injury common to some soldiers and concussion-prone athletes can only be done after death, when brain-tissue sections reveal tangles of abnormal protein deposits.

That's why the possibility of using the eyes for diagnosis is so exciting, the scientists said.

Peskind got interested because so many blast-exposed veterans told her they had trouble reading. When she tested their vision, she noticed unusual movement patterns in their eyes.

It's not surprising that trauma severe enough to damage the brain would also affect the eyes, said Dr. Randy Kardon, director of Neuro-Opthalmology at the University of Iowa and leader of a Veterans Affairs center on vision. The eyes develop from the same kind of tissue as the brain, and contain many of the same types of cells.

"By measuring things in the eye, perhaps we have a barometer for what might be happening in the brain," he said.

Kardon used new a new type of eye scan, called optical coherence tomography, or OCT, to probe the retinas of blast-exposed veterans. He found thinner cell layers than in normal subjects.

He also developed a test that validated the most common complaint among blast-exposed veterans: that their eyes had become extremely sensitive to light.

By hooking up small electrodes to the muscles around the eye, Kardon documented higher levels of involuntary blinking and squinting among veterans with traumatic brain injury.

A third indicator is how fast the pupil contracts in response to a burst of light, he said. In studies of 140 people treated in a hospital emergency room after car accidents and other head trauma, Kardon and his colleagues found that slower pupil contraction was a sign of more serious brain injury.


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The test is done with an instrument that's already commercially available, he pointed out. "It could have a lot of implications for sports injuries, where you'd like to be able to quickly test whether a concussion might be significant."

Dr. Lee Goldstein, of Boston University, who helped pioneer studies on brain damage in athletes, described experiments where mice exposed to a single blast exhibited damage to their retinas.

Other studies have shown an abnormal buildup of specific proteins in the lenses of people who suffer from some brain disorders, like Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome, said John Clark, director of the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington and an organizer of Sunday's session.

"The lens is a very sensitive indicator for neurodegenerative diseases," he said.

There now are few effective treatments for traumatic brain injury or brain disorders. Eye scans could help change that by providing a way to tell whether a treatment or therapy is leading to improvements, said Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University.

McKee and her colleagues have examined scores of brains from deceased veterans and athletes, including some like former Chicago Bears defensive back David Duerson who killed themselves. Many other athletes now live in fear that the blows they absorbed over their careers will blight their futures, she said.

"We really owe it to them, as well as to our many, many military veterans, to work on this problem as quickly as we can and with as much funding as possible," she said.

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