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Pink power over breast cancer

With news of a second case of Ebola developing in the United States, fears about our health have catapulted to the top of an ever-growing list of anxieties. Yet, as we implement an improved means for controlling the spread of that disease, we can turn the focus to our current abilities to influence the course of other diseases. During the month of October we are reminded of the power we have to manage breast cancer – through awareness, risk reduction, early detection, effective medical treatment, support and finding positive meaning. … Continue reading

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The Clintons and Charlotte: Baby Boomers and Grandbabies

Chelsea Clinton, 34 and Marc Mezvinsky, 36 were married in 2010. And last week she gave birth to their daughter Charlotte, thrilling first-time grandparents Hillary and Bill. Delaying parenthood has become more common. The National Center for Health Statistics reported that between 1980 and 2004, the number of women giving birth at age 30 doubled and at age 35, tripled. Reasons to put off having children run the gamut from nurturing a career to coping with a challenging economy. Millennials today are focused on pressing issues like underemployment, huge student … Continue reading

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A Time for Change

The Jewish New Year celebrates the birthday of the world for all people and Yom Kippur asks us to reflect about our own humanity. During these days of awe we search for answers about how to improve our relationships with those around us. We face and apologize for our moral transgressions against others and grant forgiveness to those who have hurt us. Divisive conflicts and frightening extreme tribalism highlight our need for connections and communal relationships. Amidst the cacophony and sounds of discord, the blast of the shofar is clear … Continue reading

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Breaking the Chains of Domestic Violence

Earlier this year, running back Ray Rice knocked his then fiancé now wife, Janay Palmer, unconscious. And he received a two game suspension. Much after the fact, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell commented that failure to adequately address domestic violence should never be repeated. But I’m not holding my breath, because the language of violence has become commonplace in our society. If it’s possible to change the cultural dialogue, the first step is to bring a problem that thrives in secrecy to public attention. Surveillance tools, mobile devices and social media … Continue reading