Vertigo: The Real Thing

The psychological thriller “Vertigo” is considered an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, filled with suspense and intrigue. In that classic film, life starts to unravel for a police officer who develops vertigo, a feeling of debilitating dizziness, after a terrifying incident. The movie is fiction, but the condition of vertigo is very real for about 70 million… Read More

Gene-ious

121313_genetics_sm

A new study on the genetics behind schizophrenia and bipolar disorder has found that a tiny genetic difference can increase the risk of being afflicted with the diseases, a difference only found thanks to the unique genetics of Ashkenazi Jews. “I’ve always known we have a unique demographic history,” said study team leader Dr. Todd… Read More

Start Your Ovens!

121313_start-your-ovens

The iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest keeps going strong. I attended this year’s event at the stunning new Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. This truly American competition started in 1949: No-knead water-rising twists (a nut sweet roll raised under water) won the grand prize, and Eleanor Roosevelt attended as a guest. The contest keeps evolving to… Read More

Raising a Thanksgiving Toast this Chanukah

111513_Raising-a-Thanksgiving-Toast-this-Chanukah_sm

This Chanukah will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a Thanksgiving toast to the lights of the festive candles. With the table decked with rich and decadent fare, these wines will make the perfect accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey (and Chanukah latke). Gilgal Pinot Noir 2011 The elegant and complex flavors in a Pinot Noir… Read More

Thanksgivukkah

111513_thanksgivukah_lg

It hasn’t happened since 1888, and it won’t happen again until 2070 and 2165. After that, it will be 70,000 years until it happens again. So grab your dreidels, latkes and gravy boats, because this year Thanksgiving and Chanukah collide. Yes, the first day of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Time magazine calls… Read More

Easier For Women

No woman really relishes the idea of having an annual gynecologic examination, but it’s one of the most important things that she can do. Many female organ diseases are undetectable without this vital yearly process. If a problem is discovered, early diagnosis and treatment are associated with a better outcome. If the gynecologic condition requires… Read More

Kosherfest And More

110813_kosherfest-and-more_sm

This year, the annual Kosherfest celebrated its 25th anniversary. A lackluster economy may be the reason that the 2013 event seemed scaled down. However, there was no lack of enthusiasm by the many attendees, who scoured the aisles for delicious products to sample. Each year, there are competitions for the best in show in many… Read More

Palpitations: What Your Heart Is Trying to Tell You

The human body is a remarkable and complex machine. This miraculous machine is composed of numerous canals, cavities and apparatus that we call organ systems. Everyone receives this equipment free of charge, and it functions in a coordinated effort to move fluids, solids and electrical energy throughout our bodies for a very important purpose: to… Read More

Dancing With Chickens In 10 Easy Steps

101113_food_sm

What’s Shabbat without chicken? What’s any day without chicken? With meat and fish prices soaring, chicken is still your best bet for nutritious and economical meals. But it’s easy to get stuck in a chicken rut. Here are some ways to shake up your routine and add new culinary steps to your chicken dance. If… Read More

Walkabout Abilities

091313_walkabout_sm

On Sunday, Sept. 22, Goucher College will be the site for a mile-and-a-half walk to raise money and awareness for the services provided to Maryland residents with disabilities by the Abilities Network. “It’s a bring-your-friends, bring-your-neighbors event,” said Paul Trinkoff, a member of the Abilities Network board. This will be the seventh annual Walkabout Abilities,… Read More