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French Scientists Suggest Women Should Stop Wearing Bras

Science puts a new view forward in the anti-brassiere argument.  Women have bound their breasts since antiquity, for modesty’s sake or to conform to an aesthetic ideal. Exposing the breast for human survival in breastfeeding is supposed to be kept politely minimal, even with the known multiple benefits of breastfeeding. In the Western world, women […]

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Swine Flu Claims Nine West Bank Lives

Nine people in the West Bank have died from swine flu, the office of Palestinian Authority Prime Minster Salam Fayyad announced on Saturday, and the situation is being monitored carefully. Now considered a seasonal flu for which vaccinations are administered, H1N1 swept through the globe in 2009, killing up to 18,000 people. On 10 August 2010, the […]

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Jordan Offers Cord Blood Bank for Your Newborn’s…Blood

Is it creepy or clever to peddle insurance against baby’s first diseases? Sure, new parents get showered with adorable gifts and well-intended advice, but then the downpour of unsolicited marketing arrives: for baby gear, for college saving plans, and now, in Jordan, for baby blood banking. An unusual building is rising in the desert outside Amman, […]

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Breast Cancer Risk in Israeli Women On The Rise

A high use of hormones for IVF treatments may be one reason why Jewish Israelis in special risk category.  The Israeli Health Ministry stated that 1 in every 8 Israeli women is at risk of breast cancer. The disease is on the rise in Jewish Israeli women, but mortality rates are dropping, according to the […]

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Middle East’s Olympians Exempted from Ramadan Fasting

Islamic scholars decree that Muslims athletes participating in the Olympic games are exempted from fasting. Throughout Ramadan, Muslims must refrain from eating or drinking from dawn to sundown.  The commitment demand both mental and physical stamina.  Fasting challenges sedentary workers in air conditioned offices.  Imagine the toll on world-class athletes who, depending on their particular […]

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10 Tips to Avoid Food Waste on Passover

Passover matzah ball soup. There are ways to make this holiday greener. Image via DavidMarcel. Jews in Israel and around the world are preparing for the week-long Passover holiday beginning Monday evening, March 29, 2010. Passover, more than any other Jewish holiday, is all about the food. We get rid of the chametz (leavened food), […]

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Genetically Modified Food in Israel, Lots of It

Most Israelis complacently think that there are no GMO foods in Israeli food. But there are, especially in soy products. “It’s a huge mistake to think that there’s no genetically-modified food in Israel,” said Naama Rosenberg, spokeswoman at the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research. In a telephone interview, Ms. Rosenberg went on to explain that […]

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Udderly Creepy? ‘Humanized’ Milk From a Cow

Chinese biotech researchers hope consumers will develop a taste for their GM-altered bovine milk. Attitudes towards public breastfeeding in Israel are more relaxed, in general, than in the USA where the sight of mom’s nursing babies is often met with squeamishness (or worse) as various factions debate the utilitarian vs. pleasure functions of the female […]

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Going Half Way On Kushies Washable Diapers

After recovering from the shock of motherhood, Karin tries an eco-compromise by using washable diapers half of the time. It’s been 4 months since I’ve given birth and I decided that I was fit enough to try washable, reusable diapers. My daughter is exclusively breastfed, an undertaking that completely overwhelmed me for the first few […]

Muslims Who Breastfeed Save Planet Earth

New parents and nursing Muslim women will be pleased to know the Islamic perspective on nursing is pro-breastfeeding. And it doesn’t cost the Earth. At Islam’s core of a stable society is a functioning family where, interestingly, the mother has a higher status than the father. And for a family unit to be healthy, mothers […]