Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774

Down Mexico way, peace and quiet -- and contortions
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Lauren Kramer, Jewish Exponent Feature
Puerto and Nuevo Vallarta have become thriving tourist destinations where big-name hotels jostle for space along the beachfront, and the Mexican experience becomes one of turquoise swimming pools and all-inclusive resorts. But I was headed for something quite different, a yoga and surf retreat 35 miles north in a town called Sayulita. Sayulita. The word dances from the lips with...
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Newport and old times blend in America's oldest functioning synagogue
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George Medovoy, Jewish Exponent Feature
Newport's Touro Synagogue -- a living example of America's colonial past -- greets today's visitors on the edge of a grassy knoll honoring early Jewish patriots. Officially known as Congregation Kahal Kadosh Yeshuat Israel, it is the oldest functioning synagogue in the United States. And staying at the historic Cleveland House bed and breakfast ( www.innsofnewport.com ) on Clarke Street,...
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By determining what goes missing in human cells when the gene that is most commonly mutated in pancreatic cancer gets turned on, Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered a potential strategy for therapy. The production of a particular cluster of genetic snippets known as microRNAs is dramatically reduced in human pancreatic tumor cells compared to healthy tissue, the researchers report in...
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Is holiday stress the reason for 'nervous stomach'?
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Rachel Vigoda , JE Feature
"Butterflies in the belly" might have a better ring to it than irritable bowel syndrome, but according to experts, they're often one and the same. As many as one in five Americans are predisposed to get the butterflies, along with abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and nausea. "People with irritable bowel syndrome are hard-wired to be more sensitive to...
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An eco-tourism pioneer colors her island world green
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Sharon McDonnell, JE Feature
A half-century ago, a frustrated Miami marine lab researcher craved a more fulfilling lifestyle. "I wanted to be someplace where I could be free to pursue my interests and contribute in a meaningful way," Anne Baptiste told me. Fast-forward to today: Now in her mid-80s, the New York Jewish native is credited with pioneering eco-tourism on Dominica, an extremely lush,...
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