Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775

Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have generated a new type of human stem cell that can develop into numerous types of specialized cells, including functioning pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin. Called endodermal progenitor cells, they show two important advantages over embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells: They do not form tumors when transplanted into animals,...
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When Steven M. Brown stepped down almost a year ago as head of school at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, faculty member Sharon Levin was tapped to fill that role on an interim basis while the board conducted a search for a new leader. But on April 3, the board unanimously appointed Levin as the pluralistic day school's official...
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Rebecca Farber Jewish Exponent Feature
With increased developments in diet and health trends, it is no wonder that the seder table is changing to include more specialty kosher food. People with certain nutritional needs -- such as vegetarian or gluten-free diets -- might find that stores and cookbooks offer more resources to adapt Passover meals to meet their needs. For example, vegans looking to include...
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National Library of Israel offers a bounty of Passover treasures--in real or virtual time
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Deborah Rubin Fields, Jewish Exponent Feature
Despite the rave reviews some people give to GPS machines, I find they fall short of the mark. Yes, a GPS (usually, but not always) gets you to a requested location, but it does so without affording any opportunity to appreciate what you will see along the way or what you will find when you arrive. What's missing from a...
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A sibling's mental illness can wreak havoc on a brother or sister
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Lynne Blumberg, Jewish Exponent Feature
The mental illness of a daughter or son affects the well-being of the entire family, including healthy siblings. Examples of this are illustrated in Jonathan's Return, the latest documentary by the Oscar-nominated Eran Preis, the Israeli-American film director and associate professor of film and media arts at Temple University. Jonathan, 33, the youngest of Preis' three sons, had behavior problems...
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