Health and Fitness

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Mark Gaucher Awareness Month with genetic screening

PHOTO: Young couples thinking of having children are encourage to consider genetic screening. JScreen, the national nonprofit community-based public health initiative dedicated to education and carrier screening for Jewish and other genetic diseases, has joined with the National Gaucher Foundation to mark National Gaucher Awareness Month during October 2018. The NGF is celebrating National Gaucher…

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Breath and urine tests can detect breast cancer early

“We’ve now shown that inexpensive, commercial electronic noses are sufficient for classifying cancer patients at early stages.” ~ Professor Yehuda Zeiri, Ben-Gurion University   Researchers have discovered that exhaled breath and urine samples can provide a fast and inexpensive breast cancer diagnosis. This early and accurate breast cancer screening is being done using commercially available…

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Kidney donor needed

PHOTO: Cindy Meyer (center) with her daughters, Angie, 38, and Alicia, 32.   Vancouver, WA, resident Cindy Meyer needs a kidney and she faces long odds. Cindy has 99% antibodies, which means that the antibodies in her blood would react to and reject the kidney from 99% of the U.S. population. That means Cindy needs as…

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Get fit ON water

NOTE: New sessions Saturdays, June 30-Aug. 25: Aqua Strength 11:30 am-12:30 pm; Aqua Yoga: 12:30-1:30 pm. oregonjcc.org Yoga, strength-building and swimming have long been popular fitness options. Now you can literally work out ON the water with a floating fitness mat called Glide Fit. The Mittleman Jewish Community Center has purchased the boards and is…

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