Shalom Life | November 23, 2014

High Holiday Staple Makes Medical News

Honey Offers Sweet Relief to Young Children with a Cough

By: Syd Keeb

Published: September 18th, 2012 in Health » World

High Holiday Staple Makes Medical News
At this time of year there is one ingredient that features prominently in many Jewish holiday recipes. Honey is a staple eaten plain with apples or challah, in baked goods, even in vegetable dishes like tzimis (carrot casserole) .

Now it seems, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, honey could also be a useful remedy for children suffering from persistent coughs due to colds or the flu.

At a pediatric medical clinic in Petah Tikvah, Israel, just outside of Tel Aviv, Professor Herman Avner Cohen and his team measured the effects of honey on night time coughs in children suffering from upper respiratory tract infections due to colds.

Over 300 children between the ages of one to five were given honey or a placebo silan, a date extract, 30 minutes before going to bed. Parents were then asked to record their children's cough frequency, cough severity and the sleep quality of both parent and child.

Parents recorded that there was significant improvement in both test groups, however it was found that the improvement was greater in the children that received the real honey.

Researchers concluded that honey had a higher rate of relief for children's coughs at night and that it could be a preferable treatment for children dealing with upper respiratory infections. It was cautioned however, that honey should only be given to children over the age of one, as the sweet treat contains botulinum, allergens found to be harmful to babies under a year old.
Life Expectancy On The Rise In Israel Life Expectancy On The Rise In Israel TrendingLearn to Quit Smoking While You Sleep! Learn to Quit Smoking While You Sleep! TrendingJewish Hall of Fame: Jonas Salk Jewish Hall of Fame: Jonas Salk Trending
 

The Ten Best Kosher Restaurants In Toronto

November 21, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
The Ten Best Kosher Restaurants In Toronto

We look at the best kosher eateries the city of Toronto has to offer

Read More

Israelis Grapple with Synagogue Safety in Aftermath of Jerusalem Attack

November 21, 2014 | By Deborah Fineblum Schabb, JNS.org
Israelis Grapple with Synagogue Safety in Aftermath of Jerusalem Attack

Rabbis agree that we have to be more "vigilant" at shul

Read More

Israel Antiquities Authority Launches New Game For Children

November 21, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Israel Antiquities Authority Launches New Game For Children

With "Dig Quest: Israel," kids will learn about history and archaeology without having to get off their iPads

Read More

Life Expectancy On The Rise In Israel

November 21, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Life Expectancy On The Rise In Israel

Expectancy for both men and women is up compared to 2012

Read More

Lena Dunham, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Adam Sandler Read "Mean Tweets" on Jimmy Kimmel

November 21, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Lena Dunham, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Adam Sandler Read "Mean Tweets" on Jimmy Kimmel

Dunham doesn't seem amused by one Twitter comment reading: "Unpopular opinion: lena dunham's boobs are dog noses."

Read More

Sarah Silverman Admits to Crossing the Line With Bill Cosby Rape Joke

November 21, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Sarah Silverman Admits to Crossing the Line With Bill Cosby Rape Joke

The comedian offended many of her Twitter followers on Wednesday.

Read More

Amy Schumer Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers at Glamour's Women Of The Year Awards [VIDEO]

November 21, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Amy Schumer Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers at Glamour's Women Of The Year Awards [VIDEO]

Schumer gave a hilarious and heartwarming tribute to the late comedian.

Read More

Justin Bieber is Not Becoming a Nice Jewish Boy

November 21, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Justin Bieber is Not Becoming a Nice Jewish Boy

Several media outlets falsely reported that Bieber was seeking council from a rabbi in Los Angeles.

Read More

More Headlines