Health

Shabbat, For Body And Soul

09/01/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Late there has been a spate of articles about howmuch people work. Those who spend more time atthe office are apparently less healthy than those whowork moderately.

Rabbi David Wolpe

All Ashkenazi Jews Should Test For Cancer Gene, Study Says

New research challenges current practice of only testing those with a family history.

09/10/2014 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

All Ashkenazi women aged 30 and over should undergo screening for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, a new study says.

Up Front: Health Notes

A roundup of news items from across the Jewish health world.Gurwin At 25: Still Growing
10/15/2013 - 20:00

Gurwin At 25: Still Growing

The vision was to open a Jewish-sponsored, not-for-profit nursing home in Suffolk County where one’s more traditional, kosher parents and grandparents would feel at home.

An aerial view of the Gurwin campus. Next month, a six-bed palliative care center is set to open. Photo courtesy of Gurwin

Study: Kissing the Mezuzah Does Not Spread Disease

New study finds the ritual practice safe for health.
10/09/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

If you're in the habit of kissing mezuzot in public places, you can ease up on the Purell.

A group of doctors at Maimonodes Medical Center have found that the practice does not increase the risk of spreading germs. 

Dr. Monica Ghitan and her colleagues tested over 100 mezuzot around their hospital, and other than a few benign microbes found that the ritual objects were not unsafe for those who touch them and then kiss their hands.

An Obesity Problem In The Orthodox Community?

04/24/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It is beautiful how much emphasis there is on Shabbat and holiday celebration in American Orthodoxy. However, the celebration of the values of health and exercise are sorely lacking in the community. Parents often do not stress health and exercise for their children, and day schools fall short on creating rigorous health programs. Happily, religious celebration need not compromise our commitment to health.  

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is president of Uri L’Tzedek and director of Jewish Life & Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.

HealthCare February 2011

Matters of the Heart: lessons from a blind Israeli runner, drumming for aerobics, and more
Staff Writer
02/07/2011 - 19:00
HealthCare February 2011

‘Maybe I’ll Be Able To Dance At A Wedding’

10/05/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Maybe it’s the high heels. Maybe it’s the sky-high spirits. Maybe it’s the smile hinting ever so slightly of mischief. But when I meet Rochelle Shoretz at a downtown Starbucks on a recent bright September day, I’m surprised.

Elicia Brown

My Big Fat Employee

09/20/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

 Q – An employee of mine has put on a lot of weight. He really looks horrible. We are a service related enterprise and appearance counts. Plus, I’m concerned about the added health risks that could be harmful to his job performance (as well as to his personal life). Do I have the right to warn or suspend him?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Making Strides Against ALS

08/09/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A group of Jewish runners jog a few miles in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park every Wednesday night for their health. On July 28, they were joined by a few dozen more runners on a  much longer route. For someone else’s health.

Sixty runners, all men, took part in the first 200K (20 kilometers is 12.4 miles) relay race from Brooklyn to upstate Sullivan County, sponsored by the newly formed JRunners organization. The participants raised more than $100, 000 for the medical expenses of a neighbor of a JRunners founder who has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Photos By Hillel Engel

Israeli Scientists Chasing High-Tech Breakthroughs

09/25/2008 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Israeli scientists in universities across the country have been forging ahead in recent months with new innovations in medicine and technology that could lead to breakthroughs.

Professor Shimon Efrat of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, along with graduate students Holger Russ and Yael Bar, have developed a way to cultivate healthy human beta cells in the laboratory and implant them into diabetes patients. They are now working to convince the body to accept these cells — a move that could pave the way to a new and simpler form of diabetes treatment.

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