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Why Nervous People Gain Weight

Staff Writer

 Researchers at the Weizmann Institute have discovered a genetic explanation for a phenomenon usually considered psychological — obesity — and such side effects as type 2 diabetes and arteriosclerosis, among people subject to stress.

While individuals with depression are known to overeat to relieve their stress, Dr. Alon Chen’s research team at Weizmann’s department of neurobiology have shown that changes in the activity of a single gene of mice brains leads to metabolic changes that cause symptoms associated with diabetes.

Vacation In Israel, Come Home Cured

Low-cost, quality care — and possibly
U.S. health reforms — seen leading more
Western patients to seek out procedures in Israel.

Staff Writer

 Rachel and her partner had been contemplating artificial insemination for years, but they didn’t actually go ahead with the process until Rachel came to Jerusalem from New York for a one-year teaching fellowship. After some encouragement from another couple that had gone through the process, the decision was clear: they would create their child in Israel, at Hadassah Medical Center in Mount Scopus.

Patients consult with a doctor in the waiting room of Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv, which has become one of many Israeli hu

Childhood Obesity Hits Israel

In the land of the Mediterranean diet, visions of America.

Israel Correspondent

 Jerusalem — Israel is a Mediterranean country, but over the years its diet has
become less about fruits, vegetables and olive oil, and more about fast food — which has fueled a childhood obesity problem similar to the one seen in America.



Israeli children are becoming overweight, thanks in part to the fast food available at places like Jerusalem’s Malha Mall food c

Cuts Could Hit Autism Programs

Staff Writer

 UJA-Federation of New York officials and those at some of the agencies it funds are bracing for city and state budget cuts to programs that help young people with autism make the transition into adulthood.

In New York City alone, 25 agencies that serve the autistic community — eight of which are affiliated with UJA-Federation — are in jeopardy of losing $1.5 million in funding from the “One Out of 150” initiative,

Shining A Light On Older Teens With Autism

Conference focuses on underserved population as they make
the tough transition to adulthood.

Staff Writer




In the last 10 or so years, autism has exploded into the national consciousness. For parents with young children, the terms “autism spectrum disorder” and Asperger’s
syndrome have become part of a new vocabulary to describe children who seem
withdrawn, uncommunicative, anti-social or slow to pick up on social cues.

Dr. Fred Volkmar discussed the challenges in working with young adults with autism at recent conference here. Michael Fine/UJA-F

One Mother’s Mission To Fight Rare Disease

Staff Writer

 Gila Michael used to sell real estate to celebrities and vent frustrations about her personal life on the pages of a yet-to-be published memoir, which she’s titled, “Lovesick in Beverly Hills.” Then one day four years ago, her life turned upside down. 

Gila Michael: Spurred by daughter’s rare hereditary muscle disorder.

New Focus On Genetic Screening For Persians

Two research projects, new organization raising awareness
in Iranian communities here and in L.A..

Special To The Jewish Week

 If you’re an Ashkenazi Jewish woman, a standard prenatal visit to the obstetrician includes testing for as many as 15 hereditary diseases that could affect your offspring. Insurance covers the cost. If you’re a Persian Jewish woman, and you want to be tested for the assortment of genetic mutations commonly found in the Iranian Jewish community, you’re basically out of luck. And quite likely, you’re also out of pocket, paying with your own money for each individual test.

Dr. David Rimoin and his research partner developed the West Coast study that screened 1000 Persian Jews.

The Guidelines Wars

Staff Writer

 What follows are the key points among recommendations issued last fall by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. It should be noted that the Task Force recommends these guidelines to women without an increased risk of breast cancer, due to prior illness or family history. Also listed are the more widely accepted guidelines.

1 No mammograms in women under the age of 50. 

2. At age 50, begin biennial screening.

3. Don’t teach self exams.

More Widely Accepted Guidelines 

1. Begin annual mammograms at age 40.

Relaxed Breast Cancer Guidelines Criticized In Community

Gap years in new government rules seen as particular concern for Jewish women.

Special To The Jewish Week

 Mention the new breast cancer guidelines, and D.J. Schneider Jensen utters a single syllable of disgust. “Uhk!” Like many Jewish women who carry a BRCA genetic mutation or have a personal history of breast cancer, Jensen was appalled by controversial recommendations issued five months ago by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The new guidelines advise against mammograms until the age of 50, and against teaching self breast exams to women

Rochelle Shoretz, a breast cancer survivor who founded the Sharsheret advocacy organization.

Q & A: Soul Of A Doctor Telling Rick Hodes’ story.

Staff Writer

 In “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes,” Marilyn Berger, veteran journalist and the widow of “60 Minutes’” Don Hewitt, tells the story of the Long Island-born, ba’al teshuva physician who has spent two decades treating poverty-stricken patients in Ethiopia and traveling to the sites of famines and various disasters. Last year she went to Ethiopia to see Hodes in action, spending Shabbat meals with him and his extended Ethiopian family. 


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