Vaccines And Jewish Camps

What parents need to know.

05/18/2016 (All day)

A ll of a sudden, bottles of hand sanitizer appeared all over,” said Rabbi Jason Miller, looking back at 2009, when the swine flu craze reached Camp Maas, a Jewish summer camp in Ortonville, Michigan.

Campers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires in Wingdale, N.Y. Uriel Heilman

Battling Zika, At Ground Zero

Brazil’s Jews turn to bug repellent and indoor activities.

05/18/2016 (All day)

Rio de Janeiro — Despite recent summer temperatures here topping out at 42 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit), Milena Rozenbrah has become accustomed recently to dressing in pants and long sleeves when she leaves home.

Milena Rozenbrah and her family. Courtesy of the Rozenbrah family

In Flint Crisis, Jews Pitching In

Community has mobilized with corned beef, Dr. Brown’s — and water.

05/18/2016 (All day)

Steve Low, center, the director of the Flint Jewish Federation, takes a delivery of food from a kosher deli in Indianapolis.

Flint, Mich. — At 86, Jeanne Aaronson is blind and lives alone, but she has seen a lot over the years. She lived in Flint when it was a manufacturing powerhouse, a center of the automotive business and a symbol of American industrial might and ingenuity.

Volunteers loading cases of free water into waiting vehicles at a water distribution center in Flint, Mich., March 5, 2016. JTA

‘Editing’ Genes Could Enable Disease Therapies

Haploid cells will allow researchers to isolate genetic mutations, a Hebrew University scientist says.

Staff Writer
05/18/2016 (All day)

After seven years of searching for human embryonic stem cells that contain only 23 chromosomes, an Israeli researcher is leading an international study that may lead to therapies for such diseases as diabetes, blindness, Tay-Sachs and Fragile X Syndrome, which is an inherited cause of such conditions as autism and intellectual disability.

Dr. Nissim Benvenisty.

A Genetic Disease In The Family

A very personal connection to familial dysautonomia drives a Tel Aviv University scientist’s search for a cure.

Staff Writer
05/18/2016 (All day)

As a child growing up in Argentina, Miguel Weil developed an academic interest in science. At 6, with his brother’s help, he memorized a chart of the human anatomy.

Dr. Miguel Weil, left, is researching a cure for familial dysautonomia, which his son Nir was diagnosed with 25 years ago.

Unlikely Genetic Cousins Emerge

Tracking down a rare mutational link between Bedouins and Ethiopians.

Contributing Editor
05/18/2016 (All day)

Beersheva, Israel — Nearly four years ago an Ethiopian Israeli couple brought their two children to the office of Dr. Ohad Birk, director of the Genetics Institute of Soroka Medical Center in this southern Israeli city.

Dr. Ohad Birk: Developing a genetic screening test for a mutation “is a true joy.” Dani Machlis/BGU

Healthcare May 2016

Israel’s Unlikely Genetic Cousins
A Genetic Disease in the Family
‘Editing’ Genes Could Enable Therapies

05/17/2016 (All day)
Healthcare May 2016

New ALS Treatment Holds Out Hope

Hadassah neurologist discusses his stem cell research.

Deputy Managing Editor
02/03/2016 (All day)

Efforts to find a cure for ALS, the fatal neurological disease, was brought to public awareness through last summer’s social media-fueled “ice bucket challenge.”

Dr. Dimitrios Karussis: “We are in the beginning of a new era.”

The Jewish Community’s First Responder

Zahava Farbman of Chai Lifeline counsels the bereaved, provides solace when tragedy strikes.

Staff Writer
02/03/2016 (All day)

In Borough Park, Brooklyn, a young chasidic boy is kidnapped, his dismembered body discovered a few days later. In nearby Midwood, a fire strikes the home of a Sephardic family one Shabbat, killing seven children and badly burning a daughter and the family’s mother. In the waters of the Reynolds Channel, south of Far Rockaway, a yeshiva student from nearby Cedarhurst drowns in a boating accident.

Zehava Farbman: “The day I become numb” to other people’s pain, “that’s the day I quit my job.” Courtesy of Zehava Farbman

Treating Terrorists Before Victims?

Inside the controversial debate swirling around the choices Israeli first responders make.

02/03/2016 (All day)

In the midst of the ongoing wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis, a controversy has brewed with regard to how Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations decide whom to treat first on the scene of an attack.

Paramedics provide medical treatment last fall to four adults and two children after stones were thrown at their car.  MDA
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