Healthcare

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

Levana’s Meal Replacements

During her husband’s illness, the acclaimed kosher restaurateur creates nutritious, more appealing alternatives to commercial food replacemnet products.

Culture Editor
02/03/2016 (All day)

A family health crisis inspired chef Levana Kirschenbaum’s latest project. As she says, “A bad ordeal gives you the impetus to do good.”

Green market: Levana Kirschenbaum has created a line of blend-boosted meals for FDA approval. Courtesy of Levana Kirschenbaum

Saving Young Hearts Shows Israel’s ‘Heart’

As Israel saves lives of Arab and African children, U.S. health group lauds video.

02/03/2016 (All day)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently praised the video produced by the Israel Collective, a project of Christians United for Israel, showcasing an Israeli charitable organization and medical center dedicated to saving the lives of children regardless of race, religion, or culture.

A scene from “The Heart of Israel,” a video produced by the Israel Collective featuring the work of Save a Child’s Heart.

The Heart Of The Terror Threat

Terrorism-related stress, it turns out, doesn’t only affect people’s mental health.

Contributing Editor
02/03/2016 (All day)

Jerusalem — Several studies have documented the negative impact anxiety related to terrorism and armed conflict can have on mental health, but only one statistical study has assessed the physical toll long-term terrorism-related stress can have on the heart.

Israeli medics tend to a recent stabbing victim in Jerusalem, part of an ongoing spate of such attacks. Getty Images

Healthcare February 2016

Terrorism-related stress doesn’t only affect mental health. The acclaimed kosher restaurateur turns to nutritious ‘meals without food.’
Hadassah neurologist discusses ‘encouraging’ study.

02/02/2016 (All day)
Healthcare February 2016

Going Raw, And Getting Healthy

An author and health coach, who bounced back from a mysterious auto-immune illness, offers a five-step plan to wellness.

Contributing Editor
10/27/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Janette Hillis-Jaffe, the author of “Everyday Healing: Stand Up, Take Charge, and Get Your Health Back One Day at a Time” (New page Books), has a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health, but says that most of what she really needed to know about healing, she learned when she was bedridden with a mysterious illness for six years.

Janette Hillis-Jaffe's new book.

High Anxiety Over Israel’s Pot Laws

Country trying to cut the medical marijuana red tape but problems persist.

Contributing Editor
10/27/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Dina Stein, a 24-year-old American-Israeli with a spunky demeanor and streaked blue hair, hopes recently revised regulations to Israel’s medical marijuana program will put her on the fast track for a license to use the drug. 

Dina Stein hopes to receive a license to use medical marijuana for pain relief.  Michele Chabin/JW

Hebrew U-Cleveland Clinic In Nanomedicine Alliance

10/27/2015 - 20:00

In another example of a joint U.S.-Israel partnership, leading medical research institutions in each country are teaming up to develop and market new technologies in the area of nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale.

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