Healthcare

At The Intersection Of Health And Economics

Heart wellness programs for charedi and Arab women focus on eating habits and exercise.

Israel Correspondent
01/21/2015

Jerusalem — It was a bitter cold Jerusalem evening but that didn’t stop about 50 female teachers and staffers at the ultra-Orthodox Beis Yaakov School in Geula from attending an evening lecture on “Healthy Home Baking.”

The Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute for Women at Hadassah Hospital. Courtesy of Hadassah and Bishvilech

Healthcare January 2015

At The Intersection Of Health And Economics. Caring For A Loved One, The Play. New Subsidy For Breast Cancer Testing

01/20/2015
Healthcare January 2015

A Medical, And Societal, Breakthrough

Israeli Arab researcher at Weizmann Institute is helping to unlock the ‘magic’ of embryonic stem cells.

Staff Writer
10/22/2014

Jacob Hanna is a medical doctor and an assistant professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel whose team of scientists discovered a foolproof way of recreating embryonic stem cells in a laboratory.

“Unfortunately,” says Jacob Hanna, “minorities here have problems in trying to reach the top.”  Courtesy of Weizmann Institute

Israelis Growing Hungry For Vegan Diet

Issues of animal treatment, health benefits come together in trend.

10/22/2014

Tel Aviv — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table.

Vendors offering vegan food for sale at a festival last week in Tel Aviv.  Ben Sales

A Different Kind Of Roots Journey

How DNA testing can reveal Jewish ancestry and shed light on the Zionist narrative.

JNS
10/22/2014

When Noah Slepkov started using online genealogical tools to build a family tree, little did he know that his personal exploration might have significant implications for all of the Jewish people — including those not even aware of their Jewish roots.

The Jewish People Policy Institute presented a set of recommendations on genetic testing. Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash 90

Helping Others Cope With An Illness He Conquered

Howard Bressler’s book on coping with cancer advises patients to embrace humor, normalcy and life.

Jewish Week Correspondent
10/22/2014

During the long, often distressing month in which Howard Bressler was confined to a hospital, anyone calling his room while he was asleep, elsewhere in the hospital or otherwise preoccupied heard a voice message modeled after the one on Moviefone.com:
“Hello, and welcome to cancer phone,” it began. “If you know the name of the cancer you would like to hear about, press 1. To choose from a list of current cancers, press 2. To find out which cancers are prevalent in your area, press 3. If you want to leave a message for Howard, please start speaking after the tone. Have a great day, and remember, bald is beautiful.”

Bressler’s daughters, Michal, left, and Daniella, adjust to their father's new look after his discharge from the hospital.

A More Definitive Breast Cancer Test?

Diagnostic screening tool that looks at immune system has its R&D center in Jerusalem.

Israel Correspondent
10/22/2014

Jerusalem —Tamar, an Israeli woman in her early 50s, is at high risk for breast cancer, but the very dense tissue in her breasts prevents the most widely used tests — mammograms and ultrasounds — from offering a definitive “all-clear.” 

Octava Pink measures cancer-specific auto-antibodies. Courtesy of Eventus Diagnostics

Healthcare October 2014

A More Definitive Breast Cancer Test?
Helping Others Cope With An Illness He Conquered
Israelis Growing Hungry For Vegan Diet

10/21/2014
Healthcare October 2014

Lessening The ‘Illness Burden’

Palliative care: not just for end-of-life situations.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/07/2014

During the past 50 years, the U.S. has led an international movement in palliative care, dedicated to improving the lives of patients with painful or debilitating illnesses such as heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), cancer, HIV/AIDS, cirrhosis, kidney disease and degenerative nervous system diseases like dementia.
Yet many Americans are either unfamiliar with the term “palliative care” or think it’s only part of end-of-life care.

Treating Bipolar Disorder: It Takes A Family

Director of Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center program stresses treatment not done in isolation.

Editor and Publisher
05/07/2014

When Carol Levin first encountered Dr. Igor Galynker, a prominent psychiatrist in New York, several years ago to discuss her adult son’s ongoing mental health issues, she was uncomfortable with the doctor’s analysis. He had said that her son had been misdiagnosed and was taking the wrong medication.
Levin and her family sought treatment elsewhere for her son, who has bipolar disorder.

Dr. Igor Galynker combines teaching, research and practice in addressing bipolar disorder.
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