Healthcare

‘The Santa Of Tzedaka’

Not using those tickets? Get them to Mike Dube, and he'll take a sick child out to the ballgame.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/05/2014

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, at exactly 9:50 p.m., Joanna Adams-Duffy received a text message from a man who said his name was Mike Dube.

Not standing pat: Dube with 10-year-old Patriots fan Daniel Morrison.

‘The Holy Ghost Sent You To Us’

A chasidic addiction specialist’s close encounter with the nuns of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Culture Editor
02/05/2014

For a psychiatrist to question a patient about her parents and her past to gain insight into her anger or alcoholism is commonplace. But when the psychiatrist is a chasidic rabbi, the scion of a rabbinic dynasty, and the patient is a nun, the scene is more striking.

Working with nuns “was too good an experience to let go,” says Rabbi Abraham Twerski. Courtesy of Gateway Rehab Center

New IVF Rules Seen As ‘Nerve-Racking’

Women now in position of having to pay for treatments after eight cycles.

Israel Correspondent
02/05/2014

Jerusalem — The Health Ministry’s recent announcement that it will no longer automatically fund unlimited IVF treatments is causing a great deal of concern among Israelis struggling with infertility.

Healthcare February 2014

Memory And The
Mediterranean Diet.
For Kids With Cancer,
A Kabbalistic Superhero.
Cancer and the Chasid.

02/04/2014
Healthcare February 2014

Healthcare Fall 2013

Alice Hoffman's breast cancer memoir, the big questions on BRCA, improv to fight off dementia, and more.

10/17/2013
Healthcare Fall 2013

Up Front: Health Notes

A roundup of news items from across the Jewish health world.Gurwin At 25: Still Growing

10/16/2013
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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

Moroccan Connection To Cancer Breakthrough

Israeli researcher Yosef Shiloh found rare genetic mutation in Jewish family with North African roots.

10/16/2013
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Yosef Shiloh, the winner in 2011 of the Israel Prize for Life Sciences and the Clowes Award of the American Association for Cancer Research, is now on sabbatical and doing work at NYU Cancer Center.

Yosef Shiloh

The Big BRCA Questions

Panel moderated by Barbara Walters discusses the benefits and perils of early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

10/16/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent
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If you were at a higher risk for cancer, would you want to know about it? How early? And what preventative measures would be worth the financial cost and emotional strain?

Getting Organized In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

After her diagnosis, author Fern Reiss started making lists. They morphed into a ‘how-to-cope’ book.

10/16/2013
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Jerusalem — Fern Reiss thrives on organization, so when she received a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago, at the age of 46, she headed to Amazon.com to search for a book to help her plan her treatments and life outside the hospital.

When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, Reiss, a prolific writer (“The Publishing Game” series, “The Infertility Diet”), writing coach and book promoter, felt compelled to pen the book herself.

"I wanted my life to be as normal as possible, so I had to get organized," says Fran Reiss. Michele Chabin

‘There Were Still Choices I Could Make’

Alice Hoffman’s breast cancer memoir is really a guide for going through difficult times.

10/16/2013
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Being a caregiver came much more naturally to Alice Hoffman than being cared for. For decades, the bestselling novelist was the one who took friends and relatives to the doctor, sat at bedsides, thoroughly researched diseases and arranged for cemetery plots and funerals. Fifteen years ago, when she found a lump on her breast, she was certain that she only imagined it, as things like that didn’t happen to her, and she didn’t have time to be ill. But a call from her doctor, “Alice, I’m sorry,” brought the stark truth.

"I could not run away from my circumstances, or control the path of my disease," Hoffman says. Photo courtesy Algonquin
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