Healthcare

Quick Thinkers At 90

Attorney’s volunteer improv program strengthens Bronx seniors’ cognitive abilities. And they get off some good lines, too.

10/16/2013
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If it’s Thursday, it must be improv night at Kittay House.

Attorney Jonathan Goldberg leads monthly improv sessions for seniors at the Kittay House in the Bronx. Michael Datikash

Targeting Diabetes, From The Negev

Therapy with an emphysema drug, and transplant of pig cells could end a global epidemic, says Ben-Gurion University researcher.

10/16/2013
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When Andy David’s nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the Israeli diplomat used his medical background to search for an unconventional treatment that would spare her from daily doses of insulin.

David, who is currently Israel’s consul general for the Pacific Northwest United States, soon learned about groundbreaking work at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev that shows great promise for kids in the early stages of Type 1 diagnosis.

The child (he prefers not to name her for security reasons) underwent eight weeks of transfusions of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin, an anti-inflammatory drug generally used to treat emphysema.

Dr. Eli Lewis

Startup Nation’s Low-Tech Circumcision Technique

Former Dor Chadash founder here sees new CEO post, which often takes her to Africa to fight AIDS, as ‘ambassador for Israel.’

10/16/2013
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Tel Aviv — Back in her native Israel in 2009 after 11 years working in business and pro-Israel activism in New York City, Tzameret Fuerst heard about a “very early stage” medical project being developed by four young Israelis.

Tzameret Fuerst returned to Israel from New York, where she was a founder of the Dor Chadash pro-Israel advocacy organization.

The Book On Mediterranean Cooking

05/08/2013

Recommended cookbooks include “Jerusalem” by Ottolenghi and Tamimi (Ten Speed Press), which isn’t a kosher cookbook, but can easily be adapted for kosher kitchens.

Is Red Tape Slowing Israeli Biomedical Field?

Blossoming industry being held back by lengthy approval process, experts say.

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05/08/2013

Jerusalem — While Israel is fast becoming a leader in the biomedical and biotechnology fields, industry experts say the Israeli Health Ministry may be unduly hindering its growth.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama during an exhibition of technological innovations.

Rambam Nearing Completion Of Underground Hospital

Built in case of another war, Haifa facility will have capacity of 2,000 beds.

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05/08/2013

Dr. Rafael Beyar, director-general of the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, is presiding over the hospital’s construction of a $350 million underground hospital for use in case of another war.

Dr. Rafael Beyer: New hospital’s needs grew out of Yom Kippur War. Photos courtesy of Rambam Hospital

‘None Of Their Business’

The author’s close encounter with a chasid with cancer.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/08/2013

Author’s Note: On Sept. 29, 2009, the day after Yom Kippur — before I’d had a chance to commit any new sins — I went for my annual mammogram and found out I had breast cancer.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s book on etiquette among the infirm grew out of her own encounter with cancer. Mike Lovett

For Kids With Cancer, A Kabbalistic Superhero

Art therapist’s graphic novel inspired by her husband’s battle with the disease.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/08/2013

After her husband died of a rare form of cancer, leaving her alone to raise their twin boys, Shira Frimer responded the only way that made sense to her:

Shira Frimer, left, says her graphic novel for children with cancer was inspired by Art Spiegelman’s “Maus.

Memory And The Mediterranean Diet

New study suggests additional benefits of Israeli-style eating, even as Israelis are consuming more meat and fast food.

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05/08/2013

When Golda Meir first visited Kibbutz Merhavia in 1921, she found the members eating “terrible food” like uncooked vegetables and olives.

The famed Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.

Healthcare May 2013

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

05/07/2013
Healthcare May 2013
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