Lessening The ‘Illness Burden’

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

Special To The Jewish Week
05/06/2014 - 20:00

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
05/06/2014 - 20:00

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.

Their Foremothers’ Daughters

Jewish women have embraced reproductive technology, but some within the community say risks and ethics are given short shrift.

Web Editor
05/06/2014 - 20:00

‘Give me children or I shall die,” said Rachel to her husband Jacob, speaking for many women of the Bible who struggled to have children, and figured out how to do it.  [Genesis 30:1]

Rachel ordered Jacob to sleep with her servant; Sarah did likewise to Abraham. Tamar became pregnant by pretending to be a prostitute. And Hannah promised her son to the priesthood, if only God would give her one.

Marci Darnovsky is known for her work on the ethical issues of a “three-parent” baby.

‘An Environment Where Elders Can Thrive’

In bid to reinvent elder care, Jewish Home Lifecare’s new Living Center is ‘cross between kibbutz, commune and college dorm.’

Culture Editor
05/06/2014 - 20:00

Ten thousand Americans turn 65 every day, and will continue to do so for the next 19 years, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. By 2030 in New York City, one in five residents will be over 65.

The Living Center of Manhattan. Inset: Jewish Home Lifecare CEO Courtesy of Jewish Life Homecare

New Site To Combat ‘Genetic Illiteracy’

YU relaunches site about genetic health issues.

05/06/2014 - 20:00

Last year, the Program for Jewish Genetic Health at Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine relaunched an online resource designed to educate people about a wide range of complex genetic issues. 

Chani Wiesman: Dispelling myths about genetic testing.

A Family’s Eyes On The Prize

Working for a cure for the rare Jewish genetic disorder, Usher Syndrome.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/06/2014 - 20:00

When Rachel Chaikof travels the world, she prefers to go alone. Instead of having to adhere to friends’ schedules or a tour group’s extensive itinerary, she likes to go at her own pace.

Adjusting to Usher Syndrome: Left, Jessica, Rachel and Melissa Chaikof. Right, Dorie Shapiro. Courtesy of Chaikof family

Healthcare May 2014

A Family’s Eyes On The Prize; Reinventing Eldercare; IVF And Ethics

05/05/2014 - 20:00
Healthcare May 2014

Growth In A Time Of Illness

American olim create spiritual approach to dealing with sickness.

02/04/2014 - 19:00

Israelis have a reputation for being frank and direct — dugri, in local parlance. But when it comes to death and dying or dealing with chronic illness, many Israelis have as much trouble dealing with it as people in any other part of the world.

A Tishkofet workshop for caregivers in Jerusalem. Courtesy of Tishkofet

The Maimonides Effect

The medieval philosopher-physician has left a ‘practical legacy’ on modern medical practice.

02/04/2014 - 19:00

Doctors around the world hold in high regard the writings and manner of care of medieval philosopher-physician Moses Maimonides (“Rambam”), whose teachings have left a significant mark on modern medical practice. 

Maimonides: A bronze statue of Maimonides in Cordoba, Spain. Wikimedia Commons.

Genetic Screening Made Easy

The process is becoming more accessible through at-home testing kits.

02/04/2014 - 19:00

One in four Jews is a carrier of one or more of the 19 known preventable Jewish genetic diseases, according to the Center for Jewish Genetics.

A kit developed by Emory University’s School of Medicine. Courtesy of JScreen
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