The ‘Growth’ Of A Cancer Discovery

TAU researcher helps pinpoint why certain dwarfs don’t get cancer.

Staff Writer

H aim Werner, a professor in the department of human molecular genetics and biochemistry at the Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine, is conducting research aimed at understanding the role of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) in cancer development.

New Push For Genetic Testing

Dramatic progress in in-vitro detection spurs effort aimed at Ashkenazi Jews.


Washington — Susan and Brad Stillman grew concerned following their son Benjamin’s birth in September 1998. He was fussy and congested, had difficulty breastfeeding and didn’t take to the bottle.

The parents brought him to the pediatrician and then to a hospital pediatric care unit near their home in Rockville, Md., a suburb of Washington.

Benjamin soon was diagnosed with Riley-Day syndrome, now called familial dysautonomia, a genetic disease of the autonomic nervous system that disproportionately strikes Ashkenazi Jews.

Dr. Adele Schneider of the Victor Center, counseling a couple. Victor Center

Seniors’ ‘Fun Online’ Has Its Benefits

Internet communities built around ‘casual leisure’ forge important connections.

Special To The Jewish Week

If you think playing games and chatting online is just for young people, think again. A new study out of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev indicates that the young at heart, too, can benefit greatly from spending time in cyberspace, especially by engaging in what researchers have termed “fun online.”

Ben-Gurion University gerontologist Galit Nimrod looks at the nexus between Internet use and successful aging in seniors.

Faith And The ‘C’ Word

James Kugel reflects on his battle with cancer and what he learned from it.

Staff Writer

Best known for his series of books on reading and understanding the Bible, James Kugel, emeritus professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard University who now lives in Jerusalem, turned to a more-personal subject in his latest book — his confrontation with an aggressive form of cancer a decade ago.

In “In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief” (Free Press), Kugel shares part of his experience of confrontation with a potentially fatal illness, and his perspective on mortality through a lens of scripture and Jewish tradition.

A biblical scholar, James Kugel was diagnosed with an aggressive form of  cancer, which he eventually grappled with in “In the V

Spiritual Exercises To Beat Back Anxiety

Harvard psychologist mixes ‘evidence-based treatment with Torah’ for OCD sufferers.

Staff Writer

The caller this summer, a 20ish man from Brooklyn, was anxious. Still single, Modern Orthodox, he got nervous in “social situations,” he told David Rosmarin. The crowds at kiddush in shul on Shabbos unnerved him; he felt uneasy leading congregational prayers from the amud, the podium at the front of the sanctuary. “Public speaking,” the man told him, “forget it.”

‘It’s Surprisingly Liberating Not To Have Hair’

A 17-year-old’s candid leukemia blog is part therapy, part self-expression and part hope-giver.

Special To The Jewish Week

Ella Landesberg never thought she was the type of person to write a blog, but she changed her mind about that after recently being diagnosed with leukemia.

Support system: Ella Landesberg, left, with her siblings Maia and Noah.

Healthcare October 2011

Healing Power
A 17-year-old’s leukemia blog, seniors staying healthy on the Internet, and more.

Healthcare October 2011

‘An Emissary For My Community’

The first Israeli Arab woman to become a plastic surgeon
feels the pressure of her pioneering role.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — It was early May but Dr. Rabnia El Khatib was so busy studying for an important exam, scheduled for June, that she could not find time for a face-to-face interview. “I’ve taken the week off from work to study,” she explained apologetically.

The first Israeli Arab woman to become a plastic surgeon in Israel, El Khatib feels particularly driven to succeed, not only for herself but for her community.

Beyond nip and tuck: Dr. Rania El Khatib says many people don’t realize that “plastic surgeons deal with wounds, trauma".

Trauma Care Expanding As Need Grows

New round of violence puts focus on ways to cope with terror for children and adults.

Israel Correspondent

Sderot, Israel — Last autumn, Ronith Gil, a kindergarten teacher in Kibbutz Zakim, near the Gaza border, attended five workshops offered by the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) on how to help children cope
with fear and trauma. On Dec. 21, soon after the fifth class, Gil was forced to put her new training to use when a Kassam rocket landed just 15 feet from her kindergarten.

“I was on my way to school when it hit,” Gil recalled. “Despite the loud boom, I was in total denial until I saw a rocket sticking out of the ground.”

In Sderot, where roughly 10,000 rockets from Gaza have landed during the past 10 years, bus stop bomb shelters are common .

The Summer The Rabbi Got Thin

A California congregation does some belt-tightening —
with mindful eating, surgery and exercise.

Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi Nat Ezray is no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop. Neither are his wife and children, his colleagues, nor his congregation, now that he has undergone life-changing bariatric surgery to help him lose weight and restore his health following several cardiac events.

Having learned the hard way the importance of mindful eating and a healthy, balanced lifestyle, he has made these not only a personal priority, but also a top agenda item at his synagogue.

Since his bariatric surgery, Rabbi Nat Ezray spends at least an hour a day exercising.
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