‘They Are There For You When You Aren’t Feeling Well’

In a new network, Jewish cancer survivors are finding the understanding they need.
10/15/2012 - 20:00

Roni Bibring was 15 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Four years later, her treatment completed, she says her biggest challenge — having lost touch with many of her friends — is making new friends who understand what she’s been through.

R-Mission members Robin Burger, Roni Bibring and Yonina Teitelbaum at inaugural event in June.  R-Mission

Of Mutations And Men

Male carriers of BRCA mutations face uncertain risks.
10/15/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Bill Kolodin participates in an annual ritual that is a mystery to most men. Every spring, the retired liquor storeowner sits in a room full of anxious women, listening for his name, awaiting his yearly mammogram.

Rabbi Jonathan Adland turned anger into action when he was diagnosed with both forms of the BRCA mutation.

New Genetic Testing Method Can Be Mixed Blessing

‘Microarray’ has implications for women over 35, when many Jewish women are often bearing children.
10/15/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Anew method of genetic testing that can detect more problems in a fetus, but also reveal confusing information about chromosomal anomalies, will soon become more widely available to expectant mothers; a clinical trial has proven its advantages over standard methods of fetal genetic testing.

enetic counselor Barbara Bernhardt.

Nosing Around About Sleep Apnea

Special To The Jewish Week
05/09/2012 - 20:00


Adam Amdur is resting easier knowing that his daughter is not going to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea the way that he did for most of his life. Amdur, 37, who was in ill health for many years, was diagnosed with the condition only recently. But he recognized the symptoms in his now 4-year-old daughter when she was only a toddler, and got her the medical help she needed to be able to breathe properly at night and, therefore, function normally during the day.

Adam Amdur with his wife, Justine, and daughter. Phil Blair.

An Alternative To Chemo

New genomic test helps women with breast cancer decide on course of treatment.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/09/2012 - 20:00

Both Jamie Gurvitch and Helene Schonbrun, each of them a working mom with three children, were diagnosed with breast cancer while in their 40s. Gurvitch, now 47, was told she had stage 1 invasive carcinoma in 2009. Schonbrun, now 45, was initially diagnosed at age 41 with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), also known as stage 0 breast cancer. But upon further testing, it turned out that she, too, had a malignant tumor.

Breast cancer survivor Jamie Gurvitch, with her family, took advantage of new test. John Gilmore/In Focus Photography

Strangers In The Family

Only after a cancer diagnosis did the author change her views of the ultra-Orthodox.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/08/2012 - 20:00

For an open-minded girl from an academic, Modern Orthodox family, growing up in Brooklyn and going to Orthodox Bais Yaakov day schools can be quite a challenge. I learned about the beauty of Judaism, but it was counteracted by the intolerance I experienced in classes and in my neighborhood. By the time I reached college in 1999, I felt distanced from my people and quite bitter.

Then on Jan. 26, 2001 I was diagnosed with cancer, and my world changed forever.

Deborah Friedman

I’ll Have A Nutrient In My Beverage, Please

Technion researchers are figuring out a way to spike (in a good way) foods and drinks.
05/07/2012 - 20:00

Go into any supermarket or convenience store these days and you’ll see row upon row of vitamin water. Welcome to the world of “nutraceutical.”

According to 2011 Clemson University study, the nutraceutical industry is an $86 million one in the U.S. alone.

Yoav Livney.

On The Probiotic Trail

Israeli female scientist named Europe’s top young researcher for her work on ‘good bacteria.’
05/07/2012 - 20:00

Jerusalem — She’s young, smart and aims to help treat life-threatening diseases. Naama Geva-Zatorsky, 34, is among a growing number of Israeli women scientists who are gaining recognition for their contributions to scientific research.

The Weizmann Institute biologist was in Paris last month to accept the International UNESCO L’Oreal Prize for Women in Science. Dubbed “Europe’s top young researcher” by the prize committee, she received a two-year, $40,000 fellowship for her postdoctoral work at Harvard University.

Naama Geva-Zatorsky in the lab. JTA

A Former Israeli Squash Champion’s Positive Spin

Using positive psychology, author Tal Ben-Shahar outlines the antidote for what ails perfectionists.
JointMedia News Service
05/07/2012 - 20:00

When it comes to the quest for perfection, former Israeli squash champion Tal Ben-Shahar puts a positive “spin” on things.

Ben-Shahar — who lectures at Harvard University, the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and to Fortune 500 companies — doesn’t ask, “What’s wrong?” Instead, he uses positive psychology to look at what is working, and he explores this methodology in the recently published “The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life” (McGraw-Hill).

Ben-Shahar: “Positive psychology focuses on flourishing.” Tami Ben-Shahar

So What Is It With Jews And Medicine?

YU Museum show looks at the long and complicated history.
Editorial Intern
05/07/2012 - 20:00

The term “Jewish doctor” is a loaded term: it has has inspired countless career goals, guilt complexes and matchmaking frenzies. But the Yeshiva University Museum’s new exhibit, “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960," is not intended to be a self-congratulatory Jewish Hall of Fame. The exhibit’s aisles are filled instead with medical instruments, artifacts, images and documents, from a Rembrandt sketch of a Jewish doctor to the first syphilis cure.

“Real Life Comics” immortalized Joseph Goldberger’s discovery of the vitamin deficiency pellagra.
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