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.

‘From Flab To Fab’: Kosher Style Fitness

Isabella Freedman Retreat Center launches a new kosher weight-loss and fitness retreat.
JointMedia News Service
05/07/2012 - 20:00

Year after year, the No. 1 New Year’s resolution people make is to lose weight. And, according to Time magazine, it’s also the No. 1 broken resolution. Great intentions in January fall by the wayside and, come spring, warmer weather and lighter clothes remind us of those forgotten winter goals.

The grounds at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center. Photos courtesy IFRC

Healthcare May 2012

My son, the doctor, at YU Museum; kosher weight loss in the country; Israeli women scientists having their day.
05/07/2012 - 20:00
Healthcare May 2012

A River Runs Through It

Camp for seriously ill children on both sides of the Jordan is symbol of pluralism in action.
Special To The Jewish Week
01/31/2012 - 19:00

Nine-year-old Hilla Pulvermacher from Jerusalem, who is an insulin-dependent diabetic, probably has no idea who Paul Newman was. Twelve-year-old Ayal Adler from Ashdod, who has colitis, probably doesn’t either. Nonetheless, it was because of the late actor that they had the time of their lives for a week last summer.

Campers at Jordan River Village scale the climbing wall. Courtesy of Jordan River Village Camp.

Hadassah’s Top Doc Looks To Future

Dr. Ehud Kokia on the soon-to-open new tower, the just-ended doctors’ strike and the position of physicians in Israeli society.
Staff Writer
01/30/2012 - 19:00

Dr. Ehud Kokia became the new director-general of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem Nov. 1, succeeding Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, who stepped down after serving 11 years.

Dr. Ehud Kokia.
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