Advances In Kidney Disease Research

Staff Writer

Israeli researchers have isolated a genetic mutation, and genetic patterns in the ancestry of Jews from the Near East, which can be used to combat kidney disease. The work, led by nephrologists Karl Skorecki of the Rambam Medical Center, may lead to a treatment for people who now require dialysis.

New Research From Israel

Bulking up the immune system, molecular imaging, inhibiting breast cancer cells.

Special To The Jewish Week

T o Ofer Mandelboim, cells infected with viruses and cancer are “enemies” that he must destroy. And a new grant will help him boost his fight against these invaders. “We are surrounded by enemies,” said Mandelboim, a professor of molecular immunology at Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School’s Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology. “The question is, why do we live for such a long time? What enables this living is our immune system?”

African AIDS Experts Visit, Learn From Israel

Staff Writer

(JTA) — A delegation of prominent HIV/AIDS doctors from across East Africa is visiting Israel to expand medical partnerships and benefit from Israel's expertise.

The 10 African medical experts from Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya arrived Sunday in Israel for a weeklong visit under the auspices of Project Interchange and the Israeli Consortium on AIDS Medicine in Africa.

Dr. Mark Wainberg, former president of the International AIDS Society and currently director of the McGill University AIDS Center, also joined the seminar.

Drink Milk, Lose More Weight

Staff Writer

A new weight-loss study conducted by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers reveals that dieters who consumed milk or milk products lost more weight on average than those who consumed little to no milk products, according to a release from the university.

When Breast Cancer Meets The Holocaust

For two kinds of ‘survivors,’ filling in the gaps
on family medical history


A crucial question left Rifky Atkin speechless. Diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer, Atkin was exploring treatment options when her surgeon asked, “Is there a history of breast cancer in your family?”

The mother of four from Edison, N.J., stammered, “I don’t know and I’ll never know.”

Her parents survived Auschwitz as teenagers, she explained, but their parents did not. Her four grandparents were killed in the death camp, taking with them all knowledge of the family medical history.

Rifky Atkin, left, with her mother, Ethel, and twin sister.

Stopping Cancer Before It Starts

New book on ‘previvors’ helps women gauge
their risks and sort through prevention options.

Editorial Intern

Mayde Wiener did not have breast cancer. She did not even have a mutation that would suggest a higher risk of cancer. Yet five years ago, at the age of 45, she made what seems like a counterintuitive — even radical — decision, one that now seems to be backed up by science.


Healthcare Oct 2010

Stopping cancer before it starts, when breast cancer meets the Holocaust and new research from Israel.

Staff Writer
Healthcare Oct 2010

Why Nervous People Gain Weight

Staff Writer

 Researchers at the Weizmann Institute have discovered a genetic explanation for a phenomenon usually considered psychological — obesity — and such side effects as type 2 diabetes and arteriosclerosis, among people subject to stress.

While individuals with depression are known to overeat to relieve their stress, Dr. Alon Chen’s research team at Weizmann’s department of neurobiology have shown that changes in the activity of a single gene of mice brains leads to metabolic changes that cause symptoms associated with diabetes.

Vacation In Israel, Come Home Cured

Low-cost, quality care — and possibly
U.S. health reforms — seen leading more
Western patients to seek out procedures in Israel.

Staff Writer

 Rachel and her partner had been contemplating artificial insemination for years, but they didn’t actually go ahead with the process until Rachel came to Jerusalem from New York for a one-year teaching fellowship. After some encouragement from another couple that had gone through the process, the decision was clear: they would create their child in Israel, at Hadassah Medical Center in Mount Scopus.

Patients consult with a doctor in the waiting room of Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv, which has become one of many Israeli hu

Childhood Obesity Hits Israel

In the land of the Mediterranean diet, visions of America.

Israel Correspondent

 Jerusalem — Israel is a Mediterranean country, but over the years its diet has
become less about fruits, vegetables and olive oil, and more about fast food — which has fueled a childhood obesity problem similar to the one seen in America.



Israeli children are becoming overweight, thanks in part to the fast food available at places like Jerusalem’s Malha Mall food c
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