Healthcare

Breaking A Sweat, In Public

Israelis are flocking to outdoor fitness centers that have cropped up
in parks and beaches. Who needs a personal trainer?

Israel Correspondent
10/19/2010

J erusalem — As it usually does during the intermediate days of Sukkot, Gan
Sacher, Jerusalem’s largest park, attracted large numbers of Israelis late last month. But they weren’t all picnicking and relaxing. Some were pumping iron. Others were logging miles on rowing machines and stationary bikes. Still others were
breaking a sweat on steppers and gliders. Throughout the holiday period, the park was
filled with families — secular, traditional and haredi Jews (the latter dressed

Municipalities all over Israel have installed public fitness centers in parks, community centers and beaches.

Rare Genetic Disease Didn’t Deter Family

Warburg-Walker Syndrome ‘blindsided’ Toronto Jewish couple
but Ashkenazi mutation also stiffened their resolve for children.

Special To The Jewish Week
10/19/2010

Once Randi Chapnik Myers gave birth to a healthy son in 1996 and a healthy daughter in 1998, she and her husband, Rob, figured that the developmental defect that affected her pregnancy in 1995 was just a fluke. That fetus, a girl, was found to have severe hydrocephalus (water on the brain) at 20-weeks gestation, and the Myerses were told that she stood no chance of surviving beyond birth. They decided to terminate the pregnancy.

Randi Chapnik Myers with her husband and children.

House Resolution Aims To Help Holocaust Survivors

Staff Writer
10/19/2010

(JTA) — The House of Representatives has introduced a resolution aimed at helping Holocaust survivors in the United States in need of in-home care.
U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) introduced a resolution Sept. 29 to raise awareness of the social service needs of Holocaust survivors — specifically the need for them to be able to age in place.

New Centers Open At Methodist Hospital

Staff Writer
10/19/2010

A Comprehensive Back and Neck Pain Center has opened at New York Methodist Hospital. The center, which will offer diagnostic and treatment options for disorders of the spine, will emphasize such non-operative options and physical and occupational therapy, medication management, injections and bracing, as well as radiation therapy for metastatic cancer of the spine.
For information: (718) 369-BACK

Stronger Antibiotic Being Developed

Staff Writer
10/19/2010

Dr. Micha Fridman of Tel Aviv University’s department of chemistry is developing what he calls the next generation of antibiotics, which will eb able to combat drug-resistant “superbugs.” The medication, whose research was conducted in collaboration with Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova of the University of Michigan, is based on turning antibiotics’ bacterial resistance against itself.

Hebrew U. Treatment Effective Against HIV Virus

Staff Writer
10/19/2010

Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem may have “groundbreaking implications” for eradicating the HIV virus, according to the school’s research team, the university announced. The treatment, which destroys HIV-infected human cells in laboratory cultures, targets only infected cells without damaging adjacent healthy cells.

Advances In Kidney Disease Research

Staff Writer
10/19/2010

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
10/19/2010

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
10/19/2010

(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
10/19/2010

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.

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