Sunday, September 19, 2021

Health Link

An Ode to Manhattan

For the past two months, I’ve been commuting to Manhattan once a week for work. I had heard that since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, New York City has been a very depressing place to be. No doubt in the early days of the coronavirus, Manhattan was a ghost town, a shadow of its former self. But when I started commuting again in


Yamim Noraim: The Psychology of Change

That there could be a relationship between the yamim noraim and psychology shouldn’t surprise us. After a 19th century of physiological treatments for mental illness—warm baths, cold-water hosing, mesmerism, hypnotism, hysterectomy—who but a Jew, Sigmund Freud, could conceive that a person might get better by talking—and


Sukkot, the Storm And Comfort Zones

I was recently discussing the juxtaposition of Hurricane Ida that hit our community and the upcoming holiday of Sukkot with my sister. When I think of Sukkot, I think of the Lulav and Etrog, building the Sukkah, enjoying Simchat Torah, and essentially—I think of the experience of our lives being upended.


Disease of the Cell

Part I

Something that is not appreciated by most people—I include in this students, oncologists and scientists—is that cancer is unique among the major diseases in being a disease of the cell. Other diseases are diseases of individual organs or organ systems, and generally reflect problems that


Sukkot During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Courtesy of SMGH) Sukkot is a seven-day festival, also known as the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles. It is one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (shalosh regalim) mentioned in the Torah. Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land and celebrates


Novel Biological Treatment for IBD

A novel therapeutic strategy for treating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) would work by removing inflammation-inducing succinate molecules secreted by gut bacteria.

The method is based on findings in the biochemistry and pharmacology lab of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Prof. Ehud Ohana


Dr. Alan Winder, Clinical Psychologist, Now Accepts Aetna and Optum Insurance

When people have severe mental health issues, two things that can help are therapy and insurance to defray the cost. Psychologist Dr. Alan Winder is now accepting Aetna and Optum insurance to encourage people who are in distress to come for treatment and get the care they need. Winder is licensed to treat patients in New York and


It’s Elul! Are You Feeling Stuck?

When our old ways of thinking and behaving are dragging us down, it’s time to build a new routine.

This month is a propitious time to move on and set ourselves free from what has been bogging us down over the year. This time of Elul lends us the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Hashem


New Parents Are Susceptible to Hand Problems

Becoming a new parent is often a weird and wonderful experience. In addition to bonding with a tiny human, a new parent learns new things about human development, about sleeping patterns, and about their own tolerance for being grossed out.

There are also some surprises. Many new parents suffer from


Introducing Your New Essential Health Care Worker

You feel like you’ve tried everything to improve your digestive health, increase your energy and lift that brain fog. Instead of feeling better after trying keto (or was it paleo?), low-FODMAP (or was it whole 30?), you just feel overwhelmed. You try to get motivated to exercise, but struggle with consistency. You hate to admit it, but


Therapists at Sheba’s Brain Injury Rehab Unit Are Tuned In to Patients’ Needs

Critically wounded IDF soldier Netanel Felber makes slow but steady progress.

(Courtesy of Sheba Medical Center) For Judi Felber, each bit of progress that her 24-year-old son Netanel makes at Sheba Medical Center’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation


Get Real-World Rewards for Walking With Fitness App Rumble

Some 61% of Americans report that they gained weight during the COVID-19 lockdowns, said Alon Silberberg, CEO of UVTAL Health, an Israeli startup whose first product, Rumble, aims to address the excess poundage through software and incentives.

The Rumble app tracks how many steps you take and

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