Monday, September 26, 2022

Health Link

Pesach Is More in the Spotlight Than We Know

(Courtesy of SMGH) “I find it fascinating how the calendar and Pesach center around mental health,” said George Matyjewicz, PhD, community liaison at St. Mary’s General Hospital, in Passaic. “Getting ready for Pesach in April was also Stress Awareness Month. Now May is Mental Health Awareness Month. What’s going on


Is Gluten Bad?

As one examines packages nowadays in the grocery stores and supermarkets, it is apparent that, like being kosher or halal or sugar-free or vegan, many foodstuffs are marked as being gluten-free. During Pesach, there was even kosher l’Pesach gluten-free matzah, which seems amazing, though I refer you to Rabbi Jachter or one of the


Dr. Sana Bloch Offers Newly Patented Treatment for Migraines

(Courtesy of Sana Bloch, MD) Dr. Sana Bloch is a neurologist with 35 years of experience treating neurological disorders in New York City. Bloch has developed a patented new way of treating migraines. In his clinic he has treated over 2,500 patients with an efficacy level of more than 75%. Migraines are a part of life for many


Breaking It Down to Build It Up: Makkot Edition

“Just stop.”

As if it were that easy.

One of the most common responses I hear from folks who are seeking to understand those struggling with mental health issues is usually along the lines of “Have you considered just thinking about this rationally? I think if


Front or Back Spine?

The majority of spinal surgery done in the USA is done via an incision in the back. Makes sense!

But a growing number of spinal surgeries are done via a frontal or anterior approach, meaning through an abdominal incision.



Invisible Screws in the Foot and Ankle

If you ever had orthopedic surgery that required a metal implant in your body, you probably wished there was something made out of a material that is more similar to bone. You probably had many concerns about the metal implant. Is it safe for it to be living under your skin? Will it need to be removed, and what if


Beatrice Mintz and Aberrant Differentiation

I read in the New York Times recently that Beatrice Mintz had passed away at the age of 100. (Reading the Times obituaries is a practice that begins with receipt of your Medicare card; my friend Ari Goldman says you want to make sure your own name is not there.) She had been a cancer biologist for many years at Fox Chase Cancer Center in


Is It a Coincidence?

(Courtesy of SMGH) “Is it a coincidence that Stress Awareness Month is the same month as we get ready for Pesach?” asked George Matyjewicz, PhD, community liaison at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic. “Thirty days between Purim and Pesach where we go through major changes as we make our homes chametz-free—get out the


MGM Ketamine Center: Warm, Familiar, Cutting-Edge Treatment for Psychiatric Illness

Ketamine, a drug introduced in the 1960s as an anesthetic, has garnered marked interest over the past two decades as an effective treatment for depression, especially in cases resistant to standard medical treatment. According to the National Institute of Health, up to one third of those suffering from depression do not respond to


Miracle of the Week With Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society (RCCS)

The Lifesaving Transfer

Just several weeks ago, Moshe (not his real name), a young father, was admitted to a small New York hospital with an injury. After all the scans were done, the doctors were stunned to discover that he was suffering from an advanced cancer. The disease was so


Nefesh B’Nefesh MedEx Conference at Glenpointe Attracts Over 350 Medical Professionals

A two-day “MedEx” event was held March 27-28 at the Marriott Glenpointe Hotel in Teaneck. The event is a project of Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN), co-founded in 2002 by Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart with the mission of facilitating the process of aliyah from North America by minimizing financial,


Occupational Cancer: Chimney Sweeps

One of my favorite movies as a child was “Mary Poppins.” Aside from the wonderful music and various characters, I really enjoyed the chimney sweep, Bert, as played by Dick Van Dyke, the great comedian. This reflected the state of how homes were heated during the 18th and 19th centuries and as late as Edwardian times in England, with

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