Thursday, March 23, 2023

Health Link

Bernie Fisher IV: Adjuvant Therapy

Until now, we have focused on the contributions made by Bernie Fisher and his colleagues to the surgical management of breast cancer. But there was another dimension to how breast cancer was to be treated as well. It was recognized that even with surgery, recurrence was common. This occurred because dissemination of disease may have already


Assessing Your Health and Quality of Life

Health and wellness coaches play a pivotal role in guiding individuals to make sustainable and long-term changes to their health and quality of life. In order to make these changes, clients go through a process of self-discovery by assessing their health and wellness holistically. Not only do they reflect on their eating and exercise


Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders Spotlight: Update on Spine Technology

Spinal surgery has made significant advances in the field of navigation and robotics over the last decade, as we’ve reported in previous Jewish Link articles. In conjunction with sound anatomical knowledge and principles, robotic surgery has been successfully applied to spinal surgery, offering patients


The Future of Israel Is Born at Soroka

On October 25, American Friends of Soroka Medical Center (AFS) will host a Decade of Friendship Celebration, its 10th annual gala event, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The Decade of Friendship Gala is dedicated to the babies of the Negev, and supports Soroka’s flagship project to build a new Neonatal Care


Bernie Fisher III: Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy

By the late 1970s, based on the studies of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project (NSABP), the modified radical mastectomy had become the standard of care for localized breast cancer. In and of itself, this was a significant triumph for Bernie Fisher and his colleagues. However, as we discussed in last week’s article, there was


Refa’enu Provides Education, Peer and Family Support for Mood Disorders; Expands to Israel

Refa’enu was created to provide two essential resources to the Jewish community: education about and support for those affected by depression and bipolar disorder as well as other behavioral health issues. Refa’enu’s mission is realized through educational outreach and ongoing peer-led support groups, now expanded to include


Bernie Fisher II: The Modified Radical Mastectomy

Last week, we discussed the origins of the Halsted radical mastectomy and its prominence and success in the treatment of localized breast cancer. Let us now return to Bernie Fisher. After finishing training as a surgeon and joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, he started his career as a liver researcher. In 1957, he was


Project Extreme Opens ‘Allan’s House’ in Teaneck

In a few weeks, Project Extreme will officially launch Allan’s House in Teaneck, a transitional group home for boys ages 18-25. Established by David Katz, in memory of his friend, Allan Henning, who passed away just weeks shy of his 46th birthday, Allan’s House will provide living accommodations for 5-10


CCSA Symposium Raises Awareness About Addiction

With September being National Recovery Month, it proved to be the perfect time for Jewish Communities Confronting Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) to hold a symposium this past Sunday titled “Safeguarding Our Families: Confronting the Reality of Addiction in Our Community,” held at Ma’ayanot High School


Bernie Fisher I: The Halsted Radical Mastectomy

This week we begin a five-part series on Bernard (Bernie) Fisher, a clinician-scientist who has contributed more than anyone else to the way we clinically manage breast cancer until today. And since much of how we manage other solid tumors derives from the principles of how we manage breast cancer, it would be reasonable to say that Fisher


Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Like most people, I have a memory of my mother putting baby powder on me as a child after a bath—a warm, comforting nostalgic memory. Baby powder is also widely used by adults, especially women, as a drying agent over many parts of the body, but especially the genital area.

This powder consists


Up Against the World

Recovery from an eating disorder can be summarized as follows: unlearning what has become a coping mechanism, to work toward what feels impossible. It’s that “simple.” During my own struggle I remember hoping that the friends I met in treatment would recover, believing in their strength and futures but doubting my own ability. We call

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