Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Health Link

What If You Are Hospitalized During High Holidays?

(Courtesy of SMGH) “With the Yamim Noraim coming soon, it’s time to examine what to do if, chas v’shalom you get sick and need to be hospitalized,” said George Matyjewicz, PhD, founder and executive director of Our Kehila in Passaic-Clifton 1and community liaison with St. Mary’s General Hospital. “Obviously,


Neuroendocrine and Carcinoid Tumors

This week we focus on an unusual class of tumors which, in truth, are not well understood even by most oncologists (and I might include myself in that category). But it is likely that a reader or family member may be diagnosed with one of these tumors, so it is worth addressing the topic.



The Not So Lowly Apple

As the summer is slowly (or maybe quickly) dwindling away, we begrudgingly embrace the fall and all that it has to offer. Early fall is a beautiful time of year, as the weather is still pleasant and we can still be in denial that winter is in the far distance. As time moves forward, the weather changes, veering from warm and sunny


Vegan Weight Gainer

Dear Jenn,

A friend of mine has been on a strict vegan diet for many years. She swears veganism is the way to go for weight control and good health. She exercises regularly. Honestly, she looks great, seems energetic, and glows. With her


Chemoprevention for Cancer

I am often asked what one should do to prevent or reduce the risk of cancer. Since there are many types of cancer, with a correspondingly large number of causes, this is not easy to answer. Some solutions are simple—tobacco cessation, vaccinations for virus-associated malignancies (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus), genetic screening


JEC, Bruriah Team Up With JFed Metrowest On Mental Health

With mental health concerns rising throughout the country and disproportionately impacting school-aged children, the Jewish Educational Center and its Bruriah High School joined with the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest
to provide preventative mental health programming to students of all ages. Made possible by generous grants


Spinal Cord Compression

I remember the first day of my fellowship in oncology many years ago. The day began at 8 a.m. on July 1—God help the patients who chose to get sick on July 1 with the new residents and fellows that day. The program director gave us a brief welcome speech—not very warm, he was a jerk. And the first actual activity of the day was a


That’s Not My Name

When I was 11 years old I attended sports and arts camp, and was consistently, repeatedly called Temikah. I even won a competition—likely the only sports competition I will ever win—and when they called me up by the name Temikah I recall a strong internal debate as to whether or not that could possibly be referring to me.


Lapid Receives Praise for New Law Improving Welfare of People With Disabilities

(Courtesy of Shalva) “There are people who earn their place in the world-to-come in a single hour, with one act,” Kalman Samuels, founder of Shalva, told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, referencing the Talmud to illustrate the magnitude of the law’s impact. “And those who earn their place at 2:45 a.m.,” Lapid


Cancer in Israel: Capsule Endoscopy

This week, we continue our series on selected topics regarding cancer in Israel. In recent years, Israel has become a major leader in the technology and startup arena in health products. A leading example of the success in this arena has been the work of Gavriel Iddan.

One of the great technological


Intensive Outpatient Programs Versus General Outpatient Programs: What Is the Difference?

Recovery treatment comes in all shapes and sizes. From family therapy to outpatient therapy to residential therapy to support groups: The types and levels of alcohol and drug rehab can be confusing, especially for someone who is at a time of need and trying to figure out what the right treatment might be.


Breast Center at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center Debuts Enhanced Environment

(Courtesy of RWJ Barnabas) The Breast Center at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center recently completed extensive renovations, further enhancing the continuum of care for women and making the space more efficient, private and patient-centered. Renovations include a new, dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine just for

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