Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Health Link

Vital Vitamin D for Immune Health

As the world inches forward towards a post-COVID era, people are becoming increasingly cognizant of their health. Though vaccines are available and progressive treatments are in hand, people are trying to find ways to prevent and combat both COVID-19 or whatever foreign pathogens come our way. Too many people have learned the hard way that


New Jersey Mother Donates a Kidney to Save a Stranger’s Life

A 41-year-old mother from Lakewood, Chaya Kugler, donated her kidney to a stranger: Allen Bodenheim of Monsey.

“We were blown away by the willingness of the donor,” says Rabbi Baruch Bodenheim, the son of the kidney recipient (and a Jewish Link columnist). “She just wanted to help another person


JFSCNJ Highlights Services for Mental Health Awareness Month

As the director of social work and program planning at Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, I am writing to share how JFSCNJ is helping to mitigate the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has been relentless, testing the resiliency of most of us.

To quote a recent article titled, “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re


Smell the Roses

I recently had a conversation with a patient who could not believe he had been on dialysis for an entire year. He began to reminisce about his early days when he was newly diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, and the struggles he went through as he adjusted and adapted his lifestyle. While at first he felt as if time was never


A Pharmacy With a Personal Touch

In an age where big-brand pharmacies are everywhere and traditional corner drug stores are few and far between, finding a pharmacy like Blue Jay Pharmacy and Medical Supplies in Clifton is rare. Modeled after the mom-and-pop shop of yesterday, Blue Jay offers all the amenities of a modern-day pharmacy without sacrificing a


Tobacco and Cancer: Part II

Ernst Wynder was born in Herford, Germany in 1922. He and his parents were Jews who fled Germany in 1938, coming to the U.S., and he enrolled as an undergraduate at NYU. When the war started, he received citizenship and enlisted in the army. Because of his knowledge of German, he was sent back to Europe where he was assigned to intelligence


The History of PEMF Therapy

How a trip to space led to a discovery in cellular healing.

April 12, 1961: Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Yet, for his one hour and 48 minutes of making a single cycle around the earth, the man paid heavily. He came back in near-critical condition, in spite of


The Prime Health Care Consortium’s Psychiatry Residency Program

(Courtesy of SMGH) The Prime Health Care Consortium at St. Mary’s General Hospital and Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital are coming to the end of the first year with their Internal Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) Residency Program. Since July 1, 2020, 50 residents are rotating among both institutions for their core and


Gene Therapy Trial Offers Hope for Children With Canavan

In an operating room at Dayton Children’s Hospital on April 8, 4-year-old Benny Landsman of Brooklyn received the first new clinical trial of an FDA-approved gene therapy for Canavan disease.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Lober placed four catheters in holes drilled into Benny’s skull, down a


How Do Your Own Platelets Heal You?

What is PRP?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an amazing treatment that takes all the healing factors from your own blood. They are concentrated and then placed where your body needs it. If you have a tendon injury, ligament injury or joint arthritis, platelets can heal the injury and treat


A Letter of Thanks to Bonei Olam

Dear Rabbi Bochner and Bonei Olam,

We finally found a few moments to collect our thoughts and write this letter we knew needed to be written for a while now…

Some months ago, Hashem blessed us with twins. Twins that are, B”H, beautiful and healthy babies.


Saint Barnabas Medical Center Earns Consecutive ‘A’ Ratings from The Leapfrog Group

(Courtesy of RWJBarnabas Health) Saint Barnabas Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, was awarded its 19th consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score rating by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the

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