Sunday, October 24, 2021

Health Link

Israel’s First Gift Room for Geriatric Patients Opens at Sheba Medical Center

(Courtesy of Sheba Medical Center) The concept of a hospital gift room is not new. Many hospitals around the world have gift rooms for kids, a place where children hospitalized for an extended period can choose a free toy or game to boost their spirits. But what about hospitalized seniors?


The Gift of Life Urges You to ‘Swab for Steve’

The Gift of Life Marrow Registry, a public bone marrow and blood stem cell registry, is launching a swab campaign with the goal of finding a match for Steve, an active member of both his local and the broader Jewish community. Steve’s family reached out to the Gift of Life in the hope of creating a network of specifically


Goodbye, Multifocals; An Israeli Company Changes Focus Via Software

“Slide your finger here on the side of the frame,” Alex Alon is telling me.

I’m sitting in the “Bistro”—not some trendy Tel Aviv café, but a room set up for demonstrations in the offices of DeepOptics, where Alon is the chief scientist.

DeepOptics has


Why Is Physical Wellness So Important for Recovery?

(Courtesy of Recovery at Crossroads) The foundation for long-term rehabilitation is physical well-being. When we use active substances, our bodies suffer physical consequences, and it takes time for our bodies to recuperate. It all begins with fundamental bodily requirements such as appropriate diet, good sleep hygiene and


Gum Disease: The Invisible Enemy

“Please Daddy, one more book!” Bedtime with my children Nurit (age 5), Ayla (age 3) and Rami (age 1), is a constant battle. My oldest resists, then the others follow. She doesn’t comprehend that sleep is vital to her growth and overall health. Moreover—smaller picture—she doesn’t register her level of exhaustion until she crawls


Cutting-Edge Cardiac Care

(Courtesy of SMGH) “Your cardiac tests came back with unfavorable results, so your next step is a procedure to fix the issue,” said George Matyjewicz, PhD, community liaison at St. Mary’s General Hospital. “At Prime Healthcare’s four New Jersey hospitals—St. Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic, Saint Clare’s


Aging Well With Energy and Vitality

Aging is intimidating. We all know people who have had a difficult time with aging. Many of us associate aging with declining. The good news is that there are ways to improve aging so that you can enjoy life with increased energy for much longer parts of your life.

We live in an amazing time for medical


Dr. Howard Weiner Makes a Kiddush Hashem Every Day

We often talk about making a kiddush Hashem, and most of us strive for that in our daily lives. Dr. Howard Weiner, a nationally recognized neurosurgeon and fully engaged member of his local Jewish community, appears to achieve this goal with ease. Currently residing in Texas, Dr. Weiner began his journey in New York after his


Students Going to Israel Must Be Vaccinated or Recovered to Receive Visas

Entry of vaccinated tourists postponed to August.

(Yeshiva World News) The Igud of Foreign Yeshivos & Seminaries, headed by Rabbi Nechemia Malinowitz, published a letter this week with preliminary guidance for institutions receiving students from abroad, the Chaim V’Chessed


Cancer Screening: Breast Self-Exam

The American Cancer Society is an outstanding organization that does many fine things in the war against cancer, supporting patients and their families, cancer researchers and the public. One of its contributions has been a compendium of recommendations for screening individuals at average risk for cancer, which it has made available for


What are These Doctors’ Secret Codes—EKG, ECG, Echo, CT, Stress?

(Courtesy of SMGH) “Sometimes codes related to cardiac tests can be confusing,” said George Matyjewicz, PhD, community liaison at St. Mary’s General Hospital. “But they are all extremely important tests to diagnose heart conditions early to save your life. I know because my wife, Phyllis, was fortunate to be at St. Mary’s


Health, Worthiness and Respecting One Another

I recently engaged in what I can call a heated, respectful discussion with a group of students on the subject of the word “health.” Health typically comes to mind as an identifier of whether or not someone or something is OK; we breathe a sigh of relief when we hear that a new baby is healthy. We daven for the health of our loved ones,

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