Jewish Journal

Radiation therapy that works for children

by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

July 30, 2014 | 10:35 am

MercyBeam radiation therapy targets tumors more precisely than traditional radiation and can be tolerated by children under 3. Image via Shutterstock.com

An Israeli industrial engineer, who spent months in the hospital following a paragliding accident, saw the limitations of X-ray technology and vowed to make it better.

After developing a... read full article

  • The Jewish connection to stem cell research

    by Michelle Chernak

    July 23, 2014 | 11:31 am

    More than a decade ago, Silviu Itescu and Michael Schuster were conducting research in a laboratory at Columbia University and made a discovery involving a type of human stem cell that could be used to treat rats during a heart attack. 

    The revolutionary finding demonstrated the...

  • After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

    by Jared Sichel and Ryan Torok, Staff Writers

    July 2, 2014 | 12:09 am

    Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community grieved together in a memorial service for the teens—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali...

  • An app that brings music to our eyes

    By Jared Sichel

    June 25, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Amir Amedi, a neurologist at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is certainly happy about his team’s recent breakthroughs, but that’s not why he was doodling on a notepad during a recent interview.

    He was trying to demonstrate how his work could revolutionize the way neurologists...

  • A new era for Torah-based fertility treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 11, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    As modern couples are marrying later and often postponing having children, the use of cutting-edge fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryonic genetic testing, is gaining widespread popularity and acceptance.

    But for Orthodox Jewish couples who wish...

  • Learning to juggle life skills through Circus Arts

    by Cyndi Bemel

    May 21, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Watching spunky Kaia Susman, 9, stretching her legs in a wide straddle and then bending forward until her body was completely flat on the floor conjures images of a super-stretchy Gumby toy. 

    “It’s more fun than pain,” Kaia said during a recent training session at Kinetic Theory...

  • Illinois MERS patient ‘not infectious’; Florida patient released

    by Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

    May 19, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    An Illinois man who had tested positive for antibodies to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus in his blood is no longer infectious, state health officials said on Monday.

    The case in Illinois was the first direct transmission of the MERS virus on U.S. soil. The two prior...

  • Pakistan’s failings to fight polio spark global emergency response

    by Tom Miles, Reuters

    May 6, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Pakistan's failure to stem the spread of polio triggered global emergency health measures on Monday, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommending all residents must show proof of vaccination before they can leave the country.

    The emergency measures also apply to Syria...