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  • As Nigeria is declared formally free of Ebola, Israel preps for domestic readiness

    by Jacob Wirtschafter

    3 days ago

    Israeli officials welcomed the World Health Organization announcement on Oct. 20 that Nigeria has been declared formally free of Ebola following six weeks with no new cases of the deadly virus.

    “This is an important development for Nigeria and highlights their swift and effective...

  • Jews at the helm of U.S. Ebola response

    By Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    The United States’ two main point men in dealing with the Ebola crisis, Ronald (Ron) A. Klain and Thomas (Tom) R. Frieden, have some things in common.

    Both are 53, high achievers and Jewish.

    Each is well-known in his professional circles, and now as both men find themselves in...

  • Jewish movement disorders and genetics

    by Joseph Jankovic, MD

    4 days ago

    As I was sitting (and standing) in a synagogue over the holidays I let my mind wander, as I often do under similar circumstances, and tried to answer the eternal question: If God designated the Jews as the “Chosen People” why did he/she also referred to them as the “stiff-necked...
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  • Top U.S. Ebola point men are Jewish

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Any mother, Jewish or otherwise, would kvell over the accomplishments of her three sons, although at the moment she might wish that the youngest one weren’t constantly in the news.
     
    That would be Thomas (Tom) R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and...
  • L.A. Cancer Challenge:  Running for lives of others

    By Elyse Glickman

    2 weeks ago

    When thousands of racers line up at the Veterans Affairs grounds in West Los Angeles on Oct. 26, it will be to raise awareness for a devastating type of cancer sometimes linked to mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are more prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews.

    But it’s not...

  • The shofar saves a rabbi’s life: a case study

    by Dr. Norman Lavin

    September 23, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    My patient, an esteemed rabbi, underwent major abdominal surgery lasting several hours. Within one day postoperatively, he was instructed to blow into a mechanical device to help prevent respiratory complications. 

    Pulmonary problems are not uncommon after surgery, and they...

  • Israeli-designed device allows paraplegics to walk

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 17, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    As a result of an automobile accident in 2007, Southern California resident Stephen Wilson was only able to enjoy the outdoors from a seated position in his wheelchair for years. But thanks to ReWalk, an Israeli-designed-and-built device that allows some people with spinal cord...

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