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  • Writing can diagnose Parkinson’s

    by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

    October 30, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    A new Israeli study comparing the handwriting of healthy people to those with Parkinson’s disease holds out the promise of providing a simple diagnostic tool at the earliest stages of the progressive disorder caused by the death of nerve cells in the brain’s muscle-movement control...

  • Dr. George Berci: Beyond the scope

    by Rebecca Steinberger

    October 30, 2013 | 12:42 pm

    Those who know Dr. George Berci describe him as a visionary, and it’s not just because the world-renowned surgeon pioneered the techniques that serve as the foundation for endoscopic procedures that have changed the field.

    At 92, the Holocaust survivor is still contributing to...

  • New diabetes hope with AAT therapy

    by Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 16, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Israeli researcher Eli Lewis never forgot how a childhood friend with diabetes repeatedly injected himself with insulin shots. 

    “I thought he was a hero,” said Lewis, director of the Clinical Islet Laboratory at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. “I was blown away by...

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  • Walk to Cure Diabetes: A mother’s prayer

    by Andrea King

    October 16, 2013 | 11:35 am

    This past Yom Kippur, as my 4-year-old son and I were walking into shul, I was explaining why Mommy and the other adults were fasting. I said: “And when you’re 13 …” 

    And then I stopped, realizing that he will probably never fast on Yom Kippur. 

    Two years ago, the day before...

  • Ron Diskin: Mapping defenses against HIV

    By Simone Wilson

    October 9, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    The race to find a cure for AIDS, one of Earth’s most pressing epidemics for more than three decades now, is often more of a chaotic relay. Thousands of international scientists must constantly revise their own projects to keep up with findings from across all scientific...

  • Companions on a lonely journey to recovery

    by Kylie Jane Wakefield

    October 3, 2013 | 10:47 am

    When Susan Kapadia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she felt alone and depressed. Then she found the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) in Santa Barbara and started — bit by bit — to emotionally recover from it. 

    “I felt very comforted here because people knew what I...

  • Fighting cancer: From loss to action

    By Elyse Glickman

    September 18, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    A calming shade of purple punctuates the Manhattan Beach office of the woman who founded the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). In one corner, two teddy bears with purple ribbons add a comforting touch to the “living room” setting where Pamela Acosta Marquardt meets with...

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