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Bone Marrow: The best kind of gift

by Leslee Komaiko

September 3, 2014 | 11:06 am

Ronnel Conn donated bone marrow through Gift of Life. In 2006, his marrow was a life-saving match for a 28-year-old medical student. Photo courtesy of Gift of Life

In 2002, Los Angeles native Ronnel Conn was an undergraduate at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. When he heard there would be a bone marrow donor drive at the campus Hillel... read full article

  • Radiation therapy that works for children

    by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c

    July 30, 2014 | 10:35 am

    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 real-time X-ray detector and an X-ray explosive identification system, he and his team of...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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