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Awaiting transplant, family rallies with hope

by Quinn Russell Brown

December 4, 2013 | 6:07 pm

The family gathers to watch TV during a home dialysis session. From left: mom Elizabeth de Forest; Asher de Forest, 14; Jonah de Forest, 12; and dad Michael Goldberg. The couple did a coin toss to decide whose last name the kids would get. She won. Photos by Quinn Russell Brown

Michael Goldberg’s heart is working just fine.

The University of Washington professor teaches a class on romantic comedies. From “Annie Hall” to “Pretty Woman,” he leads his students on... read full article

  • With electromagnetics and metal caps, Israeli companies aim to zap brain diseases

    by Ben Sales, JTA

    November 4, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    It looks like a futuristic salon hair dryer.

    Connected to a computer by a bright orange strip, the half-cube with rounded corners sits comfortably atop the head, a coil of wires resting on the skull.

    As a doctor stands at the computer, the patient gets comfortable. A few...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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