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

by Jacob Wirtschafter

October 21, 2014 | 3:55 pm

A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant during a training session for Congolese health workers to deal with Ebola virus in Kinshasa on Oct. 21. Photo by Media Coulibaly/Reuters

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... read full article

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

    By Tom Tugend

    October 21, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    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

    October 21, 2014 | 8:17 am

    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...
  • Top U.S. Ebola point men are Jewish

    By Tom Tugend

    October 17, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    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...
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  • L.A. Cancer Challenge:  Running for lives of others

    By Elyse Glickman

    October 14, 2014 | 10:36 am

    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...

  • Medical malpractice awards: How much is enough?

    By Jared Sichel

    September 10, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Sitting in his wheelchair, head tilted, Michael Markow was having trouble speaking into the voice-amplifying microphone he must use in order to be heard clearly.

    Markow’s caretaker sprayed some water into Markow’s mouth, which often dries out because of the drugs he takes to help...

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