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  • All women win as Israel battles breast cancer

    2 weeks ago

    As October Breast Cancer Awareness Month came to an end, the Old City walls in Jerusalem were illuminated with pink lights. But Israel’s promotion of breast cancer awareness is not just for show—Israel continues to be a global leader in breast cancer detection, research, and...

  • Terminally ill Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon to donate his $100 million fortune to charity

    2 weeks ago

    Back in 2012, Sam Simon — best known as one of the creators of The Simpsons — was told he had terminal colon cancer and only three to six months to live. Since then, he’s been preparing to give away his entire fortune to the causes that matter most to him.

    In a recent interview...

  • Cancer takes Brittany Maynard

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2014 | 6:50 am

    The young and beautiful Brittany Maynard passed away this past weekend. Many followed this woman’s journey as she brought awareness to her decision to choose when to die while battling terminal cancer. There is a lot of debate over Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act and the...

  • Oh so sorry

    September 17, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    I’m sorry I haven’t eaten more hot dogs. 

    Saturday is Selichot, the time when the whole Jewish world sings with Connie Francis, "I’m sorry," and vows to do better next time. Many of us are focused on the wrongs we’ve done to others, or even to God. 

    This year, however, as I...

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  • Cedars-Sinai to host symposium on inherited cancer risk

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 3, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    As a gynecologic oncologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the late 1980s, Dr. Beth Karlan and her colleagues noticed that cancer seems to cluster in certain families. In 1991, they established the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program to investigate the role heredity plays in...

  • Bernard Madoff’s son Andrew dies after long battle with cancer

    September 3, 2014 | 9:51 am

    Andrew Madoff, the son of convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff, died on Wednesday from cancer, his lawyer said. He was 48.

    "Andrew Madoff has lost his courageous battle against mantle cell lymphoma," lawyer Martin Flumenbaum said in a statement. "He died peacefully at Memorial...

  • Radiation therapy that works for children

    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...

  • A German saves a Jew

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 23, 2014 | 5:51 pm

    It was 3 p.m. on a November weekday when Frank Hebroni found out who had saved him. He recalls the moment in perfect, vivid detail, a strobe of intense light after so much darkness:   

    “It was nine hours ahead — midnight for him,” Hebroni, 26, said of his bone marrow donor, who...

  • Premier cancer researcher cites successes and sees hope

    April 7, 2014 | 11:20 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Dr. Larry Norton is the Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in New York and hailed by many as one of the foremost cancer researchers in the United States.

    Dr. Norton was in Israel for a...

  • Finding a cure

    February 13, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Israel’s reputation as a tech pioneer extends far beyond wireless technology and computer chips to the biomedical field. While some of the most ingenious treatments are being developed at Israeli universities, others are being launched by private start-up companies.  

    Here is a...

  • Israeli breast cancer survivor filling a niche

    February 10, 2014 | 2:23 pm

    Michelle Kolath-Arbel squeezes a nipple, rolling it in her fingers with a look of mild disgust.

    This model, which Kolath-Arbel ordered from China two years ago for $50, is thick and crude and took three months to arrive in the mail.

    “It was hard, rubbery,” she said. “It looked...

  • Terminally ill teen who covered Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ loses fight with cancer

    November 26, 2013 | 10:34 am

    Olivia Wise, the Jewish teenager from Toronto whose cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar” became a viral hit, died of brain cancer on Monday, CNN reports. She was 16.

    Wise made the moving recording in September after learning her condition was untreatable. She was wheelchair-bound, unable...

  • Moving and Shaking: Larger Than Life-L.A. Family’ 10th anniversary & ADL counter-terrorism training

    By Ryan Torok

    October 30, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    From left: Rakefet Aharon, president of Larger Than Life-L.A. Family, honoree Margo Barber and Shay Diamant, chairman of Larger Than Life-L.A. Family at the organization’s Oct. 13 gala. Photo by Orly Halevy.

    Larger Than Life-L.A. Family, which supports cancer-stricken children...

  • Joyce Black, philanthropist, 75

    By Tom Tugend

    October 7, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    Philanthropist and community activist Joyce Black, wife of real estate magnate Stanley Black for 57 years, died on Oct. 4 after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 75.

    Stanley Black recalled Joyce as a witty, humorous person, always ready with a quip, as well as a quick...

  • Light-up Nation: What Israel can teach America about medical marijuana

    By Simone Wilson

    October 2, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Just over six years ago, in the lush Upper Galilee of northern Israel, the nation’s first large-scale harvest of legal medical marijuana was flowering on the roof deck of Tzahi Cohen’s parents’ house, perched on a cliff overlooking the bright-green farming village of Birya. Until...

  • Lessening isolation in lives of young cancer patients

    September 4, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    Daniel Bral does not remember the two weeks of his life after he was rushed to the hospital at age 11 with cancer in his throat blocking his windpipe. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer involving white blood cells, his treatment lasted until he was 14 and included two...

  • Lessening isolation in lives of young cancer patients

    September 4, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Daniel Bral does not remember the two weeks of his life after he was rushed to the hospital at age 11 with cancer in his throat blocking his windpipe. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer involving white blood cells, his treatment lasted until he was 14 and included two...

  • Unnecessary Gunn violence: A take on Skyler White

    By Melissa Weller

    August 28, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Yesterday I asked a coworker, with whom I’ve participated in many a yay Skyler/nay Skyler conversation, to forget details for a minute and sum up in one general statement the first time he remembered filing Skyler White under the bitch column, and why. Coworker settled on Skyler’s...

  • Fire at N.Y. camp for kids with cancer destroys bunkhouse

    August 19, 2013 | 11:13 am

    A fire at Camp Simcha, a camp  for children with cancer, destroyed one bunkhouse and damaged a newly built one.

    The fire was discovered when a counselor at the camp in Glen Spey, N.Y., woke up early Saturday morning and smelled smoke. The counselors evacuated the 15 residents of...

  • Dustin Hoffman says he beat cancer

    August 7, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Dustin Hoffman has been “surgically cured” of cancer, a spokesman for the actor said.

    “It was detected early and he has been surgically cured,” Hoffman’s publicist told People magazine, which was the first to report the story.

    She added that the Academy Award winner is “feeling...

  • Bette Midler sings to dying fan over the phone (VIDEO)

    June 27, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    Hope you have a tissue handy.

    In this heartbreakingly sweet video, Bette Midler makes a special phone call to superfan Anna Greenberg, who is dying in the hospital with cancer. Midler thanks Greenberg for her support and praises her for her courage. "You're such an angel," Midler...

  • Yoram Kaniuk, Israeli author and journalist, dies at 83

    June 12, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Yoram Kaniuk, an acclaimed author and journalist who had the designation Jewish removed from his Israeli identification card, has died.

    Kaniuk died Saturday night after fighting cancer for many years. He was 83.

    Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Kaniuk wrote 17 novels, including...

  • Helping teens face cancer

    May 15, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    When Tammy Kaitz’s son, Dylan Crane, was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago, the two started going to meetings of the support group Teen Impact at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Tammy had the opportunity to talk with other parents who were experiencing similar circumstances,...

  • Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy after discovering ‘Jewish gene’

    May 14, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Actress Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy after discovering that she had the breast cancer gene common to Ashkenazi Jewish women.

    Jolie wrote in an Op-Ed in The New York Times that she decided to have the surgery after being told she had the BRCA1 gene mutation and had an 87...

  • Fake medicine

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    May 8, 2013 | 7:04 pm

    Counterfeit Drugs Kill People and Fund Terrorism in the Middle East

    Caveat emptor means “buyer beware.” Fake medicines are now a multibillion-dollar industry affecting people in virtually every country in the world, and the problem is getting worse. It has been estimated that up...

  • Bikur cholim manners

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 10, 2013 | 7:05 am

    Every disease is a social disease. When a person is diagnosed, his or her family, friends and community are involved as well. The shock moves through a widening circle, and the questions are always the same: How do we react; how should we react? Will I say the right thing; is there...

  • U.S. cancer research group lauds Israeli scientist Alexander Levitzki

    April 9, 2013 | 8:14 am

    Alexander Levitzki of Hebrew University was named the recipient of the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Chemical Research.

    The prestigious award was presented Tuesday by The American Association for Cancer Research. Levitzki also delivered a lecture to the...

  • Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer ‘poisoning’ accusation

    March 12, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Venezuela will set up a formal inquiry into suspicions that the late President Hugo Chavez's cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad, the government said.

    The accusation has been derided by critics of the government, who view it as a typical Chavez-style...

  • The Mensch List 2012

    January 3, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Last month, for our seventh-annual mensch list, we again invited all of you to submit your nominations of extraordinary volunteers, and again the outpouring of suggestions of amazing people was overwhelming. We faced this enormous response only to wonder, once again, how to choose...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Local Testimony- 2012

    The 2012 World Press Photo exhibition opened last week at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. The traveling international exhibition is accompanied by the thrilling Israeli Local Testimony exhibition, presenting the best of Israeli photojournalism. Dozens of...

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