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  • Raining on the Ice Bucket Parade

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    3 weeks ago

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a truly horrible illness. It is a progressive fatal neurodegenerative disorder that leads to worsening muscle weakness.

    Weakness in the limbs initially makes handwriting sloppy and makes it hard to...

  • 5 Reasons Why You Need to Pee In the Forest Once in a While

    By Arielle Adelman

    August 13, 2014 | 9:23 am

    When I was a little girl I would beg my mom to let me be “nature girl”.  By definition, nature girl means: a person with xx chromosomes who uses the great outdoors or a sandbox to (daintily) pee.  In my adult life when I recall this memory, I’ve had a hard time understanding my...

  • Paid Family Leave: Celebrating in CA and Working for Change for the Rest of the Country

    By Maya Paley

    July 1, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    "Family leave, childcare, flexibility—these aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses—they should be the bottom line." --President Obama, June 21, 2014

    According to the Pew Research Center, the United States ranks last of the OECD countries in...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?

    I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR

    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

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  • Health benefits of circumcision reinforced

    April 16, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    In the circumcision wars, circumcision has been winning some big battles.

    A new survey of medical data going back more than two decades has found that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. The publication of the article on April 4 by the medical journal Mayo...

  • You can have fun when you die

    By Gina Nahai

    April 2, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    “So, what do you do?” the doctor asks. 

    “When?” I answer. 

    “Just ... every day.”

    “You mean ... for work?” 

    “Or otherwise.”

    “I’m a writer.”

    “You are?”

    “Yes.”

    He’s still waiting. I wait, too. 

    “So ... what else do you do?” 

    What’s wrong with this guy? I wonder....

  • Let’s Move, Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 19, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Let’s Move!, the campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States led by First Lady Michelle Obama, was announced in early 2010. One year later, Israel founded a similar program following the success of its American parallel, aimed to promote a more active and healthy way of...

  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

    As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!  
    To celebrate, I am...

  • 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...

  • A day to learn about women’s wellness

    February 5, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Quick. And no using your smart phone. What is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States? If you answered breast cancer, you’re close. Indeed, breast cancer takes far too many lives each year. But it is No. 2. No. 1 is heart disease.

    Ready for another one? Chia seeds: Just...

  • The power of two

    January 31, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Lee Shoag is the kind of husband who tells his wife he loves her wrinkles.

    Barbara Shoag says her husband’s excess pounds mean she has more of him to hug.

    But when the Reform Jews from Long Beach, both 74, took a whitewater rafting trip several years ago and found themselves...

  • Awaiting transplant, family rallies with hope

    December 4, 2013 | 6:07 pm

    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 a tour of film’s fondest genre.

    What Goldberg needs, however, is a new kidney, and it’s not...

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

    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

    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

    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...

  • Calendar: October 26-November 1

    By Laura Donney

    October 23, 2013 | 11:48 am

    SAT | OCT 26

    “A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER”

    John Malkovich and Julian Sands collaborate on a personal and unusual tribute to one of the most influential British dramatists of the 20th century. The Nobel Prize-winning playwright is responsible for “Betrayal,” “The French...

  • New diabetes hope with AAT therapy

    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...

  • 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...

  • Critical California health insurance coverage

    October 4, 2013 | 10:29 am

    As states across the country prepare for the rollout of health insurance coverage the state of California has become a leader. While some states have chosen not to provide a system for their residents to access affordable health care, California has set up Covered California, a...

  • A union’s Jewish connection

    September 24, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    Bet Tzedek, a nonprofit that provides free legal services for poor people, is locked in a dispute with the union that represents most of its workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (or AFSCME). At issue is the amount of money employees contribute...

  • 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...

  • Across enemy lines, wounded Syrians seek Israeli care

    September 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Not a hundred miles from Damascus, a Syrian rebel lies in a hospital bed, an Israeli sentry at the door. Nearby a Syrian mother sits next to her daughter, shot in the back by a sniper.

    What started this year as a trickle is now a steady flow of Syrians, scores of civilians and...

  • Polio virus discovered in Jerusalem

    September 10, 2013 | 9:36 am

    The polio virus was discovered for the first time in Jerusalem.

    The virus, which was discovered several months ago in southern Israel and spread to the central and northern parts of the nation, was found in Jerusalem’s wastewater treatment plant, Israel’s Health Ministry said...

  • 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...

  • Happy birthday Mr. Mandela!

    July 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    South Africa and the world showered tributes on Nelson Mandela on Thursday as the anti-apartheid leader turned 95 in hospital and his doctors reported he was "steadily improving" from a six-week lung infection.

    The country has been on edge since the former president and father of...

  • Sugar, Sugar…

    By Rebecca Cooper

    July 18, 2013 | 8:11 am

    Proven to be more addictive than cocaine, a closer look at Sugar may help to explain America’s rise in obesity, diabetes and the new focus on food addiction.

    A 2007 study (Lenoir, Serre, Cantin, Ahmed), found that intense sweetness surpasses cocaine reward even in addicted and...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 15, 2013 | 5:33 am

    One place, endless possibilities

    Have you checked the new Israel Tourism Ministry's mini-website? Under the slogan "One place, endless possibilities," the Tourism Ministry is marketing Israel as an international conference hub. The new mini-website describes Israel as a unique...

  • Even More Studies You Should Ignore

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 12, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Back when I was a medical student (in the Cretaceous Period) we were taught that someone once did a study comparing folic acid levels in the blood of cancer patients compared to the blood of healthy patients. The cancer patients had, on average, significantly lower folic acid...

  • Hospitals and community clergy: A match made in Heaven?

    July 2, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    I remember the life-and-death confrontation as if it happened yesterday.

    An oncologist was trying to deliver painful news to the son of a grievously ill cancer patient. 

    “Your mother is actively dying,” the physician said. “I’m not sure if there is a benefit to further...

  • BioWeld1: Bye to stitches, staples

    July 2, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    Women giving birth by Caesarean section could be the first to benefit from a revolutionary Israeli invention for closing surgical incisions without stitches or staples. The technique also promises to leave patients less prone to infection and scarring. BioWeld1, a unique...

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