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  • Avian Flu (N7N9) Makes Leap from Bird to Man

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 26, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    Do you remember the H1N1 swine flu that made tens of millions sick and killed thousands of people in 2009? Well, one if its cousins, a bird flu with the name H7N9, is causing some death and consternation in China.

    This strain has long been circulating among birds, but since...

  • Paws of Love: Fur healing’s sake

    August 29, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Ari Gould, 6, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia three years ago. In addition to the physical pain he has endured, the disease and the stressful medical procedures that followed have also left him socially isolated.

    The steroid treatments he receives once a month...

  • A hunger that cannot be fed

    July 18, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    When Gudrun and Daniel Brock opened their front door, Aaron, the couple’s 6-year-old son, ran to hug his teacher from Wilshire Boulevard Temple, whom he had not seen in more than a year. Only she heard him whisper: “I missed you so much.” 

    At first glance, Aaron looked like...

  • Children’s art exhibit gives expression to illness

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 15, 2012 | 8:15 pm

    Artwork created by children with serious illnesses will be auctioned off, along with works by professional artists and celebrities, at Chai Lifeline’s “Through the Eyes of our Children” on May 21.

    Chai Lifeline West Coast provides support to 325 seriously ill children and...

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  • Drama: My Personal Samoa Survivor (Video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    February 27, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Enjoy this article and video about Samoa and my personal Drama at Virgin Cove—right where they filmed SURVIVOR SAMOA! Drama at Virgin Cove: Face-Planted on the Ground


    At 1:30am as I lay on the cement step outside the bathroom. I thought, “Hmm, why am I on the ground? How did...

  • Baby’s parents looking for hope, help and a miracle

    August 9, 2011 | 6:38 pm

    Baby Leah tenses and contorts in her crib at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. A visit to her in the room requires suiting up in a gown, gloves and mask to ensure she doesn’t become sick in her fragile state. Zev and Frani Esquenazi’s little girl, who is named for Princess Leia...

  • Newsflash:  My Boobies are not Magical

    By Sarah Tuttle-Singer

    January 19, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    By now, you’ve probably gotten the memo:

    I’m still breastfeeding M and Little Homie. 

    (And I’m happy to take on another customer or two if you know of anyone in Israel who is interested.  I charge 75 shekels an hour. I could really use the money.Thanx.)

    It’s like a spread in...

  • They never run out of patients

    By David Suissa

    October 22, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    An Iranian Jewish girl was going through chemotherapy treatment -- which tends to suppress your appetite -- but one day, she got this craving for a lamb stew with carrots. Within an hour, someone was headed to the nearest Persian restaurant to get the dish and bring it to the girl....
  • Do you ‘mommy’ your hubby?

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 4, 2008 | 2:28 pm

    I came across an article recently called “Do You Mommy Your Husband?

      Women find themselves mothering their husbands because of societal pressures to be the ultimate woman, says Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.

      “We’ve...

  • Films: Director examines healing from surgery, grief

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Seated at his office in Beverly Hills, Ben Mittleman, 57, doesn't have a trace of gray in his sandy-brown hair. He says his mother used to kid him that he must have had a "facelift or something," but despite the fact that this veteran TV actor turned director-producer looks 10 years...
  • Family Feud—with my family, it’s no game

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I would take my mom against Clint Eastwood in any movie. Sure, he usually plays a grizzled, gunslinger with cat-like reflexes and something to prove, but if you cross my mother, you will find yourself, like the title of Clint's greatest Western, "Unforgiven."

    Make no mistake; this...

  • On completing treatment ...

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I have finished my eight rounds of chemotherapy. I feel like someone coming to the end of a year of mourning, about to surrender the status of "mourner" and return to face the world without a label to describe my continuing internal struggle.

    During the year of mourning, there is a...

  • The great (non) depression

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I overdid it yesterday. Perhaps I misjudged the line between exhaustion and sloth.

    Or perhaps my recuperation from the cancer treatment requires a slower return to fitness than yesterday's exertion.

    But this morning's desire to stay in bed needs to be honored, unlike yesterday's,...

  • Special Delivery - When Baby Brings More Than Expected

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Berger had a tough pregnancy. Berger, who asked that her real name not be used, had severe morning sickness for six months, and then was on bed rest for her last 10 weeks. But it wasn't until her baby came home that trouble really began.

    "On the third day, I remember this dark...

  • My Mother’s Mostly Beautiful Heart

    By Reeva Hunter Mandelbaum

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Overall, she has a mostly beautiful heart" is what the cardiologist, my brother's friend, says as we quietly stare at the beating organ on the computer screen. We're waiting for other images, the not-so-beautiful parts, from the lab after her emergency angioplasty.

    "Her beautiful...

  • Life More Ordinary

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I recently visited a congregant in the hospital and was surprised to find a doctor crying in the hallway. I told her I was a rabbi and asked if I could help. The doctor immediately apologized for her tears.

    "It's been a hard week," she said, "I'll be OK."

    She told me she had just...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sasha Sparkles

    Superskater and silver Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen lit up the runway recently at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style event in Beverly Hills. It was a night of chowing down on yummy foods and stargazing as the Rodeo Drive Committee celebrated the illustrious careers of...

  • ‘Thin’ Exposes Hefty Secrets and Lies

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Alisa, a 30-year-old Jewish divorcee, consumed 200 calories most days. But every few weeks, she repeatedly binged on gargantuan amounts of junk food, then purged by vomiting, swallowing diuretics and Ipecac. After several days, the mother of two usually landed in the hospital.

    "I...

  • Many With Gaucher Unaware of Disease

    By Andrea Waxman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Jewish New Yorker Joan La Belle, now 70-something, was in her mid-20s, she began to experience scary symptoms, suggesting a serious health problem: "I felt exhausted, had rough menstrual periods with very heavy bleeding and terrible nose bleeds."

    She also suffered...

  • Community Braces for Flu Shot Scarcity

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

     

    Michael Gabai is on a quest.

    The owner and administrator of Ayres Residential Care Home has spent the last two weeks calling physicians, senior centers, grocery stores and pharmacies in search of flu shots for about half of the 18 residents in his facilities who have been unable...

  • Schizophrenia With a Dash of Schmaltz

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Iris Rainer Dart's cousin was diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago, the illness sent shockwaves through her Jewish family. "They were from the shtetl and superstitious," said Dart, 59, the best-selling author of 1985's "Beaches." "They thought that the illness was a curse,...

  • Preteen Advocate Educates Nation About Diabetes

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, Emma Klatman's summer vacation sounds like that of a typical 11 year old. She attended summer camp and traveled to Washington, D.C. Instead of merely a participant at camp, however, Klatman was a featured speaker. And in our nation's capitol, she came not to sightsee...

  • Big Screen, Bigger Picture

    By Rachel Brand

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Ari Hier doesn't like to just watch nonfiction films, he likes to ask questions about them -- usually Jewish questions.

    "My motivation has always been, 'What questions would I ask the filmmaker at my own dinner table, no holds barred?'" said Hier, the director of the Simon...

  • The Art of the Matter

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When artist Ted Meyer was first diagnosed with Gaucher disease, a lipid-storage disorder that is the most common genetic disease affecting Jews of Eastern European descent, he used his artistic talents to express his pain.

    Now fully recovered due to breakthroughs in treatment, the...

  • Meeting Dr. Soulmate

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somehow, the universe knows. It knows when you have on a fresh coat of MAC lipgloss, some cute heels you got on sale at Charles David and clean hair that's looking halfway decent. It knows. That's the night you won't meet anyone.

    If a principle is true, then so is its opposite,...

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