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  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    5 days ago

    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext).

    The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community....

  • Take Vitamins At Your Own Risk!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    5 days ago

    The scientific literature is replete with the failure of vitamins to support diseases.  Yet, the industry is booming and people's cabinets are filled with potentially harmful, poorly studied colorful bottles that make unsubstantiated magical claims.

    This year, we witnessed Dr....

  • When Your Doctor Takes Vacation.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    Last week, I took a six day vacation.  Two days before and two days after, I put in a total of 32 unpaid hours of work which was cut short by a call from my daughter asking me why I am working during my time off.  While away with my family, I ran into people of different walks of...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 16, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful organization named Save a Child’s Heart (SACH.) It is an Israel-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from...

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  • Science and Mysticism.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 26, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    In my second year of Medical School, during cadaveric dissections, I was struck by how limited our brains are.  We tease apart the dead to unravel the mysteries of life.  How odd!  Friends are shocked to see a physician with background in microbiology drawn to mysticism.  Trying to...

  • Hollywood in Israel, the Jerusalem Marathon, Spiderman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 24, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Alona Tal continues her climb to the top

    Israeli actress Alona Tal, who is one of the most successful Israelis in Hollywood, is joining a new US television production directed by Marc Forster, who was in charge of  World War Z and James Bond film Quantum of Solace. The Amazon...

  • The worst news in healthcare is the increasing number angry physicians!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 13, 2014 | 6:33 pm

    The worst news in healthcare is not antibiotic resistance, drug-drug interactions, hospital acquired infections, lack of communication between systems of medical records, and certainly not the alarming rate of obesity in our youth. 

    The worst news is the increasing number 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...

  • My Concierge Doctor Fired Me!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 18, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Nothing cuts the cord between the doctor and her patient like the mention of money!  Yet, doctors all over the country are rushing to become “concierge physicians.”  For an annual retainer, enhanced care and access is afforded  to the patient.  The more you pay, the closer you can...

  • Free HIV treatment for asylum seekers, the art of makeup, Israman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 26, 2014 | 11:55 am

    A wounded Syrian couple received emergency treatment in Israel

    As the blood continues to pour in the streets of Syria, Israel continues to provide treatment to wounded civilians.  Last week, Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital near...

  • The Value of Life

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 19, 2013 | 11:43 am

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)

    On Monday, Amal Haniyeh, the granddaughter of Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized in Israel in...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 14, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Fighting unemployment

    Nowadays, at a time of economic challenges, fighting unemployment is a daily struggle almost all countries face. According to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel succeeds in winning this battle. From 232,000 unemployed Israelis in...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 7, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Back to Turkey

    Antalya and other Turkish cities have always been a favorite vacation destination for Israelis. In the past year or so, there has been a significant reducing in Israeli tourism to Turkey, do to some unfortunate diplomatic incidents between the two countries and a...

  • Pardon my ovaries for causing the shutdown

    By Julie Bien

    October 2, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    I am having a hard time keeping my jaw from hitting the ground—or my head from banging onto my desk, for that matter. Our government just came to a grinding halt over whether or not I have the right to the affordable care-and-keeping of my reproductive organs.

    Let me rephrase:...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 23, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Shared agriculture

    Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli and Palestinian Agriculture Ministries agreed to revive some of the joint committees formed in the 1990s under the Oslo Accords, which were frozen 13 years ago. The ministries also decided to...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Nazi themed café. In 2013

    The Soldaten Kaffee ("The Soldiers' Café"), named after the popular hangout for soldiers in Germany and occupied Paris during World War II, is all Nazi-themed. From waiters wearing shirts with swastikas, to a Hitler wax figure, the small café sparked...

  • Marie Curie Helps Patients with Metastatic Prostate Cancer

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    July 19, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    Anytime you or I feel particularly content with our achievements, we would be well advised to review the biography of Marie Curie. We would then quickly realize that we are unambitious mediocrities who should be much more productive. The magnitude of her accomplishments is...

  • 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...

  • A New Weapon against Hospital-Acquired MRSA Infections

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 7, 2013 | 6:35 am

    The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus can live on our skin and in our noses without causing disease. Such a condition is called bacterial colonization, to contrast it from infection in which the bacteria causes illness. When the skin is broken or when host immunity is weakened Staph....

  • 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...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 6, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Go Big in Tel-Aviv

    European low-cost airline Easy Jet is launching an aggressive marketing campaign in London, aimed to promoting tourism  in Tel-Aviv, in cooperation with Israel's Tourism Minister. The campaign, under the banner "Go Big in Tel-Aviv," is aimed at young people and...

  • 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...

  • The American College of Physicians Releases Prostate Screening Guidelines

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 19, 2013 | 6:48 am

    My regular readers have been following the controversy about prostate cancer screening for some time. The controversy boils down to the following question. Should healthy men be routinely tested for prostate cancer? The most recent chapter in the controversy was written last year...

  • Prepared or Neurotic?

    By Elana Horwich

    April 8, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Going to India and Thailand means possibilities of all kinds of disease. I need to be prepared.

    Is it that I am a highly allergic, food sensitive, obsessively compulsive healthy eater or is it that I have travelled a lot and know what I need? Two years ago I climbed Mount...

  • Evergreening in Big Pharma

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 2, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    By M. Alexander

    Yesterday, India’s Supreme Court rejected Novartis’ patent application for the cancer drug Glivec.  You may ask, “Why is this important to discuss on a Jewish blog about redemption?”

    This case grabbed my attention because of allegations that the Swiss...

  • A New Hope for Hepatitis C Infection

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 29, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Hepatitis C is a viral infection that is usually spread through contact with infected blood. Prior to 1992, when testing of donated blood and organs became commonplace, many people were infected through blood transfusion and organ transplants. Now the most common method of...

  • Azithromycin Might Kill You, but That’s Not Why You Shouldn’t Take It

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 15, 2013 | 10:38 am

    This week the FDA issued a warning about the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax). The media stories have some patients terrified and some of them are calling me convinced that azithromycin is poison, a reliable agent for suicide.

    What’s the hubbub about?

    Azithromycin is in a...

  • Healthcare That You Should Avoid, part 2

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 22, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    16% of all spending in the US is on healthcare. About half of that is spent by federal, state, and local governments, and the other half is spent by the private sector. In 1970 about 7% of all spending was for healthcare. Total annual spending on healthcare per person has increased...

  • Leon Morgenstern, first director of surgery and founder of Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Si

    December 27, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Dr. Leon Morgenstern, Cedars-Sinai’s inaugural director of surgery and founder of its Center for Healthcare Ethics, died on Dec. 23. He was 93.

    Although born in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1919, Morgenstern considered himself a New Yorker and earned his medical degree from New York...

  • EU Parliament committee certifies Israeli pharmaceuticals

    September 21, 2012 | 10:02 am

    A committee of the European Parliament has endorsed measures to simplify the sale of Israeli pharmaceuticals within the European Union.

    “EU-certified pharmaceuticals could be exported to Israel and vice-versa without requiring additional certification in the importing country...

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