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US Cannabis Activist Meets Hadassah’s Cannabis Research Pioneer
Cancer Survivor, Cannabis Activist, and Founder of the Beverly Hill Cannabis Club Cheryl Shuman recently visited Israel to meet with Cannabis Research Pioneer Prof. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, whose work provided the basis for the medical community’s embrace of medical marijuana (cannabis). Date: 1/24/2014


First Neurology Patients Move in to Hadassah's Hospital Tower
"Welcome! You are the first," Nira Kedar, head nurse of the the neurology department at Hadassah Medical Organization, said, with a huge smile, to Nachshon Halevy. Mr. Halevy will be the first patient to be wheeled into the new neurology department on the ninth floor of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Date: 1/21/2014


Hadassah Researchers Use Functional MRI to Detect Responsiveness in Unconscious Patients
"The clinical evaluation of consciousness in Disorder of Consciousness (DOC) patients, based on their exhibited behavior, is difficult and remains erroneous in many cases," report researchers at the Hadassah Medical Organization. Date: 1/14/2014


Christian Friends of UK Visit Hadassah and Learn About HIV-AIDS Unit and Israeli-Palestinian Collaboration
As part of a fact-finding tour emphasizing the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, the Chief Executive of Christian Friends of the United Kingdom, Jacob Vince, along with a delegation of non-denominational Christian laymen and clergy, visited the Hadassah Medical Organization. Date: 1/14/2014


David Project Campus Advocates Engage at Hadassah
"We have seen and heard so much about the Mideast conflict, that it's a relief to see a place which is an island of peace," said a member of the David Project delegation, which visited the Hadassah Medical Organization this week. Date: 1/9/2014


ALS Stem Cell Trial Yielding “Impressively Positive” Findings
Commenting on the Phase IIa trial of NurOwn™--BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics' stem cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)--which is being conducted at the Hadassah Medical Organization, Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, principal investigator, reports that the safety data are "impressively positive" and that the "initial indications of clinical efficacy" are cause for optimism regarding the management of ALS and the future of cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases in general. Date: 1/2/2014


Hadassah Pediatricians Team Up with Philippine Embassy to Nurture Children’s Health
On a rainy winter day, a group of pediatricians and a medical clown from the pediatric department of Hadassah's hospital in Mount Scopus traveled to Tel Aviv for Hadassah's annual preventive health initiative at the Philippine Embassy. Date: 1/2/2014


A Visit to the Hospital with Historical Ties
It's a vignette of Hadassah's long history intertwining with the development of the Jewish state... Date: 12/23/2013


Chicago Boy Takes Magic Show to Israel, Cheers Up Sick Children, for Bar Mitzvah
When Jacob David "Jakey" Korol of Northbrook, Illinois was thinking of a mitzvah project for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah he knew he wanted to do something in Israel. Date: 12/23/2013


28 Students from 19 Countries: Hadassah-Hebrew University’s 2013-2014 IMPH Class
The 2013-2014 International Masters of Public Health Program at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine is comprised of 28 students from 19 countries. Date: 12/18/2013


Hadassah Graduate Describes Rescue Mission Following Nairobi Terrorist Attack
Kioko Kiilu, a 2007 graduate of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, now Emergency Health Manager for the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), was a first responder when the Israeli-owned Westgate Mall in Nairobi was attacked by a group of terrorists. Date: 12/18/2013


Hadassah Graduate Designs Programs That Decrease Death from HIV/AIDS and TB
Benson Ulo, a 2003 graduate of the International Masters of Public Health Program at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, applauds his education for providing him with a “flexible think tank,” where students are equipped to shape public health care worldwide. Date: 12/18/2013


Hadassah's Hospitals an Example of Great Customer Service
Thirteen-year-old Adin had open-heart surgery at Hadassah 's hospital in Ein Kerem to replace his pulmonary valve. Read an excerpt from his grandmother's description of the family's quality experience. Date: 12/18/2013


New Jersey Man Visiting Israel Finds Himself a Patient at Hadassah's Emergency Center
A Romanian medical student who has been hospitalized at Hadassah since he was airlifted to Israel after being electrocuted on a sightseeing electric train in Moldavia, has just regained his ability to speak thanks to insertion of a speech valve. Date: 12/18/2013


On Icy Road, in Post-Storm Traffic Jam, Hadassah Nurse and Midwife to the Rescue
Despite the end of Jerusalem's largest winter storm, some icy roads were still closed, causing major traffic jams. In one such jam, a Hadassah nurse and a Hadassah midwife helped to bring a baby girl into the world. Date: 12/17/2013


80 “Storm Babies” Born at Hadassah Medical Center
Despite 50 centimeters of snow and power outages all over the city, the Hadassah Medical Organization staff worked overtime to help 80 women give birth to their new babies. Date: 12/16/2013


A Grandma is Grateful for Hadassah and its “Winning Formula”
"We had every reason to be anxious: our five-year-old granddaughter, Racheli, had a fast-growing tumor in her right arm and it needed to come out," writes a Jerusalem grandmother. Read her letter, describing the wonderful experience Racheli had as a patient at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem. Date: 12/12/2013


Goshen, Israel’s Pediatric Community Health Project, Creates Steering Committee and Launches Course for Pediatricians
The Goshen Project, which is spearheading a paradigm shift in the approach to pediatric professional training in Israel, based on the Australian model at the Royal Children's Hospital's Center for Community Child Health in Melbourne, Australia, has now formed its National Steering Committee, with Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Hadassah's Division of Pediatrics, as Chair, and Prof. Asher Ornoy, head of the Department of Child Development and Rehabilitation at the Israel Ministry of Health, as Chief Executive Officer. It has also launched its first course for pediatricians, with attendees representing the mosaic of Israeli society—Jews and Arabs, secular and Orthodox, as well as urban and rural physicians. Date: 12/12/2013


Two State-of-the-Art MRI Machines--Cutting-Edge Diagnosis and Research at Hadassah
The 3 Tesla Trio MRI and the 1.5 Tesla MRI, two sophisticated diagnostic tools, enable Hadassah Medical Organization physicians to examine the functioning of the body in real time. Date: 12/12/2013


First Deputy Mayor of Paris Visits Hadassah's Hospital
On December 4, 2013, Mme Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris, visited Hadassah Ein Kerem. Date: 12/11/2013


Creating the Medicine of the Future: Hadassah’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy
The Hadassah Medical Organization's Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy is targeting its research to optimize the chances of fighting a wide range of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases with gene and cell therapy. Date: 12/9/2013


Abandoned Baby Receives Life-Saving Heart Surgery at Hadassah
When "Rami," just a few days old, was found in a box on a street in Bethlehem, someone brought him to the Bethlehem Creche, a nearby orphanage. Born with a serious heart problem, he was referred to Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem for life-saving surgery and now is recovering in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Date: 12/9/2013


Conquering Brain Tumors at the Molecular Level
For Regina Golan-Gerstl, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, the fight against brain cancer has been close-up and personal: her mother died of the disease. She has now identified a genetic protein that is directly implicated in the development of the most prevalent brain cancer--glioblastoma. Date: 12/9/2013


Ethnic Diversity, Sophisticated Surgery, Genetic Research: the Character of Pediatrics at Hadassah
One major challenge at Hadassah Medical Organization, Prof. Eitan Kerem explains, is the parents. "Many times they are hostile and they don't have trust," he says. To deal with this situation, the hospital staff provides many activities "to help the parents see each other as human beings, despite their different backgrounds and opinions about how the Middle East conflict should be solved." Date: 12/9/2013


Hadassah Hospital Counteracts Violence Against Women with Awareness Campaign in Maternity Ward
Commemorating the United Nations’ International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, nurses and social workers at the Hadassah Medical Organization initiated a project in the maternity ward to encourage women to speak up and put an end to abusive relationships. Date: 12/2/2013


Hadassah School Launches Code of Ethics
The Hadassah School, comprised of inpatients of the Hadassah Medical Organization, has launched a new code of ethics for its multicultural student population of all ages. Date: 12/2/2013


Hadassah UK Trustee and Founder of Dental Wellness Trust Spearheads Oral Health Initiative in South Africa
Thanks to the Dental Wellness Trust, founded by Hadassah United Kingdom Trustee Dr. Linda Greenwall, an innovative, supervised tooth brushing program has been taking place in Khayelitsha, South Africa since last April, involving 600 school children. Date: 12/2/2013


Hadassah’s Prof. Orly Elpeleg Receives KKL-JNF 2013 Outstanding Medical Scientist Award
Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of the Department of Genetic and Metabolic Diseases at the Hadassah Medical Center, has been awarded the KKL-JNF’s 2013 Samuel and Paula Elkeles Outstanding Scientist in Medicine Prize. Date: 12/2/2013


Update: New Test Developed at Hadassah Predicts Presence of Harmful BRCA Mutation Which Can Trigger Breast Cancer
Israeli researchers, led by Dr. Asher Salmon, then Senior Oncologist at the Hadassah Medical Center, developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in otherwise healthy women using a novel technology called gene expression profiling. Date: 12/2/2013


From the Desk of Avigdor Kaplan
This year, the unique convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving has special meaning for the three people who have made nearly miraculous recoveries following a devastating stroke, a heart attack and a hit-and-run accident. I say 'nearly miraculous,' because all of them really owe their lives to Hadassah's superb medical teams. Date: 11/27/2013


Israeli Nurse Speaks from the Heart Direct from the Philippines
Read a note from Reuven Gelfond, on the scene in the Phillippines helping with the destruction from the typhoon. Date: 11/21/2013


Hadassah Nurse In Charge of IDF Operating Theater in Philippines
Head Hadassah Nurse Reuven Gelfond, who was on the scene after Haiti's destruction years ago, is now in the Phillipines responding to the disaster with an IDF medical team. Date: 11/20/2013


Memorable Milestones from the Chair of Pediatrics at Hadassah
Attending the Bar Mitzvah of a boy whose mother's life he helped to save while she was pregnant with him, and being at the wedding of a woman he has treated since she was an infant are two of Prof. Eitan Kerem's most recent emotion-packed experiences as the Chair of the Pediatrics Division at the Hadassah Medical Center. Date: 11/14/2013


Appreciative Parent and Patient Give Back
When 12-year-old Dennis immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine, he was already sick and in need of a bone marrow transplant Date: 11/14/2013


Where the Ice Breaks: Gazan Guide, Israeli Soldier Meet at Hadassah's Hospital
Stories of building bridges to peace at Hadassah Medical Organization Date: 11/14/2013


Jules Bordet Institute of Brussels and Hadassah Medical Organization Ratify Agreement to Cooperate
In the presence of Belgium Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, the Jules Bordet institute of Brussels and Hadassah Medical Organization today ratified an agreement of collaboration in healthcare, medical education, clinical research and hospital management. Date: 11/12/2013


It's a Small World After All
Al Jazeera photographer Tanya Habjouqa, from Texas, went to Hadassah Medical Organization recently to shoot for a special program on medicine for the media outlet & ran into a few Hadassah women. Date: 11/5/2013


Dr. Yoram Maaravi, Change Agent in Caring for the Elderly
"It's the best thing to do in medicine; it's fulfilling, fascinating, challenging, and rewarding," says Dr. Yoram Maaravi, the Hadassah Medical Organization's Director of Geriatric Rehabilitation, in describing his career as a geriatrician at Hadassah's Hospital on Mount Scopus. Date: 10/30/2013


Hadassah Medical Organization’s Global Reach—One Patient at a Time
"The time I spend in the corridors of healing at the Hadassah Medical Center never fail to inspire me," relates Hadassah's National President Marcie Natan. Date: 10/30/2013


Hadassah’s Trauma Unit: Teaching the World about Saving Victims of Mass Casualty Events
For the past 20 years, every student in Hadassah's medical school has participated in a two-week trauma course after finishing his sixth year; as a result, there are almost 3,000 Hadassah graduates practicing medicine around the world who have been trained to treat blast trauma victims and handle triage during a mass casualty event. Date: 10/30/2013


Caroline and Joseph Gruss Surgical Wing Dedicated at Hadassah Medical Organization
Her father loved technical innovation. Her mother was more devoted to traditional ways of doing things. In turn, naming the new Caroline and Joseph Gruss Surgical Wing of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower, with its high tech operating theaters and welcoming family rooms was a perfect fit, said Dr. Evelyn Gruss Lipper, speaking for the Gruss family. Date: 10/24/2013


Texas First Lady Anita Perry Tours Hadassah's Hospital in Ein Kerem
During her visit to Israel as part of the Texas Economic Development Mission, First Lady Anita Perry toured the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Date: 10/21/2013


Hadassah’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: a Growing Reputation for Success
Thanks to a wide range of sophisticated diagnostic and monitoring equipment, innovative treatment options, and a dedicated multidisciplinary team with an impressive success rate, the Hadassah Medical Organization's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center continues to draw increasing numbers of patients from throughout Israel and abroad. Date: 10/18/2013


Saved from Fatal Meningitis, American Attorney Praises Uniqueness of Hadassah
"I am alive today because the doctors at Hadassah are not constrained by the traditional paradigm of medical practice or typical treatment modalities,"says Michael Weiss, who was recently a very ill patient at the Hadassah Medical Organization. Read about his experience and his admiration for Hadassah's physicians. Date: 10/18/2013


Hadassah Takes Holistic Approach to Infertility at Mind-Body Center
To help women who are grappling with infertility in a more holistic way, the Hadassah Medical Organization opened a Mind-Body Fertility Center, which offers cognitive therapy and stress reduction classes, as well as yoga. Date: 10/4/2013


Hadassah’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Measuring up to the Highest Standards
To ensure that the Hadassah Medical Organization's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is achieving the highest international standards of safety, the PICU staff has designed systems to prevent children from picking up infections while hospitalized; to enhance the safety of mechanical ventilation; and to guarantee that medications are given in both safe and effective doses. Date: 10/4/2013


Helping Cancer Patients Today & Thinking about Treatments for Tomorrow
The Hadassah Medical Organization's Sharett Institute of Oncology provides comprehensive, compassionate care to patients of today, while it has its eye on helping the cancer patients of tomorrow, not only in Israel, but all over the globe. That's why research is a major focus of the Institute. Date: 10/4/2013


National President Marcie Natan Visits Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Last week, National President Marcie Natan visited former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Ovadia Yosef and his family at Hadassah's hospital in Ein Kerem. Date: 10/1/2013


Electrocuted Romanian Medical Student, Airlifted to Hadassah, Making Progress
A Romanian medical student who has been hospitalized at Hadassah since he was airlifted to Israel after being electrocuted on a sightseeing electric train in Moldavia, has just regained his ability to speak thanks to insertion of a speech valve. Date: 9/23/2013


In Response to Increasing Cases, Hadassah AIDS Center Gets Proactive
The Hadassah AIDS Center will offer an in-service seminar on AIDS awareness and prevention for family physicians in the Palestinian population because of the recent increase of AIDS cases among residents of East Jerusalem. Date: 9/23/2013


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