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Hadassah Researchers Discover Gene that Compromises Respiratory System
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have discovered the gene that causes primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare condition that compromises the functioning of the cilia, the minute protective hairs in the respiratory system, thereby resulting in repeated lung infections, sinusitis, frequent ear infections, and fertility problems. In about half of the cases, the mutation also causes organs to develop in "mirror image" of one another, so that, for example, the heart develops on the right side of the chest instead of on the left, while the liver grows on the left and the stomach and spleen on the right. Date: 4/3/2013

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz Visits Hadassah Ein-Kerem
While in Israel accompanying President Obama, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) paid an early morning visit to the Hadassah Medical Center-Ein Kerem, where she visited with sick patients and met with members of the staff. Date: 3/21/2013

Hadassah Researchers Identify Connection Between National Killer Cell and Cirrhosis
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have discovered that over expression of an immune system Natural Killer (NK) cell called Neuroligin 4 can trigger cirrhosis of the liver by preventing the body from combating scarring. Date: 3/19/2013

Innovative Treatment at Hadassah Preserves Young Patient’s Heart Without Trauma of Open-Heart Surgery
Thanks to a catheterization method of valve replacement, a 15-year-old girl's life was preserved without the need for open-heart surgery. Date: 3/19/2013

Daughter Expresses Admiration for Sensitivity Shown Her 92-year-old Dad at Hadassah
The daughter of a patient thanks Hadassah Hospital Ein-Kerem. Date: 3/12/2013

Hadassah Celebrates Gift of Torah Scrolls to Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue
The last two letters were inscribed and then, with a festive procession, Hadassah celebrated the donation by Isaac Zaoui of two new Torah scrolls to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower's Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue. Date: 3/12/2013

New Zealand’s Wellington Unit Celebrates Purim with Support for Hadassah’s Medical Clown Program
The Wellington Unit of Hadassah-New Zealand raised funds for the Hadassah Medical Center's Medical Clown Program by hosting a raffle and stand at the local Jewish Community Center's Purim Gala. Date: 3/12/2013

“Complicated” Cardiac Patient Thanks Hadassah
Having been in and out of hospitals frequently, a cardiac patient wrote to thank the team at the Hadassah Medical Center for their "patience and so many smiles, not to mention professionalism and patient care." Date: 3/6/2013

Hadassah Medical Center: One of Eight ASHA Grantees in the Middle East
Through the United States Agency for International Development's American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, the Hadassah Medical Center—one of eight grantees in the Middle East--received over one million dollars in Fiscal Year 2012 to upgrade its surgical equipment. Date: 3/6/2013

Hadassah: Source of Prolific Research and Scientific Publications
With the deep conviction that research is the essence of medicine, the Hadassah Medical Center's physicians/researchers are committed to translating research insights into practical advances that not only prolong, but also enhance quality of life. Date: 3/6/2013

First in Israel: Technological Breakthrough in Knee Replacement at Hadassah
Using Zimmer® iASSIST™--a unique personalized guidance system involving a gyroscope and WiFi technology--surgeons at the Hadassah Medical Center have performed four successful knee replacements. Date: 3/4/2013

Graduates of Hadassah’s International Master’s of Public Health Program Say It Changed Their Lives
"For a growing number of public health professionals from 90 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, and other parts of the developing world, the road to career success and influence runs through Jerusalem," writes Judy Siegel-Itzkovich in her Jerusalem Post article about the graduates of the International Master's of Public Health (IMPH) program at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Date: 2/25/2013

Hadassah Medical Team Brings Palestinian Patient from Nablus to Its Intensive Care Unit
While Palestinians are an integral part of the Hadassah Medical Center's regular inpatient and outpatient populations, for the first time, a Hadassah physician went to a Nablus hospital within the Palestinian Authority to bring a Palestinian patient to Hadassah for treatment. Date: 2/25/2013

Baby Who Swallowed a Date Pit Rescued at Hadassah
One recent Friday night, frightened parents arrived at the emergency room of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus with their eight-week-old son, who was struggling to breathe after his older brother had given him an unpitted date to eat. Date: 2/20/2013

Dr. Aziz Darawsha Named Chair of Emergency Medicine at Hadassah-Hospital Ein Kerem
Dr. Aziz Darawsha, former Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine (ER) at the Emek Medical Center in IsraelAfula, has been appointed Chair of Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem Dr. Darawsha succeeds Dr. Jacob (Cobi) Assaf, who has retired after heading Hadassah ER for the last 18 years. Date: 2/20/2013

Grateful Daughter Thanks Hadassah for Father’s Care
An 84-year-old man, in critical condition, was brought to the Hadassah Medical Center; his daughter later wrote to salute Hadassah for the quality of concern her father experienced in Internal Medicine B on Mount Scopus. Date: 2/20/2013

Psychiatric Patient Commends “Future Generation of Physicians” at Hadassah
A patient who was hospitalized for two months in the Hadassah Medical Center's Psychiatry Department wrote to express his appreciation for the "unlimited dedication" of his physician. Date: 2/20/2013

Creative Sale of Art Brings Money to Hadassah Medical Center
When Hadassah Austria President Susi Shaked decided she could donate a Cartier watch that she no longer wore for auction in support of the Hadassah-Christie's Chagall Project, it occurred to her shortly thereafter that she might also be able to donate for auction some works of art that her husband's patients had created a number of years ago. Date: 1/31/2013

Hadassah’s Dr. Amal Bishara Receives “Outstanding Woman Scientist Award” from US Department of State
Dr. Amal Bishara, initiator and head of the Hadassah Medical Center's Arab Bone Marrow Registry Outreach Project, has been named "an outstanding woman scientist in the Middle East and North Africa" by the United States Department of State. Date: 1/31/2013

International Conference on Challenges in Liver Disease Honors World-Renowned Hadassah Liver Specialist
About 200 health professionals--including 20 of the world's leading liver specialists from France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States--attended an international conference on liver disease at the Hadassah Medical Center in January, where they honored Hadassah's Prof. Daniel Shouval upon his 70th birthday. Date: 1/31/2013

First in Israel: Hadassah Surgeons Perform Surgical Procedure With No Incisions
Hadassah Medical Center surgeons recently performed a gastroenterological surgical procedure using the POEM (Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) method, which does not involve incisions. Date: 1/30/2013

Hadassah’s ART-Joy-Love Project Continues to Nurture Ethiopian Orphans Who Have HIV/AIDS
As part of the Hadassah Medical Center's ART-Joy-Love project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, devoted to helping orphans with HIV/AIDS, Hadassah's health professionals once again traveled to Ethiopia for a multi-layered outreach—this time including an art show which showcased the work of talented teenagers from the orphanages. Date: 1/30/2013

Stage Four Melanoma Patient Grateful to Hadassah for Personally Tailored Clinical Trial Which Has Offered Him “A Chance to Fight”
After being told there was no treatment that could save him, a Florida attorney with stage four melanoma received a new lease on life when he was accepted into a personally tailored melanoma vaccine clinical trial at the Hadassah Medical Center. Date: 1/25/2013

Ten-Million Dollar Gift Creates Cardiovascular Wellness Institute
To empower and encourage women to make life choices that will preserve a healthy heart, the Hadassah Medical Center has received a ten-million dollar gift to create the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute. Date: 1/25/2013

BrainStorm Stem Cell Therapy for ALS is Fast-Tracked to New Phase
The ALS PhaseI/II safety trial of Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics' NurOwn stem cell therapy has been fast tracked to a Phase IIa dose-escalating trial by Israel's Ministry of Health and will be launched "immediately" at the Hadassah Medical Center, reports this leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases. Date: 1/24/2013

Hadassah Medical Center Physician Discovers a New Type of Lethal Mushroom
In treating a patient who suffered from massive congestive heart failure and a malfunctioning liver, Dr. Yuval Horwich, a resident in the department of internal medicine at the Hadassah Medical Center, discovered that the man had eaten a poisonous mushroom, which he had picked in the Jerusalem forest. Date: 1/24/2013

Hadassah Researchers Investigate Link Between “Love Hormone” and Development of Autism
Researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center are investigating the connection between lower levels of the hormone, oxytocin, during pregnancy and the development of autism. Date: 1/24/2013

Hadassah: Care "With Endless Devotion"
A woman with a malignant melanoma who was treated at the Hadassah Medical Center wrote to say that her Hadassah surgeon cared for her "with endless devotion." Date: 1/24/2013

The Birth of Hila’s Baby: A Tribute to Hadassah Medical Center Ingenuity and Perseverance
When 35-year-old Hila failed to conceive despite 13 rounds of treatment in 4 different centers in Israel, fertility specialists at the Hadassah Medical Center suggested they try a slightly different approach. Date: 1/24/2013

Leading Israeli Health Reporters Feature Hadassah
Two of Israel's leading health reporters chose interesting angles to their year-end articles. Hadassah is the only Israeli hospital they mention. Date: 1/10/2013

Appreciative Parent of Child with Down Syndrome Praises Hadassah Medical Center
A mother of a child with Down Syndrome, who recently immigrated to Israel, shared her great admiration and appreciation for the Hadassah Medical Center's National Center for Down Syndrome. Date: 1/9/2013

Diagnosis of Mysterious Fever Saves Man’s Life at Hadassah
When a 50-year-old man came to the Hadassah Medical Center with a mysterious fever and difficulty breathing, the cause was difficult to determine and standard treatment for his clinical systems did not stop his decline. Date: 1/9/2013

Hadassah Medical Center Appoints New Director of Pediatric Intensive Care
Dr. Philip Toltzis, Interim Chief of the Division of Pharmacology and Critical Care at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, a teaching hospital of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, has been appointed Director of Pediatric Intensive Care. He succeeds the late Dr. Ido Yatziv and Acting Director Dr. Jacques Braun. Date: 1/9/2013

Hadassah Welcomes New Head of Pediatrics at Ein Kerem Hospital
Professor Shimon Reif, a specialist in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and Chair of the Pediatric Division at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, has been appointed head of Pediatrics at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem. He is replacing Prof. Dan Engelhard, who has completed 10 years in the role and will now continue to serve as head of Hadassah and Pediatric AIDS Center. Date: 1/9/2013

Hadassah: Renowned in Noninvasive Removal of Kidney Stones
One of the first hospitals in the world to acquire a lithotripter--which revolutionized the elimination of kidney stones with noninvasive shock wave therapy—the Hadassah Medical Center today houses the largest Kidney Stone Treatment Center in Israel. Date: 1/9/2013

Little Girl with Large Mass Relieved of Breathing Difficulty by Hadassah
An eight-year-old girl was having difficulty breathing and was scheduled for a bronchoscopy at the Hadassah Medical Center; Hadassah's physicians discovered that a large mass was the cause. Date: 1/9/2013

Man Survives Life-Threatening Bite by Microorganism, Thanks to Hadassah
When a 53-year-old man was hospitalized at the Hadassah Medical Center in unstable condition, suffering from sepsis, a severe systemic inflammatory response, an extensive set of tests revealed that he had been bitten by a microorganism called Rickettsia. Date: 1/9/2013

Hadassah Physician/Researchers Identify Defective Gene and Halt Paralysis of Babies’ Limbs and Vocal Cords
Identifying the defective gene that has caused neuropathy in children of North African descent, physician/researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center have employed an experimental drug to prevent permanent paralysis of both muscle and vocal cords in four children. Date: 12/21/2012

Grateful Patients Praise Hadassah Medical Organization
Whether it is from a pregnant woman needing to spend part of her pregnancy as an inpatient or a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy, the Hadassah University Medical Center receives letters of appreciation on a daily basis. Date: 12/11/2012

Hadasit Creates “Brunch Club” to Forge Bonds Between Hadassah Physicians and Industry Professionals
To foster creative new research, Hadasit, the Hadassah Medical Center's technology transfer arm, has instituted "The Brunch Club," bringing together Hadassah physician/researchers and industry professionals who work in related fields. Date: 12/5/2012

Hadasit Sets Up Incubator Company to Develop Stent Locator
To develop a unique stent locator based on the work of three Hadassah Medical Center heart specialists, Hadasit, Hadassah's Technology Transfer Company, has created an incubator company entitled AOL Medical. Date: 12/5/2012

Hadassah Engineer Celebrates 100th Anniversary on Nepal Mountaintop
Hadassah Medical Center Chief Engineer Beli Deutsch, while exploring natural tracks in Nepal, celebrated Hadassah's 100th anniversary on the Laurebina Pass some 15,300 feet above sea level. "I was very sorry I missed the Hadassah Centennial Celebration in Jerusalem," he says, "so I arranged a celebration for myself!" Date: 12/5/2012

Hadassah Medical Center Saves the Lives of Triplets
Carrying triplets, a 49-year-old woman was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Center's High-risk Pregnancy Unit when she experienced swollen legs and contractions during her 26th week of pregnancy Date: 12/5/2012

Radiology and Oncology Team at Hadassah Save Little Girl’s Eye
The Hadassah Medical Center's radiologists and oncologists joined forces to save the life and the sight of a seven-year-old girl afflicted with a cancerous tumor in her eye that was causing her eyeball to bulge out of its socket. Date: 12/5/2012

Hadassah Anesthesiologists Work Around Woman’s Fear of Entering a Hospital
When a woman who needed dental surgery became hysterical with fear as she drove up to the hospital, unable to gain the courage to enter, Hadassah Medical Center Senior Anesthesiologist Prof. Alex Avidan and Prof. Eliezer Kauffman, Director of Dental Anesthesia, came out to her car, all the necessary equipment in tow, and gave her some anesthetic--while she was still seated in her car. Date: 12/1/2012

Hadassah Medical Center Intervention Program for Kids with Cognitive Problems is Piloted in Jerusalem School System
Dr. Itai Berger, Director of Hadassah's Pediatric Neuro-Cognitive Center, and his team have created a model for early diagnosis and intervention with children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Learning Disabilities (LD,) which is being piloted in the Jerusalem school system. Date: 12/1/2012

Hadassah Pioneers New Treatment for Liver Cancer
The Hadassah University Medical Center, for the first time in Israel, has pioneered a new treatment for liver cancer, using a direct flow of high-voltage electric current to destroy a malignant tumor. Date: 12/1/2012

Head of Hadassah’s Pediatric Urology Department Joins Surgical Colleagues in the Operating Room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Dr. Ezekiel Landau, Director of the Pediatric Urology Department at the Hadassah University Medical Center, recently joined his surgical colleagues in the operating room at Cincinnati (Ohio) Children's Hospital Medical Center as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two medical institutions. Date: 12/1/2012

Initiated in Israel, Clinical Trial for Innovative Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Expands to United States
A clinical trial with TL-118--a new treatment for metastatic pancreatic cancer--that has been ongoing at the Hadassah University Medical Center and three other oncology centers in Israel, has been expanded to the United States. Date: 12/1/2012

A Tribute to Prof. Saul Merin: Hadassah Ophthalmologist Who Built Bridges to Peace Through Medicine
Through his long-time collaboration with the St. John Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem, Prof. Saul Merin, Hadassah University Medical Center ophthalmologist, was a role model for building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians through medicine Date: 11/30/2012

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