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Hadassah Stem Cell Expert Speaks at TEDx Conference in Jaffa
Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, the Hadassah Medical Organization’s world-renowned neurologist and stem cell research specialist, gave a presentation entitled “Stem Cells: Protectors of the Brain” at the 2014 TEDx conference, held at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, Israel. Date: 12/18/2014


FDA Grants Approval for US Clinical Trials of Hadassah-Developed Technology to Treat Fatty Liver Disease
A new drug technology, developed at the Hadassah Medical Organization to treat fatty liver disease--a condition with no approved effective drug treatment--was given the go-ahead by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a Phase 2 multi-center clinical trial in the US. Date: 12/17/2014


Hadassah Physicians Receive Prestigious Grants and Awards
A number of Hadassah Medical Organization physician/scientists have been awarded prestigious grants recently. Date: 12/17/2014


New Research at Hadassah: Computational Tools Unravel the Mystery of Transient Amnesia
Hadassah Medical Organization researchers have identified what happens physiologically during transient global amnesia (TGA), an episodic, rapid-onset amnesia that is characterized by a person’s impaired ability to retrieve and create newer memories, along with temporal disorientation and repetitive questioning that lasts up to 24 hours. The study findings were published in the May issue of the prestigious journal, Annals of Neurology (Volume 75, pages 634-643) and highlighted on the cover. Date: 12/16/2014


From Life-Threatening Brain Bleed to Birth of a Daughter
When Gila Sibony was six months pregnant, she suffered a life-threatening bleed in her brain. The Hadassah Medical Organization’s specialists saved her life, but she lost the baby. Fast forward about five years and Gila is the mother of a new baby girl, born at Hadassah. Date: 12/11/2014


Cookbook Author, Rabbi Marks, Spends Last Days at Hadassah's Hospice
"We knew his time was limited, and his dying became inevitable, so we asked for a place in the Hadassah hospice on Mount Scopus,” relates Sharon Altshul, speaking of her brother, Rabbi Gil Marks. “We wanted a dignified and compassionate place,” she said. “And that's what we found.” Date: 12/8/2014


Hadassah’s Revolutionary Tipat Halav Clinics of 1920s Featured in Jerusalem Old City Museum
The black and white photo at the entrance to the museum is from Hadassah’s Old City Tipat Halav Collection, documenting life in the 1920’s. It was at the well-baby clinics that pasteurized milk was distributed to the mothers of the city, bringing a revolutionary upgrade to mother and child health and nutrition. Date: 12/2/2014


Victims of Terror Share Their Stories of Anguish and Appreciation with Hadassah President
Hadassah National President Marcie Natan and Barbara Sofer, Israel Public Relations Director for Hadassah, visited victims of terror in the Hadassah Medical Center’s intensive care units and the Sarah Wetsman Davidson (SWD) Hospital Tower. Date: 12/2/2014


Hadassah’s Advanced Gene Sequencing Changes the Life of a Family from Uzbekistan
The Hadassah Medical Organization, using the powerful research tool of advanced gene sequencing, has identified a gene mutation that 3 of a couple’s 12 children shared, which caused them to have an intellectual disability, short stature, seizures, and disturbed glucose metabolism. Now the other healthy children are able to be tested to see if they carry the mutation and to plan their futures.  Date: 11/20/2014


IDF Medic Heroically Battles Terrorist, Both Treated at Hadassah
“When I saw a young woman on the road, I stopped my car,” relates Yishayahu Horowitz, a medic in the Israel Defense Forces. “At first I thought it was a car accident, but then I realized it was a terror attack. Date: 11/20/2014


Orthopedic Trauma Turns Tragedy into Innovation at Hadassah
Terrorism and other mass casualty events have been the mother of invention for the Hadassah Medical Organization’s orthopedic trauma teams. Date: 11/20/2014


On the Cutting-Edge of Melanoma Treatment: Hadassah’s Protocols and Research
“Today we are seeing a revolution in the treatment of melanoma and the Hadassah Medical Center is among the world leaders because we always believed that the immune system can combat cancer,” says Dr. Michal Lotem, head of Hadassah’s Organization for Melanoma and Cancer Immunotherapy. Date: 11/13/2014


Saving a Newborn from a Life Without Sight
“He was two and a half months old when I saw him for the first time,” said Hadassah Medical Organization Pediatric Ophthalmologist Dr. Irene Anteby about the East Jerusalem baby who was assumed to be blind. Dr. Anteby, however, realized he wasn’t reacting to light because dense cataracts were blocking his vision. Date: 11/13/2014


Terrorist and Victim Sent to Hadassah's Hospitals After Third Attack in Two Weeks
A personal account of the scene at the hospital. Date: 11/10/2014


Three Sent to Hadassah After Second Jerusalem Terror Attack of the Week
A second possible terror attack by car hit IDF soldiers in Gush Etzion. Three have been sent to our hospital in Ein Kerem. Date: 11/10/2014


Clinical Trial of Hadassah-Developed Stem Cell Treatment for Macular Degeneration Gets Go-Ahead from FDA
Jerusalem’s Cell Cure Neurosciences, whose mission is to become a leading supplier of human cell-based therapies for the treatment of retinal and neurodegenerative diseases, has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a clinical trial to treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with OpRegen®, a first-of-its kind animal product-free, retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell formulation derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Date: 11/6/2014


“We Don’t Say ‘No’,” Hadassah Neurosurgeon Explains in Operating on 82-Year-Old Patient
Active and independent, doing her own shopping and cooking along with volunteer work in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 82-year-old Maria suddenly collapsed after she stopped taking her blood thinner to prepare for a dental procedure. Date: 11/3/2014


Cutting-Edge Medicine and Research; a Role Model for Peace: A Briefing from the Hospital's Director General
Describing the Hadassah Medical Organization’s new inpatient facility— the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower— as “a beacon of healing that rises from the Jerusalem hillside,” Acting Director General Prof. Tamar Peretz explained to her New York audience of supporters that “a steering committee of people on both sides of the ocean worked together to plan the best hospital building in the world.” Date: 11/3/2014


4 Ways Hadassah Hospital is Preparing for Ebola—Just in Case
The Middle East's most prestigious research hospital is taking great strides to prepare for a potential Ebola outbreak. Date: 10/29/2014


Hailing from 17 Countries: the 39th Graduation Class of Hadassah’s International Master of Public Health Program
Keynoting the colorful 39th graduation ceremony of the International Master of Public Health (IMPH) program of the Hadassah-Hebrew University’s Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine was 1999 IMPH graduate, Dr. Anna Marzec-Boguslawska, Director of The National AIDS Center, Warsaw, Poland. Her topic was: "Bringing it All Together: Building on the IMPH experience for effective responses to public health threats in an ever-changing world.” Date: 10/28/2014


At Hadassah, Four Recover, Two Tragically Perish After Light Rail Attack
On Wednesday, October 22, a car driven by a Palestinian terrorist sped into a light rail station in Jerusalem. The attack injured nine and sent six, including one infant, to Hadassah's hospitals. Date: 10/27/2014


Other Doctors Suggested Aborting the Baby. The Experts at Hadassah Knew Better.
Six months after the birth of their son, Tamar (Tami) and Yehudah Dror still can’t believe they have a healthy baby. But they do know exactly who to thank. Date: 10/27/2014


Hadassah Doctor Receives International Prize for Medical Innovation
Prof. Mintz, in cooperation with the Israeli start-up EasyNOTES, recently developed a method to perform a gastric bypass without a single incision or anesthesia, by using an endoscope to place magnets into the small intestine and stomach. Date: 10/21/2014


Hadassah Doctors Rescue Frostbitten Nepal Avalanche Victim
Hadassah's doctors flew out to Nepal to help victims of a massive avalanche that has shook the region. Date: 10/21/2014


Thousands Mourn Loss of Young Israeli Hero
Thousands of weeping Israelis of all ages accompanied Lieutenant Tamar Ariel to her final resting place in Israel’s Moshav Masuot Yitzhak, where her mother, Anat Tuchman Ariel, and her father, Hanan Ariel, met while her mother was on Hadassah’s Young Judaea Year Course. Date: 10/21/2014


A Mysterious Case Sends a Family Searching for Cures, Finding Hadassah
Nine-year-old Tasnin had spent most of her life going from doctor to doctor, as one cold and respiratory infection followed the next. For a long time, doctors were unable to diagnose the cause until Hadassah’s genetic experts identified the culprit and cured her--a breakthrough that will be highlighted in one of the world’s top hematology journals in the coming months. Tasnin, who is the middle daughter of five sisters, was often so sick she had to be hospitalized. But doctors believed it was “just a virus,” and she would outgrow this pattern of continually contracting these respiratory illnesses. Date: 10/6/2014


Grateful Patients, Their Families, and Their Doctors Offer Thanks
Barbara Sofer, Hadassah’s Israel Director of Public Relations, has received many warm words of appreciation from grateful patients who want to express their thanks to the hospital’s supporters around the globe. Date: 10/2/2014


Head of Hadassah's Hospital Addresses The Economist Health Care Forum
"I was delighted and honored to be invited to such a prestigious meeting,” Dr. Levtzion-Korach relates. "I felt so proud representing Israel in general and Hadassah in particular. Here I was being asked about the Israeli health system, and I knew that the women of Hadassah had initiated it." Date: 10/2/2014


Hadassah Medical Center Receives Much-Needed Genetics Analyzer from Partner in Australia
The Hadassah Medical Center has received the gift of a much-needed Amino Acid Analyzer system from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, Australia, thanks to a collaboration between the two institutions, facilitated by Hadassah Australia. Date: 9/29/2014


South Africans Bring Gifts to Patients in Hadassah’s Pediatric Department
Representatives of the South African Jewish Community showered the patients in Hadassah's Hospital in Ein Kerem’s Pediatrics Department with gifts during their recent visit. Date: 9/29/2014


"We Shouldn't be Playing God," Hadassah Trauma Expert Tells Brazilian Media About Treating Terrorists
“If I could do anything to relieve the suffering in Gaza, I would do it,” says Prof. Avi Rivkind, head of the Trauma Unit and the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Hadassah Medical Organization, in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper during a Hadassah International visit to the country to meet with supporters and potential supporters. Date: 9/8/2014


UN Team Presents at UN Annual Conference on Collaborative Bio-Xplore Program
Bio-Xplore, a medicinal plant project of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Greece, and Spain, was featured at a Hadassah-hosted workshop of the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) annual conference. Guest presenter at the workshop, entitled “Changing Lives Through International Cooperation,” was Prof. Bertold Fridlender, President of the Hadassah Academic College and Project Coordinator for Bio-Xplore, a two-year initiative, funded with a two-million euro grant from the European Union. Date: 9/2/2014


During Operation Protective Edge, Hadassah's Hospitals Care for Terror Victims and Perpetrators
Within a 24-hour period, the Iron Dome shot down rockets in the area close to Hadassah's hospital in Ein Kerem, and new terror victims and one suspected terrorist were taken to HMO for treatment. Date: 8/25/2014


Netletter: Rocket Terror, Flying Lifesavers and Underground Psychiatrists
Barbara Sofer tells us how our projects in Israel are helping to heal and renew the citizens of Israel. Date: 8/25/2014


Hadassah's Hospitals: Employing, Treating, Training Palestinians and Israelis Side by Side
Whether it is offering Palestinian medical residents a specialty fellowship at the Hadassah Medical Organization or helping to set up a Cystic Fibrosis Center in Gaza, Hadassah’s health professionals are continually reaching out to improve medical care for their Palestinian neighbors. Date: 8/19/2014


Terror Attack Survivor Gives Birth to Baby Boy at Hadassah's Hospital
Adi Hudja Peretz, who almost lost her life in a terror attack 13 years ago, has delivered a healthy baby boy at Hadassah's Hospital in Ein Kerem. Date: 8/12/2014


Hadassah Surgeon Ahmed Eid Performs Life-Saving Surgery on Jerusalem Terror Victim
Prof. Ahmed Eid, head of the Department of General Surgery at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, performed life-saving surgery on Chen Schwartz, the Israeli soldier who was shot twice at close range by a terrorist on a motor scooter in Jerusalem. Date: 8/11/2014


Israeli Hero Treated at Hadassah's Hospital on Mount Scopus
Israeli Prison Service Officer Ariel Twitto was on his way to pick up his children from nursery school camp after accompanying a prisoner to court when he and fellow officer, Elad Biton, heard someone shouting "Piguah!" (terror attack!). Date: 8/11/2014


Profile of a Hadassah Hero: Dr. David Rekhtman
While on a break from serving with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza, Dr. David Rekhtman, head of the Pediatric Emergency Room at Hadassah's Hospital in Mount Scopus, came to visit one of the dozen wounded soldiers from his unit. This was his first day back at work after three weeks of serving in reserve duty. Date: 8/11/2014


Palestinian Pediatric Patient Has Good Prognosis Following Liver Surgery at Hadassah
Eleven-month-old Sanad is recovering in the pediatric surgery ward of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center. His aunt, Basma, is keeping a watchful eye on the curly-haired wide-eyed child. Date: 8/6/2014


Wounded Paratrooper Prepares to Return Home from Hadassah
Last week, Paratrooper Oron Ronen’s sunny, single room in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower was full of candy, fruit, and small electric appliances. These were all gifts for the wounded soldier, who was injured in Israel's latest defense mission, Operation Protective Edge. After two weeks at Hadassah, he was finally ready to go home. Date: 8/1/2014


Romanian Medical Student Thanks Hadassah for Giving Him His Life Back
When the physicians in Romania, as well as consultants in Germany, feared that they would not be able to save his life, the local Jewish community rallied and arranged for David to be airlifted to the Hadassah Medical Center. He now has a new chance at life. Date: 7/31/2014


Shahar: Dawn of a New Healthy Life, Thanks to Hadassah’s Oncology Team
The difficult journey from a diagnosis of leukemia through life-saving treatment at the Hadassah Medical Center began for Shahar at about age six Date: 7/31/2014


When it Comes to Heart Attacks, Hadassah Protocol Saves Lives
The Hadassah Medical Organization’s protocol for victims of heart attacks translates into 34 minutes from the time a patient arrives at Hadassah until the blocked artery is opened. Date: 7/31/2014


World-Renowned Mathematician, Near Death, Saved at Hadassah’s Trauma Unit
his past October, David Kazhdan, world-renowned mathematician, Talmud scholar, and biker was run over by the wheel of a tractor-trailer while bicycling with his son. He was brought to the Hadassah Medical Center’s Trauma Unit close to death. Date: 7/31/2014


Her Excellency Marie Bashir Sees Bridges to Peace at Hadassah's Hospitals
"You are in the best place in the world, where everyone cares for your son," Her Excellency, Professor and Governor of New South Wales Marie Bashir said. She was speaking to the mother of Baby Ali—in Arabic—during her recent visit to the Hadassah Medical Organization. The mother responded, “I know.” Date: 7/8/2014


Hadassah Researcher Honored with Prestigious Prize for Blood Discovery
Principal Investigator Dr. Rinat Abramovitch of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy, has been awarded a grant from the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) for her work regarding the beneficial effect of using fresh blood for transfusions in surgery patients. Date: 7/3/2014


IVF Babies: A Gift of Israel and Hadassah to Its People
Unlike countries where couples spend their entire life savings trying to conceive a child with the help of expensive medical intervention such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), Israel provides free IVF until a woman has two babies or reaches age 45. Israel has the highest per capita use of IVF in the world.
Date: 7/2/2014


Healing Garden at Hadassah's Hospitals Dedicated to Smorgon Family
The Jack and Robert Smorgon Families' Foundation Healing and Environmental Garden was dedicated at Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus on June 22, in the presence of Jack Smorgon, family members, the Director General of the Ministry of Health Prof. Date: 6/25/2014


International Symposium on Pancreatic Disease Headed Up by Hadassah Specialist
Earlier this month, Jerusalem hosted an international symposium dealing with inherited diseases of the pancreas. The symposium was organized by Prof. Michael Wilschanski, Director of Hadassah’s Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, along with Prof. Markus M. Lerch of Greifswald University Hospital, Germany, and Prof. David C. Whitcomb of the University of Pittsburgh, PA. Date: 6/25/2014


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