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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
BioLineRx to Commence Phase 1 Stem Cell Trial at Hadassah Medical Organization
BioLineRx Ltd. has received approval from the Israeli Ministry of Health to commence a Phase 1 trial for BL-8040, a novel treatment for mobilizing stem cells from the bone marrow for treating acute myeloid leukemia, as well as other hematological malignancies. The study is expected to begin during the third quarter of 2014 at the Hadassah Medical Organization.
Hadassah’s Prof. Eitan Kerem Receives European Cystic Fibrosis Society 2014 Prize
Prof. Eitan Kerem, world-renowned cystic fibrosis specialist and head of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Division of Pediatrics, has been awarded the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS)’s 2014 prize for his outstanding work in CF.
Hadassah's School Awarded 2014 National Education Award
Hadassah’s Experimental School (HES), which provides hospitalized children of all ages and backgrounds with an education in its unique hospital-based school, has been honored with Israel’s National Education Award by the Ministry of Education.
International “No Smoking Day 2014” at Hadassah's Hospitals
In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s “No Smoking Day 2014,” the Hadassah Medical Organization’s employees and visitors received up-to-date information about the negative health effects of smoking as well as advice on therapeutic interventions to help them delete this habit from their lives.
Mid-Workout, Hadassah Doctor Sprints to Save a Life
One recent Friday afternoon, Dr. Haim Danenberg, Director of Interventional Cardiology at the Hadassah Medical Organization, was out for a run, cell phone strapped to his forearm, as is his tradition. When he received the call that he was needed for emergency heart surgery, he immediately came to Hadassah’s Catheterization Laboratory to greet Michael Kosofsky, who just suffered a heart attack.
Going Local: Heads of Hadassah’s ERs Forge Bond with Community Pediatricians
To bridge the gaps between pediatric emergency room (ER) and community medical care, heads of Hadassah’s emergency services reached out to neighborhood physicians and medics to share information and initiate a dialogue.
Hadassah Doctors Initiate Medical Collaborations in Australia
AUSiMED (Australia/Israel Medical Research) successfully ran its first international collaborative research symposium in Melbourne between Australian and Israeli researchers earlier in May.
Hadassah’s Innovative Cardiac Protocol Saves Man’s Life
An appreciative heart attack victim recounts the innovative protocol that the Hadassah Medical Organization put into action to ensure his survival and quality of life. In his letter, he also highlights the groundbreaking procedures—like one for dissolving blood clots--that Hadassah pioneered, saving thousands of lives.
International Orthopedic Society Invites Hadassah Medical Organization as Member
The exclusive International Society of Orthopedic Centers (ISOC) has announced that it is expanding its membership to include one center in the Middle East: the Hadassah Medical Organization.
New Trial Data out of Hadassah Hospitals Show Promise for Stem Cell Treatment of ALS
Interim results from Israel’s BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics’ Phase IIa stem cell clinical trial, conducted at the Hadassah Medical Center for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are promising.
Oncology Patient Raves About Exceptional Treatment at Hadassah
“Hadassah and its amazing staff have given me a new chance to live a full and productive life and to enjoy my grandchildren for many years to come,” says a most gracious patient Richard Wunsh.
Ugandan HIV-Positive Orphans Saved by Hadassah Global Outreach
At the forefront of global medicine in saving the lives of children with HIV/AIDS, the Hadassah Medical Organization has extended its outreach to orphans on the remote island of Bussi in Uganda.
Growing Heart Healthy Kids in the Heart of East Jerusalem
Heart health is a major focus for Hadassah in both the U.S. and Israel. In the U.S., thousands of women and girls are participating in walks, lectures and health fairs under the aegis of Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program™. In Israel, Hadassah Medical Organization’s Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women—part of its Heart Health Institute—is taking the heart health message to children, mothers and teachers in Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem.
PHOTOS: The Pope Visits Hadassah Hospitals
During his trip to Jerusalem, Pope Francis landed at the helipad at the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. He was welcomed by Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach, the Director of the Hadassah's Hospital on Mount Scopus, and a choir of Israeli children sang for him.
Prof. Alexander Margulis: Hadassah Pediatric Plastic Surgeon and Israel Navy Seal
Meet Prof. Alex Margulis: As his “day job,” Prof. Alex Margulis heads the Hadassah Medical Center’s Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Unit, where children born with birth defects or injured in terrorist attacks are given a new lease on life.
FDA Approves US Clinical Trials to Treat ALS with Israel Stem Cell Technology
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the start of multi-center Phase II clinical trials in the United States to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with adult stem cell technology first introduced by the Hadassah Medical Center’s Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, Senior Neurologist and head of Hadassah’s Multiple Sclerosis Center.
Hadassah Heart Specialists Reveal Detrimental Effect of Thyroid Imbalance on Heart Failure Patients
A study by the Hadassah Medical Center's heart specialists has revealed that increased levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) are correlated with "worse clinical outcome" in patients suffering from heart failure.
Educational Conference in Israel Marks World Down Syndrome Day
As part of World Down Syndrome Day, about 100 people participated in a conference at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus on April 6, 2014, affording families of patients with Down syndrome from all over Israel an opportunity to meet with eminent specialists.
Hadassah Medical Organization and Berlin’s Charité University Hospital Sign Cooperation Agreement for Pediatrics and Neuroscience
As academic institutions, the Hadassah University Medical Center and the Charité University Hospital of Berlin have agreed to work closely to advance teaching and research, with emphasis on pediatrics and the neurosciences.
Insight into Pediatric Radiotherapy Treatment at Hadassah Provided to ALYN Colleagues
To gain a greater understanding of the radiation therapy and support that pediatric cancer patients receive at the Hadassah Medical Organization, psychologists, social workers, and rehabilitation nurses from ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital, Israel's only pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility, visited Hadassah for an in-depth briefing and tour.
Hadassah Pioneer of Open Heart Surgery and Heart Transplants Shares Autobiography
Prof. Joseph Borman, Hadassah Medical Center cardiothoracic surgeon, who performed Israel's first heart transplant, tells the story of his personal and professional life in a newly published autobiography, entitled Open Hearts: Memoirs of a Cardiac Surgeon.
UK Prime Minister Briefed on Israel-UK Collaborative Stem Cell Research
During a recent visit to Israel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by Israel's President, Shimon Peres, viewed an exhibition showcasing collaborative stem-cell research between the UK and the Hadassah Medical Organization.
Purim Brings a Party to Pediatrics
Volunteers from the Happy Child Organization, together with the Hadassah Pediatric School decided that laughter was the best remedy—at least for Purim.
Purim in Pediatrics
With the Jewish holiday of Purim right around the corner, members of Israel's National Service and various volunteers, dressed in their finest Purim attire, brought an early celebration to the pediatric patients at the Hadassah Medical Organization. The costumed visitors' excitement, enthusiasm, and positive energy lifted the spirits of patients and staff alike.
Snapshots: Three Patients in the Neuro ICU
In the new Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit
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Volunteers Deliver Dose of Happiness to Hadassah Patients on "Good Deeds Day"
On the eighth annual "Good Deeds Day" in Israel—a day dedicated to performing good deeds on behalf of others—volunteers visited various departments at the Hadassah Medical Organization to uplift the patients' spirits.
Wounded by Gunfire, Ukranians Airlifted to Hadassah
Although Oleksandr Huch and Arten Zapototskyi did not know each other in their homeland of Ukraine, today they are roommates on the fifth floor of the Hadassah Medical Organization's Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Hadassah Motivates Israel’s Government to Campaign for Women’s Heart Health
Thanks to advocacy by the Hadassah Medical Center's Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center, women's heart health took center stage in Israel's Knesset, with a special hearing in its Committee for the Status of Women and General Equality.
330,000 Mazal Tovs
Thirteen years ago, Adi was scheduled to have her leg amputated. Now, she is walking easily down the aisle. Guests are applauding.
Swedish Delegation Makes a Visit
Susanne Eberstein, First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish parliament, the Riksdag, Swedish Ambassador to Israel Carl-Magnus Nesser, and Swedish MP’s Tommy Waidelich and Gustaf Hoffstedt visited Hadassah Medical Organization on February 11 as part of a fact-finding trip to the Middle East.
Hadassah’s HIV/AIDS Experts Host Psychosocial Workshop in Addis Ababa for Orphanage Staff
Under the umbrella of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s ART-Joy-Love project in Ethiopia, Hadassah’s HIV/AIDS experts presented a four-day psychosocial workshop in Addis Ababa for the staff of five HIV/AIDS orphanages in January.
Hadassah's Fertility Expert Caters to Hopeful Potential Parents with New Clinic
Despite advances in fertility, many live with the pain of unfilled dreams of parenthood.
Last week, Hadassah Medical Organization's fertility expert Prof. Ariel Revel met a large crowd of potential parents in Tel Aviv at an open meeting where he and other physicians from Hadassah along with colleagues from the Czech Republic revealed how a successful program has been able to overcome one of the common barriers in fertility: the need for egg donation.
Using the Power of Music Therapy at Hadassah Medical Organization
Armed with their instruments in hand, the two men rush into the hospital room with the aim to help the misfortuned patient. They hover over the hospital bed and begin to perform.
Deep Sequencing Analysis Leads to Major Genetic Discoveries at Hadassah
Using a deep sequencing analyzer, Prof. Orly Elpeleg, Director of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Department of Genetic and Metabolic Diseases, and her colleagues have determined the sequence of millions of DNA fragments simultaneously--8,000 times the capacity of the former generation of DNA sequencing machines. This has enabled Hadassah’s researchers to identify important gene mutations that cause severe metabolic diseases and to counteract their devastating effects.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.