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Hadassah Study Suggests Cancer Treatment for Kidney is Effective for Sarcoma Too
A recent study headed by Dr. Daniela Katz, Sarcoma Unit Coordinator at the Hadassah University Medical Center's Sharett Institute of Oncology, suggests that the biological therapy given to patients with kidney cancer is also effective for patients with sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer. Date: 2/15/2012


Hadassah's Nursing Master’s Degree Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Honors Supporters
The Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing celebrated the 10th anniversary of its clinical master's program in advanced nursing practice in December and honored major supporters, the late Muriel and Philip Berman of Pennsylvania. Date: 2/15/2012


Underground Security and State-of-the Art Design: The Operating Rooms of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Designed and outfitted to meet the challenges of cutting-edge surgery today and the surgical changes of the decades to come, the 20 ultra-modern operating rooms in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower will all be on one floor, four floors underground, with the safeguards to handle biological or chemical attacks. Date: 2/15/2012


US Ambassador to Israel Calls Hadassah ”A Shining Example of American-Israeli Cooperation”
"We look at Hadassah as the premier medical institution in Israel and a shining example of American-Israeli cooperation," U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said while visiting the Hadassah University Medical Center at the end of January. Date: 2/15/2012


Countdown Mode at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
A recent visitor to Jerusalem said, “The Tower looks absolutely majestic, as its triangular shapes shine in the sunlight. The pillars of Jerusalem stone, which give a hint as to what the main entrance will look like, make one think of a castle rather than a hospital.” The first patients will move into the Tower on March 19, 2012. Date: 1/17/2012


Empowering Women to Take Control of Their Own Health—Hadassah Style
As part of the Hadassah University Medical Center's Women's Community Health Promotion Project, a women's Chanukah event taught the women of Gonnenim, one of Jerusalem poorest neighborhoods, relaxation exercises and ways to become health advocates for themselves and their families. Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah Shares Expertise in Public Health with Nepal Colleagues
Dr. Yehudah Neumark, Hadassah University Medical Center Senior Lecturer of Epidemiology and Director of the International Masters in Public Health Program (IMPH) of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health, recently presented a week-long workshop in Nepal on Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC), a public health model developed at Hadassah. Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah Specialists Separate Conjoined Twins: A Jerusalem First
For the first time in Jerusalem, twin fetuses that share a blood vessel were successfully separated by Hadassah University Medical Center specialists. Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah University Medical Center Hosts Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion
Two Israeli Arab children who received bone marrow transplants a year ago recently met with their Israeli Arab donors at a reunion hosted by the Hadassah University Medical Center. Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah’s Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine: Filled to Capacity Seven Days a Week
The Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine at the Hadassah University Medical Center, where occupancy is typically 148 percent, treats between 150-300 people every day, around the clock. At any given time, a quarter of the patients may have already been admitted to the hospital, but are awaiting a vacant bed in the department they need to be transferred to, since those departments are at 100 percent occupancy! Date: 1/15/2012


Hadassah/Jerusalem Project Inspires UN and Africans to Reduce Spread of AIDS Through Circumcisions
Inspired by the Israeli Operation Abraham circumcision project, the United Nations and United States Government are spearheading a program to circumcise 20 million African men over the next five years to help reduce the spread of AIDS. Date: 1/15/2012


U.S. Senior Law Enforcement Officials Witness Hadassah’s Trauma Facility
Senior law enforcement officials from the United States visited the Hadassah University Medical Center's Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine to learn about Hadassah's Shock Trauma Unit and emergency preparedness initiatives. Date: 1/15/2012


Child Saved in US Thanks To 2008 Genetic Discovery at Hadassah University Medical Center
A 2008 discovery of a genetic mutation causing muscle breakdown by a Hadassah University Medical Center team, led by Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of the Department of Human Genetics, has resulted in the saving of a three-year-old child's life at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Date: 12/15/2011


Hadassah Research Reveals that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May be Best to Prevent and Treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Research conducted at the Hadassah University Medical Center has shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is more effective than drug therapy in treating and preventing the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Date: 12/15/2011


Hadassah Surgeons Trained in Groundbreaking Surgical Technique for Removing Cancerous Tumors
An innovative procedure to remove cancerous tumors from a patient’s gastrointestinal tract has been introduced at the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases by Prof. Hans- Wolf Sievert, head of Gastroenterology at Germany’s Oldenburg-University Hospital and a renowned expert in this field. Date: 12/15/2011


Hadassah’s Pulmonary Institute: Innovator in Pulmonary Fibrosis Research
The Hadassah University Medical Center’s Pulmonary Institute is an innovator in laboratory research aimed at reversal of pulmonary fibrosis, the debilitating formation of excess fibrous connective tissue in the lung. Date: 12/15/2011


New Support for Pregnant Women and New Mothers at Hadassah Medical Center
A new “club” for pregnant women and new mothers has opened in both Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem and Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus. Date: 12/15/2011


Palestinian Publicist Praises Hadassah Medical Center After Personal Experience at the Hospital
In Israel’s leading daily newspaper,Yediot Acharonot, Kamell Husseini, a founder and manager of a Palestinian public relations and communications firm in the West Bank city of Ramallah, praised the medical care his mother received at the Hadassah University Medical Center. Date: 12/15/2011


Success of Clinical Trial Brings Researchers Closer to a Cure for Blindness
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have completed a clinical trial which has successfully demonstrated the efficacy of gene therapy in restoring vision to patients with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a genetic condition which causes severe visual impairment and eventual blindness. Date: 12/15/2011


Hadassah High-Risk Pregnancy Expert Helps Ensure Successful Birth of Twins
Yael, a speech therapist whose previous three children were born very small, was able to add healthy twins to her family, thanks in part to the intervention of Prof. Drorith Hochner-Celnikier, high-risk pregnancy expert and Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus. Date: 12/14/2011


Hadassah’s “Crane-less” Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower
With less than 12 weeks to moving-in day, the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at the Hadassah University Medical Center is crane- less!!! Date: 12/14/2011


New Kidney Recipient: Happy and Grateful
A grateful Palestinian from Beit Lechem received a new kidney at the Hadassah University Medical Center, thanks to a donor organ from an Israeli family whose relative died of a stroke. The donor family members said they felt privileged to participate in "creating a mosaic of peace.” Date: 12/14/2011


Hadassah University Medical Center Conducts Clinical Trial for Vaccine Against Cancer Cells
The Hadassah University Medical Center is participating in a clinical trial of a vaccine that 'trains' the immune system to seek and destroy malignant cells that have invaded the body. Date: 11/16/2011


A Bone Marrow Transplantation at Hadassah Cures Child of Severe Blood Disorder
Eleven-year-old Fatma,* a Palestinian young girl suffering from the serious blood disorder, thalassemia major, received a bone marrow transplantation at the Hadassah University Medical Center and was cured of this debilitating disease. Date: 11/14/2011


Fertility Treatments at Hadassah University Medical Center: a Privilege for All
In Israel, fertility treatments, including expensive in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures are available to all, with payment covered by health insurance for up to four children. Date: 11/14/2011


Hadasit and Oramed Pharmaceuticals Collaborate for Development of Oral Delivery System Technology
Hadasit, the Hadassah University Medical Center’s technology transfer company, has signed a contract with Oramed Pharmaceuticals to continue working together on the development of Oramed’s platform technology for the oral delivery of medicine, such as insulin. Date: 11/14/2011


Hadassah Celebrates 36th Class of International Public Health Graduates
Nineteen students from countries as diverse as Ethiopia and China were graduated this year from the International Masters in Public Health Program (IMPH) of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health. Date: 11/14/2011


Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. Jacque Michel Honored for 10 Years as Head of Helsinki Committee
Prof. Jacque Michel, former Director of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus and Volunteer Chair of the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Helsinki Committee for the past 10 years, was honored by Hadassah during a special seminar on Ethics in Medicine. Date: 11/14/2011


Hadassah’s Multiple Sclerosis Center: A Global Leader in Treating MS with Stem Cells
Since 1990, the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center at the Hadassah University Medical Center has been conducting groundbreaking research into the use of bone marrow-derived stem cells to treat MS. Today, Hadassah’s MS Center, headed by Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, is a world leader in treating MS with stem cells. Date: 11/14/2011


Honors for Hadassah University Medical Center Intensive Care Pioneer
Prof. Charles Sprung, Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, has been honored by The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) with the Society's 2011 Medal, its most prestigious award. In his letter to Prof. Sprung, President Andrew Rhodes wrote: "Your leadership has changed the way intensive care medicine is viewed and has led to significant advances and improvements in the standards of care." Date: 11/14/2011


Israel’s President Shimon Peres Toasts Hadassah as a Role Model for Peacemaking
"No institution models a place of complete peace under the most demanding circumstances more than Hadassah," Israel's President Shimon Peres said at a special September reception welcoming the new Hadassah National President Marcie Natan. Date: 11/14/2011


Researchers Identify Gene Involved in Ovarian Development
A teenage girl who came to the Hadassah University Medical Center for help when she did not go through puberty, led to the discovery of a gene that plays a major role in ovarian development. The three-year investigation was conducted by a joint team from Hadassah and Shaare Zedek Medical Center, led by Dr. David Zangen, head of Hadassah’s Pediatric Endocrinology Unit, and Prof. Ephrat Levy-Lahad, head of the Medical Genetics Institute at Shaare Zedek. Date: 11/14/2011


Spotlight on Hadassah’s Dr. Yael Houri-Haddad: Specialist in Oral Biology
Dr. Yael Houri-Haddad, who immigrated to Israel from Tunisia at age 14, is a Hadassah University Medical Center dentist with a PhD in oral biology. She acquired both specialties at Hadassah where she now teaches, treats patients, and conducts research in the Department of Prosthodontics at the Hadassah Hebrew University School of Dental Medicine. Date: 11/14/2011


The Call Every Parent Dreads: the Story of a Car Accident, Hadassah Trauma Expertise, and a Happy Ending
"I knew it was bad when I saw my wife's knees buckle and her hand grasped the wall for support. Our son Yaakov, 21, was hit by a car," relates Ephraim Shore, a well-known educator at the Aish HaTorah Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Date: 11/14/2011


Artist who Severed His Hand Has Ability to Paint Again Thanks to Hadassah University Medical Center
Although he severely severed the palm of his hand, Sa'ad El-Kikh, an artist from the village of Tsurif near Hebron, is able to draw and paint once again thanks to a special tool affixed to his hand by Hadassah University Medical Center physical therapists. Date: 10/24/2011


Clinical Trial at Hadassah Hospital Yields Positive Results With Noninvasive Test for Liver Cancer
A clinical trial conducted at the Hadassah University Medical Center has revealed that BreathID, a new noninvasive device for the detection of hepato-cellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, achieved diagnostic results similar to CT Scans and MRIs. BreathID was developed by Exalenz Bioscience Ltd., whose Medical Director is Prof. Yaron Ilan, Director of Hadassah's Department of Internal Medicine. Date: 10/24/2011


Clinical Trial Begins at Hadassah University Medical Center with New Drug to Treat Stroke
A Phase IIa clinical trial with a medicine to treat ischemic stroke has begun at Hadassah, based on the research of Prof. Abd Al-Roof Higazi, head of the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Ein-Kerem. Date: 10/24/2011


Diabetes Cure Moves a Step Closer with new Hadassah/Hebrew University Research
Hope for a future cure of insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes received a boost from the research findings of a multi-year project. Read about it Date: 10/24/2011


Hadassah Medical Center Professor Elected "Director at Large" for Prestigious Radiopharmaceutical Society
Prof. Eyal Mishani, who established Hadassah's Cyclotron Radiochemistry Unit, was elected to serve as "Director at Large" on the five-member Executive of the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences (SRS). Date: 10/24/2011


Hadassah Medical School Graduate Named Chief Executive Officer of Harvard’s Teaching Hospital--Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Kevin Tabb, a graduate of the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, is the new President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the teaching hospital of Harvard University. Date: 10/24/2011


Hadassah Physician Predicts Use of Medical Marijuana Will Grow
The number of authorizations for medical marijuana could reach as high as 40,000 in the next five years, predicts Dr. Elyad Davidson of the Hadassah University Medical Center's Pain Management Clinic. Date: 10/24/2011


Hadassah’s Physicians Council Sponsors Program in Jerusalem in Coordination with Centennial Celebration
Hadassah's Physicians Council Sponsors Program in Jerusalem in Coordination with Centennial Celebration Hadassah's National Physicians Council will be hosting a pre-Centennial Convention Continuing Education Program in Jerusalem, Oct. 14-15, 2012. Date: 10/24/2011


Liver Disease Early Diagnosis Device Developed at Hadassah Medical Center Receives Exemption from FDA, Providing Fast Track for Approval
BreathID, a noninvasive early diagnosis device for acute liver failure developed at the Hadassah University Medical Center, has been fast-tracked by the FDA toward approval. Date: 10/24/2011


Placental Cells Found to Have Potential to Mitigate Acute Radiation Syndrome
"In pre-clinical studies," notes Prof. Raphael Gorodetsky, head of the Biotechnology and Radiobiology Laboratory at the Sharrett Institute of Oncology at Hadassah University Medical Center, "we found that placental-derived cells potentially have the ability to increase the survival rate of animals following exposure to lethal doses of total body irradiation." Date: 10/24/2011


Reunion at Hadassah Commemorates Saving of Life by Organ Recipient Families who Later Became Organ Donors
Three families whose lives were intertwined by organ transplantation reunited recently at Hadassah University Medical Center to commemorate the saving of life following the tragic death of loved ones. Date: 10/24/2011


Saving a Toddler with a Huge Liver Tumor: a Hadassah Patient Success Story
Diagnosed with an extremely large liver tumor, two-year-old Ilana was treated by the Hadassah University Medical Center’s multidisciplinary team with an individualized course of chemotherapy directly into the arteries of her liver. Despite the difficulty of such a procedure in a small child weighing less than 22 pounds, Ilana is now a happy, healthy baby. Date: 10/24/2011


Virtual Reality to the Rescue at Hadassah University Medical Center for Victims of Post-Traumatic Stress
With an expertise in diagnosing and treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the Hadassah University Medical Center is now combining the results of its research with the latest cyberspace technology to help victims of bus bombings who are suffering from PTSD. Date: 9/13/2011


Hadasit Launches New Jewish-Arab Biomedical Community Initiative
Hadasit, the Hadassah University Medical Center’s technology transfer company, has launched an incubator for joint Jewish-Arab biomedical ventures in northern Israel. Date: 9/12/2011


Hadassah and Leading Israeli Supermarket Chain Join Forces To Promote Healthy Eating
Joining forces with one of Israel's leading supermarket chains--Rami Levy Shivuk Hashikma--The Hadassah University Medical Center recently launched an innovative project to increase the sales of healthy food products by offering them at discounted prices. Date: 9/12/2011


Hadassah Medical Center and Israel Defense Forces Team Up to Give Palestinian and Israeli Children a Trip to the Zoo
The Israel Defense Forces' Civil Administration and the Hadassah University Medical Center teamed up this summer to organize a trip to Jerusalem's Biblical zoo for Palestinian children and their families from the West Bank. Date: 9/12/2011


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