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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


Hadassah’s Community Health Program Celebrates Graduation of New Group of Volunteers
The Hadassah Medical Center's Community Health Promotion Program for women aged 60 and above in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem celebrated the graduation of 42 volunteer leaders in September. Date: 11/15/2012


Pediatrics Wing B on Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus: State-of-the-Art Care in a Top-Notch Space
Since the opening of the renovated and expanded Pediatrics Wing B at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus in February 2011, more than 3,000 children, mirroring the diversity of Israel's population, have been hospitalized in the new state-of-the-art space. Date: 11/15/2012


Where do Hadassah Nurses Come From?
Watch the stories of four nurses, each born in different countries and from diverse backgrounds, who found their way and purpose in helping others through work at Hadassah Hospital. Date: 11/7/2012


Hadassah and Boston Cardiologists Identify Factor Which Exacerbates Heart Failure
In a series of experiments, Dr. Ronen Beeri, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Hadassah Medical Center, and Dr. Robert Levine, Senior Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, have demonstrated that mitral regurgitation augments the remodeling process occurring after a myocardial infarction which, in turn, exacerbates further heart failure. Date: 9/27/2012


Hadassah Cardiologists Initiate International Heart Valve Summit
As members of an international consortium of leading scientists studying the heart’s mitral valve, Hadassah Medical Center cardiologists invited their colleagues to meet in Jerusalem for a first International Heart Valve Summit of the Israel Heart Society. Date: 9/27/2012


Hadassah Medical Center Signs Collaboration Agreement with European Medical Center of Moscow
The Hadassah University Medical Center has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Medical Center (EMC) of Moscow, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experience between clinical specialists in the two medical institutions. Date: 9/27/2012


Hadassah Physicians Focus on Quality of Life Issues for Young Eye Cancer Patients
Though over 95 percent of children are cured of retinoblastoma, a malignant tumor of the eye, the Hadassah University Medical Center’s specialists are focusing on the quality of life (QOL) issues that plague these young patients. Date: 9/27/2012


Hadassah Specialists Conduct Clinical Trial Using Deep Brain Stimulation to Relieve Depression
A multidisciplinary team at the Hadassah Medical Center is testing the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to alleviate depression in severely affected patients. Date: 9/27/2012


Patient Number Three Saved at Hadassah with World-First Stem Cell Treatment
With a world-first placental stem-cell (PLX) treatment, developed by Pluristem, doctors at the Hadassah University Medical Center have saved the life of a third patient suffering from bone marrow disease. Date: 9/27/2012


Sister of Olympic Gold Medalist Treated at Hadassah for Cystic Fibrosis, Celebrates Her Bat Mitzvah
Thanks to on-going treatment provided by Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Pediatrics and the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Hadassah Medical Center, Shefa Shukrun, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was able to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem this summer. Date: 9/27/2012


Hadassah Medical Center Receives Accolades from Founder of French Institute of International Affairs
Finding himself in the Ophthalmology Department at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem with an eye problem needing urgent care, Founder of the French Institute of International Affairs Dominique Moisi witnessed “the most comforting and hopeful signs that I have encountered in the entire region in many years.” Date: 9/19/2012


One of the Most Important Buildings of Jerusalem: the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Described by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat as “one of the most important buildings in the city,” the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is the child of many--from donors to designers, dreamers to doers. Date: 9/19/2012


Rasheda Ali, Stem Cell Advocate and Muhammad Ali’s Daughter, Visits with Hadassah’s Neurology Experts
Rasheda Ali, daughter of the legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali and member of the advisory board of BrainStorm, the Israeli company that works on innovative treatments for Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis with Hadassah Senior Neurologist Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, will now focus her efforts on behalf of the BrainStorm/Hadassah methodology. Date: 8/9/2012


Cell Cure Neurosciences Receives Grant of $1.33 Million From Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist
Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd., whose Chief Scientific Officer is Hadassah University Medical Center's Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff--Director of the its Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center--received a 1.3 million-dollar grant from Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) to help finance its development of a treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Date: 8/8/2012


Hadassah International Ambassador from Germany Presents Game Show Winnings to Hadassah Medical Center’s Head of Pediatrics
Actress and Hadassah International Ambassador Veronica Ferres presents a check for $125,000 euros from her game show winnings to Prof. Eitan Kerem Date: 8/8/2012


Placental Stem Cell Therapy Saves Hadassah Patient with Bone Marrow Failure
A woman with terminal bone marrow failure was saved at the Hadassah Medical Center with placental stem cell therapy, marking the second successful treatment of a patient with this life-threatening medical condition in three months. Date: 8/8/2012


Hadassah Cardiologists Find That Vitamin D Supplementation Increases Survival for Heart Failure Patients
Noting that Vitamin D deficiency is "highly prevalent" in patients with heart failure (HF) and "a significant predictor of reduced survival," Hadassah Medical Center physicians determined that Vitamin D supplementation was associated with improved outcome. Date: 8/5/2012


Hadassah Medical Center Physicians and Orthopedic Nurse Gain International Recognition for Their Expertise
Initiated by Hadassah Australia, the collaboration between Prof. Tali Siegal, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center's Gaffin Neuro-oncology Center, and Prof. Andrew Kaye, head of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, has turned out to be a winning alliance for brain cancer monitoring and targeted treatment. Date: 8/5/2012


Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Students Hold Terror Drill at Jerusalem’s Light Rail Station
Hadassah-Hebrew University medical students simulated a terror attack on Jerusalem's new light rail as their final test at the completion of a 10-day trauma course. Date: 8/5/2012


Hadassah/Melbourne Brain Cancer Collaboration: An Alliance with Impact
Initiated by Hadassah Australia, the collaboration between Prof. Tali Siegal, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center's Gaffin Neuro-oncology Center, and Prof. Andrew Kaye, head of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, has turned out to be a winning alliance for brain cancer monitoring and targeted treatment. Date: 8/5/2012


Australian Football Legend Visits Hadassah Medical Center
Peter Hudson, Australian football icon, visited Hadassah Hospital Ein-Kerem in July and spent some time with Dr. Yigal Shoshan, head of Neurosurgery at Hadassah. Date: 7/25/2012


Belgium’s Bordet Institute and Hadassah Medical Center Forge Alliance to Advance Cancer Research
The Bordet Institute of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and the Hadassah University Medical Center have signed an agreement of cooperation to advance cancer research. Date: 7/25/2012


Kenyan Doctor Achieves His Dream at Hadassah Medical Center
A Kenyan physician, the son of subsistence farmers from one of the poorest districts near the border of Tanzania, achieved his dream of becoming an interventional radiologist through a fellowship at the Hadassah University Medical Center. Date: 7/12/2012


Muslim Reporter Spotlights Egalitarian Atmosphere at HMO
When Prof. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Hadassah University Medical Center's Heart Institute, met Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The New York Times, who was in Jerusalem to cover an international event, he invited her to visit Hadassah. Date: 7/12/2012


New Trial Drug Cures Patient with ALS
A new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) based on stem cell technology and now in clinical trials at Hadassah, appears to have cured an Orthodox Rabbi in Israel who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. Date: 7/3/2012


Hadassah Initiates Endoscopic Treatment for Babies' Blocked Esophagus, Replacing Risky Surgery
For the first time in Israel, doctors at the Hadassah University Medical Center are employing endoscopic intervention to correct fistula (abnormal connections of the esophagus and trachea) in babies, avoiding the risky conventional surgical option. Date: 6/26/2012


Hadassah Nurse Develops New Initiative to Ease Examination of Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
Thanks to the ingenuity of a Hadassah University Medical Center nurse, child victims of sexual abuse are being put at ease with therapeutic dolls, so they are more apt to allow clinical examination, which can provide officials with evidence against their attackers. Date: 6/26/2012


Hadassah Researchers Develop Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Suitable for Humans
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem have produced, for the first time, under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) conditions, lines of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for transplantation that are free of animal components. Date: 6/26/2012


Cord Blood Stem Cells Improve Life for Baby with Brain Injury
With cord blood stem cells preserved at the Hadassah University Medical Center, an Israeli baby with a brain injury received a transplant at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, and was able to walk with a walker and wave her hand- which had previously been paralyzed.  Date: 6/15/2012


Gastroenterology Problem on a Mediterranean Cruise Lands Nebraskan at Hadassah
While on a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, Patrick Griffin from Nebraska became ill with a gastroenterology problem. When it was ultimately determined he needed surgery, Mr. Griffin’s sister connected him to an air ambulance company in Tel Aviv which, in turn, referred him to the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. David Linton, Director of Intensive Care Medicine, who is also a pilot. Date: 6/15/2012


Hadassah Perseverance Ensures That Patient Gets a New Kidney
The persistence of the organ transplant coordinator at the Hadassah University Medical Center in reaching a patient who had been waiting for five years for a kidney ensured that he received one—after the police located him in synagogue, attending Shabbat morning services. Date: 6/15/2012


Hadassah Team Develops New Model Which May Save Women Unnecessary Interventions
A study team led by Dr. Carolyn F. Weiniger, an obstetrical anesthesiologist at the Hadassah University Medical Center, has developed a new model for identifying placenta accreta, the abnormal implantation of the placenta into the uterine wall.  Date: 6/15/2012


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