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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. Date: 6/3/2014


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. Date: 6/3/2014


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. Date: 6/3/2014


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. Date: 6/3/2014


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. Date: 5/30/2014


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. Date: 5/27/2014


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. Date: 5/6/2014


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. Date: 4/30/2014


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. Date: 4/23/2014


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. Date: 4/18/2014


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. Date: 4/18/2014


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. Date: 3/26/2014


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. Date: 3/20/2014


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. Date: 3/20/2014


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. Date: 3/17/2014


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. Date: 3/12/2014


Snapshots: Three Patients in the Neuro ICU
In the new Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, three patients recuperate: Date: 3/12/2014


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. Date: 3/12/2014


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. Date: 3/12/2014


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. Date: 3/10/2014


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. Date: 3/7/2014


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. Date: 2/11/2014


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. Date: 2/10/2014


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. Date: 2/6/2014


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. Date: 2/4/2014


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. Date: 1/24/2014


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). Date: 1/24/2014


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. Date: 1/21/2014


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. Date: 1/14/2014


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. Date: 1/14/2014


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. Date: 1/9/2014


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. Date: 1/2/2014


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. Date: 1/2/2014


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... Date: 12/23/2013


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. Date: 12/23/2013


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. Date: 12/18/2013


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. Date: 12/18/2013


Hadassah Graduate Designs Programs That Decrease Death from HIV/AIDS and TB
Benson Ulo, a 2003 graduate of the International Masters of Public Health Program at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, applauds his education for providing him with a “flexible think tank,” where students are equipped to shape public health care worldwide. Date: 12/18/2013


Hadassah's Hospitals an Example of Great Customer Service
Thirteen-year-old Adin had open-heart surgery at Hadassah 's hospital in Ein Kerem to replace his pulmonary valve. Read an excerpt from his grandmother's description of the family's quality experience. Date: 12/18/2013


New Jersey Man Visiting Israel Finds Himself a Patient at Hadassah's Emergency Center
A Romanian medical student who has been hospitalized at Hadassah since he was airlifted to Israel after being electrocuted on a sightseeing electric train in Moldavia, has just regained his ability to speak thanks to insertion of a speech valve. Date: 12/18/2013


On Icy Road, in Post-Storm Traffic Jam, Hadassah Nurse and Midwife to the Rescue
Despite the end of Jerusalem's largest winter storm, some icy roads were still closed, causing major traffic jams. In one such jam, a Hadassah nurse and a Hadassah midwife helped to bring a baby girl into the world. Date: 12/17/2013


80 “Storm Babies” Born at Hadassah Medical Center
Despite 50 centimeters of snow and power outages all over the city, the Hadassah Medical Organization staff worked overtime to help 80 women give birth to their new babies. Date: 12/16/2013


A Grandma is Grateful for Hadassah and its “Winning Formula”
"We had every reason to be anxious: our five-year-old granddaughter, Racheli, had a fast-growing tumor in her right arm and it needed to come out," writes a Jerusalem grandmother. Read her letter, describing the wonderful experience Racheli had as a patient at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem. Date: 12/12/2013


Goshen, Israel’s Pediatric Community Health Project, Creates Steering Committee and Launches Course for Pediatricians
The Goshen Project, which is spearheading a paradigm shift in the approach to pediatric professional training in Israel, based on the Australian model at the Royal Children's Hospital's Center for Community Child Health in Melbourne, Australia, has now formed its National Steering Committee, with Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Hadassah's Division of Pediatrics, as Chair, and Prof. Asher Ornoy, head of the Department of Child Development and Rehabilitation at the Israel Ministry of Health, as Chief Executive Officer. It has also launched its first course for pediatricians, with attendees representing the mosaic of Israeli society—Jews and Arabs, secular and Orthodox, as well as urban and rural physicians. Date: 12/12/2013


Two State-of-the-Art MRI Machines--Cutting-Edge Diagnosis and Research at Hadassah
The 3 Tesla Trio MRI and the 1.5 Tesla MRI, two sophisticated diagnostic tools, enable Hadassah Medical Organization physicians to examine the functioning of the body in real time. Date: 12/12/2013


First Deputy Mayor of Paris Visits Hadassah's Hospital
On December 4, 2013, Mme Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris, visited Hadassah Ein Kerem. Date: 12/11/2013


Creating the Medicine of the Future: Hadassah’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy
The Hadassah Medical Organization's Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy is targeting its research to optimize the chances of fighting a wide range of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases with gene and cell therapy. Date: 12/9/2013


Abandoned Baby Receives Life-Saving Heart Surgery at Hadassah
When "Rami," just a few days old, was found in a box on a street in Bethlehem, someone brought him to the Bethlehem Creche, a nearby orphanage. Born with a serious heart problem, he was referred to Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem for life-saving surgery and now is recovering in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Date: 12/9/2013


Conquering Brain Tumors at the Molecular Level
For Regina Golan-Gerstl, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, the fight against brain cancer has been close-up and personal: her mother died of the disease. She has now identified a genetic protein that is directly implicated in the development of the most prevalent brain cancer--glioblastoma. Date: 12/9/2013


Ethnic Diversity, Sophisticated Surgery, Genetic Research: the Character of Pediatrics at Hadassah
One major challenge at Hadassah Medical Organization, Prof. Eitan Kerem explains, is the parents. "Many times they are hostile and they don't have trust," he says. To deal with this situation, the hospital staff provides many activities "to help the parents see each other as human beings, despite their different backgrounds and opinions about how the Middle East conflict should be solved." Date: 12/9/2013


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