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Hadassah Doctor Receives International Prize for Medical Innovation to Cure Diabetes
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


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. Date: 6/19/2014


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. Date: 6/19/2014


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. Date: 6/19/2014


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. Date: 6/19/2014


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. Date: 6/19/2014


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. Date: 6/11/2014


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. Date: 6/11/2014


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. Date: 6/3/2014


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


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