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The Mind Reader

We have all heard stories about people awakening from comas and recounting conversations they heard while they were "under." Yet, much of the information we have about the brain functions of comatose people is anecdotal; much of the medical knowledge is based on subjective assessments and - until recently - there have not been any objective clinical measurements. Read the Full Article >>

The Medium and the Message

It's interesting to ponder whether the world we see in the movies reflects reality or if what is portrayed becomes part of our perceptions. For those of us who practice medicine, we have to wonder if the doctors who appear on the screen bear any resemblance to the doctors we know; if their ethical and professional dilemmas mirror ours. Watching movies about our world, we are aware of how much information – true and false – is being presented and how much medicine has changed since the movies were first released. Read the Full Article >>

TV stars visit Hadassah Hospital

First they donned Hadassah scrubs and tried their hand at robotics. Then they met with Hadassah's chief of Trauma Professor Avi Rivkind for an inside look at the world they portray as trauma surgeons on Grey's Anatomy. . Kevin Mckidd and Sarah Drew had a lot of questions to ask about real trauma at Hadassah Hospital. "How fast can you get ready for a trauma in real life?" they asked. "In no time at all," said Rivkind, who pointed out that Hadassah's is the best organized trauma center in the world. They were joined by Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward from Raising Hope and Gregory Smith and Travis Milne from Rookie Blue."Here you have real stars," McKidd said. "These people really save lives." Read the Full Article >>



Terror and Emergency Preparedness at the Tower

The terror attack on a Jerusalem bus stop on March 23 provided a vivid illustration of the importance of the Hadassah Medical Organization and the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower to the Israeli people. Read the Full Article >>

Now I am a Bionic Woman

Hadassah Medical Organization spokesperson Yael Bossem-Levy undergoes Deep Brain Stimulation at the Medical Center. Read the Full Article >>

Adult Stem Cells and ALS

The first clinical trial of adult stem cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is set to begin at Hadassah. Read the Full Article >>

'Miracle' patient reunites with Hadassah lifesavers

When her liver suddenly failed on a trip to Israel, a teen from Cincinnati was kept alive at Hadassah until she could get to New York for a transplant. She will finally get to meet the doctors and nurse who saved her. Read the Full Article >>

April 2011 UPDATE

Hadassah Medical Organization names New Director General

Hadassah Medical Organization has named Professor Ehud S. Kokia its Director General. Read the Full Article >>

World Down Syndrome Conferenceat Hadassah Mount Scopus

Reports of a new, 100% accurate prenatal test for Down Syndrome highlighted the fifth annual World Down Syndrome Conference at Mount Scopus. Read the full article>>>

Scientists ignore cultural barriers to find the cause of a rare disease

In a research collaboration blind to affairs of politics, ethnicity, and religion, an international team led by Israeli scientists has identified the genetic cause of a neurological disorder afflicting members of a Palestinian family. Read the full article >>>

Hadassah's State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms

Professor Avraham I. Rivkind, MD, Head of the Department of General Surgery and the Shock Trauma Unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem, talks about the cutting-edge ORs in the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower.

New Breast Health Center at Ein Kerem

The Marlene Greenebaum Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Breast Center—a "one-stop shop" for women's breast care needs—was dedicated April 12 at Hadassah Ein Kerem. Read the full article >>>

March 2011 UPDATE

Gene Therapy Holds Promise for Future Cures
by Shlomo More-Yosef, Director General, Hadassah Medical Organization

The field of gene therapy presents the possibility of treatments and perhaps even cures for devastating inherited disorders and diseases, but the results may be many years away. Read the Full Article >>

Hadassah Medical Center to Open Epilepsy Center

The Hadassah Medical Center will shortly open an Epilepsy Center to treat children and adults with this debilitating seizure disease, caused by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. Read the full article on Hadassahinternational.org>>>

Robot Assists Surgeons in Delicate Orthopedic Operations

Israeli robot SpineAssist guides orthopedic surgeons in performing operations customized for each patient's anatomy, dramatically lessening risk to the patient. New to the U.S., Europe and Asia, SpineAssist has completed hundreds of successful procedures at Hadassah Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus. Read the full article on the Jerusalem Post >>>

Early Detection of Colon Cancer

Hadassah prepares for a new clinical trial for early detection of colon cancer using routine blood testing procedures. Read the full article >>>

February 2011 UPDATE

Sephardim at Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Hadassah genetic researchers have discovered two "founder" gene mutations that can cause breast and ovarian cancer in Jewish Sephardic women. Until recently it was thought that Ashkenazi women were at higher risk for these cancers due to a BRCA mutation. The researchers' findings are reported in the November 2010 issue of Familial Cancer. Read about it in the Jerusalem Post >>>

Hope for Children with Severe Vision Problems

Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, Director-General of Hadassah Medical Organization, discusses Hadassah's treatment for children with severe vision problems. For the parents of children with severe vision problems and eye diseases, an initial visit to the Michaelson Institute for the Rehabilitation of Vision is both upsetting and comforting. Upsetting, because they begin to comprehend the challenges they face; comforting, because they immediate realize an extremely caring and highly competent team is there to support them. "At our clinic – the only one of its kind in the country – we do more than treat the problem or the disease," says Institute director Dr. Claudia Yahalom. "We give parents the explanation they so desperately seek, we teach children how to live with their condition– and we give everyone hope and help." Read more >>>

HMO Impact Reaches Far Beyond Israel

One hundred foreign medical residents are completing fellowships at the Hadassah Medical Center--an experience that dramatically influences how they practice medicine when they return to their home countries. Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef says, "When these foreign doctors return home, they take with them advanced medical training and the special spirit they found at Hadassah, promoting health and healing wherever they may be." Read more >>>

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