To test for the BRCA (breast cancer) susceptibility gene or not? That vexing question is one faced by many women, including Orthodox Jewish ones. But women—even those who have been advised by their doctors to go for the testing—too often feel ill-equipped to make an informed decision about whether testing is right for
You are not alone! For years I never truly understood it. I grew up going to a family dentist and never minded my visits. I would brush my teeth and go to my check-up like any other doctor appointment. Yes, I had my share of childhood cavities like all of us, but I got through it, and I actually liked him. He was young, cool, talked about
Dear Coach Gila,
What are your thoughts on exercise? I enjoy cooking, preparing healthy food for myself and my family, and trying out new recipes. I don’t really enjoy exercising. I find the machines boring, I have two left feet and I’m embarrassed to take group classes.
Are you doing all that you can to reduce or eliminate your degree of nearsightedness?
Some call it nearsightedness, some myopia and still others use the British term, short-sightedness. In any case, it all means the same thing. Vision at far distance is blurred, while vision at near distance is
After delivery, newborns are closely followed by a pediatrician every few weeks to make sure they are developing well and are healthy. The mother’s body’s job is largely considered completed when the maternity-ward bracelets come off. All energy and focus shifts to the infant who (surprising to no one) is far more demanding outside the
White Plains resident Meira L. Orentlicher, Associate Prof. and Coordinator of Research and Development for the Occupational Therapy Dept. at Touro College School of Health Sciences, is the recipient of the Roster of Fellows Award given by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Award recognizes members who have made
Since this is the time when many of my patients take vacation, a few interesting questions have been brought to my attention in the past few weeks. These questions are associated with travel and climate change. Yes, these environmental changes can affect our mouths and especially our teeth.
Local suicide and mental health professionals and volunteers talk about the need to rid the Jewish community of any stigma connected to mental health.
Suicide is not a word that comes across with ease.
Yet, as Shoval Gur-Aryeh, PhD, a clinical
If you, a friend or family member experiences thoughts about doing self-harm, call 911 immediately, and/or use the following resources:
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
According to Jewish custom, when you sit down in front of a mourner you are supposed to let the mourner begin the conversation. What would you say? Almost anything you say could be misunderstood because you don’t know what state of mind the mourner is in. Also, when speaking with a mourner you
Happy new year to all my readers. As we begin 2016, it's time for dental reflection, introspection and resolutions. Was 2015 a good year for your mouth? How have your teeth been holding up as far as their health and restoration? How was your diet? Did you have good hygiene? Did you go every six months for your recommended
“Hillel said: ‘Be as the students of Aharon–loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and bringing them closer to the Torah’” (Pirkei Avos). Does this mean we should teach our children to be so peaceful that they consciously suppress their anger?
I once saw an adult patient who presented