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Connecticut Undergrad Mentored by Israel’s Top Scientists at Bar Ilan University

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Jerusalem—Twenty three select undergraduate science majors from Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women—including one from New Haven, CT—spent the summer in Israel participating in the sixth annual “Summer Science Research Internship” program, a joint initiative with Bar-Ilan University (BIU) that allows...

The Zika Virus: What You Need to Know This Summer

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Over this past year, stories about the Zika virus have been dominating headlines across the world. The media explosion began after the first case was recorded in Brazil in February. Previously unheard of in these areas, Zika cases started to pop up all over Central and South America. Since then, the media has been abuzz with pictures of the devastating birth defects caused by the virus, and news about the 2016 Summer Olympics being hosted in Rio, the country with the highest number of confirmed Zika cases. America’s attention has been grabbed.

What do we do with this information? What does it mean for us here, this summer, in northern New Jersey? Should the risk of Zika in...

Calvary Hosts Event on Halachic End-of-Life Care

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Bronx—Calvary Hospital—in collaboration with the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK)—hosted its second event for rabbis on “Halachic End-of-Life Care: Practical Information Every Community Rabbi Should Know.” The objective was to educate people on the complex issues surrounding end-of-life (EOL) care under Jewish law, so that people can make the right decisions for their families.

The program featured presentations by Rabbi Elchonon Zohn, founder of NASCK; Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva University and three physicians from Calvary—Michael J. Brescia, Christopher C. Comfort and Alma Carrington. The event attracted rabbis, lay people and students...

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Changes Lives

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Several months ago, I met an adorable baby named Adam*. Adam is the first baby I have met who was born in part due to my services as a pelvic floor physical therapist. When I first met Adam’s parents, Sarah and Jonathan, they had been married for approximately one year without ever having consummated their marriage. Despite multiple attempts, Jonathan and Sarah were not able to participate in intercourse due to Sarah’s pelvic floor muscle tightness, which resulted in sexual dysfunction. They tried various approaches, such as acupuncture and relaxation approaches; however, nothing succeeded at reducing Sarah’s pain. Even though Sarah knew that this was not her fault, she could not...

Women May Benefit From Fall-Risk Screening

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New York—Physical therapists should consider screening women for fall risks, according to a study that was presented at the Touro College Research Day show.

Organized by the Touro Research Collaborative, Touro College Research Day was held May 3, at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy campus at 230 West 125th Street in Harlem.

Current practice guidelines recommend that everyone over age 65 should be screened for fall risk. “The purpose of the study was to determine if there was a need for fall screening in the outpatients setting in younger people,” says Joseph Hayes, Jr. DPT, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Touro College School...

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