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Researchers: Fertility Treatments Do Not Increase Cardiovascular Deaths in Women

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Beer Sheva—Women undergoing fertility treatment are not at greater risk for future cardiovascular complications or death, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center.

The study was recently presented at the 36th Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) in...

Chores, Every Child’s Six-Letter Dirty Word

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If you’re like a lot of parents, you tend to brace yourself when telling your children to clean up or to do chores. You know you’re being reasonable and fair. You know all children need to learn responsibility and good habits. So, it isn’t that you question yourself. It’s just that, perhaps, you expect a lot of push-back from your children and often are not in the mood to deal with it, especially after a long day at work or as a stay-at-home parent (which is no less difficult).

So, what do you do? Do you muster up the strength and force of will and plow ahead, or do you take the path of least resistance and skip the chores “just this once” (which then turns into a regular...

Chazkeinu: Peer Support for Those Struggling With Mental Illness

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The Jewish community has begun to wake up and take notice of the unmet needs of individuals dealing with depression and other forms of mental illness. Chazkeinu is an organization that began as the brainchild of a few women who had never met each other, but connected with the help of divine intervention. Through a common acquaintance and a website that offers support for mental illness, they joined together with a shared passion and enthusiasm to make a difference in the mental health community. These women each had a vision and a desire to help create something to help Jewish women dealing with mental illness as well as friends and family members of those with mental illness.


Shaare Zedek ER Chief Addresses Hundreds at Women’s Health Day

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Terrorists don’t discriminate, and Shayna Gold learned that firsthand. At 18, Shayna was enjoying her gap year in Israel until she found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. A terrorist unleashed a barrage of bullets in Jerusalem and Shayna was shot in the chest. As the ambulance pulled away, the crew had a decision to make: a left turn up ahead to Shaare Zedek or straight for another seven minutes to Hadassah. The paramedic treating Shayna was the husband of a nurse on the cardiothoracic surgery team at Shaare Zedek. He called his wife from the ambulance to see if a surgeon was available right away. As he waited for an answer, Shayna’s  heart stopped beating and Shaare...

ARCC and Columbia Medical Center Launch Testing for the Breast Cancer Gene

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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 them.

Now, a second-round survey launched on March 15 in Riverdale and Edison/Highland Park will gauge Orthodox Jewish women’s knowledge, attitudes and decision-making preferences about BRCA genetic testing, and use the findings to fashion decision-support tools and messaging which Jewish women can utilize to make informed decisions about what’s best for...

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