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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...

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...

Does Your Next Dental Visit Make You Anxious?

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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 sports and played good music (I guess I learned a lot from him). At that time, I didn’t have any thought of a future in dentistry, but I never minded the experience.

Then it happened. I became a dentist. Interested in science and an altruistic desire to help people. But I began to meet people who either didn’t go to the dentist at all, or were...

Can Canceling My Gym Membership Help Me Exercise More?

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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. I’m completely unmotivated to go to the gym and work out. I’ve read that “abs are made in the kitchen” and “healthy living is 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise.” If that’s true, then I should be OK if I never exercise, right? Between working, family, carpool and the kids’ numerous sports activities, I don’t really have time to work out. Should I push myself to work out even though...

Must You Be Nearsighted?

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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 clear.

All this is common knowledge; however, what is not commonly known is that some children who have been diagnosed as nearsighted are not nearsighted, and others don’t have to go through increases in prescription every few months, making their lenses increasingly thicker.

Children who have frequent increases in their eyeglass prescription are most often diagnosed as “functionally...

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