Thursday, May 24, 2018

Health Link

Do You Have Sciatica?

Sciatica is a term that is used frequently, but often it is misunderstood by the general public. Anyone who has experienced it knows well how excruciating the pain can be. Read below for answers to common questions about sciatica.

Q: What is sciatica?


Understanding Minimally Invasive Treatment for Colorectal Cancer

(Courtesy of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center) When Anna Serur, MD, was a little girl in her home country of Russia, she dreamed of becoming a doctor. “My mother says that from the time I was three, I always said I wanted to be a doctor…a surgeon. There was never anything else; not a ballerina, not an actress, always a surgeon,” she

Why Does the Baby Wear a Football Helmet?

Why is that infant or toddler wearing a football helmet? How many times have you seen a baby stroll by with a pink or light blue helmet on her or his head? No, they’re not practicing to become a linebacker for the Giants! They probably have plagiocephaly, a fancy name for flatness on one side of the head. It generally occurs as a

Dispelling Common Laser Vision-Correction Myths

When I sat down to write this column, I realized it’s been 20 years since I took my first laser vision course in 1998. Back then, the field was in its infancy. We have gone from surface laser treatments to creating a LASIK flap with a (precision) metal blade to all-laser LASIK. Now, looking back with almost 20 years of experience

Touro to Host Program on Confronting Addiction

(Courtesy of Touro College) Nearly half of American adults have a close friend or family member who’s been addicted to drugs, and the skyrocketing opioid epidemic is driving this statistic even higher. On Tuesday, March 13, Touro College and University System will host a lecture on the causes of addiction and ways

Muslim Woman Is ‘Powerhouse of Lifesaving’ as Israeli EMT

Sanaa Mahameed, the first female Muslim volunteer in United Hatzalah, 

is now being joined by 13 Bedouin Muslim women fresh out of training.

On a recent morning, volunteer emergency medical technician Sanaa Mahameed was the first responder on the scene

Strengthening Our Emotional Immune Systems

Flu season is upon us and more than ever we are reminded to Purel, wash our hands, drink plenty of fluids and get much-needed rest. There is a conscious effort by our pharmacies to remind us to get the flu vaccine and to ward away any nasty germs that may come our way.

We take care in building

Israel’s Sheba Medical Center Sends Doctors to Papua New Guinea on Humanitarian Mission

(Courtesy of Sheba Medical Center) Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel’s national hospital, just completed its second successful humanitarian medical mission to Papua New Guinea where their team of medical experts performed over 80 life-transforming eye surgeries that restored vision to the blind. Led by the Israel Center

Using Prolotherapy to Treat Tendonitis

In prior issues I have discussed prolotherapy and how it helps with musculoskeletal pain. Today, I will briefly summarize how prolotherapy works and then focus on how prolo helps tendonitis. Prolotherapy is a natural treatment that strengthens ligaments, tendons and cartilage. This is achieved by a solution that stimulates a reaction in the

The Language of a Mask

Many articles are often written about masks at this time of year—how people are always hiding behind an “invisible” mask, a cover-up to hide their true identity. When people can learn to take off their masks by believing in themselves, accepting their true worth and embracing their vulnerabilities with others, they no longer

Graf Center for Integrative Medicine Launches Rodgers Family Meditation Program

(Courtesy of Englewood Hospital) With the turn of the year, the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is launching The Rodgers Family Meditation Program to grow its array of holistic services and highlight the link between traditional medical treatment and mindfulness.

Medical Clowns Provide Human Antidote During Purim

Illness is no laughing matter. But for sick kids around Israel, laughter is the best medicine.

It’s an emotionally draining scenario that unfortunately plays itself out in hospitals across the USA and Israel each and every year. Hundreds of sick children find themselves marooned in their