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Thursday, February 20, 2020

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The Dark Side of Purim

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) It’s coming soon–– that holiday where we all get so drunk we can’t differentiate between “blessed is Mordechai and cursed is Haman.” What a beautiful scene––young kids wobbling down the street, or maybe driving their friends to houses collecting for their yeshiva, or just dancing

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: The Invisible and Neglected Disorder

I have been researching and treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) for the past 20 years in diverse settings. Without indulging in too much self-promotion, I have written one book on the topic, another one is in process, a book chapter, several articles and been a guest editor on the subject for a prestigious psychiatric journal.

New Oleh Dentist Makes a Difference in Jerusalem

(Courtesy of DVI) Dr. Harry Harcsztark, formerly of Teaneck, arrived in Israel November 20, 2019, as a new oleh making a new life living in Jerusalem. As a new citizen of Israel, he decided to start his new life by volunteering at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic in Jerusalem, through a special program called Dental

Be Heart Smart: Tips From a Cardiologist

The heart is one of the hardest working organs in the human body. It beats 80 times per minute and pumps upwards of 1,500 gallons of blood per day. It’s no wonder that when we treat our bodies poorly—when we smoke, eat junk food, and shun exercise—our workaholic hearts bear the brunt of that neglect.

Winter Break in Israel: YU Students Explore High-Tech Innovations and Advances in Health Care

(Courtesy of YU) Deepening the ties between Yeshiva University and Israel, a select group of 30 YU undergraduates (including Rensop Fellows 2020) participated in a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity to explore Israel’s dynamic startup culture at its source: game-changing organizations and institutions founded by entrepreneurs,

The Story Beneath the Surface

It often becomes difficult for medical professionals in a hospital to remember that each person lying in the bed is a person and not only a disease. And every single one of those people has their own, unique story.

As I walked into the bright, sun-lit room and after brief introductions, I sat down next to Jake, a 62-year old nice-looking man, admitted for

How to Help Your Child With Autism Make Friends

Of the many concerns parents of children with autism express to me, the greatest challenge is their child’s difficulties in using appropriate social skills to establish and maintain friendships and relationships. This is understandable, as friendships and social connections are a vital foundation of a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.

Sleep Train Your Baby With Laila Tov

First-time mother Natali heard about sleep training for babies, but was hoping her baby would learn to “sleep without breastfeeding” on his own. After 10 months, she knew it was not worth the wait. So, she signed up for sleep training her baby and discovered that her child could sleep 11 to 12 hours independently after just

Wellness Is Important at Recovery at the Crossroads

(Courtesy of Recovery at the Crossroads) The team at Recovery at the Crossroads (RAC) introduced a wellness aspect into its client treatment plans in order to expand each individual’s recovery process. At RAC, they know if you want to do well in all areas of your life, you must make your health a priority. When coupled with a

What NJ FMLA Means to You

Governor Phil Murphy has signed several new laws that started going into effect in 2020, and these laws can have an impact on business owners, both small and large; expecting mothers; parents; caregivers; and employees in a variety of ways.

Governor Murphy signed into law an expansion to the state’s

Will Dialysis Become a Thing of the Past?

A groundbreaking study has shown that it is possible to rejuvenate damaged kidneys and improve their function, a procedure that could reverse chronic kidney disease, offsetting the need for dialysis. This is the first breakthrough in decades to combat this disease, often precipitated by hypertension and diabetes, and which

Watch Out for These Scams Affecting Medicare Beneficiaries in 2020

Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (32 Ford Avenue, Milltown, NJ 08850, 732-777-1940) is a holder of a grant from the Administration for Community Living for the Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey (SMPNJ) program. The mission of the SMP program is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to