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There is Help for Children with Chronic Disease

Advances in the field of medicine and technology have lead to an increase in the survival rate and life expectancy of children with chronic diseases and special needs. In this informative segment, we learn about the inspiring Pediatric Chronic Disease Center at Hadassah Medical Center from Dr. Eitan Kerem. He is the head of the Division of Pediatrics at the Hadassah Medical Center, founder of its Center for Children with Chronic Diseases, and the director of the center for cystic fibrosis...


Detective for the World’s Most Mysterious Diseases

A previously unrecognized genetic mutation causing a rare and devastating pediatric neurological disease – which has puzzled doctors around the world for years – was recently identified by Hadassah Medical Organization researchers in Israel. In this incredible segment, Professor Orly Elpeleg, discusses life as a gene detective and what it took to find this genetic mutation that was devastating families around the globe.


New Hope for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease, causes a thick mucus buildup in the lungs and other organs that leads to breathing difficulty and increases susceptibility to life-threatening infections. More than 10 million Americans carry a faulty CF gene, many unknowingly. In this podcast, Dr. Eitan Kerem, Head of the Division of Pediatrics at the Hadassah Medical Organization, discusses important information for Jewish couples when they are considering genetic counseling before having...


Unlocking the Secrets of Alzheimers Might Come Sooner Than You Think

Did you know with seriously high computer and math skills, medical insights and extreme motivation, experts are dedicating their talents to both understanding the mysteries of the human brain and at the same time solving some of the most crucial needs in clinical practice such as understanding Alzheimers disease? Joining the show to speak about the exciting research into neuroimaging of the brain that can enable early detection of Alzheimer's disease to improve the prognosis for many...


New Report on Declining Sperm Count Epidemic

In the first systematic review and meta-analysis of trends in sperm count, researchers from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report a significant decline in sperm concentration and total sperm count among men from Western countries. In this fascinating segment, Dr. Hagai Levine, MD, MPH, head of the Environmental Health Track at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health...


The Genetics of Breast Cancer: The Research Starts Here

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. The prevalence of this disease, particularly among those of Ashkenazi descent, underscores the continuing importance of Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) breast cancer research. Here to speak with us today about the link between genetics and breast cancer is renown physician Dr. Tamar Peretz. She is one of the premier breast cancer doctors/researchers in Israel and...


Imagining the Impossible – Curing Melanoma

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It occurs when there is damage to the DNA that controls cell growth and it is most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning salons. While melanoma is the 19th most common cancer worldwide, its rates are higher in countries with sizeable fair-skinned populations, including Israel, where it is among the 10 most common cancers. The damage triggers mutations which cause the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form...