Blind massage therapist identifies cancer patients by their voice

Osnat Bublil lost vision at young age, but did not give up studying to become massage therapist; currently works with patients at Hadassah. Read more

Hadassah Doctor Flies to Japan to Monitor First Israelis with Coronavirus

A doctor from Hadassah is making his way to Japan after the Israel Health Ministry asked him to oversee the treatment of at least three Israelis said to have tested positive for Coronavirus. Read more

Jungle Scene Enlivens Pediatric Trauma Waiting Area at Hadassah

Colorful toucans, zebras, and giraffes form the backdrop for cuddly stuffed animals like monkeys and lions in the new pediatric trauma waiting room at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. Wooden toys invite to play for younger patients, and a video gaming room with soccer-shaped chairs engages older kids. A library with story-books helps distract the children, while parents prepare drinks in the kitchenette. Read more... Read more

Hadassah’s Endometriosis Clinic Puts Women’s Lives Back on Track

Since she was 12 years old, Nitzan Bernstein had lived with chronic pain. For five days every month, she could not get out of bed. Living in a small town in the north of Israel, Bernstein consulted many doctors, but they waved away her complaints as discomfort from her monthly period, assuming that, as a teenager, she was just exaggerating her level of pain. Nevertheless, the pain got worse. Read more... Read more

Genetic Testing at Hadassah Prevents Inheriting Incurable Eye Diseases

For the Ben-Zion* family, retinitis pigmentosa is a fact of life. A genetic disorder that causes loss of peripheral vision and poor night vision, retinitis pigmentosa often leads to blindness. Numerous Ben-Zions inherited the disorder, but family member Ilana,* 39, wanted to make absolutely sure her children would have full eyesight. Read more... Read more

Hadassah’s Chaim Lotan Named to Chinese Med-tech Advisory Board

A leading transcatheter heart valve medical device company in China has appointed Prof. Chaim Lotan, immediate past director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Heart Institute, to its global med-tech advisory board. Read more

Hadassah Doctor Discovers Gene That Helps Avoid Heart Defects

The number of children born with serious heart defects is in decline in the US, Europe, and even in most of Israel. Not so in Jerusalem. When most parents are told in the second trimester of pregnancy that their baby will be born with catastrophic heart defects, they decide to terminate the pregnancy. In Jerusalem, because of the religious beliefs of large swaths of the Muslim and Jewish populations, many parents reject abortion, even though it’s legal in such situation. Read more. Read more

Secret of the Heart

She was walking the grounds of an Israeli college when she collapsed. At 24, she was dead. Weeks later, her paternal first cousin, aged 13, died during the night. With two closely related tragedies, Hadassah Medical Center geneticists and physicians joined forces to establish the cause. Using the latest technology, they discovered a genetic mutation that is responsible for a fatal aortic rupture. Read more. Read more

Canonic Will Conduct Pre-Clinical Studies into Cannabis at Hadassah

Canonic, a subsidiary of the biotechnology company Evogene Ltd., has announced an agreement with Hadasit, the Hadassah Medical Center’s Technology Transfer Company, to perform pre-clinical studies to support Canonic’s development of anti-inflammatory medical cannabis products. The work will be conducted by the laboratory of Hadassah’s Prof. Reuven Or, where his research team will screen Canonic’s cannabis core collection, using inflammatory in-vitro models. Read more

Restoring Quality of Life at Hadassah’s Rehab Department

Hadassah’s rehabilitation department opened on the Mount Scopus campus in 1976. A new facility, also at Mount Scopus, is now under construction, in an initiative led by Hadassah International. “I started my residency in the department in 1995, two years after my aliyah from Russia,” Dr. Isabella Schwartz recounted. “I fell in love with the possibilities of rehab, its ongoing search for new solutions.” Read more Read more

Hadassah-Microsoft team diagnoses Parkinson's, raising ethical dilemmas

In a recently published article in the prestigious journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, Hadassah Medical Organization doctors working with Microsoft researchers reported they were often able to diagnose Parkinson’s disease simply from the way people seeking information about the disease typed on their computer and moved their mouse. Read more

Hadassah Australia deplores the appointment of Yaakov Litzman MK as Israeli Minister for Health

PRESS RELEASE: Hadassah Australia condemns the appointment of Yaakov Litzman MK to the position of Health Minister in Israel. Read more

Hadassah experts offer information and advice on infant sleep issues

Recently, Dr. Gileles-Hillel, along with pediatric colleagues from Hadassah Dr. Ira Erlichman and Dr. Joel Reiter, authored an article that was published in the Journal of Child Science, which provides an up-to-date summary of recent advances in understanding the pathophysiology of what is called apnea of prematurity (AOP) and what physicians and staff who treat infants with AOP need to know. Read more

After years of unidentified pain, teenager finds relief at Hadassah

A very active, athletic 17-year-old girl arrived at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem complaining of pain in her stomach. She had no idea there was a massive growth in her abdomen that weighed more than six pounds. Read more

Hadassah Hospital and IBM accelerate medical start-ups

The first ‘graduates’ have emerged from a medical accelerator based at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. Read more

First-Ever Magen David Adom Dispatch Center Dedicated at Hadassah

An historic arrangement has been made between Magen David Adom and Hadassah Hospital. A 24-hour Emergency Ambulance Dispatch Center is now based at the Ein Kerem campus. It is reducing waiting times for people living in the vicinity. Read more

Mexico and Brazil Welcome Hadassah Doctors as They Talk About Genetics on the Frontier of Medicine

Two of Hadassah’s world-renowned doctors and researchers, Prof. Orly Elpeleg, Head of Genetics and Metabolic Diseases, and Dr. David Arkadir, Senior Physician in the Department of Neurology and Head of Parkinson’s research, were invited to share their expertise with audiences in both Mexico and Brazil. They proudly introduced both professional medical groups and interested lay audiences in both countries to the Hadassah vision that Genetics will be developing and advancing the future of medicine Read more

First-Ever International Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Hadassah Psychiatrist

The International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD) has honored the Hadassah Medical Center’s pioneering psychiatrist Prof. Bernard Lerer with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Prof. Lerer, 71, was born in South Africa and moved to Israel as a young physician. He entered the field of psychiatry just after the revolutionary anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs like lithium, chlorpromazine, and imipramine were introduced. Read more

Hadassah Is First in Mideast to Use New Tumor Diagnostic Test

The Hadassah Medical Center’s Molecular Pathology and Diagnostic Tumors Department is the first in the Middle East – and just the third outside of the United States – to conduct the new tumor diagnostic test FoundationOne-CDx (F1CDx) within its own laboratories. F1CDx detects and identifies genetic changes in cancerous tumors. Looking at 324 genes within a single sample of a patient’s tissue, the test identifies substitutions, insertions, mutations, and alterations. Read more

Hadassah Doctors Develop Highly Accurate Testing for Thyroid Cancer

More than 20 million Americans suffer from thyroid disease, but biopsies to determine if they have thyroid cancer are not definitive in at least a third of the cases. To err on the safe side, the thyroid gland or half of it is often removed, leaving some of the patients pill-dependent for the rest of their lives. Hadassah physician-researchers have developed a method to increase biopsy accuracy, according to an article published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. Read more

A better life for young Ethiopian-Israelis

The Ethiopian community in Israel is unique in a number of respects, but one that stands out is how it held fast to its Jewish beliefs despite being isolated from the mainstream Jewish world for millennia. Read more

Meet the man inspiring Israel’s Ethiopian community

Much has been written about the innovative program at Hadassah Hospital to assist Ethiopian-Israelis achieve their dream of a career in nursing. Less is known about the man whose vision and dedication helped to create the program that is empowering an under-privileged community in Israel. Read more

A Woman of Valour – Dr Dvora Bauman

The shocking reality of sexual abuse and violence in Israel was the theme of Dr Dvora Bauman’s talk to members and friends of Hadassah Australia during her recent visit. Read more

Hadassah International Raises $9 Million at a Miami Fundraising Event

Hadassah International Raises $9M for Rehabilitation Center at Mount Scopus Hospital Read more