Friday, November 27, 2020

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Mental Health Awareness for Seniors

(Courtesy of Englewood Health) The past few months have been especially hard on older people, who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and at high risk for serious complications. Loneliness, anxiety and depression (all concerns before the pandemic) can be exacerbated by constraints on their normal routine, such as sheltering in


Living With a Mental Health Disorder

What does it mean to have a mental health disorder? And what is it like to live with someone who is struggling with it?

When someone suffers from a mental illness it means that he or she has a condition that affects his or her thinking, feeling or mood. Common types of mental disorders include


What Jigsaw Puzzles Taught Me About Life

Pesach was a three-day Yom Tov this year…AND in the middle of quarantine. I was filled with anxiety. It would just be me and my husband: no kids, no guests, no shul (read: no distractions). I am one of those people for whom the last hour of Shabbos feels like an eternity. Three days? How would I manage being cooped up with no distractions


Israelis and Palestinians Join Forces to Battle the Coronavirus

The Middle East is so often viewed in a negative context. Wars, clashes of cultures, corruption, poverty and international interventions typically capture the headlines. But the coronavirus pandemic, where essential cooperation is occurring despite longstanding conflicts, allows us to look at this region through a


NJ Eye and Ear Opens New Location

(Courtesy of NJ Eye and Ear) NJ Eye and Ear is serving up a whole new way to shop. Its new, two-story downtown Englewood location boasts a whopping 12,000-square-foot space with an abundance of eyewear displays for adults and children all ages. Children and parents can ride up the elevator with their strollers, play in a dedicated


New Analytic Tool Aids Radiologists With Mammogram Backlog

(Courtesy of Israel21c) One of the many ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that imaging centers cancelled or postponed annual mammogram appointments.

A 94% drop in mammography during lockdown leaves women at risk of missing early detection of breast cancer. Now the centers are opening


Vitamin D Helps Fight COVID-19, Major Study Finds

(Courtesy of Israel21c) A low level of vitamin D in blood plasma appears to be an independent risk factor for COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, said scientists from Israeli HMO Leumit Health Services and the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University.

The researchers came to their


F.I.T.T. Over 40 Invites You to Look Better, Feel Better, Move Better

Jessica Rackman, sexagenarian and proud grandmother, is the founder of F.I.T.T. Over 40, a personal training service catering primarily to the over-40 crowd. Founded in September of 2005, the company services clients well into their 80s. Her acronym F.I.T.T. alludes to four key elements in successful exercising: Frequency,


New Research Shows Faith, Community Help Orthodox Jews Weather COVID Storm

(Courtesy of Touro College) Orthodox Jews, despite being hard-hit by COVID-19, are coping successfully with the mental health challenges of the pandemic, according to new research by Tzvi Pirutinsky, PhD, an associate professor at Touro College Graduate School of Social Work. The study was published online this week in the Journal


The New Cancer Center Featuring TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System at St. Mary’s General Hospital

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) This week, St. Mary’s General Hospital will host a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening of the new cancer center. The event will feature the newest tool in the hospital’s arsenal against cancer––the TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System. This multi-million dollar system offers


Yeshiva University Is First in New York to Enroll Students This Fall for New Occupational Therapy Doctorate

(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) Yeshiva University’s new entry-level doctorate in occupational therapy is the first in New York State to admit students this fall.

The program, offered by the University’s Katz School of Science and Health, can be completed in less than three years with just a


Overweight? Testosterone May Save Your Life

Note: If you are an overweight man, I am talking to you, so I am writing this article for you in the second person. This article should not be considered medical advice. If you have any follow-up concerns or questions, you can contact my office or your physician.

Obesity is an epidemic. Among adult men,