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6 Fun Facts You Should Know When Caring for an Alzheimer’s Patient

In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness month, I thought I would do a quick review of some things you must know when you have an Alzheimer’s (or person with dementia ) in your life. 1. Advice Only people who don’t actually have a person with dementia in their life should consult all those sites for “caregivers” …

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If you ever plan to get on a plane again, READ THIS FIRST!

About a month ago on a Saturday evening, I received an urgent text message. Call this person! I ended up speaking with a young man, whose father had come to visit him on a simple tourist trip to Israel. Earlier that week, the young man’s father had fallen ill with a serious stomach virus, and …

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What I Learned From Making My Own Underground Map

I always have many promotional emails that pop up in my inbox, and I usually delete them at the end of the week, but this week one caught my eye. Chen of Cadensee, Let’s Talk Medical, a sciences communications company, doesn’t usually disappoint, and last week’s blog was especially relevant since it involved the London …

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Our Husbands, Those De facto Doulas [Father’s Day]

Today is Father’s Day in the United States. That day when we take a few hours to honor those special folk who made our lives possible. I thought I would take few minutes to write about the man who made my family possible, my husband. As I have mentioned before, I debated if I would …

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Birth Options in Israel [Birth Series Part #2]

In honor of the fact that, in Israel, August has the most deliveries of any month, I thought I’d be proactive and make June birth month. This week we’re reviewing different birth options. In true researcher fashion, with each child, I gave birth in a different hospital (not planned, actually, but cool, right?) This obviously …

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What is a Doula?? [Birth Series Part #1]

  The other day I was talking with a young woman I know who is living here temporarily, while her husband learns in yeshiva. She is nine months pregnant. I asked her if she were taking a private doctor for the delivery, a common practice among women in her community. She replied, no, that instead, …

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Navigating Mental Health with your Teen [Mental Health Awareness Series#4]

I have teenagers. I get it. No one tells them, anything, ever, because they know it, all. Cue eye roll, sigh, sad shake of the head; isn’t mom dumb? But the funny thing is that we are still their case managers, their guides, the prime decision maker when it comes to their health, and mental …

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Navigating Mental Health in the Elderly [Mental Health Awareness Series #3]

Apparently, doctoring octogenarians is pretty unpopular in the medical community. That means that there are very few medical experts in the field who specialize in the unique healthcare of those over 70. How do I know this? In addition to spending my free time reading medical literature, I happen to be coordinating a study for …

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Navigating Mental Health in Young Children [Mental Health Awareness Series #2]

A few weeks ago, I posted an Ask Aviva question about getting permission for a certain medication for a nine-year-old child with bipolar disorder. My answer addressed how to get permission, but one reader was shocked that a nine year old had been diagnosed with bi-polar. “Get a second opinion!” this reader advised, their underlying implication …

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