healthcare

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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PPD: What Does It Mean? And How Do You Diagnose It? [Mental Health Awareness Series #1]

  To quote myself in a post after the tragedy in Jerusalem: “Post-partum depressive order, which includes anxiety, panic, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, are also technically considered post-partum if they are diagnosed within four weeks of delivery. However, most providers agree that if an incident occurs within one year of delivery/pregnancy, it’s post-partum related.” Statistically, 1

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Ask Aviva #20: How do I ask my doctor a follow-up question after the appointment?

Dear Aviva, I have a follow-up question for my family doctor after our appointment last week. Can I call, or write him somehow?  Is this a thing in Israel or you need to make another appointment and go in person? Sincerely, On Hold in Haifa   Dear on Hold, Aah, the quandary of the follow-up.

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Ask Aviva #19: Can I establish advanced health directives in Israel?

Dear Aviva I receive your newsletter and have a question. How does one in Israel establish advanced health directives in the case of cognitive impairment, DNR orders and so on? I am very ill with a number of significant health problems but my situation is quite stable. My wife’s health is very good. We have

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Ask Aviva #18: Why is the hospital discharging my mother if she isn’t well enough?

Dear Aviva, My mother has been hospitalized for the past two weeks. We feel she is not well enough to go home as she cannot get up to go to the bathroom or walk, but they seem ready to discharge her. Our family wants her to stay in the hospital because we are nervous about

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Ask Aviva #17: Why didn’t the doctor tell me how to get the medicine?!

Dear Aviva, My daughter is 9 years old and takes a special medication for her bipolar disorder. The psychiatrist recommended this medication and even checked that it was distributed in Israel. But when I went to the pharmacy with the prescription, they told me that they couldn’t sell it to me because I didn’t have

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10 Interesting Health Facts About Israel That You Might Not Have Known!

In honor of this country’s 70th birthday this week, I thought I’d highlight some interesting health facts for you to bring up casually when you’re at the annual BBQ and impress your friends. Israel’s current healthcare system is only 23 years old. In 1995, the country passed a new law called the national health insurance

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