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What is an ectopic kidney? (and why should I care?)

I always start my health navigation lectures off by introducing myself professionally, 25 years of experience in health promotion and health research, blah blah, Masters in Public Health, blah blah, but I always mention that I have five children, each one of whom has taken me on a different journey through the healthcare system.  As …

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Ask Aviva #24: Are there artificial cornea transplants in Israel?!

Dear Aviva, My aunt just had her second cornea transplant! Apparently, she had something wrong with her cornea and had to get a transplant. However, each time took several months because, as you know, you need to wait for a donor, and, unfortunately, neither time worked so she’s still blind in that eye! I was …

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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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Ask Aviva #21: If my dentist can’t deal with my wisdom tooth, who can?

Dear Aviva, My husband has a dental problem. The dentist does not want to deal with it because it requires a serious operation of the wisdom tooth. In the meantime; it is continually painful with a recurring infection that has a bad odor. How can we locate a professional and capable dentist who can help? …

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Emergency Services for Children: What are my options and what do I do?

  I remember a few years back, I was speaking to another mother at the park when I mentioned, laughingly, about how at one point I had asked Terem [medical emergency clinic] if they had a monthly membership fee. She looked at me funny and explained that she had never visited the ER (or Terem) …

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Ask Aviva #16: Why won’t my doctor do an MRI for my back pain?

Dear Aviva, I am 53 years old, have played a lot of sports and have had back pain, on and off, for about 10 years. Unfortunately, it’s gotten a lot worse recently. I would like an MRI to find out what is going on. However, my family doctor says that because I don’t have any …

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