Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775
By needle, by mist ... It's that time of year
By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Haven't gotten a flu shot yet? Thinking of skipping it this season? Your doctor would tell you to think again. For healthy people, influenza -- the contagious respiratory illness more commonly known as the flu -- can cause a fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose and/or muscle aches. "For most young, healthy people, it'll be an illness that'll last five...
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Leading national hematologists earlier this week presented new basic and clinical research findings at the 46th annual American Society of Hematology meeting in Atlanta, which included hope for those going through chemotherapy. Among topics explored: mouth sores, a harsh side effect of chemotherapy, which strips the mouth of protective mucous membranes. Dr. Michael Schuster of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical...
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A personal account on the day-in, day-out endurance test that is cancer
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Robinette Pelka, JE Feature
We need funny stories, warm blankets and magazines, just to keep our minds from focusing on the waiting room, the gateway to chemo land. It must be different for other kinds of patients -- nurses and doctors don't necessarily remind them of death. The first time, my mother and I walked toward the room in silence, holding hands. I'd collapsed...
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More and more patients over 80 are going in for coronary surgery
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
People are living longer than ever these days -- some to 100 and beyond -- and they're having all sorts of medical procedures as they age, including heart surgery for patients 80 and older. Yet inevitable questions follow suit: How does that operation fit into the picture of maintaining health and quality of life for the elderly, and is someone...
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Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it the ... Soviets?
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Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
Steve Savitt, a freshman studying engineering at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, was riding in a crowded subway in early October 1957, when he read that the Soviet Union had launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. That news, 50 years ago, stunned the world and affected Savitt, too. "The enormity of what was done," recounted former engineer...
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