In a Tuesday night, July 21st segment entitled “Stem Cell Strides,” Fox News Television featured Hadassah Medical Center as “the world leader in stem cell research,” noting that Israeli scientists have charged ahead of the world and are making “some potentially serious strides” toward curing diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The Fox News report relates that Israeli scientists are taking pluripotent cells—the building blocks of life—and turning them into brain, retina, heart, and pancreatic cells, which could potentially replace diseased tissue.
Belle Simon, Deputy Coordinator of Hadassah International, is most appreciative to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of her kidney transplant along with her donor, Katie Edelstein, a Hadassah colleague from the state of Washington. “I only wish,” Belle comments, “that others would follow Katie’s courageous lead because there is a tremendous shortage of organs for transplant worldwide.” The Hadassah Medical Center is one of Israel’s major transplantation centers, with a success rate for kidney transplants of 90 to 95 percent.
The Israel Ministry of Health elevated the profession of nursing and enhanced career advancement for nurses with its creation of a new status—“Nurse Expert.”
Visiting the Hadassah Medical Center’s new Jerusalem Biotechnology Park (JBP), Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called it a “pioneer in the marriage of business and science” and “a central element in the making of Jerusalem into a biotechnological center.”
A delegation of five Muslim physicians from Senegal are participating in a joint workshop with Israeli colleagues at Hadassah Medical Center to learn a special circumcision technique that prevents the spread of AIDS.
United Kingdom Member of Parliament (MP) The Rt Hon James Arbuthnot visited the Hadassah Medical Center last fall and wrote a laudatory article, which was published in the Conservative Friends of Israel magazine in June, praising Hadassah particularly for its humanitarian care, educational outreach, and trauma medicine.
Young Hadassah International was happy to inaugurate its newest unit, Young Hadassah Austria, during a packed brunch, at a beautiful villa in the suburbs of Vienna, on May 18. The enthusiastic men and women who attended the launch are eager to start planning events to help support the Hadassah Medical Center.
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Victims of potentially fatal strokes are being saved—with no permanent loss of brain function-- in the Hadassah Medical Center’s renowned Stroke Unit, thanks to a revolutionary technique performed with a corkscrew device called the “Mercy Clot Retriever.” Introduced through the femoral artery under general anesthetic, the device can retrieve a blood clot, re-establishing blow flow to the brain and preventing neurological damage. Moshe, a 64-year-old father of 10, recently underwent the procedure following a massive stroke and left Hadassah with full function restored.
Hadassah doctors, working with a medical school in the United States, are researching a groundbreaking liquid therapy to target and prevent autoimmune diseases.