David Mordvinstseia was born in Baku, Azerbaijan with a congenital heart defect so severe that doctors said they could not operate. His fingers, toes, and lips looked blue from lack of oxygen and he spent his childhood as an invalid, hardly speaking.
Hadassahís Professor Raphael Udassin, a pediatric surgeon, recently accompanied Israel's Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom to Tunisia, a country without diplomatic relations with Israel, to speak at the World Summit on the Information Society about one of his favorite hobbies: developing computer programs for hospitalized kids. For ten years, Prof. Udassin has done volunteer projects for the Kav-Or computer system, which prepares kids and their parents for surgery and then provides entertainment and enrichment during the childís recovery.
At the Hadassah Medical Center, researchers are seeking to identify the genes that cause age related macular degeneration (AMD), which typically leads to blindness in the affected eye.
In one out of three patients whose blocked coronary arteries are opened by catheter and stent, vital vessels re-clog within days. Hadassah teams have come up with two alternatives to existing drug therapy for preventing these coronary arteries from re-clogging.
Hadassah researchers are building on earlier studies in which they proved that CRP, an inflammatory protein in the blood, is not only a leading biomarker for cardiovascular disease, but also a cause of thrombosis (blot clot formation). Having created the first live system to monitor the risk of high CRP levels, they are now developing a drug to block CRP and prevent thrombosis.
In Hadassah Hospitalís Coagulation Unit, researchers have developed an innovative technique for testing platelet function in real time and under particular physiological conditions. This includes testing reactions to aspirin. The advantage of this technique is that, contrary to its predecessors, which required a large volume of blood, an experienced technician, and a long examination period, it only requires a minute amount of blood (0.13 ml) and about five minutes.
When Hadassah's Trauma Unit nurse Etti Ben Yaakov isn't busy saving lives or training medics, she volunteers at the Tisch Family Zoo. One of the elephants is about to give birth, having undergone in vitro fertilization. Etti convinced Hadassah hospital to check the elephant's hormone levels so that the veterinarian can better time the complicated delivery. The administration was willing to help with the analyses, but made it clear that the elephant would not be allowed to give birth in the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center!
The Hadassah Medical Organizationís Center of Excellence for Pediatric Metabolic Diseases is highlighted in an article dealing with research on obscure metabolic disorders in the January 2006 issue of Nature Medicine. The magazine is a biomedical research journal devoted to publishing the latest and most exciting advances in biomedical research for scientists and physicians.
Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit where Sharon is now being treated is gift of Hadassah United Kingdom
When Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Center following a massive stroke on Wednesday, January 4, Hadassahís neurology and neurosurgery teams sprang into action to save his life.
Some people questioned why the Prime Minister was not taken to a hospital closer to his home in the southern part of Israel. Hadassahís premier neurosurgery department, established in 1941, performs over 900 state-of-the-art neurosurgical procedures annually. The neurosurgical standard of care is comparable to that provided in leading academic centers worldwide.
The surgeons who operated on Prime Minister Sharon are internationally renowned in their field. Dr. Felix Umansky, chairman of the Neurosurgery Department, has done pivotal research in the microanatomy of cerebral vessels and Dr. Josť Cohen is one of the foremost experts in
Hadassah's pediatric departments celebrated three major religions' holidays in December: Hannukah, Christmas, and 'Id Al-Adhah (holiday of sacrifice). In the picture, a child lights the Chanukah Menorah, surrounded by a Christmas tree, and a sheep representing the Moslem holiday.