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Our Blog covers recent, relevant and helpful health and healthcare news

EMA Care Blog

Our Blog covers recent, relevant and helpful health and healthcare news

Mental health during your gap year in Israel

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The gap year program is a great experience. It allows young adults to become independent, mature, and expand their education. However, this year is also a major transition for most students, which can lead to anxiety amongst themselves and their parents. Some students develop temporary anxiety during their year because they are in a foreign country by themselves for the first time. Others come to Israel with pre-existing conditions that are being managed by medication or a therapist. These conditions should not prevent young adults from coming to Israel because they are very manageable. Over the years, we have seen many...
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Dental Care in Israel for Gap Year Students

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Dental care in Israel for gap year students is not covered under most student health insurance policies.  Some policies do cover up to $300 of emergency dental care for specific insurance dentists. These dentists are excellent professionally and usually speak English fluently. This is for emergency care only, however! It does not include check...
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The Jerusalem Marathon

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The Jerusalem Marathon 2019 is tomorrow! The marathon has become a rite of passage for many gap year students in Israel. It is a beautiful route, complete with running past the walls of the Old City and into modern Jerusalem. Many students are using the Jerusalem Marathon to run for different chessed (charitable) organizations. Whether they are running the full 42 km, 21 km, 10 km, or 5 km, we wish all the runners stamina and luck! There are important medical guidelines to follow as per the Jerusalem Marathon organizers: The Ministry of Health recommends that runners be examined by a...
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The Israeli Health System for Students

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The Israeli health system for students is based on a national, socialist healthcare system.There is excellent medical care available in Israel. However, the student needs to learn how to access the care. This means that there are two tiers to the system. 1st tier – health care through national insurance (or tourist insurance). 2nd tier – private medicine. There is also a serious shortage of specialists throughout the country, especially outside major cities. When specialists are needed is when the health system gets complicated for the average tourist. Examples of Specialist Medical Care Dermatologist – new onset acne. The family doctor...
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Israeli Health Insurance for Students

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Explaining Israeli health insurance for gap year students keeps EMA Care staff busy. EMA Care currently assists several hundred gap year students studying in Israel plus several hundred more in clinics managed by EMA Care. Almost all students are on tourist or student visas, which mean each student has health insurance especially designed for students and tourists. Israeli health insurance for students usually covers 100% cost of doctor visits, tests, and medication for routine, new issues. It does not cover any appointments, treatments, tests, or medication for a preexisting health condition. Some plans will allow a student with a preexisting condition...
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Panic Attacks in Gap Year Students

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Recently, several gap year students experienced sudden onset panic attacks and they reached out to EMA Care. Panic attacks can be frightening and disorienting to any adult! When an 18-19 year old is far from home, living in a dormitory with lots of other people, it’s even more frightening. Especially when it is the first time having a panic attack. When a person has a real phobia, such as fear of flying or fear of heights, the brain perceives a real danger. The brain is designed with a flight or fight response when the brain perceives danger. The brain triggers adrenaline...
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Measles Management in Gap Year Dorms

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Unfortunately, we have gotten to the point of managing measles in student dorms of gap year programs. As most of you know, there is currently a measles outbreak in Israel (and concurrently in Jewish communities in the New York area). According to the Israel Ministry of Health, as of December 10th 2018 there were 2400 reported cases of measles in Israel, but many more cases go unreported. Most cases have been in Jerusalem (1200+), Tzfat, Tel Aviv, and Petach Tikva although almost every region has been affected. Since August the number of people with Measles has doubled every month from 116...
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The Wildkatz Win Their First Game!!

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EMA Care is a proud sponser of the MMY flag football team- The Wildkatz  The Wildkatz won their opening game 13-0!!! EMA Care wishes them continued success.  We also wish them good health - no bruises or any other sport injury. GO WILDKATZ!!!!!!!!  

Mononucleosis in Israel – prevention and management

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We have noticed a significant uptick in the number of gap year students diagnosed with mononucleosis (“mono”) in the last few weeks. This is affecting many gap year programs – both yeshivas and seminaries – and lots of misunderstanding about mono are going around from parents and program administrators and we want to educate the public about this condition. Mononucleosis is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). It is spread through saliva and in Israel it is actually called the “kissing disease”. Spreading by saliva can include sharing utensils, drinking glasses, toothbrushes, or eating implements (think about a...
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West Nile Virus Outbreak in Israel

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In recent weeks there has been a surge of West Nile Virus in Israel. A few hundred people have been infected and several people (elderly or immunocompromised) have died in recent weeks. West Nile Virus is a virus spread by mosquitoes who have fed off of infected birds. The incubation period is 5-21 days on average. The virus peak activity according to the Israel Ministry of Health is mid-August to mid-October. According to the CDC, 80% of people infected have no noticeable symptoms. Symptoms of West Nile Virus for the remaining 20% of infected individuals are usually mild flu-like symptoms including...
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FAQ about Leptospirosis in Israel

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Yes, there has been an outbreak of leptospirosis in Israel, particularly in those who have been on water hikes and locations with rivers. What does this mean for your child? How will this affect your child? Here are some simple answers which will answer frequently asked questions about this. 1) What is leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can affect people and animals. People can get leptospirosis through exposure to infected animal urine (or soil/water contaminated with infected urine). 2) Where was leptospirosis found? In Israel, leptospirosis was found in several rivers in the Golan heights that include popular hiking...
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Medical Concierge in Israel for Older Adults

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Medical concierge stands for personalized, caring, inclusive health care case management for both tourists and residents in Israel. EMA Care is one of the few medical concierge companies in Israel, and the only service managed and run by the highest level of experienced health care professionals and clinical experts. For residents in Israel, EMA Care offers the total package of medical case management and health care supervision and guidance in Israel. Each client has a customized service packaged based on their individual and family needs. This tailored package can include: 1. Case management for chronic health conditions. EMA Care will pull...
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Dehydration and Israel Gap Year Students

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Gap year students and dehydration have been a bad mix for decades. With springtime heat waves in Israel, unfortunately, EMA Care has been called in recently to assist gap year students experiencing serious medical conditions stemming from dehydration. Dehydration can set it quickly in otherwise healthy people when the weather gets dry or hot – but heatwaves in Israel magnify the problem with both heat and dry winds. Student #1- Complained of serious back pain urinary tract infection symptoms. She believed her back pain was due to tossing and turning all night. Her urine test showed that she was severely dehydrated,...
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6 Medical Nightmares for Gap Year Parents

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This past year, EMA Care has assisted hundreds of gap year students in all different types of medical crises. What happens when your child is far away and experiencing poor health or, G-d forbid, in an accident? The following are medical nightmares that became medical success stories because of EMA Care involvement. 1.  Allergic anaphylactic shock – A student with a dairy allergy was promised the sherbet he bought was dairy free. It may have been, but the spoon used was cross contaminated ice cream on it. The student went into shock immediately; his friend did not know how to use...
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Travel Insurance for Passover in Israel

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Are you coming to Israel for Passover? Travel insurance provides you with protection against medical costs. Many tourists arrive in Israel without any medical insurance, or with a plan that requires tourists to pay out of pocket for any medical surprises while you are away. When tourists return home, they need to deal with the paperwork and bureaucracy to get reimbursed for medical expenses. Medical Problems on Passover Medical problems and emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. We cannot anticipate, them. With hundreds of thousands of tourists coming to Israel for Passover, the likelihood of medical problems arising increases. Some common unexpected...
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How to Take the Stress out of Healthcare

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When people are overwhelmed dealing with their own health or the healthcare of another, stress is inevitable. Many of our clients report tension headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, difficulty making decisions, and fatigue. Some even report developing their own medical problems!EMA Care works hard to alleviate your stress. Our professional staff has extensive knowledge of medical issues plus the workings of the Israeli healthcare system. This powerful combination will take the stress out of healthcare for you and your loved ones. EMA Care now offers new affordable service packages. This includes more flexible, customized intakes, more options for health case management,...
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Purim Hangover Remedies

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Our previous blog here encourages parents to talk to their children about appropriate alcohol use during the holiday of Purim (or anytime!). The day after Purim, people who overindulge will feel the effects – hangovers are awful. What happens when a person knows he/she will be drinking? Are there ways to prevent a hangover? What are hangover remedies? A hangover is defined as disagreeable physical effects following a disproportion amount of drinking. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty concentrating. It can take 8-24 hours for symptoms to go away. TIPS for Avoiding a Hangover 1. Before you go out...
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How to Speak to Your Child About Drinking on Purim

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The custom of drinking alcohol on Purim stems from a quotation in the Talmud attributed to a fourth century rabbi, Rava: “One must drink on Purim until that person cannot distinguish between cursing Haman and blessing Mordechai” (Megillah 7) This custom has become a green light for people, especially students in Israel, to drink lots of alcohol on Purim. Unfortunately, many gap year students drink until they are sick, passed out, or exhibiting dangerous or inappropriate behavior (such as vomiting in your rabbi’s yard). Although alcohol consumption in the US is illegal for people under the age of 21, in Israel...
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More About Food Allergies

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There are common misconceptions about food allergies.  Click here to read about certain misconceptions and what the true facts are about food allergies. Food Allergy Concierge is your expert service for traveling with food allergies. Our food allergy travel experts separate facts from misconceptions. We understand food allergy dangers, we understand how one sesame seed can be life threatening, and we are experienced in preventing cross contact in hotel and restaurant kitchens.

Marijuana (Cannabis) Induced Psychosis

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Marijuana induced psychosis is real and dangerous. This is perhaps most important to remember when gap year students are away from home for the first time. The average cannabis user, seller, and manufacturer want you to believe that marijuana is an innocent, harmless drug. It is mainly described as a relaxing way to unwind. As marijuana usage becomes legal and more popular, it’s important for people to know the facts about marijuana and its possible side effect. While there are some medical benefits to medical cannabis, which can be taken under the auspices of a physician for specific conditions, there are...
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Dear Dr. Eliana words simply cannot express how much you have done for all of us and so many others in keeping us informed, calming anxieties, and being such a wonderful and patient resource through such a difficult time. Wishing you much bracha and hatzlacha in the merit of all the countless mitzvot u have done to help so many through these trying times; mikol halev, ein milim and thanks so so much .

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I just wanted to say I think Dr. Eliana is one of the most rationale people providing the public with current information. I have no idea how I came across your Facebook page but I love what you say, just heard the one about reopening shuls, and the way you present it. clear, concise and factual. I work in Toronto on COVID 19 and just wanted to let you know that you are doing a fantastic job. I think here there are community doctors putting out information and I have told them they are too

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