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The gap year - how to deal with pre-existing conditions during a Covid-19 pandemic

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In this video, Dr. Eliana will discuss the upcoming gap year program and kids who are coming with pre-existing conditions. Students who come for the year aren’t apart of the Israeli medical system so this means that the kids usually need to pay out of pocket. 00:00 – introduction 00:42 – kids with pre-existing conditions. 03:07 – how is this year going to be different and medications 05:52 – arranging appointment with specialists 08:24 – asking the right questions

How to properly wear a mask

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The Dos and Don'ts of wearing masks: Wearing masks has been a controversial topic over the last few months. While most of the leading physicians encourage people to wear masks at all times (while outdoors), many people find the mask uncomfortable and they accidentally make their masks useless against the Coronavirus. Here are some guidelines on wearing masks: Wear your mask over your mouth and nose! It is very common to see people wearing their masks over their mouths and not over their noses, especially while talking. When we speak to someone, we often breathe with both our mouth and our...
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS is a common fatigue disorder that cannot be characterized by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may get worse with physical or mental activity but doesn't improve with rest. While there are many theories as to what causes CFS, there isn't one test that can diagnose it. The theories range from viral infection to mental stress, but the cause still isn't known. Signs and symptoms may include: FatigueLoss of memory or concentrationSore throatMuscle or joint painNot sleeping well Some viruses cause someone to develop this disorder. After someone gets infected with a virus, their body is...
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17th of Tamuz fast in Israel

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It’s hard to recall a fast day in Israel that did not include hearing of someone fainting from dehydration.  Fasting in Israel can be a different experience from fasting in other countries. This year the 17th of Tamuz is a fast day and it is coming out during the hot, Israeli, summer. Hot weather in Israel puts fasters at higher risk of dehydration. Preparing for a fast a few days in advance is a sure way to fast safely. When a person fasts, everyday behavior results in a loss of fluid that is not being replaced in the course of the day. ...
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Skin conditions during the summer in Israel:

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Summer in Israel The summer in Israel is known to be very hot and sunny. Going to the beach, outdoor sports, and playing in the sun are common activities in the summer. While all of these activities can be good for vitamin D production, they can also be harmful and damage one's skin. Some side effects can be as bad as skin cancer, while some can cause cosmetic damage like wrinkles and aging. Actinic keratosis Actinic keratosis is also known as Solar keratosis is a very common skin condition caused by exposure to the sun. Actinic Keratosis causes rough scaly patches...
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The jellyfish season in Israel

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The warm Mediterranean Sea on Israel’s coast may be fun to swim in, but the jellyfish season is upon us!  Every summer, Israeli beaches suffer from jellyfish for a number of weeks.  Whether in the water or washed up ashore, jellyfish pose a (potentially life-threatening) hazard.  EMA Care gives you tips on what to do if you get stung by a floating cell or jellyfish tentacle. Fact: Jellyfish is one of the most intimidating creatures of the sea. In Hebrew, the word for jellyfish is “Medusa”. In classic Greek mythology, Medusa is a monster (gorgon) in the form of a woman...
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Managing Medication in Israel

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Managing and understanding of medication can be challenging for anyone.  Medication in Israel is not the same as medication in other countries, especially if you are from the United States.  If you are coming to Israel as a tourist, be sure to bring your medication with you.  Managing medication in Israel is an important consideration if you are here for a longer stay, whether a tourist, resident, volunteer, or diplomat.   You will need to do research before you arrive, as not every medication is the same when traveling to foreign countries.   For example, common medications may have different names in Israel. ...
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Youth & the Covid-19 Risk

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Introduction Many young adults have never experienced a life-threatening event in their lives. Most teenagers and youth undermine risks and think they are invincible to dangerous situations. When teenagers see a “smoking can kill” sign on their box of cigarettes, they won’t care, and in most cases, they will ignore it. Teenagers often do extreme sports and crazy hikes known to be dangerous because they don’t think the danger applies to them.  Many young adults tend to separate between themselves and their future-selves “this is a future me problem,” or “I’ll deal with it tomorrow” – are common things that teenagers...
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Tourists coverage for seniors

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As a senior or the child of a senior, the scariest thing that you can imagine is going through an emergency alone (or your parent being alone). It is important to come up with a good emergency plan if you don’t have anyone to come with you to the emergency room. It is also important that you know the medical system, speak the local language, and translate between you and the medical staff. Here at EMA Care, our providers are licensed, experienced health care professionals who speak English, Hebrew, and French. Our employees are experienced communicators that have professional, warm personalities...
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Dementia in Israel

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Dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities severely enough to interfere with your daily life.  Dementia is caused by natural aging in most people, resulting in damage to or loss of nerve cells and their connections in the brain. Depending on the area of the brain that's affected by the damage, dementia can affect people differently and cause different symptoms. It isn't a specific disease, but several different diseases may cause dementia. One of those diseases is Parkinson’s Disease. Some Parkinson’s genes are connected to the Jewish people. While Alzheimer’s disease(link to blog) is the most...
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Alzheimer's Disease in Israel

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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away (degenerate) and die. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia — a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral, and social skills that disrupts a person's ability to function independently. While Alzheimer's is a cause of dementia, it is a different disorder than simple dementia. The dying brain cells result in a different outcome than simple dementia. Most people associate memory loss with Alzheimer's. Other early symptoms and examples are: 1. Inability to multi-task- for example; impossible to keep tabs on how personal finances work 2. Unreasonable decisions...
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How to properly wear a mask - The Do's and Don'ts

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  Dr Eliana Aaron talks about proper mask use and explains the reasoning behind it so you can protect yourself from COVID-19. The proper way to wear a mask (Time: 1:09) Common mistakes while wearing a mask (Time: 3:13) Cover your nose -Which part of the mask is contaminated -How to take the mask off -Covering the chin and nose properly -Gaps on the side -Eating and drinking How many times can you re-use a mask? (Time 12:00) Wearing make-up while wearing a mask (13:05) Painting your mask (Time: 13:55) Storing your mask (Time: 14:05) Face shields/visors (Time: 15:35) Cloth masks...
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Thank-you from Yeshiva's and Seminaires

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I appreciate the recognition of the work my EMA CARE team and I have done to keep students healthy and safe during this crisis.

Dehydration during the summer

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With summer here, one of the most important things to do is hydrate. Dehydration can quickly set in otherwise healthy people when the weather gets dry or hot – but heat waves in Israel magnify the problem with both heat and dry winds. Hot weather usually makes people feel HOT, but it can also lead to serious and alarming health problems. Experts say that when nighttime temperatures do not drop much lower than daytime temperatures, there is added stress on the body. The most common problem linked to hot weather is heat stress. Heat stress occurs when the body’s temperature is...
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Weddings & COVID-19

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Dr. Eliana talks about the new regulations regarding making weddings in Israel. Today weddings are allowed to be up to 50 people. wedding halls are starting to open on June 14th. There are many new regulations for example a covid-19 officer that will make sure that the regulations are being taken seriously. The current wedding situation – (Time: 0:30) Event hall regulations/COVID-19 officer - (Time: 2:30) Maximum occupancy – (Time: 3:47) Pre-registering for the wedding – (Time: 5:00) Social distancing – (Time: 6:40) Dancing – (Time: 7:43) Opening of the bar and social events around the world – (Time: 12:50) Which...
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The Flu vs. Covid-19

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Dr. Eliana talks about about the flu vs the coronavirus. Covid-19 and the flu both are respiratory disease, however Covid-19 is more contagious, and the fatality rate is much higher. The flu – (Time: 0:47) Death rates with both the flu and coronavirus – (Time: 1:20) How they spread – (Time: 2:35) Incubation period – (Time: 4:26) Symptyoms – (Time: 6:01) A study on the flu v peek and the Coronavirus peek – (TIme: 8:00) Are you a senior living in Israel? Or do you have elderly parents living in Israel? Contact EMACare to find out how WE can help YOU....
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Top 5 Areas of Healthcare to Tend to Now

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Thankfully, the coronavirus sanctions are lifting. The kupahs are getting back to normal working hours, and it is time to stop ignoring your important medical care. Top 5 Areas of Healthcare 1. Family doctor - Many of us may have seen our family doctor via telephone call or Zoom meeting, but there is nothing like an in-person consultation with your doctor. If you have not been feeling 100% (not coronavirus related) and/or you need prescriptions refilled, now is the time to go. Request referrals from your family doctor to see specialists. 2. Pharmacy – restock medication, including over-the-counter medication. Make sure any...
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Chronic Pain in the Elderly

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Advanced age increases the risk of health complications which can lead to chronic pain. Unlike grey hairs and wrinkles, chronic pain is NOT part of the normal aging process. Chronic pain is described as pain lasting 3 months or longer. The following conditions often result in chronic pain: ArthritisNeuropathy, spontaneous or a diabetes side effectCancer, as well as its treatmentBone Fractures Chronic pain disrupts the quality of life for many elderly. The resulting distress can lead to sleep deprivation, depression, and anxiety. It's a vicious circle: without proper sleep, the body reacts with even more pain. How we can help EMA...
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Getting into the holiday spirit during the Coronavirus pandemic

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 The Coronavirus has introduced most people to a new kind of life. We can’t see family unless we follow certain conditions, we can’t socialize without wearing masks, and it is hard to get into the spirit of the upcoming holiday, Shavuot. Shavuot is a very spiritual holiday; it is when the Jews were given the Torah and became the Jewish nation. Every year, we renew our acceptance of God’s gift. It is important to focus on the atmosphere of chag, rather than on events that usually take place. Usually, people go to shul and sing along with the community, some people...
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The Hassle of Making Medical Appointments

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When you are unwell the last thing you want to deal with is the frustration of trying to get a timely doctor's appointment. However, whether it's an appointment with a family doctor for a sore throat or with a specialist for a chronic medical condition, you may find that the process does not run as smoothly as you would like. In Israel, appointments with kupat doctors are made via the kupah website, the kupah app or their 24-hour phone service (moked).One major advantage of using the app or the website is that you will see a listing of all doctors and available appointments in the location you choose...
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My experience with Ema Care has been so positive that I wanted to share it in case it could help someone else. Eight days ago my daughter, a Shanah Bet student, called to say she wasn’t feeling well and had symptoms of Covid-19. I was put in touch with an Infectious Disease specialist who recommended Ema Care. I reached Dr. Eliana Aaron easily and signed my daughter up. The next morning, Ema Care gave my daughter a telehealth exam and provided her with prescriptions, as well as a list of

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A Wonderful and Patient Resource

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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Hello Dr. Aaron. I cannot thank you enough for providing not only crucial information but a framework that gave us stability and allowed us to function (instead of descending into chaos, which undoubtedly would have happened, if not for you). At the risk of waxing dramatic, I will tell you that when I think of what you've done these past couple of months, what comes to mind is Rav Yohanan Ben Zakai asking Vespasian to give him Yavneh ve-Hakhameha, thus saving the entire enterprise of Talmud

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