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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

Pertussis Vaccine in Israel: Who Needs It and Why?

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The pertussis vaccine is not just for babies and children.  Pertussis (whooping cough) is one of the fastest growing preventable diseases in the US.  The disease rate has more than doubled since 2003, with 92% of hospitalizations occurring in infants less than 6 months old!  We have seen pertussis spread among gap year students in Israel.  The best way to prevent pertussis among infants, children, teens, and adults is to get vaccinated.  Although anyone at any age can get pertussis, the disease can be most dangerous, even fatal for infants.  Getting vaccinated against pertussis is especially important for families with infants and...
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Truly amazing

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My son went to Israel for a year requiring infusion every 6-8 weeks. It was very stressful at times to coordinate getting his meds sent to Israel, scheduling appointments, and having to worry about him going on his own. Then a friend told me about EMA Care. EMA Care was truly amazing. You can speak to an American who understands your concerns and will walk you through the entire process, from dealing with insurance to making appointments, and even getting someone to escort your child to the appointments. I'm so glad we discovered it. It made what could have been a...
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Medical Cannabis Management in Israel

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Medical cannabis management in Israel can be challenging, especially for people who are older with chronic pain or medical conditions.   Israel is among a growing number or countries that authorize the use of medical cannabis for specific chronic medical conditions, including certain types of chronic pain.  There are currently over 20,000 medical cannabis licenses in Israel.  Medical Cannabis (MC) has been shown to be effective in improving symptoms for (among other conditions): Certain chronic pain syndromes including neuropathic pain (pain from nerve damage) Certain chronic diseases Cancer treatment side effects Terminally ill patients Mid- to Late-Stage Dementia in the elderly Many patients who have failed conventional...
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Should Students With a Pre-Existing Health Condition Come to Israel?

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Sending students with a pre-existing health condition to Israel for a gap-year program,  is a difficult decision for many parents.   The young adult population can experience many varied health conditions.  Some of the more common ailments are: Severe AllergiesAutoimmune conditions Type 1 Diabetes Depression Crohn’s Disease Anxiety Asthma Eating Disorders Physical disabilities  It’s not easy to send your child thousands of miles away, knowing his/her illness could experience a flare-up.  A student with allergies could go into anaphylactic shock, your child with a gastrointestinal disorder or diabetes needs to be sure he/she is receiving the proper treatment in a foreign country.  Mental health issues may be even more...
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How to Change Your Kupat Holim

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There are many reasons to change your kupat holim (health plan).  Your favorite doctor may no longer be covered at your kupah, you may have moved and a different kupah is right down the street.  Your decision may be based on a kupah’s easier online access or the complementary medicine services offered is more inclusive.  As you age, your medical needs change and perhaps your current plan is not providing what you now need. Whatever the reason is, you are lawfully able to change your kupat cholim whenever you want.  According to Israeli law, kupot holim may not bar applicants on...
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In-flight Medical Emergencies: Prevention Tips and Guidance

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Carrie Fisher’s untimely, sad death has put in-flight medical emergencies in the headlines.  Understanding how in-flight medical emergencies work can help people be better prepared and have a better understanding of what an in-flight emergency is, who responds, and what help is available mid-flight. In-flight medical emergencies on commercial flights occur on about 50 flights A DAY, or over 17,000 times a year in the United States alone. Among the most common in-flight medical emergencies are cardiac problems, loss of consciousness, seizures, respiratory problems such as asthma, and musculoskeletal problems, such as strains, sprains, and fractures. Each year, several babies are born aboard airplanes as well.  In-flight...
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Flu Treatment in Israel

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Hopefully you paid attention to our blog here and received the flu shot.  However, for those of you who did not get the vaccine, the influenza season is in full swing in Israel.  Knowing what treatment is best may help you feel better sooner and can prevent others from becoming sick. The flu is highly contagious!! It’s important to take precautions!  Common flu symptoms are: Fever higher than 38 C (100 F) Muscle aches Feeling tired or weak Runny nose Sore throat Influenza is a virus, and distinguishing it from other viral illnesses can be tricky.  The flu vaccine is considered 60% effective, as defined by the...
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Allergy Free Baked Goods in Israel

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Until now, allergy free baked goods were simply a dream in Israel.   Unless you take precautions, Israel may not be a great place to visit if you have food allergies.  Depending on what you are allergic to, finding allergy-free baked goods may be especially problematic.  The prevalence of sesame, eggs, and tree nuts in foods such as cakes, cookies, breads, burekas, and pastries is common.  Even if the product does not contain sesame or nuts, there is a very high probability the product had been mixed and/or baked with utensils that have been used with these common allergens.  Going into any...
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Prescription Medication in Israel

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Prescription medications in Israel can oftentimes be different than in other countries.  Whether planning a trip or sending a child for a Gap Year, understanding the availability of medication locally can help guide decision making and planning for health needs. Here are 10 rules about prescription medication in Israel: Some medications are not available here.  Medications in Israel must be approved through a lengthy bureaucratic and often political process.  Some medications, deemed either unnecessary or too expensive, or too rarely needed – are simply not available.Medications may come in different doses.  For example, thyroid medication is not available in 25mcg increments. ...
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Students with Food Allergies

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If you are a student with food allergies and living in a dorm, you must take precautions to assure you live in a safe environment.  It’s very important to realize that people who don’t have any exposure to anaphylactic allergies often don’t understand how dangerous they can be. For example, an allergy sufferer meets his roommate for the first time, he says I am allergic to peanuts. The roommate enjoys peanut butter and he says he will be very careful whenever he eats peanut butter in the room. “The peanut butter won’t go anywhere. How dangerous can it be?”. This is...
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Sensitive and timely help

I would like to recommend Eliana (EMA care) for her sensitive and timely help for clients who are having difficulty navigating the health care system Israel, specifically for Anglos, whether new olim or those of us who been here for many years.The obstacles of interfacing with the health care system here is daunting, especially at a time when one is going through an acute or chronic condition that is protracted and complicated. Often one doesn’t know whom to turn to or where to go, especially when one’s Hebrew is limited or lacks the proper resources and connections to the best health...
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Aging in Place in Israel

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Aging in place is the phrase used to describe seniors who choose to stay living in their home – even when aging becomes more challenging.  Aging in place is a popular choice instead of moving to a skilled nursing facility, and over 96% of older adults in Israel are currently aging in place!  Aging in place requires coordination and utilizing services and resources available to ease the burdens often encountered as people age.  With aging in place, more people can choose where to live, and to maintain a higher level of independence for a longer period of time. Aging in place...
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Flu Vaccine in Israel

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The Flu vaccine in Israel is available now!!  It’s important that you go now while flu vaccine supply lasts!! In previous years, there have been shortages of the vaccine.  Why should people get the flu vaccine? Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.Between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths occur in people 65 years and older. So the vaccine is a must for seniors! Other people at risk include people of all ages with pre-existing chronic health conditions, children, and pregnant women.Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread...
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Holiday Medical Care

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Medical care during the holidays can get a little tricky in Israel. During the holidays, many medical offices and hospitals are operating on Shabbat mode.  Shabbat mode means that personnel are cut to a minimum staffing, many clinics are not operational, and routine, non-emergency health services are not provided.  These hours can include hospitals, emergency and urgent care centers, pharmacies, clinics, and private medical offices.  Medical offices have less operational hours (or none), so the few hours they are open, they are typically overbooked. Don’t forget that Medical Care during the Holidays includes the eve of holidays!  The eve of a...
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Guidelines for Fasting in Israel

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Fasting in Israel can be a different experience from fasting in other countries.  It’s hard to recall a Yom Kippur in Israel that did not include hearing of someone fainting from dehydration. Even though this year Yom Kippur falls late on October 12, and we hope for cooler weather, the dry, hot weather in Israel puts fasters at higher risk of dehydration.  Preparing for Yom Kippur a few days in advance is a sure way to fast safely on this High Holiday. When a person fasts, everyday behavior results in a loss of fluid that is not being replaced in the course of...
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Crohn's Disease in Israel

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Crohn’s disease in Israel can be challenging to manage, especially for students and tourists who do not have access to the full service Israeli health care system. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, affect as many as 1.4 million Americans, most of who are diagnosed before age 30.   Crohn’s disease causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue in the gastrointestinal track, causing inflammation. It is a life-long condition which can be treated, but not cured.  Crohn's Disease Management in Israel Ashkenazi Jews are at significantly higher risk for Crohn's disease, and research is being conducted to...
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The Jerusalem Post: What we can all learn from Hillary Clinton’s coughing spell? Cough hygiene

Eliana Marcus Aaron writes "Whether or not people believe that Hillary Clinton has neurological problems, tics, lung cancer or seizures, many of us saw her coughing spell at a rally in Ohio weeks ago. As a health care provider, I was concerned about her moist cough and hoarse voice, which has since been diagnosed as pneumonia, but I cringed when I ...
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Parental Stress and Gap Year Students

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There may be parental stress as your child leaves for his gap year in Israel. The gap year is a very special time for young adults to grow spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. However, it can be a bittersweet experience for many parents.  You are excited for your child but missing and worrying about your child may be inevitable. EMA Care provides some guidance for parents to cope with their own stress… and make it easier for their children to have a successful year. You are nervous about your child being so far away, constantly scanning the news for anything going on...
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Socialized medicine in Israel = Self Serve Health care

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How does socialized medicine work in Israel? How does it impact health care delivery? Every resident of Israel is requires to have government subsidized health care guaranteed to them by Israel’s Health Insurance Law of 1995.  How does this differ from private health care found in other countries? A 2015 Bloomberg report ranked Israel as tied for second place in health care efficiency!!  The United States ranks 50th (right above Azerbaijan, Algeria, Russia, and Brazil)!   Israel is credited with long life expectancy, emphasis on preventative care, and low-cost medical care.  This means you get better health care in Israel for a...
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Eating Disorders in Israel

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Eating disorders are common among teens and young adults.  Seminary students in Israel are not exempt from these dangerous conditions.  Awareness, recognizing the signs, and early  intervention is essential to prevent these conditions from causing permanent damage to suffering students. Ten million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder.  It is the third most common and chronic illness in the U.S.  More women than men suffer from this illness and while the numbers are climbing in the Jewish population, the exact number of Jewish people with eating disorders is unknown. Most people know about two eating disorders:  anorexia and bulimia. ...
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18 June 2020
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14 June 2020
What will be the 'new normal' for Israel's gap year programs? According to EMA Care, an estimated 80% of programs will close down permanently if they are not able to reopen in the fall. By TZVI JOFFRE    JUNE 4, 2020 11:58  &...
07 April 2020
Dr. Eliana Aaron spoke on World Mizrachi on the recent Coronavirus outbreak.   Response from World Mizrachi: Just reaching out to thank you for the talk you gave today. The feedback has been tremendous! May you continue to have the strength to i...

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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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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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