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

Traveling to Israel with an allergy?

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Allergy-free baked goods Every Jew dreams of vacationing in Israel with their family and friends. When you go on vacation, you want to have a stress- free vacation, and not have to worry about having any medical problems or allergic reactions. Sadly, Israel is very bad with labeling products for allergens, especially since all of the spices are processed in the same machine as nuts and sesame. 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...
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Telemedicine & Geriatrics in Israel

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  Telemedicine is a great option for caring for geriatric populations in Israel.  Over the years, we’ve had many clients who care for their older, dependent parents. Take our clients, the A family.  Mrs. A has been caring for her elderly, frail father for many years.  With no other family in Israel, it is up to her to manage the medical appointments, the full-time aide, the basic care (food, hygiene), and any emergencies that arise.  This responsibility is an honor for her to have, and she does it well… but it has prevented her from having family vacations with her own...
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Flu Vaccine shortage 2019

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The Health Ministry released a report on Tuesday (24/12/19) showing a decrease of 1.5% in citizens getting flu shots. Some 1.8 million people have been vaccinated so far this season in Israel, as the country’s four healthcare organizations are estimated to have just 150,000 vaccines remaining, according to the Ynet news site report from Saturday.  The shortage of flu vaccines is due to the fact that last year Israel health clinics had to throw away many flu vaccines and this year the production of flu vaccine started later than last year. This has resulted in a huge shortage of flu vaccines....
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Planing a trip to the east this summer?

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Traveling to the east or southeast   Traveling after serving in the army,  is very common amongst Israelis. They usually travel to eastern countries such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. These countries are third world countries that have different diseases than in Israel and lower the quality of healthcare. Due to the climate and local standards of hygiene, the risks of illness are generally higher than in more developed parts of the world.  Therefore, it is very important to be prepared and make sure you have updated standard vaccines. We also recommend these additional vaccines: Typhoid – this is...
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Having a hard time falling asleep?

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Insomnia during the gap year: Insomnia, also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which people have trouble sleeping.  They may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep as long as desired. Insomnia is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, low energy, and feeling depressed. It may result in an increased risk of lower motor skills, as well as problems focusing and learning. Moving to a new country for a year and leaving one’s family to learn for the year can be very stressful. Being thousands of miles away from your comfort zone can cause sleeping problems.  Insomnia is very common during the gap year,...
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Eating Disorders during the gap year

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Eating Disorders 10 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.  Not known to most people, the most common eating disorder is actually EDNOS –  or “Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified”.  Here is a short description of the three: Anorexia- A disorder in which an individual refuses to maintain...
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Easy ways to prevent ingrown toenails

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Ingrown toenails occur when the edges or corners of your nails grow into the skin next to the nail. Your big toe is most likely to get an ingrown toenail, but any toenail or even fingernail can be affected. This condition is especially common among people with sweaty feet like teenagers and students, particularly those who wear fitted closed shoes for long periods of time. The causes of an ingrown toenail include cutting your toenails incorrectly, particularly nails with jagged edges when you have irregular toenails when you drop something heavy on your toe, and sometimes there can be a genetic...
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Constipation can be easily solved

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Constipation in Gap Year Students Have you ever traveled to a new place and experienced constipation? Over the past few years, we have had many gap year students complain about constipation – usually within the first 2 months of being in the country. We had a vegetarian student once who was eating only tofu- no vegetables, fruits, and definitely not a balanced diet.  We had another student who was eating only potato chips and soda because they were too tired to cook or even go out at the end of the long day.  This student ended up gaining weight and developing...
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Donating blood can save up to three lives

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Donating Blood Donating blood is an amazing thing. According to the Red Cross, one donation of blood can save three lives. Blood donation is safe for healthy adults. There’s no risk of contracting the disease. New, sterile equipment is used for each donor. Donating blood helps people who go through disasters or emergencies, loss of blood during surgery. It can also help women who have at-risk pregnancies. It’s not only the blood receiver that benefits from a blood donation. Donator has many benefits, as well. In order to donate blood, one must go through a health checkup. This test checks blood...
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Sties among Gap Year Students

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Sties among students A sty is a red lump near the edge of the eyelid that is an accumulation of bacteria in your oil gland. Sties can cause pain or itchy feeling around the eye, swollen eyelids, eye pus or tearing, and redness around the eye. Sties are extremely contagious, especially among students who dorm together. Eye sties can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and/or allergies. Leaving makeup on overnight, rubbing your eye excessively, and trying to extend the life of old contact lenses may cause bacteria to accumulate around the oil glands around your eye. Once you have a sty,...
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Is the Celiac treatment right around the corner?

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A new treatment for celiac: Celiac disease is an immune disease in which people can't eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine. About 1 in 100 people suffer from Celiac disease (1% of the world). The only way to avoid inflammation is to be on a strict gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Therefore, people who suffer from Celiac can’t eat foods such as bread, pasta, cookies, or any food that contains gluten. In Israel, there are laws regarding labeling food for gluten. There are sections in supermarkets that are gluten free and...
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The Flu Shot Myths and Guidance

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The Flu Shot Myths and Guidance for Dorms Influenza or “flu” is a dangerous, highly contagious virus that can cause high fevers, fatigue, achy muscles, chills, sweats, and headaches. The last flu season (2018-2019) was the longest in 21 years. Millions of people were hospitalized, and 61,000 people died in the US alone, according to the CDC. To avoid this debilitating illness, we recommend getting the flu shot. The flu shot is a vaccine with weakened antibodies that stimulate normal immunity processes and protect people from the flu. The formulation changes every year and is different in the Northern and Southern...
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Fasting: Ancient Tradition to New Trend

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Intermittent Fasting Diets Over the years, we've been approached by students who've asked us about different kinds of diets and food plans. The newest trend is the intermittent fasting diet. Intermittent fasting is a method of dieting that restricts the amount of time you are allowed to eat. The diet has shown in some cases to help people lose weight and lower heart disease. However, the diet also tends to lower your lean muscle by 5%. This is likely to decrease bone density and make you more prone to injury. In addition, these diets don't last long – you're more likely...
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Fasting: Ancient Tradition to New Trend

Intermittent Fasting Diets Over the years, we've been approached by students who've asked us about different kinds of diets and food plans. The newest trend is the intermittent fasting diet. Intermittent fasting is a method of dieting that restricts the amount of time you are allowed to eat. The diet has shown in some cases to help people lose weight and lower heart disease. However, the diet also tends to lower your lean muscle by 5%. This is likely to decrease bone density and make you more prone to injury. In addition, these diets don't last long – you're more likely...
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Holiday Medical Care in Israel

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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 is cut to 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 holiday...
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Yom Kippur Hydration

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Fasting in Israel It’s hard to recall a Yom Kippur in Israel that did not include hearing of someone fainting from dehydration.  Fasting in Israel can be a different experience of fasting in other countries. Even though this year Yom Kippur falls late on October 9th, and we hope for cooler weather, the dry, hot weather in Israel puts fasters at a 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...
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Vaping Among Gap Year Students

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Vaping is a common trend among college students and young adults. 34% of college students use E-cigarettes.  Smoking and vaping are a social habit with poor health consequences. Most people have a preconceived notion that vaping, or E-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes. This is false. Vaping is a relatively new trend, therefore there isn’t a lot of information about the negative side effects that it can have. Vaping is very popular because it is (slightly) healthier than cigarettes, and you can choose whatever flavor you want. The smoke from vaping doesn’t have a smell, therefore you can vape inside a...
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EMA Care Client Needs Help

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One of EMA Care's amazing students, Aliya Markowitz,  has been written up in the AZ Jewish Post.  EMA Care is helping Aliya this year, as she studies in Israel and manages Crohns Disease. The Markowitz Family is looking for someone to take Aliya's medication in May 2020.  Are you planning a trip to Israel in May?  Please be in touch with EMA Care. Read here what it's like to prepare for a year in Israel when you have a chronic illness.  We at EMA Care always say our students and their parents are the most dedicated people we know!   

Bug Bites in Israel

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Summertime is here and bug bites in Israel can be a bit unique, due to being in the Middle East and a part of the continent of Asia. Here are some common bug bites, how to identify and treat them, and when to get help. 1.Mosquitos – In the hot, humid areas of Israel, mosquitos are everywhere. Mosquitos are present usually in the early morning and late afternoon to evening hours. Mosquito bites are identified as a single bite surrounded by localized inflammation (red bump) The vast majority of mosquitos in Israel are just annoying. However Culex and Asian tiger mosquitoes...
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Israel : Vaccination Update

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Dr. Eliana Aaron contributed to the international epidemiological reporting system for proMed -,mail. ProMED-mail is a program of theInternational Society for Infectious Diseases http://www.isid.org. An Israeli expert panel sub-committee recommended vaccinating children withMMR at age 1 and age 2 years to provide an additional booster to thisvulnerable age-group. Children ages 1 to 4 years remain the most affected bythe measles epidemic.Routine vaccinations of 6 year olds will continue in school-based clinics.This is in light of an ongoing epidemic in Israel affecting primarilyultra-orthodox Jewish populations and sporadic communities of anti-vaxxers.This epidemic has spread to other ultra-orthodox communitiesinternationally.The problem with the recommendation is that the...
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What Our Clients Say

Recommended by an Infectious Disease Specialist

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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Pandemic Planning

I would like to also add my compliments, you exceeded my already very high expectations. You can certainly send other schools our way for a recommendation. 

-Mr. E. Naiman

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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 .

Gap Year Program Staff

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A True Tzadikah

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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A Fantastic Job!

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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Extremely Helpful

Shalom. Thank you so much for today. It was extremely helpful. We really appreciate it.

Gap Year Program Staff

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Thank you!

I just wanted to thank you very much for that presentation. Very thorough and certainly helped create important and necessary focus. Very much appreciated.

Gap Year Program Staff

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Covid 19 Wisdom and Advice

First of all, thank you for that incredibly informative call. Really got us thinking about all the issues we need to consider for next year. Thank you in general for being available to all of us on the group. We have benefited so much from your wisdom and advice over the past few weeks.

Head of Gap Year Program

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Indispensable!

I just wanted to thank you for all your guidance and advice you're are providing the yeshivot and midreshot. I'm the Director of a boys program and although I'm sure you've heard it many times already, your role has been indispensable in getting us all through this.

Head of Gap Year Program

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