Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Hayley Leib has been in and out of the hospital since she was 12. Now 21, her doctors have diagnosed her with mitochondrial disease, a disorder affecting energy and metabolism. Illness and long hospital stays can put untold pressure on any family, but the Leibs have had some help from an unexpected source. Enter Chai Lifeline, an international nonprofit organization...
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Beth Forman Rondinelli, JE Feature
I am lucky. Today is the day. It is my last day of undergoing radiation for breast cancer. At least, I'm hoping it will be. It is a great day -- or is it? Sure, I won't have to drive a half-hour to the cancer center each way for a few minutes of lying on a table, baring everything above...
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By:
Rachel Levy Lesser, JE Feature
At age 13, Amy Blumenfeld was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. After 11 months of chemotherapy, the symptoms returned. Her parents took her to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where they were given two options: try more rounds of chemotherapy, or, as the doctors said, "take a gamble" and allow Amy to be the first adolescent with...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
There will be no breakfast in bed this Mother's Day for Elaine Grobman. In fact, there will be no bed after 4 a.m., as this woman who has made philanthropy her lifelong career will be on her way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, preparing to greet about 120,000 of her Mother's Day "guests" at the 19th annual Susan G...
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PSA test uncovers the writer's prostate cancer -- and prospects for survival
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David C. Friedman, JE Feature
A simple blood test saved my life. The PSA test measures prostate specific antigen, a protein produced by the prostate tissue. The prostate gland, which is only found in males, sits near the rectum and produces semen. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer in men. I was not overly alarmed when my last PSA test came...
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