511 posts categorized "Med-Ethics, Public Health"

April 22, 2015: After Losing 2 Sons To Suicide, Orthodox Couple Tries To Raise Suicide Awareness And Prevention In The Orthodox Community, IDF
Comments: 22 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion
Gil and Esther Alexander lost two sons, both IDF soldiers, to suicide and have dedicated their lives to raising the issues of suicide awareness and prevention in the Orthodox community – and in the IDF itself. After Losing 2 Sons...

April 21, 2015: New Study Shows MMR Vaccine Does NOT Cause Autism
Comments: 25 | Categories: Med-Ethics , Med-Ethics, Public Health
This is even further evidence that anti-vaccine campaigners like haredi 'gadol' Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky and his wife are endangering children, not helping them. No Association Found Between MMR Vaccine And Autism, Even Among Children At Higher Risk The JAMA Network...

April 21, 2015: Babies More Sensitive To Pain Than Adults, Study Finds – How Should This Impact Circumcision?
Comments: 23 | Categories: Circumcision , Med-Ethics , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
The brains of babies light up in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a pioneering Oxford University brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults and that...

April 19, 2015: Kids with ADHD Must Squirm to Learn, UCF Study Says
Comments: 6 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
New research shows that if you want ADHD kids to learn, you have to let them squirm. The foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex...

April 17, 2015: A Child Sex Abuse Panic In Jerusalem
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
What appears to be another child sex abuse panic is now ongoing in the haredi neighborhood of Sanhedria Murchevet. Menachem Kaiser has piece in Tablet about what appears to be a child sex abuse mass hysteria in another haredi neighborhood...

April 15, 2015: Children With Intellectual Disabilities Can Make Competent Trial Witnesses, Researchers Show
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"There is no reason why children with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities should not be provided with the same access to the investigative and judicial processes that would be initiated when typically developing children make disclosures of maltreatment." That may...

April 14, 2015: Condition Of 14-Year-Old Trampled At Haredi Rabbi’s Funeral Takes Turn For The Worse
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
The condition of the 14-year-old boy trampled at the funeral of Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner nine days ago has taken a turn for the worse. Two other haredim – 27-year old Mordechai Gerber and a newly-married 18-year-old yeshiva student, Yitzchak...

April 12, 2015: Australia To Strip Childcare Payments And Tax Credits From Parents Who Refuse To Vaccinate Their Children
Comments: 18 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion
People who claim religious reasons for not vaccinating their children will only continue to receive childcare and family tax payments if they are affiliated with a religious group whose governing body has a formally registered objection approved by the federal...

April 12, 2015: More Injuries – But No Deaths – At Funeral Of Another Top Haredi Rabbi
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
At least 15 people were injured at Sunday’s funeral of Rabbi Chaim Greineman in the Tel Aviv haredi suburb of Bnei Brak, Israeli media reported. More Injuries – But No Deaths – At Funeral Of Another Top Haredi Rabbi Shmarya...

April 9, 2015: Video Shows Deadly Stampede At Funeral Of 101-Year-Old Haredi "Expert" On Medical Ethics And Public Health, Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
You can hear people shriek and scream as the trampling begins, and other people call out to try to stop the stampede. But the pallbearers carrying Wosner's body do not stop. Instead, they push forward, likely causing many more injuries...

April 9, 2015: Buddhists Often More Tolerant Than Others, Study Finds
Comments: 27 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion , Science
Buddhism appears to promote tolerance, a new study has found. At the same time, other new studies show that a combination of meditation and yoga change the mind in a way that likely can slow cognitive decline, even in Alzheimer's...

April 9, 2015: Israeli-Australian Research Team Finds Turbo-Charging Hormone Can Regrow Human Heart
Comments: 1 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
Researchers have discovered a way to stimulate muscle regrowth in the heart of a mouse, opening up prospects of new treatments for the millions of people worldwide who experience a heart attack each year. Israeli-Australian Research Team Finds Turbo-Charging Hormone...

April 9, 2015: Breast Cancer Research Uncovers…The Fountain of Youth
Comments: 3 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
The Fountain of Youth has been discovered and it’s not in Florida as Ponce de Leon claimed. Instead, it was found in the mammary glands of genetically modified mice. Breast Cancer Research Uncovers The Fountain of Youth Liam Mitchell •...

April 9, 2015: Sabra Dipping Company Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall Of "Classic" Hummus
Comments: 0 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Kitniyot eaters beware! Sabra's Classic Hummus was found to be contaminated with listeria by Michigan's version of the FDA, and Sabra voluntarily issued a recall of 30,000 cases of the popular dip. Here are the details: Recall -- Firm Press...

April 8, 2015: Yeshiva Of Hasidic “Expert” On Medical Halakha Had Stairs That Did Not Conform To Building And Safety Codes, Leading To Deaths And Critical Injuries
Comments: 19 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin in Bnei Brak, the yeshiva that was headed by Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner until his death at age 101 the first night of Passover, reportedly had deficient front steps that did not building and safety codes, and...

April 8, 2015: 2nd Hasidic Yeshiva Student Dies From Funeral Trampling
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Yitzhak Samat, an 18-year-old newly married hasidic yeshiva student, has died from injuries he sustained during pushing and shoving by hasidim at the funeral of hasidic leader Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner. Above: Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner 2nd Hasidic Yeshiva Student...

April 7, 2015: Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Can Have Profound Impact On Sexual Health
Comments: 12 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Science
"It is clear that PTSD is associated with sexual problems, even among relatively young people regardless of the type of trauma they experienced," said co-author Dr. Amy Lehrner. "We need to better understand this relationship and develop new treatments for...

April 7, 2015: A Pomegranate-Date Cocktail A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, Israeli Researchers Find
Comments: 8 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
A team of researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, led by Professor Michael Aviram of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Medical Center, has discovered that the combination of pomegranate juice and dates along with their pits provide...

April 6, 2015: Pushing And Shoving At Haredi Events Is Akin To Murder, Vizhniter Rebbe Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Speaking Sunday at a Hol HaMoed hasidic gathering, known as a tisch, in his yeshiva, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe attacked the pushing and shoving at the funeral of 101-year-old hasidic leader Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner, calling it the equivalent of shfichat...

April 3, 2015: Glatt Kosher Cigarettes For Passover
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Note the hechsher on the left below says in Hebrew, "L'mehardin min ha-mehadrin," meaning "of the most strictly kosher from the most strictly kosher" – über-glatt, in American Jewish parlance. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: Aaron Duchan.]

March 31, 2015: Eating Green Leafy Vegetables Keeps Mental Abilities Sharp, Researchers Find
Comments: 18 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
Something as easy as adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to your diet could help slow cognitive decline, according to new research. The study also examined the nutrients responsible for the effect, linking vitamin K consumption to slower...

March 30, 2015: Recording Of Official Hatzolah Radio Transmissions For Horrific House Fire That Killed 7 Haredi Children
Comments: 49 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
The audio is an official recording of the radio transmissions between Flatbush Hatzolah EMT/ambulance service and its EMTs and ambulances. Based on eyewitness accounts and other information, it appears to begin about 10 minutes after the FDNY arrived at the...

March 30, 2015: Haredi Kosher Food And Supervision Mag Runs Article On "Kosher Marijuana"
Comments: 19 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Media & Media Criticism
Need some kosher medicinal herb? Kashrus Magazine has the answer for you. Please click to enlarge:

March 30, 2015: Video: 'Kosher For Passover' Cigarettes
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Cigarettes cause cancer, heart attacks and other health problems and are forbidden by an increasing number of rabbis (mostly Modern Orthodox). But lots of haredim smoke anyway and now a group of Israelis is taking advantage of that sad fact...

March 27, 2015: The Vaccine Wars
Comments: 66 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
All opponents of vaccines, including haredi opponents like Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky and his wife, should be encouraged to watch this video. PBS/Frontline's Vaccine War website with additional information and interviews.

March 25, 2015: De Blasio Likely To Replace Bloomberg-Era Health Board Members Before Controversial Circumcision Vote
Comments: 36 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has the ability to fill a majority of the seats on the New York City Board of Health with his own appointees before he asks that board to repeal the city’s informed consent...

March 17, 2015: Low Vaccination Rates Fuel The 2015 Measles Outbreak
Comments: 14 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
Inadequate vaccine coverage is likely a driving force behind the ongoing Disneyland measles outbreak, according to calculations by a research team at Boston Children's Hospital. [The same low vaccination rates likely caused the London-Brooklyn outbreak in haredi communities, as well.]...

March 9, 2015: Repeal Of Informed Consent Requirement For Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice Delayed
Comments: 15 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has delayed plans to repeal the city’s informed consent requirement for metzitzah b’peh (MBP), the dangerous direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by many haredi mohels after cutting off the baby’s foreskin – likely...

March 9, 2015: Israel’s HPV Vaccination Program Expands – Because Zionist Orthodox And Haredi Parents Refuse To Use It
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal
Israel’s Ministry of Health will now offer Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines to eighth-grade boys as well as girls in the hopes this will prevent boys from transmitting the cancer-causing virus to girls when they get older. The money the...

March 8, 2015: Alcohol Abuse By Haredi Teens Reportedly Widespread, Rises To Dangerous Level
Comments: 24 | Categories: Chabad , Child Safety , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
"…[T]here are hundreds of young men getting seriously drunk to the point where they need medical attention. There are Hatzolah calls, hospital visits, and thousands of incidents of vomiting. There are home break-ins in which the drunken to Lot-level-shikrus Yeshiva...

March 4, 2015: Haredi Leaders Admit Herpes Testing Doesn't Work, Want To Continue Dangerous Circumcision Practice Anyway
Comments: 25 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion
“How can you be certain that at any given time the mohel doesn’t have the virus? Because he may have been tested a year ago and he may have contracted the virus since then. There’s no foolproof way of doing...

March 2, 2015: Avi Schick Misleads On Circumcision
Comments: 11 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Avi Schick, the frequently dishonest haredi political insider, has written a very deceptive article on NYC's deal with haredim on metzitzah b'peh, (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking done by most haredi mohels after cutting off a baby's foreskin. That deal...

March 1, 2015: Intimate Partners With Low Self-Esteem Stay In Unhappy Relationships, New Study Finds
Comments: 19 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
"There is a perception that people with low self-esteem tend to be more negative and complain a lot more. While that may be the case in some social situations, our study suggests that in romantic relationships, the partner with low...

February 25, 2015: The Bamba Snack Effect: New Study Based On Israeli And Jewish Kids Finds Peanut Consumption In Infancy Prevents Peanut Allergy
Comments: 5 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
Researchers led by Gideon Lack, M.D., of King's College London, designed a study called Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP), based on observations that Israeli children have lower rates of peanut allergy compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry residing...

February 25, 2015: NYC Won't Releasae Names Of Infected Mohels, Even If They've Been Banned By City
Comments: 25 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Under the new deal with haredim, de Blasio administration officials said it is unlikely New York City would release the name of any mohel who was banned after testing positive for infecting an infant with herpes – meaning Bill de...

February 24, 2015: NYC Made Deal On Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice Because Haredim Won't Keep The Law Anyway, City Official Says
Comments: 11 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
The de Blasio administration's rationale for the new policy, which its own health department says could put infants at risk, is that this is the only way it can receive cooperation from the community. In the two-plus years since the...

February 23, 2015: OU May Certify Medical Marijuana As Kosher
Comments: 17 | Categories: Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana. The Forward reports: …Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the...

February 23, 2015: Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Complains City Plowed Streets On Shabbat
Comments: 17 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern complained that the city plowed streets on Shabbat – even though plowing was necessary (despite claims to the contrary) to allow emergency vehicles to safely pass. Yeshiva World reports: Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi...

February 18, 2015: Using Established Science, Foreskins May Soon Be Able To Be Regrown, Intactivist Nonprofit Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Circumcision , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
A US nonprofit founded to research and implement regenerative medical therapies for circumcised males, Foregen, claims to be close to developing a method that will allow men’s foreskins to regenerate – much like a salamander is able to re-grow a...

February 12, 2015: Hapless Mayor Appears Flummoxed By Haredi Refusal To Accept Circumcision Compromise
Comments: 17 | Categories: Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
The administration of New York City’s hapless mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants to scrap the city’s informed consent forms mohels who do metzitzah b’peh (MBP, direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis sucking) after cutting off the baby’s foreskin, and replace the written informed consent...

February 10, 2015: OU, RCA Issue Joint Statement On Vaccines
Comments: 28 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal
"…Therefore, the consensus of major poskim (halachic decisors) supports the vaccination of children to protect them from disease, to eradicate illness from the larger community through so-called herd immunity, and thus to protect others who may be vulnerable. The vaccination...

February 5, 2015: Why Do Some People, Including Several Prominent Haredi Rabbis, Live Well Into Old Age Without Showing Serious Memory Decline? Researchers May Now Have Discovered Why
Comments: 26 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Science
SuperAgers, aged 80 and above, have distinctly different looking brains than those of normal older people, according to new Northwestern Medicine® research that is beginning to reveal why the memories of these cognitively elite elders don’t suffer the usual ravages...

February 5, 2015: In New York State, Religious Schools – Mostly Haredi Yeshivas – Lead In Vaccine Opt-Outs, Endangering Thousands
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion , Science , Torah & Science
All schoolchildren must be immunized against measles in New York, unless they have a religious or medical exemption. Vaccination compliance is generally quite high — New York City estimates that on average the immunization rate is 97 percent — but...

February 4, 2015: Video: Ambulance Blocked By Double Parked Hasidic Yeshiva's Buses
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
A Williamsburg Hatzolah ambulance with its lights flashing and siren wailing could not get through a Williamsburg, Brooklyn street because it was blocked with double parked hasidic yeshiva school buses. [Via: Yeshiva World.]

January 28, 2015: Obsessive-Compulsive, And Orthodox
Comments: 34 | Categories: BTs , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal
"Alone in my living room, I took three steps backward, then three steps forward in preparation for the Shmoneh Esrei, part of the afternoon prayer service. As I began to recite the first blessing, an image came to mind, unbidden:...

January 27, 2015: Report: Infected Haredi Mohels Still Suck
Comments: 22 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
A Rockland community member who has been involved with the issue said the two mohels did test positive for the virus. They both continue to perform MBP. “They are continuing to practice and use whatever safety practices they were using...

January 26, 2015: Joan Rivers' Family Sues Doctors, Clinic Over Comedienne's Death
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Med-Ethics, Public Health
According to the lawsuit, doctors ignored the concerns of the acting anesthesiologist, who urged caution after noticing “incredible edema,” or swelling, in Rivers’ throat. Anesthesiologist Renuka Bankulla suggested taking an internal picture to gauge how bad the swelling was. “You’re...

January 23, 2015: As Measles Outbreak Worsens In California, A Look At Jewish Schools' Immunization Rates Reveals Many Flaws
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal
At the Ramaz School, a modern Orthodox day school in Manhattan, principal Rabbi Haskel Lookstein issued a ruling that vaccinations are considered “p’kuach nefesh,” a Jewish legal standard under which religious requirements are suspended to protect human life. “It’s a...

January 22, 2015: The Orthodox Sex Guru
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Rabbis & Sex , Religion
…“She’d just found out what and where her clitoris is, after her third child,” Marcus said. “She’d told her OB-GYN that she was having pain,” and during their conversation he informed her about her anatomy. Merely having this basic knowledge...

January 20, 2015: Important: New Study On Safest Way To Position Women During Childbirth
Comments: 5 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health
According to a new study, the traditional practice of positioning women on their side with hips tilted at 15 degrees during labor does not effectively reduce compression of a large vein located near the abdominal area that returns blood to...

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