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Trump Promises ‘Very, Very Specific’ Health Report Very, Very Soon

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Donald Trump said he plans to release the “very, very specific” results of his physical examination soon, one day after the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had collapsed in the arms of her staff as she was being moved away from a 9/11 memorial ceremony, in what was revealed to be the result of a case of pneumonia.

Trump told Fox News on Monday: “This last week I took a physical and I’ll be releasing when the numbers come in.”

To date, the only medical report the Trump campaigned has released was a one-page letter from the candidate’s gastroenterologist, Dr. Jacob Bornstein, who wrote, among other things, that Trump’s recent “complete medical examination” showed “only positive results,” which is pretty scary, considering that “only positive results” usually means a very worrisome outcome in medical jargon. Dr. Bornstein also suggested that “if elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

Hillary Clinton released a much longer nedical report last year, written by Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, chairman of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group, the same physician who on Sunday released a statement saying that “on Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.”

Dr. Bardack added that “while at this morning’s event,” Clinton “became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

In December 2012, Clinton fainted and suffered a concussion, from a stomach virus and dehydration, resulting in a clot and double vision, during the Congressional hearings on the Benghazi attack. A 2013 follow-up exam showed Clinton was no longer suffering from the concussion and tested negative for all blood clotting disorders, according to Dr. Bardack.

“She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States,” wrote Dr. Bardack. For now, though, Clinton cancelled a campaign trip to California because of her diagnosis of pneumonia, a campaign official said on Sunday.

Hillary Clinton is 68 and Donald Trump is 70. Should Trump win, he would be the oldest president ever elected. Should Clinton win she would be the second oldest, after Ronald Reagan who was inaugurated at age 69.

David Israel

Health & Living: August 2016

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Jewish Press Staff

Israel’s Hospitals Go On Strike to Demand More Resources For Public Health System

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

The Ministries of Health and Finance continue to find themselves at odds with the Israel Medical Association as hospitals went on strike in Israel on Thursday morning, insisting that more resources be allocated to the public health system.

Although employees at all government hospitals and psychiatric facilities will be on strike, hospitals will still run at limited capacity and continue emergency medical treatment. Nevertheless, Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said that the strike itself would not at all contribute towards reaching a solution.

“This strike is unnecessary and without any real reason,” Litzman told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “It has no real goal and will bring little benefit to public health and to the health system.”

The health minister also dismissed complaints from the doctors about a new clause that had been added to the Economic Arrangements Law that would prevent senior doctors from practicing private medicine.

“The main concern of the doctors regarding the restriction of department managers from engaging in private practice does not exist since that legislative clause was removed from the draft of the Arrangements Law,” charged Litzman.

Even without the change to the Economic Arrangements Law, the doctors are still insisting that the 2017-2018 budget proposed by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon include an additional several hundred million dollars (NIS 1-2 billion) to be spent towards extra hospital beds, doctors, and manpower.

Finance Ministry officials and representatives of the union for doctors appeared to be on the verge of reaching an agreement on terms at a certain point during negotiations last night. However, Yossi Cohen, director of the Finance Ministry’s salary division, sent an ambiguously worded letter to the doctors that did not include an explicit commitment to agree to the terms in writing, which quelled hopes for an agreement.

A doctor working at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem spoke with TPS on condition of anonymity about her dissatisfaction with the current allocations in the public health system and with doctors’ salaries in particular.

“Are doctors satisfied with the current numbers? In a word, no,” she told TPS. “We must examine the basic salary as a measure of comparison and not doctors’ combined salaries that include other jobs and being on call. When doing so, the average gross salary of a doctor in Israel drops to only NIS 16,360 (4,292 USD).”

“Doctors believe that a reasonable basic gross salary for a doctor given his education, training, and earning capacity outside the public system should be NIS 30,000 to NIS 40,000 a month before any on-call work, shift work, or any other forms of work,” the doctor explained.

Health Minister Litzman said that his ministry has been engaged in efforts to improve and increase the amount of financial resources invested in the public health system as well as in its doctors in particular.

“The Ministry of Health has intensive contacts with the Ministry of Finance to strengthen the public health system with additional beds, manpower, and other resources,” Litzman told TPS. “This is in correlation with the many other moves we made for the benefit of the patients, doctors, and healthcare system.”

Michael Zeff contributed to this report.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Hillary’s Keynote Bio Stresses Failed Health Plan, Grand Jury Subpoena, Monica Lewinsky

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

In a reversal of the Biblical prophet Balaam, who set out to curse and ended up blessing, presumptive Democratic Nominee Hilary Clinton’s bio handed out to the audience at the International Women’s Luncheon at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Convention last Monday, included a pretty damaging paragraph — and the whole program had only three paragraphs.

After the conventional bio notes, the third paragraph reads:

As First Lady of the United States, Clinton led the failed effort to enact the Clinton health plan of 1993. In 1997 and 1999, she helped create programs for children’s health insurance, adoption and foster care. The only first lady to have been subpoenaed, she faced a federal grand jury in 1996 regarding the Whitewater controversy; no charges were brought against her related to this or any other controversies in her life. Her marriage endured the Lewinsky scandal of 1998, and overall her role as first lady drew a polarized response from the public.

Mike Fourcher tweeted the program image, with text that looks like it had been lifted from Wikipedia and never edited.

Hillary Clinton was the keynote speaker for the luncheon. She did not mention any of those bad things in her bio, and no one asked.

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David Israel

Tiberias Hospital Brings Health Knowledge to ‘Lost Tribe’ Jews

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

The Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, located on the ridge above Tiberias by the Kinneret, is accommodating the special needs of Jewish immigrants who must be transferred not only geographically, from the exotic regions of earth, but also in time, from forgotten ages to the 21st century.

A case in point is the community of Bnei Menashe, a small group of indigenous people from northeastern India, who claim they are descendants from the lost tribes of Israel, and have adopted the practice of Judaism. The Bnei Menashe speak Tibeto-Burman languages, and they probably migrated into northeast India from Burma in the 17th and 18th centuries. Israeli Rabbi Eliyahu Avichail, of the group Amishav which seeks evidence of the existence of exiled “ten tribes” in the world, named the group Bnei Menashe based on their account of descent from the tribe of Menasseh.

When a group of about 7,000 of these northeastern Indian Jews arrived in Israel six years ago, some of whom settled down in the vicinity of Tiberias (which is quite aways to the north of where the Biblical tribe of Menashe originally lived), the local hospital has taken upon itself to usher them into the wonderful medical advantages of modern times. And so the Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, a week ago hosted a meeting of agroup of Bnei Menashe women with its infectious diseases supervisor, Nurse Ilana Aharon from the Epidemiology Department.

The meeting, at the local chapter of WIZO, explored hygiene as the key to health. This included personal hygiene and dental hygiene, as well as keeping homes, courtyards and streets clean. Aharon also covered the importance of proper nutrition—eating vegetables every day—and physical exercise in maintaining health.

Another issue stressed in the meeting was the danger of smoking, which causes a long list of damages to health in addition to lung cancer: diminishing vitamin C deposits, blood diseases, impaired vision, and impotence. Most of the smokers in the Bnei Menashe community are the husbands, but family members suffer by exposure to secondary smoke.


Health & Living: May 2016

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Jewish Press Staff

Health & Living: February 2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Jewish Press Staff

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