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Not Your Parents’ Cataract Surgery

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In my 20 years as an ophthalmologist, nothing has given me more gratification than the ability to remove a cataract and restore someone’s vision. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens that occurs with advancing age. Trauma, certain medications and diseases can also cause cataracts, but like wrinkles, anyone who lives...

New Medical School Graduates Make Their Parents Proud

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It’s an ongoing Jewish tradition that all parents (not so) secretly hope that one of their children will become a doctor. Free medical advice aside, parents recognize the capacity to deeply impact people’s lives through medicine.

For parents and their children everywhere, graduating from medical school is an enormous achievement. For parents whose children are graduating from the Technion American Medical Program, there is an added personal sentiment—deep appreciation at the opportunity for their child to study in Israel.

Svetlana and Michael Gorbatov, from Boston, are Russian immigrants originally from the Ukraine who immigrated to the Unites States in 1989. Due to visa...

Open Enrollment Is Over but I Need New Coverage Now: What Can I Do?

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Many of us are stumped as we call to purchase health coverage and are turned down being told that open enrollment is closed until November or coverage in January. The key to remaining ahead in the ever-evolving world of healthcare is to know what your options are.

If you would like to get a new plan and can’t wait until November, you may fall into two eligible categories to get health coverage; meeting one of the qualifying circumstances, or you can get coverage through a business group.

I’ll explain…

Why Can’t I Purchase a Plan Now?

According to The Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare reform is that unless you’re purchasing coverage as part of an employer based/business...

Sefirat HaOmer: An Analogy for Self-Improvement

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Having just celebrated Lag B’Omer, we find ourselves inching closer to the culmination of Sefirat HaOmer (counting of the Omer). The seven weeks that comprise Sefirat HaOmer connect the exodus from Egypt to receiving the Torah at Har Sinai (Mount Sinai). In other words, these two events (the exodus and receiving the Torah) are not isolated events, but are bookend events, if you will, that are very much related to one another.

While in Egypt, the Jewish people had been conditioned, in mind as well as body, to be slaves to human masters. When we left Egypt, we were emancipated from bondage. However, even though we were physically free from slavery, we were not completely spiritually...

Keeping Your Children Safe in the Summer

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This month I wanted to discuss some safety issues related to the rapidly improving weather. First I’d like to talk about sun safety. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause serious skin damage in a relatively short period of time so protection is always necessary for your children when they are outside. I’m frequently asked about the minimum age for the use sunscreens. Avoiding sun exposure and dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats is still the top recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics to prevent sunburn in infants less than six months of age. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a...

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