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EMA Care Blog

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

Telemedicine & Geriatrics in Israel

  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

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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Eating Disorders during the gap year

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

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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Donating blood can save up to three lives

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

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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The Flu Shot Myths and Guidance

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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Yom Kippur Hydration

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 9 th , 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...
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Vaping Among Gap Year Students

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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Bug Bites in Israel

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

Dr. Eliana Aaron contributed to the international epidemiological reporting system for proMed -,mail. ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases http://www.isid.org . An Israeli expert panel sub-committee recommended vaccinating children with MMR at age 1 and age 2 years to provide an additional booster to this vulnerable age-group. Children ages 1 to 4 years remain the most affected by the 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 primarily ultra-orthodox Jewish populations and sporadic communities of anti-vaxxers. This epidemic has spread to other...
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Measles Management in Gap Year Dorms

Unfortunately, we have gotten to the point of managing measles in student dorms of gap year programs. As most of you know, there is currently a measles outbreak in Israel (and concurrently in Jewish communities in the New York area). According to the Israel Ministry of Health, as of December 10th 2018 there were 2400 reported cases of measles in Israel, but many more cases go unreported. Most cases have been in Jerusalem (1200+), Tzfat, Tel Aviv, and Petach Tikva although almost every region has been affected. Since August the number of people with Measles has doubled every month from 116...
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Mononucleosis in Israel – prevention and management

We have noticed a significant uptick in the number of gap year students diagnosed with mononucleosis (“mono”) in the last few weeks. This is affecting many gap year programs – both yeshivas and seminaries – and lots of misunderstanding about mono are going around from parents and program administrators and we want to educate the public about this condition. Mononucleosis is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). It is spread through saliva and in Israel it is actually called the “kissing disease”. Spreading by saliva can include sharing utensils, drinking glasses, toothbrushes, or eating implements (think about a...
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West Nile Virus Outbreak in Israel

In recent weeks there has been a surge of West Nile Virus in Israel. A few hundred people have been infected and several people (elderly or immunocompromised) have died in recent weeks. West Nile Virus is a virus spread by mosquitoes who have fed off of infected birds. The incubation period is 5-21 days on average. The virus peak activity according to the Israel Ministry of Health is mid-August to mid-October. According to the CDC, 80% of people infected have no noticeable symptoms. Symptoms of West Nile Virus for the remaining 20% of infected individuals are usually mild flu-like symptoms including...
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Palliative Care Research

Dr.Eliana Aaron, participating in a research team from Yale University (alma mater), The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and Rambam Medical Center meet to discuss their palliative care research project in Israel. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the person suffering with life limiting illnesses and their family.  Dr. Eliana Aaron looks forward to the team moving forward in bringing excellent palliative care to Israel.   July 2018
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Medical Concierge in Israel for Older Adults

Medical concierge stands for personalized, caring, inclusive health care case management for both tourists and residents in Israel. EMA Care is one of the few medical concierge companies in Israel, and the only service managed and run by the highest level of experienced health care professionals and clinical experts. For residents in Israel, EMA Care offers the total package of medical case management and health care supervision and guidance in Israel. Each client has a customized service packaged based on their individual and family needs. This tailored package can include: 1. Case management for chronic health conditions. EMA Care will pull...
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Dehydration and Israel Gap Year Students

gap year students and dehydration have been a bad mix for decades. With springtime heat waves in Israel, unfortunately, EMA Care has been called in recently to assist gap year students experiencing serious medical conditions stemming from dehydration. Dehydration can set it quickly in otherwise healthy people when the weather gets dry or hot – but heatwaves in Israel magnify the problem with both heat and dry winds. Student #1- Complained of serious back pain urinary tract infection symptoms. She believed her back pain was due to tossing and turning all night. Her urine test showed that she was severely dehydrated,...
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Travel Insurance for Passover in Israel

Are you coming to Israel for Passover? Travel insurance provides you with protection against medical costs. Many tourists arrive in Israel without any medical insurance, or with a plan that requires tourists to pay out of pocket for any medical surprises while you are away. When tourists return home, they need to deal with the paperwork and bureaucracy to get reimbursed for medical expenses. Medical Problems on Passover Medical problems and emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. We cannot anticipate, them. With hundreds of thousands of tourists coming to Israel for Passover, the likelihood of medical problems arising increases. Some common unexpected...
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The Emotional Health of Gap Year Students in Israel

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time for gap year students to really settle into their year in Israel. This can be the time when emotional issues begin to surface, especially if the student has already experienced some emotional problems in the past. Common Gap Year Stressors are: 1. Trying to make friends 2. Academic pressure 3. Being on one’s own in a new environment 4. Financial responsibility 5. Changes in relationships, including family relationships 6. Exposure to new people and new ideas This list can potentially lead to a lot of stress for the most stable person. If a...
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Eating Healthy on Vacation

  If you are one of the hundreds of visitors coming to Israel for the holidays, EMA Care offers you tips on eating healthy on vacation!! In Israel, eating healthy when on vacation can be a double whammy……on vacation plus Jewish holidays!! Vacation is a time to relax, to not be at home, and to enjoy a different culture and foods. Some people look at a vacation as a time to indulge. Jewish holidays are based on lots of time praying in the synagogue and lots of time eating large, delicious holiday meals. This combination can result in an indulgent holiday...
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What Our Clients Say

Skilled and professional

I write to express my hakarat hatov (positive recognition) and my gratitude to the two health professionals from EMA Care that have been from the start professionally involved and continue to be interested in my care and long-term recovery.

After a serious fracture, I was hospitalized in the north, and my insurance company recommended EMA Care services to help me. After a surgeon was pressuring me to sign consent for surgery, I realized that I needed to remain

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Sensitive and timely help

I would like to recommend Eliana (EMA care) for her sensitive and timely help for clients who are having difficulty navigating the health care system Israel, specifically for Anglos, whether new olim or those of us who been here for many years.

The obstacles of interfacing with the health care system here is daunting, especially at a time when one is going through an acute or chronic condition that is protracted and complicated. Often one doesn’t know whom to turn to or where to go,

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Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the

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Comfortable, calm, and at ease

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and

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Knowledgeable, thorough, and caring

When our son was injured in a car accident during his yeshiva year in Israel, he had to start navigating the medical system on his own. But once we contacted Dr. Eliana Aaron at EMA Care (www.HealthCareIsrael.com), she immediately flew into action. Dr. Aaron accompanied our son in the ER and made sure he and we knew at every step exactly what was done and what needed to be done, especially important for someone who suffered a concussion and

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Truly amazing

My son went to Israel for a year requiring infusion every 6-8 weeks. It was very stressful at times to coordinate getting his meds sent to Israel, scheduling appointments, and having to worry about him going on his own. Then a friend told me about EMA Care. EMA Care was truly amazing.

You can speak to an American who understands your concerns and will walk you through the entire process, from dealing with insurance to making appointments, and even getting someone to escort your

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My Father is so Happy

It sounds like my dad has decided to hire you and I'm thrilled.
He actually seems much calmer than he has been in a long time and he is very happy with what the EMA Care staff has done so far.
You provide an amazing service and I feel very fortunate to have you on board.
Thanks,

G.K.  Jerusalem

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“Ema Extraordinaire”

“EMA” Care is so fitting a name for Dr. Eliana Aaron’s exceptional gap year concierge health care service. Dr. Aaron is not only an incredible health care professional; she is also an “Ema Extraordinaire” in every sense of the word. My child had a range of medical needs while abroad, some anticipated and others not, and she was there for him (and me) – even in the middle of the night, -- always calm, reassuring, thinking out of the box, getting him to the appropriate medical professionals

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Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.
Yasher koach
L.R.

NY NY

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Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious.

All the best,

S.C.

New Jersey

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EMA Care in the News

23 January 2020
Allergy-free baked goodsEvery 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, ...
16 January 2020
 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 elderl...
31 December 2019
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 estimat...

Our Latest Blogs

23 January 2020
Allergy-free baked goodsEvery 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, ...
16 January 2020
 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 elderl...
31 December 2019
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 estimat...