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EMA Care Blog

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

The Hassle of Making Medical Appointments

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When you are unwell the last thing you want to deal with is the frustration of trying to get a timely doctor's appointment. However, whether it's an appointment with a family doctor for a sore throat or with a specialist for a chronic medical condition, you may find that the process does not run as smoothly as you would like.In Israel, appointments with kupat doctors are made via the kupah website, the kupah app or their 24-hour phone service (moked).One major advantage of using the app or the website is that you will see a listing of all doctors and available appointments in the location you choose rather...
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Family Challenges During Coronavirus Quarantine

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Due to government regulations, schools, work, and stores have all been shut down. During our time at home, it is easy to get frustrated by family member and get into fights.Here are a few EMA Care tips for having your own space while also spending quality time with one another.Parents who are working from home should have their own areas of the house where they work. Children who are in school should also study in their own rooms or in their own spaces around the house.There should be times of the day that the family spends quality time together. Families should...
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Tips on Avoiding the Coronavirus

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With the spread of COVID-19 throughout the globe, people are looking for the best ways to protect themselves and their families. Between masks and avoiding air travel, there are any number of tips floating around the internet that may not actually be as useful as they seem. So, what are the best ways to keep your family healthy? And which online tips have merit, and which do not?Wash Your HandsThis one sounds obvious, but when breaking it down it actually becomes a little more complicated than it seems. It turns out that most people do not adhere to standard infection control...
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Masks and Social Distancing - Covid-19

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Do the N-95 masks help? Do masks work? This is a question that many people have asked us in the past few weeks. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) was discovered in China in December of 2019. It is very common in Asia, especially in China and Japan, to see people walking around with wearing surgical masks in order to prevent the inhalation of pathogens and pollution.Surgical masks aren’t effective against COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The N-95 mask has been recommended for medical professionals providing direct care because they are thicker than a surgical mask, but neither Schaffner nor the CDC (Centres for Disease Prevention and Control)...
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Coronavirus vs. the Flu

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How does Covid-19 compare to the FluOver the past few weeks, the media has been exploding with news on the Covid-19/ Novel Coronavirus. There have been many reports of outbreaks in 73 countries throughout the world (as of February 29, 2020). Many more people have been panicking about the possibility of getting infected. This outbreak has occurred during the peak of seasonal flu season in the Northern hemisphere, making identifying Covid-19 vs flu very challenging as they share the same symptoms.So far, the new coronavirus (Covid-19), has led to more than 79,000 cases and 2800 deaths in China, as well as...
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Is wearing face masks effective against coronavirus?

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As seen in many photos from China and Asia, many ordinary people have been wearing masks when outdoors to prevent catching the coronavirus. In the case of the photo – some people are getting creative due to mask shortages in specific Asian countries. Is wearing face masks effective against coronavirus?  Most people do not know when masks are effective, when they are a waste, and how to manage if you need a mask to prevent illness.Basic rules of mask-wearing for Novel Coronavirus from the World Health Organization:People with suspected Novel Coronavirus should wear a medical-grade mask if possible and have as...
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How the Novel Coronavirus Can Affect Me?

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 With all of the news surrounding the Novel Coronavirus the past few weeks, many people are scared to travel and possibly expose themselves to the new, dangerous virus. Israel has gone to many lengths to prevent the disease from spreading in Israel.  These actions aim to prevent the virus from spreading and allow people to feel safe in Israel.The Novel Coronavirus is a new kind of virus that started spreading in China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Coronavirus is a type of virus responsible...
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Don't let Crohn's disease stop you from traveling to Israel

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Crohn’s Disease in IsraelInflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, affect as many as 1.4 million Americans, most of who are diagnosed before age 30. Crohn’s disease causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue in the gastrointestinal track, causing inflammation. It is a life-long condition which can be treated, but not cured.  Therefore, Crohn’s Disease can significantly affect patients’ quality of life and may have a high financial burden.   Ashkenazi Jews are at significantly higher risk for the disorder and research is being conducted to understand what causes the illness and how it is connected to...
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Telemedicine & Geriatrics in Israel

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 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 husband...
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Flu Vaccine shortage 2019

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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. Israel is...
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Eating Disorders during the gap year

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Eating Disorders10 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 minimally normal body...
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Easy ways to prevent ingrown toenails

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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 predisposition...
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Donating blood can save up to three lives

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Donating BloodDonating 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 pressure, Hemoglobin levels....
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Sties among Gap Year Students

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Sties among studentsA 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, if you don't...
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The Flu Shot Myths and Guidance

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The Flu Shot Myths and Guidance for DormsInfluenza 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 Hemispheres.  Several...
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Yom Kippur Hydration

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Fasting in IsraelIt’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 9th, 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 is not being replaced...
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Vaping Among Gap Year Students

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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 building...
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Bug Bites in Israel

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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 are in...
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Israel : Vaccination Update

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

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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 cases...
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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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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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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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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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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

18 June 2020
The following article was published in the English addition of Hamodia. Written by Joel Rebibo ...
14 June 2020
What will be the 'new normal' for Israel's gap year programs?According to EMA Care, an estimated 80% of programs will close down permanently if they are not able to reopen in the fall.By TZVI JOFFRE   JUNE 4, 2020 11:58  ...
07 April 2020
Dr. Eliana Aaron spoke on World Mizrachi on the recent Coronavirus outbreak.Response from World Mizrachi:Just reaching out to thank you for the talk you gave today. The feedback has been tremendous! May you continue to have the strength to  insp...

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