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EMA Care Blog

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

EMA Care Blog

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

Holiday Lockdown

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As Israel approaches its second lockdown, let us take a look at lockdowns and their effects. Lockdowns have been shown to significantly lower the R0 (the mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is) (by 81% on average), and always lowered it to less than 1. However, it should be noted that new cases generally continue to grow until 10-20 days after the lockdowns are imposed, albeit more slowly. So, while being an effective short-term tool if used for a long enough period of time, it is by no means a cure for the disease. If the lockdown lasts...
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Rheumatoid arthritis

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is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disorder. Many people think that this disease only affects one’s joint - but it can also affect other things such as skin, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. About 40% of Adults have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and it usually strikes active adults who are active (and who overuse their joints). Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks the synovium (the lining of the membranes that surround the joints). The result is inflammation of the lining of the joint  which ultimately destroys the cartilage and bone within the joint. Women are more likely to develop this disorder than men....
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The Chagim - Shuls and blowing the shofar

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The Shofar holds great significance in the Jewish community. Every year during the holidays, Jews gather around and hear the shofar being blown. This has been done for thousands of years and it is an ancient tradition. This year will go down in history as the year of changing traditions for the health and safety of the community. Due to the global pandemic, many things, including blowing the shofar, are going to change.New RegulationsFor one, people need to wear masks, keep to social distancing regulations and shuls(synagogues) can only hold a certain amount of people at a time. Speaking in a...
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Suicide prevention week

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In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called "suicide loss survivors") are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal idealization to treatment services.Suicide is when a person directs violence at themselves in order to end their lives. Suicide attempts are among people who suffer from mental health problems, that most likely...
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Wheelchair accessibility in Israel

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Wheelchair and special needs accessibility in Israel:Many people dream their whole lives of visiting Israel and seeing its unique sites.  However, many people are stressed about traveling with someone who is in a wheelchair or has special needs because they are concerned about the trip is extremely limited.The ideal vacation when traveling with someone who is disabled is to find a place that is sensitive towards the disabled and has facilities that will help ease the struggle so that the family may enjoy a fun and stress-free vacation.Israel has many beautiful sites that are unlike any others in the world.  For...
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Telemedicine, Thermometers, and Coronavirus

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Telemedicine refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present with each other. The technology for telemedicine is constantly evolving and it is allowing more and more people to be able to use telemedicine. Telemedicine is especially useful during the time of a global pandemic. Many people are at high risk of getting many diseases, including the Coronavirus. These groups of people stay at home and do not have access to the quality of medical care that they would normally receive. Telemedicine allows these people to receive good quality healthcare without risking their health. Telemedicine...
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Is Immunity towards the Coronavirus possible?

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With the year about to start, more and more people are recovering from the Coronavirus. Many people have been asking if someone who had the Coronavirus got re-infected or do they have immunity? And if so, is it long term immunity?Long Term ImmunityEarly studies have shown that the COVID-19 antibodies can fade after a short amount of time. However, this study didn't take into consideration the multiple levels of defense in our immune system. Recent Studies Suggest Lasting Immunity Even in People with Mild Symptoms. A flurry of recent studies has found lasting antibodies and immune cells called B-cells and T-cells,...
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Choosing to be Happy

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Is Laughter really the best cure? Laughter is contagious and it makes you feel good. laughter causes people to feel excited and happy. Being happy triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Laughter and comedy have many benefits for your mental health, physical health, and quality of life.  A study in 2017, found clear and compelling evidence that happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers. During these difficult times, many people have been experiencing a lot of stress. So, it is important to try and distract oneself from the reality of Covid-19. Laughter is contagious,...
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So, Your Child's in Quarantine

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As the number of COVID19 cases in Israel continues to grow, many parents are growing increasingly worried about their children ending up in quarantine. Not only does this come along with any number of health scares, but it can be extremely stressful for other reasons as well. For working parents this means having to be away from the office for 14 days, for big families it means finding a place to keep their child isolated and that’s not to mention the emotional strain being alone may take on a child. So, how can parents best prepare for these two weeks? Have Activities...
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Dealing with Stress about the Upcoming Gap Year

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Sending your child to a foreign country for a gap year can be concerning. Parents worry that their child's getting lost, they worry about their kids experiencing anxiety, and they worry about their kids getting sick. Sending your children to Israel for their gap year is stressful enough, even more so now during a global pandemic, with many parents experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety.Thanks to EMA Care, most yeshiva and seminaries have a pandemic plan in place in case of another Coronavirus outbreak. Schools that have a pandemic plan have logistical plans (food, laundry, cleaning) to allow their students...
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highlights from zoom meeting about students with pre-existing conditions

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EMACARE invites you to enjoy the highlights from our zoom conference held on Sunday August 9th. Hosted by our Director Dr Eliana Aaron it aimed to instill confidence and bring clarity to parents whose children have pre-existing conditions and are sending their children to Israel for the gap-year/seminary/yeshiva program during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Topics included: *adapting medical care during coronavirus *prescription medication challenges in the age of coronavirus *gaining confidence in your child's treatment plan *proactive measures YOU can take *emotional and physical care View the full conference video @ undefined 

Public Transportation - Bus vs. Taxi

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In this video, Dr. Eliana Aaron will discuss taking pubic transportation. Many people have asked which form of public transportation is safer - taxies & Buses? 00:00 – introduction 00:32 – How to safely take a taxi? do I need to wear a mask and gloves in a taxi? 03:30 – is it safe to pay with cash? 06:26 – whipping down door handles 07:10 – how to safely take a bus? 07:57 – where is the safest place to sit? 08:53 – getting on a crowded bus 11:23 – Taxi vs. a bus – which is safer?

Updated Medical Checklist for Gap Year Students

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Medical Checklist for Gap Year StudentsIt’s probably safe to say that the Gap year packing list your child received did not include a medical supplies checklist. There are many reasons to give your kids some medical supplies and medicines before they leave.  First of all, many over-the-counter medications in the US are available by prescription only in Israel and getting medication in Israel can take a long time!Medical supplies are only available in pharmacies (not in supermarkets) and come in smaller amounts for more money.  There are no 24/7 pharmacies in Israel.  Prescription medication is cheaper in Israel than in the...
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Coronavirus Weight & Health tips

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Over the past few months, most countries around the world have been closed down due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This means the gyms, pool, parks, and malls have been closed. People are being told to work from home and not leave their homes for non-essential reasons. Many people have found it very difficult to maintain their weight and health during the international pandemic. People can no longer work out at the local gym, go running, go swimming, and people are becoming lazy in their own homes. Many people have found it very hard to maintain a normal weight and healthy eating...
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The New Dating Reality

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The Coronavirus has presented the world with a new reality. People don’t leave their houses as or go out to eat as often as they used to, and people aren’t engaging in social activities. Young people are always very active and are highly engaged with their social lives. As a result of the Coronavirus, many young adults have been feeling more depressed about their lives.  The Coronavirus has definitely affected the reality of dating. Many people have to go on dates while wearing masks and covering half of their faces, keeping a distance between one another, and many people have decided to...
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Tisha B'av fasting tips

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During any major fast in Israel, we always hear many stories of people who fainted because of dehydration. Tisha B’av is considered one of the most important fasts in the year and many people fast. Due to the Coronavirus, people aren’t leaving their houses as much, so the risk of overheating and being dehydrated is slightly better.However, Tisha B’av is a very long fast and it is falling on a very hot summer day. According to the weather report, the temperature should be in the high 80’s and in the low 90’s. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you...
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Marijuana induced psychosis

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Marijuana induced psychosis is real and dangerous. This is perhaps most important to remember when gap year students are away from home for the first time.The average cannabis user, seller, and manufacturer want you to believe that marijuana is an innocent, harmless drug.It is mainly described as a relaxing way to unwind.As marijuana usage becomes legal and more popular, it's important for people to know the facts about marijuana and its possible side effect.While there are some medical benefits to medical cannabis, which can be taken under the auspices of a physician for specific conditions, there are lesser-known adverse effects that...
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Fake news during a Coronavirus Pandemic

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In this video Dr. Eliana will discuss the fake news that has been going around about wearing masks.00:00 – introduction00:18 – fake studies and agenda’s02:07 – how to distinguish between fake news and real news06:08 – why do people want to do this?12:07 – does wearing masks violate our freedom?12:50 – some tips on identifying fake news

The gap year - how to deal with pre-existing conditions during a Covid-19 pandemic

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In this video, Dr. Eliana will discuss the upcoming gap year program and kids who are coming with pre-existing conditions. Students who come for the year aren’t apart of the Israeli medical system so this means that the kids usually need to pay out of pocket.00:00 – introduction00:42 – kids with pre-existing conditions.03:07 – how is this year going to be different and medications05:52 – arranging appointment with specialists08:24 – asking the right questions

How to properly wear a mask

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The Dos and Don'ts of wearing masks:Wearing masks has been a controversial topic over the last few months. While most of the leading physicians encourage people to wear masks at all times (while outdoors), many people find the mask uncomfortable and they accidentally make their masks useless against the Coronavirus. Here are some guidelines on wearing masks:Wear your mask over your mouth and nose!It is very common to see people wearing their masks over their mouths and not over their nose, especially while talking. When we speak to someone, we often breathe with both our mouth and our nose without noticing...
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What Our Clients Say

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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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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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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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

03 September 2020
Wheelchair and special needs accessibility in Israel:Many people dream their whole lives of visiting Israel and seeing its unique sites.  However, many people are stressed about traveling with someone who is in a wheelchair or has special needs ...
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  ...

Our Latest Blogs

17 September 2020
As Israel approaches its second lockdown, let us take a look at lockdowns and their effects. Lockdowns have been shown to significantly lower the R0 (the mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is) (by 81% on average), a...
13 September 2020
is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disorder. Many people think that this disease only affects one’s joint - but it can also affect other things such as skin, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. About 40% of Adults have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and it u...
06 September 2020
The Shofar holds great significance in the Jewish community. Every year during the holidays, Jews gather around and hear the shofar being blown. This has been done for thousands of years and it is an ancient tradition. This year will go down in histo...