Health & Science

Health and Science are two of the most developed sectors in Israel and the country is a powerhouse of medical innovation with many game-changing medical advances being made on a regular basis. 'Health and Science' provides you with the latest updates on Israel's health trends, health tips, news and fitness.as well as the cutting edge scientific discoveries and advancements.

Israel's UBQ's recycled plastic comes to South American McDonald's

UBQ, based in Kibbutz Tze’elim, emerged last year to unveil its solution of converting unsorted household waste into a sustainable, bio-based, climate-positive thermoplastic material.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/12/2019
Bar-Ilan U. study of Dead Sea mammal revolutionizes study of language

The study was published in the journal Evolution Letters, and shows that differing necessities in gender and life can influence using different voices for different reasons.

07/12/2019
Blood Test
Israeli start-up to process blood test in 10 minutes cleared by US FDA

The small device created by Sight Diagnostics may be able to conduct the complete blood count (CBC) test with just two drops of blood.

By REUTERS
05/12/2019
Analyzing Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is not the most common malady affecting mankind, but for those who suffer from it, and especially their families, it can be one of the most humiliating.

By JASON BLACKSHAW
03/12/2019
Cancerous cells forming a lump in the pancreatic tissue
Israeli scientists find way to treat pancreatic cancer in 14 days

The tumor in one mouse that was injected with human cancer cells completely disappeared.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
BGU scientists develop synthetic cell capable of self-replication

BGU was ranked 15th in this year's Nature Index of Young Universities, which ranks any university 50 years old or younger in the natural sciences.

01/12/2019
smokers 2
Smoking rate in Israel on increase despite campaigns to quit

Men from a lower socioeconomic background are twice as likely to smoke than those who are more wealthy.

01/12/2019
Black Friday
Israeli scientists explain why Black Friday sales are a matter of survival

The brain’s “reward system” is why we find such pleasure in the perfect pair of high heels at 50% off, and still continue shopping for a matching handbag that we might not really need.

Green Shakshuka
Green shakshuka with feta: Even better than the original?

A new way to make the classic shakshuka.

By CHAYA RAPPOPORT/JTA
28/11/2019
A snake is seen while a tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in
Is the Bible right? Newly discovered fossils show snakes had legs

A new study published in Science Advances on Thursday has shed light on the life of ancient legged snakes.

Laser surgery: Here’s looking at you!

More than 50% of people in the world suffer from some form of vision impairment.

By JASON BLACKSHAW
02/12/2019
Gaza hospital
More Gaza parents allowed to escort children to Israel for treatment

More than half of children had to travel without their parents in 2018; by July this year, that figure was just one in five.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
24/11/2019
Human brain
Technion, Bar-Ilan U. create protein administration chip for Alzheimer's treatment

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia and is characterized by symptoms including memory loss, speech impairments, orientation problems, and an impairment of motor functions.

23/11/2019
Israeli start-up uses AI to tackle cellphone usage, smoking while driving

The latest capabilities to identify cellphone usage and smoking will be added to the system's current analysis of head pose, gaze, blink rate and eye openness to identify risks.

22/11/2019
Fueling the Future with MayMaan

The MayMaan system offers additional benefits, including a longer engine lifespan due to lower temperatures and clean combustion and reduced engine weight.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
21/11/2019
Baby crying [Illustrative]
Israeli research: Can genetic testing and selection make your baby smart?

HU team says that “designer babies” are still more fantasy than future

EPA chief to 'Post': U.S. 'leading by example' on environmental issues

"The Paris climate accord was unfair as far as trade is concerned, and the US was penalized through the Paris climate accord," said EPA chief Andrew Wheeler.

27/11/2019
A team of surgeons performs an innovative meniscus transplant.
World's first 'artificial meniscus' implant performed in Israel

The implant is inserted into the knee joint through a small incision and mimics the function of the natural meniscus

18/11/2019
EXPERTS CLAIM uncontrolled antibiotic use is turning farmed animals into reservoirs of bacteria.
Israeli company wins €2.5M to combat drug resistance

The company's immune-based protein signature MeMed BV distinguishes between bacterial and viral infections, helping physicians determine whether antibiotic treatment is appropriate.

By LEON SVERDLOV
17/11/2019
What's the difference between being healed and being cured?

You are the most important healer in your life... start trusting this intuition

By DEVORAH KUR
15/11/2019
In Israel, more women diagnosed with lung cancer each year

The data showed, however, that among Jewish men, the rate of people diagnosed with the disease has decreased, as has the number of men who smoke.

A magnified view of a CD34+ stem cell
Israeli team discovers cardiac arrhythmia-causing gene

“The mostly night-time atrial fibrillation was shown to be caused by a mutation in a gene (KCND2), encoding a crucial component of a potassium ion channel (Kv4.2) in the heart."

Juul disregarded evidence it's e-cigarettes were getting teens hooked

“If you think Marlboros are bad because they’re addictive, then this is like a Marlboro on steroids.”

By REUTERS
06/11/2019
Cannabis
University of Haifa partners with Canadian cannabis firm to treat PTSD

Once the pre-clinical research phase and human clinical trials are complete, the company will try to license the product globally.

05/11/2019
Israeli team develops novel therapy to target advanced cancerous tumors

"We are encouraged by the emerging safety profile and initial signals of anti-tumor activity of COM701," said Compugen president and CEO Dr. Anat Cohen-Dayan.

05/11/2019
How one county scrambled to keep America measles-free

In Rockland County, everything depended on whether a team of about a half-dozen health officials could rally their community to stop one of the world's most contagious diseases from spreading.

By REUTERS
05/11/2019
US President Donald Trump.
Trump administration notifies U.N. of planned Paris climate accord exit

Environmental groups said they hoped Trump would be defeated in 2020 by a rival who would re-join the agreement with bold new targets.

By REUTERS
04/11/2019
‘NOAH’S ARK on Mount Ararat’ (1570) by Flemish painter Simon de Myle.
Noah warns us that humans cause climate change

The signs are clear, the science is proven and we Jews have been getting annual reminders in synagogue that this has happened before.

By SCOTT A. SHAY
31/10/2019
Sheba Medical Center launches innovation hub, declares global ambitions
Sheba Medical Center launches innovation hub, declares global ambitions

New Innovation Hub at Sheba Medical Center Aimed at Accelerating Cutting-edge Technologies Developed by Israeli Digital Healthcare Start-ups.

31/10/2019
Shaare Zedek Cancer Center and Radiotherapy Institute
Cutting-edge cancer treatments from Jerusalem put patients at forefront

Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center prepares for a new era in cancer care

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
01/11/2019
Police Inspect After Rocket Attack from Gaza
Does Israel go to bat for IDF veterans suffering from PTSD?

The Perspective of Israel's Soldiers with PTSD

By ILANA SHTOTLAND
31/10/2019
Kid Stands Tall on Horse
Animal therapy in an Israeli-Arab town: No horsing around

Riding at the first therapeutic school in an Arab town

By DIANA BLETTER
01/11/2019
How to actually make a difference for women battling breast cancer

From pink stun guns to stand mixers, we’re encouraged to shop for a cure. We’ve assimilated breast cancer into our national ethos and transformed “awareness” into just another financial transaction.

By ROKHL KAFRISSEN
29/10/2019
Medibrane: Elad Einav, CEO; Michel Reimer, director at resonetics; and Amir Kraitzer, CTO.
Medibrane CEO: New technologies to treat, prevent strokes

“This is only the beginning of the developing of treatments for strokes,” Einav told the Post. “I think in the next years we are going to see more and better treatments.”

Department of Neurosurgery at Hadassah
Hadassah hospital saves mother, baby after brain cancer discovery

At less than six-months of pregnancy, an Israeli mom started feeling dizzy.

A BAG OF prawn hatchlings.
Israeli scientists use all-female prawns to fight tropical disease

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was able to use a new biotechnology to cultivate a single-sex population of prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) that will act as a biological agent.

By SARAH VORSANGER/ZAVIT
27/10/2019
Artificial intelligence
Israeli AI start-up Pepticom receives $5m. in Series A funding

"This $5m. investment by Chartered Group signals confidence in Pepticom’s technology and abilities going forward,” said Pepticom founder and CEO Immanuel Lerner.

25/10/2019
A building belonging to generic drug producer Teva, Israel's largest company with a market value of
Teva’s proposed settlement could cost drugmaker pennies on the dollar

Israel-based Teva is looking to reach a nationwide settlement over its role in selling opioid painkillers, together with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and the three largest U.S. drug distributors.

By REUTERS
24/10/2019
THE HISTORIC Kidron Valley, as seen from the Haas Promenade
At Kidron Valley’s ‘Holy Basin,’ where Palestinians and Israelis cooperate

The sad fact is that the 30-km. basin sitting at the heart of three great world religions has become a conduit for raw sewage.

Israeli develops piston engine that runs on water, alcohol – no gas

MayMaan is seeking additional partners to make its impact on the world. The founders think that it’s just a matter of time until MayMaan joins the ranks of successful garage-based start-ups.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
22/10/2019
Snoop Dogg: The new brand rep for Israeli cannabis startup

Seedo has developed a fully-automated indoor cannabis growing device that looks like a mini-fridge.

baby
Breastfeeding tied to lower risk of diabetes, high blood pressure

Overall, mothers who breastfed for more than 12 months were 30% less likely to develop diabetes and 13% less likely to develop high blood pressure.

By REUTERS
22/10/2019
Italian astronaut makes first espresso in space, releases book

Samantha Cristoforetti is a fan of the television program Star Trek, and even took selfies with the uniform of the Enterprise on her space station.

WHO hails 'triumph' as Merck's Ebola vaccine gets EU green light

The vaccine is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.

By REUTERS
18/10/2019
Tracing the Denisovans

Israeli researchers use DNA to reveal the look of the ancient human ancestor.

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
18/10/2019
Research: 'A very important tool for excellence in medicine'

At Rambam, all the different components of the hospital’s research and innovation units interact with each other and appear in the hospital literature in the shape of a hub.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
22/10/2019
Landscape
The 10 most important rules of smartphone photography (Part 1)

In order to produce high quality, interesting and artistic images we need to know the important rules of photography on a smartphone. Here they are.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/10/2019
Male and Female gender symbols
Why are men more prone to illness than women?

While women are more resistant to infectious diseases, this same reaction may make them more likely to suffer from auto-immune diseases.

12/10/2019
Dr. Ahinoam Lev-Sagie
Israeli researchers develop vaginal fluid transplant

In two cases, a single dose of VMT induced a long-lasting and complete remission.

Israeli researchers discover prehistoric humans 'canned' bone marrow

The discovery is the earliest evidence of delayed consumption.

09/10/2019
Fasting: From ancient practice to modern trend

Fasting is not a new idea, as Jews know, and scientists are looking at the practice’s potential health benefits.

08/10/2019
The glycoprotein spike complex of the Ebola virus bound by a neutralizing antibody.
German-Israeli research tackles deadly Ebola disease

A recent outbreak in West Africa killed over 11,000 people.

Tel Aviv University researchers (from left): Dr. Yaron Carmi, Diana Rasuluniriana, Dr. Peleg Ride
Israeli blood cancer treatment could also kill solid tumors - new study

Lead researcher Dr. Yaron Carmi believes that the treatment will be available within two years for human trials and compassionate use.

Israeli Society of Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
For Breast Cancer Awareness month, Israeli plastic surgeons wear pink

Some 1,000 breast reconstructive operations are performed in Israel each year.

Screenshot of breast reconstruction surgery specialists wearing pink robes.
1000 breast reconstruction surgeries performed in Israel per year

For women who are dealing with breast cancer, plastic surgery for breast reconstruction is a dramatic and vital stage, affecting the healing process and body image.

04/10/2019
Head and neck melanomas increasing, especially among boys and young men

Older age, male gender and non-Hispanic white race/ethnicity were all associated with an increased incidence of head and neck melanoma.

By REUTERS
04/10/2019
From left: Dr. Avi Treves, Nobel Prize winner Sidney Altman, Dr. Nikolai Kunicher
Israeli scientists: Cure for insulin-dependent diabetics within five years

“This is a new way to treat diabetes,” said CEO Dr. Nikolai Kunicher.

Using Zantac? You may want to find new heartburn meds

FDA says new testing method found unacceptable levels of impurities in heartburn drugs

By REUTERS
02/10/2019
Brain scan
Israel researchers find brain damage can occur even with mild head trauma

The research underscores the need for brain-imaging techniques that could help predict damage to the blood-brain barrier regardless of symptoms.

TAU researchers find mechanism that regulates plant growth

"Determining the mechanisms that underlie the developmental plasticity of plants is essential for agricultural innovation," Prof. Shaul Yalovsky explained.

27/09/2019
Israeli coral reef survey reveals major changes in Great Barrier Reef

Coral reefs are very sensitive to any environmental change. Multiple stressors can lead to dramatic deterioration that can result in loss of reefs and their ecological services for years.

02/10/2019
Raising the Bar

The brain scientist who studies the past to predict the future.

06/10/2019
EMPLOYEES CHECK an Elbit Systems Ltd. Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the company’s dron
Israeli counter-drone co D-Fend raises $28m

"Many counter-drone platforms were assessed by the DIU seeking the optimal solutions, and we are proud to have been down-selected."

By GLOBES/ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
25/09/2019
A DOCTOR and a professor of rehabilitation help a man at a school of medicine
Israel launches pilot Hebrew terminology course for Arab medical students

"Fluency in Hebrew is crucial to the [communication] between a patient and a physician."

By LEON SVERDLOV
22/09/2019
Brain scan
Ben-Gurion University study says 'Havana Syndrome' caused by pesticides

“The study validates the need for us to continue to learn more about the use of pesticides and other toxins.”

20/09/2019
zika
Two Israelis contract Zika after visiting Thailand

Eight cases of Zika were diagnosed in Israel since 2019, according to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Environment. In all of those cases, the patients contracted it while abroad.

21/09/2019
Portrait of a female Denisovan teen
See the face of your 100,000-year-old ancestor

Israeli team used DNA to design first Denosivan replica

Survey logs big one-year jump in nicotine vaping among 8th-graders

"The (nicotine) increase is extensive and we see it in every single grade," Richard Miech of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor said.

By REUTERS
19/09/2019
A nurse holds a vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
U.S. records no new measles cases for first week since outbreak began

The current outbreak of measles is the worst to hit the country since 1992.

By REUTERS
16/09/2019
Three dead, hundreds ill in Spain listeria outbreak - WHO

The WHO warned, however, that because Magrudis' products are so popular, and because they have a three-month shelf life, there is a likelihood of further cases in the coming weeks.

By REUTERS
16/09/2019
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy protection

Purdue's board met Sunday evening to approve the long-expected bankruptcy filing, which the company is pursuing to restructure under terms of a proposal to settle the widespread litigation.

By REUTERS
16/09/2019
Dr. Hen Dotan , Avigail Landman , Prof. Avner Rothschild and Prof. Gideon Grader
Technion researchers develop eco-friendly hydrogen production technology

The Technion researchers opened a start-up based on this technology called H2Pro to convert the technology to a commercial application.

15/09/2019
Bar-Ilan U. develops information-mining tool for cancer research

ProtFus is able to identify fusion proteins that go by different names, making it easier for researchers to find the relevant literature.

By LEON SVERDLOV
15/09/2019
Saul Kaye, Sruli Weinreb, Jesse Kaplan and Yohanan Danino.
Israeli cannabis start-ups push their wares in New York

“We’re preaching Israel as Start-Up Nation all around the world,” said Saul Kaye, founder & CEO of CannaTech.

15/09/2019
The original scan (left) and the areas where information was extracted (in red and green, right) usi
Groundbreaking AI-based cancer treatment developed by Israeli researchers

The new technology allows AI to identify molecular features of cancer cells based on biopsy images.

By LEON SVERDLOV
11/09/2019
politics
Hebrew University to establish brain research center in Guangzhou

Collaboration between Hebrew University Prof. Israel Nelken and Prof. Hagai Bergman and the government of Guangzhou is to create high-level clinical research centers in the field of neuromodulation.

12/09/2019
electronic cigarette
AMA warns against e-cigs in light of lung illness; 5 deaths

At least five people in the United States have died from lung illness possibly tied to vaping; Ministry warns e-cig-smoking teens highly likely to continue to regular cigarettes later.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/09/2019
The research group. From right to left: Prof. Roee Amit, Inbal Vaknin, Leon Anavy, and Prof. Zohar Y
Israeli scientists store digital information in DNA

DNA-based information storage may also help reduce our carbon footprint.

By LEON SVERDLOV
09/09/2019
Hebrew University researchers Yonatan Tzur and Hanna Achache at work in their lab
Can worms help women pause their biological clocks? New research

A new study by Hebrew University researchers has found a potential method to slow down egg maturation.

UK to partner with Israel, US, China to combat infectious diseases

Many devastating diseases have proved able to cross the species barrier and infect humans, including Zika, Ebola, African Swine Fever and Anthrax.

11/09/2019
Medical cannabis nation

“We have been in the field of medical cannabis for over five years, which may not sound like a lot, but in this relatively new field, it is considered a long time,” Alfiah said.

Ben-Gurion University develops disease-fighting 'super shrimp'

The shrimp could be the key to successfully reducing poverty, helping the environment and controlling schistosomiasis outbreaks, according to BGU.

04/09/2019
Israeli-made innovative cancer treatment gets FDA stamp of approval

During pivotal trials that led to the drug's approval, approximately 40% of patients saw their tumors shrink in size.

05/09/2019
Gay couple celebrates pride, LGBT
No 'gay gene,' sexuality formed in womb

A recent genetic study hasn't found a single 'gay gene,' but previous studies suggest human sexuality is actually developed in the womb.

By LEON SVERDLOV
02/09/2019
Gym illustrative
Study shows elderly can build muscle as easily as highly-trained peers

The researchers had expected that the first group of "master athletes" would have an increased ability to build muscle due to their superior levels of fitness over a prolonged period of time.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/09/2019
AN ARTIST’S rendering shows how MDClone culls through thousands of data points.
Holy Grail of medical data and privacy

In recent years, big data has taken a leading role in patient care and medical research.

30/08/2019
Enosh executive director Hilla Hadas
‘73% of teens report mental health problems’ -survey

"The statistics prove that mental health is an issue that affects all of us - it's not a niche issue that matters to only a few, but rather to the wider public."

30/08/2019
ICRF announces $4.3m. in cancer research grants

ICRF has a long history of supporting fundamental laboratory science that provides the foundation for work with clinical impact.

Romancing the ciabatta

Few breads are especially suited to our hot, Mediterranean climate, but one country has perfected a light, summery bread – Italy – and it is called the ciabatta.

28/08/2019
Getting rid of plastic in Israel

One organization is trying to change the game, picking up one piece of trash at a time.

By TOVA FELSENTHAL , SARA LANDSMAN / BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY
28/08/2019
Pastries
Not all sweets were made equal, as new food labels explain

Both cookies and apples are sweet, but are their sugars the same? Experts help JPost explore understanding nutrition better.

Ashkenazi Jewish women should be screened for breast cancer genes

That’s the recommendation by a U.S. task force announced in an editorial this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/08/2019
Painkiller nation?

The steep rise in opioid use here is a real danger to public health

By KARIN SPINGOLD
21/08/2019
Myths and facts about vaccines, measles and religion in Israel

The ‘Magazine’ interviews professionals on measles cases in the Orthodox community and discovers that ideology is not the reason for the outbreak.

By BEN BRESKY
29/08/2019
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