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 well as the cutting edge scientific discoveries and advancements.

Prof. Boaz Lerner of Ben-Gurion University uses a new platform for predicting ALS disease progressio
Investigational drug proven to prolong survival of ALS patients - study

Researchers found that ALS patients who continued to receive AMX0035 for nearly three years lived for 6.5 months longer on average.

Sheba Medical Center team at the Coronavirus isolation ward of Sheba Medical Center unit, in Ramat G
20% of verified coronavirus patients did not develop immunity

Bnei Brak serological survey shows at least 9% of city had corona

An individual dose of the filled SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate made by biotech company IDT Biologika
Cuomo unveils plan for rolling out COVID vaccine when available

"We don't know how many doses we're going to get. We don't know what vaccine we're going to get. We don't know when we're going to get it," NY Gov. Cuomo said on Sunday.

Bar Ilan University, engineering department
Bar-Ilan part of int'l team to receive grant for work in nuclear dynamics

The researchers believe that these subsets have special properties, and high levels of gene expression which could be used to treat disease, pro-long life and health.

Jerusalem during the second lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis
Countdown to the Hanukkah COVID-19 closure began today - analysis

From four to one, Israel can countdown to the next lockdown.

Virginia residents warned following reappearance of poisonous caterpillar

The creature, known as the puss caterpillar, measures just under an inch and a half, including the fur-like venomous spines it has on its body.

India begins selecting people for priority coronavirus vaccines

The Times of India said that frontline health and sanitation workers, police officials and elderly people with co-morbidities will get the vaccine on priority.

New technology passes cannabis to brain through blood-brain barrier

The new technology could potentially help with the development of treatments for a variety of diseases including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, chronic pain and brain cancer.

Sheba Medical Center to collaborate with Merck on new COVID-19 drug trial

According to a release, the drug causes mutations in the enzyme responsible for replicating the virus and therefore stops the rate of the disease and prevents it from worsening.

Russia receives finalized approval for COVID-19 vaccine trials in India

Russia has also reached an agreement with the biotechnology department of India's Science and Technology Ministry to use its laboratories as a base for the Indian clinical trial, the source said.

Tobacco is being used as key ingredient in some coronavirus vaccines

"If you wanted to be cynical about it, you could. But we tend to think of it as like at the end of the day, the tobacco plant in and of itself is still just a plant."

Assuta Ashdod Hospital begins trial of 10-minute COVID-19 tests

The test, created by Biotech company CerTech, can be performed by any medic or nurse without the need for laboratory intervention.

Lung cancer maliciously inserted into image in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study
New research advances predictive treatment for lung cancer

his imaging method allows scientists to pinpoint abnormal glucose metabolism, as well as characterize tumors accurately.

Top rabbi defies orders for preschool reopening limits

Netanyahu: 'I call on the ultra-Orthodox... not to do it' * First step toward end of lockdown starts today

Preschool in the shadow of COVID-19: All your questions answered

With young children returning today, here is what you need to know.

Coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu
Coronavirus commissioner to church leaders: Elderly people deserve to live

“We see it day in and day out. Every day in Israel, we have 40 people who die," coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu said.

Central Jerusalem during the coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus: Red zones to remain under lockdown

Cities to remain closed through Wednesday at midnight. Preschools to open even in red zones.

Women more cautious, half as likely to die of COVID-19 than men - study

It showed that women in all countries are sizably more likely to perceive COVID-19 as a very serious health problem, to agree with restraining public policy measures, and to comply with them.

The coronavirus ICU at Galilee Medical Center
Three children who recovered from COVID-19 hospitalized in intensive care

"The researchers are attributing this syndrome to a late immune response to the coronavirus."

Children are returning to school in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic. August 24, 2020.
Israel’s preschools resume on Sunday. What will classrooms look like?

Teachers will wear masks and be screened for coronavirus * After school programs will resume

Sales of first big COVID-19 drug, remdesivir, may disappoint - analysis

"A lot of people were worried about the supply and wanted to keep remdesivir for their worst-case patients."

Coronavirus vaccine under development (illustrative)
Britain moves closer to COVID-19 vaccine trials that infect volunteers

Volunteers are given a vaccine and then about a month later are deliberately infected with the disease under controlled conditions.

"Blood Brothers" blood donation campaign by IDF and MDA, Oct. 2019
MDA, Bnei Akiva team up to collect blood

Hundreds of blood donations have been already collected from participants who are over the age of 17.

Health Ministry calls on teachers, aides to be screened for coronavirus

The Home Front Command will be running the testing centers across the country throughout the weekend. A full list can be found on the Health Ministry’s website.

Vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir are capped at a Gi
Remdesivir did not cut hospital stay, mortality for COVID-19 - WHO study

The WHO did not comment on the FT report, saying the results of its study were not yet public.

Coronavirus exposure risk on airplanes very low, US defense study finds

The study estimated that to receive an infectious dose, a passenger would need to fly 54 hours on a plane with an infectious person.

Coronavirus cabinet votes: Israel to start reopening on Sunday

Preschools, takeaway to resume * Some businesses to open * Netanyahu warns: ‘If infection rises, we will take a step back’

Hadassah to allow family visits of coronavirus patients to enhance care

"The patient's need for a familiar family member is clear and even necessary as apart of their healing and recovery process."

The Supergum-made masks got a lot of compliments from dentists, nurses, and security guards
Supergum stepped in to produce COVID-19 masks for Israelis but might close

"In India they protect local industry by ensuring the state will purchase Indian-made services & goods in tenders up to $25 m." Supergum CEO Yaniv Hadd said. "What’s our policy– to throw money away."

An Israeli medical worker holds vials containing a vaccine for H1N1 flu virus in Tel Aviv, 2009
Flu vaccines expected to arrive in Israel late this year

"The best policy would be to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

THE SOURASKY Medical Center in Tel Aviv.
Pluristem to enroll participants for GvHD treatment at Sourasky

"We have so far found no negative side effects from the use of the PLX-PAD cells in the treatment of steroid-refractory cGvHD."

Ziv to be first hospital to transport medical equipment with drones

The drone will carry medical tests, including both blood and coronavirus tests, to and from Ziv Medical Center in Safed.

Moderna to submit coronavirus vaccine candidate for EU approval

The firm already initiated a rolling submission of its vaccine to Canada.

Panel discussion: To stop coronavirus, get mayors involved

Haifa U. panel focuses on political challenges and municipal opportunities in war on COVID-19

A woman reacts as a doctor wearing a protective glove takes a swab to test for coronavirus disease
Do you need to get tested for COVID-19? A new survey could tell you

The survey, available online in both Hebrew and English, consists of three questions: gender, age and what symptoms (if any) are being experienced.

Roche Diagnostics immunochemistry analyser
New 18-minute coronavirus test to be available by winter

Roche Diagnostics announced earlier this week that it is launching a high-volume antigen test for diagnosing coronavirus.

Oxford scientists develop 5-minute COVID-19 antigen test

The device is able to detect the coronavirus and distinguish it from other viruses with high accuracy, the researchers said in a pre-print study.

Germany would share Europe-only COVID vaccine with Israel

According to Israeli media, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Health Minister Jens Spahn made the commitment to Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

Diets with large portions of red meats and dairy can lead to cancer - TAU

With that being said. The researchers state that anything can be done in moderation, just need to be mindful.

Sheba Medical Center campus
Sheba partners with New Jersey's Holy Name Medical Center for innovation

Holy Name is the first hospital in the US to use placenta cell therapy and first worldwide to use Regeneron's anti-spike antibodies.

Kids may not be recommended for COVID-19 vaccination initially - CDC

There is no vaccine for COVID-19 yet, but a handful of companies such as Pfizer and Moderna Inc are in final-stage trials of their experimental vaccines.

Gratitude during corona - It’s not about the dot

Corona is our black dot. We have so much in the rest of our life – the white space – to be thankful for.

Over 70% of coronavirus patients wore mask, followed guidelines - CDC study

It is impossible to evaluate exactly where someone contracted the virus.

The coronavirus ICU at Galilee Medical Center
89-year-old Dutch woman dies after reinfected with coronavirus

The patient tested positive for coronavirus a second time, and antibody tests showed that she had no antibodies against the virus. Researchers said they were two different strains of the virus.

Police chief: Without lockdown enforcement, coronavirus won't go away

There has been controversy following media reports that police have been selectively enforcing the regulations.

Illustration of DNA molecules passing through a nanopore.
New, more accurate coronavirus test proposed by Technion

Lab researchers propose an alternative to the popular PCR testing method for coronavirus: instead of a larger sample size, a much smaller one can be used.

Bottles labeled "Vaccine" stand near medical syringe in front of "Coronavirus COVID-19" display
Pfizer to enroll kids as young as 12 in coronavirus vaccine study

The drugmaker is racing with rivals such as Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and AstraZeneca to develop a safe and effective vaccine for the coronavirus.

Palestinian students arrive to their first day of school in Nablus, West Bank ,on September 6, 2020.
Health Ministry: No capsules in schools for kids up to grade 3

"There are no disagreements between the ministry's senior officials," said Efrat Aflalo.

Jerusalem’s Herzog opens third COVID-19 ward

The new unit is being overseen by a top Sheba Medical Center doctor

Vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir are capped at a Gi
Israel's Redhill Biopharma signs deal for potential COVID-19 treatment

Redhill did not disclose terms of the deal or the name of the manufacturing companies.

Wadi al-Joz in east Jerusalem
Lockdown, ban on weddings reduced coronavirus infections in Arab sector

The opening of testing stations in the Arab communities, including east Jerusalem, was another reason behind the drop in the number of coronavirus cases in the Arab sector.

J&J pauses COVID vaccine trials due to participant's unexplained illness

While trials in the UK, Brazil, South Africa and India have resumed, the US trial is still on hold pending a regulatory review.

Gym illustrative
Delayed opening of gyms, pools is leading to helplessness - survey

80% of participants reported failing to find an alternative health and fitness plan since the closures.

A worker touches a cannabis plant at a growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern
Medical cannabis doesn't cause cognitive decline in seniors, study finds

"Although the cannabis patients have been using it consistently for at least a year, we have not found that their cognitive function is lower than of people similar to them in age and background."

Vitamin pills (illustrative)
Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased risk for COVID-19

The Health Ministry has been recommending vitamin D since the outbreak of the pandemic.

MDA Corona Guardians
MDA launches 'Corona Guardians' program to break the chain of infections

The new Corona Guardians learn about the virus and the ways of infection and avoidance, while emphasizing the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing.

Tel Aviv U. researchers develop antibody cocktail against COVID-19

Lead scientist: ‘Asymptomatic patients may possibly contract disease a second time’

BGU research claims increased insomnia, anxiety in mothers amid COVID-19

What they found was that many mothers are reporting higher levels of anxiety and increased episodes of insomnia as a direct result of the isolated lifestyle change.

Object set to enter Earth's gravity: is it an asteroid or just space junk?

The object was first discovered by a telescope in Hawaii in September, and was measured to be around 26 feet long - matching the estimated dimensions of the Centaur.

A New Era in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Surgical Approach

Many men above age 50 develop urinary symptoms which gradually worsen over time.

Coronavirus can survive up to 28 days on currency and glass - study

By comparison, Influenza A virus has been found to survive on surfaces for 17 days.

Mea Shearim, Jerusalem during coronavirus pandemic
Netanyahu: Closure saved Israel from astronomical morbidity, mortality

Infection rate continues to drop • Shasha-Biton: ‘open up now’

IDF coronavirus ward open in Rambam's underground parking lot, Oct. 2020
IDF coronavirus ward opens in Rambam's underground parking lot

Military's top medical officer: "The IDF has never treated Israeli citizens, even during the country’s hardest years."

Edelstein: Populism will lead to another lockdown

Health minister demands full compensation for self-employed workers and businesses hurt by the crisis.

US-Israeli AI retinal scanner named finalist at global health competition

During the competition, AEYE Health’s CEO will have three minutes to present his company’s latest technology and how it sets to transform the way healthcare systems diagnose retinal conditions.

Coronavirus infections in Jerusalem on the decline

In the city, an average of 12% of people who are screened test positive - 18.5% within the Orthodox community.

People with ADHD could recover faster from coronavirus - Israeli study

“States with the highest levels of ADHD recover better than states with lower prevalence of ADHD,” Yuval Arbel told the 'Post'.

Israeli company sees promising results in blood cancer treatment trial

The bone marrow transplant graft treatment Omidubicel had already received Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the FDA.

A lab technicians holds the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug "Remdesivir" at Eva Pharma
Study confirms benefits of using Remdesivir on COVID-19 patients

The drug is used for its ability to hinder the virus's ability to reproduce, and has been attributed to shorter hospital stays for patients receiving it in trials.

India-Israel 30-second coronavirus test should be 'ready in days'

“It will be good news for the entire world,” said Israeli ambassador to India Ron Malka.

Prof. Ronni Gamzu visits the Druze village of Julius on October 10, 2020
Commissioner Gamzu: Local authorities can manage coronavirus

Ronni Gamzu also stressed the importance of being tested for the virus.

A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO hosts online event in honor of World Mental Health Day - WATCH

World Mental Health day, which takes place on October 10 every year, is observed in order to mobilize efforts to support mental health and to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world.

Over 80% of people with coronavirus didn’t have key symptoms - UK study

Researchers say "COVID-19 symptoms are poor markers of CoV-2," call for a "more widespread testing program," saying it is "necessary to capture 'silent' transmission."

US, AstraZeneca strike deal for COVID19 antibody treatment touted by Trump

The treatment has come under the spotlight after Trump was treated with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals' antibody drug last week. The president has also released a video on Twitter touting its benefits.

Hillel's Tech Corner: ART MEDICAL brings holistic approach to critical care

Art Medical has developed its smART+ Platform, an all-in-one solution that utilizes sensor-based feeding tubes and other smart disposables made by Art.

Employee tends to medical cannabis plants at Pharmocann, an Israeli medical cannabis company in nort
Israeli 'smokable cannabis toothpick' startup smashes crowdfunding goal

Moodpicks are each made from 100mg of pure cannabis extract, micro-encapsulated into a thin layer, made from 100% smokable natural ingredients, and specially designed in the shape of a toothpick

Moderna signs defense contract to create mobile vaccine manufacturing

The desired device would be able to produce hundreds of vaccines in just days, using a six cubic foot container to manufacture and deliver the therapeutics to remote locations around the world.

Sheba Medical Center team at the Coronavirus isolation ward of Sheba Medical Center unit, in Ramat G
Sheba begins recruiting volunteers for Israeli COVID-19 vaccine trial

Some volunteers will receive the vaccine and others will be assigned to a control group and receive a placebo.

5.5% of Israelis had coronavirus - serological survey results

Some 55,000 Israelis from throughout the country of various sexes, ages and religions were sampled for the survey.

51% of school COVID-19 infections in ultra-Orthodox system - report

Netanyahu: Pray outdoors not in synagogues on Simchat Torah, don’t dance. Losing lives because of Simchat Torah would be desecration of God’s name.

Mantras to cope with challenging times

A few of the messages that have helped me get through these challenging times, whether that’s a result of feeling down and confused personally or as part of our collective pandemic panic.

Israeli border police officers check citizens on Jaffa Street in downtown Jerusalem on October 7, 20
Bnei Brak hospital director resigns after blasting haredim

By violating COVID regulations, they’re killing people, says Prof. Mordechai Ravid

Moderna pushes forward on Respiratory Syncytial Virus vaccine

Moderna and Merck are also collaborating on a specialized cancer vaccine.

CBD oil is seen displayed at The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) trade show
Israeli medical cannabis company signs deal to export to UK market

According to the agreement, ITH Pharma plans to purchase approximately a ton of cannabis oil from the company per year, in bi-monthly doses, most likely starting in December 2020.

An individual dose of the filled SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate made by biotech company IDT Biologika
EU's potential COVID-19 vaccine doses top a billion with J&J deal

Under the terms of the deal, the 27 EU states will be able to order up to 400 million doses of the potential vaccine after it is authorized by the EU medicine regulator.

Chronic health problems found in recovered COVID-19 patients - report

Many of those who have recovered from the coronavirus face long-term complications, including those that were barely ill, the report states.

bioreactor pluristem
Phase II COVID-19 placenta cellular therapy trial to launch in Israel

Pluristem is treating COVID-19 patients with its PLX-PAD novel, placenta-derived cellular therapy.

Two Israeli medical cannabis firms eye medical cannabis exports

Although the government has approved allowing medical cannabis exports, they have yet to begin due to objections by the Health Ministry.

Hebrew U. establishes multidisciplinary center for climate research

The center will use a state-of-the-art computer system currently being set up at the Hebrew University, recruit new researchers, and make the issue of climate accessible to the general public.

Could octopuses have more than one brain? - Hebrew U. study

Evidence has been presented in the past that each of the octopus's tentacles sometimes functions independently without exchanging information between them and the central brain system.

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