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.

A laser with a magnet employed by Amos Danielli’s team for quick analysis of saliva samples testing
Israeli technology may help reduce coronavirus diagnostic time

The new technology was developed by researchers at Bar Ilan University

Israeli firm ready to assist coronavirus victims with novel drug

The innovative therapy is based on the research of Prof. Dror Mevorach, a senior physician from Hadassah-Hebrew University Hospital.

Miriam Adelson at the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018
Miriam Adelson: Cannabis is a gateway drug to opioids

“The normalization of cannabis in our society directly endangers its most vulnerable members: children,” said Dr Miriam Adelson.

Three Israelis on ‘Diamond Princess’ cruise ship contract coronavirus

Americans evacuate US passengers from the boat as Israel announces new travel restrictions and flight cancellations.

San Diego aquarium successfully breeds rare weedy sea dragon fish

The fish are native to Australia and, due to their small population numbers, little is known about the species.

New 'baby giant planet' discovered 330 light-years from Earth

2MASS 1155-7919 b orbits a sun that is 5 million years old, about 1,000 times younger than the sun.

Gil Shay, who has Angelman Syndrome, with her carer Nigora.
Israel’s Angelman community is bringing hope to families worldwide

The Angelman Clinic at the Sheba Medical Center and the Israeli Angelman Syndrome Foundation are working closely at the forefront of advances in treating and managing this rare disease.

Troodon dinosaur eggs.
Did baby dinosaurs get fever? Israeli scholars shed light on giants' life

The scientists tackled one of the most pressing questions regarding the giant creatures: whether dinosaurs were cold or warm-blooded animals.

Israeli-Irish study: Global warming may cut lifespan of many species

Study suggests that the hotter the environment is, the faster the rate of living - which in turn leads to more accelerated aging and a shorter lifespan.

Professor Ruth Arnon, who was awarded the 2020 OurCrowd Maimonides Award for Lifetime Achievement in
86-year-old Copaxone creator has no intention of slowing down

When it comes to being excited by experiments, age is simply not a factor for 86-year-old Prof. Ruth Arnon, co-creator of multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.

Israeli invented 'CoughSync' machine to treat coronavirus in China

"It is a completely noninvasive method of clearing secretions that reproduces normal physiology,” said its inventor, Dr. Eliezer Be'eri.

Professor Lior Gepstein
Israeli researchers simulate arrhythmia on first-ever 3D vascular heart

"Now that we can individually manufacture the cells of the atrium and the ventricle, we can test each drug for each cell type separately.”

Sheba is first to give PR001 gene therapy to child with Type 2 Gaucher

The decision to grant the compassionate use request followed the Israeli Ministry of Health approving the experimental administration of PR001.

A medical team performing Alpha Tau treatment
How Israeli technology saved 78-year-old Leah from skin cancer

From cancer to tremor, meet some of the most innovative Israeli biotech companies.

How flammable ice could lead to the discovery of extraterrestrial life

“It certainly gives a positive spin to cold dark places, and opens up a tantalizing clue as to the existence of life on other planets,” said Snyder.

China reports record daily virus death toll

There were 2,478 new confirmed cases on the mainland on Feb. 10, down from 3,062 on the previous day, bringing the total to 42,638, the National Health Commission said.

Aircraft of Philippines Airlines (PAL)
Philippine Airlines cancel flights to Taiwan over coronavirus

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific said they were cancelling flights to and from Taiwan to manage the risks from the fast spreading virus outbreak.

NASA astronaut Stephen K. Robinson is anchored to a foot restraint on International Space Station
White House calls for record NASA budget to reach moon, Mars

The Trump administration called on NASA early last year to reorganize its exploration program to send humans to the moon by 2024 and to Mars in the next decade.

An illustrative picture of antibiotic resistance tests
Ben-Gurion U. researchers hit back at antibiotic-resistant infections

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that there could be 10 million deaths per year by 2050 because of drug-resistant infections.

Jerusalem Post reporter Ilanit Chernick takes an mtDNA test to find out the unique story of her mate
Discovering my maternal roots through a simple swab of saliva

The Jerusalem Post took a mitochondrial DNA test with Family Tree DNA and local start-up Igentify to trace back my maternal ancestry

Location of the pathological vertebrae in a hadrosaur skeleton. The space that contained the overgro
Tumor found in dinosaur fossil sheds light on modern childhood disease

A group of researchers from the Tel Aviv University identified a benign tumor called LCH (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis) in the fossilized tale of a 'duck-billed dinosaur.’

Stephanie Jude, Student in the Department of Ceramics and Glass Design at Bezalel Academy, smoothing
To celebrate Tu Bishvat, young Israeli artists pave the way for a greener future

Israelis use dozens of millions of plastic cups per month. The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is trying to change the culture on campus.

Israeli researchers find method to convert carbon-containing waste to gas

Carbon-containing waste has presented an increasingly problematic challenge for industrialized societies

Israel: Reconsider travel to Southeast Asia amid coronavirus fears

National carrier El Al halted all flights to Beijing on January 30 amid the outbreak, but flights have continued to Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Airport staff check the tickets of passengers flying to Guangzhou, China, in Bali, Indonesia.
The Travel Advisor: Uncovering the China syndrome

Three of the largest US airlines – Delta, American and United – have canceled more flights between the United States and China because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

New Technion micromachine to introduce DNA, drugs into specific cells

Electroporation is a technique seen in microbiology where an electrical field is applied to cells in order to increase the membrane's permeability, allowing drugs, DNA or chemicals to be introduced.

Psychiatric medication illustrative
One million people whose voices are not heard

Families are thirsty for information, in need of assistance and professional tools to guide them.

Cancer illustrative
Israel's pancreatic cancer foundation and how it's supporting people

The thing about pancreatic cancer which makes it so scary is that patients respond, often well, to certain chemo-therapies - until they stop responding

Biologists work in a laboratory at Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. in Haifa
Israeli cell therapy demand could be worth $2 billion by 2023

Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) constitutes a significant burden on the US healthcare system, but an innovative Israeli treatment may be able to fill that requirement.

A tray containing cancer cells sits on an optical microscope in the Nanomedicine Lab at UCL's School
Israeli scientists assist unprecedented mapping of cancer genome

A team of scientists from Bar-Ilan University's Azrieli Faculty of Medicine are taking part in the global Pan-Cancer Project to create a huge resource of primary cancer genomes.

Facility holding hazardous materials, illustrative
Israel becomes first nation to cyber regulate hazardous materials industry

Hazardous materials can apply to everything from facilities for water treatment, to airports, to seaports, to pharmaceutical companies, to hospitals, to swimming pools to even wineries.

Sentinel urine output monitor for early detection and prevention of Acute Kidney Injury
Israeli tech firm develops life-saving automatic kidney monitoring device

Acute Kidney Injury affects 19 million patients worldwide, and result in 300,000 deaths a year in the US.

TAU researchers use intentional structural defects to manipulate texture

The researchers created a complex metamaterial construct with 3D printing, and added intentional defects in the structure to show how they influenced the response.

Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia. Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska.
'Weird,' sharp-nosed thalattosaur species identified from Alaska fossil

It's fossil was uncovered through a stroke of luck, when an extremely low tide in 2011 exposed the typically submerged rock where it was embedded on an island beach

Hadassah performs first endoscopic sleeve procedure in Jerusalem

The surgery can result in significant weight loss, but with a faster recovery times, fewer side effects and lower rate of complications.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve cardiac function in healthy, aging

The study was conducted on 31 patients who underwent a 60-session treatment course

Israeli med-tech start-up launches smartphone app to monitor wounds said the app measures wounds and captures standardized visual records over time allowing to monitor a wound’s progression, reducing human error

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds an emergency meeting on the coronavirus epidemic.
Netanyahu approves plan for coronavirus vaccine research base

"Nothing should be spared, and there is no room for bureaucracy when it comes to treating the virus," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

A queue for face masks is formed after the first coronavirus case in Manila, Philippines
First coronavirus death outside of China reported in Philippines

The man who died was a companion of a 38-year-old Chinese woman, also from Wuhan, who was the first to test positive for the virus in the Philippines. They arrived from Hong Kong on January 21.

Netanyahu to convene emergency meeting on coronavirus

The meeting comes two days after the Foreign Ministry issued a warning Friday to Israelis not to travel to China.

AngelSense: If you need it, you’ll be glad you have it

Now when it comes to GPS trackers, the market is saturated and there are tens, maybe hundreds of products out there. However, one Israeli company, Angel Sense.

Hebrew U. study reveals people tell lies to avoid appearing dishonest

“Many people care about their reputation and how they will be perceived by others. Sometimes our desire to appear honest outweighs actually being honest, even if it costs us,” noted Choshen-Hillel.

Hong Kong researchers develop vaccine for coronavirus – Report

It is estimated that clinical trials on humans won't begin for about a year.

 Agricultural produce grown in the surrounding desert on display at the 2018 Arava Open Day
Fruits, vegetables, tea linked with lower Alzheimer's risk

People who had the most flavonols in their diet were about half as likely to develop Alzheimer's than those who consumed the least, the study found.

Teva's first ever National Forum for Bio-Innovators gathers in Tel Aviv

Researcher Hila Flayev has for years been conducting research on computational models of the coronavirus structure and interactions it can create.

Australia scientists claim first re-creation of coronavirus outside China

The Australia-grown virus sample would allow detection of the virus in patients who had not shown symptoms, as well as contributing to the creation of a vaccine, the institute said.

Israeli surgeon to perform live surgery at global conference in Paris

The world's largest plastic conference is attended by 12,000 experts in dermatology and plastic surgery from over 100 countries.

Four co-workers in Germany contract coronavirus from Chinese colleague

"A total of around 40 employees at the company have been identified as potential close contacts. As a precaution, the people concerned are to be tested on Wednesday," Bavaria's Health Minister said

TAU studies test drug effects with multi-Organ-on-a-Chip platform

Scientists at Tel Aviv University and Harvard University developed the multi-Organ Chip to improve pre-clinical testing.

Liat Goldhammer-Steinberg, CTO of Sonovia Ltd.
Can this Israeli start-up help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus?

Sonovia can provide thousands of protective masks or other hospital apparel ‘We have the ability to help prevent the virus from spreading’

The Nanox System, which includes the Nanox.Arc and Nanox.Cloud.
Israeli company aims to make medical imaging accessible to all

Nanox announced last week that it raised another $26 million for its Nanox System project

The writer, who has lived in Jerusalem for 48 years, is the author of 14 books. Her latest novel is
Growing old (dis) gracefully

I never really expected to be this old. I’ve already lived longer than both my parents did, and when I look through my address book, I see many names of friends who were younger.

THE CAMPAIGN with the #SimiLev hashtag aims to increase women’s awareness of symptoms of heart troub
Understanding and publicizing heart disease among women

The campaign is a collective work, joining together the Israeli Association of Cardiologists and four other women’s heart health centers.

Virtual image of human heart
Robotic heart? International team develops transplant replacement

The revolutionary device is expected to be tested in humans by 2028.

vaccination against the flu
Israeli study: Child vaccination cuts flu-related hospitalization by 54%

Conducted by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and University of Michigan, the study is one of the few in the world that has tested the effectiveness of childhood vaccination.

Health Minister Yakov Litzman  received the annual flu shot by Prof. Itamar Grotto in a school in Te
Israel launches its first AI-powered flu vaccination campaign

The program is especially important this year when many people have already died from the flu in Israel, and the virus is expected to take an exceptionally heavier toll than usual.

Israeli weekly growth-hormone therapy edges closer to market

As with all daily injections, the treatment is often associated with poor levels of adherence.

The southern Israeli city of Ashkelon is pictured December 29, 2008
Israelis continually exposed to extreme levels of air pollution - report

Joint research by the Environmental Protection and Health ministries reveals alarming findings on the human impact of air pollution in Israel.

Israeli researchers discover 'blue dye' to repair hearts after attack

"Because Chicago Sky Blue is non-toxic, we think it might be tested to prevent further damage following the initial injury of a heart attack."

China reports four more cases in Wuhan virus outbreak

The four individuals were diagnosed with pneumonia on Thursday and are in stable condition.

Drugs fighting cancer, depression and HIV added to health basket

The Health Basket Committee announced the addition of 141 medical technologies worth NIS 500 million.

EarlySense brings hospital care to the wireless era. Finally!

There are not many things more daunting than the sight of someone in a hospital bed attached to endless wires used to monitor their vital signs.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott visiting the Tel Aviv headquarters of Israel’s Start-Up Nation Central. I
Texas governor Abbott endorses deeper collaboration with Israeli start-ups

“There is a connection between businesses in Israel and Texas that make both Israel and Texas far better,” governor Greg Abbott said.

How to get things done
How to get things done

A method for ending procrastination.

A ROBOT GIVES a demonstration at a tech conference in Las Vegas on January 8. The book explores the
The semi-automation revolution

The fascinating story of a bricklaying robot

A prototype of CAPS Medical's device, which aims to target internal organ tumors using Cold Atmosphe
Israeli start-up creates new tech to target internal solid tumors

CAPS Medical uses Cold Atmospheric Plasma (CAP) technology that is usually used to treat superficial solid tumors to now target solid internal organ tumors.

NO SHAME: You may have eaten sufganiyot blanketed in sugar over Hanukkah – and that’s OK.
It’s the sugar, Sugar: managing weight problems

From sufganiyot to hamantaschen: Can you handle it?

A blood glucose test is done to check sugar levels in a Type 2 Diabetes patient
Israeli team develops 'anti-diabetes drug'

463 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes worldwide and up to 95% of this number have Type 2.

The writer’s book, Totaled: The Billion-Dollar Crash of the Startup that Took on Big Auto, Big Oil a
One-eyed bowling - life after cancer treatment

I’ve never been a great bowler. Now try doing it with only one eye.

INNOVATIVE APPROACHES to cardiac medicine define care at the Jesselson Integrated Heart Center at Sh
Cardiology at Shaare Zedek: 'A conceptual breakthrough'

Having all of cardiac services under one team creates a unified approach, and leads to better treatment.

UZI ELI stocks a long list of hot and cold immune-boosting options for winter. (
Pharmaceutical-inspired wellness gets a stylish touch in Jerusalem

Better skin, better digestion…with a foodie (and even boozy) twist

Left: HERBALIST Nir Avraham leads a plant walk.
The pharmacy in your backyard: spotlight on herbal medicine

All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the Challenge of science is to find it.” – Paracelsus (16th-century Swiss physician).

Startup’s AI tech wrist-band predicts healthcare risks to elderly

Owlytics specializes in wearable-based analytics technology for the medical sector

SpaceIL founders.
SpaceIL receives $1m. grant to land Beresheet 2 on the moon

Beresheet 1 made Israel the seventh country in the world to reach the moon’s orbit, but failed to land.

Fetal ultrasound: Monitoring the birth of a nation

Israel has a highly developed health care system, and citizens have access to highly developed medical diagnostic technologies.

MRSA bacteria under a microscope
Hebrew U. study shows aggressive bacteria can be controlled or even cured

Prof. Nathalie Balaban and Dr. Maskit Bar-Meir teamed up and showed that bacteria thought to be resilient to antibiotic treatment may in fact be treatable.

Doctor inspects an x-ray, illustrative
Israel approves ‘only thing that can save lives of lung cancer patients’

Ministry of Health to pilot lung cancer screening program proven internationally to catch up to 80% of tumors in their earliest stage.

Tel Aviv start-up gets FDA approval for ‘stroke of genius’ AI package

The AI technology "uses deep learning to automatically look at every head CT before a patient has even left the imaging room."

Hadassah University Medical Center
Hadassah Hospital announces plans to open branch in Beit Shemesh

“This is important news for the residents of Beit Shemesh,” said Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman.

Brajtbord administers a shot of gardasil, a Human Papillomavirus vaccine, to a 14-year old patient i
New Jersey to vote if religion is legal reason to not vaccinate children

Lawmakers in New Jersey are voting today on a bill that would eliminate religion as a legal reason not to vaccinate children.

Galápagos tortoise
Stud tortoise Diego goes home after fathering most of his species

A 130-year-old tortoise is returning to the wild after a good job done in San Diego Zoo's breeding program.

Israeli start-ups to make epi genetic mega-cannabis together

Epigenetics tech, in experiments performed on tomatoes and corn was able to multiply the plants' photosynthesis level by 100, increasing the yield significantly.

A rendering of IceCure's technology.
FDA approves Israel's IceCure tumor-treating tech for liver, kidney cancer

IceCure uses probes to freeze tumors, killing the tissue. The tumor then disperses naturally.

EMPLOYEES CHECK an Elbit Systems Ltd. Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the company’s dron
Elbit to provide Iron Fist for IDF's Eitan AFV in $31m. deal

Contract to be carried out over period of 5 years

Heavily-polluting Hadera power plant to be converted to natural gas

The use of coal for electricity production has been increasingly replaced by natural gas in recent years.

Israeli treatment could delay deadly effects of ALS – new study

AstroRx is a cell therapy product containing functional healthy astrocytes derived from human embryonic stem cells that aim to protect diseased motor neurons.

Breast cancer
Google system could improve breast cancer detection - study

The study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, is the latest to show that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to improve the accuracy of screening for breast cancer.

A cataract surgery being performed with new state-of-the-art equipment at Hadassah Medical Center in
Hadassah Medical Center acquires state-of-the-art tech to remove cataracts

Cataracts cause clouding of the eye lens, which leads to a reduction in visual acuity.

Israeli bio-medical tech company recognized as ‘Game Changer for 2020’

Theranica, an Israel-based bio-medical technology company developing advanced devices that treat disorders like migraines and other pain disorders.

Study on the brain's individual functional connectivity patterns by Technion.
Israeli scientists shed new light on how the brain functions

The research could have a meaningful impact in the field of personalized medicine.

Seaweed is seen on a beach in Cancun
Michmoret-based seaweed farm garnering global interest

The main seaweed grown at the farm is green Ulva, rich in protein and dietary fiber, minerals –iodine, calcium, magnesium, iron - and antioxidants.

Brajtbord administers a shot of gardasil, a Human Papillomavirus vaccine, to a 14-year old patient i
One HPV shot may be enough to prevent cancer-provoking infection – study

A study published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open on Friday has analyzed the situation in the US a little over a decade after the vaccine against HPV was introduced.

Sheba Medical Center took part in an earthquake simulating mass casulaties
Israel low on vaccines as flu season rages on

The Health Ministry released a report on Tuesday showing a decrease of 1.5% in citizens getting flu shots.

NASA's Mars 2020 rover to hunt Martian fossils, scout for manned missions

"The trick, though, is that we're looking for trace levels of chemicals from billions of years ago on Mars."

Garbage dumped in the Old City
From money bags to trash bags, Jewish activist works to reduce waste

Formerly an investment banker, 28-year-old Anna Sacks left her job and began her "Trash Walks."

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