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.

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Epilepsy: Sudden death increased by sleep during seizure - research

"People with poorly controlled seizures have the greatest risk of SUDEP, and seizures during sleep may hold the higher risk."

COVID revolution: How pandemic could change the hospital's role forever

Hospitals were forced to reinvent themselves almost overnight.

Hebrew University researchers discover the taste of heavy water

While it is not radioactive, heavy water is highly coveted for its unique atomic structure and properties, which allow it to be used in the production of nuclear power and weapons.

A healthcare worker hands over doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a doctor at Messe Wi

2 Pfizer COVID-19 shots 95% effective in preventing infection - study

This new study, which reported on national data for the first time, indicates that vaccines can help control the pandemic.

We’ll see Meron’s effect on coronavirus next week, health official says

It was easier to impose a national lockdown than differentiated policies, Tomer Lotan, executive director at the National Coronavirus Taskforce, tells Post.

This Israeli tech ensures you keep your distance, prevents mass quarantine

Small enough to be attached to clothing, the Canario Pro buzzes to inform wearers that they are within two meters of someone – and tracks them to minimize the need to quarantine.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: 'Israel is close to herd immunity'

"I often use Israel as the prototype example of what actually goes right" Fauci said, acknowledging Israel's success in the fight against coronavirus.


SpaceX Starship rocket prototype achieves first safe landing

The feat marked a key milestone for the private rocket company of billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk in its development of a reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syr

Novavax vaccine shows 51% efficacy against South African variant - study

The study also showed that prior infection with an earlier version of the virus did not reduce the risk of COVID-19 caused by the South African variant among people who got placebo shots


Ambassadors of Peace medical program shows us it's a time to heal

“Medicine is the true bridge in this terrible situation and should be harnessed even more for peace.”

Lessons learned from the COVID pandemic: Make each minute count

Boundaries have been blurred in every way imaginable and our work-life never seemed to end.

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syring

Moderna booster increases antibodies against COVID-19 variants

The booster shots, given to volunteers previously inoculated with Moderna's two-dose vaccine regimen, also boosted antibodies against the original version of COVID-19


Coronavirus: Green pass extended through 2021, no need for third shot beforehand

Green passports in Israel are granted to all those who are fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

Pfizer vaccine doesn't affect sperm and COVID-19 preconceptions debunked

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.


Israeli start-up aims to be ‘intelligence unit’ for health issues, COVID

After helping thousands of individual patients in their decision-making process, sometimes in a matter of hours, the company has started to work also with hospitals and governments.

Former health chief to ‘Post’: Meron misplanning led to deaths

Prof. Siegal Sadetzki: Mutations could bring COVID-19 back to Israel

Dangerous pesticide sprayed in Sacher Park - investigation

The highly dangerous herbicide, Doctlon, which is outlawed for use in public areas, was sprayed on park grounds, according to the complaint.

Israel’s Baruch Padeh sends medical delegation to Botswana, Africa

In December 2020, Sheba Medical Center also sent a delegation of nearly two dozen medical personnel to Italy to assist during the country’s second wave.

'Up to 1/3' of COVID-19 patients experience neurological manifestations

The study is the largest systematic review and meta-analysis of COVID-19 symptoms to date, the study authors said, barring other ongoing studies.

Cellular mapping of coral could help save reefs — new study

Over half a billion people depend on coral reefs for food, income, and protection, but climate change and pollution threaten to decimate coral populations.


Coronavirus: Number of serious patients in Israel drops below 100

Starting from Thursday, venues functioning under the green pass outline will be able to operate without any restriction except for the requirement to wear masks indoors.

Prescription pain pills are dumped out on a table.

Drug used to treat diabetes can reduce renal and cardiovascular mortality

As kidney damage and failure are increasingly common, deadly, and expensive, Farxiga, can help save the lives of those suffering from chronic kidney disease.

Ben-Gurion University researchers behind antibiotic "molecular tweezers"

BGU researchers develop antibiotic tweezers to battle resistant bacteria

The tweezers could harm bacteria without causing them to gain resistance.

Carbon copy? Pandora takes a shine to lab-made diamonds

Prices of lab-grown diamonds have fallen over the past two years.


Coronavirus: Two cases of Brazilian variant found in Israel for 1st time

Some 19 additional cases of Indian variant were also identified * Chilean variant detected in a vaccinated adult.

A plastinated fetus is seen during the exhibition "Body Worlds" by Gunther von Hagen in Rome

Complex pre-natal surgery can prevent a life of paralysis, says UK's NHS

At least 32 spina bifida surgeries, sometimes requiring 30 doctors to carry out, have so far been performed.

A team of surgeons performs an innovative meniscus transplant.

Transplant recipients less likely to develop corona antibodies

Some 138 kidney transplant recipients and 80 liver transplant recipients participated in the study, as well as 25 individuals who did not present similar issues, to act as controls.

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in thi

Coronavirus vaccine effective on autoimmune disease patients, study finds

Patients were selected to participate in the study on the day they received their first vaccine shot and they were invited to come back between two to four weeks after the second dose

Israel registers fewest new coronavirus cases in a year

Only 102 patients were in serious condition as of Sunday morning, less than a tenth of the number at the peak of the pandemic.

Pluristem’s placenta cells induce body to create new blood cells - study

Pluristem's PLX-R18 aims to stimulate the regenerative potential of the bone marrow to enhance the production of all three blood cell lineages: hemoglobin, neutrophil and platelet counts.

Rapid testing at Ben-Gurion Airport before fight, March 8, 2021.

Israel approves travel ban to 7 states with high COVID infection

The forbidden countries include Ukraine, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico and Turkey.

Coronavirus affected by warm temperatures, may follow a seasonal path - study

Countries across the world should experience a drop in positive coronavirus cases during the summer months, and a resurgence when the colder weather reemerges, the researchers claimed.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man reacts as he takes part in a funeral for Rabbi Elazar Goldberg after he di

Following Meron tragedy, 5 ways to cope

Plus, how to contact the man non-profit organizations, health funds and hospitals that are available to provide support.

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syring

WHO gives emergency use listing to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna announced this week an expansion plan for its production network to boost its capacity to up to 3 billion doses in 2022.


Risk from variants remains after first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine - UK study

But the immune response after a first dose of the shot was weaker in people who had not previously been infected, potentially leaving them at risk from such variants, researchers said.


Genetic changes could be behind long-term COVID symptoms

Even those with asymptomatic COVID infections could have long-lasting changes in genetic expression which could be behind long-lasting symptoms in recovered patients.

Israel's next COVID-19 challenges, according to its public health chief

HEALTH AFFAIRS: Prof. Sharon Alroy-Preis, in an interview with the 'Post,' talks booster shots, borders and the day after COVID-19


Infant galaxy discovered with help of natural cosmic telescope - study

A rotating infant galaxy from the early days of the universe has been observed by astronomers for the first time, and it could considerably change the way in which we understand the universe.

Special operation brings battered horse home to Israel from Gaza

Coronavirus strain growing threat for horses in Israel - study

In the study, some 58.6% of horses in central Israel were found to be positive with ECoV, while 41 horses (12.3%) also were found to be with anti-ECoV antibodies.

Israeli IVF treatment developer earns CE approval for AI-based solution

The platform, EMA TM, has garnered approval from the CE certifying body to market its innovative product for use in IVF fertility clinics across Europe.

Lag Ba'omer

Air pollution during Lag Ba'omer causes damage of NIS 43 million

Environmental-health damage can even increase in situations where plastic products are burned in fires, causing the emission of dioxins, which are extremely toxic

Coronavirus might lead to strokes, major study shows

Some 71 medical centers in 17 countries had at least one patient whose clinical situation met the criteria for the study, for a total of 432 subjects.

Fabric masks about as effective in preventing COVID transmission -study

Under the ideal conditions of the study, multiple use fabric masks have shown to be about as effective as surgical face masks in reducing the chance of infection.

Can an app identify autism in toddlers? New study suggests so

Developed by a research team at Duke University, the app focused on assessing the eye gaze patterns of children while watching short strategically created movies

COVID-19 restrictions may end in 3 weeks, Health Ministry officials say

Some 86 new cases were identified on Tuesday, with less than 0.3% of the 34,000 tests performed returning a positive result.

How to avoid toxins in baby food

A bombshell story exposes dangerous toxins and heavy metals


Health chief Chezy Levy diagnoses Israel’s COVID-19 future

Director-general tells ‘Magazine’ why he cannot sleep at night

Visibly pregnant 34-year-old Narkis receives her coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2021.

COVID-19: Does wearing masks affect pregnant women? Study says it might

"Wearing a mask may create a hard-to-ventilate space leading to blood carbon dioxide accumulation and decreased oxygen levels."

COVID-19: 5 questions about immunity on International Day of Immunology

This year, with the COVID-19 crisis still raging in most of the world, understanding immunity - what it means, how it works and when - is more relevant than ever.

As climate changes, study finds world's glaciers melting faster

Glaciers lost 227 gigatonnes of ice annually from 2000 to 2004, but that increased to an average of 298 gigatonnes each year after 2015.


Epilepsy research provides answer as to why some seizures are so deadly

New research around epilepsy-related death reveals for the first time why some seizures are more deadly than others.

Coronavirus: Kids to get tested for free to access green pass venues

PCR tests check the presence of viral RNA in the body and are the most common type of tests to detect whether an individual is positive to the virus.

Israel jumps to slot No. 4 on Bloomberg’s COVID-19 Resilience Ranking

The only countries ranked higher are Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, countries that acted earlier to stop the spread of the virus and managed to keep it in check.

COVID-19 can kill even months after recovery – new study

Most deaths caused by long-term COVID-19 complications are not recorded as COVID-19 deaths, meaning the commonly used death toll is "only the tip of the iceberg."

A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem

EU likely to open to Israeli travelers after doing so for Americans

Israel registered less than 100 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row.

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syring

Moderna vaccine to be reviewed for WHO emergency listing on April 30 - WHO

So far COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have received WHO approval, which is a signal to national regulatory authorities on a product's safety and efficacy.


Israeli researchers use AI to fight intestinal diseases

The new method could be a gateway to create new smart drugs that can neutralize the protein and prevent certain diseases.

Israeli firm EyeYon Medical tech receives expedited approval process

The device is the first ophthalmic device in the world to have received both China's innovative device designation and the US FDA's Breakthrough Device Designation.

COVID-19: Israel finds possible link between vaccine, myocarditis cases

The findings have been transmitted to the Health Ministry’s Director-General Chezy Levy, as well as to the US Food and Drug Administration and Pfizer.

Vitamin D laying on the table with prescription bottle behind them.

Women using certain dietary supplements at lower risk for COVID-19 - study

The study noted that similar results were also observed by teams performing parallel studies in Sweden and the United States.

Cigarettes and ashtray, illustrative

Study that found COVID less likely for smokers retracted for tobacco ties

A study which alleged that cigarette smokers are less likely to contract COVID-19 was officially retracted after it was discovered that two of the writers had direct ties to the tobacco industry.


New chip could detect COVID-19 cases with 99.9% accuracy - study

A new testing method using genome sequencing could help control the spread of COVID-19, prevent future pandemics.

A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed Johnson&Johnson logo in this illustration taken

US to resume use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine immediately - FDA, CDC

"The benefits do clearly outweigh the risk from a population and individual perspective."


Explaining science behind COVID-19 guidelines leads to compliance

It was found that the video that gave more detail was the one that led to greater retention within the participants.

COVID: Woman hospitalized after J&J vaccine with symptoms like clot cases

A woman in Texas who received Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine has been hospitalized after showing symptoms similar to those of six people who recently suffered blood clots.


Earth Day: Hebrew University opens Academic Center for Sustainability

The academic center will work in collaboration with other projects and research in the university and Israel to promote sustinability and address environmental concerns.

Jerusalem goes green for Earth Day

Israel's capital city has been investing in a number of different projects to make the city a greener place.

What happened to Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine?

HEALTH AFFAIRS: BriLife was hailed as a major breakthrough, but delays continue to pile on.

Israelis lost smell, taste from COVID-19 less than Canadians - study

Some 66.7% of Canadian patients reported chemosensory dysfunction – decreased or lost sense of smell and/or decreased or lost sense of taste – compared to 34.4% of Israelis.

mRNA coronavirus vaccines safe for pregnant women, major study shows

The study was based on data collected through the V-safe Surveillance System and Pregnancy Registry by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between December 20 and February 14.

Israeli app aims to retool mental health diagnosis into an exact science

"Psychiatry as a medical field is facing a major diagnostic challenge: today’s diagnosis is based on a descriptive approach, relying on patients' description and clinicians' observations."

The departure hall at the almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on January 25,

Coronavirus: Health Ministry asks Israelis to avoid traveling abroad

The warning stressed that even people who are vaccinated might be at risk of getting infected with new variants and therefore recommended everyone not to leave Israel’s borders.


Vaccinated organ transplant recipients may remain at high risk for COVID-19 - study

While all participants in the control group displayed a positive antibody response to spike protein, only 51 of the 136 (37.5%) organ transplant recipients had positive serology.

NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air

The unprecedented extraction of oxygen, literally out of thin air on Mars, was achieved Tuesday by an experimental device aboard Perseverance, a six-wheeled science rover.


New coronavirus variant could be resistant to antibodies - research

During lab tests, research showed that "several neutralizing antibodies are ineffective in controlling other variants with the same genetic markers as BV-1," the university said.

Now COVID is over, the next crisis to address in Israel is the climate

Why should this be a key priority for Israel, given these other, more immediate concerns?


Mental Health: Don’t lose your confidence, Come out of the cave

More and more Israelis are seeking mental health care for anxiety, depression, loneliness, marital issues and family problems.


Welcome to the gym that wants to help people overcome PTSD

Dror Zicherman began engaging in athletic activity six years ago after being involved in a terror attack in 2005 and Operation Protective Edge.


Cetacean communication: Researchers look to translate sperm whale language

Known as the Cetacean Translation Initiative (CETI), the program is a massive collaborative effort between research institutions all over the world.


Israel-UAE sign health cooperation deal, work on vaccine recognition

The deal is expected to encourage the exchange of experts and the development of joint projects between the two nations, as well as direct collaborations between medical institutions.

Fireflies light up the night sky in Israel - scientific survey

As fireflies have been disappearing, it was important for scientists to conduct the survey and gain a better picture of their status in Israel, to better protect the species.

Medical cannabis

THC tests are unreliable indicators for impaired driving - US Justice Dept

Last month, Israel Police finally selected a test to administer to drivers to measure THC levels after a years-long tender – but the study essentially nullifies its main purpose.

Coronavirus: Israeli-made Sonovia textile can eliminate British variant

This is so far the only textile effective at eliminating a COVID-19 variant.

New study says autism develops differently depending on gender

The research utilized newly developed brain imaging techniques along with genetic research in order to determine autism's effects in girls.

Coronavirus vaccines: Edelstein slams those who tried delaying purchase

After signing the agreement to purchase millions of additional coronavirus vaccines, the Prime Minister and Health Minister expressed their concern over those who tried to delay the purchase.

Solar panels at one of the projects of Enlight Renewable Energy

Solar panel breakthrough discovery could help increase energy production

The discovery allows for a better understanding of semiconductors and the most efficient way to build photoelectrochemical cells, so that solar energy and storage can be better produced.

COVID: British variant 45% more infectious than original virus – study

New research by Tel Aviv University offered further proof that the coronavirus vaccines prevented hundreds of deaths.

Can people get reinfected with COVID? New Oxford study seeks answers

The study launched on Monday differs from the one announced in February as it seeks to reinfect people who have previously had COVID-19.


First case of COVID-19 in otters reported at Georgia Aquarium

The infected otters showed "mild respiratory symptoms including sneezing, runny noses, mild lethargy and coughing."

Red Sea coral reefs at risk of bleaching if temperature drops - study

Research showed just how close their lower threshold Israel's southern coral reefs live.

Israel signs agreement with Pfizer, Moderna for millions more COVID-19 vaccines

Earlier this month, Pfizer halted shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Israel in outrage over its failure to transfer payment for the last 2.5 million doses the company supplied to the country.

Coronavirus: Number of serious patients drops below 200

At the peak of the pandemic some 1,200 people were in serious condition.

New vaccine side effect? In Israel, six people develop herpes zoster

HZ is characterized by a small, red rash that develops on the skin and itches. If complications develop, it can cause nerve damage and pain, including a prolonged burning session on the skin.

Israeli rock singer Shalom Hanoch Perform in front  people vaccinated against COVID-19  holding a Gr

Visitors jabbed with Pfizer, Moderna to get green pass - Health Ministry

The authorities are studying a solution for tourists who were inoculated with vaccines not used in Israel, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry told the Post.

Bad to the bone: Junk food damages childhood bone development, study finds

Junk food is especially popular among children, and it is estimated that 70% of their entire caloric intake comes from them.

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