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.

Mayanei Hayeshua Medical team treat a patient with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the coronavirus
Will COVID-19 halt the rise in life expectancy?

As of 2018, life expectancy in Israel was 83 years, of which 74 years, on average, were lived in good health.

By YOSSI HEYMANN
05/07/2020
New study debunks 'dog years' myth, dogs and humans age differently

The belief that a single year is the equivalent of seven years in "dog years," this ratio holds no weight whatsoever.

05/07/2020
Monkeys develop short-term immunity to coronavirus, Chinese study finds

The experiment took place at the Peking Union Medical College in Beijing and used rhesus macaques as test subjects, as they are relatively similar to humans.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/07/2020
COVID trials halted for hydroxychloroquine after failure to reduce death

WHO said the decision to halt the trials does not affect other studies where the drugs are used for non-hospitalized patients or as a prophylaxis.

By REUTERS
04/07/2020
Vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir are capped at a Gi
Gilead's coronavirus antiviral remdesivir gets conditional EU clearance

Remdesivir is in high demand after the intravenously-administered medicine helped to shorten hospital recovery times in a clinical trial.

By REUTERS
04/07/2020
Virtual image of human heart
Study shows that telecardiac rehab can help adherence, exercise capacity

The study focused on evaluating clinical and physiological results, in addition to patient adherence, as a means for assessing the viability of tele-CR.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/07/2020
Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein speaks during a press conference about the coronavirus COVID-19, a
Yuli Edelstien: We'll have to act if COVID-19 takes a turn for the worse

When asked if the country lost control over the second wave of the virus, Edelstein said that no country truly has control of the virus

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/07/2020
The Swedish flag is seen at Gamla Stan, the Old City of Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 2017.
Lack of coronavirus lockdown increased deaths in Sweden - study

Sweden's approach, despite seeing fewer people patients admitted to intensive-care units, also revealed a higher percentage of deaths in older patients outside ICUs.

By CODY LEVINE
03/07/2020
Anthony Fauci: COVID-19 may have mutated, spreads faster

The strain of the coronavirus he cited, which originates in Italy made it spread better between people.

By OMRI RON
04/07/2020
dolphins
New study shows dolphins can learn to use tools

The scientists speculated that this behavior happens mostly when a shortage of food occurs.

By OMRI RON
03/07/2020
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Israeli medical company receives FDA approval for life-saving tech

The young Israeli company will now be shifting its focus towards receiving approval from the Israeli Health Ministry and starting marketing the technology for clinical use in Israel and the US.

A medical worker holds vials containing the flu vaccine in Tel Aviv.
Health Min. fears flu vaccine shortage will make COVID-19 treatment harder

The Health Ministry fears a lack of enough flu vaccines which may be a challenge when trying to differentiate between coronavirus and influenza patients.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/07/2020
Israeli border policewmen chat with local residents at the entrance to Bnei Brak as Israel enforces
Coronavirus crisis continues as country passes 11,000 active cases

1,130 people diagnosed in a single day • Border police commander tests positive

Johns Hopkins CEO: Big data could turn coronavirus pandemic around

In exclusive interview, Dr. Paul B. Rothman outlines unexpected challenges of pandemic and technologies that could make the difference

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
03/07/2020
Elephant (illustrative).
Mystery deaths of 275 elephants in Botswana under investigation

Poaching has been ruled out as the carcasses were found intact.

By REUTERS
02/07/2020
An illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the 2019 N
Coronavirus: Florida reports record spike of 10,000 new cases in 24 hours

Florida, with 21 million residents, has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.

By REUTERS
02/07/2020
SNORKELERS SWIM with a whale shark, the world’s largest fish, at the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll in 20
Whale sharks have layer of teeth on their eyes, new study finds

Whale sharks are the largest non-mammal vertebrate in existence, growing as long as 59 feet, or 18 meters, in length. Though endangered, they have been spotted near Eilat, but are harmless to humans.

02/07/2020
Backpack volunteers gather data showing pollution rising after lockdowns

Data from volunteers and other sources recorded falls in pollution after curbs came into force, but eased restrictions have seen pollution start to climb back.

By REUTERS
02/07/2020
Israeli researchers provide evidence microdosing cannabis relieves pain

The researchers published their findings in the European Journal of Pain, providing the first scientific evidence that microdosing can be applied medical cannabis solution.

Amy Klein's down-to-earth advice for enduring fertility treatments

Klein, a New Yorker, shows how to survive fertility treatment without losing your sense of humor.

Coronavirus has given us a summer of 'dissonance'

Now, in summer, we’re trying to make sense of the cognitive dissonance. Do we head for the beaches and salt-water Mediterranean where the jellyfish now reign, or buy beach chairs for the balcony?

60% of all coronavirus cases reported in past month - WHO

“More than 10.3 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to the WHO, and more than 506,000 deaths,” said the organization's director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Blunder of binary thinking: How can humans be both happy and despondent?

The brain, with its 86 billion neurons, ‘may operate on an amazingly simple mathematical logic.’

03/07/2020
Coronavirus: Here is what Israel’s schools could look like in Sept. 2020

Education Ministry sets strategy for preparing for the '20-'21 school year in the shadow of COVID-19.

Oxford COVID-19 vaccine developers encouraged by immune response

"We're very happy that we're seeing the right sort of immune response that will give protection, and not the wrong sort," Gilbert said.

By REUTERS
01/07/2020
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
BioNTech and Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine shows potential in human trial

"These first trial results show that the vaccine yields immune activity and causes a strong immune response," said BioNTech's co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Ugur Sahin.

By REUTERS
01/07/2020
An Orthodox Jewish man wears a mask while talking on a cellphone in the Orthodox Jewish community of
Senior ultra-Orthodox rabbis call for vigilance over COVID-19 regulations

The ultra-Orthodox rabbinic leadership was slow to order synagogues, yeshivas and schools to close, a factor some believe contributed to the high infection rate in the community in the first wave.

Rivlin, Tropper host meeting with arts industry over COVID-19 damages

Coronavirus limitations are so severe that financially, the reopening of theaters and concert halls is a losing proposition.

Sheba Medical Center team at the Coronavirus isolation ward of Sheba Medical Center unit, in Ramat G
Highest number of new COVID-19 patients diagnosed in single day

868 cases registered • Sheba helps Indonesia crack coronavirus • Ministerial Committee names areas of Ashdod, Lod restricted zones

COVID-19’s silver lining: Embracing technology in healthcare

Working with international and local partners, Sheba developed more than 40 inventions in two-and-a-half months and is now engaged in close to 200 projects that center around coronavirus.

Magen David Adom medical team members, wearing protective gear, are handling a Coronavirus test from
Israeli technology that can 'sniff out' COVID-19 infections begins trials

Nanoscent's method itself was previously and successfully tested by researchers at the Technion University in conjunction with medical researchers at the Rambam Health Care Campus back in mid-March.

Rambam hospital journeys back in time scanning 2,500-year-old mummies

Director Yotam Yakir described the experience of attending the scanning as “unbelievable.”

US FDA comes out with guidance for COVID-19 vaccine approval

Experts have said it could take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be developed.

By REUTERS
01/07/2020
Ibex uses AI to help pathologists minimize diagnostic errors
Tel Aviv-based Ibex to provide AI cancer diagnosis support to UK's NHS

Ibex's Galen Prostate solution has been adopted by LDPath, a major provider of pathology services to the NHS.

Wadi al-Joz in east Jerusalem
COVID-19 spikes in east Jerusalem due to ongoing Green Line crossings

Some 2,698 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in the West Bank – a sharp rise in numbers compared to the first wave

A tray containing cancer cells sits on an optical microscope in the Nanomedicine Lab at UCL's School
Israel becomes first country to incorporate breakthrough leukemia therapy

The results from the study constitute a historical breakthrough after twenty years for the 160,000 patients across the world suffering from this common form of leukemia.

By CELIA JEAN
01/07/2020
New virus in pigs with 'pandemic potential' found in China

China took action against an outbreak of avian H1N1 in 2009, restricting incoming flights from affected countries and putting tens of thousands of people into quarantine.

By REUTERS
30/06/2020
Rare syndrome linked to COVID-19 found in almost 300 US kids, adolescents

The US studies published on Monday follow several reports of the syndrome among COVID-19 patients in France, Italy, Spain and Britain.

By REUTERS
30/06/2020
An Ethiopian Orthodox Priest blesses the faithful with an incense which according to their belief wi
114-year-old Ethiopian monk could be oldest coronavirus survivor

His age puts him in a small group of people to have survived both COVID-19 and the Spanish flu pandemic a century ago.

Why are so many younger people catching coronavirus?

In Israel, according to Sheba Medical Center’s Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, the average age of people being infected is around 40.

Blood tests after COVID-19 diagnoses can predict virus severity - study

The discovery, according to the research, can lead to preventative treatments in stopping deadly “cytokine storms” (severe immune system reactions).

By CODY LEVINE
30/06/2020
Israel's coronavirus cases rise by 714 since Monday

714 new patients in one day • Netanyahu, Katz unveil new economic incentives

Bayer to test new drugs on 3D-printed heart tissue at Tel Aviv University

The new method of testing bypasses many tedious screening methods, making it faster, cheaper and more efficient.

By CELIA JEAN
29/06/2020
Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia. Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska.
Israeli researchers discover a new way of reading Earth's history - ice

The findings could help us understand the history of other bodies in our Solar System.

By CELIA JEAN
29/06/2020
Canadian company Medicago develops plant-based coronavirus vaccine

The company has developed a unique method of creating a vaccine by letting plants do the work. "We're using plants as mini factories," said Natalie Charland, a senior director at Medicago.

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Prominent deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic

Below is a list of some of the prominent people whose deaths were linked to COVID-19.

By REUTERS
29/06/2020
Coronavirus: Global death toll passes half a million

More than 4,700 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19-linked illness, according to Reuters calculations based on an average from June 1 to 27.

By REUTERS
29/06/2020
Shaare Zedek Medical team receive a patient with suspension on coronavirus, outside the coronavirus
50% of COVID-19 patients suffer from weakness, distress after recovery

The study was conducted by Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s pulmonary institute and based on preliminary data gathered from dozens of patients who suffered from COVID-19.

Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein speaks during a press conference about the coronavirus COVID-19, a
Coronavirus cabinet to consider new restrictions

Infectious disease head: Israel 'about to lose control' of pandemic

An illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the 2019 N
Coronavirus: World approaches 10 million cases

The total number of cases continued to increase at a rate of between 1-2% a day in the past week, down from rates above 10% in March.

By REUTERS
28/06/2020
Israeli researchers find ibuprofen doesn't aggravate COVID-19 infection

Results found that there was a similar outcome between patients who took ibuprofen versus patients who took paracetamol.

By CELIA JEAN
28/06/2020
Dr. Rodrigo Yelin
US company with Israeli roots to test COVID-19 vaccine on humans by August

If the trial proceeds as expected, the vaccine will be the first of its kind to get this far.

TESTING FOR coronavirus at a Leumit Health Fund lab in Or Yehuda.
Coronavirus testing centers, Finance Ministry strike deal

The agreement ends a workplace dispute that had been announced by the Histadrut.

26/06/2020
Sun penetrating the clouds above the mountains near Chengdu, China. "It looks like Genesis to me," s
Midday sunlight could deactivate up to 90% of coronavirus strain - study

The study authors say that the higher doses of ultraviolet radiation that occur during midday sunlight act as a "virucidal agent" for the coronavirus.

Astrazeneca, Moderna most advanced in COVID-19 vaccine race - WHO

The British drugmaker has already begun large-scale, mid-stage human trials of the vaccine, which was developed by researchers at University of Oxford.

By REUTERS
26/06/2020
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Pregnant women with COVID-19 'significantly more likely' to be hospitalized - CDC

The CDC added that there also may be a higher risk of pregnant women with COVID-19 developing pregnancy complications, such as a preterm birth.

Super-resolved image of mitochondria rendered as a 2D histogram. Scale bar 5 μm.
Technion breakthrough unlocks secrets of cells in 3D for first time

To solve this problem, the researchers turned to the field of deep learning, developing an artificial neural network capable of formulating its own solution

Mayanei Hayeshua Medical team treat a patient with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the coronavirus
Coronavirus cabinet to consider new restrictions as cases climb

19-year-old dies of virus complications * Death toll rises to 317

An ultra-Orthodox man wearing a mask walks around the neighborhood of Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, April
Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam sells Yiddish coronavirus face masks

The organization is selling its own custom-made COVID-19 face masks made of blue cloth mask and featuring the phrase, “Be Healthy” in two languages.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/06/2020
Severe COVID-19 can damage the brain, preliminary study finds

The most common brain complication seen was stroke, which was reported in 77 of 125 patients. Of these, most were in patients over 60, and most were caused by a blood clot in the brain.

By REUTERS
26/06/2020
Subsurface ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa deemed potentially 'habitable'

"A word of caution," Melwani Daswani said. "If a place is habitable, it does not mean that it is actually inhabited."

By REUTERS
25/06/2020
Nurse examines patiest (illustrative)
Israel approves new psoriasis treatment

The new treatment utilizes a specific mechanism against the disease has demonstrated significant therapeutic success, even in severe cases. It is now available to patients of all HMOs.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/06/2020
A DEEP gaze can be a gesture of love.
Embracing during an epidemic

Do we need to wait for the vaccine before we can hug our kids, grandkids, siblings or close friends?

By CAROL UNGAR
25/06/2020
Ban on foreign entry to Israel extended through Aug. 1

“Passengers from all countries who are not Israeli citizens or residents are not permitted to enter the State of Israel," a letter read.

How did it change you?

We are human, and our memories are short.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
25/06/2020
Coronavirus: Cases climb as gov't puts more neighborhoods under lockdown

Close to 700 people diagnosed in one day * Netanyahu says Israel to collaborate with UAE against COVID-19

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Meat allergy in the US is slowly being eradicated by fire ants

The "alpha-gal" meat allergy is caused by the bite of the lone star tick.

Israeli scholars reveal structure of 3.7 billion-year-old proteins

Proteins themselves are made of building blocks called amino acids, but in order to be produced, amino acids need proteins.

Actor Michael J. Fox speaks during a panel discussion on Parkinson's disease during lunch at the ann
Bar-Ilan named co-winners of Parkinson's disease research challenge

The Bar-Ilan team, named “HaProzdor”, consisted of Ayala Matzner, Yuval El-Hanany and Prof. Izhar Bar-Gad from the Neural Interfaces Lab.

AstraZeneca taps Scottish firm for 10th COVID-19 vaccine supply deal

Symbiosis Pharmaceutical said on Wednesday it agreed to make and supply an unspecified number of units of the vaccine, AZD1222, for AstraZeneca to use in clinical trials.

By REUTERS
24/06/2020
Israeli AI leader DiA receives FDA clearance for ultrasound solutions

The addition of two new FDA clearances to DiA's LVivo toolbox reflects changes in the MedTech industry, with ultrasounds and AI-based analysis solutions becoming more valued by healthcare workers.

25/06/2020
Taking a sample at Hadassah
Hadassah treats COVID-19 patient with new concentrated passive vaccine

The antibody (immunoglobulin or IgG) concentrate was developed using plasma that Hadassah harvested from recovered corona patients.

The coronavirus cabinet during a meeting on Wednesday
Knesset advances bill to enable Shin Bet surveillance in coronavirus fight

Defense Ministry opening new coronavirus hotels * Orders to call up Homefront Command reservists extended

Scientists support use of ultraviolet light to prevent COVID-19 spread

On this basis, the team argues that investing in such a technology in the form of a few billion dollars in UV-C sources can help protect billions of indoor workers worldwide.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/06/2020
BGU researchers develop test for degenerative brain disorder in athletes

Football players were three times more likely to display a leakage in blood-brain barrier than the control group.

By CELIA JEAN
23/06/2020
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
French drugmaker approval of COVID-19 vaccine by first half of 2021

French drugmaker Sanofi SA said on Tuesday it expects to get approval for the potential COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline Plc by the first half of next year.

By REUTERS
23/06/2020
An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
Coronavirus vaccine rollout could be delayed due to glass vial shortage

It could take up to two years to produce enough vials for US vaccine needs, one expert warned.

A drone is seen over the border between Israel and Gaza in June
Coronavirus has prompted 'quantum leap' in drone technology

Israel's Transportation Ministry has published two new tenders to encourage further research in the field.

A mask is produced on Israel's first production line for N95 masks
Unmasking the Controversy: COVID-19 and Mask-Wearing

How can we avoid this double whammy of economic slowdown and steadily rising coronavirus infections?

By ALEXANDRA MARKUS HUTZ , JAMIE MAGRILL
23/06/2020
WORKERS INSTALL air conditioners on the wall of a building in the center of Jerusalem.
Could there be an Israel without air conditioning?

With rising temperatures, ACs are running at full speed – some future alternatives are being touted.

By DOMINIK DOEHLER , ZAVIT/SCIENCE , ENVIRONMENT NEWS AGENCY
22/06/2020
Coronavirus in Israel's cities: Where is the virus spreading the most?

Which cities are the sickest – and which cities have had the highest percentage increase in cases in the last three days?

Johns Hopkins CEO: 30% of doctor visits will shift to telehealth

The shift in recent months has been both vital and rapid, as person-to-person contact has been reduced to a minimum.

22/06/2020
Prehistoric humans migrated to Israel during Ice Age

Before the jawbone from the Carmel was found, modern humans were thought to have left Africa around 100,000 years ago.

The coronavirus cabinet during a meeting on Wednesday
Coronavirus cabinet: Prepare for 4,000 ventilated patients

Ministers raise fine on not wearing a mask to NIS 500 • Death toll hits 307

Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
Wall Street anticipates Donald Trump to approve vaccine before November

This estimation comes from the presumption that the White House will approve vaccines which will help the president secure his reelection.

By OMRI RON
22/06/2020
Review finds elderly often left out of COVID-19 trials

“To have them be this gravely impacted and not include them is immoral."

By CELIA JEAN
22/06/2020
An illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the 2019 N
COVID-19 is weakening, could die out without vaccine, specialist claims

"It was like an aggressive tiger in March and April, but now it's like a wild cat." Even elderly patients – who a few months ago would have died – "are sitting up in bed, and breathing without help."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/06/2020
Stunning solar eclipse wows Israelis Sunday morning

The phenomenon won't be seen again in Israel until 2027.

IIBR coronavirus vaccine found to work on hamsters

According to the institute, if the Health Ministry approves of starting human trials in the coming weeks, a fully functional human vaccine could be ready by the end of this winter.

US halts test of Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients

The US Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 on Monday.

By REUTERS
20/06/2020
‘Israel in second wave of coronavirus, death toll may soar’

Coronavirus cabinet to convene Sunday as gov’t report predicts increase in infections.

Jewish men in UK are twice as likely to die from coronavirus - study

The report looked at deaths from the virus between March 2 and May 15. At the time there had been 453 deaths of people identifying as Jewish in the census.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/06/2020
Gov't approves cultural events as daily coronavirus cases near 300

The government approved the opening of performance halls, concerts, plays and movie theaters under Health Ministry guidelines on Friday.

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