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Women Are Not Just Men with Boobs and Tubes

George Carlin, the American comedian, once remarked when referring to God, “He, and if there is a God, I am convinced He is a He because no woman could or would screw things up this badly.” Karen Jensen, one of the world’s authorities on women’s health would agree. Her new book, “Women’s Health Matters”, reveals how male medical researchers and doctors screw up big time when it comes to women. They forget that women are not “just men with boobs and tubes.”

Her main point is that women are different. I say thank God for that, or as Maurice Chevalier remarked “Vive La Difference!” But what is forgotten is the fact that this difference has to be considered in both research and medical treatment.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, October 16, 2017 - Full Story

Israeli hospital gets grant to treat Syrian kids’ hearing loss

A six-figure donation from Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn is going to Ziv Medical Center in Safed (Tzfat) to fund treatment of hearing loss among Syrian children brought from conflict areas to Israel for medical care.

The hospital near the border with Syria, recently visited by celebrity Conan O’Brien, has extensive experience treating wounded Syrian civilians.

By ISRAEL21c - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Full Story

Israeli company unveils revolutionary artificial cornea

An early-stage Israeli ophthalmic medical devices startup has developed a revolutionary artificial cornea implant that holds out hope to millions of blind and visually impaired people suffering from diseases of the cornea.

The nanotech-based solution by CorNeat Vision of Ra’anana is a synthetic cornea that uses advanced cell technology to integrate artificial optics within ocular tissue.

By ISRAEL21c - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Full Story

Israel: land of milk, honey and medical cannabis

In August, a joint feasibility committee of the Health and Finance ministries submitted a recommendation that Israel open its booming medical marijuana business to international exports. The market could be worth as much as $4 billion a year in revenue.

In the expectation that the proposal will be approved by legislators, an Israel company – Breath of Life Pharma (BOL) – is positioning itself to become the world’s largest medical cannabis facility.

By ISRAEL21c - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Full Story

I’ve Emerged from the Hearing Loss Closet!

Why is it that we accept the fact that everyone should see their dentist twice a year to detect dental decay? That we should get regular eye examinations and a checkup by our family doctor once a year? But ironically we rarely, if ever, hear that we should do the same for our ears! So why is this? And why am I not going to tell anyone that I can now finally hear?

By interviewing a number of experts my research revealed an interesting fact. Even in 2017 large numbers of North Americans continue to hide in the hearing loss closet. And I’m embarrassed to tell readers I’ve also been hiding in the same closet for years.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, October 9, 2017 - Full Story

Ten Vital Facts to Know About “Baby Aspirin”

One – You’re in your 50s. The Medical Publication, Health After 50, reports that a panel of experts has updated the guidelines for taking Aspirin at various ages. It says you, in your 50s, have a 10 percent or greater risk of coronary attack or stroke in the next 10 years, and a life expectancy of at least 10 years with no increased risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. If you meet one of these requirements it says you may be a candidate for a daily baby Aspirin (81 milligrams). You can calculate your risk of heart attack at http://www.cvriskcalculator.

Two – You’re in your 60s. In this case, the publication says you have a high risk of heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years and a life expectancy of at least 10 years with no increased risk of GI bleeding. If you meet one of the these requirements you must then be prepared to take a daily 81 mg. Aspirin for 10 years which is the minimum required for benefits to take effect.

Three - You’re 70 years of age or older, or younger than 50.  Here, experts say there’s not enough evidence to advise one way or the other in preventing either a first heart attack or colon cancer. But it adds that, since many over the age of 70 have health problems, the risk of heart attack or stroke may be increased. Then the benefits of a daily Aspirin may be substantial.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, October 2, 2017 - Full Story

Ancient ink for cancer treatment

For hundreds of years, Chinese calligraphers have used a plant-based ink to create beautiful messages and art. Now, one group reports in ACS Omega that this ink could noninvasively and effectively treat cancer cells that spread, or metastasize, to lymph nodes.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Full Story

Unlocking the mysteries of memory — and potentially enhancing it

Memory acts like an anchor, reminding us of past experiences that have made us who we are today. Attempts to boost it, particularly as we age, have sprouted cottage industries of supplements and brain games. In parallel, researchers have been pursuing pharmaceutical interventions. In some of the latest work on this front, one team reports in ACS Chemical Neuroscience that they have identified a novel compound that enhances long-term memory in animal studies.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Full Story

Hidden bacteria can hinder chemotherapy, study finds

Bacteria hidden inside cancer cells may hinder the effectiveness of chemotherapy. The surprising finding was published last week in Science magazine based on research led by molecular cell biologist Ravid Straussman of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Full Story

Ensuring broccoli sprouts retain their cancer-fighting compounds

Raw broccoli sprouts, a rich source of potential cancer-fighting compounds, have become a popular health food in recent years. But conventional heat treatment used to kill bacteria on produce can reduce levels of the broccoli sprouts’ helpful phytochemicals. Now researchers report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that high-pressure processing could wipe out harmful bacteria while maintaining high concentrations of its health-promoting ingredients.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Smokers who quit have metabolite levels that resemble those of nonsmokers

Even after years of smoking, the body has a remarkable ability to repair itself. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research, scientists report that certain metabolic changes occur soon after quitting, and these changes could help explain how some ill-effects of smoking might be reversible.

Smoking kills more than 7 million people worldwide annually and is one of the most important risk factors for six of world’s eight leading causes of premature death, according to the World Health Organization. But soon after a person quits, the body begins to repair some of accumulated damage caused by smoking. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, within two to three months of quitting, lung function begins to improve and the risk of heart attack begins to diminish. A previous study published in 2013 suggested that metabolic changes that occur after smoking cessation may kick start these physiological improvements. Building on this work, Nikola Pluym and colleagues sought to hone in on what alterations smoking causes in the body’s metabolic pathways and whether any of these changes are reversible after quitting.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

“I Wish He’d taught me at The Harvard Medical School”

This week I interviewed Dr. Andrew Saul, an international authority on nutrition and vitamin therapy, and Editor of The Orthomolecular Medical News Service. Saul believes the greatest medical dangers today are the epidemic of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, overuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and neglect of natural remedies. These, he says, will be the medical tsunami for our Health Care System. So I asked Dr. Saul to elaborate some of these pitfalls.

Saul immediately defended natural vitamin E. He claimed that in the early 1960s the U.S. postal service prosecuted people for mailing this vitamin! But now we know it’s essential for fighting cardiovascular disease. Doctors, he says, forget their physiology lessons, that vitamin E increases the amount of work the heart can do on less oxygen. This can relieve anginal pain. And along with magnesium, it helps leg cramps.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, September 25, 2017 - Full Story

Dr. Gifford-Jones’ RX for a Long Life

One : Buy a Scale
Obesity is a huge killer and it sets the stage for Type 2 diabetes, heart attack and hypertension. Be a smart consumer. Step on the scale each day so there are no surprises about weight gain. Count calories to live healthier and longer.

Two : Buy a Pedometer To Count Steps
Ships tied up at a dock too long get barnacles. To avoid medical barnacles, walk 10,000 steps a day. There’s no need to run the four minute mile. Remember, lions don’t buy Nike running shoes. Besides, studies show excessive exercise can cause medical problems.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, September 18, 2017 - Full Story

10 Israeli innovations that will outsmart superbugs

Antibiotics are one of the most effective ways to treat bacterial infections. However, they have been overprescribed and misprescribed for years, leading to the development of bacterial strains that are resistant to specific antibiotics.

The World Health Organization considers this one of the biggest threats to global health because antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections kill more than 700,000 people worldwide every year.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Full Story

Keychain detector could catch food allergens before it’s too late

For kids and adults with food allergies, a restaurant outing can be a fraught experience. Even when care is taken, freshly prepared or packaged meals can accidentally become cross-contaminated with an offending food and trigger a reaction. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Nano the development of a new portable allergen-detection system — including a keychain analyzer — that could help prevent trips to the emergency room.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 11, 2017 - Full Story

Substance in coffee delays onset of diabetes in laboratory mice

In recent years, researchers have identified substances in coffee that could help quash the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But few of these have been tested in animals. Now in study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products, scientists report that one of these previously untested compounds appears to improve cell function and insulin sensitivity in laboratory mice. The finding could spur the development of new drugs to treat or even prevent the disease.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, September 11, 2017 - Full Story

How Safe Are Cell Phones?

Are some cell phone users destined to develop cancer after years of use? Or, is this fear being over-played? For years I’ve tried to find an unbiased informative source. Now, a report from the University of California attempts to answer this perplexing question.

We know that high frequency ionizing radiation from excessive X–ray exposure can possibly cause malignancy. This radiation is cumulative, and like an elephant, it never forgets the amount of radiation received. But cell phones emit very low intensity non-ionizing radio frequency energy that’s generally assumed to be safe.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, September 11, 2017 - Full Story

Israeli docs save Gaza dad’s hand from ‘tree man syndrome’

Orthopedic and plastic surgeons at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Medical Center-Ein Kerem successfully treated 42-year-old Gaza resident Muhammad Taluli, whose hand was disfigured from an extremely rare contagious condition, epidermodysplasia verruciformis, or “tree man syndrome.”

Taluli suffered from painful tumors over his entire hand for the past decade, according to lead surgeon Dr. Michael Chernofsky.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Full Story

Haifa hospital tests first implant for heart failure

A 72-year old Canadian man has become the world’s first recipient of an Israeli-developed implant to treat diastolic heart failure – a fairly common condition for which there is no effective long-term treatment.


The minimally invasive surgery was performed on July 26th at Rambam Health Care Campus, a medical center in Haifa, by a multidisciplinary team led by cardiologists Gil Bolotin, director of cardiac surgery, and Arthur Kerner, senior physician in the Interventional Cardiology Unit.

 

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - Full Story

Zinc- An Important Nutrient

You might know that zinc, element number 30 on the periodic table, is used for galvanizing iron and steel. Here are some things you might not know.

Zinc is ubiquitous in our bodies and facilitates many functions that are essential for preserving life. It plays a vital role in maintaining optimal childhood growth and in ensuring a healthy immune system. Zinc also helps limit inflammation and oxidative stress in our bodies, which are associated with the onset of chronic cardiovascular diseases and cancers. 1

By Jack Dini - Friday, September 1, 2017 - Full Story