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Most Recent Articles by ISRAEL21c:

In world first, Israeli man gets injected shinbone graft

Dec 27, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

In world first, Israeli man gets injected shinbone graft
A rare bone implant was performed on an Israeli man at Emek Medical Center in Afula. The patient has been missing 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) of his tibia (shinbone) as the result of injuries sustained in a car accident eight months ago.

Israeli researchers discover how sponges build glass skeletons that protect them from their environs

Nov 22, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Israeli researchers discover how sponges build glass skeletons that protect them from their environment
The technology for forming and shaping glass requires the application of heat at extremely high temperatures. So how do some marine organisms form their own glass “skeletons” in cold water?

That mystery has now been partially solved by a team of Israeli and German scientists. And while the researchers admit that what the marine organisms are doing “is far beyond the abilities of current human technology,” further study may bring us closer to the ability to mimic the mechanism at room temperature in a lab.

Smartphone app listens to your voice for lung disease

Nov 9, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Smartphone app listens to your voice for lung disease
Should you be worried that your mobile phone is invading your privacy by listening in to your conversations without your knowledge? Not if the goal is to save your life.

Israeli startup Healthymize has developed an app that records all your calls but, rather than send that data to Facebook or Google to sell you products you didn’t even know you wanted, Healthymize listens for signals of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Compound in cannabis could ease asthma

Nov 9, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Compound in cannabis could ease asthma
Hebrew University Prof. Raphael Mechoulam, known as the “father” of the medical cannabis industry, will lead a team investigating the benefits of non-psychoactive cannabis components for treating asthma and other respiratory conditions.

In 1964, Mechoulam, was the first scientist to successfully isolate the THC component in cannabis. He was then a young researcher at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science.

Israel sends emergency aid package to plague-stricken Madagascar

Nov 9, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Israel sends emergency aid package to plague-stricken Madagascar, Black Death
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the South African branch of Israel’s national emergency service, Magen David Adom, have put together an aid package for Madagascar following a deadly outbreak of the plague there.

How your eyelids move is a clue to diagnosing disease

Oct 18, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

What do your eyes say? An eyelid motion monitor (EMM) under advanced development at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa can diagnose certain diseases.

Ancient Roman theater uncovered next to Western Wall

Oct 18, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Jewish historian Josephus Flavius told of a small Roman-era theater built in the vicinity of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But no one had seen it for nearly two millennia. Archaeologists beginning with Charles William Wilson have been searching for that theater for 150 years to no avail.

Israel sends aid to California as deadly fires rage

Oct 18, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

A team of seven aid workers from Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID are working in evacuation centers in California after the worst series of blazes in the state’s history.


Israeli hospital gets grant to treat Syrian kids’ hearing loss

Oct 10, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

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.

Israeli company unveils revolutionary artificial cornea

Oct 10, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

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.

Israel: land of milk, honey and medical cannabis

Oct 10, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

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.

Hidden bacteria can hinder chemotherapy, study finds

Sep 27, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

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.

Helping the forgotten victims of the Mexican earthquake

Sep 27, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Out in the villages around Mexico City, it’s easy for the residents to feel forgotten. The nation’s capital was badly damaged in the deadly 7.1 magnitude September 19 earthquake, but so were many smaller communities. Though aid poured into the city, the hard-hit villages were left to cope alone until volunteers from Israeli humanitarian aid nonprofit IsraAID suddenly turned up.

10 Israeli innovations that will outsmart superbugs

Sep 13, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

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.

How one little sensor will make your life better

Sep 13, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Vayyar sensors provide a 3D map of people in a room without revealing identities

How did an Israeli startup evolve from using radio frequency (RF) technology intended to detect breast cancer to creating palm-sized devices that can monitor passengers in self-driving cars? That’s the remarkable story of Vayyar Imaging,  which is building a multi-purpose sensor with real-life uses that sound straight out of science fiction.

Vayyar’s three cofounders – Raviv Melamed, Miri Ratner and Naftali Chayat – discovered in 2011 that each had a family member suffering from cancer. They set out to make a difference. The product they built was a thumb-sized sensor with 24 built-in RF antennas.

Unique Israeli research reveals why honeybees are dying

Sep 13, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

If you give a “menu” to a bee, it will instinctively choose dishes that provide the right balance of nutrients: sugary nectar plus pollen full of protein, fatty acids and micronutrients.

That’s one of the findings of groundbreaking experiments performed at Israel’s Benjamin Triwaks Bee Research Center at Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot.

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

Sep 6, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

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.

Haifa hospital tests first implant for heart failure

Sep 6, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

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.


Israeli aid pours into Texas to heal hearts and homes

Sep 6, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Miriam Ballin’s heart sank when she saw the water line – a calling card of Hurricane Harvey — ringing her former childhood home in Houston. But she couldn’t linger. Urgent work awaited her as leader of the United Hatzalah Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit.

The voluntary six-person team of Israeli mental-health professionals landed in Texas last Thursday morning on behalf of the Israel Rescue Coalition. It is one of several Israeli humanitarian-aid groups sending personnel to Texas.

Look into my eyes: Do you see early signs of Alzheimer’s?

Aug 30, 2017 — ISRAEL21c

Romantics claim that you can see a person’s soul through their eyes. Apparently, you can also see whether they will be suffering in the future from Alzheimer’s disease.

The same biomarkers that accumulate in the brain – proteins called beta-amyloids that clump together into sticky “plaque” that are the signs of Alzheimer’s disease – appear in the retina of the eyes up to 15 years before the onset of any symptoms.