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.

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."

Israel's alpha radiation treatment shows 100% rate of tumor shrinkage

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Around the globe, cancer incidence has been steadily increasing over the past half-century.

How to stick to your fitness  New Year’s resolution
How to stick to your fitness New Year’s resolution

The key to keeping one’s 2020 health goals starts with setting the right goals.

Israeli medical professionals helping measles patients in Samoa.
Israeli team who treated measles patients in Samoa: Get vaccinated

The trip to Samoa was "difficult and complicated," Dr. Itai M. Pessach of Sheba Medical Center.

Why do children with autism struggle to sleep?

New research study from BGU’s National Autism Research Center of Israel finds brain waves of children with autism are shallower

Dogs can count, new study reveals

In total, 11 of the dogs passed the test with flying colors and, no doubt, earning a well-deserved treat.

An Egyptian spiny-tailed lizard in the South.
300m-year-old lizard found in Canada the earliest parental care in animals

The findings challenge the common scientific belief that parental care in animals is a more modern concept.

PET scans showing the differances between a normal older adult's brain and the brain of an older adu
Could a vaccine reduce the rate of Alzheimer's? These Israelis think so

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the vaccine used to treat tuberculosis worldwide.

2I/Borisov interstellar comet after its closest approach to the Sun, Dec. 9, 2019
Interstellar comet to make closest approach to Earth this weekend

The comet will pass through the constellations Crater and Hydra as it passes 180 million miles from Earth. As a reference, that's twice the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

Breast cancer
Sustained weight loss in middle-age may lower breast cancer risk

The more weight a woman lost and kept off, the lower her risk of breast cancer, researchers found.

HEAVILY PROCESSED foods are often high in sugar, fat and empty calories. HEAVILY PROCESSED foods are
Ultra-processed foods linked to diabetes risk

Among people in the study who ate the most ultra-processed foods, 166 in every 100,000 developed diabetes, compared with 116 out of every 100,000 people who ate the smallest amounts of these foods.

Israeli and German scientists fight against climate change together

“Climate change is not only an environmental and ecological challenge, but it is a cultural challenge. It is a culture shock.”

‘Digital healthcare revolution cannot be contained’

Henry Ford Health System’s head of anesthesiology says Israel and the US should work together to develop technologies that could save money and lives

Israeli students discover method to kill mosquitoes without pesticides

Mosquitoes are carriers of serious life-threatening diseases, such as Malaria and the Zika virus

Harvard: Israel's MedAware could save US health system millions yearly

MedAware uses AI methods similar to those used in the finance sector to stop fraud, by identifying “outliers” from a trend or practice in order to recognize suspicious or erroneous transactions.

WILL FINDING out my bone marrow biopsy results allow me to be happier in the long run? Or will it pl
Denial or bad news: which is preferable?

After receiving medical test results, is it perhaps better to try to live in denial?

L’Oréal launches art display for Israeli Recycling Day

L’Oréal Israel hired sustainability artist Nirit Levav Packer to create the display.

How can Israel create an economy fit for an aging population?

As societal aging and workplace automation threaten economies worldwide, Israel seeks to take initiative

An inhaler used to treat asthma
Asthma severity may be tied to bacteria living in the upper airway - study

With some six million children under the age of 18 affected by asthma in the US, it remains the leading chronic pediatric disease and the main reason why children miss school days, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

BioLineRx's lab
Israeli pancreatic cancer treatment could extend lives of 3/4 of patients

"Seventy-seven percent of patients were able to achieve disease control rate," said Philip Serlin, chief executive officer of BioLineRx.

The Rabin Medical Center - Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva
For the first time in Israel, rabbi donates two organs to two people

Rabbi Elad Gadot made two organ donations in the span of 13 years, becoming the first multi-organ donor in Israel.

Quantum Dot Atoms and Molecules
Hebrew University reinvents the periodic table for artificial atoms

'In analogy to what we know from atoms, we can now combine different quantum dots ('artificial atoms') to form molecular-like structures,' says Prof. Uri Banin.

A simulated image of a black hole.
Scientists discover ‘monster’ black hole in our galaxy

Up until now, the largest mass of a black hole ever recorded was only a mass of 15 to 20 times bigger than the sun

Wheelchair (illustrative)
Equality for people with disabilities will create equality for all of us

The International Day for Equality for Persons with Disabilities, which falls on December 3, unfortunately finds Israel lagging behind.

BGU researchers develop medical cannabis protocol for geriatric patients

Due to the range of ages, the protocols nonetheless urge extra caution in older adults in case of multiple drug interactions.

Dr. Mark Israel, Dr. Samuel Waxman and Dr. Ariella Riva Ritvo-Slifka
Israeli, US scientists team up to advance cancer research

One group of researchers will study fusion proteins that form in pediatric cancer. The other team will study the role of epigenetics in metastasis.

Concept image of an atom and electrons
Israeli scientific study shows electrons flow like water

The implications of the study have the potential to be groundbreaking in the field of electronics, as it can create ways of lowering electrical resistance.

A surgery room at a Jerusalem hospital
Protecting the world’s most valuable commodity

The sharing of medical data has extremely positive potential. It can help with predicting rare diseases, early detection and more exact diagnoses than are possible with existing medical capabilities.

The process of extracting eggs
Israeli doctors freeze eggs of seven-year-old girl with Turner's syndrome

While the girl who was treated has Turner’s syndrome, she can have healthy children because the disease isn’t hereditary, Professor Foad Azem told Haaretz.

Israel's UBQ's recycled plastic comes to South American McDonald's

UBQ, based in Kibbutz Tze’elim, emerged last year to unveil its solution of converting unsorted household waste into a sustainable, bio-based, climate-positive thermoplastic material.

Bar-Ilan U. study of Dead Sea mammal revolutionizes study of language

The study was published in the journal Evolution Letters, and shows that differing necessities in gender and life can influence using different voices for different reasons.

Blood Test
Israeli start-up to process blood test in 10 minutes cleared by US FDA

The small device created by Sight Diagnostics may be able to conduct the complete blood count (CBC) test with just two drops of blood.

Analyzing Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is not the most common malady affecting mankind, but for those who suffer from it, and especially their families, it can be one of the most humiliating.

Cancerous cells forming a lump in the pancreatic tissue
Israeli scientists find way to treat pancreatic cancer in 14 days

The tumor in one mouse that was injected with human cancer cells completely disappeared.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
BGU scientists develop synthetic cell capable of self-replication

BGU was ranked 15th in this year's Nature Index of Young Universities, which ranks any university 50 years old or younger in the natural sciences.

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Smoking rate in Israel on increase despite campaigns to quit

Men from a lower socioeconomic background are twice as likely to smoke than those who are more wealthy.

Black Friday
Israeli scientists explain why Black Friday sales are a matter of survival

The brain’s “reward system” is why we find such pleasure in the perfect pair of high heels at 50% off, and still continue shopping for a matching handbag that we might not really need.

Green Shakshuka
Green shakshuka with feta: Even better than the original?

A new way to make the classic shakshuka.

A snake is seen while a tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in
Is the Bible right? Newly discovered fossils show snakes had legs

A new study published in Science Advances on Thursday has shed light on the life of ancient legged snakes.

Laser surgery: Here’s looking at you!

More than 50% of people in the world suffer from some form of vision impairment.

Gaza hospital
More Gaza parents allowed to escort children to Israel for treatment

More than half of children had to travel without their parents in 2018; by July this year, that figure was just one in five.

Human brain
Technion, Bar-Ilan U. create protein administration chip for Alzheimer's treatment

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia and is characterized by symptoms including memory loss, speech impairments, orientation problems, and an impairment of motor functions.

Israeli start-up uses AI to tackle cellphone usage, smoking while driving

The latest capabilities to identify cellphone usage and smoking will be added to the system's current analysis of head pose, gaze, blink rate and eye openness to identify risks.

Fueling the Future with MayMaan

The MayMaan system offers additional benefits, including a longer engine lifespan due to lower temperatures and clean combustion and reduced engine weight.

Baby crying [Illustrative]
Israeli research: Can genetic testing and selection make your baby smart?

HU team says that “designer babies” are still more fantasy than future

EPA chief to 'Post': U.S. 'leading by example' on environmental issues

"The Paris climate accord was unfair as far as trade is concerned, and the US was penalized through the Paris climate accord," said EPA chief Andrew Wheeler.

A team of surgeons performs an innovative meniscus transplant.
World's first 'artificial meniscus' implant performed in Israel

The implant is inserted into the knee joint through a small incision and mimics the function of the natural meniscus

EXPERTS CLAIM uncontrolled antibiotic use is turning farmed animals into reservoirs of bacteria.
Israeli company wins €2.5M to combat drug resistance

The company's immune-based protein signature MeMed BV distinguishes between bacterial and viral infections, helping physicians determine whether antibiotic treatment is appropriate.

What's the difference between being healed and being cured?

You are the most important healer in your life... start trusting this intuition

In Israel, more women diagnosed with lung cancer each year

The data showed, however, that among Jewish men, the rate of people diagnosed with the disease has decreased, as has the number of men who smoke.

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