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.

Coronavirus Passover: Israel under lockdown, 69 people dead

149 in serious condition, 117 intubated * Israel loses 37-year-old to the disease

BGI, AID Genomics partner to build lab in Gaza to test 3,000 a day

In late March, Genetics giant BGI announced it would be working alongside Israeli company MyHeritage to build a lab capable of testing up to 10,000 people a day for coronavirus.

Jewish school 3D prints coronavirus face-shields for health workers

The school is now partnering with local organizations and individuals to increase the production of face-shields.

Tracing the Exodus from Egypt with wine

When the Jews left Egypt, they traveled from Egypt through the Sinai and the Negev desert. I think the Nana Estate Winery in Mitzpe Ramon is one of the Israel’s best-kept wine secrets.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
06/04/2020
A patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wears a full-face Easybreath snorkelling mas
New scientific research grant program aims to combat coronavirus

The Planning and Budgeting Committee, a section of the Council for Higher Education in Israel, has approved a new research grant program amounting to $4 million USD.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
Will coronavirus testing set us free? Opinions clash in the Knesset

Health Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto clashes with Hadassah CEO Zev Rotstein.

A worker smells coffee beans at Sumatra factory in Esprito Santo do Pinhal, 200 km (124 miles) east
Israeli-developed online smell platform could help detect coronavirus

The five-minute test is able to identify sudden changes in odor perception that could indicate the onset of COVID-19.

04/04/2020
Scientists find a new plastic eating bacteria

Reports of scientists finding bacterial bugs, enzymes, or even caterpillars that eat or break down plastic have been heard before, so what makes this one different?

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/04/2020
Hospital bed in Hadassah Ein Kerem
Coronavirus: When Israel’s 'everything will be ok' mindset hits the fan

Israel lost its way in recent decades and enabled a free fall in the number of hospital beds per capita.

Prosthetic limbs
Israeli students design low-cost prosthesis to allow girl to play violin

The girl, named Yael from Petah Tikvah, was born without her left arm, leaving her unable to fulfill her long-harboured desire to play the musical instrument.

UTJ leader Ya'aov Litzman attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Israelis lack trust in Health Minister Litzman - survey

The survey was released exclusively to The Jerusalem Post on Friday, the same day that the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) completed its investigation into the movements of the minister.

Israeli Police set up temporary checkpoints at the entrance to Bnei Brak
Gov’t to approve additional closures on Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and others

45th Israeli dies Sunday morning: 84-year-old woman. She was the sixth person to pass from the Mishan senior living facility.

COVID-19 – Coping with uncertainty

In a relatively short time span the world as we know it has turned upside down. Life is not the same. Stuck in our homes, we can only venture out for short walks, shop for food, and get medicine.

By DR. MIKE GROPPER
03/04/2020
Unexpectedly clearer air during plague days

On March 15, guidelines were issued regarding the closure of all educational institutions and a significant reduction in manpower in the workplace. After March 17, pollution levels dropped noticeably.

By YAIR ASSAF-SHAPIRA
02/04/2020
Coronavirus: We worry about physical health, what about mental health?

"Home confinement restricts freedom of movement and, therefore, is similar in some ways, to involuntary hospitalization or imprisonment."

New study finds that cats can catch coronavirus, but dogs cannot

The study concluded that cats, as well as ferrets, were susceptible and could catch as well as transmit COVID-19, while dogs, pigs, chickens and ducks cannot.

02/04/2020
Coronavirus: 1 out of every 7 sick Israelis is from Bnei Brak

Compare Bnei Brak's 900 patients to Jerusalem's 916 or Tel Aviv's 324.

Chevra Kadisha workers wearing protective clothes, carry the body of a patient died from complicatio
10 Israelis die in one day, near 7,000 infected, Bnei Brak in lockdown

900 people sick in the haredi city, 4,500 elderly to be evacuated * Worldwide cases surpass 1 million.

One man's story of receiving a new kidney and a new life

In this wild time of coronavirus, Chaim still managed to receive a "new used" kidney.

By ILAN CHAIM
06/04/2020
Israeli scientists: Coronavirus vaccine to be tested on humans by June 1

MIGAL and IIBR are both testing potential COVID-19 vaccinations on mammals

Coronavirus: Frequently asked questions

"I think that we're going to have a vaccine in the next 12 or 18 months.”

How do I know if I have coronavirus?

“We usually swab from a spot inside the nose or mouth and look for the virus there."

01/04/2020
Magen David Adom medics staff a special coronavirus hotline
Israel's MDA to treat coronavirus patients with new 'passive vaccine'

This assumes that those who have recovered from COVID-19 have developed special anti-virus proteins or antibodies in their plasma, which could therefore help sick patients cope with the disease.

Israeli start-up tests speech analysis monitoring of coronavirus patients

"The coronavirus pandemic requires the efficient managing of the resources of the health system," Cordio CEO Tamir Tal told the "Post"

01/04/2020
Magen David Adom workers and Shaarei tsedek hospital medical team, wearing protective clothing, as a
Netanyahu: Near closure on Bnei Brak to stop coronavirus pandemic

Six more dead • Over 6,000 infected • Citizens asked to wear masks in public

MIGAL researchers working vigorously to find a new coronavirus vaccine
Novel coronavirus vaccine being tested on rodents in Israel

The institute's director told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the vaccine was being readied for testing in animals.

02/04/2020
Israeli researchers successfully grow beef on soy protein scaffolds

The novel process grows cultured meat tissue within just three or four weeks, which the company says resembles both the texture and taste of beef.

31/03/2020
Coronavirus by the numbers: Which Israeli cities have the most sick?

One-third of people screened for coronavirus in Bnei Brak tested positive * Jerusalem has the most COVID-19 patients

Hospital bed in Hadassah Ein Kerem
Coronavirus: When Israel’s 'everything will be ok' mindset hits the fan

Israel lost its way in recent decades and enabled a free fall in the number of hospital beds per capita.

A member of medical staff swaps a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing, upo
Gov't mulls lockdown on haredi cities as coronavirus patients hit 5,591

COVID-19: Number of dead surges to 21 people, 97 patients in serious condition * Health Ministry: 'Too early to be optimistic,' despite decline in numbers

Biologists work in a laboratory at Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. in Haifa
Israeli company uses placenta cells to treat critical COVID-19 patients

The company dosed three patients in two different hospitals in Israel under a compassionate use program for the treatment of COVID-19.

An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
Johnson & Johnson to start coronavirus vaccine human trials in September

The announcement was part of a $1 billion deal made with the US government to create the manufacturing capacity for 1 billion vaccine doses.

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
Farid Mustafa from Nablus (left) and Akram Abu Salah from Gaza train at Sheba Medical Center
Sheba doctor teaches Palestinians to treat coronavirus

Bar-On: Palestinians are worried Arab citizens of Israel could spread virus to territories

Three die as coronavirus death toll rises to 15

Over 4,000 people are infected * 22-year-old in critical condition * Random virus testing starts Monday at three groceries

A medical team performing Alpha Tau treatment
Treatments for the coronavirus are being developed by Hebrew U and Yissum

While new innovations have been proposed to the Israel Innovation Authority, other already existing methods have already been re-purposed for the goal of fighting the coronavirus.

By CELIA JEAN
29/03/2020
Medical workers in protective suits treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Israeli Shmuel Sifri dies of coronavirus in Italy

The man was traveling on a cruise ship near Turin in northwest Italy with his wife when he was diagnosed with the novel virus.

FDA grants approval for new, fast coronavirus test

ID NOW also has uses outside of COVID-19 testing as it can be used to test for Influenza A&B, Strep A and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according to Abbott.

28/03/2020
Air pollution plunges in European cities amid coronavirus lockdown

While early reports of dolphins swimming in Venice were proven false, the European Space Agency reports that air pollution dropped in three cities.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/03/2020
An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
Chinese, Israeli companies team up to build COVID-19 testing facility

The lab will be able to perform over 10,000 tests per day and is expected to be completed by April 9.

Israeli innovation to produce hundreds of automatic respirators a day

As respirators have become essential to deal with the complications of the coronavirus, the Israeli Air Force, Microsoft Israel R&D, and others have found a solution to avoid future shortages

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/03/2020
3M CEO says respirator masks should not be sold in stores

As healthcare workers experience a shortage of protective equipment, 3M CEO urges that masks go to them.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/03/2020
Netanyahu orders increased restrictions as cases climb to 3,619

Deaths rise to 12 • Haredim lead surge in new cases • Some 1,300 fines issued for defying directives.

Israeli scientist's shrimp antiviral could be adapted for coronavirus

The project is one of the several emergency projects that are the focus of around the clock work by 20 different labs at Technion-Institute of Technology

27/03/2020
World could witness 'huge backlash' in pollution after outbreak

The warning was delivered by Dr. Orr Karassin, a senior lecturer at the Open University of Israel, based on evidence from the 2008 global financial crisis.

26/03/2020
Isolation and immunity: What can you do for yourself in uncertain times?

All of that alone is enough reason to feel anxious, nervous, stuck and concerned.

By SHERYL PUTERMAN
26/03/2020
Arrivals: Leading the new frontier of human-drone interaction

From an early age, Cauchard was told by her grandparents and parents not to tell anyone she was Jewish.

By LISA SAMIN
26/03/2020
Preparing for death as the coronavirus looms

When the time comes, I want to be prepared – mentally at least (there may not be a whole lot I can do about it physically).

26/03/2020
Emergency doctor explains how to modify one ventilator for four patients

"If we only had one ventilator and four patients, I would explain to the patients' families that we could save the lives of one patient, or the lives of four."

By CELIA JEAN
26/03/2020
A medical worker wearing a protective mask and glasses, who treats patients suffering from coronavir
Beware second waves of COVID-19 if lockdowns eased early - study

"The city now needs to be really careful to avoid prematurely lifting physical distancing measures, because that could lead to an earlier secondary peak in cases,."

By REUTERS
26/03/2020
Home organizing in the time of coronavirus

It seems as if coronavirus is making us all stop and take stock of our families, relationships, hobbies, work and home life.

By MIRIAM GOLD
26/03/2020
An online resource for Israeli parents to rely on during lockdown

Information on how to deal with the stress, anxiety and “social distancing,” and what to do during this uncharted crisis is flying all over social media and can be confusing and overwhelming.

By LISA SAMIN
26/03/2020
Being grateful in the time of the coronavirus

So – for what it’s worth, here goes: Reasons to be glad during a global pandemic.

By PAM PELED
26/03/2020
People wearing protective face masks use a smartphone on a street amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concer
Can a mask protect me from coronavirus?

Although face masks reduce the likelihood of transmission by blocking the most common entryways of the virus, there are several reasons why they do not completely prevent infection.

By ALEXANDRA MARKUS HUTZ , JAMIE MAGRILL
07/04/2020
Dear Matchmaker: Dating in the time of social distancing

The matchmaker responds: I have received so many messages lately about closures and social distancing and/or from the individuals I set up, who are scared and lost in this time.

By LORI SALKIN
26/03/2020
A sign is seen down a London street regarding self isolation as the spread of the coronavirus diseas
My husband and I are self-isolating separately. Here’s why.

So on Monday, at 5:55 p.m., I said goodbye to my husband from six feet away, not knowing when I would see him again.

By SHOSHANA FORESTER SMITH
26/03/2020
Medical workers in protective suits treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Israeli robotic technology on the frontline against coronavirus

Kryon works to create, maintain and manage virtual machines that can essentially be compared to virtual workers.

An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
Technion researchers working on emergency projects to fight coronavirus

These emergency projects focus on different important aspects, such as detection and diagnostics; vaccine development; therapeutic treatments; and methods for remote care and monitoring of patients.

25/03/2020
A medical team performing Alpha Tau treatment
Coronavirus treatment other than vaccines may be available soon

Vaccine expected to take 12 to 18 months, other therapies likely available much sooner, scientists say

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
01/04/2020
Technology v Coronavirus: Experts optimistic innovation can outduel nature

Virtual conference explores ways that advanced products and systems can be used to fight global pandemic.

By CHARLES BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE
25/03/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened of a total lockdown as coronavirus infects 2,369 Israel
Netanyahu threatens total lockdown as coronavirus infects 2,369 Israelis

New regulations go into effect - don’t walk more than 100 meters * 2 more people dead

People wearing protective face masks use a smartphone on a street amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concer
Defense Ministry to develop voice-based test for coronavirus

The company's artificial intelligence-based platform plans to use its voice sampling technology to detect virus symptoms related to the patient's respiratory system.

24/03/2020
Coronavirus: Gov. green lights restrictions, cannot walk more than 100 m

Supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks will continue to operate as usual.

Magen David Adom, or MDA.
Coronavirus: MDA releases informational videos in sign language

Magen David Adom wants to ensure that everyone will have access to critical information on the coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/03/2020
When the Spanish Flu arrived in the Land of Israel

The pandemic known as the Spanish flu spread across the world in the early 20th century, reaching the Land of Israel as well; we took a look back at the news reports of the day

By AMIT NAOR / NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
23/03/2020
Scientists say gorillas could catch coronavirus; parks in Africa shut down

Human respiratory diseases like COVID-19 are one of the biggest threats facing mountain gorillas, with even the common cold being potentially fatal.

23/03/2020
Coronavirus restrictions upped: Go to work, supermarket only or face fines

Coronavirus cases climbed to 1,442 on Monday, an increase of 371 in one day.

People wearing protective face masks sit outside the AHEPA hospital, where the first confirmed coron
WHO expert: More measures needed to avoid resurgence of coronavirus

"Once we’ve suppressed the transmission, we have to go after the virus. We have to take the fight to the virus."

By REUTERS
22/03/2020
Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound suspended due to coronavirus

This is the first time that the Wafk Department calls on Muslims not to arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Coronavirus: United Hatzalah's Eli Beer intubated in Miami hospital

"I need you to keep davening and keep doing mitzvahs," Beer says in a video before being put under sedation.

Magen David Adom medics staff a special coronavirus hotline
1,238 Israelis infected with coronavirus

As of Monday morning, 24 people are considered in serious condition - an increase of four people from press time on Sunday.

Praying from the balcony - comment

In one of the unique ways that Israelis – as opposed to Italians, Americans and Chinese – are coping with the virus, balcony minyanim have sprung up in religious neighborhoods around the country.

22/03/2020
People wearing protective face masks sit outside the AHEPA hospital, where the first confirmed coron
Coronavirus: CDC study finds younger adults at risk too

While it was first argued that older people were more vulnerable to the coronavirus, new findings show that young people, too, are at risk.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
20/03/2020
A building belonging to generic drug producer Teva, Israel's largest company with a market value of
Teva donates potential coronavirus treatment to hospitals across the US

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets are used against malaria, lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis but could be effective against COVID-19.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/03/2020
Israeli doctor on coronavirus frontlines: I am preparing for a few months

"Every cough, every fever, every change in their oxygen saturation level is usually a cause of a lot of stress."

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
20/03/2020
Coronavirus: Israeli researchers develop innovative diagnostic method

British company diagnostics.ai, whose R&D is entirely based in Herzliya, is already providing labs in the UK and the US with their advance diagnostic technique employing artificial intelligence.

01/04/2020
Shocking coronavirus study says people could be locked down for 18 months

The Imperial College London report also says millions would die and that health systems would be overwhelmed. To mitigate the disaster new measures would need to go into place immediately.

Food delivery services to get you through coronavirus the times

Now the coronavirus has us all stuck at home, here's a list of great food delivery companies to get you through it

By SHARON FEIEREISEN
19/03/2020
Stream workouts while the coronavirus has you stuck at home

Stream unlimited workouts from your own home‏

By SHARON FEIEREISEN
20/03/2020
Coronavirus got you stuck at home? Here's an at home workout guide

Whether you live alone or have the whole family quarantined, now is a great time to prioritize your health with at-home workouts.

By SHARON FEIEREISEN
19/03/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the nation on the coronavirus outbreak, March 19, 2020
Coronavirus: Infected Israelis hit 707 as emergency orders roll out

Israelis only allowed out to buy food, medicine, or see doctor * 10 Israelis described as in critical condition

Health Ministry approves coronavirus testing of those not in quarantine

The specimens collected at these clinics could help locate others who need to be isolated.

How to cope during the coronavirus outbreak

How you choose to see COVID-19 and the issues around it will determine how you respond to it. Your perception of the situation will determine how you react and cope.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
20/03/2020
Israeli team has coronavirus test kit to test dozens of people at once

This new testing method allows for testing asymptomatic people suspected of having the virus, as well as for dozens of tests to be carried out at once, speeding up efforts to curb the virus's spread.

By CELIA JEAN
19/03/2020
Mossad Logo
Mossad brings 100,000 incomplete coronavirus test kits to Israel

The kits were provided with consent, the 'Post' confirmed. But a Health Ministry official said, "What they brought is not exactly what we were lacking."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Arab medical professionals in Jerusalem
Benjamin Netanyahu appeals to Arab public to follow coronavirus guidelines

"The coronavirus does not distinguish between Jews, Arabs, Circassians, Bedouins and Christians."

What’s the story with coronavirus testing?

“If we want to stop the spread, you have to isolate” people - social distancing, Magen David Adom medical director Refael Strugo stressed.

Ancient fish had fingers, bridged the gap between aquatic and land animals

The study found that the first evolutionary pattern for the first version of a human hand appeared in fish before they left the water

Head of United Hatzalah hospitalized in Florida, fears having coronavirus

“I am in the ICU and waiting for results tomorrow, but most probably I do have it,” Eli Beer told the Post.

An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
Government offers assistance to tech developers fighting coronavirus

"We must rally the technology and manufacturing capabilities of the Israeli industry to support the national effort and maintain public health."

18/03/2020
Chelsea Football Club's Millenium Hotel near Stamford Bridge
Chelsea make hotel available to NHS staff fighting coronavirus

Roman Abramovich would cover the costs of providing accommodation and the club has made all rooms available if required.

By REUTERS
18/03/2020
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