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.

Members of South Korea church hit by COVID-19 to give plasma for research

In February and March, a massive outbreak among members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus made South Korea the scene of the first large outbreak outside of China.

By REUTERS
15/07/2020
Vaccine developer Moderna to be listed on Nasdaq-100 stock market index

Moderna shares jumped more than 15% in after-hours trading on Tuesday.

A member of medical staff swabs the nose of a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Israeli sprays may help prevent coronavirus spread

The developers are also in the midst of producing CellFoam, a bio-adhesive 3D foam scaffold structure that will be used in regenerative medicine.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/07/2020
Moderna Phase 1 results show COVID19 vaccine safe, induces immune response

Moderna shares jumped more than 15% in after-hours trading on Tuesday.

By REUTERS
15/07/2020
Squirrel in Colorado tests positive for bubonic plague

The plague is still found worldwide, but has mostly been found in animals.

14/07/2020
Iraqi hospital fights to keep child cancer patients safe from COVID-19

The hospital has boosted ward cleaning and limited visitors to just one per child, is treating more patients as outpatients, as well as routinely testing staff.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
Swiftly waning COVID-19 immunity poses vaccination challenge

There is no data from any human trials showing whether any protective antibody immune response would be strong- and long-lasting enough.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Hebrew U. scientist: Drug could eradicate COVID-19 from lungs in days

New study shows how coronavirus controls metabolism and which FDA-approved drug could stop it

Pregnant woman (Illustrative)
Experts seek to calm worries of mother-to-baby COVID-19 transmission

"Women can remain reassured that pregnancy is not a significant risk factor for them or their babies with COVID-19."

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Human trials of tobacco plant-based COVID-19 vaccine begin

Medicago's potential vaccine uses the leaves of a plant from the tobacco family to produce the S-spike protein, one of the three spike proteins of the novel coronavirus.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
IDF soldiers at the entrance of a coronavirus hotel
Coronavirus hotels to stay open through the end of 2021 - Gantz

The country is already running more than a dozen coronavirus hotels, both for people who need to isolate and for those who are sick with the virus.

Israel peaks again: More than 1,700 new coronavirus patients in one day

New ‘advisory committee’ dodges rolling out new restrictions • Bar Siman Tov: ‘Israel could see 1,000 dead’

A Jewish worshipper blows a Shofar,  at the Western Wall ahead of Rosh Hashana
Will Israelis spend Rosh Hashanah with only their nuclear families?

If restrictions hold, High Holiday prayer services could be held outside.

Russia may start Phase III trial of COVID-19 vaccine in mid-August

This will be equivalent to a Phase III trial, since people getting the vaccine will remain under supervision, RIA reported, citing Ginsburg.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Coronavirus crisis: Less than 30% of Israelis trust Netanyahu to solve it

Some 40% of Israelis think Naftali Bennett is the right person for the job.

Bottles labeled "Vaccine" stand near medical syringe in front of "Coronavirus COVID-19" display
COVID-19 vaccine program to start production by late summer - US official

The US government has given grants ranging from several hundred million dollars to over $1 billion to Johnson & Johnson, Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Novovax Inc.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Study predicts surge in HIV, TB and malaria deaths amid COVID-19 pandemic

The United Nations AIDS agency and the WHO warned last week of stock shortages, with more than a third of the world's countries already saying they are at risk of running of antiretrovirals.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Second Temple period Jewish ritual bath uncovered, in need of rescuing

The 2,000-year-old facility was revealed during a salvage excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Professor Mike Drescher, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beilinson Hospital and chairman of the Israe
Israel emergency medicine head advocates end to 24-hour shifts

A talk with Prof. Mike Drescher of the Israel Association of Emergency Medicine

Bar-Ilan University hones the power of multiple magnetic states

These types of advancements could be used towards storing data, magnetic sensing as well as neuromorphic computing.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/07/2020
French epidemiologist warns that an effective vaccine by 2021 is unlikely

He said that while there might in all likelihood be at least one that works "partially," we should not expect a vaccine to be released that will be 100% effective.

Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
China's CanSino in talks for COVID-19 vaccine Phase III trial overseas

China’s success in driving down COVID-19 infections has made it harder to conduct large-scale vaccine trials, and so far only a few countries have agreed to work with it.

By REUTERS
14/07/2020
Penguins can reach more than one meter while defecating, new study finds

This behavior is not limited to penguins, with other birds being known to practice similar behavior, and it is believed that this is in order to avoid getting feces on themselves or their nests.

13/07/2020
Protesters attend a Rabin Square demonstration against government economic policies
Doctor: 'Leave phone at home, avoid quarantine' - Health Ministry outraged

The Health Ministry condemned Prof. Ruti Shako Levi for stating that people should leave their phones at home so as to avoid entering quarantine following the Tel Aviv protest.

13/07/2020
Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Coronavirus committee to rule on gyms, pools on Monday

35 people infected in gyms since June * Buses to run after 10 p.m. * Death toll spikes to 362.

Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
Thailand plans human testing for potential coronavirus vaccine

There are no approved vaccines for the virus that causes COVID-19, but 19 candidates are being trailed in humans globally.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Mytilene, Greece
Greece may reinstate some restrictions after rise in coronavirus cases

The announcement came after a government warning that the safety guidelines for the coronavirus are being ignored.

By OMRI RON
12/07/2020
Teenagers at a party
Patient dies after catching coronavirus at 'COVID party' in Texas

"Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said 'I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it's not.'"

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/07/2020
Bottles labeled "Vaccine" stand near medical syringe in front of "Coronavirus COVID-19" display
US adults can volunteer for coronavirus vaccine trials - here's how

In order to volunteer for the trial you must be 18 or older and complete CoVPN’s online survey. CoVPN emphasizes that participation in the clinical trials is voluntary.

11/07/2020
Gates: COVID-19 meds should to go to those in need, not 'highest bidder'

"We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity, not just on market-driven factors."

By REUTERS
11/07/2020
Professor Sigal Sadetsky, head of Public Health at the Health Ministry
Health Ministry changes Shin Bet surveillance guidelines

Fewer people will be required to enter isolation.

Police officers close synagogues and disperse public gatherings in an ultra orthodox Jewish neighbor
Israel hits another corona record: More than 1,500 new cases in a day

As a result of the spike in cases, the Jerusalem municipality announced that its designated situation room to plan strategies for combating coronavirus will be reopened.

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/07/2020
Fauci, WHO warn some aerosol transmission of new coronavirus is 'likely'

The number of cases in the United States has surged to more than 3 million as states that quickly reopened bars and restaurants have reported sharp increases.

By REUTERS
10/07/2020
Gilead says additional data on remdesivir shows improved clinical recovery

Findings from the analysis of its late-stage study showed that 74.4% of remdesivir-treated patients recovered by Day 14 versus 59.0% of patients receiving standard of care, the company said.

By REUTERS
10/07/2020
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
Pfizer, BioNTech say vaccine expected to be ready for approval by December

If it receives marketing approval, the companies are preparing to make up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020 and another 1.2 billion doses by the end of 2021.

By REUTERS
10/07/2020
Marlboro HeatSticks for iQOS are placed next to champagne bottles at a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan No
Cigarettes sales to be phased out by Philip Morris Int within 15 years

The cigarette manufacturer has recently gained FDA approval to market its IQOS tobacco heating device.

IDF's top doctor: Number of soldiers with coronavirus per day tripled

Brig.-Gen. Tarif Bader says most quarantined troops continue to carry out operational duty, albeit removed from healthy troops

A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
New WHO guidance calls for more evidence on airborne transmission

The WHO acknowledged that some outbreak reports related to indoor crowded spaces have suggested the possibility of aerosol transmission

By REUTERS
09/07/2020
Sheba launches world's first ‘reversed personalized medicine’ cancer trial

Patients will be ‘modified’ to better respond to immunotherapy drugs

How Israel fell from its coronavirus pedestal – analysis

With Israel's new daily coronavirus cases topping 1,000, the international community is looking to the country as an example of what not to do.

Israeli study might mark beginning of new era for medical privacy

A paper published showed that medical research carried out using synthetic data can produce results which are strongly consistent with research using real patients’ data.

TSA implements new COVID-19 safety measures following whistleblower claims

The whistleblower revealed that the TSA did not give its staff training to adapt to the coronavirus outbreak.

09/07/2020
Moderna completes enrollment for phase 2 coronavirus vaccine trial

Protocol for the phase 3 study has already been finalized, following feedback Moderna received from the US Food and Drug Administration.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/07/2020
Police officers close synagogues and handing out fines to ultra orthodox Jews at the Bukharim quarte
Netanyahu: We opened economy too early

J’lem, Beit Shemesh among closures • Cases climb past 1,000 in 24 hours

Health experts cast doubt on India's timeline for COVID-19 vaccine

Dozens of vaccine candidates are at various stages of development around the world to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

By REUTERS
09/07/2020
Applying Jewish law to modern medical ethics

“What do the Jewish sources say about who gets priority treatment during this time if there are more people than places and some need to be turned away?" Alan Jotkowitz asks.

By LISA SAMIN
09/07/2020
Erela Rousso - Breathing life back into business

Due to the coronavirus, like so many other businesses, Rousso couldn’t work for the last 12 weeks.

09/07/2020
Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 12 million

There have been more than 546,000 deaths linked to the virus so far, within the same range as the number of yearly influenza deaths reported worldwide

By REUTERS
09/07/2020
How much do masks actually protect us from coronavirus?

Scarves, which reduced infection risk by 44% after 30 seconds and 24% after 20 minutes, and similarly effective cotton t-shirts are only slightly better than wearing no mask at all.

Coronavirus: Priorotizing family time

The closest bonds we will ever form are with our parents and our siblings. They know us intimately, and even with all our faults – or perhaps because of them – they still love us.

Coronavirus may be here to stay, but let's enjoy the summer

This week, try new ice cream flavors, cook an Italian meal at home, choose eco-friendly cosmetics and don’t forget to use a good sunscreen.

By NERIA BARR
09/07/2020
Dr. Angela Rasmussen: Keeping opinions out of COVID-19 policy will help

Leading US virologist Dr. Angela Rasmussen demystifies COVID-19 and says US efforts to limit the pandemic have been hurt by politicization, and because people have opinions ‘not based on science.’

By FELICE FRIEDSON/THE MEDIA LINE
08/07/2020
Did events like protests, bar reopenings lead to spikes in COVID-19 cases?

Public health experts say there has yet to be conclusive evidence of large-scale spread from these events.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
The Italian flag waves over the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy May 30, 2018
Italy to monitor sewage in hunt for possible new coronavirus wave

The wastewater-monitoring project will focus on priority sites such as tourist resorts in a first phase starting this month.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
Russian firm gets approval for drug said to block coronavirus replication

By the fifth day of treatment, the novel coronavirus had been eliminated in 77.5% of patients who took the drug.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
Coronavirus: 2,200 Jewish victims in Diaspora excluding US and FSU – JAFI

The Jewish Agency provided almost $10 million in interest-free loans to Jewish organizations in 23 countries, Chairman Isaac Herzog said in a briefing with community leaders.

A recovered coronavirus patient assists a sick patient at Hadassah University Hospital
Hadassah pilot: Recovered COVID patients volunteer to assist the sick

The volunteers all had coronavirus more than a month ago and after their recovery tested negative for the virus but positive for antibodies, meaning they are immune to getting corona.

 Israeli Professor Galia Rahavm, head of infectious diseases, is seen in one of the rooms where retu
Israeli hospitals may open additional coronavirus wings amid spike

The internationally-recognized definition of someone who is critically ill is someone who "needs intubation or is in a state of systemic collapse.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/07/2020
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe
EU secures potential COVID-19 drugs from Roche, Germany's Merck - source

The medicine has also been tested on COVID-19 patients in combination with Gilead's antiviral remdesivir, the only drug so far authorized by the EU for use against COVID-19.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
Study shows ancient contact between Polynesian and South American peoples

This contact explains the mystery of how the sweet potato arrived in Polynesia centuries before European sailors.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
Nearly a third of UK residents are ambivalent to a COVID-19 vaccine

The "irresponsible decision" of social media platforms “to continue to publish anti-vaccine propaganda means a vaccine may not be effective in containing the virus.”

Coronavirus genetic risk factor inherited from Neanderthals – new study

Almost 3,200 genetic profiles of hospitalized patients were analyzed, showing that those presenting the relevant DNA variant were 70% more likely to develop a severe form of the disease.

3D print of HIV surface protein gp120. An antibody also is attached at the top (green and blue). Whe
Case of HIV patient in remission raises hopes for future AIDS cure

The intensified treatment was halted after 48 weeks, doctors said on Tuesday, and 57 weeks later his HIV DNA in cells and his HIV antibody test remain negative.

By REUTERS
07/07/2020
TAU finds that bats navigate in the same manner as humans, using landmarks

What they found is that bats, like humans, build a visual cognitive map of their surroundings, using landmarks as navigational points.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/07/2020
Moderna spars with US scientists over COVID-19 vaccine trials

Moderna denied any missteps on its part but acknowledged “differences of opinion” with experts.

By REUTERS
07/07/2020
Shaare Zedek Medical team receive a patient with suspension on coronavirus, outside the coronavirus
Coronavirus: More than 1,000 people infected in a single day

The number of patients in serious condition is 85, including 35 who are intubated.

Hebron
Did Hebron get coronavirus from the Negev?

Nearly 20% of the recent coronavirus cases in the West Bank were the result of interaction between Palestinians and Arab Israelis, a PA health official said.

Elephants, hippos central to prehistoric human diet, Israeli scholars say

Two Israeli researchers have proposed a new theory about the prehistoric human diet and how its evolution led to significant cultural and technological developments.

The coronavirus cabinet during a meeting on Wednesday
Corona chief: Public health services failed; gov’t made foolish decisions

Prof. Eli Waxman tells the ‘Post’ that the country has lost control of the pandemic, and must stop all gatherings or risk overwhelming the health system.

Gov't imposes partial lockdown as coronavirus spikes

Edelstein to appoint new emergency management authority • New app to cut contact-tracing time • Fine for not wearing mask increases to NIS 500.

People wear protective face masks for fear of the Coronavirus Covid-19 on the beach promenade in Tel
Coronavirus Safety Guidelines: How to avoid catching it

The 'Post' has put together a priority list of “safe” and “less safe” activities based on lists published by international health networks and publications.

Israel Police officers giving out tickets for not wearing a mask in public
En route to more restrictions? Netanyahu to convene cabinet on Monday

Deputy Health Minister: ‘We are in the midst of a second wave that is worse than the first’

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.

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
Doctors perform surgery [illustrative].
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?

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