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.

Tel Aviv implements electric road pilot program

The pilot is part of a larger push by the city to reduce air pollution. City officials believe that electric roads could have a major impact.

21/09/2020
Species of dinosaur 125 million years-old discovered in China

"These animals were quickly covered by fine sediment while they were still alive or just after their death," said paleontologist Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

Hundreds of Breslov hassidim dance without masks in Uman

Some 2,000 pilgrims managed to enter the city where Rebbe Nachman is buried, before the Ukrainian authorities banned entry to the country from August 26 to September 28.

TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
US sets record with over 1 million coronavirus tests in a day

Since the start of the pandemic, testing shortages have hampered efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

By REUTERS
20/09/2020
Coronavirus found on imported squid packaging in China

The Changchun COVID-19 prevention office said the squid had been imported from Russia by a company in Hunchun city and brought to the provincial capital.

By REUTERS
20/09/2020
Is social distancing enough to prevent coronavirus spread on long flights?

"Long flights not only can lead to importation of COVID-19 cases but also can provide conditions for superspreader events," significant findings show as countries resume international travel.

20/09/2020
Israeli plant-based food color company secures $4.1 million in funding

Phytolon, founded in 2018 as part of a license technology agreement with the Weizmann Institute of Science, uses fermentation-based technology to produce its colors.

20/09/2020
Pine-Sol gains EPA approval for coronavirus-combatting disinfectant

The EPA has said that there are at least a few products that can be used as disinfectants, and how they should be used to maximize the disinfectants' effectiveness.

Hebrew U. research finds flu outbreak pattern during the winter

What they found was that weather prediction models were more effective in predicting flu outbreaks than singular variables such as temperature or rain.

By OMRI RON
20/09/2020
Coronavirus cabinet to convene Tuesday, police issue 3,000 tickets

Nearly 700 patients in serious condition * 40 people died over the holiday

A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Commu
WHO, UNICEF sign to ensure universal health coverage in shadow of COVID-19

In the fight against COVID-19, universal healthcare has been found to be key to a strong response.

Nearly one in 1,500 in Japan is a centenarian

Far more Japanese women are reaching the age of 100 as women represent 88% of all centenarians in the country.

Can DNA be used as circuits in electronic devices?

Previous known information on DNA molecules focused on its role in expressing heredity through genetic information.

Moderna to expand operations outside North America into Switzerland

Moderna, which has never brought a vaccine to market, has received nearly $1 billion from the US government under its Operation Warp Speed program.

TEL AVIV residents partake in a joint in the city’s Meir Park.
What legalized cannabis in Israel could look like

SOCIAL AFFAIRS: The marijuana drone blitz was a microcosm of sorts of the cannabis scene in Israel.

18/09/2020
Five steps to stop the spread of coronavirus

HEALTH AFFAIRS: Assuta Medical Centers chairman Shuki Shemer: There is no public health without the public.

Enzymes in bacteria could help fight coronavirus - Weizmann Institute

In humans virus-fighting enzymes, known as viperins, are released into the bloodstream when the body detects an infection.

Cancer patients may not be high-risk for coronavirus, researchers say

The researchers found that the assumption that cancer patients should be considered as at-risk for coronavirus was without any scientific basis.

Cartoon rats (Illustrative)
What can rats teach us in a time of pandemic?

Though rat bites can cause a nasty condition called hantavirus, we are healthy, thank God a million times, but our furry frenemies? They are with us.

By JOAN ORANGE
17/09/2020
Doctor inspects an x-ray, illustrative
Technion researchers develop new radiation sources

The radiation sources may reduce costs by replacing current, expensive facilities.

17/09/2020
A ROBOT is pictured as activists from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots stage a protest at Brandenb
The future is cyborg: study finds support for human augmentation

The Opinium Research survey of 14,500 people in 16 countries including Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain showed that 63% of people would consider augmenting their bodies.

By REUTERS
17/09/2020
A blood glucose test is done to check sugar levels in a Type 2 Diabetes patient
Israel's Betalin Therapeutics plans IPO to fund diabetes trials

The company, which is funded by private investors, is looking to raise about $40 million in an IPO in New York or London by the end of next year.

By REUTERS
16/09/2020
Coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu
One day until the coronavirus lockdown and the gov’t is still zigzagging

Schools shuttered today * Over 5,500 people diagnosed with virus in 24 hours

Israel, 18 science ministries to enhance cooperation in COVID-19 fight

Shay launches data site to help scientists work together

FIRST DAY BACK at Tel Aviv’s Gabrieli Carmel School, September 1, 2020
Over 5,500 new coronavirus cases, as gov't rules to close schools Thursday

“I request that you accept the professional recommendation and do not allow schools to open tomorrow," Prof. Ronni Gamzu wrote.

Airport to stay open, buses cut to 50% capacity

Police to fine people who travel outside their zones.

Life on Venus? Potential sign of alien life detected In Planet’s Clouds

"I was very surprised - stunned, in fact," said astronomer Jane Greaves of Cardiff University in Wales, lead author of the research published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

By REUTERS
15/09/2020
New Israeli tech targets coronavirus with vaccine priority system

This Israeli technology was recently filed for a patent in the United Arab Emirates’ patent office.

Ben-Gurion University launches Oazis, its academic accelerator

Managed by Michel Assayag, Oazis is working in collaboration with the technology transfer company of BGU, and is empowered by IBM Alpha Zone.

Rosh Hashanah in the shadow of coronavirus: Outline for prayer services

In open spaces, an unlimited number of people can pray in capsules of 20.

When ready, the coronavirus vaccine will only be 50% effective

When referring to a 50% effectiveness, this means that for every 100 people, only 50 will become immune to the disease.

Brain scan
Coronavirus likely to target the brain as well as lungs

The new study has found that, among some patients, the virus uses the brain as a fertile breeding ground in which to replicate itself.

Air pollution levels associated with coronavirus deaths, new study finds

“If you’re exposed to a viral infection or a bacterial infection and at the same time are exposed to air pollution, that infection is more likely to become severe.”

14/09/2020
Medical miracle in Jerusalem: Life of man with two years to live is saved

"Most of the doctors were pessimistic and explained to me and my family that there was nothing left to do and that I had two years left to live."

Bennett: Save your family's elders – don't eat with them on Rosh Hashanah

He said it would be a "mistake to have a meal" with the elders of the family, due to the amount of potential carriers in the country.

13/09/2020
Israeli gov’t approves: Three-week lockdown beginning Friday

The closure will go into effect at 2 p.m. on Friday and last through Simchat Torah on October 9.

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag waves alongside an Israeli flag
Israel and UAE to collaborate on AI, cloud computing for COVID-19

The office will act as a gateway for Israeli companies seeking to operate and set up business in the UAE.

12/09/2020
China to test nasal spray coronavirus vaccine

Some scientists believe that nasal sprays can be more effective than injections.

12/09/2020
A lab technicians holds the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug "Remdesivir" at Eva Pharma
US hospitals turn down remdesivir, limit use to sickest COVID-19 patients

The Food and Drug Administration has allowed more liberal remdesivir use, but 6 out of 8 major hospital systems contacted by Reuters said they were not using it for moderate cases.

By REUTERS
12/09/2020
Even minor brain injuries have hidden long-term effects - new research

The research also sheds light on traumatic brain injuries.

Israel to hold human trials on COVID-19 vaccine with 100 volunteers

The report came following an announcement in June by the IIBR on the success of the vaccine in trials on hamsters.

11/09/2020
Avi Nesher's movie halts production due to coronavirus lockdown decision

The film’s producers released a statement saying that they had made this decision “with no choice and great sorrow.”

From six to 108-years-old, these Israelis died from COVID-19

This is what 'The Jerusalem Post' knows about the Israeli coronavirus victims

Coronavirus lockdown: What will Israel's upcoming closure look like?

Some 90 people died in the last week, bringing the death toll to 1,077 as of Friday morning.

ONE OF THE Tel Aviv University researchers holds an Egyptian fruit bat last year.
New virus found only in Israeli bat with unknown human infection potential

The findings are significant as bats are reservoirs for emerging viruses, and have been attributed to virus outbreaks such as SARS, MERS and many more.

11/09/2020
Israeli mask maker Sonovia awaits China coronavirus lab result

Sonovia says its reusable anti-viral masks are coated in zinc oxide nano-particles that destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses, which it says can help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

By REUTERS
11/09/2020
Coronavirus is overwhelming Israel's hospitals – here's how

HEALTH AFFAIRS: Hospitals around the country raise red flags and warn that if the high infection rate continues, patients will not get the care they need.

Elderly hand (illustrative)
Israeli revolutionary Alzheimer’s treatment to launch Phase 1 trial

The Phase I trial will specifically test ImmunoBrain Checkpoint’s proprietary antibody, IBC-Ab002, which is targeted to enhance the immune system and induce brain repair processes.

Jerusalem medtech company BrainsWay wins FDA approval to treat smoking

Using a patented coil placed inside a personalized helmet, a patient’s brain is stimulated by inductive electromagnetic fields to encourage it to change how it responds.

Coronavirus in Israel: Nation barrels toward closure as infections soar

Cabinet to approve lockdown plan Sunday • Hospitals warn of overload • 4,000 diagnosed

What I want to believe about COVID-19

It’s gotten so confusing. What’s safe and what’s not safe anymore?

11/09/2020
Pfizer
Pfizer CEO: Those who won't take vaccine will help coronavirus spread

Pfizer is one of the companies developing a vaccine for COVID-19, and is in late-stage testing for its inoculation and potential side effects.

Sheba Medical Center campus
Sheba Hospital, UAE’s APEX set for joint innovation hub in Gulf

The agreement will highlight a physical hub, a specialized team, leading start-ups, comprehensive data infrastructure and an expansive network.

Flu vaccine with 24% more efficacy coming to Israel this winter

Between 70% and 80% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions.

Gila Gamliel at a weekly cabinet meeting, March 10th, 2019
Environment Ministry seeks removal of plasticware from govt. offices

The idea was promoted by the Green Procurement Forum, a group of government ministries which is led by the accountant-general and the Environmental Protection Ministry.

Israeli researchers to develop medication for incurable eye disease

Retinitis pigmentosa is believed to affect around 1.5 million people globally, with 2,000-3,000 patients in Israel.

09/09/2020
Bottles labeled "Vaccine" stand near medical syringe in front of "Coronavirus COVID-19" display
Nine US, European COVID-19 vaccine developers sign pledge to uphold safety

Nine CEOs sign historic pledge to continue to make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals the top priority in development of the first COVID-19 vaccines.

By REUTERS
09/09/2020
Israel's Kamada plasma-based COVID treatment shows potential in 1/2 trial

In 11 of 12 enrolled patients, symptoms were observed to have improved, and the patients were on average subsequently released in under five days.

09/09/2020
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial on hold after adverse patient reaction

The report said suspension of the trial was having an impact on other AstraZeneca vaccine trials - as well as on clinical trials being conducted by other vaccine makers.

By REUTERS
09/09/2020
Prof. Jonathan Gershoni
3M awards TAU with major coronavirus research grant

The grant is part of a larger initiative, launched by the company, to invest in research progamas which have a potetional to develop means to contain the coronavirus.

Chocolate [Illustrative]
Alcohol, chocolate and porn consumption jumps during coronavirus pandemic

And surprisingly, men and women have been consuming all three at the same rates during the coronavirus pandemic.

cannabis weed marijuana medical plant pot joint
Cannabis may harm chance of successful treatment for cancer patients - study

Cannabis consumption by advanced cancer patients lightens symptoms and side effects, but may impair the success of immunotherapy.

Plastic surgeons wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Israel Cancer Association, about 4,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Israel each year and about 900 die of the disease.

Nearly half of all Greeks would say no to a coronavirus vaccine

The study also found that on average, 17% of Greeks opposed any requirements for wearing face masks in public areas. Among younger Greeks, the number jumped to 28%.

Orca who kept dead calf afloat for 17 days gives birth again

"Her new calf appeared healthy and precocious, swimming vigorously alongside its mother in its second day of free-swimming life."

08/09/2020
Are weddings behind the COVID-19 spike in NY Orthodox neighborhoods?

While many Orthodox leaders are exhorting community members to follow public health recommendations to wear masks and avoid large gatherings, others intend to flout rules.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
08/09/2020
Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv
Hebrew U. finds tobacco companies using loopholes to market to teens

Earlier in the year, new legislation concerning the marketing of tobacco products went into effect, which focuses on a prohibition of the display of tobacco products.

Netanyahu, opposition trade barbs as red cities chaos continues

Health minister makes emotional appeal to public: 'What about the rights of a citizen that has diabetes or lung disease?'

Robot relieves lab workers, processes coronavirus tests in rapid time

The robot was designed before the pandemic and YET engineers modified it to serve the needs of coronavirus labs

Cancer cells [illustrative]
Tel Aviv University attempts to treat skin cancer with nanotechnology

Their findings were published in the August 2020 issue of 'Advanced Therapeutics' as the cover article.

Coronavirus czar: The High Holy Days terrify me

He made clear that he is not considering locking down Bnei Brak because he does not have faith in the mayor or the residents, but because the infection rate is too high.

A volunteer receives an injection in a human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the nove
20% of Israelis would not take a COVID-19 vaccine - new survey

"The results of the survey are important but at the same time disturbing," said Prof. Shuki Shemer.

Israeli border policewmen chat with local residents at the entrance to Bnei Brak as Israel enforces
Gov't approves night curfew on 40 red cities amid coronavirus spike

Over the weekend, Israel surpassed 1,000 dead from coronavirus.

HANITA FOREST
What will happen to the trees of Israel?

In hardly any other country has planting trees changed the landscape and living conditions as much as it did in Israel last century. The question now is how to preserve the forests for the future.

By DOMINIK DOEHLER , ZAVIT/SCIENCE , ENVIRONMENT NEWS AGENCY
06/09/2020
Prof. Ronni Gamzu visits Daliyat al-Karmel on Saturday, September 5.
Israel surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths, red cities prep for lockdown

List of over 30 areas to be released today • Balad head: Gamzu program does not address unique characteristics of Arab society

Israeli researcher recommends emotional support for CML patients

“We know the data about stopping the treatment, we have all the clinical data. Doctors know who can stop and who can’t. But we don’t know the feelings of the patients,” said Giora Sharf.

Israeli hospitals using brand new respiratory system to fight coronavirus

The device has been in use since March at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

Medical cannabis initiative to try a new growing method

This new method involves growing the plant indoors, with the plant's roots suspended in midair, as water and other nutrients are injected directly into them.

France closes dozens of schools days into school year amid coronavirus

The incidents were related to "factors outside school, concerning people who could have been contaminated" during the summer break, according to France 24.

05/09/2020
Vaccine developer Moderna may slow COVID trials to add at-risk minorities

The company said it has enrolled 21,411 participants in the study so far. It had 17,000 participants as of last week, with 24% from communities of color.

By REUTERS
05/09/2020
Teens exercising in groups are more mentally resilient amid COVID - study

Participation in group sports, even over virtual platforms such as Zoom, was found to aid in both physical and mental resilience.

05/09/2020
A nurse holds China's SinoVac coronavirus potential vaccine for trials before administering it to a
WHO: We should see international COVID-19 vaccine rollout by mid-2021

"No vaccine is going to be mass-deployed until regulators are confident, governments are confident, and the WHO is confident it has met the minimum standard of safety and efficacy."

By REUTERS
04/09/2020
Technion discovers how to reduce cognitive damage from brain disease

Researchers: This breakthrough demonstrates a potential new treatment for cognitive damages in the brain white matter.

E-cigarettes are most widely used smoking cessation aid, but don't work

E-cigarettes are not effective in helping adults quit smoking despite being the most widely used product for smoking cessation-ahead of all FDA approved cessation aids combined.

How coronavirus effects the environment and vice versa -NASA studies

Among the researchers' projects are two that are currently exploring how the environment is impacting the spread of coronavirus by monitoring dust and weather, while six others explore the reverse.

A volunteer receives an injection in a human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the nove
COVID-19 vaccine could come in late October, WH says no pressure on timing

"No one is pressuring the FDA to do anything," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a press briefing.

By REUTERS
03/09/2020
J&J's coronavirus vaccine candidate prevents severe disease in hamsters

In the pre-clinical study, vaccinated animals lost less weight and had less virus in their lungs and other organs than unvaccinated animals.

By REUTERS
03/09/2020
Gov't publishes COVID-19 prayer service regulations for High Holy Days

Concern has been raised that fulfilling these conditions may be particularly difficult within ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods and cities, which typically have high population densities.

A blood glucose test is done to check sugar levels in a Type 2 Diabetes patient
Coronavirus could cause diabetes, new study finds

The virus attacks beta cells in the pancreas, which are responsible for producing insulin. Damaging these cells and interrupting this process leads to type-1 diabetes.

03/09/2020
Israeli army Technicians carry out a diagnostic test for coronavirus in a IDF lab in central Israel
Hebrew U researchers warn: Take ‘vigorous action’ against COVID-19 now

The research team, which has been publishing predictions throughout the first and second waves, also said that as many as 600 patients will be in critical condition within nine days.

Children with COVID-19 can have virus, antibodies simultaneously – study

The findings of the study are critical, as while there is plenty of emerging data regarding transmission and recovery time in adult patients, there is less data regarding pediatric patients.

Preparing for death means important conversations

The concept of a good death is in no way an oxymoron.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
03/09/2020
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