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.

Purim miracle: 13-year-old COVID-19 patient leaves ICU in time for holiday

“Getting my son back is a gift,” said Shiri Avichezer, whose son Noam had the virus. “Thank God, he surfaced from all of this.”

Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine is safe - FDA staff

J&J's vaccine was 66% effective in preventing COVID-19 against multiple variants in a global trial involving nearly 44,000 people, the company said.


COVID-19: AstraZeneca vaccine stronger if 3 months between doses - study

The findings are not without precedent, with the study noting that other vaccines, like those for the flu, Ebola and malaria, also provide greater protection after longer intervals between doses.

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Israeli PixCell's device to help in US rural health research

The HemoScreen device is FDA cleared to perform the Complete Blood Count (CBC), which can be used at the point of testing.

Deng Wei poses for a picture in front of her grandmother's and father's tombs, both of whom died due

China's bid to stop Wuhan COVID-19 spread cut deaths from other causes

The study showed there were around 6,000 additional deaths in Wuhan over the January-March 2020 period, including 4,573 caused by pneumonia — most of which were COVID-related.

An illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the 2019 N

Teachers may play role in in-school COVID-19 transmission - US CDC

Transmission from teachers resulted in about half of 31 school-related cases, according to the investigation.


Israeli-made treatment for non-melenoma skin cancer in development

Preclinical in-vitrio research done by MediWound as well as existing research have found that bromelain has anti-cancer properties.

Coronavirus: Israeli gov't approves Purim night curfew

Purim begins Thursday at sundown. The curfew will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Coronavirus in Israel: More children to return to school on Wednesday

More children can enjoy pre-Purim festivities in their classrooms.

FDA to allow Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be stored at higher temps - NYT

In December, the FDA granted emergency use authorization to the vaccine and current label to be stored at temperatures between -80ºC and -60ºC (-112ºF to -76ºF).


COVID-19 highlights importance of doctor-patient communication - experts

External factors have a huge impact on the vaccination process.

Biological antibiotic alternative works against tuberculosis - TAU study

Antibiotics have for the past century been doctors' main weapon in the battle against bacterial diseases, but many diseases are becoming resistant.

Jerusalem's Mayor visiting a village in east Jerusalem

COVID vaccine: Israel sets up station for Palestinians in east Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion visited Kfar Aqb, located near the Qalandiya Crossing, to hear the needs of the residents of the neighborhood & take a closer look at the many problems they face.

Scientists found how gut microbiota can adjust genome to environment

Reversible genetic inversion helps the gut adapt to incessant change, and the key to that is sugar.

Coronavirus in Israel: Gov’t to meet Tuesday about Purim curfew

Health and Transportation ministries reduce number of people allowed into Israel each day to 200, only days after they voted to increase it to 2,000.

A supermassive black hole in an undated NASA artist's concept illustration.

Hole lotta noise: Israeli scientists hear radio flares from black hole

Entirely new models will need to be developed to understand this new, unheard of phenomenon.

11-year-old Liel Dubinsky

COVID-19 in Israel: 11-year-old hospitalized in ICU after catching virus

Liel Dubinsky told The Jerusalem Post, “Go get vaccinated. This is not a game.”

What is the impact of music on our ability to understand? - study

How does music affect our emotions? • How does it change our ability to learn?

Israeli health equity and innovation hub launches in Chicago

“We have learned many things from the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said during a kick-off event held late last week.

A teenager wears a costume as a reference to the coronavirus during the Jewish holiday of Purim, a c

COVID-19 czar: If Purim causes new wave, Israel may need another lockdown

Ugandan variant identified in Israel, 90% of new cases are UK variant • Knesset Law Committee extends mandatory quarantine in hotels by 24h • Israir to start flights to Eilat

Green passport vs. vaccination certificate - let’s make it easy

What is a vaccination certificate? * Where do I get a green passport? * And what if I recovered from COVID-19?

Israeli supply of Pfizer vaccines reportedly coming to an end

According to a senior health fund official, the Pfizer deal was for 10 million vaccines - enough to inoculate 5 million people.

Coronavirus: Vaccinated non-residents will get certificate within 10 days

Israel has allowed also people who are not entitled to healthcare to get inoculated against the virus, including people who have Israeli citizenship but are not residents.

Back to life: Health Ministry launches campaign to encourage vaccination

Passport holders will be able to go out to restaurants with friends again, go to the gym, attend rock concerts and "sing along with every word," as well as go to cinemas and theaters.

50% of mild, moderate COVID patients still have symptoms after 6 months - study

Participants were interviewed up to four times over the course of the study.

A simulated image of a black hole.

Israeli scientists measure Hawking radiation from sonic black hole

The findings are significant because they included the discovery of phenomena not part of Hawking's original analysis.

Israeli firm tests contact-free diagnostic tool for dialysis patients

The use of automated, machine-based solutions in healthcare has become a more prominent issue in the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus vaccine 99% effective in preventing serious disease, death

On Sunday, 500,000 more children return to school • Malls, gyms open up as infection declines

Bat Yam mall opens against coronavirus regulations, Feb. 11, 2020

Coronavirus: What opens on Sunday? The full list

The government approved the coronavirus cabinet's recommendations on Friday to open up more of Israel on Sunday, February 21.

Former deputy IDF chief of staff Matan Vilnai is seen addressing The Jerusalem Post Annual Conferenc

Matan Vilnai: COVID-19 is a war – China won; Israel lost

Some 4,636 people died of COVID-19 in China out of a population of 1,398,000 (0.00033%). In Israel, 5,509 people had died as of Friday out of a population of 9,053,000 (0.06%).

Natural disasters lead to decreased crime, increased charity - study

While media has popularized the notion of widespread looting and chaos in the wake of major disasters, the communities impacted by disasters actually see a decrease in crime.

'Something we've never seen' - Mars rover beams back selfie

The image was taken at the very end of the so-called "seven-minutes-of-terror" descent sequence.

Israeli border policewmen chat with local residents at the entrance to Bnei Brak as Israel enforces

Coronavirus: Israeli-made nasal spray reduced infection at mass gathering

Some 2.4% of Traffix users were infected with the coronavirus while 10% of non-users were infected.

Five Israeli teams fighting for a COVID-19 cure

CORONA AFFAIRS: Medical experts say the vaccines work, but they are only a partial answer.

Health workers pack dead chickens in Hong Kong.

Russia reports world's first case of human infection with H5N8 bird flu

Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain have been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa in recent months but only in poultry.


Cell therapy co. Gamida Cell announces USD 75 m. financing

Gamida Cell is a cell therapy company working to develop and commercialize cures for blood cancers and blood diseases.

TAU to launch nanosatellite to ISS, Earth's orbit aboard NASA rocket

The nanosatellite, the first ever to be wholly designed, developed, assembled, and tested at an Israeli university, will measure cosmic radiation around the earth.

Coronavirus: Health Ministry officials hold COVID assessment in Ramallah

It is extremely rare for Israeli officials to go to Ramallah for a meeting.

World's first cloned ferret could help rescue its endangered species

All black-footed ferrets living today are descended from only seven individuals, leading to a very limited genetic diversity.

A vial of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen as medical staff are

Pfizer submits data showing COVID-19 vaccine's stability in refrigerators

If approved, the less onerous storage requirements would provide a big logistical relief because the vaccine for now has to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius for longer periods.


Israeli MyBiotics to collaborate with Ferring, Rebiotix on vaginal infection

The agreement builds on the existing collaboration between MyBiotics and Ferring in developing live microbiota-based therapeutics for women’s health

A year since Israel's first COVID patient: Looking back

No one could have envisioned the year of the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Infection down 75% after first Pfizer shot

“This is the first study assessing effectiveness of a single vaccine dose in real life conditions."

Visibly pregnant 34-year-old Narkis receives her coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2021.

Pfizer, BioNTech start testing COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women

Pregnant women are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19, and many public health officials have recommended some women in high-risk professions take coronavirus vaccines.

The first images arrive moments after NASA's Perseverance Mars roverspacecraft successfully touched

NASA's astrobiology rover Perseverance makes historic Mars landing

"Touchdown confirmed," Swati Mohan, the lead guidance and operations specialist announced from the control room. "Perseverance safely on the surface of Mars."

A member of the IDF medical team tends to Syrian women and children

Delayed treatment of some shooting injuries may have better outcome: study

The study found that patients treated at least two weeks after injury faced less complications than those treated within 24 hours after injury.

A woman wearing kimono makes her way at Asakusa district, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ou

Japan finds new COVID-19 variant in 91 patients

"It may be more contagious than conventional strains, and if it continues to spread domestically, it could lead to a rapid rise in cases."

A person walks past the Pfizer Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New

Pfizer to test COVID-19 vaccine engineered for South African variant

The company is proposing to do a Phase I clinical trial of a booster shot of that prototype vaccine that it would test against a booster for the current vaccine.


Coronavirus: What’s the vaccination rate in your city? Find it here

While the country boasts the most successful vaccination campaign in the world so far, significant gaps exist between different municipalities.

Life expectancy in US falls by one year amid coronavirus, most since WWII

The numbers represent the largest drop in life expectancy for Americans since World War II, when life expectancy fell 2.9 years between 1942 and 1943.

Pollution could be a sign of alien civilization, study finds

Many compounds that can possibly be found in the atmospheres in other planets can often only be made through industry.


Coronavirus: A hyped-up flu or a fatal pandemic?

Please keep safe.


Pfizer: South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine protection

It is not clear if the shot will be effective against the mutation, the companies said on Wednesday.

The sun rises over the Dead Sea, Israel

Ozone can work as coronavirus disinfectant - Israeli study

The researchers noted that while ozone is most known for being in the atmosphere and blocking harmful UV rays, it is also a strong oxidant and disinfectant employed in water and wastewater treatment.

Yuli Edelstein visits a vaccination center

Coronavirus: 1/1,000 chance of contracting COVID-19 if vaccinated – study

Knowledge Center: Nearly four out of five new cases under 40 years old

Heartbeat flatlining (Illustrative)

COVID: More Israelis die in January than in any month in 20 years

Of the dead, some 1,459 people died from COVID-19 – also the highest in any one month since the start of the pandemic.

A health care worker prepares a coronavirus vaccine

Coronavirus: Willingness to be vaccinated linked to unemployment - study

The study is the first collaboration between Galilee Medical Center and the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine at Bar-Ilan University and the UAE's Gulf Medical University.

Metro Kav taxis

Meet the company disinfecting Israel's public transportation

Auto-Cool’s advanced ADS3000 system disinfects the coronavirus in air conditioning ducts from the interior of the vehicle.

A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

1% of Middle East citizens have received first shot of COVID vaccine

Israel is part of the European report, so is not included in these numbers.

Coronavirus: Poll finds Israel's vaccination rates vary by political view

Center-left respondents were found to be more likely to have received both vaccine doses.

COVID-19: Bolsonaro seeks emergency approval for Israeli 'miracle cure'

The EXO-CD24 nasal spray saw a near 100% success rate in Phase I clinical trials, which will also be expanded to Greece's largest hospital.


Coronavirus: 25-week-old fetus dies of COVID-19 in Israel

To date, in only between 1% and 3% of cases has a pregnant mom directly passed on the virus to her baby.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer vaccines

Netanyahu: In talks to establish Moderna, Pfizer vaccine plants in Israel

“I am negotiating with them to build two plants in Israel that will turn Israel into an international center in the fight against coronavirus."

Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for 'defending science'

Fauci "has been widely praised for his courage in speaking truth to power in a highly charged political environment."

Technion solves decades-old problem surrounding protein synthesis

Until now, scientists had no choice but to allow proteins to fold in whichever way it falls, with the process taking hours to days with expected loss in material along the way.

Axiom Space Station

Israeli start-up develops space lab to advance medicines in low gravity

ILTV spoke with the co-founder and CEO of Spacepharma Yossi Yamin to discuss the new technology, and its implications for the scientific community.

WHO lists AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

A WHO statement said it had approved the vaccine as produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India.


Ben-Gurion Uni. researchers develop fast way to help manage schizophrenia

Clozapine had been known to help those who are dealing with schizophrenia. However, up until now, extensive blood checks were needed to measure its effectiveness. Now a simple pin prick is enough.

THE HADASSAH-UNIVERSITY Medical Center campus is seen in Ein Kerem.

Hadassah rolls out outpatient antibody cocktail infusion to reduce COVID

The treatment lasts around three hours, including observation.

Seven unique variants of coronavirus found across United States

The exact origins of each of the viral mutation lineages are yet to be discovered. Some of the strains are prominent across the Midwest, others across the coasts.

Israeli stroke therapy granted FDA breakthrough device status

“Stroke is a debilitating condition with limited recovery options, creating a huge unmet need."

Sheba Medical Center team at the Coronavirus isolation ward of Sheba Medical Center unit, in Ramat G

Pregnant women in Sheba coronavirus wards to get mini ultrasound device

“The challenges of the pandemic have accelerated the need for remote patient care during pregnancy.”

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syring

Coronavirus: Where are Israel’s Moderna vaccines?

Originally, the Moderna vaccine was intended to be used to inoculate Israel’s homebound community, but now the effort proves to be too complicated.

94% drop in symptomatic COVID cases among Israel's vaccinated - study

Data showed 94% fewer symptomatic coronavirus cases and 92% fewer cases of serious illness among those vaccinated.

Patient reinfected with South African COVID variant in serious condition

In late January, an Israeli who was infected with the novel coronavirus in August was found to be reinfected with the South African variant.


Gaps in COVID vaccine roll out could breed new variants - survey

"We will only stop the pandemic as one world:...a nation by nation approach will ultimately fail because it will leave hot spots for new variants to spread."

Under 0.1% of Pfizer double vaccinated got coronavirus

Maccabi: Data proves unequivocally that the vaccine is very effective.

Coronavirus: Infection down, vaccination up - cabinet to meet Sunday

The Health Ministry has targeted February 23 as the start of the next phase of its plan.

A truck with an electric sign calls on Tel Aviv residents to get vaccinated

COVID-19: Israel’s reproduction number hits 0.88, lowest in three months

The number of serious patients is also on the decline, especially among people 60 and older.

Coronavirus: Oxford U. to test COVID vaccine response on children

The new mid-stage trial will determine whether the vaccine is effective on people between the ages of 6 and 17, according to an emailed statement from the university.


Coronavirus: When will normal life return for vaccinated people?

Livny, who lives in Jerusalem, was among the first Israelis to take the shot, and became fully vaccinated in January.


New study sheds light on the causes of cold sores, herpes flare-ups

Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) is one of the most common human pathogens in existence, present in approximately 40–90% of the population worldwide.

Students from Technion, Cornell Tech face challenges caused by COVID

The first place winner of this contest was the idea of a portable defibrillator, called Defi.

A DISPENSING chemist prepares drugs for a chemotherapy treatment in a sterile room at Antoine- Lacas

Antimicrobial technologies boom during COVID-19, IDTechex finds

Humanity is seeking new ways to coat surfaces to eliminate bacteria and viruses, the antimicrobial tech industry grows as never before.


Israeli startup working to develop chickens resistant to bird flu

"As is well known, the coronavirus has also been transmitted from animals to humans, so the risk to public health is real."

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Researchers from Ben-Gurion U. find method for diagnosing brain conditions

The new method, which can also help diagnose epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and stroke, is based on an analysis of EEG patterns using algorithms.

A health worker draws a dose of the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at the vac

Pfizer dose provokes ‘strong’ immune response in previously infected

Nearly 3.7 million Israelis have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

A healthcare worker prepares to administer a dose of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-

Why Israel could force COVID vaccination, but won’t

“It is very bad to force people to vaccinate,” said Prof. Yuval Feldman of Bar-Ilan University, adding that forcing people to do things doesn't usually work.

Medical personnel at Hadassah-University Medical Center is inoculated

59% decrease in new COVID cases over age 60 - new data

Deputy A-G says legislation needed to require teachers to take vaccines.

Immunai co-founders (from left) Luis Voloch and Noam Solomon

Israel’s Immunai hopes to reprogram immune system with $60m. funding

Immunai is on a mission to reprogram the immune system to advance personalized medicine to better detect, diagnose and treat diseases, company co-founder Noam Solomon told The Jerusalem Post.

UK coronavirus may undermine vaccine - UK genetic surveillance head

That new mutation has been designated a "Variant of Concern."

Schools reopen after third national coronavirus lockdown, Feb. 11, 2020

Israel Education Ministry: Everything you need to know on return to schools

All the questions you may have are answered.

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