Tag Archive for Health & Body

68 Israel Border Policemen shed 565 kilograms in ‘healthy lifestyle’ boot camp for overweight cops

68 overweight Border Police trainees underwent a ‘healthy lifestyle’ physical education course with each participant assigned a personal trainer & dietician to ensure they completed boot camp as proper warriors.

By Omri Efraim


Sixty-eight overweight Border Police soldiers who recently joined the IDF lost a total 565 kilograms as a result of a highly successful special diet program adapted to each individual soldier.

Border police trainees in weight loss programBorder police trainees in weight loss program

Hundreds of Border Police soldiers from the March 15 recruitment cycle stood excitedly on the roll call ground of the force’s training base, waiting to receive their warrior pins at the end of their grueling training. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Heart Disease Mortality Rate In Great Shape Despite Pressures From Terrorism/War

Israel’s average mortality rate from heart diseases stands at less than 200 deaths per/100,000, which places Israel in a respectable 4th place according to the OECD report.

By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or


A report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has ranked Israel’s mortality rate for cardiovascular disease the fourth-lowest among OECD nations. Japan was ranked first, with the lowest rate of mortality from heart disease.

Heart disease mortality rate among lowest (Illustration) – Photo: GettyImages

The average mortality rate from heart disease in Israel stands at fewer than 200 deaths per 100,000 population; 161 among women and 220 among men. Continue Reading »

Haifa University: Salt helps stave off depression

Feeling blue? New Israeli research shows people may crave salt because it helps avert depression.

By Andrew Tobin



Humans consume more sodium than any other animal. Scarcely a meal is eaten without salt, anywhere in the world. But unlike the other basic tastes – sweetness, sourness and savoriness – we seek out saltiness at a level that doesn’t come close to being explained by the mineral’s known benefits.

The link between salt and the blues: The hormone system that regulates salt appetite also regulates depression.

The link between salt and the blues: The hormone system that regulates salt appetite also regulates depression. – Photo: Alex Levac

Now, researchers at the University of Haifa’s Department of Psychology say that people may crave salt party because its main component, sodium, helps fight depression. Continue Reading »

Possible deadly pandemic from Saudi Arabia threatens the planet

With no vaccine or anti-viral treatment for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS),  Saudi health authorities say the disease, which originated in camels, may simply die out.


A deadly virus that is spreading at record speed through Saudi Arabia could go global later this year when the 2014 haj (Muslim pilgrimage) begins, according to an article published by BuzzFeed.

Health workers

Health workers wear face masks at the General Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this week. – Photo: AFP

The total number of confirmed infections of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has jumped by a third in the kingdom in the past week. Continue Reading »

Kinneret allergy afflicting water-sport enthusiasts at Sea of Galilee

Spray getting into vacationers’ eyes & lungs at Lake Kinneret is making them ill, then disappears after 2-3 days.



Vacationers and water-sport enthusiasts at Lake Kinneret have been complaining of rashes, sneezing, tearing eyes and breathing difficulties. The phenomenon even has its own name: Kinneret allergy.

People at Lake Kinneret on the first day of Sukkot.

People at Lake Kinneret last September, on the first day of Sukkot. . Watch out for the spray.- Photo: GIl Eliyahu

Most complaints have come from windsurfers and kitesurfers who get water sprayed in their eyes and lungs. The increase in cases in recent years has made scientists wonder if changes in the lake over the past two decades are responsible.

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