Tag Archive for Health News

Israeli & Harvard researchers succeed in ‘activating’ immune system against cancer

A team of international researchers from Harvard and Bar-Ilan University in Israel have discovered the specific mechanism that allows one’s immune system to attack cancer cells in a particularly efficient manner, and most effectively against lung cancer and melanoma.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

A new mechanism for activating the immune system against cancer cells allows immune cells to detect and destroy cancer cells better than before, according to a study recently published this week in the journal Nature.

The study was led by Prof. Nick Haining, of Harvard Medical School, and co-authored by Prof. Erez Levanon, doctoral student Ilana Buchumansky, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University, and an international team. Continue Reading »

Jewish nurse breastfeeds Palestinian infant as mother hospitalized with serious injury

 

Pediatric nurse at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem volunteers to tend to 9-month-old Arab child from Hebron, after father killed and mother seriously injured in a car accident.

By Yael Freidson

 

During an entire shift in the pediatric emergency room at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, nurse Ula Ostrowski-Zack nursed a nine-month-old Palestinian baby from Hebron whose mother was seriously injured and his father killed in a car accident.

“His aunts were surprised that a Jew agreed to breastfeed him, but I told them that every mother would do it,” she said.

Hadassah Hospital Nurse Ostrowski-Zack, with baby Yaman – courtesy via Ynet

On Friday, Yaman’s parents collided head-on with an armored bus on Route 60. Continue Reading »

BREAKING: Former Israeli President Peres admitted to hospital after suffering stroke

 

Israel’s TV2 confirmed that the 93 yr-old Peres is in serious condition.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

Former president Shimon Peres was admitted to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan on Tuesday evening after feeling unwell.

 

View original The Jerusalem Post publication at:
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Peres-suffers-stroke-admitted-to-hospital-467641

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Mazel Tov! 60 yr-old woman gives birth to first child in central Israel

This morning at the Kaplan Medical Center, a 60-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy and strong baby girl, during a successful delivery fraught with challenges.

By Tal Polon

 

A 60-year-old woman has given birth at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot to a healthy baby girl, Channel 10 reported this morning (Tuesday). The girl weighed 2.2 kilograms (4.8 pounds).

Newborn delivery (illustrative) – Reuters

Dr. Yael Naaman, one of the doctors who oversaw the birth, noted that “the baby was born healthy and strong, and has been passed to a child specialist for further treatment.”

The labor, however, was fraught with challenges. Continue Reading »

Despite tensions of violence, WHO reports Israelis have 6th highest life expectancies in the world

Notwithstanding the current knife attacks ravishing the Jewish State & the effect of anxiety from Palestinian violence directed at all Israelis in general, the World Health Organization reports Israel’s average life expectancy is 82 1/2 years, the 6th highest in world.

By Erez Linn & News Agencies

 

A World Health Organization report on global life expectancy has found that Israelis have one of the highest life expectancies in the world. According to the report, released Thursday, Israel ranks sixth in the world, with an average life expectancy of 82.5 years.

Guinness World Record holder, Holocaust survivor Mr. Israel Kristal of Haifa, Israel, is the current world’s Oldest living man.

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Angry ‘Palestinian refugees’ close UNRWA facilities for ending free healthcare

After being required to partially pay for their health care, Palestinians in Lebanon close down 4 UNRWA offices in their 2nd day of protest, demanding 100% free, UN funded treatment.

By Ari Yashar

 

“Palestinian refugees” living in Lebanon on Friday closed UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) offices across the country in protest for the second day in a row, in protest for being made to partially pay for their health care.

The protest on Thursday shut down UNRWA offices in Tripoli in the north as well as Ain El Hilweh and Mieh Mieh “refugee camps” in the south, and on Friday the UNRWA office in south Lebanon was again shut in protest, reports the Lebanese state-run National News Agency.
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Israel develops revolutionary prostate cancer treatment at Weizmann Institute

 

Prof. Avigdor Scherz & Prof. Yoram Salomon of the Weizmann Institute develop a groundbreaking treatment for prostate cancer patients that targets the tumor without damaging genitalia, urinary tract, or general quality of life.

By Rotem Elizera

 

The incidence of prostate cancer, especially among men, in Israel has increased in the past two decades. However, Professor Avigdor Scherz and Professor Yoram Salomon of the Weizmann Institute have developed a groundbreaking treatment, bearing good news for the patients diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Special prostate cancer treatment. – Photo: Yariv Katz

Prostate cancer patients face a dilemma today: Undergoing prostate surgery and radiation, which often causes erectile dysfunction and urinary retention, or staying under “active surveillance,” which could allow the cancer to metastasize. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Technion Developed a ‘Self-Healing’ Electronic Skin

 

Israeli scientists in Haifa used a new synthetic polymer to develop a self-healing, flexible sensor, giving it the ability to “heal” skin in less than a day.

 

Imagine an artificial skin that heals itself. Imagine a prosthetic limb that has a sense of touch.

These incredible advances are a step closer to reality thanks to chemical engineering researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

Prof. Hossam Haick – Photo: Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa

Inspired by the natural healing properties of human skin, Prof. Hossam Haick and postdoctoral researcher Tan-Phat Huynh used a new kind of synthetic polymer to develop a self-healing, flexible sensor. Continue Reading »

Medical cannabis to be dispensed in Israeli pharmacies ‘soon’

 

After the approval by ministry’s professional medical board, Health Minister Litzman’s initiative to legally dispense medical cannabis at local pharmacies will be implemented.

By Moshe Cohen

 

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman’s plan to make it easier for Israelis to obtain medical marijuana is set to be enacted in the coming days, Army Radio reported on Thursday.

According to Army Radio, Litzman’s plan to sell medical cannabis in pharmacies, as well as an expansion of the conditions for which it could be prescribed by doctors, has received initial Health Ministry approval.

Although Litzman is Health Minister, such plans must be approved by a professional medical board, and such approval was received this week, the report said. Continue Reading »

Israeli Farmers Look to Medical Cannabis as Premium Crop

 

Many see the potential of medical marijuana, arguing it could be more lucrative to Israel than the newly found natural gas fields.

By Israel Today Staff

 

Israel is busy sorting out regulation for offshore natural gas reserves that are expected to be a boon for the local economy, while some argue that medical cannabis offers the Jewish state an even bigger financial opportunity.

Earlier this month, the Israel Loss Adjusters Association (ILAA) held a conference to discuss how Israel’s farmers could benefit from the growing global market for medical cannabis.

“The US cannabis market stands at $35 billion a year,” noted ILAA Chairman Doron Havkin.
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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 »

Historic Decision: Israel to Dispense Medical Marijuana At Pharmacies

Admitting to have never seen marijuana until last week, Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, has decided that local pharmacies will be allowed to dispense prescription pot, under supervision, instead of the current inconvenience of only 2 locations in Israel.

By Yehuda Shlezinger & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Medical marijuana will soon be sold in pharmacies across Israel, Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, who functions as the de facto health minister, announced on Monday during a Knesset committee meeting.

A licensed grower inspects medical marijuana plants in one of the greenhouses used to grow the drug in Israel

Marijuana will be sold to patients with prescriptions, and will be controlled like any other prescription medication. Continue Reading »

Israeli Scientists Measure Sniff-Response In Children to Detect Autism

Rehovot researchers discover breathing response to foul & pleasant scents in children with autism are different than other children.

By i24news

 

A team of Israeli scientists has discovered autistic children’s unique sniffing habits may help doctors diagnose the condition at a much younger age than was previously possible.

Young girl smelling flower – Photo: AFP/Marty Melville

Doctoral student Liron Rozenkrantz and Professor Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot believe the key to detecting autism in children may be reliant on the latter’s response to pleasant and unpleasant odors.

The study, titled “A Mechanistic Link between Olfaction and Autism Spectrum Disorder,” examines internal action models (IAMs), brain templates for sensory-motor coordination based on sensory reactions. Continue Reading »

Israeli innovation combats stunted growth in children

Clinical trials with dietary supplement formulated by Israeli scientists have children growing 1-2 centimeters more than the group taking placebos.

 

A new dietary supplement developed at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel has successfully helped children in the bottom 10th percentile for height and weight grow taller and gain weight. The supplement, named Up-Pro, will be available in stores in the near future.

A new dietary supplement has been shown to help children in the bottom 10th percentile for height and weight to grow taller and gain weight [Illustrative] – Photo: GettyImages

Studies show that children who took the supplement grew 1-2 centimeters taller than the control group, who were given placebos. Continue Reading »

Trans fats foods prohibited from University of Haifa campus

 

In efforts to contribute to the health of its students, faculty & staff, trans fats, a type of unsaturated fats that have been found to raise the risk of coronary heart disease, has been banished from the University campus.

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH

 

Taking a leaf from the pro-health book of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the University of Haifa has become the first to bar the sale of non-healthy trans fat food on campus.

Food [illustrative]

Healthy Food [illustrative]. – Photo:REUTERS

The university, which has a school of public health and is proud of its environmentally friendly “green campus,” also continues its efforts to contribute to the health of its students, faculty and other staff. Continue Reading »