Jerusalem-based Betalin Therapeutics, that includes two Nobel laureates in chemistry, announce they may have found ‘the cure’ with their CEO, Dr. Nikolai Kunicher saying, “The patient should never have to inject insulin into his body again.”
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
A team of Jerusalem-based researchers and entrepreneurs claim they have a cure for diabetes that could hit the market as early as within the next few years.
Betalin Therapeutics has developed the first bio-artificial pancreas, composed of pig’s lung tissue and insulin secreting cells. The artificial pancreas would be implanted into the patient and connect with his or her blood vessels and then be able to measure the body’s sugar level and secrete an optimal amount of insulin needed to balance blood sugar. Continue Reading »
Israel, ranked in 6th spot globally, was the most efficient of the Middle East countries, along with Israelis having one of the world’s highest life expectancy at 82.
– Examine Bloomberg’s list of all 56 countries indexed.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
When it comes to providing patients with efficient treatment, Israel ranks among the world’s best, in sixth place.
Israel was also ranked highest in health care efficiency in the Middle East, second in the region was the United Arab Emirates, which ranked 10th overall, according to Bloomberg’s annual health care-efficiency index released this month.
Topping the index was Hong Kong in first place and Singapore in second. Continue Reading »
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.
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Guinness World Record holder, Holocaust survivor Mr. Israel Kristal of Haifa, Israel, is the current world’s Oldest living man.
Since Palestinian laws prohibit abortions if the pregnancy is a danger to the mother’s mental health, or even a result of rape or incest, most Palestinian women have no other choice but to turn to Israel, where laws are far more lenient.
“Fatma”, a mother of twins with a demanding workload, was distraught to discover she was pregnant again. Her doctor agreed to perform an abortion, she says, only after she promised to pretend the procedure had been a medical emergency.
Palestinian women stand on a beach in Gaza City during sunset on summer’s day – Photo: Reuters/Archive
“He felt sorry for me and told me, ‘If someone asks you how you ended up having an abortion, I will be in trouble and will lose my job, so say you were hemorrhaging at the time,'” said Fatma, who lives in the West Bank. Continue Reading »
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Israel ranks poorly for income, housing market & poverty, yet Israelis express high satisfaction with life, as the Jewish State places high for education levels & good health.
By Liron Sahar
Israelis suffer from low wages, a difficult housing market and poverty, according to a report released Sunday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the nation’s “well-being”.
Israeli looks in a dumpster – Photo: Motti Kimchi
Israel is highly-ranked in several areas, particularly level of satisfaction with life in the country, health and acquiring education. Continue Reading »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 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 »
Spray getting into vacationers’ eyes & lungs at Lake Kinneret is making them ill, then disappears after 2-3 days.
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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 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.
Ben-Gurion University researchers found that 1 in 37 Moroccan Jews carries 1 of the 2 mutations of the gene PCCA 2, that causes severe mental retardation & epilepsy in infants.
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Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva have identified the genetic mutation behind a hereditary disease that causes epilepsy and severe developmental delays among Moroccan Jews.
In light of the high carrier rate for the disorder, screening for the disease will likely be added to the routine genetic testing offered to couples of Moroccan Jewish heritage. – Photo: Dreamstime
The disease, which the researchers are calling Progressive cerebello-cerebral Atrophy, type 2, is caused by mutations in the VPS53 gene.
Israeli surgeons at Kaplan Hospital ready to reconstruct Alexander S.’s shrapnel-ridden hand.
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A Ukrainian wounded on the streets of Kiev in clashes between protesters and police arrived for treatment in Israel on Wednesday and six more expected were to arrive Thursday, according to a report by Walla news website.
Ukrainian Alexander S. hospitalized in Israel. – Photo Courtesy: Kaplan Hospital
Surgeons at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot will attempt in the next couple of days to reconstruct the crushed and shrapnel-ridden hand of 20-year-old Alexander S., the first Ukrainian to arrive in Israel after riots and demonstrations that brought down the country’s president.
Israeli Health Ministry expert says no similar in-depth research has been performed anywhere.
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Medical cannabis has been getting a lot of good press in recent years. Reports and patients’ testimonies of how they benefited from ingesting the plant or its extract have spread rapidly and the Health Ministry’s medical cannabis unit issues some 50 new permits for using it weekly.
Medical cannabis. – Photo: Emil Salman
But while the demand for cannabis is soaring, many questions remain open regarding its effects. An Israeli study now aims for the first time to find out whether patients experience any after-effects, how many of them stop using it and why.