Tag Archive for Medical

Mom’s melanoma led to Israeli device for early detection

The startup’s patented prototype scanner, BlueSky, is based on DOSI technology that scientist/researcher Ofir Aharon PhD invented, providing real-time data that shows early deterioration of skin lesions before they become pigmented.

By Abigail Klein Leichman


Ofir Aharon was in the last year of his PhD studies in electro-optics when his mother was diagnosed with melanoma.

Skin cancer illustration – Mayo Clinic, Patient Care & Health Information

Learning all he could about this deadly form of skin cancer, Aharon came to the conclusion that more than half of malignant melanoma lesions (usually, moles) fail to be diagnosed in the first two years after they appear – at a stage when treatment could be lifesaving. Continue Reading »

France undergoes ‘Medical Brain Drain’ as medical professionals flock to Israel

With Israeli authorities expediting the recognition of French medical credentials that make the transition easier for seasoned professionals, the upsurge in antisemitism in France is convincing their doctors & medical field associates, many of whom hold prestigious and influential leadership positions, to pack-up and leave France with their families for Israel, in increasing numbers.



Michel Alimi says he was shopping at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket just a couple of hours before an Islamist struck on January 9, 2015, shooting four Jews dead and holding 16 hostage before being killed by French police. Now, he, his wife and one of his daughters are moving to Israel. Continue Reading »

Rambam surgeons first to implant new Israeli device to remedy congestive heart failure

With millions of sufferers in the world who suffer from this cardiac insufficiency, Israeli doctors are optimistic that this new development will be a breakthrough, since up until now, congestive heart failure has had no definitive medical solution.



Millions of people around the world suffer from congestive heart failure, which occurs when the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain blood flow and meet the body’s needs. Signs and symptoms commonly include shortness of breath, excessive tiredness and leg swelling. The disease, which can be fatal, has no medical solution.

Robert McClaken, 72, of Canada recently made history by becoming the first person in the world to undergo the surgery for cardiac insufficiency. Continue Reading »

Israeli discovery could allow early Alzheimer diagnosis with simple blood test


The Tel Aviv University researchers’ study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, describe a gene that codes for a particular protein, leading to neurotransmission. As a result, future therapies should be able to halt its progression.



A recent discovery by researchers at Tel Aviv University may soon change the way Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed and treated.

The study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, describe a gene that codes for a particular protein that researchers discovered.


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The protein then turns off signals that it normally produces.

That process, in turn, blocks the brain from moving brain chemicals in their regular manner, also known as neurotransmission, thereby contributing to Alzheimer’s disease. Continue Reading »

Alzheimer breakthrough in Israel by Tel Aviv University researchers


Israeli researchers discover a way to correct the genetic flaw that causes Alzheimer’s.
• Lab mice who were treated with Tel Aviv University’s new therapy, recovered from the illness. Researcher, “We believe our study opens up new directions for the development of effective treatment of Alzheimer’s.”

By Ilan Gattegno


Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a new approach to innovative treatment of Alzheimer’s, providing hope to those with the degenerative disease. They have found a way to correct the flaw in the gene that causes Alzheimer’s. Lab mice treated with the new therapy recovered from the illness.

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Researchers Professor Danny Michaelson and doctoral student Anat Bam-Kagan focused on the ApoE4 gene, which is present in 60% of Alzheimer patients. Continue Reading »

Breakthrough discovery in autism made by Israeli researchers

Dr. Idan Menashe from Ben-Gurion University: Now that we’ve found that the genomic length of autism-related genes is unusually long in relation to other genes manifested in the brain, we estimate that within 5 years, it will be possible to test for autism prior to pregnancy.

Gadi Golan and Israel Hayom Staff


Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev have made a significant breakthrough in a unique study to better understand autism, discovering a particular evolutionary signature in autism genes. The breakthrough brings doctors one step closer to understanding the genetic mechanism for the disorder, and being able to diagnose it prior to birth. Continue Reading »

Israeli doctors in Jerusalem cure paralyzed 6 year-old girl


The 6 year-old child was paralyzed from the neck down after falling and injuring her neck, but an incredible group of specialists who were gathered at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem managed to restore function to her hands and legs, allowing young Ruth Rosenthal to walk & play again.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Six-year-old Ruthie Rosenthal, who suffered from paralysis after she fell and injured her neck, has managed to get back up and walking.

Ruthie, a smiling, happy, Down’s Syndrome child, fell about a year ago and as a result, her hands and legs were paralyzed and she was forced to use a wheelchair, according to a report in Israel Hayom.

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REPORT: Melanoma breakthrough made by Israeli researchers


Researcher led by Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Carmit Levy have discovered the method by which cancer cells inflict themselves on the dermis, now allowing scientists to develop new drugs to cure the disease.



The mechanism by which melanoma – the most aggressive and deadly type of skin cancer – spreads through the body has been discovered by Tel Aviv University and German Cancer Research (DKFZ) researchers.

Medical student conducting research – Photo: TAU’s Sackler School of Medicine


The “breakthrough,” just published as the lead article in the journal Nature Cell Biology has raised hope that it will lead to the cancer becoming “nonthreatening and easily curable.” Continue Reading »

FDA approves Israeli-made theraputic contact lense

Patients on a waiting list for a corneal transplant or who’s suffering from chronic pain will benefit from the Israeli developed contact lens that are now entering the market.



The FDA has approved a new therapeutic contact lens that will help treat corneal edema, a common eye condition in adults that causes swelling, a build-up of fluid, blurred vision, haziness and scarring. EyeYon, the Israeli company responsible for this development, created these special lenses in an effort to increase the amount of time eye drops can remain in the eye in order to help alleviate symptoms of the condition which is common after cataract and corneal transplant surgeries. Continue Reading »

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 »

Israeli doctors save 3 yr-old Gaza child from paralysis


Because of a massive tumor extending to his neck & spine, 3 yr-old Sliman was “on the brink of paralysis” in his lower extremities until doctors at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem performed a procedure done only a handful of times in history.

By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or


A rare procedure performed at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has prevented a 3-year-old boy from the Gaza Strip from becoming paralyzed. The boy was released from the hospital walking on his own.

Three-year-old Sliman from Gaza recovers from surgery at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem – Photo: Hadassah Medical Center

Sliman, 3, had developed a benign tumor in his chest, which not only interfered with his respiratory system but also caused a malformation in his spine and limited his range of motion. Continue Reading »

Ashdod to get Israel’s newest, most modern hospital


Directors of the new Ashdod hospital, in conjunction with Nefesh B’Nefesh, went to America to enlist the help of US medical professionals to work in Israel’s newest, state of the art hospital.

By Itamar Eichner


Candidates for Aliyah with medical backgrounds recently attended an event in New York hosted by the directors of a new state of the art hospital being built in Ashdod, in partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh.

Israel currently has a shortage of doctors, and is looking abroad at potential new immigrants to help fill the gap.

“If you’re considering making aliyah, it’s important to keep the security situation in mind. Continue Reading »

US cannabis firms invest millions in Israeli patents on medical marijuana


Already a pioneer in cutting-edge agriculture, the Jewish State has been attracting American companies looking to bring Israel’s medical marijuana know-how to an ever-growing market back home.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


Already a pioneer in high-tech and cutting-edge agriculture, Israel is starting to attract American companies looking to bring medical marijuana know-how to a booming market back home.

A nurse holds a medical marijuana cigarette at a Tel Aviv clinic belonging to Tikun Olam, Israel’s largest medical marijuana supplier – Photo: Reuters

Since 2014, U.S. firms have invested about $50 million in licensing Israeli medical marijuana patents, cannabis agro-tech startups and firms developing delivery devices such as inhalers, said Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN, a private cannabis research hub. Continue Reading »

Israeli scientists develop smart bionic-heart


Researchers from Tel Aviv University say the smart tissue will be aware of the heart beat and intervene when it’s not functioning properly, providing regular reports to the patient & cardiologist.

Ilan Gattegno and Israel Hayom Staff


In a significant breakthrough, researchers from Tel Aviv University say they have engineered a bionic heart.

A computerized image of the bionic heart engineered by researchers at Tel Aviv University

The heart, comprised of smart tissue transplanted into patients, will be able to monitor and regulate tissue function. The smart tissue will help the heart beat and intervene when it’s not functioning properly, and provide an exact and regular report to the patient and cardiologist. Continue Reading »

Hebrew University of Jerusalem develops blood-test to find diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancers

Israel’s groundbreaking new blood test, still in early stages, could save countless lives by detecting diseases such as pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, diabetes, traumatic brain injury & multiple sclerosis early on.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


An experimental blood test may one day be able to detect a range of diseases including cancer and multiple sclerosis, based on signatures of DNA from dying cells, researchers said Monday.

Blood test (illustration) – iStock

The work, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal, is still in its early stages, but opens up vast possibilities, the study authors said.
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