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September 04, 2019

Health startup uses text messages to help combat TB

Keheala, a Tel Aviv-based startup with offices in Nairobi, Kenya is on a mission to improve healthcare access and treatment outcomes for TB patients.

First founded in 2014, Keheala developed a “low-tech” solution to help motivate treatment adherence and get patients to take their medications on time, using basic phone features – like SMS or text – and behavioral science strategies for a platform based on USSD – unstructured supplementary service data.

April 21, 2019

Pain technology could ebb opioid addiction

Tens of millions of inpatient surgical procedures are performed in the US every year, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading national public health institute of the United States. Millions of these patients become addicted to opioid medications prescribed to them following surgery.

And with the opioid crisis where it is, already named the worst drug epidemic in US history and claiming around 150 lives a day in the US, health officials are desperately seeking measures to halt it from growing even more.

February 26, 2019

1 million Bamba bags made daily to meet world demand for allergy-preventing snack

“When we invented Bamba 55 years ago, we never thought it would become the best-selling snack in Israel or that it would attract such interest abroad as well,” Osem Chairman Dan Propper, said at the February 19 opening ceremony of the new factory, built with an investment of about NIS 200 million ($55 million) on an area of 16,000 square meters.

Indeed, this peanut butter-flavored puffed maize snack-in-a-bag wasn’t particularly popular when first introduced in 1964. Actually, Bamba started off as cheese-flavored, similar to Cheetos. It didn’t appeal to local taste buds. But in 1966, Osem replaced the cheese-flavor with peanut-flavored Bamba and its popularity began rising.

February 05, 2019

Groundbreaking Israeli Medical Device Treats Burns Without Ever Touching The Patient

Imagine being able to treat burn injuries without causing added pain to the burn victim when dressing a wound. An Israeli nanotechnology company focused on the development and manufacturing of portable electrospinning technology for medical applications, has created a device that does just that and more.

Nanomedic Technologies Ltd, based in Lod, a city just outside of Tel Aviv, has developed a breakthrough medical device that looks like an oversized glue gun, which helps burn victims skip the unbearable pain usually associated with dressing changes in burn treatment.

January 29, 2019

Orri Jaffa mandarins eye fruit baskets everywhere

Call the Fruit Ninja! There’s a friendly fruit challenge underway with mandarin oranges taking on other fruits on grocery shelves around the world. Coming off trees in Israel, the Orri Jaffa is in demand in Asia, Europe, and North America for prime space in fruit baskets everywhere.

In 2019, the Plant Production and Marketing Board of Israel has set its sights on the North American market, specifically, predicting up to a 70 percent increase in exports of the Orri Jaffa mandarin to the US and Canada, of its easy-to-peel mandarins. The organization says there is increased demand for high-quality, easy-peelers.

October 03, 2018

How Israeli Ingenuity is Keeping Your Sweet Tooth Happy

The detrimental effects of artificial sweeteners and sugar are again topping world nutrition headlines as the latest studies point to toxic effects on digestive gut microbes and deceptively high levels of sugar hidden in “healthy” foodstuffs.

Sugar, and now artificial sweeteners, are “the” dietary gremlins, trumping fats, oils, and starches as most reviled additives.

September 26, 2018

5 Israeli companies putting surgery-assisting robots in the OR

The world’s researchers and engineers are hard at work creating and designing the next must-have robotic surgical assistants in the operating room. In Israel, too, robotics laboratories at the country’s universities are conducting groundbreaking and revolutionary research to develop new innovative platforms for surgery. It is at the Robotic Laboratory of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, after all, that Professor Moshe Shoham and Eli Zehavi officially founded Mazor in 2001.

July 22, 2018

Israeli Researchers Shrink Cancer Tumors By Manipulating Emotions

By Viva Sarah Press

The potential that future cancer treatments could include noninvasive stimulation of the brain is genuine, according to researchers from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa who say they have successfully shrunk cancerous tumors in mice by manipulating the brain’s reward system.

In a study recently published in the journal Nature Communications, the Israeli scientists showed how emotions in the brain can influence the way in which the immune system responds to cancer; how positive emotions and optimistic feelings can have an impact on the growth of cancerous tumors.

“I am not sure if [brain stimulation methods will certainly] help treat tumors in the future, but [our study] suggests that such potential exists,” Prof. Asya Rolls of the Technion Rappaport Faculty of Medicine tells NoCamels.

July 03, 2018

Under Attack: Israeli Cyber Experts Warn Of Large-Scale Healthcare Hacks

The healthcare industry is under attack, according to the cyber intelligence community, and dark web black market activity shows hackers are gung-ho on targeting hospitals, medical devices and healthcare systems in order to get their hands on sensitive and personal information.

This is a global epidemic; no country is protected.

June 05, 2018

Israel Hosts Mass Casualty Training For International Health Care Professionals

Dr. Zhomart Orman, a Kazakhstani physician at the Medical Center Hospital of the President’s Affairs Administration in Astana, always dreamed of visiting Israel, particularly on a learning program. This week, Orman is fulfilling his wish by taking part in a course on Mass Casualty Situations (MCS) co-sponsored by the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development and Cooperation.

“I dreamed about coming to Israel for a long time. The medicine in Israel is among the best in the world,” Orman tells NoCamels. “I dreamed about seeing the facilities in Israel, seeing how they manage health care service delivery. As far as I know, a lot of injuries and trauma are happening in Israel because of the political situation, conflict and war. The hospitals are well developed, well equipped and the quality and safety of the patients are on the top.”

Orman is one of 25 health care practitioners from across the world taking part in the two-week course.

May 07, 2018

US Health Authorities Turn To Israeli Universal Flu Vaccine Maker To Ward Off Next Influenza Outbreak

By Viva Sarah Press
Renewed urgency for a better flu vaccine has again hit the headlines, as health officials in the United States sum up the outgoing flu season’s death toll and warn of possible future pandemics.

Hoping to keep the next possible influenza epidemic at bay, the National Institutes of Health this week announced its new Phase 2 clinical trial of investigational universal influenza vaccine — the M-001 vaccine candidate, developed and produced by BiondVax Pharmaceuticals based in Ness Ziona – which it hopes will prove protective against multiple strains of the virus.

Study of A-T sheds light on cancer

“I think that we, the medical and scientific community, owe these families the same work that we invest in more common diseases. For them it doesn’t make a difference if it’s a common disease or a rare one,” says Dr. Yosef Shiloh. “It was clear just from looking at these patients that if we understand this disease we’ll understand the implications in many areas of science.”

Israeli doctors save Syrian lives

Since February 2013, four medical facilities in northern Israel – Rambam, Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Medical Center of the Galilee in Nahariya, and Poriah Hospital near Tiberias — have treated more than 1,200 Syrians wounded in their civil war.

Each hospital boasts a mixed staff of Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze doctors, nurses and technicians as well as Arabic-speaking social workers, trauma specialists and support staff.

The Israelis helping to conquer cancer

“Israeli researchers have made a definite contribution to the global fight against cancer. They are known for their creativity and their ability to give new ideas to the development of novel therapies,” says Miri Ziv, ICA’s Director General.

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