Published On: Sun, Oct 25th, 2015

Good News From Israel: Medical Achievements

Thanks to the tech company behind holograms for Whitney Houston and Billie Holiday
Allium Medical
Patent for prostate cancer treatment.  Israel’s Rosetta Genomics has received a US patent for the treatment of prostate cancer through the administration of anti-hsa-miR-210. High levels of hsa-miR-210 indicate the presence of prostate cancer and treatments to reduce it may cure the disease.
 
Red wine improves good cholesterol of diabetics.  A two-year controlled study of 224 type-2 diabetics by Ben-Gurion University scientists has revealed that a daily 5-ounce glass of red wine with dinner increased “good” cholesterol (HDL) by 10 per cent and significantly decreased the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL.
 
Cancer detector wins global innovation contest.  Israel’s MobileODT, which uses mobile phones to detect cancer and other diseases, is the winner of the 2015 MedTech Innovator competition in San Diego. The Israeli startup beat 300 international med-tech startups to win $200, 000.  Israel’s MedAware was also a runner-up.
 
Boost for blood clot protection device.  Top US cardiologist Dr. James Jenkins performed his first catheterization procedure using the WIRION system from Israel’s Allium Medical.  WIRION protects against blood clots and emboli produced during catheterization procedures for opening blocked blood vessels.
First robotic surgery systems for New York City.  (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Mazor Robotics has just sold two of its innovative Renaissance systems for the first time to hospitals in the New York Metropolitan area.  One of the hospitals is one of the largest hospitals in the US.  The Renaissance systems treat either brain or spine.
 
An artificial lung to study pollution.  Scientists at Israel’s Technion have made a life-sized, artificial human lung. It is the first diagnostic tool for understanding in real time how particles behave in the deepest part of the human lungs. It will help research into airborne pollution, and into treatments for the respiratory system.
 
An app to prevent heart attacks.  (TY Michelle) Analysis of 4000 users of Israel’s Hello Heart iPhone, Apple Watch and Android phone app reveals that, after six weeks use, 25% had reduced their blood pressure by 10 points or more, with an average drop of 24 points.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLqtH1yMEG0
 
New hospital for SACH.  Israeli humanitarian organization “Save a Child’s Heart” (SACH) has laid the cornerstone of its new International Pediatric Cardiac Center at the Wolfson Medical Center. The $35 million IPCC will allow SACH surgeons to continue life-saving heart operations, currently running at 250 per year.
 
US-Israel legislation to help cure brain diseases.  The United States-Israel Global Neuroscience Partnership Act has just been announced, to fund joint US-Israeli research and technology into treatments for brain diseases.  Lead sponsor, US Congressmen Chaka Fattah, said that Israel is way ahead of everyone else in neuroscience.
 
 
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- Michael Ordman highlights Israel's latest achievements in the fields of technology, health, business, and co-existence in a free weekly newsletter containing Good News stories about Israel. www.verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com

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