Israel’s Good News for Aug 31st 2014
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
A foolproof method for diagnosing ADHD. Scientists at Tel Aviv University, Sheba Medical Center and Haifa University have discovered the first objective system for diagnosing ADHD. Involuntary eye movements accurately reflect the presence of ADHD. The test is affordable and accessible.
Soon, even quadriplegics will be able to stand up. (Thanks to Hazel and Israel21c) Israel’s Amit Goffer invented ReWalk to help paraplegics to walk. But Amit is a quadriplegic and cannot use ReWalk. So he has invented the UPnRIDE, which allows almost every wheelchair user to stand upright – even on sloping ground.
Whey to go! A joint study by Israeli and Swedish researchers has found that a plain whey protein drink one half hour before breakfast could help diabetics, or pre-diabetics, prevent blood sugar spikes and better manage the disease. Blood glucose levels were reduced, insulin levels were higher and the response was earlier.
Successful transplants following cardiac death. More lives can be saved now that Israel has adopted technology to allow transplants from donors whose hearts have stopped beating. Previously, some religious authorities rejected brain-stem death, whilst cardiac death damaged vital organs making them unusable.
The only Middle-East member of ISOC. The exclusive International Society of Orthopedic Centers (ISOC) has expanded its membership to include one center in the Middle East: Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center. ISOC members must perform a minimum of 5, 000 orthopedic surgeries each year.
New pipeline for brain disease treatments. (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Israel’s Kadimastem is to work with giant Merck to conduct screening for new treatments into Multiple Sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases. Kadimastem’s revolutionary technology uses stem cells to produce cells that protect or repair brain function.
Mother’s cancer drives daughter to research breakthrough. Dr. Svetlana Bunimovich of Ariel University has developed mathematical models to improve the treatment of bladder cancer. She was inspired to study the issue when her mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
A complete pre-school learning program. (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Herzliya’s Tiltan Games announced a new versatile educational program for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten kids. It includes over 30 topics and games. Adaptive practice and test modules provide a personalized growth experience.
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Institute for transport innovation. Tel Aviv University is to open the country’s first National Research Institute for Transportation Innovation. The institute will receive NIS 13.5 million in funding for the next five years. Entrepreneurs will be invited to perform research in the Porter School and receive financial support.
NASA adopts Israeli space camera. NASA has adopted Israeli technology for a robot to inspect equipment in deep space. The Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot, or VIPIR, is an articulating borescope tool and a tiny camera from Israeli medical device company Medigus to provide a close-up look at space equipment.
A “whole body” of knowledge. Students taking the Interactive Objects course run by Israel’s Technion can certainly get totally immersed in some exciting projects. They reflect today’s world of design, which must consider the ability to create user interaction or to respond to changes in the environment.
Rescue device can also detect tunneling. Israel’s Elpam Electronics originally developed the geophone to find people trapped under the debris of collapsed buildings. Now it is updating the device to locate the sound of someone crawling up to 10 meters below the surface of the ground.
Israel plans center for agriculture technology in Goa. Israel is setting up a “center of excellence” in Goa, providing technological solutions to agricultural issues. Israel’s consul general in Mumbai, Davik Akov wants to add Goa (India’s smallest state by size) to the 20 other centers offering Israeli technology all over India.
How to design urban shade. The Design Museum in Holon is running a unique international competition – to design and build a prototype of a shaded open space. 17 teams from Israel, USA, UK, six European countries, Chile and Turkey aim to advance the transformation of public spaces in countries with similar climates to Israel.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Israeli red algae powers new Clinique serum. (Thanks to Israel21c) Cosmetics giant Clinique has launched a new skin-care product formulated from a species of algae grown in Israel. Clinique’s new “Smart Custom-Repair Serum” has 37 patents and took 5 years of research and development. Feedback appreciated.
More investment in startups. (Thanks to Atid-EDI) To encourage more seed stage investment, Israel’s finance and economy ministries have proposed simpler criteria for tax incentives, such as deducting the amount invested from taxes owed. The plan will come into effect in 2015 if approved by the socio-economic cabinet.