Published On: Sun, Oct 19th, 2014

Ben Gurion Researchers Find Diabetes-Brain Disease Link, and More Good News from Israel

Link between diabetes and brain disease.  (Thanks to Israel21c) In another brain disease discovery, Ben Gurion University researchers have found similar adverse protein interactions in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Type 2 diabetes.  Treatments to prevent these interactions could prevent all three diseases.
The first medical inhaler for cannabis.  Israeli biotech Syqe Medical has developed the world’s first metered-dose device for inhaling medical cannabis – vital for many patients suffering from MS or pain that does not respond to conventional treatments.  The device can be produced on a 3D printer and controlled by iPhone.
Eye surgery in Kyrgyzstan.  (Thanks to Hazel)  Israeli eye doctors performed 55 operations and examined over 250 patients at the Eye Microsurgery Department of Osh Interregional Hospital in Kyrgyzstan. (Note – the original website article has been deleted)
It’s breast cancer awareness month.  I missed reporting previously this report on Israel’s Channel 2 of the Octava cancer test from Israel’s Eventus.  So this month it’s a good opportunity to include it.
3D electronics printing.  Israel’s Nano Dimension is developing a desktop-sized 3D printer that prints electrical circuit boards.  It uses silver nano-particle processes developed by Hebrew University Professor Shlomo Magdassi to produce insulating and conductive inks for the circuits.  Maybe one day you will be able to print your own computer or mobile phone.
The plastic center of attention. The International Polymer Processing Society (PPS) is holding its annual conference in Israel for the first time in its 30-year history.  Top experts will discuss 3D printing, nano-technology, biodegradable polymers, super-hygrophobicity, medical polymers, smart materials and much more.
The Israel Conference in LA.  The Israel Conference Oct 30-31 in Los Angeles features 75 stellar speakers from Israel-facing hi-tech companies. The diverse cross-section of innovation and design from Israel provides the attendees with a front-row seat to the technologies and products of tomorrow.
Converting kitchen waste to cooking gas.  Israeli HomeBioGas units are transforming trash into bio-gas for Bedouin residents of Umm Batin near Beersheva.  Israel’s environment ministry subsidized the 8, 000-shekels cost per unit.  Now 50 units are headed to the Dominic Republic as part of a test project.
No customs duty for cleantech products.  Israel has joined a group of 41 countries that have agreed to drop all customs duties on goods that contribute to a cleaner environment.  The global deal will also make Israel’s vast range of clean technology products cheaper abroad and thus help Israeli exports.
The first haredi incubator.  “Yazam BaLev” (“an entrepreneur at heart”) is the first full-fledged accelerator that will provide support to haredi (very religious) Jewish hi-tech start-ups.  The 4-month Jerusalem College of Technology program includes mentoring and training in how to present to potential investors.
Am Yisrael Buy.  A new app Am Yisrael Buy helps users find products that were specifically made in Israel to buy.  The name is obviously a play on the Hebrew phrase “Am Yisrael Chai” which translates as “long live the Nation of Israel.”  The app is available for both Android and iOS smartphones and devices.
Israeli TV shows are big sellers.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Turkey, Italy, Germany, France, Sweden and Spain have all signed deals for new original Israeli game shows and reality formats.  At the MIPCOM TV market in Cannes, international TV producers bought “The People’s Choice”, “Help! I can’t cook!” and “300 Sec. Ride” 
All good news here.  Thanks to ex-Ambassador Yoram Ettinger for this report of recent Israeli global business successes.
Israeli gas is a game changer.  By end 2015, Israel may have binding agreements to sell billions of dollars of natural gas to Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Even Turkey is interested.  Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom said Israel’s gas “allows us to enjoy both political and economic fruits”.
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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.

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