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Israel quenches Marshall Islands thirst

Israel’s G.A.L. Water Technologies sends its new mobile water purification system to the parched Pacific island at the request of the Foreign Ministry.

 For more than 20 years, Israel’s G.A.L. Water Technologies managed to stay under the radar as it quietly provided its water-treatment products on a humanitarian basis to African nations through Israel’s Foreign Ministry. Now the Caesarea-based company is in the spotlight as it sends its latest solution — a unique water-purification system loaded into a vehicle — to the Marshall Islands, which suffer a serious lack of drinking water despite being surrounded by the vast saltwater northern Pacific Ocean.

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Israeli Innovations Save Lives in Nepal

Israeli medical devices and technology help teams locate and treat victims, says United Hatzalah paramedic in charge of a three-organization relief effort.

 Israeli innovations like the Emergency Bandage and the Pocket BVM, a manual ventilator to assist people who are not breathing, are just two of the technologies that are being put to use in saving lives in earthquake-stricken Nepal. According to Israeli paramedic Dov Meisel, speaking to ISRAEL21c from Nepal’s badly-damaged capital, Kathmandu, a number of innovative Israeli technologies have been packed into 60 cases of medical and search-and-rescue equipment arriving at Kathmandu today for his 25-member Israeli disaster response team.

 “A lot of our equipment is Israeli-made,” said Meisel, a volunteer with Israel’s United Hatzalah voluntary emergency response network and director of international operations for IsraeLife, an umbrella organization for which he is coordinating a joint disaster response team from United Hatzalah, ZAKA and FIRST rescue and recovery nonprofits.

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South Korea likes Israeli natural pest control

Minister of Agriculture visits Israel’s BioBee to learn how natural predators such as sterile fruit flies can reduce use of chemicals on food crops.

 On March 9, a delegation led by South Korea’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lee Dong-Phil toured the greenhouses and laboratories of BioBee Biological Systems at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. BioBee is one of the leading international companies in the field of biological pest management, natural pollination and Medfly control.

 The visit in northern Israel was arranged at the request of the minister, who wanted to learn about BioBee’s natural alternatives to chemical pesticides and solutions to the global problem of a major decrease in the wild bee population.

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Scientific breakthrough as Israelis find cancer-suppressing proteins

The ubiquitin system produces two substances that greatly restrict the development of cancerous tumors.

 A particular protein that defies the cell’s normal system of tagging and banishing defective or no longer needed proteins seems to play a significant role in suppressing malignant growth, according to Israeli researchers. The study was conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professor Aaron Ciechanover, who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2004 with colleague Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose of the University of California-Irvine. Led by Dr. Yelena Kravtsova-Ivantsiv, the research team included students and physicians from Rambam, Carmel and Hadassah medical centers. They found the previously unknown p50 protein during ongoing research on the ubiquitin system, which rids cells of earmarked proteins by sending them for destruction in the cell’s proteasome area.

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Medical Breakthrough - Israeli Scientists Find Way to Regrow Heart Muscle Cells

Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Australia make discovery which may change the future of heart attack treatment

 Most heart attack sufferers sustain some level of permanent damage to their heart muscle following a cardiac event. Heart attacks result when a blockage occurs in a vein leading to the heart, instantly causing muscle cells of the heart called cardiomyocytes to start dying. Unlike blood, hair and skin cells, the human heart does not know how to regenerate itself, and the damage is permanent. This may not be the case for much longer, however. Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Victor Chang Institute in Australia have discovered a way to stimulate heart muscle cells to regenerate by as much as 45 percent.

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SHAARE ZEDEK MEDICAL CENTER - FIGHTING HEART DISEASE IN ISRAEL

 

 Heart disease is a well-known killer. Just one decade ago, the WHO (World Health Organization) released its findings showing that heart disease has become a global epidemic with approximately 17 million people dying each year from heart attack and stroke; at the time of publishing, this made up nearly one-third of deaths globally; and the WHO then prospected that this number would only rise with time.  Thankfully, medical research has produced some significant advances to combat this medical threat and continues to develop innovative methods to treat and prevent heart disease.  Not surprisingly, a number of these advances (and ongoing research) are coming from none other than Israel.  IsraCast went to Shaare Zedek Medical Hospital to learn more.

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Arab, Jewish teens shoot for the moon

New technology and innovation hub opens in northern Arab-Israeli town to foster a unified youth movement of space-science enthusiasts.

 Asaf Brimer spent 25 years in the Israeli air force and aerospace sector before an idea came into his mind like a shooting star across the horizon: He would bring Israeli Arab and Jewish students together through a collaborative research center focused on outer space.

 Moona — a Space for Change officially opened in September last year in Majd Al-Kurum, a Muslim village 10 miles east of Acre (Akko) in the Western Galilee. So far, it has attracted about 100 high school students – roughly a 50-50 split between Jewish and Muslim teens – for weekly courses in robotics, drones, 3D printing, electronics and other technologies related to outer-space exploration. Families from the area also are welcome at Moona.

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Shaare Zedek Hospital - Gates of justice

 Shaare Zedek Medical Center, or SZMC, is a major research hospital located in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood cross from Mount Herzl of Jerusalem. The Hebrew name means "Gates of Righteousness".

 

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Smart bio-sensors in your workout hat

The electro-optic system built into LifeBEAM headgear and inspired by technology used by the Israel Airforce, will power Samsung’s Simband platform for smart wearables.

 Two former Israel Air Force pilots, both passionate athletes, devised a bio-sensing technology embedded in headgear to measure vital signs. Now, the smart sensors that power their LifeBEAM line of sport caps, visors and helmets are going into Samsung’s future Simband platform for wearable devices to measure heart rate, blood flow, sweat production, calories burned, skin temperature and other fitness parameters.

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Israeli Company Brings 'Iron Man' Like Holographs To Real Life

 Fans of Hollywood’s Iron Man movie series are used to seeing hero Tony Stark manipulate 3-D holograms to create scientific wonders. Real View, an Israeli medical holography company is bringing fantasy to reality with 3-D holograms that doctors can use to save lives.

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Wearable Devices Slows Brain Tumor Growth

TTFields therapy, developed by an Israeli scientist, delivers low-intensity alternating electric fields via a scalp device to inhibit cancer cells.

 A novel wearable device, already used on nearly 2,000 patients to slow the growth of cancerous glioblastoma brain tumors using electrical fields, is now being tested to judge its effectiveness against other types of solid tumors. The 15-year-old company’s Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) technology is being tested on ovarian and pancreatic cancer patients and patients with cancers that have spread to the brain.

 

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Using Parasites to Fight Autoimmune Diseases

Israeli expert is experimenting with intestinal parasites to fight conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

  It is common to make fun of men for acting like “big babies” when they’re even mildly sick. According to Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, who heads the Shlomo and Pola Zabludowicz Center of Autoimmune Diseases in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, there is a physiological basis for this behavior.

 Indeed, says the world-renowned Israeli autoimmunologist, prolific author and founder and editor of the Israel Medical Association Journal, Autoimmunity Reviews and J Autoimmunity: “Women are literally the stronger gender, with a better immune system. Not only do they outlive men, but when a woman has a cold, she goes about her business, and when a man has one, he takes to his bed and cries for a cup of tea.” But this stronger immune system is also why, explains Shoenfeld, “with a few exceptions, autoimmune diseases attack women more than men, and usually at childbearing ages.”

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Gargle with gold to find oral cancer

A revolutionary diagnostic system under development in Israel uses a mouthwash embedded with gold nanoparticles to detect cancer cells.

 Imagine buying a kit at your local pharmacy to test for oral cancer. That may become a reality, thanks to Prof. Dror Fixler and his team at the Advanced Light Microscopy Laboratory at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. They have invented a mouthwash embedded with gold nanoparticles — a non-invasive optical system that detects cancer of the head, neck, tongue or throat. This technology can diagnose cancers that currently must be confirmed by surgical biopsy. The solution was successfully tested in animal models, showing 97 percent specificity and 87.5% sensitivity.

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ISRAELI BIOTECH COMPANY TO DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE VACCINE FOR CANCER

90% of Cancer Types will potentially respond to vaccine

 According to the WHO (World Health Organization), different forms of cancer are responsible for over 8 million deaths each year, with over 14 million new cases occurring globally each year.   For the first time, BioTheraputics Company, Vaxil, is developing a cancer treatment called ImMucin that is not meant to treat a present disease, but to prevent its reoccurrence by training the immune system to recognize and attack cancerous cells. 

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Extraordinary eTree Transforms Public Seating

Shade yourself under the solar-panel canopy, recharge your devices, surf the Net, have a cool drink – courtesy of the sun and Israeli ingenuity.

Lots of cities have free Wi-Fi, but only one – so far – has an eTree.

 This revolutionary ecological installation from Israel’s Sologic provides free wireless Internet, charging stations for electronic devices, nighttime lighting, and water coolers for humans and dogs – all powered by a “canopy” of solar panels.

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Hospital Clowns On Sex-Abuse Treatment Team

Embracing laughter as one of the best medicines

Israel first in the world to develop professional medical clowning

 In full clown garb, Shoshi Ofir leads the way from the main street of the Baruch Padeh (Poriya) Medical Center compound to a small building purposely situated in a slightly secluded location.

 “This is the Tene Center,” she announces proudly, pointing to the unassuming edifice with her shiny green purse, shaped like a watering can.

 The red rubber ball covering her nose, and the pink plastic boots grabbing the bottoms of her colorful coveralls, glisten in the strong Tiberias sun.

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Negev Lab Promises a Better Tech Tomorrow for Africa

The Eilat-Eilot Off Grid Hub is developing solutions to bring electricity, clean water to world’s ‘bottom billion’

 For Westerners, it’s hard to imagine life without electricity — but that’s the situation for more than a billion people, according to the UN. Besides making lives less convenient in far-flung rural areas and crowded urban slums in the developing countries of Africa and Asia — no electric lights or computers — it means an existence socially and economically worlds away from the 21st century in the West. Now an Israeli firm is working to close the gap by delivering technology.

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Israel takes part in Researchers' Night

Researchers' night, a night of science for the general public, occurs once a year in the Fall, at the time of the Equinox.

 A tradition that began in 2006, Researchers' Night is once again enthralling and enriching the minds of Israel's "regular folk," with research and innovation from every direction. Researchers' Night is an international event which takes place eatch year all over europe, in association with the Europian Union, this time being the eighth year in a row. At the same time every year, events and lectures are held all over the country in many different venues to share the love of science with everyone - often in the most nontraditional of venues.

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Israel's ALS Research in Action

Donating to Research through...Research!

  Many have only recently become familiarized with Lou Gehrig's disease, also know as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), with the recent popularity of "The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," which has taken social media by storm, and succeeded in raising millions of dollars for research - specifically, a comprehensive study of the human genome to determine genetic factors in onset and progression of this degenerative disease. What you may not have heard, however, is that before there was the Ice Bucket Challenge to chill the spine, warm the heart, and open the wallet, Israeli biotech company, BrainStorm, has been tirelessly working in the background for years, developing a new and effective treatment for ALS (as well as other debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease) using adult stem cells, and the results will astound you!

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Israeli ‘mini farm’ could feed third world hungry

Livingbox, a system for landless urban dwellers to grow their own food

  An Israeli-developed “mini-farm” that can grow vegetables anywhere with a self-sustaining “closed loop” of energy and nutrition and help feed a billion needy people has won a prize as the most promising project to help developing countries improve their economies.

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