Vaccine rollout; Women driving STEM; Non-polluting buses; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Vaccine rollout 2 million+ Israelis have had their first Pfizer vaccination. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first of over 110,000 Israelis to receive the second dose. He also announced that Israel could be the first nation to be... Read more »

More vaccines arrive; Prize for human tissue printer; Educating children about AI; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More vaccines arrive The first 120,000 doses of the 6 million coronavirus vaccines ordered from Moderna have arrived in Israel. These are to be primarily used to vaccinate homebound citizens. Over 1.5 million Israelis... Read more »

15-minute Covid-19 test; An eco-village in the Negev; Good Night 2020; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS One million vaccinations Over a million Israelis have now had their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. More than 150,000 vaccinations are being administered each day – the highest per capita in the world.... Read more »

Senior’s cancer prize; Great minds; Almost too fast; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Rolling out the vaccine 140,000 Israelis were vaccinated in the first three days of the Pfizer vaccine rollout. (This editor received his first dose of vaccine on the sixth day). In addition, Magen David Adom are deploying unique... Read more »

One ventilator for 3 patients; Chanukah on the streets of Jerusalem; $30 million for emergency department; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Mutating cancer cells Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute, working with others in the Netherlands and Norway, have discovered that melanoma cells can “frameshift” to grow whilst avoiding the immune system. ... Read more »

Israeli blood tests for the Gulf; First female IAF Bureau Chief; Fast analysis of data; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Stem cell treatment can help MS patients Jerusalem’s Hadassah-University Medical Center and Israel’s NeuroGenesis have developed a stem cell treatment for patients with progressive multiple sclerosis. A Phase II human trial... Read more »

Women are the peacemakers; Tech to make tourism safe; Jerusalem sights and colors; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More accessible cancer treatment The Car-T cancer therapy invented by Israel’s Professor Zelig Eshhar (see here) is curing thousands of blood cancer patients. But the manual effort is hugely expensive. Now Israel’s ADVA Biotechnologies is... Read more »

Crystal clear hearing; Tech salaries are rising; Tel Aviv never stops; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Retinal scanner for early Alzheimer’s test Israeli-founded Canadian-based RetiSpec has developed the RS1, which uses hyperspectral retinal imaging and AI to examine the back of the eye. It can identify harmful amyloid proteins and other... Read more »

Vaccine connections; Watt a car!; RunYoung; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Israeli scientists reverse aging process In the first trial on humans, Israeli scientists have shown hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can reduce two key biological hallmarks of aging – telomere length shortening and accumulation of senescent cells. These factors lower the... Read more »

European grant for mental health startup; Boosting 5G projects; 3000-year-old fortress in the Golan; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Inflammatory eye diseases Israel’s Tarsius (see here) reported positive results in a study of its TRS01 treatment of Active Anterior Non-Infectious Uveitis – an inflammatory eye disease. It shows promise for saving the... Read more »

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS First human tests of Israeli Covid-19 vaccine On Nov 1, two Israelis received the first doses of Israel’s coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by the Israel Institute of Biological Research. The volunteers were inoculated at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and Hadassah’s Jerusalem Ein Kerem Medical Center. https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-2-volunteers-injected-with-israeli-virus-vaccine-kicking-off-human-trials/ https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israel-launches-coronavirus-vaccine-human-trials-647631 The next generation... Read more »

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Starving leukemia cells to protect the brain Israeli and Scottish scientists have found that the brain can be protected from metastatic leukemia by blocking the production of the fatty acid stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD). The discovery is particularly important for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children. https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2020/10/leukemia-and-the-brain/ https://www.nature.com/articles/s43018-020-00115-2 Prospective treatment... Read more »

Replacing antibiotics in the dairy industry; A digital bridge for Europe; Israel’s first rains; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Update on Israeli Covid-19 vaccine The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) is beginning Phase 1 human trials. Head of IIBR, Professor Shapira confirmed this at... Read more »

AI triage for Brown University; Locating landmines by detecting bacteria; Beautiful Sukkot; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 prevention cocktail Trials will start soon of an antibody cocktail developed by Tel Aviv University scientists to treat Covid-19 patients and to protect highly vulnerable individuals from the virus until a vaccine is... Read more »