Green light for finger prick blood test; Haredi teens train as emergency responders; Currency reserves at new record; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Another breakthrough in pancreatic cancer research Israeli scientists and doctors have induced the self-destruction of pancreatic cancer cells in mice. A small molecule, PJ34, normally used to treat... Read more »

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Nano-chips help treat Alzheimer’s; Female entrepreneurs meet investors; Helping athletes to think; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Targeting chemo at tumors only Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a method that delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to malignant cells and bypasses healthy ones. Cancer cells emit the protein TRPV2... Read more »

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Positive results for Brainstorm’s ALS trial; Growing success for Arab-Jewish learning program; Third quarter growth exceeds forecasts; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Israeli-developed artificial knee cartilage Israeli doctors performed the first commercial replacement surgery of the meniscus (knee cartilage) on two Israeli patients. Via a small incision, they each received the... Read more »

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Good results in sepsis treatment trial; Israel helps diabetics everywhere; Constant checks for cybersecurity weaknesses; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Good results in sepsis treatment trial As reported previously (see here) Israel’s Enlivex Therapeutics has developed Allocetra which rebalances the immune system. Allocetra was given to six patients suffering from severe... Read more »

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Turning mosquitos against themselves; Miss Congeniality is an inspiration; A multi-purpose robotic arm; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS US approval for H. pylori treatment The US FDA has given approval for Israel’s Redhill Biopharma to market its RHB-105 (Talicia) treatment for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). It follows successful... Read more »

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Breakthrough in search for a vaccine against Ebola; Clean water for the Bahamas; 10 dolphins visit Netanya beach; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Leukemia treatment extends to solid tumors Tel Aviv University scientists have engineered the successful Israel-invented CAR-T cell therapy (see here) to also treat other cancers. They discovered a... Read more »

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Positive results in human trial of ALS treatment; Acre Kibbutz promotes co-existence; Israel’s tech miracle; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Positive results in human trial of ALS treatment As reported (here) previously, the stem cell ALS therapy developed by Israel’s Kadimastem showed promise in the lab. Now, early results from human... Read more »

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Smartphone CKD diagnosis approved; Israel’s first female flight squadron commander; Prize for water from heat tech; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Heart implant is a breakthrough (twice) I reported previously on the interatrial shunt developed by Israel’s V-Wave. The US FDA has just granted two Breakthrough Device Designations to the device... Read more »

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Genetic testing could save lives; The world’s smartest building; Christian Zionists help Jewish farmers harvest grapes; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Double-whammy cancer treatment Israel’s Khar Medical plans to begin human trials of its DSP-107 treatment on lung cancer patients. It will be tested both standalone and in combination with Roche’s... Read more »

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Skin cancer treatment discovery; Israeli honors memory of 9/11 victims; First Temple bulla found in Jerusalem; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS 3D printed implants to help two women walk In an Israeli first, two women have each been given a 3D printed titanium alloy implant to replace a broken talus (the... Read more »

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Tech to rehabilitate at home; Big Vegan success; ER nurse wins six European swimming medals; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS “Last resort” myeloma treatment approved The US FDA has granted accelerated approval to XPOVIO for the treatment of resistant or relapsed multiple myeloma. XPOVIO (Selinexor) was developed by Karyopharm Therapeutics, established... Read more »

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New research into age-related immune failure, Israel’s first social-impact bank, huge Israeli sculpture in China desert, and more! By Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS New research into age-related immune failure In lab tests on aging and the immune system, biologists at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have profiled over 24,000 T-Cells. They identified that 30% deteriorate... Read more »

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A nano-vaccine for melanoma; Improving air safety in the US; unique drone technology; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS A nano-vaccine for melanoma Scientists at Tel Aviv University have developed a novel nano-vaccine for melanoma (skin cancer) that has proved effective in laboratory tests. Tiny particles made of bio-degradable polymer were packed... Read more »

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Re-igniting cells to kill cancer; Underprivileged teens startups; Stay on top of your work; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Re-igniting cells to kill cancer Ben Gurion University scientists have discovered a protein in the membrane of cancer cells that helps the cancer to grow by disabling the immune system’s white blood... Read more »

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At the International Physics Olympiad, held in Israel for the first time, Israelis won five medals; the renowned international Lego Art Exhibition, “The Art of the Brick,” returns to Holon Israel; a very strange passenger entered Terminal 3 at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, to the delight of surprised passengers and staff; and much more!... Read more »

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Pain relief without pills; Indonesian visit is worth diamonds; Smart homes become personal; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS “Ghost” decoy cells kill cancer Israel Technion Professor Marcelle Machluf has developed tumor-shrinking technology using normally “good” mesenchymal stem cells that tumors hi-jack to help them grow. Machluf’s team removed the cells’ contents... Read more »

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Hadassah surgeons realign baby’s organs; Nintendo opens in Tel Aviv; UK minister visits Western Wall; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Hadassah surgeons realign baby’s organs In a first-of-its-kind operation, a team of doctors at Hadassah Medical Center repaired the hernia (muscle between chest and abdomen) of a new-born baby. Then using... Read more »

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Immunologist saves boy allergic to light; Arizona to set up Israel trade office; Genesis Prize winner donates prize money; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Immunologist saves boy allergic to light An Israeli boy suffering from solar urticaria (an allergy to light) has been saved by doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center.... Read more »

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Transmitting neural messages to the next generation; Seven Tel Aviv tech conferences this month; Kosher and tasty; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Treatment for genetic pancreatic cancer Researchers at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center have had positive results in trials of Lynparza (olaparib) for treating pancreatic cancer in carriers of BRCA mutations.... Read more »

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Monitor breathing at home; More healthcare cybersecurity; We Believe in Israel has 20,000 activists; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Regenerating bones Israeli startup Bone Sci Bio is developing a peptide product PeptOss that promotes the formation and repair of bone tissue. It also delivers treatments (antibiotics, chemotherapy, etc.) directly to the... Read more »

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Dual therapy to treat neurological disorders; Israeli startup values are accelerating; Israeli students plant trees in rocket craters; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Dual therapy to treat neurological disorders BGN Technologies, the technology-transfer company of Ben-Gurion University, has introduced a therapy for neurological disorders such as stroke and Alzheimer’s. Memantine and... Read more »

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Treatment pathway for fatal epilepsy; Advice to female entrepreneurs; Massive hi-tech investment; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Treatment pathway for fatal epilepsy Dravet syndrome is an epileptic condition with a 15 to 20 percent mortality rate and resistant to current medications. Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that the DHODH gene... Read more »

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The first 3D printed heart; Tech solutions to overcome disabilities; Energy from the depths to the heights; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS The first 3D printed heart Researchers at Tel Aviv University have unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed heart using human tissue that contains cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers. Although... Read more »

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First live op using holographic imaging; Global women entrepreneurs come to Tel Aviv.; Super intelligent with less power; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS First live op using holographic imaging Surgeons at Toronto General Hospital performed the first live medical procedure using real-time holographic imaging developed by Israel’s RealView Imaging (see here).... Read more »

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Bio-inspired robots; No crying as Tears for Fears returns; Alibaba buys second Israeli startup; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Preventing strokes without excessive bleeding Biotech eXithera is a portfolio company of Israel’s Clal Biotechnology. It has developed an anti-coagulant which has successfully completed Phase 1 trials. The treatment delays coagulation rather... Read more »

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