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Israeli biotech Pambio is developing a treatment that prevents bleeding and subsequent damage from brain hemorrhages; Researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University are studying how to use male prawns in Africa to kill the parasitic worm that causes Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), and much more. 

By: Michael Ordman

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Countering the effects of strokes

Israeli biotech Pambio is developing a treatment that prevents bleeding and subsequent damage from brain hemorrhages. No existing treatment exists. Pambio has just received $7 million of funding.

http://www.geektime.com/2016/07/18/nazareth-based-startup-pambio-raises-7-million-to-battle-long-term-effects-of-stroke/

Using prawns to fight deadly parasite

Researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University are studying how to use male prawns in Africa to kill the parasitic worm that causes Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia). The disease affects 200 million people worldwide, coming only second to Malaria in terms of the devastation it causes.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-researchers-looking-at-fighting-a-dangerous-disease-with-a-common-crustacean-460743

There is no “good” cholesterol

Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, including Professor Jeremy Kark and Dr Chobufo Dita from Cameroon, have confirmed in tests on 504 Arabs and Jews that small dense protein-rich high-density lipoprotein particles (MS-HDL-P) protects against coronary heart disease and not cholesterol-rich HDL-C.

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/32119
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021915016302556

Sleep Apnea device approved for teens

The US FDA has approved the use of the WatchPAT Sleep Apnea device from Israel’s Itamar Medical being extended to adolescents of twelve years old and above. Previously, WatchPAT was only approved for use on those aged seventeen and above.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fda-clears-expanded-indication-for-itamar-medicals-watchpat-sleep-apnea-diagnostic-device-for-adolescents-588524181.html

The secrets of antisocial behavior

Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have discovered in laboratory tests that the molecule Urocortin-3 acts as a “social switch”. High concentrations the molecule increases social interactivity, but blocking the molecule turns the subject into reclusiveness.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/brain-molecule-may-determine-antisocial-behavior/

The treatment that will cure MS and ALS and more

Very uplifting article by Paul Alster on the trials at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center of stem cell treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) and potentially other brain diseases and strokes.
http://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Opening-a-door-to-regenerative-medicine-459639

 

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