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New Israeli tracking device determines whether you’re burning fat or carbohydrates; nitrogen test for early cancer diagnosis; trusting your gut to manage your health, and much more!

By Michael Ordman

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Burning fat or carbs?

Israeli startup Metaflow’s Lumen is a respiratory metabolism tracking device that determines whether you are burning fat or carbohydrates. An AI-based app then provides nutrition and fitness advice based on the test’s results and personal goals. Lumen has raised $1.4 million on Indiegogo.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lumen-hack-your-metabolism-lose-weight-apps-food#/

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lumen-hack-your-metabolism-lose-weight-apps-food#/

Nitrogen test for early cancer diagnosis

Researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have discovered that in many cancers, the body’s mechanism for producing nitrogen is disrupted so that the tumors can grow faster. These mutations can be detected early on, by analysis of the body’s urea cycle.

https://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/life-sciences/disrupted-nitrogen-metabolism-might-spell-cancer

Trust your gut to manage your health

Israeli gut microbiome analysis startup DayTwo Ltd. has partnered with Clalit, one of Israel’s four health care providers. Clalit will offer its members DNA analysis of their gut microbiome and provide personalized nutritional insights based on DayTwo’s technology.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/diet-advice-via-gut-bacteria-coming-soon-to-israels-largest-healthcare-provider/

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3744390,00.html

Link between near drowning and kidney failure

Rambam Hospital doctors have discovered acute kidney injury (AKI) to be a common complication of near-drownings. Of 95 Rambam patients who nearly drowned between 2000 and 2017, 45% developed AKI. The reason is lack of oxygen and potassium, high blood sugar and constricted kidney blood vessels.  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/250572

New immigrant medics are eager to contribute

In the latest Nefesh b’Nefesh flight there were 27 US and Canadian medical professionals (doctors, nurses, paramedics etc.) who want to get to work as soon as possible. Meanwhile, top liver transplant surgeon Daniel Azoulay has left Paris to join the staff of Sheba Medical Center.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-newest-doctors-hope-to-make-an-impact-on-overburdened-medical-system/  https://www.timesofisrael.com/top-liver-transplant-surgeon-immigrates-to-israel/

A revolution in blood testing

This Israel21c article features three Israeli startups that are working on instant diagnosis of viruses and bacteria. I already featured Sight Diagnostics (see here) and Efa (see here). Sonorapy has developed a sensor to identify each pathogen from the unique acoustics it emits in response to soundwaves.

https://www.israel21c.org/the-revolution-thats-about-to-transform-blood-testing/

http://sonorapy.com/

Freezing tumors to be performed in Israel

I’ve reported previously (see here) on Israel’s IceCure Medical and its technology for freezing and destroying tumors. Now Haifa’s Elisha Medical Center is the first Israeli hospital to offer IceCure’s treatment for malignant kidney tumors and benign breast tumors.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3744462,00.html

Find a local doctor while overseas

If sick while on vacation in Europe and the Americas, Israeli startup Air Doctor Ltd will locate pre-vetted doctors that provide services to tourists. Air Doctor’s web interface and app will find and book appointments with relevant local general physicians, pediatricians, gynecologists etc.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3744300,00.html

Trust your gut to manage your health

Israeli gut microbiome analysis startup DayTwo Ltd. has partnered with Clalit, one of Israel’s four health care providers. Clalit will offer its members DNA analysis of their gut microbiome and provide personalized nutritional insights based on DayTwo’s technology.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/diet-advice-via-gut-bacteria-coming-soon-to-israels-largest-healthcare-provider/

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3744390,00.html

Record numbers of births

Israeli hospitals reported record numbers of new babies in July, always the busiest month.  The 1,518 deliveries at Soroka in Beersheva was 10% higher than last July’s record. Tel Aviv’s Ichilov recorded 1,014 births – 10% more than average. Israel’s 3.11 births per mother is the highest in the OECD.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/three-israeli-hospitals-break-newborn-birth-records-in-july/2018/08/13/

I don’t know how, but she swallowed the nail

Doctors at Baruch Padeh Medical Center near Tiberias removed a 2-inch long (5cm) nail from the small intestine of an 8-year-old Arab girl. She had been using her teeth to pull the nail out of a plastic bottle and when it emerged, she accidentally swallowed it.

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/tiberias-surgeons-endoscopically-remove-2-inch-nail-from-8-year-old-girls-intestine/2018/08/15/

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