The FDA has approved a new acne treatment produced by an Israeli company and, for the first time ever, doctors in Israel managed to revive a clinically dead woman after suffering an amniotic embolism.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Doctors revive mother with amniotic embolism
In a first of its kind event, a 43-year-old woman who was declared clinically dead after suffering an amniotic embolism during a C-section has woken up. Doctors at Israel’s Beilinson Hospital removed a massive blood clot from her lungs with the aid of innovative technology. Her new baby daughter is also doing well.
Doctors remove tumor from womb of pregnant woman
A team of doctors at Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital have succeeded in surgically removing a 15cm long tumor from a woman’s womb in the middle of her pregnancy without harming her or the baby. Danielle Skald later had a normal delivery of a baby boy.
Israeli medical clowns at Chinese hospitals
Israeli medical clowns from “Dream Doctors” visited seven hospitals and orphanages in Chengdu, southwestern China. In colorful clown costumes and with big red noses, they sang songs, played ukulele, performed magic tricks and blew bubbles in the wards to cheer up the patients.
Bacteria or virus?
Israel’s MeMed has discovered a protein in blood called TRAIL that dramatically increases in patients infected with viruses, but decreases in bacterial infections. It has developed proprietary algorithms and a blood test called ImmunoXpert that could save hundreds of thousands of lives in Europe alone.
FDA approval for Rosacea treatment
I reported previously on the successful results of the acne treatment from Israel’s Foamix. The company’s Rosacea treatment – Finacea Foam – has just been approved by the US FDA. Rosacea is a skin condition of unattractive dilated blood vessels, often on the face.
New Center for Autism in Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Hadassah Medical Center will establish the first interdisciplinary university-based autism center in the Middle East. The Autism Center will bring together cutting-edge research, clinical services, state of the art training and education for professionals and parents in the community.
Liver-on-chip device to replace animal testing
Another liver cell innovation from scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (see Aug 2nd) who have partnered with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute to build a a liver-on-chip device mimicking human physiology. Soon, toxicity tests no longer need performing on animals.
Medical aid for Taipei burn victims
Israel is donating two skin graft meshers worth more than $10,000 each, to Taiwanese hospitals. 498 people were injured (202 in need of skin grafts) following a horrific water park explosion accident in a Taipei water park.
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