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A Weizmann Institute scientist developed a cancer immunotherapy compound that is 30 times more effective than existing treatments; senior medical professionals from 20 countries attended a two-week course at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center on responding to Mass Casualty Situations; a baby boy born to Syrian refugees in Cyprus has been flown to Israel, and much more.

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

A better cancer immunotherapy treatment

I reported previously (many times) of Israeli scientists who are boosting the body’s immune system to fight cancer. Now Weizmann’s Dr. Rony Dahan has developed a cancer immunotherapy compound that is 30 times more effective than existing treatments.

http://www.weizmann.ac.il/WeizmannCompass/sections/new-scientists/making-immunotherapy-more-effective

International training for mass-casualty situations

29 senior medical professionals from 20 countries recently attended a two-week course at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center on responding to Mass Casualty Situations (MCS).  http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/world-learns-from-rambam-medical-center-in-israel-response-to-terror-trauma-and-mass-casualty-situations/

Syrian baby flown to Israel for heart surgery

A baby boy born to Syrian refugees in Cyprus has been flown to Israel. He is due to undergo emergency surgery at Sheba Medical Center to correct a severe congenital heart defect. The flight was arranged by Israel’s ambassador to Cyprus on request from the Cypriot Health Ministry.

http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/12/24/syrian-refugee-baby-rushed-to-israel-for-emergency-heart-surgery/

Artifical Intelligence warns of medical emergencies

I reported previously (twice) on Israel’s Intensix and its early-warning analysis of deteriorating Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients. Now renamed Clew Medical, it has just launched its AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform to prevent life threatening complications in all care settings.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-clew-medical-launches-ai-analytics-platform-1001217261

Leukemia diagnosis – don’t delay treatment.

Without proper treatment, patients can reach a life-threatening condition within days of diagnosis. Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center has instituted a new protocol to fast-track the treatment, usually starting it the next day. Even health fund payment referrals are arranged.

http://www.jpost.com/Jpost-Tech/Health-and-Science/Rambam-fast-tracks-leukemia-treatment-520073

Knesset workers learn CPR

Israel’s Knesset (parliament) held the first ever event of its kind – a basic life-saving skills course for the workers of the nation’s top governmental building. The CPR and life-saving course was organized by the Knesset Worker’s Committee in partnership with United Hatzalah EMS organization.

https://israelrescue.org/blog/learning-cpr-is-so-important-even-the-knesset-is-getting-into-it/

Man saved twice at Bar Mitzvah party

Dr. Koby Assaf, Head of Emergency Medicine at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital, was at a Bar Mitzvah celebration where he treated a 60-year-old man who had collapsed.  MDA paramedics took the man to hospital, but he returned later after feeling better – only to collapse again! This time Dr Assaf went with him to hospital. http://www.hadassah-med.com/about/news/hadassahs-head-of-emergency-medicine-saves-life-at-bar-mitzvah.aspx

Israeli-Arabs have highest life expectancy

Arab Israelis have the highest life expectancy in the Middle East when compared with the populations of 21 Muslim and Arab countries, a new survey on the issue found.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israeli-arabs-have-highest-life-expectancy-in-arab-muslim-world/

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