Saving lives from snakebites; 30-second baggage disinfection; Twitter acquires Reshuffle; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Huge drop in coronavirus reproduction Israel’s “R” factor – the average number of people that one person infects with the SARS-Cov-2 virus – has fallen to just over 0.5 and less than 1% of tests are… Read more »

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Running from Jerusalem to Eilat; M.A. in Smart Cities; Ice batteries; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Huge drop in infections Israel’s Covid-19 infection rate has fallen such that hospitals are now closing their coronavirus wards. 50% of Israelis are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. See also the YouTube animation showing relative… Read more »

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5 million vaccinated; Transforming ophthalmic surgery; Reaching remote communities; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS 5 million vaccinated Israel’s five millionth recipient of the Covid-19 vaccine was a pregnant 34-year-old from the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva, Restaurants, cafes, attractions, hotels, event venues, places of worship, most school grades 7-10, and… Read more »

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Pandemic research center opens; Israel Summit; Smart farming in the Caribbean; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS 90% of over-50s vaccinated or recovered Israel’s Health Minister Yuli Edelstein has announced that 90% of Israelis over the age of 50 have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. 75% of them are eligible… Read more »

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Innovations in Life Sciences; Dispensing sterile gloves; Innovation cities; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Astonishing vaccination results Over 50% of all Israeli citizens have now received at least one Covid-19 vaccination, with 3 million (nearly one-third) having had both. The Pfizer vaccine is shown to be 95.8% effective in preventing new… Read more »

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Recovered patients volunteer at hospitals; From Startup Nation to VacciNation; An impossible year; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS “This can change the fate of humanity” Israel’s PM heralded the latest Israeli Covid-19 therapy, EXO-CD24, developed at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center. When given to 30 moderate to severe Covid-19 patients,… Read more »

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A Google map of brain RNA; World Cancer Day; The earliest edible olives; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Vaccines for everyone over 16 Israel is the first country to offer vaccines to any citizen over the age of 16. It aims to vaccinate 90% of the over-50s within two weeks. Nearly… Read more »

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From coffee to vaccines; Independence for the disabled; Flying pizza; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS The Vaccination Nation Nearly 3 million Israelis have now received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 1.7 million have now received the second.  Covid infections and serious illnesses of Israelis over… Read more »

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Monitoring coma patients; Direct flights to Morocco; Still an A+; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Vaccination progress 27% of Israelis (2.4 million) have had their first Covid vaccination and rollout to the over-40s has begun.  Numbers of seriously ill over-60s have fallen by a third and the reproduction rate is below… Read more »

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Vaccine rollout; Women driving STEM; Non-polluting buses; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Vaccine rollout 2 million+ Israelis have had their first Pfizer vaccination. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first of over 110,000 Israelis to receive the second dose. He also announced that Israel could be the first nation to be… Read more »

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More vaccines arrive; Prize for human tissue printer; Educating children about AI; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More vaccines arrive The first 120,000 doses of the 6 million coronavirus vaccines ordered from Moderna have arrived in Israel. These are to be primarily used to vaccinate homebound citizens. Over 1.5 million Israelis… Read more »

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15-minute Covid-19 test; An eco-village in the Negev; Good Night 2020; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS One million vaccinations Over a million Israelis have now had their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. More than 150,000 vaccinations are being administered each day – the highest per capita in the world…. Read more »

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Senior’s cancer prize; Great minds; Almost too fast; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Rolling out the vaccine 140,000 Israelis were vaccinated in the first three days of the Pfizer vaccine rollout. (This editor received his first dose of vaccine on the sixth day). In addition, Magen David Adom are deploying unique… Read more »

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One ventilator for 3 patients; Chanukah on the streets of Jerusalem; $30 million for emergency department; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Mutating cancer cells Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute, working with others in the Netherlands and Norway, have discovered that melanoma cells can “frameshift” to grow whilst avoiding the immune system. … Read more »

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Israeli blood tests for the Gulf; First female IAF Bureau Chief; Fast analysis of data; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Stem cell treatment can help MS patients Jerusalem’s Hadassah-University Medical Center and Israel’s NeuroGenesis have developed a stem cell treatment for patients with progressive multiple sclerosis. A Phase II human trial… Read more »

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Women are the peacemakers; Tech to make tourism safe; Jerusalem sights and colors; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More accessible cancer treatment The Car-T cancer therapy invented by Israel’s Professor Zelig Eshhar (see here) is curing thousands of blood cancer patients. But the manual effort is hugely expensive. Now Israel’s ADVA Biotechnologies is… Read more »

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Crystal clear hearing; Tech salaries are rising; Tel Aviv never stops; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Retinal scanner for early Alzheimer’s test Israeli-founded Canadian-based RetiSpec has developed the RS1, which uses hyperspectral retinal imaging and AI to examine the back of the eye. It can identify harmful amyloid proteins and other… Read more »

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Vaccine connections; Watt a car!; RunYoung; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Israeli scientists reverse aging process In the first trial on humans, Israeli scientists have shown hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can reduce two key biological hallmarks of aging – telomere length shortening and accumulation of senescent cells. These factors lower the… Read more »

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European grant for mental health startup; Boosting 5G projects; 3000-year-old fortress in the Golan; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Inflammatory eye diseases Israel’s Tarsius (see here) reported positive results in a study of its TRS01 treatment of Active Anterior Non-Infectious Uveitis – an inflammatory eye disease. It shows promise for saving the… Read more »

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS First human tests of Israeli Covid-19 vaccine On Nov 1, two Israelis received the first doses of Israel’s coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by the Israel Institute of Biological Research. The volunteers were inoculated at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and Hadassah’s Jerusalem Ein Kerem Medical Center. https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-2-volunteers-injected-with-israeli-virus-vaccine-kicking-off-human-trials/ https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israel-launches-coronavirus-vaccine-human-trials-647631 The next generation… Read more »

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Starving leukemia cells to protect the brain Israeli and Scottish scientists have found that the brain can be protected from metastatic leukemia by blocking the production of the fatty acid stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD). The discovery is particularly important for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children. https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2020/10/leukemia-and-the-brain/ https://www.nature.com/articles/s43018-020-00115-2 Prospective treatment… Read more »

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Replacing antibiotics in the dairy industry; A digital bridge for Europe; Israel’s first rains; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Update on Israeli Covid-19 vaccine The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) is beginning Phase 1 human trials. Head of IIBR, Professor Shapira confirmed this at… Read more »

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AI triage for Brown University; Locating landmines by detecting bacteria; Beautiful Sukkot; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 prevention cocktail Trials will start soon of an antibody cocktail developed by Tel Aviv University scientists to treat Covid-19 patients and to protect highly vulnerable individuals from the virus until a vaccine is… Read more »

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A healthier future; Israel at the UN; Solar powered fabric; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Five patients saved by new Covid-19 treatment Israel’s Enlivex Therapeutics reported positive results in its clinical Covid-19 trial of its Allocetra treatment (reported here previously) Five seriously ill patients made complete recoveries, an average 8.5 days after… Read more »

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Israeli Art Lending Library; Rescuing refugees on Lesbos; OrCam wins German innovation prize; and much more! by: Michael Ordmam ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Know your enemy Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute and the Israel Institute for Biological Research have identified four new proteins and 19 peptides that Covid-19 infected patients produce. They believe that these may… Read more »

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A painless bandage; Baby turtles get a helping hand; A date with history; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Radiation to reduce Covid-19 inflammation Doctors at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center are to test the use of low-dosage radiation on 30 severe Covid-19 patients. It is expected to reduce the inflammatory cells that… Read more »

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The patient room of 2030; Covid-19 aid to Liberia; Israeli Wonder Woman returns; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More patients to receive Covid-19 treatment Israel’s Pluristem (reported here previously) has launched an FDA-cleared Covid-19 expanded access program. It enables Pluristem to use its PLX-PAD cells to treat up to 100 more infected… Read more »

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Maya goes viral; Making facemasks together; WakeUp with a BioLift; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 one-second gargle test Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is trialing a gargle-and-spit test that is 95% accurate in detecting Covid-19 infections. The USB-powered machine is the size of an ashtray and takes just one second to… Read more »

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