Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Covid-19; A portable oxygen generator; Journey to Judaism; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Covid-19 Israeli-founded AZTherapies is in Phase 3 trials for its ALZT-OP1 for Alzheimer’s disease. The treatment also suppresses the immune system’s “cytokine storm” that is often lethal to Covid-19 infected… Read more »

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Free coronavirus web app to connect volunteers; Treating disease in space; King of US college tennis; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS World’s first passive immunization Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital is cautiously optimistic after the world’s first passive immunization of a critically ill coronavirus patient. After an injection of Kamada’s IgG antibody product… Read more »

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Israeli progress combating Covid-19; Tel Aviv beaches are accessible; Another smart car connection; and much more! by: Micheal Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 antibody treatment is now available Israel’s Kamada (reported here previously) has completed manufacturing the first batch of its plasma-derived Immunoglobulin G (IgG) product for Covid-19 patients. Initial vials of the antibody have been… Read more »

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How old is your brain?; Syrian baby flown to Israel for heart surgery; Energy from plants; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS A new passive coronavirus vaccine prospect Israeli researchers at Bar-Ilan University have identified short amino acid sequences (epitopes), that trigger an immune response to eliminate Covid-19. The discovery could lead… Read more »

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Detecting Covid-19 in India; Free prosthetics for children; Takeaway benefits the needy; and much more! by: Micheal Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Keeping Covid-19 patients off ventilators Israel’s Respinova developed Pulsehaler to help COPD patients improve their lungs and avoid ventilation. Repinova is now preparing for clinical trials in Israel on patients suffering from acute respiratory… Read more »

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A facemask that cleans itself; How Israeli companies retained employees; How Israeli companies retained employees; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Gaucher’s treatment also works for Covid-19. In animal tests Israel’s Institute for Biological Research has found two treatments for the genetic disorder Gaucher’s disease are also effective against Covid-19 and other… Read more »

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US Covid-19 vaccine progres; Jerusalem is in our hands; Mission to Neptune; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Good progress of Pluristem trial Seven of the eight critically ill coronavirus patients on ventilators, treated with PLX stem cells from Israel’s Pluristem, survived after 28 days.  Only one of those still needed mechanical… Read more »

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Good news for bone-marrow transplants; A 1-minute coronavirus test; Israel re-opens 20 National parks; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Detecting heart problems in coronavirus patients Israel’s DiA Imaging Analysis (reported here previously) uses its AI image analysis of ultrasound scans to detect cardiac problems.  DiA has received a NIS 2.5 million grant… Read more »

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Antibodies to attack coronavirus; Ramadan in Israel; Schools, markets & malls re-open; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Antibodies to attack coronavirus The Israel Institute for Biological Research in Ness Ziona has developed four antibodies that attack the coronavirus and neutralize it in the body of an infected person. It is described… Read more »

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Israeli coronavirus treatment benefits six patients; Arabs fight in Israel’s war; Is coronavirus spreading?; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Israeli coronavirus treatment benefits six patients Six moderate to severe Israeli coronavirus patients have shown clinical improvement with the new opaganib  treatment from Israel’s Redhill (see here previously). All required less supplemental oxygenation,… Read more »

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The meaning of life; Fitch gives Israel an A+; Young Israelis volunteer in droves; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Another potential coronavirus treatment Israeli biotech Redhill has announced that another of its pipeline medicines RHB-107 (upamostat) is to be tested by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)… Read more »

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Positive coronavirus treatment news; Israel’s first Haredi doctor in coronavirus front line; Lowering the risk of supervising patients; and much more! by: Micheal Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Positive coronavirus treatment news Six critically ill Israeli coronavirus patients with organ failure are still alive after 1-week’s Pluristem’s PLX cell-therapy in three separate Israeli medical centers. Four show… Read more »

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Testing coronavirus treatment; Adopt a doctor; Coronavirus advice Chatbot; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Testing coronavirus treatment As reported in the 22nd Mar newsletter, Israel’s Pluristem is developing a treatment for severe coronavirus patients.  Latest news is that Pluristem has begun human testing in Israel. https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israels-company-uses-placenta-cells-to-treat-critical-covid-19-patients-622960 Treatment for ARDS The US FDA… Read more »

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Over 70 Israeli companies fight coronavirus; Philanthropic Israeli companies; Prayers against coronavirus; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Over 70 Israeli companies fight coronavirus Israeli non-profit Startup Nation Central (SNC) has created a comprehensive directory of more than 70 relevant Israeli med-tech startups that are helping combat COVID-19. The areas are treatment,… Read more »

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Virus protection masks; Trial success for diabetes pill; Financial power for radio wave power; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Virus protection masks Israel’s Sonovia (see here) is now in full production of its face masks that protect the wearer from the coronavirus. Sonovia will donate the first 120,000 of the new masks… Read more »

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Helping coronavirus patients breathe; Using hi-tech to re-stock the shelves; Superheroes bring Purim parcels to sick children; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Lung cancer transplant patient receives his own lung In a medical breakthrough, surgeons at Israel’s Beilinson hospital temporarily removed the left lung from a lung cancer patient. They then… Read more »

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Treatment for severe victims of coronavirus; On-line learning for locked-down Chinese kids; Another $200 million for SentinelOne; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Breakthrough in fighting resistant bacteria and cancer Researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have used Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and AI to design new antibiotics and treatments for RNA… Read more »

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Microgrids for more efficient energy; British synagogues on display in Tel Aviv; Ukrainian Olim land on International Holocaust Day; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Breakthrough in nanomedicine Scientists at Israel’s Technion Institute have developed a microbiological technique to generate electrical fields that can manipulate individual bacteria cells. They can then introduce… Read more »

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Orphan status for pancreatic cancer treatment; 100 years of caring for Israel; Training students to protect crops; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Inhibiting an enzyme may cure Alzheimer’s Israel’s ProteKt Therapeutics is developing a treatment for early stage Alzheimer’s disease. It inhibits the PKR enzyme that is over-expressed in Alzheimer’s patients… Read more »

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Another good trial of colon capsule scan; US professors visit Israeli universities; UK & Israel’s new strategic partnership; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Prioritizing flu vaccinations Israeli health company Maccabi has partnered with Israel’s Medial EarlySign (see here).  Maccabi will integrate EarlySign’s flu algorithm, which flags people at high risk of… Read more »

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A clearer future for children; Fixing homes of the poor; World leaders come to Israel; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Fixing the root cause of diabetes Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Motti Chevion has developed Zygosid-50, the first treatment to restore near-normal cellular sensitivity to insulin, without side effects. Israel’s Concenter… Read more »

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Israeli treatment in Mass trials; A revealing scientific breakthrough; Israeli MasterChef judge to feed Microsoft employees; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS US approves freezing of tumors The US FDA has granted approval for Israel’s IceCure Medical to use its tumor-freezing technology to destroy cancerous and benign tumors of the kidney, liver,… Read more »

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Lowering the cost of X-rays; Government funding for all citizens; Video of the decade; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Decoy molecule neutralizes dangerous viruses Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute and at Tel Aviv University have engineered a molecule called Arenacept to fool and destroy viruses that migrate from rodents to humans…. Read more »

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Countering the side-effects of cancer treatment; Warm coats for poor children; Now we’re really pumping; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS TB vaccine can prevent Alzheimer’s Israeli scientists have studied 1,371 bladder cancer patients receiving treatment at Hebrew University’s Hadassah Medical Center. They found that those who had received the BCG vaccination… Read more »

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One of the best places for female entrepreneurs; Israeli property prices stabilize; Ethiopian-Israeli MK lights candle in London’s Trafalgar Square; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Breakthrough in the fight to cure Lupus Researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University and the US NIH have identified a trigger for the autoimmune disease Lupus…. Read more »

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European award for stem cell investigator; Protecting endangered species; Saving water to save the planet; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Extending lives of pancreatic cancer patients In the latest Phase 2a trial of the pancreatic cancer treatment from Israel’s BioLineRx (see here) three-quarters of the patients at disease stage 4 were… Read more »

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Green light for finger prick blood test; Haredi teens train as emergency responders; Currency reserves at new record; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Another breakthrough in pancreatic cancer research Israeli scientists and doctors have induced the self-destruction of pancreatic cancer cells in mice. A small molecule, PJ34, normally used to treat… Read more »

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Nano-chips help treat Alzheimer’s; Female entrepreneurs meet investors; Helping athletes to think; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Targeting chemo at tumors only Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a method that delivers chemotherapy drugs directly to malignant cells and bypasses healthy ones. Cancer cells emit the protein TRPV2… Read more »

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Positive results for Brainstorm’s ALS trial; Growing success for Arab-Jewish learning program; Third quarter growth exceeds forecasts; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Israeli-developed artificial knee cartilage Israeli doctors performed the first commercial replacement surgery of the meniscus (knee cartilage) on two Israeli patients. Via a small incision, they each received the… Read more »

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Good results in sepsis treatment trial; Israel helps diabetics everywhere; Constant checks for cybersecurity weaknesses; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Good results in sepsis treatment trial As reported previously (see here) Israel’s Enlivex Therapeutics has developed Allocetra which rebalances the immune system. Allocetra was given to six patients suffering from severe… Read more »

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Turning mosquitos against themselves; Miss Congeniality is an inspiration; A multi-purpose robotic arm; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS US approval for H. pylori treatment The US FDA has given approval for Israel’s Redhill Biopharma to market its RHB-105 (Talicia) treatment for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). It follows successful… Read more »

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Breakthrough in search for a vaccine against Ebola; Clean water for the Bahamas; 10 dolphins visit Netanya beach; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Leukemia treatment extends to solid tumors Tel Aviv University scientists have engineered the successful Israel-invented CAR-T cell therapy (see here) to also treat other cancers. They discovered a… Read more »

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Positive results in human trial of ALS treatment; Acre Kibbutz promotes co-existence; Israel’s tech miracle; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Positive results in human trial of ALS treatment As reported (here) previously, the stem cell ALS therapy developed by Israel’s Kadimastem showed promise in the lab. Now, early results from human… Read more »

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Smartphone CKD diagnosis approved; Israel’s first female flight squadron commander; Prize for water from heat tech; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Heart implant is a breakthrough (twice) I reported previously (see here) on the interatrial shunt developed by Israel’s V-Wave. The US FDA has just granted two Breakthrough Device Designations to… Read more »

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Genetic testing could save lives; The world’s smartest building; Christian Zionists help Jewish farmers harvest grapes; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Double-whammy cancer treatment Israel’s Khar Medical plans to begin human trials of its DSP-107 treatment on lung cancer patients. It will be tested both standalone and in combination with Roche’s… Read more »

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Skin cancer treatment discovery; Israeli honors memory of 9/11 victims; First Temple bulla found in Jerusalem; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS 3D printed implants to help two women walk In an Israeli first, two women have each been given a 3D printed titanium alloy implant to replace a broken talus (the… Read more »

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Tech to rehabilitate at home; Big Vegan success; ER nurse wins six European swimming medals; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS “Last resort” myeloma treatment approved The US FDA has granted accelerated approval to XPOVIO for the treatment of resistant or relapsed multiple myeloma. XPOVIO (Selinexor) was developed by Karyopharm Therapeutics, established… Read more »

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New research into age-related immune failure, Israel’s first social-impact bank, huge Israeli sculpture in China desert, and more! By Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS New research into age-related immune failure In lab tests on aging and the immune system, biologists at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have profiled over 24,000 T-Cells. They identified that 30% deteriorate… Read more »

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A nano-vaccine for melanoma; Improving air safety in the US; unique drone technology; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS A nano-vaccine for melanoma Scientists at Tel Aviv University have developed a novel nano-vaccine for melanoma (skin cancer) that has proved effective in laboratory tests. Tiny particles made of bio-degradable polymer were packed… Read more »

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Re-igniting cells to kill cancer; Underprivileged teens startups; Stay on top of your work; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Re-igniting cells to kill cancer Ben Gurion University scientists have discovered a protein in the membrane of cancer cells that helps the cancer to grow by disabling the immune system’s white blood… Read more »

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At the International Physics Olympiad, held in Israel for the first time, Israelis won five medals; the renowned international Lego Art Exhibition, “The Art of the Brick,” returns to Holon Israel; a very strange passenger entered Terminal 3 at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, to the delight of surprised passengers and staff; and much more!… Read more »

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Pain relief without pills; Indonesian visit is worth diamonds; Smart homes become personal; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS “Ghost” decoy cells kill cancer Israel Technion Professor Marcelle Machluf has developed tumor-shrinking technology using normally “good” mesenchymal stem cells that tumors hi-jack to help them grow. Machluf’s team removed the cells’ contents… Read more »

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Hadassah surgeons realign baby’s organs; Nintendo opens in Tel Aviv; UK minister visits Western Wall; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Hadassah surgeons realign baby’s organs In a first-of-its-kind operation, a team of doctors at Hadassah Medical Center repaired the hernia (muscle between chest and abdomen) of a new-born baby. Then using… Read more »

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Immunologist saves boy allergic to light; Arizona to set up Israel trade office; Genesis Prize winner donates prize money; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Immunologist saves boy allergic to light An Israeli boy suffering from solar urticaria (an allergy to light) has been saved by doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center…. Read more »

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Transmitting neural messages to the next generation; Seven Tel Aviv tech conferences this month; Kosher and tasty; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Treatment for genetic pancreatic cancer Researchers at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center have had positive results in trials of Lynparza (olaparib) for treating pancreatic cancer in carriers of BRCA mutations…. Read more »

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Monitor breathing at home; More healthcare cybersecurity; We Believe in Israel has 20,000 activists; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Regenerating bones Israeli startup Bone Sci Bio is developing a peptide product PeptOss that promotes the formation and repair of bone tissue. It also delivers treatments (antibiotics, chemotherapy, etc.) directly to the… Read more »

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Dual therapy to treat neurological disorders; Israeli startup values are accelerating; Israeli students plant trees in rocket craters; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Dual therapy to treat neurological disorders BGN Technologies, the technology-transfer company of Ben-Gurion University, has introduced a therapy for neurological disorders such as stroke and Alzheimer’s. Memantine and… Read more »

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Treatment pathway for fatal epilepsy; Advice to female entrepreneurs; Massive hi-tech investment; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Treatment pathway for fatal epilepsy Dravet syndrome is an epileptic condition with a 15 to 20 percent mortality rate and resistant to current medications. Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that the DHODH gene… Read more »

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The first 3D printed heart; Tech solutions to overcome disabilities; Energy from the depths to the heights; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS The first 3D printed heart Researchers at Tel Aviv University have unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed heart using human tissue that contains cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers. Although… Read more »

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First live op using holographic imaging; Global women entrepreneurs come to Tel Aviv.; Super intelligent with less power; and much more! by Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS First live op using holographic imaging Surgeons at Toronto General Hospital performed the first live medical procedure using real-time holographic imaging developed by Israel’s RealView Imaging (see here)…. Read more »

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