WoundClot is a gauze that absorbs 25 times its own weight of blood and forms a coagulating gel membrane on the open wound; Israeli Professor Yoram Palti invents an electrode treatment for aggressive brain tumors, and much more.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Gauze bandage saves lives
At Ben Gurion University Shani Eliyahu-Gross (now chief scientific officer and senior vice president of Israel’s Core Scientific Creations) developed WoundClot – a gauze that absorbs 25 times its own weight of blood and forms a coagulating gel membrane on the open wound. WoundClot is marketed in the UK by Redhawk Medical.
Why not search for a cure for cancer?
Friends of Israeli Professor Yoram Palti encouraged him to invent Novocure’s electrode treatment for aggressive brain tumors. Now eight years after its first trials, two of Novocure’s original patients are still alive. One of the trials was stopped as it was too successful.
International trauma training
Twenty-six leading healthcare professionals from 20 countries gathered in Haifa to participate in Rambam Medical Center’s Trauma Medicine Course. The course included lectures, workshops and simulations, using Rambam’s vast experience of treating victims of war, terror and accidents.
Successful trial for balloon catheter
Israel’s AV Medical Technologies completed a 30-patient evaluation of its Chameleon angioplasty balloon catheter, demonstrating clear advantages over standard balloon designs. AV Medical plans to launch Chameleon in the USA soon.
Help with falling asleep
Israeli startup 2breathe Technologies has developed a sensor and smartphone app that helps users fall asleep and tracks their sleeping patterns. It plays musical tones in sync with an individual’s breathing pattern. The tones are gradually lengthened, and so users breathe slower and relax.
The gift of life
The day after the dreadful terrorist attack at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, I was privileged to be invited to the dedication of an ambulance to Magen David Adom in Netanya. It was the tenth MDA ambulance to be donated thanks to the efforts of the Cockfosters and N. Southgate community of North London.
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