· An Israeli discovery can protect fertile women from the effects of chemotherapy.
· Israeli heart doctors saved the life of a 4-year-old Syrian girl.
· A Turkish zoo has received a shipment of 40 rare animals from Israel.
· Thanks to Einstein, Israeli scientists have found a new planet.
· The Israel Water Authority is opening the Kinneret dam to replenish the Jordan River.
· Israel has begun the building of a new International airport in the South.
· The Israeli government is subsidizing conversion to solar heating.
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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Protection during chemotherapy. Scientists from Sheba Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University have discovered how chemotherapy destroys the ovaries. They have also developed a medication (under trials) called AS101, which protects the ovaries and should maintain fertility of women undergoing cancer treatment.
The heart can heal itself. (Thanks to NoCamels) Doctors at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem noticed that cell tissue transplanted into the left atrial appendage of the heart in mice developed into local heart muscle tissue. The phenomenon – similar to that of embryonic stem cells – has major implications for cardiology.
Mushroom derivative treats pancreatic cancer. (Thanks to Israel21c) Professor Solomon Wasser of Haifa University has patented a medicinal product derived from a fungus found in Israeli forests. In animal trials, the Cyathus striatus drug appeared effective against pancreatic cancer.
The benefits of Israeli herbs. (Thanks to Israel21c) A team from Israel, Spain, Greece and PA-administered Nablus is developing a database revealing the science behind the medicinal benefits of thousands of plants they’ve been gathering and analyzing since November 2011 – including many native to Israel.
Saving the sight of the elderly. Israel’s Chief Scientist has awarded biotech Cell Cure Neurosciences a $1.5 million grant to help develop their cell-based OpRegen treatment for macular degeneration. The dry form of age-related macular degeneration is estimated to afflict over 7.3 million people in the US alone.
Free check for melanoma. To mark Skin Cancer Awareness Week, approximately 300 Israeli health fund clinics are providing free checks by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Early diagnosis, helped by the Israel Cancer Association’s awareness campaigns, has reduced the toll from skin tumors.
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
Gaza weekly deliveries: In the week to 11th May 2013, 1,579 trucks carrying 42,490 tons of goods entered Gaza from Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing.
Israeli doctors save Syrian girl’s life. A 4-year-old Syrian girl was born with only one heart ventricle instead of two. She had only weeks to live when doctors from Israel’s “Save A Child’s Heart” organization operated on her. The operation was a success and she is recuperating ahead of returning to her new home in Jordan.
Humanitarian aid for Syria. Jerusalem native Moti Kahana heads a group of Israeli businessmen and American Jews who have raised $500,000 and travel to the Syrian refugee camps to provide aid to victims of the conflict. Moti’s brother Steve is on IDF reserve service at the Golan Heights, treating injured …read more