Category: 5. Health

  • Israeli biomed named one of 3 top startups in world

    Israeli biomed named one of 3 top startups in world

    Matricelf, the Israeli regenerative medicine company developing a first-of-its-kind implant to treat spinal paralysis, placed third in the 2022 Startup World Cup in San Francisco. The world’s biggest startup competition, the Startup World Cup is sponsored by Silicon Valley-based Pegasus Venture Capital fund. This year’s event attracted some 17,000 applicants from about 70 geographical regions. […]

  • “We can’t sit by when this level of disaster strikes”

    “We can’t sit by when this level of disaster strikes”

    When Dr. Sharon Slater spotted “Paul” in a Red Cross shelter in Fort Myers, Florida, the 45-year-old chef was standing between two beds looking very agitated. She approached him gently, introduced herself as a clinical psychologist from Israel’s United Hatzalah Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit (PCRU), and asked if she could speak to him. Paul […]

  • New blood test may detect fetal abnormalities at week 10

    New blood test may detect fetal abnormalities at week 10

    When a pregnant woman is worried about possible genetic defects in the child she is carrying, amniocentesis is the gold standard test. But amniocentesis is both invasive – a needle is inserted into the womb to extract amniotic fluid – and dangerous, resulting in miscarriage in as many as one out of every 200 tests […]

  • Trader Joe’s drops the ‘Israeli’ for its pearl couscous, citing change in supply chain

    Trader Joe’s drops the ‘Israeli’ for its pearl couscous, citing change in supply chain

    (JTA) – Couscous lovers who frequent the grocery store Trader Joe’s may have noticed a change in the grain aisle: The chain’s brightly colored purple boxes of “Israeli Couscous” are now simply known as “Pearl Couscous.” The Nosher, a sister website to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, first reported the label change after word of it […]

  • How melanomas reach the brain – and how to stop them

    How melanomas reach the brain – and how to stop them

    How do 90 percent of advanced-stage melanomas (skin cancers) break through the blood-brain barrier and cause metastases in the brain? That was the question perplexing Tel Aviv University cancer biologist Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro. “This is a puzzling statistic,” noted Satchi-Fainaro. “We expect to see metastases in the lungs and liver, but the brain is supposed […]

  • Israeli EMTs teach Chicago faith groups to handle attacks

    Israeli EMTs teach Chicago faith groups to handle attacks

    Members of Magen David Adom (MDA) – Israel’s version of the Red Cross – flew to Chicago to train faith communities how to respond during the first seven minutes in the case of a terror attack. A team from MDA, Israel’s national emergency medical and blood-services organization, was invited to the Windy City after the recent […]

  • Israeli relief workers fly to Florida in hurricane’s wake

    Israeli relief workers fly to Florida in hurricane’s wake

    United Hatzalah sends a psychological and medical first aid team to Florida following Hurricane Ian, October 1, 2022. Photo courtesy of United Hatzalah Just over a week after United Hatzalah sent a mission to Puerto Rico to assist people affected by Hurricane Fiona, the Israeli voluntary emergency response organization dispatched a second relief team, this time […]

  • Could our next superfood be colostrum from cows?

    Could our next superfood be colostrum from cows?

    Here’s a riddle: What can strengthen the immune system, balance digestion and aid in brain and bone development? The answer is something most of us take for granted: breastmilk. More specifically, the colostrum “first milk” produced by the mammary glands in the first few days postpartum. Biomedical engineer Maya Ashkenazi-Otmazgin was thinking about the magical […]

  • Nanodiamonds tiny enough to deliver meds through the skin

    Nanodiamonds tiny enough to deliver meds through the skin

    The skin is one of the largest and most accessible organs in the human body but penetrating its deep layers for medicinal and cosmetic treatments has proven challenging. Researchers at Bar-Ilan University (BIU) in Israel are meeting that challenge with nanometric diamond particles small enough to deliver such remedies safely through the epidermis, dermis and […]

  • After feeding New York’s Jewish poor, a nonprofit will head to White House food summit

    After feeding New York’s Jewish poor, a nonprofit will head to White House food summit

    (New York Jewish Week) — Boxes of kosher potatoes, onions, honey and other High Holiday staples lined the parking lot of the Chesed Center in Borough Park, Brooklyn, as a line of of cars stretched down a few blocks, all filled with mostly Orthodox families in need of food for the holidays.  Tuesday’s food drive and […]