Health
Bacteriophage EFDG1 at a magnification of 20,000 to 30,000 times. Some phages are still bound to remains of the dead bacteria. (Photo: Ronen Hazan/Hebrew University)

Growing back a lost limb

An Israeli researcher has developed a biologically active ‘scaffolding’ of soluble fibers which could be used to regenerate lost or damaged bone and tissue.   If a lizard loses its tail, it grows right back, but for human beings a …

Detecting skin cancer at an earlier stage

Detection of skin cancer is usually done by the eye alone. Now Israeli researchers have developed a new device that can detect cancerous tumors at an earlier stage.   Photo courtesy of Miriam Alster, Flash90 Sunbathers are particularly at risk …

Scientists create heart cells from skin cells

Israeli scientists have developed a way to create beating heart cells with skin cells reprogrammed to become stem cells, making it possible to one day clinically repair a damaged heart.   Israeli scientists have discovered a way to create beating …

Send in the clowns [Video]

Send in the clowns [Video]

Israel offers the world’s first-ever academic program for medical clowns, at Haifa University.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmyAar1mbOQ A doctor at Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital says that when the medical clowns arrive at the Pediatric Intensive Care ward the kids start smiling …

Closing in on cancer

An Israeli researcher has stumbled on a drug that kills cancer cells without harming normal cells, paving the way for a more effective treatment against cancer.   An Israeli research scientist has accidentally discovered a chemical compound that eradicates cancer …

Moving towards a treatment for Alzheimer’s

Ongoing research at an Israeli university may lead to vaccines that can teach our immune systems to better fight Alzheimer’s disease.   An Israeli researcher who is working on a vaccine for Alzheimer’s has discovered that it is possible to …

The trauma of rape more lasting than terror

A new Israeli study finds that the trauma of being raped is distinct from all other psychotraumas, and rape victims may need more long-term care.   Even when compared with the trauma of war, a serious car accident, prolonged illness …

A new treatment for chronic wounds

Israel could become a leader in the $3 billion chronic wound industry with a new device that heals wounds faster and more cheaply than alternatives.   Millions of Americans, particularly the elderly and diabetics, are afflicted with chronic wounds, which …

Boys made of steel may lack iron

An Israeli physician finds that athletic teenage boys may be at serious risk for iron deficiency, but once identified, it’s a condition that is easy to remedy.   Parents and health counselors already know they need to keep an eye …