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)

An “essential” green oil to fight unwanted pests

The ancient remedy of essential oils used by the Egyptians, Chinese and Incas has now been updated to free crops from pests.The chemical pesticides used in modern agriculture and in the home are poisoning our planets’ animal life, waterways and …

IBM Israel develops high-tech gadgetry for granny

IBM Israel is collaborating with partners in the European Union to create computer software that will help prevent cognitive decline in the elderly – keeping grandma and grandpa on the ball. A number of recent studies have found that computer …

Three times a day keeps pneumonia away

An Israeli study found that brushing a ventilator patient’s teeth three times a day can help prevent pneumonia bacteria travelling down to the lungs.It happens far more than people might realize: ventilator-associated pneumonia, or VAP for short, is a leading …

Helping the disabled or elderly walk with care

Aiming to change the lives of people with motor movement disabilities: Jacob Gabel, CEO of Walk-Care.A new Israeli device the ReWalk — worn like an exoskeleton and maneuvered with crutches — promises to give mobility to paraplegics. The company developing …

Tackling bone rot from inside the genes

“It’s about quality of life,” Prof. Joseph Katz, head of Bio-Med.Some 50 million people, including one in every two menopausal woman in America, are taking drugs to reduce the dangerous effects of osteoporosis. A little known fact is that a …

Israeli researchers pioneer laser treatment for sealing wounds

Prof. Abraham Katzir: “Plastic surgeons will love this invention.”Suturing wounds and cuts has always been problematic. Even using today’s microsurgery techniques, the treated wounds are open to infection, and the patient is inevitably left with permanent and unsightly scars. When …

Bringing Israeli life science talent back to its roots

Shmuel Hess: From MIT to Israel.Like so many other Israeli life science majors, the moment Shmuel Hess graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a doctorate in pharmacology, he packed his bags and set off for MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts …