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ISRAEL21c brings together some of the biggest achievements that have come out of Israel.

Health

  • An Israeli company has developed a smart bracelet to be worn by staff workers in hospital to make sure they wash their hands after contact with patients. Currently about 100,000 people a year in the US die of infections they contract in hospitals and clean hands can eliminate most of these  infections.  
  • Israeli diagnostic company Novamed has developed a home diagnostics product that can detect a heart attack even before it takes place.  
  • An Israeli company Myndlift has developed an app that can improve attention disorders without negative side effects.
  • An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary new tool that could allow surgeons to close wounds without stitches or staples minimalizing scarring and risk of infection.
  • Israeli researchers believe they may have found a way to preserve the fertility of young female cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Israeli researchers have discovered that bursts of gentle electricity may slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s.
  • Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.
  • An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment.
  • Israel’s Given Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill.
  • Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with congestive heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart’s mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.
  • A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct – all without damaging surroundings skin or tissue.
  • Christopher Reeve called Israel the “world center” for research on paralysis treatment.
  • Israeli research has shown that dancers display consistent differences from the general population in two key genes.
  • Israeli researchers are playing an important role in identifying a defective gene that causes a rare and usually fatal disease in Arab infants.
  • An Israeli company has been given a U.S. grant to develop an anti-smallpox first aid treatment kit.
  • Israeli microbiologists have developed the first passive vaccine against the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.
  • Israeli researchers are using video games to investigate future treatments for memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • An Israeli company has developed sensors that pick up signs of stress in plants.
  • Israeli medical researchers have shown that lycopene – the red pigment found in tomatoes – lowers blood pressure.
  • An Israeli company has developed a device that could enable millions of American diabetics to painlessly inject themselves with insulin.
  • Scientists in Israel have used strands of DNA to create tiny transistors that can literally build themselves.
  • Israeli research shows that a tonsillectomy could be the key to solving sleep apnea in children.
  • An Israeli company has developed a new device for monitoring coronary disease that will be integrated into future generations of cellphones.
  • An Israeli has invented a ‘bone glue’ that will reduce the need for bone transplants and heal bone defects caused by cancer.
  • Israeli researchers have found a connection between sleep apnea and impotence.
  • The founder of the Cancer Prevention and Wellness Program at New York’s prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is Israeli.
  • Between 150 to 200 multinational clinical trials are regularly taking place in Israel.
  • An Israeli company is the world’s leading sleep disorder sensors manufacturer.
  • Israeli scientists have created a DNA nano-computer that not only detects cancer, but also releases drugs to treat the disease.
  • An Israeli doctor claims that he has succeeded in developing a female equivalent to Viagra called Sheagra.
  • A newly developed Israeli cooking oil is capable of breaking up blood fats such as cholesterol.
  • Israeli scientists have alleviated Parkinson’s-like symptoms in rats.
  • Israeli scientists are developing a nose drop that will provide a five-year flu vaccine.
  • Israeli researchers are successfully using magnets to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • An Israeli vaccine for West Nile virus is being tested in the U.S.
  • Israeli scientists have discovered how to turn mismatched cells into cancer fighters.
  • An Israeli-developed device can painlessly administer medications through microscopic pores in the skin.
  • Israeli researchers have shown that a daily dosage of Vitamin E is effective in helping to regain hearing loss.
  • Israeli researchers have created a ‘biological pacemaker’ which corrects faulty heart rhythms when injected into the failing hearts of pigs.
  • Two Israelis have won the 2004 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their groundbreaking work in cancer research.
  • An Israeli computer program has been clinically proven to accurately provide a prognosis of how effective chemotherapy will be for breast cancer patients.
  • Israeli medical teams are training Ethiopian doctors to fight AIDS.
  • An Israeli team has made medical history with its ability to transform skin stem cells from heart-disease patients into healthy heart tissue.
  • An Israeli biotech company can generate healthy new bone using stem cells harvested from the patientís own fat.
  • Israel has one of the most progressive medical marijuana programs in the world. For thousands of Israelis suffering cancer, MS, Crohn’s and chronic pain, pot provides vital relief.
  • A 91-year-old scientist has developed a simple bedside test that can detect killer superbugs in minutes, rather than days, providing one of the most potent weapons against hospital-borne infections to date.
  • An Israeli pharma company is testing an advanced weapon against pancreatic and prostate cancer.
  • An Israeli ‘;super-sensor’ has been installed in Sealy mattresses to control snoring problems.
  • An Israeli discovery of a gene that could cure a blinding eye disease has been licensed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
  • The success of GlaxoSmithKline’s once-a-day breast cancer pill Tykerb – which has won approval by the FDA for use by women with metastatic or advanced breast cancer – is thanks in part to clinical trials conducted by Israeli researchers.
  • An Israeli innovation could make many diagnostic catheterizations for clogged arteries unnecessary.
  • In a breakthrough in male infertility, Israeli researchers have developed an artificial testis to produce sperm.
  • Israeli scientists have developed a genetically engineered cleaning solution that makes today’s deadly new strains of superbugs resistant to antibiotics.
  • Superbugs are now the leading cause of preventable death in the developed world.
  • Israeli research has found that citrus oils may hold the key for asthma treatment.
  • An Israeli study has shown that anger may trigger strokes.
  • An Israeli study has shown that people who suffer from job burnout may be prone to developing type 2 diabetes.
  • An Israeli scientific team from the Technion has succeeded in creating in the laboratory beating heart tissue from human embryonic stem cells
  • Israeli infectious disease experts have been recruited by the World Health Organization to help prevent the spread of avian flu.
  • Israeli scientists have found that a drug once used to treat vertigo can now help people lose weight.
  • Israeli laser technology is powering the latest hair removal devices on the American market.
  • A team of Israeli genetic researchers has identified a genetic defect that causes a severe neurodegenerative disease in Bedouin children resulting in premature death.
  • A team from the Weizmann Institute has demonstrated for the first time how tissues transplanted from pig embryos might, in the future, be able to induce the human body to produce blood-clotting proteins for hemophilia patients.
  • Israeli researchers have discovered a new way to create effective substitutes for antibiotics based on a combination of amino acids and fatty acids.
  • An artificial pancreas developed in Israel could revolutionize diabetic care by monitoring blood sugar levels and delivering insulin automatically, even at night.
  • An Israeli system to help dyslexic readers is being used throughout the US and Europe.
  • An Israeli company has developed a device that helps nurses locate hard-to-find veins.
  • A portable electrocardiograph machine developed by Israeli company SHL can transmit highly detailed data on heart activity to physicians by mobile phone.
  • Israeli researchers are developing the second generation of drugs to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Israeli research has shown that dancers display consistent differences from the general population in two key genes.
  • An Israeli-initiated project is drastically lowering the mortality rate of Ethiopian children infected with the AIDS/HIV virus.
  • Israeli companies are going to require models in their advertisements to take tests to insure that they have a normal BMI (Body mass index).
  • An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of MS.
  • Israeli scientists have discovered the cause of chronic bad breath and a painless solution.
  • Hawaiian singer Don Ho underwent an Israeli-developed stem cell treatment to strengthen his heart.
  • An Israeli research team has found that the combination of electrical stimulation and chemotherapy makes cancerous metastases disappear.
  • On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech start-ups.
  • An Israeli doctor headed the Merck team that developed a vaccine against cervical cancer.