A robot that rehabilitates patients

Scientists at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University have designed a robotic arm that plays tic-tac-toe. Patients can play against the robot to exercise upper limbs following surgery or strokes. Patients were more motivated to compete against the robot than against computer-controlled lights.

Eliminating major side-effects

A breakthrough by Israeli scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Weizmann Institute can reduce side-effects in chemicals.  Treatments (e.g. thalidomide) contain both right and left-sided molecules. One type causes the side-effect and magnets can remove the “bad” sided molecules.

Saving life is all in the air

I’ve reported previously on the hyperbaric (pure oxygen) treatment conducted at Israel’s Yitzhak Shamir (formerly Assaf Harofeh) Medical Center. Recent amazing results include repairing the brain of a blast victim and saving the leg of 7-year-old Muhammad from Jenin.

99% success for freezing tumors

I’ve been reporting on Israeli-based IceCure for some time . It has just reported results of clinical trials showing 99% effectiveness in eliminating cancerous breast tumors through freezing with liquid nitrogen without surgery. Of the 146 trial patients, the cancer re-occurred in only one.

European patent for bio-turmeric extract

Israel’s Arjuna has produced BCM-95 - an All-in-One formulation of natural curcumin & ar-turmerone, the most potent component of turmeric with its highest level of oral bioavailability. BCM-95 has just received a European patent to accompany its patents in the US and globally.

Transforming sinus diagnosis and treatment

Israel’s 3NT Medical is developing and trialing its Sinusway platform of specialty single-use endoscopes and therapeutic devices for advancing care of ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders. 3NT has just raised funds to complete development and commence marketing Sinusway.  

Using gut bacteria to fight disease

I reported previously on one Israeli biotech using the human microbiome (stomach bacteria) to fight cancer, IBD, acne etc. Now Israel’s Evogene’s new Biomica subsidiary is also developing microbiome therapies, for antibiotic resistant bacteria, immuno-oncology and GI disorders.

Eye surgeon sees no boundaries

Dr Morris Hartstein made Aliya from the USA in 2009. Since 2014 he has been performing eye operations on patients from Ethiopia, Gaza and the Palestinian Authority. He also visits Ethiopia where he treats up to 500 patients each visit - mostly Falash Mura Ethiopians seeking to make Aliya.

On-line spectacle prescription

I reported previously on one Israeli smartphone app to check your glasses prescription.  Now here’s another – Tel Aviv based GlassesUSA checks the prescription of your existing spectacles. It allows you to scan simple prescriptions and lenses using an iPhone.

80 years of excellence

Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center celebrates eight decades of operation in Northern Israel. It treats over two million Israelis (Jews, Moslems, Christians, Druze etc.), plus Palestinian Arabs and Syrians. An innovation hub with cutting-edge technology, it delivers medical excellence to Israel and the world.