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By Brian Blum for Israel21c
An Israeli venture capitalist’s personal tragedy brought him to a startup seeking to provide immediate health updates for fragile patients.
Two years ago, Gal Salomon’s mother developed sepsis during a stay in the hospital. “It was a big hospital with a lot of patients and no one saw or understood it was happening,” Salomon recalls bitterly. “We lost her after two days.”
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Israel is pioneering digital health developments for the world. Which ones will hit their stride in the coming months?
Medication personalization, personalized disease management and reducing chronic pain will be the three biggest breakthroughs in digital health this year, predicts Dr. Yossi Bahagon, a family physician, global digital health consultant and managing partner of OurCrowd Qure, Israel’s first exclusively focused digital health fund.
Last week, Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to India, met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and concluded nine trade deals between the two countries. The visit is just the latest manifestation of the growing alliance between Israel and India, a country that was long hostile to the Jewish state, and refused to have formal diplomatic ties until 1991. To Swapan Dasgupta, New Delhi’s reluctance to improve relations with Jerusalem came from its excessive fear of provoking Muslim rage:
For the longest possible time, Indian diplomacy has run scared of facing the truth over Israel because of the fear of a Muslim backlash at home and recriminations against migrant Indian workers in the Islamic nations of West Asia. Someone had to take the bull by the horn and end this nonsense. The Modi government took the step in 2014, culminating in the Netanyahu visit last week.
By Nicky Blackburn for Israel21c
A compound that disables cancer cells, an artificial cornea, the world’s first bone implant: 2017 saw major medical advances. We bring you the best.
1. Compound kills energy generating system of cancer
An Israeli researcher devised a synthetic compound to disable the enzymes that allow cancer cells to metastasize.
When cancer cells leave the primary tumor and spread to other organs, they reprogram their energy-generating system in order to survive in harsh conditions with a shortage of nutrients like glucose.
Prof. Uri Nir of Bar-Ilan University identified an enzyme called FerT in the energy-generating mitochondria of metastatic cancer cells – an enzyme normally only found in sperm cells (which need to function outside the body they came from). When he targeted FerT in lab mice, the malignant cells soon died.
By Reuben Lewis for TheCultureTrip.com
Like all countries, Israel and its people are prone to various stereotypes, some of which are harmless, and some slightly more dangerous. Below, we debunk seven commonly held misconceptions that irk Israelis.
Israel is a war zone
Many people from abroad react with genuine surprise and bemusement when they hear that their friend is visiting Israel. “Why are you going there? Isn’t it just a dangerous war zone?” they ask. Well, they can be forgiven for thinking this, seeing as most people’s knowledge of Israel is limited to what they see on the news. The truth is that in Israel, as in any country, day-to-day life continues, whether tensions are high or not. Most of the time, the situation is quiet (in terms of violence, that is – Israel is never quiet in a literal sense), and Israelis live and love and party like any other nation. Many Israelis scoff at this stereotype, and hold the belief that their country is far more secure than the terrorism-plagued cities of Europe.
By Brian Blum for Israel21c
The cost to treat obesity in the United States alone is expected to rise from $325 billion in 2014 to $555 billion per year by 2025.
Raziel Therapeutics wants to be the Botox for obesity.
Whereas an injection of Botox smooths out wrinkles, this Jerusalem medical startup is developing an injection that doesn’t just smooth, but literally melts away fat cells. Unlike Botox, though, Raziel’s fat-burning approach has the potential to do a lot more than simply make you look better.
By Liel Leibovitz for Tablet Magazine
History, too, recognizes the city as the Jewish capital
Earlier this week, Israeli archaeologists revealed a recently discovered 2,700-year-old clay seal impression, unearthed not far from the Western Wall and belonging, according to the inscription, to one of the governors of Jerusalem mentioned in the bible.
About as big as a small coin, the seal carries an inscription in Hebrew that reads “belonging to the governor of the city.” Having studied it, Hebrew University professor Tallay Ornan and Tel Aviv University Professor Benjamin Sass described the image it depicts: “Above a double line are two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner. Their heads are depicted as large dots, lacking any details. The hands facing outward are dropped down, and the hands facing inward are raised. Each of the figures is wearing a striped, knee-length garment.”
By ISRAEL21c Staff
Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian environmental group wins European awards for its Program on Water Security and its Water & Energy Nexus project.
During November, two prizes were garnered by EcoPeace Middle East, a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists.
The Geneva Center for Security Policy chose EcoPeace Middle East’s Program on Water Security for this year’s Prize for Innovation in Global Security from among 114 entrees from 50 countries.
Members of the jury included the director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva; former chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, head of the Division for Security Policy in the Swiss Directorate of Political Affairs and others.
BY MAX SCHINDLER for JPost.com
Chinese money is increasingly flowing into Israeli hi-tech companies and is likely to overtake the US as the number one source of foreign investment for the Jewish state.
China is becoming an increasingly attractive market for Israeli start-ups seeking to raise funds, and it may soon overtake the US as its number one investor due to political and psychological factors.
“The Chinese don’t look at politics,” said Edouard Cukierman, chairman of Cukierman Investments House and managing partner at Catalyst-CEL. “The Europeans [and Americans] don’t always, in the geopolitical aspect, look favorably at Israel. The Chinese look at what Israeli innovation can do for their business, what’s in their interest.”
The Israel Defense Forces discovered and demolished a terror tunnel that crossed into Israel from central Gaza.
The tunnel, which had been monitored for several weeks, was demolished Saturday, the IDF announced Sunday. The tunnel is believed to have belonged to the Hamas terror organization. The exit of the tunnel had not yet been completed.
It was blown up using a new method that does not require air strikes or explosions.
The tunnel had electricity and other amenities, such as ventilation and communications equipment, suggesting that it was a significant tunnel for Hamas, the IDF also said in a statement.
By SHOSHANNA SOLOMON for The Times of Israel
Cnoga says it has created the first commercially available noninvasive glucose meter, using a camera and algorithms to read changes in fingers' color
Diabetes patients know that one of the greatest challenges in managing the ailment is tracking their blood sugar, or glucose, levels. To do that the only option available today is through the use of standard glucose meters — devices that require multiple finger pricks each day, a painful process.
For years, researchers have been trying to find a noninvasive, quicker and easier way to monitor blood glucose. Even the most advanced devices in use today, like needle sensors, which can track glucose continuously, need to be inserted under the skin every one to two weeks.
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c
Looking for your own great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in our Hanukkah Guide.
ISRAEL21c brings you eight awesome ideas for celebrating the Festival of Lights in Israel, where it all happened back in the year 165.
The annual Hanukkah Torch Relay marks the beginning of the holiday in Israel. People line the road from the city of Modi’in to the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem’s Old City, passing a burning torch from hand to hand. The torch then lights the giant hanukkiyah (menorah) at the Western Wall.
Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is believed to have been the home of Hanukkah’s heroes, the Maccabees, and the place where the Maccabean revolt began.
Sufganiyot (doughnuts) are by far the most popular Hanukkah food in Israel. Every year, Israelis eat a whopping 24 million of these calorie-heavy-sugar-covered-fried treats made especially for the holiday.
By SHOSHANNA SOLOMON for The Times of Israel
Researchers say that the longer we stay awake, the slower our brain gets, damaging visual perception and memory associations
You may be staying up way too late every night scrolling through Facebook, but your brain cells aren’t necessarily along for the ride.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) together with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, say that when we are sleep-deprived, the activity of our brain is affected because individual neurons slow down, damaging the brain’s visual perception and memory associations.
By CATHRYN J. PRINCE for The Times of Israel
Groups seek to put a human face on the Jewish state while countering misconceptions and anti-Israel activists
The questions come fast and furious for Israel Defense Force reservists Keren and Haitham, who goes by the nickname Tom.
“How do you show your support for Israel on campus?” “How does training and combat affect you?” “Do you have to live in Israel to show your love for it?”
About 40 students sit inside the book lined beit midrash, or study hall, of Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE). They have more questions than time allows. Still the pair does their best to answer each one clearly, concisely and completely.
This is the second to last stop on a nearly three-week long Israeli Soldiers Tour, or IST, through New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Along the way the two, whose last names have been withheld for security reasons, met students at University of Hartford and cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine
Apple turned to its R&D center in Israel for their new Face ID technology.
The wait is over. Apple unveiled the highly anticipated new iPhone models at an event streamed around the world.
Called the iPhone X, it marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's debut in 2007. While there are many new whiz-bang features on the phone, one in particular caught our attention: Face ID. The new technology is an infrared face scanner that will unlock your iPhone simply by looking at it. (Die-hard From The Grapevine readers will recall that we predicted this back in the summer of 2015. OK, so we were off by two years. We're not perfect.)
From Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority collaborate in MiddleEast forest fires exercise.
The overall goal of the exercise is for participants to exchange knowledge and attain common capacities, to effectively respond to disaster situations, especially along and across mutual borders.
The Middle East Forest Fires (MEFF) joint international exercise taking place today (Tuesday, 24 October 2017), is conducted under the sponsorship of EU member states: Italy, France and Spain, and held in participation and under the positive cooperation of Jordan, Israel and the PA.
The joint exercise, supported by the European Commission's Civil Protection Exercise program, aims to preserve lives and natural resources, regardless of nationality and/or borders.