What Are Israel's Best Medical Advances?

Apr 2, 2019

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WHAT ARE ISRAEL’S BEST MEDICAL ADVANCES? After the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan was named in the top 10 medical centers in the world, we wanted to reflect on some of the best medical advances produced by the Holy Land in recent years. Argo Medical Technologies’ ReWalk robotic exoskeleton has gained huge media attention for allowing paraplegics to walk and run, and it was even used in the London and Tel Aviv marathons. In addition to being featured in the TV show “Glee,” the ReWalk Rehabilitation model currently is used by patients in rehabilitation centers across North America and Europe. There is also a model for everyday use, known as the ReWalk Personal, and it is currently available throughout Europe and awaiting FDA clearance in the United States. The PillCam is still to date one of Israel’s most well-known and successful medical devices. Created by Given Imaging, the pill which is swallowed contains a small camera, making it an easier and less invasive form of an endoscopy and can detect disorders of the GI tract.  Nano Retina’s Bio-Retina, a tiny implantable device inserted into the retina in a 30-minute procedure, turns into an artificial retina that melds to the neurons in the eye. Activated by special eyeglasses, the device transforms natural light into an electrical impulse that stimulates neurons to send images to the brain. The prototype is advancing quickly through clinical trials.

Further developments are expected to be made in the fields of listening devices and dry eye treatment. In 2007, Audiodent developed an innovative hearing aid that clips easily inside the mouth, using the teeth and jawbone to transmit sound to the brain – improving sound quality enormously, particularly in loud places. Looking at the future of medicine in Israel, Yaacov Nitzan of WhiteSwell has raised $30 million in funding for the treatment to remove excess fluid from lungs and other organs. The process uses a catheter and is minimally invasive, to treat acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). London-based duo Yosi Romano and Ziv Leinwand’s new product called Brizi, is set to revolutionize air distribution for children’s prams. The built-in extractor pushes out unwanted air and passes only clean air to the baby in the pram, something that is well targeted for young parents and children in busy cities. (INN)

‘A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ISRAELI ECONOMY’: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning 31 March 2019 received the Bank of Israel 2018 Annual Report from Bank of Israel Governor Prof. Amir Yaron. “I am pleased to present you with the Bank of Israel 2018 Annual Report," Yaron told Netanyahu, noting, "This was a good year for the Israeli economy, which is in a good situation. The report reviews many aspects of the Israeli economy, monetary policy, social benefits and the balance of payments, as well as short-range fiscal challenges and opportunities to improve long-term growth.” PM Netanyahu said that he was "pleased to hear it. The economy is in a good situation because our policy is good. We reached a unique achievement in which unemployment is at an all-time low and wages are rising rapidly. This combination is unusual and not self-evident, but it is a great achievement.” (INN)

“I LOVE ISRAEL!” – BRAZIL’S FIREBRAND PRESIDENT LANDS IN TEL AVIV: For his first trip outside the Western hemisphere, new Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro chose to visit Israel, where he was welcomed by PM Netanyahu and a full honor guard on Sunday morning, 31 March 2019. Bolsonaro is often referred to as the "Donald Trump of Latin America." He and the USA leader have more in common than just right-wing ideology. Both are also friends with Netanyahu and appear committed to his reelection. Israelis go to the polls in less than two weeks, and Netanyahu wants to remind them that much of Israel's foreign policy successes in recent years rest on his personal relationships with leaders like Trump and Bolsonaro. Would Trump have moved the USA Embassy to Jerusalem or officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights if Netanyahu weren't at the helm? Maybe, but maybe not. It can be argued that the centrist and left-wing candidates vying for the premiership would have been far more apprehensive about making such requests of the Americans. Netanyahu, by contrast, is intimately familiar with the broad support, especially from Christians, that Israel enjoys in both the USA and Brazil, and knows how to leverage that support to score major diplomatic achievements.

During Bolsonaro's brief two-day visit, Netanyahu is hoping the Brazilian leader will announce the transfer of his nation's embassy to Jerusalem. Bolsonaro promised to do so during his election campaign last year, though most officials haven't expected such an announcement to come during this visit. Instead, Brazilian sources suggested that Bolsonaro could announce the establishment of an official "business office" as a first step toward recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Whether or not he moves the embassy this week, there can be no doubt that, as with Trump, Bolsonaro falls firmly on Israel's side in its battle against regional and global foes. "I love Israel!" the Brazilian leader said in Hebrew as he addressed those gathered to welcome him in Tel Aviv. (Israel Today) Early legislative elections will be held in Israel on Tues. 9 April 2019 to elect the members of the twenty-first Knesset. Please intercede that God’s hand chosen leaders will be put into office to govern the Jewish state in the coming months and years. The slot for Israel’s next prime minister is one of the most important political positions in the world.

NEW TOOL FOR DISPERSING RIOTS: ‘THE ROAR’: The IDF used a new system, the “Sha’aga” (“Roar”) to disperse the violent demonstrations that took place at the Gaza Strip border over the weekend in which tens of thousands of Arabs participated. Journalist Amir Buchbut reported that the “Sha’aga” is a non-lethal riot dispersal system based on radio waves that was developed in Israel. The soldiers who used the system during the violent demonstrations said that it was very effective. On Saturday, 30 March 2019 the so-called “Million Man March” took place in Gaza to mark the first anniversary of the so-called "March of the Return." Over 40,000 Arabs participated in the demonstrations. Rioters burned tires and threw explosives and stones at IDF soldiers. (INN)Continue to intercede for solutions and non-violent methods to be implemented in the ongoing crisis at the Israel-Gaza Strip southern border. Pray against spirits of hatred and murder.

A SEAL OF THE SERVANT OF THE KING UNCOVERED IN CITY OF DAVID: A Rare and Exciting Discovery: A 2,600-year-old seal with impression bearing the words: “belongs to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King.” The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reports that the seal was excavated in the City of David along the south-eastern slopes of the Temple Mount and is dated to the First Temple period. The name Nathan-Melech appears only once in the Bible, in II Kings 23:11, where he is described as an official in the court of King Josiah, who participated in a cleansing of the Temple precincts that King Josiah initiated. “And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entrance of the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-Melech the officer, which was in the precincts; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.” The title “Servant of the King” (Eved HaMelech) appears often in the Bible and describes a high-ranking official close to Israel’s kings.

Dr. Anat Mendel-Geberovich of the IAA notes that the fact that this official was mentioned by his first name alone indicates that he was known to all, and there was no need to add his family lineage. The seal was discovered inside an important public building that was destroyed at the same time as the destruction of the First Temple built by King Solomon. According to Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the building where the seal and other artifacts were found was destroyed in the sixth century BC - likely during the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Large stone debris, burnt wooden beams, and numerous charred pottery shards were discovered in the building, all indications that they had survived an immense fire. The importance of this building can be seen, among other things, from its size, the finely-cut decorative stones from which it was built, and the high quality of the architectural elements found. (Israel Today)

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EGYPT ANNOUNCES DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT PORT USED BY TEMPLE BUILDERS: An ancient port used to transport stones for the construction of temples and obelisks has been discovered in Egypt, according to the country's Ministry of Antiquities. The ministry said the main port used to transport stone along the Nile River from the quarries of Gebel el-Silsila was uncovered during an archaeological expedition excavating the ruins of Kom Ombo near Aswan. The port on the Nile's west bank extends over 100 meters and lies about 200 meters from a large quarry. River silt and greenery were cleared from the area, revealing inscriptions and mechanisms for tying the boats. Gebel el-Silsila is an important source of sandstone in Egypt that has been widely used from the 18th dynasty into the modern era. Stone used to build temples was mostly cut in the area's quarries. The port's discovery is the latest in a series of recent archaeological announcements. Egypt is hoping to increase tourism interest in a destination that suffered following a 2011 uprising. (CNN)

MAJORITY OF ISRAELIS CONSIDER TRAFFIC A CRITICAL NATIONAL ISSUE: Some 56% of Israelis believe traffic congestion is one of the three most critical issues currently facing the country, alongside public health and the price of housing, according to a recent survey by the Israeli-founded GPS navigation company Waze. Some 70% of more than 1,000 Israelis surveyed across the country said they sit in a long traffic jam at least once a week, and approximately half said they sit in traffic for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Approximately one-quarter of Israelis also considered carpooling to offer a significant solution to reduce traffic. About half of respondents signaled their willingness to try shared transportation options, and 88% stated various incentives would encourage them to commute with others, including financial incentives, dedicated carpooling lanes and parking spaces for shared vehicles. Today, traffic crowding on Israel’s roads is the worst in the OECD, more than three times the Western average. (J.Post)

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