Health & Science

Health and Science are two of the most developed sectors in Israel and the country is a powerhouse of medical innovation with many game-changing medical advances being made on a regular basis. 'Health and Science' provides you with the latest updates on Israel's health trends, health tips, news and fitness.as well as the cutting edge scientific discoveries and advancements.

 TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
US sets record with over 1 million coronavirus tests in a day
Fish street vendor Otello grabs some squids inside his van in Castell'Azzara, Italy October 31, 2018.
Coronavirus found on imported squid packaging in China
By REUTERS
Interior of a passenger airplane
Is social distancing enough to prevent coronavirus spread on long flights?
Colors in Food Products.
Israeli plant-based food color company secures $4.1 million in funding
Lung cells infected with coronavirus
Pine-Sol gains EPA approval for coronavirus-combatting disinfectant
FILE PHOTO: Nurse Jeff Gates processes a patient sample at a drive-through testing clinic for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, U.S. March 9, 2020
Hebrew U. research finds flu outbreak pattern during the winter
By OMRI RON
Israeli Police at a temporary "checkpoint"  on road 1 in  Jerusalem, on September 20, 2020. Israel has seen a spike of new COVID-19 cases bringing the authorities to reimpose a nationwide lockdown that begin on Friday and last at least three weeks.
Coronavirus cabinet to convene Tuesday, police issue 3,000 tickets
A vial of the measles, mumps, and rubella virus (MMR) vaccine is pictured at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle, Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. Picture taken March 20, 2019
WHO, UNICEF sign to ensure universal health coverage in shadow of COVID-19
Passersby wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walk at Kabukicho entertainment and shopping district in Tokyo, Japan March 27, 2020
Nearly one in 1,500 in Japan is a centenarian
Electron microscope showing electrodes with a single DNA molecule.  Right image shows molecule (see the nanoparticles circled by a red ellipses), on the left without a molecule.
Can DNA be used as circuits in electronic devices?
A handout photo shows an employee demonstrating a vial with "Gam-COVID-Vac" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), during its production at Binnopharm ph
Moderna to expand operations outside North America into Switzerland
TEL AVIV residents partake in a joint in the city’s Meir Park.
What legalized cannabis in Israel could look like
SHUKI SHEMER: Young people should not physically approach older people in any way.
Five steps to stop the spread of coronavirus
Bacteria as seen under a microscope
Enzymes in bacteria could help fight coronavirus - Weizmann Institute
Lung cells infected with coronavirus
Cancer patients may not be high-risk for coronavirus, researchers say
Cartoon rats (Illustrative)
What can rats teach us in a time of pandemic?
By JOAN ORANGE
Doctor inspects an x-ray, illustrative
Technion researchers develop new radiation sources
A ROBOT is pictured as activists from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots stage a protest at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin last year.
The future is cyborg: study finds support for human augmentation
By REUTERS
A blood glucose test is done to check sugar levels in a Type 2 Diabetes patient
Israel's Betalin Therapeutics plans IPO to fund diabetes trials
By REUTERS
Coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu
One day until the coronavirus lockdown and the gov’t is still zigzagging
Science Minister Izhar Shay showing the agreement signed today with 18 other science ministers from around the world
Israel, 18 science ministries to enhance cooperation in COVID-19 fight
FIRST DAY BACK at Tel Aviv’s Gabrieli Carmel School, September 1, 2020
Over 5,500 new coronavirus cases, as gov't rules to close schools Thursday
PEOPLE TRAVEL on a bus in Jerusalem this week.
Airport to stay open, buses cut to 50% capacity
The planet Venus
Life on Venus? Potential sign of alien life detected In Planet’s Clouds
By REUTERS
Maier Fenster
New Israeli tech targets coronavirus with vaccine priority system
Ben Gurion University
Ben-Gurion University launches Oazis, its academic accelerator
SPREADING PRAYER and love from the Western Wall.
Rosh Hashanah in the shadow of coronavirus: Outline for prayer services
Scientists develop a vaccine against the coronavirus disease in Saint Petersburg
When ready, the coronavirus vaccine will only be 50% effective
Brain scan (illustrative)
Coronavirus likely to target the brain as well as lungs
air pollution 224 88
Air pollution levels associated with coronavirus deaths, new study finds
Prof. Rifat Safdi standing next to Amir Hassan
Medical miracle in Jerusalem: Life of man with two years to live is saved
NAFTALI BENNETT stands outside Lod City Hall this week.
Bennett: Save your family's elders – don't eat with them on Rosh Hashanah
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Israel's coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu
Israeli gov’t approves: Three-week lockdown beginning Friday
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag waves alongside an Israeli flag
Israel and UAE to collaborate on AI, cloud computing for COVID-19
George Washington University student Jessica Hirsh is given the H1N1 flu nasal spray vaccine at the Student Health Service clinic in Washington, November 19, 2009
China to test nasal spray coronavirus vaccine
A lab technicians holds the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug "Remdesivir" at Eva Pharma Facility in Cairo, Egypt June 25, 2020.
US hospitals turn down remdesivir, limit use to sickest COVID-19 patients
By REUTERS
Israeli police officers take out ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, as part of an effort to enforce lockdown in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, April 2, 2020.
Bnei Brak hospital's coronavirus ward at 126% capacity
Illustrative image of an EEG test to measure electrical activity of the brain being performed.
Even minor brain injuries have hidden long-term effects - new research
A handout photo shows an employee demonstrating a vial with "Gam-COVID-Vac" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), during its production at Binnopharm ph
Israel to hold human trials on COVID-19 vaccine with 100 volunteers
Avi Nesher (right) and a crew member in front of a 1948 tank that has been restored for the movie “Portrait of Victory”
Avi Nesher's movie halts production due to coronavirus lockdown decision
MAGEN DAVID ADOM workers, wearing protective clothing, bring a patient to the coronavirus unit at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan
From six to 108-years-old, these Israelis died from COVID-19
BORDER POLICE patrol a nearly empty city center during a partial lockdown in early April
Coronavirus lockdown: What will Israel's upcoming closure look like?
ONE OF THE Tel Aviv University researchers holds an Egyptian fruit bat last year.
New virus found only in Israeli bat with unknown human infection potential
Employees of Israel's Sonovia Ltd, makers of washable and reusable antiviral masks, which the company says can help stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), work at their laboratory in Ramat Gan, Israel May 17, 2020
Israeli mask maker Sonovia awaits China coronavirus lab result
By REUTERS
DOCTORS IN Jerusalem’s Herzog Hospital coronavirus ward, which recently opened due to overcrowding in Hadassah and Shaare Zedek medical centers.
Coronavirus is overwhelming Israel's hospitals – here's how
Elderly hand (illustrative)
Israeli revolutionary Alzheimer’s treatment to launch Phase 1 trial
Three BrainWay helmets used to treat smoking, depression and OCD
Jerusalem medtech company BrainsWay wins FDA approval to treat smoking
A man carries his shopping bags and wears a face mask in a street in Ashkelon while Israel tightened a national stay-at-home policy following the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ashkelon, Israel March 20, 2020.
Coronavirus in Israel: Nation barrels toward closure as infections soar
IT’S NOW being reported that patients with some of the most severe symptoms had particularly low levels of Vitamin D
What I want to believe about COVID-19
Pfizer
Pfizer CEO: Those who won't take vaccine will help coronavirus spread
Sheba Medical Center campus
Sheba Hospital, UAE’s APEX set for joint innovation hub in Gulf
Pre-filled M-001 universal flu vaccine syringes
Flu vaccine with 24% more efficacy coming to Israel this winter
Gila Gamliel at a weekly cabinet meeting, March 10th, 2019
Environment Ministry seeks removal of plasticware from govt. offices
Jerusalemites wearing face masks for fear of coronavirus  walk on Jaffa road in the City Center of Jerusalem on July 12, 2020. Israel has seen a spike of new COVID-19 cases,  cabinet ministers imposed new restrictions on public gatherings in a bid to stem the rising infection rate of the coronavirus
New record of 3,951 COVID-19 cases diagnosed as cabinet meets on closure
An illustrative picture of  a person's eye.
Israeli researchers to develop medication for incurable eye disease
Bottles labeled "Vaccine" stand near medical syringe in front of "Coronavirus COVID-19" display (illustrative)
Nine US, European COVID-19 vaccine developers sign pledge to uphold safety
By REUTERS
Blood collection specialist Niilo Juntunen opens the apheresis machine to remove the kit used to collect convalescent plasma from a recovered coronavirus patient at the Central Seattle Donor Center of Bloodworks Northwest during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global outbreak, in Seattle, Washing
Israel's Kamada plasma-based COVID treatment shows potential in 1/2 trial
The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on a medication package in a pharmacy in London April 28, 2014
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial on hold after adverse patient reaction
By REUTERS
Prof. Jonathan Gershoni
3M awards TAU with major coronavirus research grant
Chocolate [Illustrative]
Alcohol, chocolate and porn consumption jumps during coronavirus pandemic
cannabis background macro close up
Cannabis may harm chance of successful treatment for cancer patients - study
Plastic surgeons wear pink to mark the 2020 Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Plastic surgeons wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
A Greek national flag flutters as people visit a beach, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Athens, Greece, April 28, 2020.
Nearly half of all Greeks would say no to a coronavirus vaccine
A killer whale performs during a press visit at the Marineland Zoo in Antibes before its reopening, six months after the flooding that affected the French Riviera in October 2015, in Antibes, France, March 17, 2016.
Orca who kept dead calf afloat for 17 days gives birth again
A Hasidic man wears a protective face mask while visiting The Vessel at the Hudson Yards on September 3, 2020 in New York City.
Are weddings behind the COVID-19 spike in NY Orthodox neighborhoods?
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv
Hebrew U. finds tobacco companies using loopholes to market to teens
Magen David Adom workers wearing protective clothing seen outside the coronavirus unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, September 6, 2020
Netanyahu, opposition trade barbs as red cities chaos continues
YOUNG WOMEN study at Jerusalem’s Midreshet Lindenbaum
12 students in prominent religious seminary tested positive for COVID-19
The new robotic COVID-19 testing system created by Yaskawa Europe Technology (YET) can perform 2,800 per day.
Robot relieves lab workers, processes coronavirus tests in rapid time
Cancer cells [illustrative]
Tel Aviv University attempts to treat skin cancer with nanotechnology
CORONAVIRUS ‘CZAR’ Prof. Ronni Gamzu is under fire from Israel’s politicians. How much longer will he stay on?
Coronavirus czar: The High Holy Days terrify me
A volunteer receives an injection in a human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus, at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020
20% of Israelis would not take a COVID-19 vaccine - new survey
Israeli border policewomen chat with local residents at the entrance to Bnei Brak as Israel enforces a lockdown of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town badly affected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Bnei Brak, Israel April 3, 2020
Gov't approves night curfew on 40 red cities amid coronavirus spike
HANITA FOREST
What will happen to the trees of Israel?
By DOMINIK DOEHLER , ZAVIT/SCIENCE , ENVIRONMENT NEWS AGENCY
Prof. Ronni Gamzu visits Daliyat al-Karmel on Saturday, September 5.
Israel surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths, red cities prep for lockdown
Cancer (Illustrative)
Israeli researcher recommends emotional support for CML patients
A Hospitech Respiration system
Israeli hospitals using brand new respiratory system to fight coronavirus
One example of the new method
Medical cannabis initiative to try a new growing method
A view shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris on its reopening day to the public following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, June 25, 2020
France closes dozens of schools days into school year amid coronavirus
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020
Vaccine developer Moderna may slow COVID trials to add at-risk minorities
By REUTERS
Arab children play basketball on a school yard in Abu Ghosh, an Israeli Arab town near Jerusalem.
Teens exercising in groups are more mentally resilient amid COVID - study
A nurse holds China's SinoVac coronavirus potential vaccine for trials before administering it to a volunteer at Emilio Ribas Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil July 30, 2020.
WHO: We should see international COVID-19 vaccine rollout by mid-2021
By REUTERS
From Right to Left: Pig’s brain; standard MRI brain scan; new MRI scan showing differences in molecular makeup in different parts of the brain
Technion discovers how to reduce cognitive damage from brain disease
A Juul e-cigarette and pods are seen in this picture illustration taken September 16, 2018
E-cigarettes are most widely used smoking cessation aid, but don't work
A protective face mask is seen as curbs to fight the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been reimposed after a rise in new cases, at Zikim beach in southern Israel July 21, 2020. Picture taken July 21, 2020.
How coronavirus effects the environment and vice versa -NASA studies
A volunteer receives an injection in a human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against the novel coronavirus, at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, South Africa, June 24, 2020
COVID-19 vaccine could come in late October, WH says no pressure on timing
By REUTERS
A handout photo shows an employee demonstrating a vial with "Gam-COVID-Vac" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), during its production at Binnopharm ph
J&J's coronavirus vaccine candidate prevents severe disease in hamsters
By REUTERS
SPREADING PRAYER and love from the Western Wall.
Gov't publishes COVID-19 prayer service regulations for High Holy Days
A blood glucose test is done to check sugar levels in a Type 2 Diabetes patient
Coronavirus could cause diabetes, new study finds
Israeli army Technicians carry out a diagnostic test for coronavirus in a IDF lab in central Israel on July 15, 2020.
Hebrew U researchers warn: Take ‘vigorous action’ against COVID-19 now
Israelis return to school amid coronavirus concerns, September 1, 2020
Children with COVID-19 can have virus, antibodies simultaneously – study
Judaism takes a realistic stance on preparing for our final days
Preparing for death means important conversations
By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
Back to school amid a pandemic
Back to school: Packing pupils properly during COVID-19 pandemic
A scientist works at MeaTech's laboratory in Ness Ziona, Israel
Court suspends negotiations between lab workers and Finance Ministry
Jerusalemites wearing face masks for fear of coronavirus  walk on Jaffa road in the City Center of Jerusalem on July 12, 2020. Israel has seen a spike of new COVID-19 cases,  cabinet ministers imposed new restrictions on public gatherings in a bid to stem the rising infection rate of the coronavirus
Who has died from COVID-19? Health Ministry provides new data
A sign is seen down a London street regarding self isolation as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. London, Britain March 21, 2020
Britain to fund expansion of rapid COVID-19 test trials
By REUTERS
A simulated image of a black hole.
Black holes, thought to be too massive to collide, defy expectations
Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration
Sanofi and GSK launch trial for COVID-19 protein-based vaccine
By REUTERS
A satellite
Israel makes history, launches DIDO III satellite into space
Scientists develop a vaccine against the coronavirus disease in Saint Petersburg
CDC to states: prep for COVID-19 vaccine distribution by November
By REUTERS
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