Israel: To Your Health

Search for Ebola cure comes from Israel

Search for Ebola cure comes from Israel

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist Since 2002, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev virologist Dr. Leslie Lobel has been traveling to Africa more than four times a year testing the blood of Ebola-infected survivors. Lobel is trying to figure out exactly why the more than 120 subjects in his studies either don’t get sick or survive(…)

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Pay attention: A simple discovery tool for ADHD

Pay attention: A simple discovery tool for ADHD

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa and the Goldschleger Eye Research Institute at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, found what they’ve called a “foolproof” method of diagnosing children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Given ADHD’s uncodified set of symptoms, its unknown causes, and the many(…)

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When the blood-brain barrier gets breached

When the blood-brain barrier gets breached

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist This is the second of a two-part column on “BRAINS@BGU,” featuring some of the latest brain research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Last year, BGU toured President Obama through its brain research labs after the president launched his BRAIN initiative, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies,(…)

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Gray and white matters: Mapping autism in the brain

Gray and white matters: Mapping autism in the brain

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist As part of his U. S. brain initiative in 2014, President Obama visited Israel and learned about groundbreaking brain research developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. This is part one of a two-part look at some of those technologies. He’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s resident warrior(…)

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More good news on the diabetes front

More good news on the diabetes front

Janis Siegel, JTNews Columnist If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes within the last four years, there’s more good news from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher Dr. Eli Lewis. The most recent results from Phase 1 of Lewis’s second round of clinical trials showed very positive outcomes similar(…)

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New frontiers in food science

New frontiers in food science

By Janis Siegel , JTNews Columnist It’s called “microencapsulation” and by the year 2025, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, World Hunger, and other international food programs plan to combat world hunger and malnutrition by fortifying some of the most widely used condiments and seasonings with micronutrients and vitamins. The WHO’s lofty global nutrition goals include(…)

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How Mary Jane can help MS patients

How Mary Jane can help MS patients

By Janis Siegel , JTNews Columnist When it comes to finding a cure or even understanding why someone develops multiple sclerosis, scientists in Israel, who in 1964 were among the first in the world to identify the therapeutic effects of compounds in marijuana, could transform the face of the disease for many — including patients(…)

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Confused by I-522? Look to Israel for guidance

Confused by I-522? Look to Israel for guidance

By Janis Siegel , JTNews Columnist If you’re baffled by Initiative Measure No. 522, the proposed genetically modified food labeling ballot measure in the upcoming Nov. 2013 Washington State election, it might be instructive to explore Israel’s agricultural research and its regulation of GM foods. It may not necessarily clarify your position on the subject,(…)

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Our bodies: Time to tone and atone

Our bodies: Time to tone and atone

By Janis Siegel , JTNews Columnist As the Jewish community enters the New Year and atones for the “not-so-nice” acts of thoughtlessness or unkindness we might have done to others, it might also be a good time to look at what we do to ourselves. A growing body of clinical evidence shows that chronic stress(…)

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