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Monday, December 9, 2013

I like to share good news from Israel to offset the negative media spin against the peaceful state.

Chemical stops brain from aging.  Researchers at the Hebrew university of Jerusalem and Israeli startup TyrNovo have discovered that a unique compound, named NT219, selectively inhibits the process of aging in order to protect the brain from neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.
Regulating proteins in the brain.  In May, Tel Aviv University researchers discovered that too much of the “bad” protein Tomosyn led to Alzheimer’s disease in mice.  Now they have identified lists of microRNA molecules that regulate proteins that are either good or bad for brain performance.
Israeli fibroid treatment is now in use across the UK.  The ExAblate focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) from Israel’s Insightec is already in use in London, destroying uterine fibroids that cause pain and infertility.  MRgFUS has now been installed at Solihull’s Spire Parkway Hospital in the West Midlands of England.
Israeli exoskeleton on CNN.  The “robotic trousers” from Israel’s ReWalk that help paraplegics to walk, have attracted interest from the TV channel that usually doesn’t have very nice things to say about the Jewish State.
Better calcium to treat osteoporosis.  (Thanks to Uri) Israeli biotech Amorphic has developed Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC) that the body absorbs far better than the crystalline form.  Amorphic produced synthetic ACC after studying the crayfish, which uses natural ACC to build its bones in low calcium conditions.
New treatment for ADD.  Israeli start-up Alcobra set out to reduce blood alcohol but came up with a treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder.  Alcobra claims metadoxine has all the benefits of Ritalin, Concerta, and Strattera without their drawbacks.
How Israel eradicated malaria.  The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is running a conference this coming week to analyze how Israel eliminated malaria from pre-State Palestine.  Lessons learned could help remove the scourge of malaria prevalent currently in Africa.