Monday, May 05, 2008

Israel's Medical Accomplishments
Israel has developed a lot of medical technology that helps the world. I didn't believe it at first, thinking it was something like Gore's bragadocia, but Israel developed the CT Scan and magnetic resonance imaging (the MRI). What would we be doing without these diagnostic tools?
Other items of biotechnology account for over half of all scientific publications. Scientists in Israel have learned to produce a human growth hormone and interferon which are a group of proteins used against viral infections. Copaxone, a medicine used in treating MS was developed in Israel.
They've also come up with a controlled-release liquid polymer to prevent tooth plaque from accumulating, a device to reduce swellings of the prostate gland whether or not it is benign or malignant, botulin to correct eye squint, and the miniturre camera in a capsule you swallow used to diagnose gastro-intestinal diseases.
"Israel’s universities [51] and research institutes [52] are largely government-funded, and each of these has established its own research authority and commercial limb.
For example, the Neuromedical Electrical Stimulation Systems Ltd. (NESS), a glove-like device that can stimulate movements in a paralyzed hand or arm, was designed at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. [53]

Over the decades there have been a multitude of Israeli-created medical technologies that save and improve lives. A small sampling:

Given Imaging’s PillCam video capsule: A disposable, miniature video camera contained in a capsule that can be easily ingested by the patient. The PillCam redefines the way medical professionals diagnose gastrointestinal disorders;
[54]
MediGuide: An accurate new imaging technology enables doctors to track the progress of miniature medical devices used during surgery; [55]

LifeMel Honey: Made by bees fed on a special therapeutic nectar, a special honey reduces anemia and builds the immune system of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy; [56]

Arbel Medical: New IceSense technology will potentially remove breast lumps and tumors with cryotherapy, a method of surgery that uses extreme cold to kill diseased tissue. [57]"
These are but a few of the benefits that have been coming out of Israel.
Reference: www.mfa.gov.ilMFA/Facts about Israel in Science and Technology
The Israel Project
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