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A lighter touch in the dentist’s chair

  LiteTouch laser system, by Israel’s Syneron Dental, replaces the dreaded drill and first-generation lasers with a lighter-weight, easier-to-use device   By David HaleviLaser technology has made visits to the dentist much easier for patients to face. But working with a laser drill is almost as difficult for dentists as working with a traditional turbine drill, due to its unwieldy wired optic fibers and unfamiliar feel.To help dentists out, Syneron Dental Lasers of Yokneam, Israel, has developed an innovative wireless system “that has played a pivotal role in transforming the way practitioners perform dental treatments today,” says company president Ira…
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Despite progress, efforts must be redoubled to end HIV/AIDS epidemic – UN officials

  UN, Despite the tremendous progress that has been achieved in the response to HIV/AIDS, it is urgent that efforts be redoubled to end this global epidemic, top United Nations officials stressed today, highlighting in particular the need to expand services and scale up resources.  “Together we must act strategically and effectively to achieve the vision of a world with zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths,” the General Assembly President, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said in remarks to an Assembly meeting held to review progress following last year’s high-level meeting on HIV and AIDS. In the remarks,…
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Safer radiation therapy

  An Israeli company's biodegradable 'balloon' radically reduces the negative side effects of radiation in cancer treatment.     By Desmond BentleyThe main drawback of radiation therapy for cancer patients is that it harms healthy tissues surrounding a malignant tumor under radiation bombardment.Now the Israeli company BioProtect has come up with a unique biodegradable "balloon" that physically separates cancerous and healthy tissues during radiation therapy for prostate cancer.BioProtect's CEO, Amir Shiner, says the company's trademarked ProSpace represents a breakthrough in its field. "We're bringing a new product to the market," he says. "There's a clear clinical need for this product…
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Caregivers Boost Alzheimer's Awareness

  November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month   Faiza Elmasry, Washington, D.C. November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and Family Caregiver Month. An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's.U.S. President Barack Obama called upon the people of the United States to learn more about Alzheimer's and to offer support to people living with the disease, as well as their caregivers.Climbing mountainsAlan Arnette, a 55-year-old mountain climber, was one of those caregivers. His sport and his job, as an IT company executive, took a back seat when his mother, Ida, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007. “So, after…
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A cancer vaccine you can live with

  Vaxil's groundbreaking therapeutic vaccine, developed in Israel, could keep about 90 percent of cancers from coming back   As the world's population lives longer than ever, if we don't succumb to heart disease, strokes or accidents, it is more likely that cancer will get us one way or another. Cancer is tough to fight, as the body learns how to outsmart medical approaches that often kill normal cells while targeting the malignant ones.In a breakthrough development, the Israeli company Vaxil BioTherapeutics has formulated a therapeutic cancer vaccine, now in clinical trials at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem. If…
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A sensor that can determine the severity of asthma

  A new 'wheezometer' developed in Israel, helps asthmatics discover how serious an asthma attack is, and whether an ER visit is necessary.   By Avigayil KadeshIf a child wakes up with a fever, a simple thermometer check can give parents all the information they need when they speak to the doctor. But if a child wakes up wheezing from an asthma attack, how can parents and physicians judge if it’s mild enough to be handled at home or serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit? That’s one of the dilemmas now solved by KarmelSonix, an international medical device…
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Israeli ice device destroys benign breast tumors in minutes

  Biomedical company IceCure offers women a quick, scar-free and virtually painless option for freezing fibrous breast growths out of existence.   By Avigayil KadeshAn Israeli product that gives benign breast tumors the cold shoulder is launching in US medical offices and hospitals. Last December, the US Food and Drug Administration cleared IceSense3, a device made by IceCure Medical to vanquish fibroadenoma tumors by freezing them in a minimally invasive procedure. Two months later, the biomedical firm went public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, raising $10.5 million in its initial public offering.CEO Hezi Himelfarb explains that during an ultrasound-guided…
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US Approves 1st New Lupus Drug in 50 Years

  Lupus Drug - First medication ever developed specifically for the autoimmune disorder   Vidushi Sinha, Washington, D.C. VOA NewS The first new drug to treat lupus in a half century - and the first ever specifically developed to treat the autoimmune disorder - is heading to market in the United States. Under the trade name Benlysta, it is the first federally-approved drug to be derived from genomics, the study of genes and their functions.Eva Gaskin has been married for 17 years. But one day four years ago, she suddenly was unable to recognize her husband, and became convinced that…
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Matches made in bone marrow banks

  Both Jews and Arabs whose names are listed in their respective bone marrow registries are willing to donate to save the life of a perfect stranger.   By Avigayil Kadesh Only about 1.2 million of the world's roughly 400 million ethnic Arabs live in Israel, yet the sole registry for Arab bone marrow donors is located in Jerusalem's Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. Bone marrow transplanted from a genetically matching donor may be effective against blood cancers and a variety of genetic diseases.Arab registry director Amal Bishara, an Arab woman with a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Hadassah, has…
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