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Study of Israeli Jews and Arabs Causing Rethinking of Heart Disease

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The idea that plasma high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is protective against coronary heart disease has been part of medical conventional wisdom for five decades. HDL-C has traditionally been considered the most important component of so-called “good cholesterol” HDL. However, drug trials that increased HDL-C have failed to support a causal role for the amount of cholesterol carried in HDL in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.

With advances in the separation of lipoproteins by size and functionality, research has intensified to identify HDL measures that may be better predictors of coronary heart disease than the traditional HDL-C. Recent evidence suggests that small, dense, protein-rich particles in HDL may be more atheroprotective than large, buoyant cholesterol-rich particles.

To explore this further, 274 Arabs and 230 Jews residing in Jerusalem were recruited for a new study by researchers at the Braun School of Public Health in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine. This work, led by Prof. Jeremy Kark of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, was undertaken by Dr. Chobufo Ditah, a physician from Cameroon, as his thesis for the Braun School’s International Masters of Public Health (IMPH) program.

(Dr. Ditah, who received the Faculty of Medicine’s award of excellence for his MSc thesis and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the IMPH program, credits the Pears Foundation of Britain for enabling him to study at the Hebrew University. The IMPH program is made possible by donors who provide full scholarships to students from low-income countries, with the Pears Foundation endowing the largest number of scholarships and underpinning the associated alumni network. Dr. Ditah currently serves as a Medical Referent with the humanitarian NGO Doctors Without Borders, overseeing the implementation, evaluation and reorientation of medical interventions in host countries.)

The researchers used Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to identify the numbers and sizes of plasma HDL particles, and helical CT-scanning to identify calcification in their coronary arteries, reflecting the overall burden of coronary atherosclerosis. With these data in hand, they looked for associations between the concentrations and sizes of different HDL particles, and coronary artery calcification.

Their findings, published in the prestigious journal Atherosclerosis, showed a statistically significant inverse association of both the number of HDL particles (HDL-P) and the concentration of small and medium-sized HDL particles (MS-HDL-P) with coronary artery calcification, after adjusting for age, statin use, smoking, and other factors. There was no association between large HDL-P and coronary artery calcification in either population group. The association with HDL-C was weaker and inconsistent between men and women.

“Our findings indicate that HDL-P and MS-HDL-P are better independent markers of coronary artery disease, as reflected by coronary artery calcification, than HDL-C, at least in this bi-ethnic population of Israelis and Palestinians,” said Dr. Chobufo Ditah.

“With a better understanding of HDL’s complexity and a better ability to measure its components, it is now possible to move past HDL-C to more refined measures that better reflect HDL’s role in coronary heart disease risk. Based on the accumulating evidence, incorporation of MS-HDL-P or HDL-P into the routine prediction of coronary heart disease risk should be considered,” said Prof. Jeremy Kark.

“These findings support previous reports, based on studies in other population groups, suggesting that small dense HDL particles are protectively associated with risk of coronary heart disease. The consistency of this finding in a new population of urban Arabs and Jews, using different disease outcomes and different separation methods, add more strength to those findings,” added Dr. Ditah.

Participants in this research are affiliated with the following institutions: Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine; Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine; Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem; Mankon Sub-Divisional Hospital, Cameroon; LipoScience, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, USA.


Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh’s Nephew Hospitalized in Israel

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The nephew of Hamas de facto prime minister Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized over the weekend at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The report, broadcast by Israel’s Channel 2 television news, did not include details of why the nephew was admitted. The report could not be independently confirmed.

Israel has confirmed that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group has been “partnering” with the growing local Sinai Province branch of the now-international Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization, based primarily in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

Hamas has been providing medical aid, communications and technical support as well as assistance with funding resources to the group via its Gaza tunneling system, some of which snakes its way beneath the Egyptian border — and, at least until recently — under the Israeli border as well.

The Sinai Province group, once known as Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis, is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood — as is Hamas — and is committed to toppling the Cairo government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Hana Levi Julian

Update on IDF Officer Wounded in Hizmeh Bombings

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The condition of the IDF officer wounded in the multiple-bombing attack near Hizmeh on Tuesday night has improved.

As of Thursday evening, the soldier is recuperating after undergoing extensive surgery at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital. He was wounded in the face and head from the explosions.

He is now listed as stable and in moderate condition.

A second soldier was lightly wounded in the leg from shrapnel from one of the bombs.

Four bombs blew up, while another 5 failed to detonate at the scene of the terror attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Update on IDF Officer Wounded in Hizmeh Bombings

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The IDF officer wounded in the multiple-bombing attack near Hizmeh on Tuesday night continues to be serious condition.

As of Wednesday morning, the soldier is still undergoing surgery at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital. He was wounded in the face and head from the explosions.

His life is not in danger.

A second soldier was lightly wounded in the leg from shrapnel from one of the bombs.

Four bombs blew up, and another 5 failed to detonate at the scene of the terror attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Crackdown Bringing Back Deterrence More through Annoyance than Fear

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) Citizen journalist Nehemia Gershuni’s report, “Stabbing Intifada of 2015 Statistics” mentions al-Issawiya—an urban, Arab neighborhood on Mount Scopus, near Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem—five times, between July 26, when two police were lightly injured from stones thrown at them, and October 16, when Border Police using a search dog discovered a pipe bomb ready for use in al-Issawiya. In between, the neighborhood has been a constant battleground, with riots, sparks, stones, burning tires, in short—every policeman’s nightmare.

On Wednesday, the Ma’an news agency ran a cover story titled, “Israeli Crackdown Bringing Back Deterrence More through Annoyance than Fear,” reporting that “as Israeli authorities increase restrictions on Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, residents of al-Issawiya say humiliating inspections by Israeli forces have turned their lives into a ‘nightmare.’”

Al-Issawiya is one of those Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem which have benefited economically and otherwise from their annexation by Israel. For one thing, before the 1967 war, the neighborhood had a population of 1,300, now it boasts about 19,000. A girls’ school in al-Issawiya is one of five elementary schools in the Jerusalem area that teach philosophy to third-graders as part of a program operating in 70 countries. A project sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem coordinates educational work with youth in Al-Issawiya. Israeli-Arab students at the university undergo a training seminar that provides them with the requisite teaching and facilitation skills. In 2005, the Peres Center for Peace inaugurated a synthetic turf soccer field in Al-Issawiya as part of the Twinned Peace Soccer School project, built with South Korean funding.

Al-Issawiya residents work at the Hadassah Medical Center, which stands on a hill overlooking the neighborhood. When local residents throw Molotov cocktails at the hospital, they are as likely to hit their own neighbors as they are Jewish doctors or nurses from other parts of the city.

To go by the Ma’an report, the neighborhood is being taught a lesson, reprisal, if you will, for interrupting many years of a relatively prosperous co-existence. “The Israeli occupation is trying to practice a policy of humiliation at the military checkpoints in the main exits of al-Issawiya,” said local resident and activist Hani al-Issawi. “Residents are not allowed to leave the village in groups. Every single person must undergo inspections,” he added.

There are no beatings, no mass arrests, no starvation, and there are only few raids, but local men, including the elderly, are forced to pull up their shirts and sometimes take their trousers going in and out of the check point at the entrance to the neighborhood, and many undergo physical inspections. Female residents are searched by female soldiers, with or without physical inspections. Residents must let soldiers look inside their bags and must present their ID cards.

Local activist Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma’an, “Every morning, queues of schoolchildren, workers and employees are seen waiting in front of the checkpoint,” he added, and inspecting each person can take as long as five minutes.

These measures have increased as the level of violence has risen, since the start of October, one day after the memorable UN speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that blamed Israel for deigning to take over the al-Aqsa mosque. Following a series of stabbing attacks and car attacks that left at least nine Israelis dead since Oct. 1, Al-Issawiya is finding out the hard way what happens when a central government decides to bring down violence at all cost. Al-Issawiya is one of several Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem that has come under such restrictions, according to Ma’an. Israeli forces have been installing a large concrete wall to separate Jabal al-Mukabbir from the Jewish neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv. Prime Minister Netanyahu has ordered that plan scrapped, and asked police to come up with something more creative.


Motorcyclist Stoned and Injured in Jerusalem

Monday, May 4th, 2015

A motorcyclist was attacked by stone-throwers at the northern end of Jerusalem’s Begin Highway, between the Atarot the Ben-Tzion Interchange.

MDA paramedics are treating the 40-year-old man for a hand injury, and have transported the lightly injured man to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital.

Border Police and IDF troops are looking for the attackers.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Shira Klein Being Released from Hadassah Hospital, Heading Over to Tel Hashomer

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Shira Klein, who was very seriously injured in the vehicular terror attack on April 15 at French Hill that killed Shalom Yochai Sherki, will be released tomorrow from the Orthopedic department at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital.

Klein only regained consciousness on April 25th.

She was saved by Hadassah Hospital’s incredible team of trauma experts, neurosurgeons and orthopedists.

Doctors at Hadassah hospital said she is leaving in a good and stable condition.

Klein will be heading over to Tel Hashomer hospital for further rehabilitation.

Refuah Shleimah.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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