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June 28, 2016 / 22 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Hadassah medical center’

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.

JNi.Media

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

Israeli Scientists Testing Cannabis Treatment for Diabetes

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Israeli scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have tracked down a specific chemical compound in the cannabis plant, a cannabinoid called “cannabidiol” that researchers say can be used to treat diabetes.

The best source for cannabidiol, or CBD as it is called, appears to be hemp – a plant with no potential for abuse and which has no psychoactive properties.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam is the researcher known for discovering CBD as well as his collaboration with researcher Dr. Ruth Gallily, also from Hebrew University. It was Mechoulam who discovered receptors for cannabinoids not only in the brain, but elsewhere as well, in other body tissues. The discovery opened up an entirely new area of research into how coucannabinoids could be modified to fit different receptors, and thereby treat different illnesses.
Meanwhile, the discovery is already heading to market. An Israeli company called ISA Scientific has recently signed a worldwide collaboration and licensing deal with Yissum, the technology-transfer company of Hebrew University, as well as Hadasit, the technology-transfer company of Hadassah Medical Organization of Jerusalem, and KIR, the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research in the UK.

The agreement backs the creation and development of specific therapies using cannabidiol (CBD) by the inter-disciplinary research team headed by Mechoulam. KIR director and immunologist Sir Marc Feldman is also involved in the effort, as are Hadassah researchers and physicians Chaim Lotan, Lolan Weiss and Ronen Durst.

Phase I clinical trials on dosing and safety are now underway in Israel, according to ISA Scientific CEO Mark J. Rosenfeld. “Arrangements for Phase 2 trials on treating diabetes and chronic pain are in process,” he said in a statement.

Rosenfeld added that the firm’s Israeli research and development team had been working on the issue of an oral delivery system. Very little CBD reaches the bloodstream when taken by mouth, according to an article posted to the Israel21c news website, necessitating a more efficient system. The problem was solved “with propietary nanotechnology” currently being integrated into the firm’s clinical trials.

According to Rosenfeld, CBD seems to have no major side effects, and apparently does not affect activities such as work, school, sports or driving. More to the point, the company says in a statement on its website that it is working towards creating a way to “control diabetes into the medical market place.

“CBD may even help prevent diabetes.”

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Fighters in Syria May Be Felled By Lesions (Not Legions)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

To everything in its season, and so the tide has turned once more in the Middle East. What bombing could not end, God’s Mighty Hand may accomplish with a tiny fly.

Fighters for Daesh, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization, are now being attacked by a terrible skin disease called Leishmaniasis.

Two types of the disease have been identified in the region: Leishmaniasis major, and Leishmaniasis tropica. Both are carried and transmitted by parasites hosted on sand flies in the environment.

Although an article by Hadassah Medical Center says the disease cannot be transferred from person to person, researchers found in a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases in 2003 that such transmission may indeed be possible, since parasites can jump.

An outbreak of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) in the Galilee region of northern Israel in 2003 was discussed in the article which noted 33 cases in four villages and in the city of Tiberias were diagnosed between 1996 and 2003. The disease, which spread through parasites and sand flies, had mutated from its predecessor, Leishmania major and other tropical diseases.

CL due to Leishmania major as opposed to MCL and VL (two other forms) was defined as being zoonotic and much more difficult to treat. The cutaneous lesions were said to last much longer and the disease was described as life-threatening if it progressed to visceral leishmaniasis (VL). The study found that rock hyraxes found in northern Israel around Lake Kinneret were the most probable reservoir hosts for the parasites that carry the disease.

If that is true, then so too is it likely that ISIS fighters are facing a difficult time because it was mentioned that the parasites also jump from person to person, as well from the living animals around them.

More to the point, the disease is caused by poor hygiene and bad living conditions; it has affected at least 100,000 people in Syria, according to the latest reports. It can result in open flesh wounds, ulcers, an enlarged spleen and liver, anemia and ultimately lead to death.

Although it’s pretty easy to treat, there are very few medics and trained medical professionals left in Syria and ISIS-controlled Iraq who know how to manage it.

Volunteers with the Doctors Without Borders organization of course know how to handle it – but since ISIS is deeply dedicated to kidnapping, torturing and murdering those helping hands, it’s not likely they are going to see any help from them. Ditto for Syrian government troops for the same reason.

Ironically, a new project was launched last year by the Israeli Pharmaseed research company to track down a treatment for this disease.

Four partners were recruited for the project. Two of the four — the Dead Sea and Arava Science Centers – identified 70 plant extracts that may be relevant for fighting the parasite.

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, meanwhile, will test the efficacy of the extracts on leishmaniasis samples.

Pharmaseed is coordinating the project and is responsible for safety tests, and for assessing the potential efficacy of the extracts being tested.

Jordan University of Science and Technology Prof. Nabil Hailat will carry out advanced live and clinical trials (on humans) in Jordan, which should yield the test results.

Rachel Levy

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