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Russia Invents Bubonic Plague Epidemic in US

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Russia has invented a supposed widespread epidemic of Bubonic Plague in the United States to advise citizens to stay home during the December holiday period.

Very little happens in Russia without political overtones, and it does not seem coincidental that Russia decided to invent an epidemic and single out the United States while not mentioning security concerns and the wave of terror in Israel.

More than one million former Soviet Bloc residents live in Israel and frequently are visited by relatives and friends.

Russia and the Obama administration are in a mini-Cold War, even colder since Vladimir Putin filled the power vacuum in Syria and sent in Russian planes and troops to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) and also to take the opportunity to bomb rebels opposing its puppet Basher al-Assad.

On the other hand, Israel and Russia have been coordinating remarkably over the combat that touches the northern border at the Golan Heights.

The country’s consumer protection agency stated that 10-15 cases of Bubonic Plague have been reported in the United States this year. That is true, but it is far from an epidemic. Although the average number of cases is six a year, there were 17 cases in 2006.

Bubonic Plague usually strikes in areas far from the path of tourists. Cases this year have been reported in rural and semi-rural areas in eight states, mostly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Georgia, Utah, Oregon, California and Michigan each have reported one case, but two of the victims were infected in Colorado and California.

Although it can strike at any time, the disuse usually occurs in from late spring to early fall and not in the dead of winter. The last reported case was in October in Oregon.

Moscow also warned travelers of security risks in Egypt, Thailand, and Turkey, favorite vacation spots for Russians, according to the Associated Press.

Russia also advised everyone to spend their money at home instead of taking a risk to their health by traveling to Europe, where it said Syrian refugees have brought infections with them.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israeli Salt Maker to Push Sodium Reduction at Paris Food Ingredient Fare

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

JNi.media) Israeli manufacturer Salt of the Earth, a global industry leader in salt and salt-related products, launches Umamix, its new sodium reduction ingredient for hamburgers and processed meat at Fi Europe, Paris, December 1-3.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, In most people, the kidneys have trouble keeping up with excess sodium in the bloodstream. As sodium accumulates, the body holds on to water to dilute the sodium. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure can stiffen blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can also lead to heart failure. There is also some evidence that too much salt can damage the heart, aorta, and kidneys without increasing blood pressure, and that it may be bad for bones, too.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. It accounts for two-thirds of all strokes and half of heart disease.

Salt is widely used in meat processing as a flavor enhancer as well as a functional ingredient. Hamburgers or meatballs typically contain 1.2-2% salt. But according to the latest lab tests results, Umamix can help decrease sodium by 45% in hamburgers and meatballs, and by 33% in frankfurter sausages, without affecting the taste of the final product. It is heat stable, pH stable, kosher, halal and has no artificial ingredients.

“Consumers are concerned more than ever about sodium content in their foods, but refuse to compromise on taste-and, of course, they also demand a clean label,” says Revital Ben Shachar, Marketing Manager for Salt of the Earth. “Our sodium reduction ingredient is designed to address these needs and keep the consumer-craved salty, savory flavor. This highly cost-effective ingredient thus allows processors to meet all consumer demand targets.”

Food Ingredients Europe and Natural Ingredients 2015 is a global food & natural ingredients exhibition, that attracted 1,300 exhibitors and some 23,000 visitors in 2013. The event is held bi-annually in different cities throughout Europe, and alternates with “HIE – Health Ingredients Europe.”

Salt of the Earth has been producing sustainable sea salt solutions for the global food industry since 1922, with customers in more than 30 countries on five continents.

Look for them at Fi Europe, booth #6N105.

JNi.Media

Ben Gurion U. Students’ Cancer Therapy Wins Boston Competition

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The student team from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has won the Best Health and Medicine Project category in the prestigious 12th annual iGEM 2015 Giant Jamboree competition with their cutting-edge biological cancer therapy called “Boomerang.”

IGEM is considered one of the most important ventures in the global sphere of science. Nearly 4,600 students competed in this year’s event in Boston.

The BGU project Boomerang is based on advanced methods of genetic engineering and synthetic biology. It has many applications that rely on the special characteristics of cancer cells to identify and alter cells as well as treat the disease at the molecular level.

The name “Boomerang” mirrors the actions in which the synthetic system uses cancer cells’ own genetic alterations against them.

As a cancer therapy, Boomerang works as a modular system. It can cause disruption of genes essential for cancer survival or activate suicide genes so that the cancer or tumor kills itself. Boomerang can also produce color proteins for cancer cell detection so that the edges of a tumor are visible to ensure complete surgical removal.

In addition to winning the grand prize in the Best Health and Medicine Project in the “Overgraduate” category (graduate level), the BGU team was a first runner-up in the overall competition, the first Israeli team to reach this level in iGEM.

The BGU team also won the Best New Basic Part Award for developing and submitting the best new functional DNA sequence to this year’s competition.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Kapparot ‘Sacrificial Chicken’ Ritual Gets Green Light in New York

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The much-embattled Jewish ritual of using a purchased, donated live chicken as a “kapparah,” or sacrifice with which to absolve one’s sins before Yom Kippur has been given a green light in New York.

The purchased chicken is returned to the organization after completing the prayer and is then ritually slaughtered and donated to the poor for food. In some communities money has replaced the rite where chickens have become unavailable or where politics have made the issue so unpalatable that it community leaders no longer have the energy to cope with the fallout.

State Supreme Court Justice Debra James decided against a petition by The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, ruling there was insufficient evidence to prove the ritual a public nuisance, the New York Post reported last week.

The lawsuit was filed this past July and named several rabbis, synagogues, the New York Police Department and New York City as well. It accused the NYC Health Department and the NYPD of aiding and abetting in the ritual by blocking off streets and sidewalks, and not enforcing city and state health and animal cruelty laws.

Various animal rights organizations, including PETA at one point, have annually made the same attempt.

Rabbi Shea Hecht, chairman of the board of the Chabad-Lubavitch-linked National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE), told JewishPress.com in a phone call on Sunday the organization is greatly relieved the judge upheld the ancient custom.

“We are very happy and proud that the Judge held up our Constitutional rights, which are based on freedom of religion, and has allowed us to keep this ancient minhag (custom). Although we recognize that this issue is not over,” he added, “we are thankful to God that we have the opportunity to carry out this important mitzvah to its fullest measure.”

The ritual is carried out as follows:

The live chicken is held above one’s head, and then slowly moved around in three sets of three circles as the petitioner recites a prayer that speaks of the “shadow of death… foolish sinners, afflicted because of their sinful ways and their wrongdoings.”

At no time is it considered permissible to handle the bird roughly, nor is it permissible to torment or upset the bird in any way, which itself is considered the separate sin of tza’ar ba’alei chaim (causing distress to a live creature of God).

The prayer (a brief excerpt follows) goes on to urge repentance, and describe how to expiate one’s sins on the day before Yom Kippur.

“They cry out to the Lord in their distress; He saves them from their afflictions. Redeem him from going down to the grave; I have found expiation [for him]… This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation. This rooster/hen shall go to its death and I shall proceed to a good, long life and peace.”

Hana Levi Julian

Ashkenazi Hareidi MK Now Cabinet Minister for First Time in 60 Years

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Hareidi Knesset Member Yaakov Litzman now is a full-fledged Cabinet minister, the first time since the days of the Ben-Gurion government that Ashkenazi rabbinical leaders have approved the position.

Unlike the Shas Hareidi Sephardi party, the Ashkenazi Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism party always has insisted that its Knesset Members not take a full Cabinet post, even if in effect they serve as minister, such as Deputy Health Minister Litzman.

The party did not want its members to carry out the responsibility of a full-fledged Cabinet minister, a post that could place Hareidim in a conflict with issues of Jewish law, such as abortion.

An appeal by an NGO to the High Court that a deputy minister cannot serve as minister without being called as such. The judges ruled in favor of the petitioners, leaving the Torah sages little choice but to allow Litzman to become a Cabinet member, with certain unspecified limits.

Torah sages from several Hareidi sects, including Vishnitz, attended a meeting Thursday morning that the Rebbe of Gur organized to discuss the spread of Shabbat violations in the country.

When the topic of Litzman’s becoming a Cabinet minister came up for discussion, and after a telephone conversation with the Rebbe of Belz, approval was given for Litzman to become a Cabinet minister, and he was blessed to “sanctify G-d’s name.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Another Massive Heat Wave Hits Israel, Middle East

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Israelis headed back to the beach on Sunday — at least, those who were not hiding out in buildings with air conditioning or beneath really efficient ceiling fans.

This is the third such unseasonably high heat wave to hit the region in less than a month.

In Egypt, where temperatures rose as high as 114 Farenheit over the past week, the heat-related death toll has risen to 93. Most of those who died were elderly.

Israel’s Health Ministry is urging the public to remember to drink plenty of water. The ministry is particular urges the elderly and those with chronic conditions during the current heat wave to avoid exposure to the sun and heat as much as possible, and to also avoid physical exercise in addition to drinking plenty of water.

Sweltering temperatures in Israel on Sunday are predicted for up to 99 F (37 C) in Jerusalem and 95 C (35 C) in Tel Aviv. But it will feel much hotter, due to the humidity – in Tel Aviv, for instance, it will feel like 113 F (45 C).

Temperatures are expected to soar as high as 104 F and above (40 F) on Sunday in other areas throughout the country — as high as 115 F (46 C) in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat.

At the Dead Sea, a haven for medical tourism in the skin care industry, temperatures are predicted to reach 111 F (44 C) but will feel more like 119 F (48 C) due to the humidity.

In the northern Negev, in Be’er Sheva, temperatures will climb to 108 F (42 C).

In the Jordan Valley, temperatures are predicted to hit 118 F (48 F); around Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee), the temperatures could climb to 113 F (45 C) – but because of the afternoon humidity, it will feel like 136 F (58 C).

In the north along the coast, as in Tel Aviv, in Haifa it will hit 95 F (35 C) and in the Golan Heights, the temperatures will also reach a relatively cool 102 F (39 C).

The current heat wave is expected to last at least into Tuesday, although the temperatures may drop a little by then.

Hana Levi Julian

Medical Marijuana to be Available at Pharmacies

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Israelis soon will be able to take a doctor’s prescription for marijuana to the local pharmacy, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said Monday.

He noted that pharmacies issue prescriptions for other drugs that are considered narcotics and that procedures are well-supervised. A case in point is Ritalin. A person wanting to fill a prescription for the drug, which when ground up and sniffed can be extremely dangerous, has to wait at the counter until the pharmacist opens the safe.

“I will fight an aggressive war not to allow this to get out of control,” said Litzman, who in effect is the Health Minster, a title he does not accept because the Hareidi Yehadut Torah (United Torah Judaism) party does not want to be part of a “Zionist” Cabinet.

He said that making marijuana available at pharmacies awaits court approval concerning tenders for growers of “grass.”

Litzman said that there procedures overseeing prescriptions for marijuana will be issued either through law or administrative orders.

Health Ministry Prof. Boaz Lev added that officials will make it possible for more doctors to be able to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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