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May 2, 2016 / 24 Nisan, 5776

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Peres in Stable Condition Following Heart Procedure

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Former President Shimon Peres, 92, is reported in stable condition and resting comfortably after having undergone emergency cardiac catheterization Thursday morning.

Peres was rushed to Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer Medical Center after he reported feeling chest pains. A paramedic in his security detail encountered cardiac arrhythmia when he performed an EKG.

Personal physician (and son-in-law) Professor Rafi Walden came to the home and after two consulted, decided to send the former president to the hospital, according to Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

An angiogram performed after his arrival at the hospital showed the former president had a narrowed artery, which had caused a mild heart attack.

The artery was opened during catherization and blood flow to the heart is now reported to be “very good,” according to Professor Michael Eldar, director of the Heart Institute at the hospital.

There are no other signs of atherosclerosis in any of the surrounding arteries or blood vessels, he added.

A visit to the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, and participation in the third annual Ladino Festival in Tel Aviv were set for Thursday. Both have been cancelled.

Peres served twice as prime minister and most recently as president, until 2014. He also is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which he was awarded in 1994 during his tenure as Israel’s foreign minister, jointly with the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat, “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.”

Nearly his entire career was spent as a member of the Labor Party.

About two weeks ago, a rumor was floated around the Internet that Peres had died – a spokesperson squelched the claim and issued a statement saying, “Shimon Peres would like to clarify that he is alive and well. The only thing occupying him at this moment is his dinner.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have sent their wishes for a refuah sheleyma (quick return to complete, good health), via Yona Bartal, who is an assistant to the elder statesman.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli-Australian Researchers Discover How to Regrow Heart Muscle

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Scientists in Israel and Australia have discovered a way to regrow heart muscle cells, a breakthrough that may have major implications for heart attack victims. According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in the State of Israel.

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot and the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney have discovered a way to stimulate the growth of heart muscle cells, according to the study’s principal investigator, molecular biologist Gabriele D’Uva.

Professor Richard Harvey of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, a key member of the team, spoke with The Guardian newspaper about the findings, which were published Tuesday in the scientific journal, ‘Nature Cell Biology.’

“There’s always been an intense interest in the mechanism salamanders and fish use which makes them capable of heart regeneration,” Harvey explained. “One thing they do is send their cardiomyocytes, or muscle cells, into a dormant state, which they then come out of to go into a proliferative state – which means they start dividing rapidly and replacing lost cardiomyocytes.

“There are various theories why the human heart cannot do that, one being that our more sophisticated immune system has come at a cost, and because human cardiomyocytes are in a deeper state of quiescence, that has made it very difficult to stimulate them to divide,” he continued.

While studying lab mice, however, the team discovered a way to overcome that barrier, at least in the lab, by stimulating a signalling system in the heart that is driven by a hormone called neuregulin.

When neuregulin was stimulated, heart muscle cells divided “spectacularly” in both adolescent and adult mice. However, in humans this hormone is blunted about a week after birth. Likewise, it’s muted about 20 weeks after birth in mice as well, according to the research.

Triggering the neuregulin pathway following a heart attack in the mice led to a replacement of lost muscle, however – repairing the heart and helping it regain its former health, almost completely.

“We will now examine what else we can use, other than genes, to activate that pathway, and it could be that there are already drugs out there – used for other conditions and regarded as safe – that can trigger this response in humans,” Harvey told The Guardian.

“The dream is that one day we will be able to regenerate damaged heart tissue much like a salamander can regrow a new limb if it is bitten off by a predator.”

Hana Levi Julian

Madoff Recovering from Heart Attack

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Bernard Madoff suffered a heart attack in prison last month and was hospitalized, CNBC revealed Wednesday after receiving an email from the 75-year-old Ponzi scheme rip-off artist. Madoff also is suffering from stage four kidney disease.

He former stockbroker wrote that he spent most of last month in the Duke University Medical Center and that he now is back in his Butner, N.C. prison, where he was sentenced to 150 years.

Madoff victim Norma Hill, 73, who had $2 million stolen from her, told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. “I don’t wish any ill on people. . . . I don’t like to hear of anybody being sick. But I don’t have any real sympathy for him.”

His wife Sondra, 80, was quoted as saying, “I care as much about him as he cared about us.”

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Minister Shai Piron Health Update

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Education Minister Shai Piron spent the night in Beilinson hospital after complaining of chest pains on his flight back to Israel with Prime Minister Netanyahu. He was rushed to the hospital as soon as the plane landed. A doctor on the flight took care of him until the plane landed.

IBA news reports that doctors at Beilinson report seeing no indications that Piron had a heart attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Minister Shai Piron had Heart Attack on Flight with Prime Minister

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

On the return flight from Poland with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Education Minister Shai Piron complained of chest pains.

He was given medication on the plane, by a doctor on the flight who suspected that Piron was suffering a heart attack.

As soon as the plane landed in Israel, Piron was rushed in an MDA ambulance to Beilinson hospital in Petach Tikvah. He is conscious and stable.

Refuah Shleimah (Get well).

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