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Doctors & Divestment

25 November 2002

In an act of solidarity with the people of Israel, and in particular with its medical community, seventy prominent American professors attended a US-Israel Solidarity Medical Conference this week in Jerusalem. The conference, held November 24 - 25, was sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and Hadassah, and was meant to be a counterbalance to the divestment campaign and other anti-Israel activities on US university campuses. “We´re saying no to the European boycotts and to the university divestment campaigns and we're showing support for Israel,” said Harvard's Ben Sachs, American Conference Chair and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Twelve attendees came from Harvard University alone.

Guest lecturers included Professor Jordan J. Cohen, President of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Professor Gary R. Fleisher, Chief Pediatrician of Boston's esteemed Children's Hospital. The solidarity conference focused on the treatment of victims of conventional and non-conventional warfare, with Israeli physicians presenting a breakthrough treatment for trauma, developed as a result of many “unhappily learned lessons,” as explained by Professor Shmuel Shapira, Deputy Director General of Hadassah University Hospital. Also on the agenda were lecturers addressing changes in emergency medicine and trauma, cancer diagnosis and treatment, fertility, pregnancy and obstetrics.

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Major Israeli Breakthrough in Treating Fatal Form of Strep A

23 October, 2002
After five years of research, a team headed by Dr. Alon Moses, an infectious disease specialist at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Hospital department of clinical microbiology, and Prof. Emanuel Hanski of the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, have succeeded in replicating a protein that exists only in the non-virulent form of the bacteria [Strep A]. When the protein was introduced into the virulent bacteria and tested on laboratory mice, there was no incidence of the severe form of the illness and all the animals recovered completely from the infection.

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Gene helps Jews resist Alcoholism

19 September 2002

Genes may help explain why Jewish people typically have fewer drink problems than non-Jews, researchers said last night. A study has shown that a genetic mutation carried by at least a fifth of Jews appears to protect against alcoholism. The same inherited trait is fairly common in Asian people, but is much rarer in white Europeans. The findings could help explain why Israel has one of the lowest levels of alcoholism in the developed world.

The study´s author, Dr Deborah Hasin, from Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, said: "This finding adds to the growing body of evidence that this genetic variation has a protective effect against alcoholism among Jewish groups. "The mutation, called ADH2*2, is involved in the way the body breaks down alcohol in the bloodstream.

Scientists are unsure exactly how it protects against alcoholism, but it is thought to increase levels of the toxic chemical acetaldehyde - a by-product of alcohol metabolism. At high levels, acetaldehyde causes headaches, nausea and flushing. Almost all white Europeans lack the ADH2*2 variation and so produce less of the by-product. Thus drinking tends to be more pleasurable, increasing the risks of alcoholism.

Past research has shown that the variant is found in 20 per cent of Jewish people. Those with the variant tend to drink less frequently, consume less alcohol overall or have more unpleasant reactions to drink.

The new study, published this month in the journal ‘Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research’, looked at the relationship between the gene variant and alcoholism among 75 Israeli Jews aged 22 to 65. Those with ADH2*2 had "significantly lower indicators of alcohol dependence". The protective effect of the gene depended on the country of origin and how recently they had arrived in Israel.

The effect was strongest for Ashkenazis, Jews of European background and arrivals from Russia before 1989, and the Sephardics, those of Middle Eastern and North African background, than for more recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Among those with the gene variant, the recent Russian immigrants tended to have a history of much heavier drinking than their Sephardic and Ashkenazic counterparts.

Dr Hasin said: "Russia has one of the highest levels of alcohol consumption whereas Israel has one of the lowest."

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Hold the Pepperoni

02 June 2002

In under a month, more than 4,000 trays of pizza thousands of bottles of cola were delivered to IDF soldiers stationed in Judea, Samaria and Gaza thanks to the generosity of friends of Israel around the world. The initiative to raise money to send pizzas to the soldiers serving on the confrontation lines was that of several reservists who wanted to get world Jewry involved and bring a smile to Israeli soldiers’ faces. Since that first month, the orders have not ceased arriving, according to the project’s initiators.

The contributions in pizzas have reached tens of thousands of dollars, thus far. The pizzas and drinks themselves are ordered from pizzerias in communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza near areas where troops are stationed. The project thus also contributes to the economies of local communities, hit hard by the ongoing Oslo War.

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Indian Facilities With Israeli Protection

16 May 2002

An Israeli firm, Magal Security Systems, will be providing security for communications facilities in India by the end of 2002. The deal, worth about $4 million, is to protect thousands of communications nodes of an extensive Wide Area Network in India with digital video and audio access control and perimeter defense systems, reports the financial newsletter of Atid-EDI. The systems to be installed are part of a larger comprehensive security program of the large Indian concern that placed the order with Magal.

Magal Security Systems, headquartered in Yahud, near Tel Aviv, produces computerized security systems that automatically detect and identify the nature of unauthorized intrusions. Magal products are currently used in more than 70 countries worldwide for the protection of national borders, airports, correctional facilities, nuclear power stations and other sensitive facilities.

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Jews and Ukrainians in Intergalactic Alliance

19 April 2002

The Space Agencies of the State of Israel and the Ukraine have signed an agreement this month for cooperation in the fields of space technology. Israeli President Katsav and Ukrainian President Kuchma attended the signing, which was held at the Marinsky Palace in the Ukraine. The two Agencies will exchange technology, scientific delegations and hold joint seminars. The fields in which the two countries can look to cooperate include missile technology, navigation systems and communications satellite technology.

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