Arutz 7 Reporting:
|Doctors & Divestment
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
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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
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
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
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.
To contribute, please see:
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|Indian Facilities With Israeli Protection
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
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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