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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Happy Independence Day, ISRAEL.
Imagine what Israel could accomplish if she were not so busy
fighting the enemies from outside her borders, and the
enemies from within!
The following achievements are all within the last 3 months,
and should be celebrated by Israel's enemies and all
anti-Semites who no doubt will benefit from them, like the rest
of the world.
Your Truth Provider,
7,150,000 RESIDENTS IN ISRAEL-(Tel Aviv) As Israel's 59th Independence Day approaches, the country's population stands at 7,150,000 residents, almost nine times its population of 806,000 at the time of the state's creation in 1948. According to the Central Statistics Bureau, 76 per cent are Jewish, 20 per cent are Arab and 4 per cent are other. In 1948, Tel Aviv-with 248,500 residents-was the only city in Israel with over 100,000 residents. Today, 44 per cent of Israelis live in a city with a population greater than 100,000. (Ynet News, April 22)

DEVICE MAKES WALKING EASIER FOR MS PATIENTS-(Haifa) A Technion Institute computer science researcher has devised an auditory feedback system which enables patients with multiple sclerosis to improve their gait. Professor Yoram Baram said that the apparatus, which is an updated version of a virtual reality visual feedback device he developed a decade ago, can also help Parkinson's disease patients walk better. The visual feedback apparatus developed ten years ago influences more stride length while the auditory apparatus influences walking speed. Now that both devices have been integrated, the patient wears the visual feedback apparatus on his eyes and the earphones are connected to it. The results of Baram's work were recently published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences. (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Apr.10)

ISRAELI BREAKTHROUGH PROMISES TO SAVE LIVES-(Haifa) Cardiologists from Rambam Medical Center have proven for the first time that a prototype hybrid device combining a computerized tomography coronary angriography with an advanced nuclear camera can be much safer and more accurate in determining whether patients with chest pains need invasive treatment to prevent a heart attack. The innovative technology provides an accurate diagnosis of clogged coronary arteries-the same level as that in invasive catheterization but much more accurate than that from ordinary CT imaging of the heart alone. This will make many diagnostic catheterizations-which pose risks to the patient-unnecessary. Articles on the research were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (Jerusalem Post, March 1)

ISRAEL DEVELOPS BIOLOGICAL CLEANING PROCESS-(Tel Aviv) Professor Eugene Rosenberg, an Israeli professor from Tel Aviv University, has discovered "good" variety of bacteria called arthrobactor which is present at sites of crude oil contamination. The single-celled microorganisms enjoy feasting on oil and therefore play a major role in cleaning up oil spills. Based on Rosenberg's research, the newly formed Israeli company BioPetroClean is helping oil companies clean up accidental and purposeful oil contamination. The company has reared Rosenberg's strains of bacteria on a large scale and is building custom-made reactors to provide a green, clean, and cost-effective solution to many forms of oil contamination. (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 8)

FIRST ISRAELI SAVED FROM ACUTE LEUKEMIA-(Tel Hashomer, Israel) For the first time in Israel, the life of a woman suffering from secondary acute leukemia was saved by umbilical cord blood donated by two mothers after they gave birth. Stem cells from cord blood do not have to be the exact tissue type of the recipient, unlike bone marrow from adults. Sheba Hospital said the graft took in two weeks rather than the month it usually takes for bone marrow. The hospital's cord blood bank recently became the first in Israel to be accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks, which is the biggest regulatory body for the accreditation of blood banks, including that of the American Red Cross. (Jerusalem Post, February 2)

COMPUTERIZED LEGS HELP IDF AMPUTEES-(Tel Aviv) In March 2006 Dr. Ido Katz was one of 25 Israel Defense Forces veteran amputees whose mechanical, prosthetic legs were replaced with computerized models. Katz, deputy director of Assaf Harofeh Hospital, had one of his legs amputated above the knee after he was wounded in the first war with Lebanon. He explains that the main advantage of a microprocessor knee prosthesis is the confidence that it instills in its users. The mechanical prosthesis currently used by most amputees may collapse when it hits an obstacle-causing the user to fall-while the computerized prosthesis allows users to descend stairs and hills smoothly, Katz said. About 15,000 amputees around the world use mircroprocessor knees, which were developed in Canada and produced by the German Otto Bock company, an expert in prosthesis manufacturing. (Ha'aretz, May 31, 2006)

ENZYME COMPUTER COULD LIVE INSIDE BODY-(Jerusalem) A molecular computer that uses enzymes to perform calculations has been built by researchers in Israel. Itamar Willner, who constructed the molecular calculator with colleagues at the Hebrew University, believes enzyme-powered computers could eventually be implanted into the human body and used for various purposes. One use could be tailoring the release of drugs to a specific person's metabolism. Martyn Amos from University of Exeter in the UK, also sees great potential for such devices. "If such counters could be engineered inside living cells, then we can imagine them playing a role in applications such as intelligent drug delivery, where a therapeutic agent is generated at the site of a problem." (New Scientist, February 23, 2006)

ACHIEVEMENTS that benefit the human race, or bomb belts...which do you choose?



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