23andMe has won approval to test for a host of genetically-linked illnesses, including Gaucher’s Disease, which primarily affects Jews.
For six months up to April 2015, Tom Frieden, 55, felt the weight of America’s panic. As the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Frieden was the government’s principal contact in stopping the Ebola virus epidemic in America.
Tay-Sachs is probably the best known ‘Jewish’ disease. But the vast majority of babies born with the disease are not Jewish.
Every Jewish couple thinks their baby is special. Amanda and Akiva Zablocki’s son is truly one in a million — but in perhaps the most heart-wrenching way imaginable.
Pemphigus is a rare autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own skin. The ailment has a higher incidence among Ashkenazi Jews.
Here is a list of diseases that are often screened for in Sephardic Jewish couples who are planning to have children because of an elevated risk of carrying a recessive mutation.
A mumps outbreak in New York and New Jersey in which 97 percent of the more than 3,500 cases were Orthodox Jews and most male was a result of the way the boys are schooled, according to a new study.
Jews should no longer be categorized by their ethnic origin when being tested for hereditary conditions, says the Health Ministry. The mixing of Jewish communities - mixed heritage - has rendered such categorization pointless, the ministry’s community genetics department says.
Lumpy jaw disease is a serious — often even fatal — condition for captive kangaroos. Now, an Israeli-innovated tooth varnish is keeping their gums in top shape. The contagious gum disease that tends to plague kangaroos living in captivity presented a major problem for marsupials at Jerusalem’s Tisch Family Zoo (www.jerusalemzoo.org.il and at Gan Garoo Park in the Galilee. Until now, the only available antibiotic treatment required anesthetizing the animals daily for 10 days and keeping them quarantined a course that was extremely tough on them and their keepers. Some 40 percent of Gan Garoo’s kangaroos died from the disease or the stress of treatment. And figures were the same at zoos all over the world. But professors at Hebrew University’s dentistry (dental.huji.ac.il) and pharmacy (pharmacy.huji.ac.il/eng/default.asp) schools came to the rescue. Working with veterinary professionals at the two facilities, they developed a topical, slow-release, one-time treatment. Zoos all over the world are keen to get hold of the preparation for their own animals. Downloads: VIDEO: - Kangaroo Gum Disease HiRes: www.megaupload.com - Kangaroo Gum Disease HiRes No Voice: www.megaupload.com - Kangaroo Gum Disease Streaming: www.megaupload.com - Kangaroo Gum Disease Streaming No Voice: www.megaupload.com DOCUMENTS: - Kangaroo Gum Disease SCRIPT: www.megaupload.com - Kangaroo Gum Disease INTRO: www.megaupload.com Please credit the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
An Israeli biotech company has produced two important innovations: One that can easily diagnose sleep apnea and another capable of predicting heart disease. Israel has a very strong biotechnology industry and medical devices are a major area of development. Itamar Medical (www.itamar-medical.com located in Caesarea, uses Peripheral Arterial Tone (PAT) to create two innovative devices that are winning awards worldwide. President and CEO of Itamar Medical, Dov Rubin explains that PAT “is the monitoring of the pulses in your fingertips or in the extremities. They turn out to be a very important indicator, almost a non-invasive window into the body.” With the new WatchPAT from Itamar Medical, which measures PAT and other indicators — such as oxygen level, body position and snoring — sleep apnea can now be monitored and diagnosed in a wireless situation, from the comfort of one’s home. The device is strapped on your wrist like a watch and attached to one of your fingers. The information it records is downloaded to a PC by a doctor, and the software instantly analyzes and produces a comprehensive report. WatchPAT has made inroads with doctors in the US. In Northern California Kaiser Permanente (members.kaiserpermanente.org is using it in place of sleep labs, and just last year used it to perform 22000 tests. Similar fingertip-monitoring technology is being used by the company in a 15-minute clinical test that has been proven to predict the development of heart disease. The …