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A “shocking” new therapy tackles impotence

An Israeli researcher finds that the device that blasts kidney stones with shockwaves appears to have a restorative effect on the blood vessels of the penis.   Treating impotence: Dr. Yoram Vardi, head of the Neuro-Urology Department of Ramban Medical …

Marijuana could alleviate symptoms of PTSD

An Israeli study finds that the cannabinoids in cannabis provide anxiety relief, could affect emotional memory and may enhance PTSD treatments.   Photo courtesy of Yossi Zamir/Flash90 In pill or drug form, cannabis could be used alongside exposure therapy to …

Rewiring responses to painful memories

An Israeli researcher has discovered that frightening memories can be “updated” with non-fearful information that wipes away the fear.   In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind the protagonists have their painful memories wiped clean. An Israeli researcher shows that …

Growing back a lost limb

An Israeli researcher has developed a biologically active ‘scaffolding’ of soluble fibers which could be used to regenerate lost or damaged bone and tissue.   If a lizard loses its tail, it grows right back, but for human beings a …

Detecting skin cancer at an earlier stage

Detection of skin cancer is usually done by the eye alone. Now Israeli researchers have developed a new device that can detect cancerous tumors at an earlier stage.   Photo courtesy of Miriam Alster, Flash90 Sunbathers are particularly at risk …

Scientists create heart cells from skin cells

Israeli scientists have developed a way to create beating heart cells with skin cells reprogrammed to become stem cells, making it possible to one day clinically repair a damaged heart.   Israeli scientists have discovered a way to create beating …

Send in the clowns [Video]

Send in the clowns [Video]

Israel offers the world’s first-ever academic program for medical clowns, at Haifa University.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmyAar1mbOQ A doctor at Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital says that when the medical clowns arrive at the Pediatric Intensive Care ward the kids start smiling …

Closing in on cancer

An Israeli researcher has stumbled on a drug that kills cancer cells without harming normal cells, paving the way for a more effective treatment against cancer.   An Israeli research scientist has accidentally discovered a chemical compound that eradicates cancer …