In May 2015 the Pan American Health Organization announced that a case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Brazil, the first infection outside of Africa, Southeast Asia, or the Pacific Islands. On February 1, 2016 the World Health Organization announced a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The virus has been rampantly spreading across the Americas. The international health community is deeply concerned, as they should be. What's the big deal, though?
It's that time of year again: winter. The season of widespread stuffy noses, sore throats, aching, and the rest of the many symptoms people experience while infected with various viruses and microbes. Many of us wake up during the winter feeling generally ill and wanting so so badly to just go back to bed and stay home, but we eventually get up and trudge along through a miserable work/school day. Our initial instinct to go back to bed may be more than just a yearning for rest.
In the war against bacteria, scientists are constantly having to invent new antibiotics as bacteria evolve resistant strains. Now an old idea seeing the light of day for the second time may hold the answer to the antibiotic vs. bacteria arms race. Two Israeli scientists, Dr. Ronen Hazan from the Institute of Dental Sciences at Hebrew University and Dr. Nurit Beyth from Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, are researching the therapeutic potential of a virus taken from Jerusalem’s sewage.
Israeli farmers have always had to adapt themselves to harsh conditions, regional instability, and seasonal variations.
Last year, for the first time since the 1960s, water flowed out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Jordan River, the same way it had done for millennia.
How do we learn to tell good from bad? This question, encompassing the fields of ethical philosophy, developmental psychology and even theology, has been debated for centuries. Now, Dr. Aner Govrin of Israel’s leading Bar Ilan University, has published a new model that explains how morality is built on connections learned in the first year of an infants life.
It may sound like science fiction, but a team of scientists from Cornell University in New York recently managed to build a ‘time cloak’.
A team of scientists at the Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva have discovered a genetic mutation that causes mental retardation and epilepsy in young babies, specifically among Moroccan Jews.
One of the leading causes of bacterial death in the world is invisible to the naked eye. This deadly threat comes from strains of bacteria known as “superbugs” that have been programed to resist manmade antibiotics. As soon as a new drug is released into the immune system, these cunning microbes invariably vanquish it.
Label warnings were designed to warn consumers of hazardous effects that the products they purchase may have on them. According to a research conducted at Tel Aviv University, warning labels such as those featured on cigarettes seem to have the opposite effect.