ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
CE Mark for heart valve repair system. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Valtech Cardio has received European approval for its Cardioband implantable mitral reconstruction device. Trials showed that that Cardioband is a highly effective first-line treatment option for reducing mitral regurgitation (MR) and improving quality of life.
Hope for bipolar depression sufferers. Israel’s NeuroRx has demonstrated a 50% reduction in symptoms of depression and a 75% reduction in suicidal feelings in a small trial of its Cyclurad treatment in combination with ketamine on treatment-resistant patients with bipolar disorder.
Improving cognitive function. A successful clinical study confirms previously demonstrated benefits of Neuravena on acute improvement of cognitive function, showing efficacy for an 800 mg dose. Neuravena is a bioactivity tested, patented wild green oat extract, produced and marketed by Israel’s Frutarom.
US dept buys Israeli burns treatment. The Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA) – part of the US Department of Health – has awarded a $112 million contract to Israel’s Mediwound. BARDA will use Mediwound’s NexoBrid product in major incidents, to remove dead tissues from medium to severe burns. It will also help Mediwound finance its FDA approval for NexoBrid.
Cancer therapy project wins International award. A team from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev won the Best Heath and Medicine Project category in the 12th annual Giant Jamboree iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in Boston with their cutting-edge biological cancer therapy called “Boomerang.” http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/aabu-ct092915.php
A digital medicine incubator. IBM, Medtronic, Pitango and Rambam Medical Center have together won a grant from Israel’s Chief Scientist to open a digital medicine incubator at the Life Sciences Park being built in Haifa. The incubator will select companies working in big data, predictive analytics, telemedicine, wearable and implantable diagnostic sensors, advanced diagnostics, personalized medicine and more.
A “he said, they said” controversy has erupted over what the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says was a scheduled campaign event by Donald Trump to appear at a candidate forum this coming Thursday.
The USHCC says Trump has backed out of the event. Trump says he never agreed to appear. Meanwhile, the two sides trade accusations about lying and being double crossed.
Just the thing to improve The Donald’s relations with Hispanics.
The USHCC promoted the event, sold tickets to it, and even told Politico two days ago how they were going to ambush Trump during the Q&A:
“We’re not going to go easy on him. A lot of people think it’s just going to be this positive thing,” said the group’s communications director, Ammar Campa-Najjar, who went on to share some choice words about the businessman, his ideas and his candidacy. They included “sad,” “absurd” and “broken.”
“I’ve been tight-lipped for a while, but I’ve got to speak up now,” said Campa-Najjar. “It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad that this man is leading in the polls and that this is his idea for a fiscally responsible, fair and feasible plan for dealing with immigrants.”
Charles G. Battig, M.S., M.D., Piedmont Chapter president, VA-Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment (VA-SEEE). His website is www.climateis.com.
Now I can finally relax, take a deep breath, and breathe easier. The Environmental Protection Agency, an aggressive arm of the nanny government, has just issued new air quality standards that mandate that the new “safe” level of ozone in the air we breathe shall be lowered from the current 75 parts per billion to 70 ppb. I feel better already, perhaps.
I also feel better for all the theoretical lives that will be saved, according to EPA sponsored studies such as this one. However, my joy is tempered by the realization that those are not real lives saved – rather, they are “estimated deaths saved,” as in “We applied health impact assessment methodology to estimate numbers of deaths and other adverse health outcomes that would have been avoided during 2005, 2006, and 2007 if the current (or lower) NAAQS ozone standards had been met. Estimated reductions in ozone concentrations were interpolated according to geographic area and year, and concentration–response functions were obtained or derived from the epidemiological literature.”
Thus, the fewer ozone deaths will be taking place in a computer-generated fantasy world, where epidemiological data-torturing takes place by bits and bytes, not in the hospital admission records for real-life patients. The referenced paper concludes: “We estimated that annual numbers of avoided ozone-related premature deaths would have ranged from 1, 410 to 2, 480 at 75 ppb to 2, 450 to 4, 130 at 70 ppb, and 5, 210 to 7, 990 at 60 ppb. Acute respiratory symptoms would have been reduced by 3 million cases and school-loss days by 1 million cases annually if the current 75-ppb standard had been attained. Substantially greater health benefits would have resulted if the CASAC-recommended range of standards (70–60 ppb) had been met.”
The year was 375. The Roman Empire contained about a fourth of the world’s people stretching across Europe from Brittania in the north to Egypt in the south, from Spain in the west to what is now Bulgaria in the east.
Meanwhile, just east of Bulgaria, the Visigoths (Western Goths), fleeing the depredations of Hun horsemen, wanted to cross the Danube River into the safety of the Roman Empire. The Visigoths were also attracted by the glorious wealth of the Roman Empire.
The story of the refugee crisis is told in the final chapter of Edward Gibbon’s classic The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. About 500,000 Goths, men, women and children, lined the bank of the Danube River for miles, seeking to cross:
With outstretched arms and pathetic lamentations they loudly deplored their past misfortunes and their present danger; acknowledged that their only hope of safety was in the clemency of the Roman government; and most solemnly protested that, if the gracious liberality of the emperor would permit them to cultivate the waste lands of Thrace, they should ever hold themselves bound, by the strongest obligations of duty and gratitude, to obey the laws and to guard the limits of the republic.
The Goths tried to force the mile-wide Danube, but failed and were driven back by Roman soldiers. Many Goths drowned. Perhaps a pathetic child’s body washed ashore. The callous brutality outraged Roman opinion. The Roman soldiers who had fought off the Goths were condemned. Gibbon writes:
Vice President Joe Biden was given a thunderous reception as the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday — particularly after the audience urged him to take a shot at a presidential run.
Biden was interrupted early in his speech before hundreds of gay-rights activists, celebrities, and business leaders assembled in a cavernous, spotlight-studded convention center in Washington, D.C. “A number of you have said to me over the last three or four years — ” he began.
But he was suddenly cut off. “You should run!” one audience member shouted. “Yeah, you should run!” another chimed in from across the room.
“No, they didn’t say that!” Biden laughed. “Oh, anyway. What was I saying?” he continued, as the audience cheered and applauded and the vice president grinned sheepishly.
But though dignitaries from the nation’s premier gay-rights group were happy to encourage Biden’s continued flirtation with a White House run, it’s not clear if the vice president can chip away at Hillary Clinton’s powerful support base in the gay community.
KOLHAPUR: A local committee of Muslim clerics in the city ordered the community not to encourage their women to contest the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) election.
The Majlis-e-Shoora-Ulama-e-Shahar Kolhapur is a committee of 40-50 local clerics, which controls mosques in the city. Last week, it distributed a note asking Muslim women not to contest the election, citing it as anti-Islamic; however on Friday, the Hilal Committee, an apex local body of Imams and scholars of the community, denounced this order and said the order is against the Constitution of India and cannot be followed.
Muftir Shad Kanure, the head of the Majlis-e-Shoora associated with the order, was not available for comment but some members of the committee told TOI that the order is not meant to discourage Muslim women. They added that the order had been released as a regular practice of clerics that alert the community on religious behaviour.
The order, issued on September 23 quotes the Sharia and two other collections of laws sacred to Islam and asked the women in the community to refrain from contesting in the election.
Psychopathic people and behavior are found within all cultures and religions. But one tops them all — by many lengths.
The daily mass killings, terror, persecutions and family executions committed by the followers of Islam are nauseating, and the ingenuity behind the attacks — always looking for new and more effective ways of killing and terrorizing people — is astonishing: hijacking jumbo jets and flying them into skyscrapers, hunting unarmed and innocent people with grenades and automatic rifles in shopping malls, planting bombs in one’s own body, using model airplanes as drones, attaching large rotating blades to pickup trucks and using them as human lawn movers, killing family members with acid or fire, hanging people publicly from cranes in front of cheering crowds, etc.- in addition to stabbing people in the back, shooting parents in front of their children, slitting throats of sleeping babies, etc.
It makes one ask oneself: what creates such lack of empathy and almost playful and creative attitude towards murdering perceived enemies?
This is a question for psychologists like me.
Senior Fatah Official Confirms: We Murdered the Israeli Couple
Veteran Fatah Central Committee member openly says his faction murdered Henkins in front of their children, as terror praise pours in.
The “armed wing” of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction initially claimed responsibility for Thursday night’s brutal murder of a young couple right in front of their four children, but now a senior Fatah official has confirmed that claim.
Senior Fatah official Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who is a member of the Fatah Central Committee, was revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) as having announcing responsibility the night before on Facebook for the murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin outside Itamar in Samaria.
“The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah, accepted responsibility for the Itamar operation (i.e. the murder – ed.) carried out against settlers, leading to their deaths,” wrote Al-Aloul in an open admission.
“Mohammed is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are harsh
to the unbelievers but merciful to one another” Quran 48:29
2015.10.03 (Baghdad, Iraq) – Three Shiite bombers attack a city square in a Shiite neighborhood, massacring two dozen people out enjoying the day.
2015.10.03 (Kownia, Bangladesh) – A Japanese sponsor is gunned down by Muslim radicals while visting a humanitarian project.
2015.10.02 (Abuja, Nigeria) – Two suicide bombings, one at a bus stop blow eighteen innocents to bits.
2015.10.02 (Es Sider, Libya) – A guard is left dead after Islamic extremists attack an oil port.
2015.10.01 (Kirchinga, Nigeria) – Religion of Peace proponents slit the throats of seven villagers in an early morning attack, including three women.
2015.09.30 (Liaquatabad, Pakistan) – A 55-year-old rickshaw driver is shot dead for being a member of the wrong Islamic sect.
Turkey’s “Muslim Brothers” are behaving just like Muslim Brothers elsewhere. They came to power through democratic elections. They are making every sign that they have no intention of surrendering power through democratic elections.
Last year, after a pro-government columnist tweeted news about this author, referring to him as “A Disgrace to Humanity,” several others joined the lynching on social media. “A sperm of Israel,” someone wrote. Another said: “Enmity to Islam spills from his face.” Someone else wished that I would travel to Gaza so that “the al-Qassam [Brigade] could shoot him right in the middle of his forehead.” Another campaigner invited “this ignoble, inglorious Zionist leftover to leave for Israel.” Someone else wished, “May he and his family be bombed.” And yet another offered a DNA analysis from a photograph: “He must be either Armenian or Jewish.”
All that was the new normal in Turkey’s increasingly militant, pro-Islamist media. Things are getting worse.