Cancer Biggest Killer in Israel, Report Says

A new study shows that the cause of death for one in four Israelis is cancer, making the disease the number one killer in IsraelDavid Lev, 9/6/2012, 10:25 AM

Rabbis: Health Dept. 'Spread Lies' About 'Metzizah Be'Peh'

A group of rabbis said they would ignore a proposed law that would mandate that parents sign a consent form to perform metzitzah b'peh.Rachel Hirshfeld , 9/5/2012, 1:15 AM

Americans Are Fat, Reports Gallup ‘Well-Being Index’

Call it overweight or call it obese, but in old-fashioned English, American are fat – in all 50 states, says Gallup’s “well-being index.”Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/20/2012, 8:27 PM

Israel Sixth Healthiest Country in the World

Be healthy, move to Israel. That is the message learned from Bloomberg’s ranking of the healthiest countries in the world. US number 33. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/20/2012, 8:37 AM

Swiss Hospital Lifts Ban on Circumcision

A Swiss hospital said it is lifting the ban on circumcision that had been imposed following a controversial ruling by a German court.Rachel Hirshfeld , 8/12/2012, 10:51 AM

PMO: Health Cuts Won’t Affect Healthcare

Cuts to the annual health budget will effect ministry administration, not hospitals, Netanyahu says.Maayana Miskin, 7/29/2012, 8:09 PM

Health Experts: System is Already Short by 9 Billion

Health officials protest plans to cut the annual health budget, warn that the system is already seriously underfunded.Maayana Miskin, 7/29/2012, 8:08 PM

West May Be Killing Asians with Fast Food

Western fast food may be a new unintended enemy of Asians, who are suffering more from diabetes and heart diseases. Reuters/Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 7/23/2012, 9:01 AM

‘Treat Anxiety with Computers instead of Drugs’

Anxiety in children can be treated better by using computers instead of drugs, says a Tel Aviv University professor.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 6/12/2012, 1:53 PM

Herpes Disease Raises Fears of Circumcision Method

Religious freedom and public health clash in New York after babies contract Herpes disease from a ritual practice after circumcision.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 6/10/2012, 3:21 PM

TAU Links Air Pollution to Recurrent Heart Attacks

A 19 year study of 1120 initial heart attack victims revealed air pollution increased chances of recurrence by 43%; strokes by moreGabe Kahn, 6/6/2012, 10:16 PM

WHO Warns of Untreatable Strain of Gonorrhoea

The World Health Organization is warning that a new strain of gonorrhoea has appeared, and is resistant to antibiotics.Hana Levi Julian, MSW, LCSW-R, 6/6/2012, 5:25 PM

PA Smugglers End up with 90,000 Broken Eggs

PA Arabs try to smuggle 90,000 eggs with faked stamps of approval. Israeli inspectors found them hidden behind mattresses.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 6/6/2012, 9:01 AM

Peres Running Back to Work after Operation

The indefatigable President Shimon Peres, who turns 89 in August, intends to get back on the job Sunday after a hernia operation Friday.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/13/2012, 8:45 AM

Government Bans Smoking at Western Wall

People going to the Western Wall for HaShem to accept their prayers will find smoking is not acceptable, the government ordered.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/2/2012, 3:38 PM

Israeli Drug Firm’s Diabetes Drug Passes Test

A small Israeli drug firm called Kamada reports its drug for juvenile diabetes has passed an interim Phase I and II trial.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/16/2012, 12:59 PM

The ‘Simple’ Solution to Passover Medicines: Ask Your Rabbi

What medicines can be taken on Passover? Some are prohibited, some are allowed, and some depend on one’s health. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/3/2012, 11:14 AM

Yeshiva Students Run, Learn About Health

The Bnei Akiva Nechalim yeshiva dedicates a whole month to health awareness, nutrition, fitness, harmful factors and addictions.Elad Benari and Yoni Kempinski, 2/10/2012, 9:33 AM

Polio Benefit Bill Passed by Knesset Committee

A Knesset committee has approved a bill that would ensure all polio patients receive the same benefits, including new immigrants.Chana Ya'ar, 1/2/2012, 9:03 PM

Fearing Riots, Police Rush Raid on Phony Pharmaceuticals

Police asked health officials to cut short a raid on 'dirty' Arab pharmacists, fearing Arab riots over Israel's enforcement of the law.David Lev, 12/15/2011, 12:04 PM

PA Group Condemns WHO Conference in Jerusalem

A Palestinian Authority human rights organization has used a WHO regional health conference as a launching pad for political salvos.Chana Ya'ar, 11/28/2011, 10:28 PM

Report: PM’s Health ‘Excellent’

The Prime Minister’s Office publishes his annual doctor’s report, Netanyahu in “excellent” health.Maayana Miskin, 10/10/2011, 1:13 AM

Netanyahu to Oversee Negotiations with Residents

Prime Minister Netanyahu agrees to oversee talks with the medical residents. They, in return, promise to wait with mass resignations.Elad Benari, 10/7/2011, 4:41 AM

Medical Residents Reject PM Netanyahu Request to Keep Working

Representatives of the medical residents rejected a request by Prime Minister Netanyahu to wait several more days before resigning.Elad Benari, 10/5/2011, 3:34 PM

Catastrophe Postponed: Medical Residents to Wait for 48 Hours

Medical residents have agreed to postpone a mass resignation by 48 hours, averting what hospital officials warn would be a catastrophe.Maayana Miskin, 10/4/2011, 9:01 AM

Health Scene 5762: Life Expectancy Up, But So is Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Israelis, who are living almost a decade longer on average than they did 30 years ago.David Lev, 9/22/2011, 4:46 PM

Doctors Regret Deal; Residents hold Hunger Strike

Doctors at four hospitals protest IMA deal with the government, demand its cancellation. Residents threaten hunger strike.Maayana Miskin, 9/4/2011, 9:26 PM

'Draconian' Cigarette Ad Law One of the World's Toughest

The Health Ministry plans to propose a law that would entail nearly a complete ban on the advertising of cigarettes.David Lev, 9/2/2011, 12:37 AM

UN Issues New 'Bird Flu' Warnings

The World Health Organization has warned of a possible resurgence of the H5N1 'Bird Flu' virus; and a new 'mutant strain.' Gabe Kahn., 8/29/2011, 7:19 PM

US Health Group to Build New Children’s Clinic in Israel

The US-based Sanford Health group is building a new children’s clinic in Carmiel, in the western Galilee.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/23/2011, 4:13 PM

Cabinet Approves Marijuana for Medical Purposes

The Cabinet approves the use of marijuana for medical and research purposes. No suggestion was made to legalize the weed for the public. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/7/2011, 5:49 PM

New: Green Building Standard

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Standards Institution launch Israel Green building standard is adapted to Israel's climatic conditions. Gil Ronen, 7/12/2011, 6:44 PM

Hebrew U Study Sheds Light on Early Development of Cancer

Researchers at Hebrew U say they have discovered the molecular basis for the breakage of DNA during the development of cancerous tumors.Elad Benari, 7/11/2011, 8:29 AM

Lives Saved in 3-Way Transplant

The first three-way kidney transplant in Israel gives three a new chance at life.Maayana Miskin, 7/10/2011, 11:27 PM

Mixed Healthcare News in OECD Report

OECD finds that Israelis are healthy, but hospitals are understaffed and overcrowded. Government promises change.Maayana Miskin, 7/1/2011, 12:38 PM

European E. Coli Traced to Egyptian Fenugreek Seeds

An outbreak of the deadly E coli bacteria that spread across Europe last month has been traced to fenugreek seeds from Egypt. Hana Levi Julian, MSW, 6/30/2011, 3:51 PM

The Tobacco Industry Will Advertise Against Itself

The FDA hopes that by decorating cigarette packs with graphic descriptions of the harm caused by smoking it can encourage people to quit. Aryeh Ben Hayim, 6/22/2011, 11:28 AM

‘Wake-Up’ Call on Cell Phones May Spur Warning for Children

The Israeli Health Ministry is considering recommending limiting the use of mobile phones by children following UN research.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 6/1/2011, 8:47 AM

European Countries Trade Charges over Contaminated Cucumbers

In addition to the genuine health scare the E.coli epidemic has touched off bickering over responsibility.Aryeh ben Hayim, 5/31/2011, 1:50 PM

109-Year-Old Haifa Resident Gets New Nose at Rambam Hospital

"I must go down to the sea again," said 109 year old Meir Korner, after 60 years of sun at the Haifa beach led to a nose job at Rambam Hospital.INN Staff, 5/25/2011, 2:54 PM

Doctors' Strike Returns to Public Hospitals

All public hospitals, with the exception of Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat, are operating on a Shabbat schedule due to a doctors strike.Chana Ya'ar, 5/22/2011, 1:56 PM

IDF Civil Administration Opens Health Operations Room

Health operations room will coordinate Arab medical and humanitarian cases in Judea, Samaria 24 hours a day.Gil Ronen, 5/17/2011, 4:41 PM

Israel, Thailand Team Up Against Cancer

Haifa's Rambam Hospital will sign a joint cancer treatment deal Sunday with a Thai research institute. Hana Levi Julian, MSW, LCSW-R, 5/15/2011, 12:06 PM

Richard Cohen Raises Awareness of Unemployment with '20 to 60'

Runnin' Richard Cohen is raising awareness about unemployment as he lives his dream of running across the United States, 20 miles a day. Chana Ya'ar, 5/15/2011, 7:42 AM

33 Soldiers Lightly Hurt by Inhaling Hydrazine

Soldiers on IAF base Ramat David inhaled the highly toxic chemical, used in F-16s.Gil Ronen, 5/12/2011, 10:07 PM

Israeli Scientists Discover Anti-Stress Proteins

Scientists have discovered that people who have a hard time turning off the stress response may be missing a special protein. Hana Levi Julian, MSW, LCSW-R, 5/12/2011, 5:28 PM

Infant Death from Klebsiella Temporarily Closes Sheba NICU

The death of a premature baby due to Klebsiella bacteria at Sheba Medical Center has led to temporary closure of its neonatal intensive care unit. Hana Levi Julian, MSW, LCSW-R, 5/9/2011, 8:43 PM

Rabbi Yosef Tells Followers to Stop Smoking

Shas spiritual leader and former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said in his weekly radio sermon real friends should hand out candies and not cigarettes.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/9/2011, 6:53 PM

Israeli Scientists Discover Obesity Protein

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute have discovered a protein in the brain that contributes to obesity.Hana Levi Julian, MSW, LCSW-R, 5/5/2011, 8:01 PM

Israel’s Technion Develops ‘Electronic Nose’ to Detect Cancer

Researchers at Israel’s Technion are developing an "electronic nose” that can "smell” head-and-neck cancer, which is often discovered too late.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/3/2011, 12:13 AM

Doctors Renew Slowdowns at Hospitals, Clinics

Doctors plan to strike at public hospitals and some clinics at the Clalit and Leumit HMOs in cities around the country. Chana Ya'ar, 5/2/2011, 8:11 PM

ALEH Marches Forward in Jerusalem with the Handicapped

More than 300 marchers participated last week in ALEH's first-ever Jerusalem event, "ALEH Marches Forward" over the city's Chords Bridge. Hana Levi Julian, 4/30/2011, 10:22 PM

Ambassador to Japan Not Affected by Radiation

Radioactive iodine has been found in the body of Israel's ambassador to Japan, who remains unconcerned.Maayana Miskin, 4/29/2011, 1:01 PM

A Strong Israeli Army Marches on a Healthy Stomach

Napoleon said an army marches on its stomach, and the IDF is in the midst of a “revolution” in the kitchen to make the stomachs healthier.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/24/2011, 2:32 PM

Doctors Back on Strike, Hospitals on Shabbat Footing

Hospitals are on Sabbath schedules as doctors go back on strike after talks collapse with the Finance Ministry. Nurses join in.Chana Ya'ar, 4/13/2011, 10:50 AM

Video: ‘Miracle Patient ‘Trembles” after Release from Hospital

Shirley Marder, a month after severe liver damage from pain killers, goes home without need of a transplant. “I am trembling” from emotions. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu and Yoni Kempinski, 4/12/2011, 7:23 PM

Doctors' 2-Day Strike Ends - 'For Now'

A two-day “warning strike” by Israeli doctors has ended, but the Israel Medical Association says it may resume. Chana Ya'ar, 4/7/2011, 12:32 PM