New Device Aids Operating Room SterilityUPI--A new hand gesture recognition system created at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and tested at a Washington, D.C. hospital enables doctors to use hand motions instead of touching a screen, keyboard or mouse to monitor images, minimizing the risk of infection.
Israel’s PhagoLum to Make Sepsis HistoryIsrael 21c--Early diagnosis and treatment choice for sepsis is a daily challenge in intensive care units. A new diagnostic kit is expected to be in hospital labs by the end of 2010, based on research developed by BGU scientists.
Researcher Identifies Early Cardiac Risk in Sleep DisorderSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel--A Ben-Gurion University-led research team discovered that Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can manifest similar cardiovascular complications in young children as it does in older children and adults.
Going Viral: Israeli Doctor Fights Disease around the WorldJ Weekly--Dr. Michael Alkan, BGU professor emeritus of medicine, might turn up in Botswana to teach local doctors how to combat infectious diseases. Or he might spend a month in Ecuador setting up a hospital.
Can Seaweed Mend a Broken Heart?Scientific American--New research indicates that an alginate-based biomaterial injected into heart attack victims may stave off further damage.
BGU Study Fuels Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb DebateThe Wall Street Journal--Overweight people on low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets lost more weight and got greater cardiovascular benefits than people on a conventional low-fat diet.
Shining a Light on InfectionA new type of fiber optic biosensor-enabled blood test that resembles a pen rapidly determines what type of infection a patient has and whether he needs antibiotics. The biopen, called PhagoLum, was developed by Drs. Moni Magrisso and Robert Marks of BGU's National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev and could be on the market by 2009.
Genetic Cause of Bedouin Children’s Disease DiscoveredResearchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center have identified the genetic defect responsible for Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (NAD), a severe and often fatal neurodegenerative disease common in Bedouin children.
Low-fat Diet May Not be Best ChoiceA two-year study led by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) reveals that low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets may be safer and more effective in achieving weight loss than the standard, medically prescribed low-fat diet.
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