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At White House opioid commission meeting, insurance industry gets a scolding

WASHINGTON – Patrick Kennedy, it seemed, had been waiting for a public opportunity speak directly to the nation’s health insurers. “The historic treatment of addiction and mental illness has been a separate and unequal process,” the former Rhode Island congressman and a member of the president’s opioid commission told a group of insurance executives on […]

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Dolphin diets show how climate change could alter food chains off the California coast

Scientists studying dolphins dining off the California coastline have found that the marine food web is starting to look a little threadbare. The length of food chains in that web appears to have gotten shorter in response to environmental changes — such as those caused by El Nino events. The findings, published this week in […]

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BGU develops un-tethered underwater robot

BEER-SHEVA, Isrral (Press Release) – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has developed Israel’s first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The robotic “HydroCamel II” will be commercially available for use in the military, security, and oil and gas sectors, as well as in environmental applications and marine research. BGN Technologies Ltd., BGU’s technology-transfer company, also announced the […]

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La Jolla walkway named for Walter Munk, 100

  By Donald H. Harrison LA JOLLA, California–Famed oceanographer Walter Munk  predicted that a beach walkway named for him Wednesday on the eve of his upcoming 100th birthday won’t survive as long as he has unless nations cooperate to fight climate change by converting fossil fuels into renewable energy. At a ceremony at Kellogg Park […]

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Positively Israel ~ October 17, 2017

Harvest for the World By Michael Ordman NETANYA, Israel — The Jewish festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles) that has just concluded is also the harvest festival – celebrating the gathering of crops. It is an ideal opportunity to highlight how Israel is helping combat world hunger and feed an ever-increasing global population. These examples of relevant […]

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Israel suspends plan to set up database of Jewish students in US

The Israeli government was forced to suspend an initiative to set up a database of Jewish students across university campuses in the United States after the controversial plan was exposed, Haaretz reported on Sunday. The plan, initiated by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs headed by Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett, was aimed at strengthening the […]

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These pro-Israel students remain steadfast in midst of anti-Semitic whirlwind

University of California Berkeley junior Adah Forer speaks to a student in front of a pro-Palestinian demonstration on campus. (Courtesy) NEW YORK — On Rebecca T. Stern’s to-do list when she returned to campus this fall was reviewing her class schedule, buying last minute school supplies and scrolling through the Students for Justice in Palestine […]

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Saeb Erekat undergoes organ transplant

Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat successfully underwent a lung transplant in Virginia Thursday. Erekat, a heavy smoker, has been battling pulmonary fibrosis for the past year. In August, news that Erekat had turned to Israel for his transplant caused a storm. Many Israelis took to social media to argue that as a senior anti-Israel figure, […]

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Every reptile on earth in new catalog

  BEER-SHEVA, Israel (Press Release) – An international team of 39 researchers has produced the most comprehensive catalog and atlas of every reptile on earth, including 10,000 species of snakes, lizards, and tortoises. According to the just published study in Nature Ecology & Evolution, the new Atlas of Life was created by linking the reptile […]

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Israeli hospital gets grant to help Syrian refugees with hearing loss

An Israeli philanthropist has made a six-figure grant to a hospital in northern Israel to fund treatment for Syrian children who have suffered hearing loss as a result of their country’s civil war. Morris Kahn’s pilot grant to Ziv Medical Center in Safed is part of the Genesis Prize Foundation’s global initiative to aid refugee […]

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London Jewish school principal ordained as priest

The principal of a Jewish school in London has been ordained as a Church of England priest. Patrick Moriarty, 51, who is not Jewish, has been headmaster of the Jewish Community Secondary School in north London, or JCoSS, since 2012, The Times of London reported Saturday. The school has 1,300 students and 100 teachers. Get […]

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How Israel’s health care outperforms U.S.’s

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — With all the fuss about Obamacare and the Trump frustration at trying to end or limit it, a recent adventure at Hadassah Hospital has led me to think about things here and there. Public policy is one of the things that have concerned me in an academic career that began […]

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Western society suffers chronic sleep deprivation, Jewish Nobel winner says

A Jewish American neuroscientist who this week won the Nobel Prize for Medicine has said Western society suffers from a permanent case of sleep deprivation. “It’s been overlooked for a long time as a real public health problem,” Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University told the Guardian, days after being awarded the prize along with two […]

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Omaha schools nix Palestinian talk amid concern Jewish students bullied

OMAHA, Nebraska — Officials in a Nebraska school district have canceled scheduled talks at two high schools by a Palestinian Christian speaker due to concerns that Jewish students at one of the schools were being harassed ahead of her visit. Nora Carmi is a Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activist from Jerusalem who’s holding […]

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