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Heart Research Sheds Light on Breast Cancer

Now, new research from Israel points to better outcomes for those being treated for breast cancer or who are at risk.

By Karin Kloosterman

They focused on a protein called Erbin that seems to be linked to heart disease – specifically an abnormally enlarged heart, as Rachmin and her team reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

“We were the first one to publish about Erbin’s role in the heart, not only in mice models but in humans,” Rachmin tells ISRAEL21c. “There was only one article that showed expression in cell lines but didn’t show any physiological function like we did.”

Here is how this new research links to breast cancer: the HER2-positive cancer, which accounts for up to 30% of all breast cancers, mainly is treated with Herceptin. The problem is that 10% of all women taking this drug have to stop using it because Herceptin carries a serious risk of heart abnormalities.

“Our research has given us some insight into why Herceptin may be toxic to the heart,” says study co-author Gillian Kay.

An enlarged heart is not always bad sign, Razin points out. Erbin and enlarged hearts work together somehow in normal pregnant women and in athletes. In both cases, the heart must grow to take care of pumping the extra blood in the system.

Rachmin tells ISRAEL21c that she would like to look at this phenomenon in pregnancy for more clues: “We want to see if there is a difference in the way Erbin functions in pregnant women and in athletes and compare this mechanism to pathological conditions. This link is extremely important –– how proteins interact with their environment.”

“I want to study women who have developed cardiotoxicity to measure the Erbin in their hearts and find any correlations to these levels and other signals we are getting from the heart,” she says.

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Wounded IDF Soldier Astounds Doctors With Miraculous Recovery

Daniel Fish, a soldier in the elite Magellan unit, has made a miraculous recovery.

By Uzi Baruch

Fish was evacuated from Gaza to Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center in late July, after he was wounded in a bombing attack which killed three friends.

He faced critical injuries and was transferred to Soroka’s Trauma unit in a state of deep shock and with serious injuries to his legs and right hand.

Ten days later, Daniel regained consciousness and his condition had significantly improved. He began breathing on his own and was transferred to the orthopedic ward for further treatment.

Dr. Victor Ginzburg and Dr. George Greenberg, Vascular Surgery specialists, rerouted blood through Daniel’s healthy veins to help repair his injured legs; they later reconstructed his knees as well.

“Daniel surprised us by how fast he recovered from his serious injuries,” Dr. Frankel said. “He is still expected to undergo a long rehabilitation process, but without a doubt he has overcome the main struggle.”

Daniel returned home yesterday, after giving a special “thank you” to the orthopedic ward and ICU staff.

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Media Diversionary Tactics in Ferguson and Gaza

The biggest story in the world today is the resurgence of Islam. And by-and-large, that story is being managed in the same dishonest fashion as Ferguson was.

By William Kilpatrick

We hear a lot from the media about Israel’s disproportionate response to attacks from Hamas, but it may be time to focus on the media’s own disproportionate response to certain events.

The media’s current focus on the shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri seems also designed to divert attention away from the big picture. The story provides an opportunity to shift the spotlight away from a number of other stories that reflect badly on the current administration—the failure of Obama’s Iraq policy, the inability to control the southern border, the IRS scandal, the President’s serial vacations, and the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. One might justifiably conclude that much of the media attention to Ferguson is fueled by ulterior motives.

If the mainstream media people were as concerned as they profess to be about the lives of young blacks, we would see numerous TV specials about the black family crisis, and instead of sending platoons of reporters and cameramen to Ferguson, CNN would dispatch them to cover the daily mayhem in Chicago. But that would require revising and updating the narrative that has served the media so well, and that, apparently, is just too much trouble.

Not only is the narrative about white racism dishonest, it’s destructive. It encourages grievances, keeps racial tensions alive, and perpetuates violent behavior. In short, the media’s favored formula is a self-fulfilling prophecy that only serves to guarantee a more polarized society.

Which brings us back to the point where we started—the media’s lopsided attention to Israel’s supposedly disproportionate response to Hamas. The similarities to the media’s handling of the Ferguson situation are hard to miss. Some of the same reporters who were embedded in Gaza are now embedded in Ferguson. The media’s concern over innocent civilians in Gaza has now shifted to an innocent teenager in Missouri. And just as the blame for the troubles in Gaza is assigned to the disproportionate Israeli response, the problems in Ferguson and elsewhere are blamed on disproportionate encounters between well-armed cops and unarmed youth. The narrative is also the same. According to the media’s one-size-fits-all explanation, both rockets fired from Gaza and projectiles hurled at Ferguson store windows are caused by poverty and institutional oppression.

But why, exactly, is Palestine given so much attention?

The other, and most irresponsible, aspect of the media’s disproportionate coverage is that in both cases, the stories are used to keep the public’s eye off the larger picture. The larger story that is being kept off-stage in Ferguson is the breakdown of the black family. The larger story in the Israeli-Hamas conflict is that the root cause of the troubles is Islam itself. You might prefer to say that the trouble lies in a violent and anti-Semitic interpretation of Islam, but that interpretation is now widespread.

Thus, the obsessive concentration on Israel and Hamas. And thus, when the media does attend to hard-to-ignore cases of Islamic jihad, they are forced to pretend that each occurrence is an unusual departure from true Islam. For example, reporters treat the atrocities committed by ISIS—the beheadings, the sex slavery, the forced conversions, the payment of the jizya—as though they were exotic new phenomena, when, in fact, they were all integral elements of Islamic expansion for more than twelve hundred years.

When you step back from the Israel-Hamas conflict to get a broader view, you notice that groups like Hamas, ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, and Al-Shabaab not only have much in common with each other, they share in a common heritage and a common devotion to Islam. The media, however, is trapped in a narrative that says otherwise. Hence, the need to put the onus on Israel. The thought that the violence emanating from Gaza is part of a worldwide movement to re-establish a seventh-century theocracy is a thought they dare not entertain.

Now that the media’s dishonest narrative has been picked up by ISIS and friends, it’s high time for them to reconsider the dangerous game they have been playing.

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New Wound-Closure Tech Helping to Heal Soldiers

A new technique for closing wounds has been developed by Dr. Morris Topaz and was used on wounded soldiers in Protective Edge.

By Abigail Klein Leichman

Some of the soldiers wounded in Operation Protective Edge are benefiting from a brand-new Israeli technology to close open wounds quickly and temporarily prior to further evaluation and treatment.

TopClosure 3S Trauma Management System is approved by regulatory agencies in Israel, the United States and Europe for mass-casualty situations such as combat and natural disasters. Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheva is using TopClosure for incoming injuries from the Gaza conflict, according to the technology’s inventor, Dr. Moris Topaz.

“We’ve been using it clinically already for a few years, collecting a lot of data to show the scope of applications,” says Topaz, chief of plastic surgery at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera. “It’s changing the way we’ve been handling the closure of wounds to avoid further damage and contamination to the injured tissues.”

TopClosure instead enables stretching the edges of the skin over the wound with adhesive attachment plates placed on either side and secured with an approximation strap inserted into the first and then the second plate. This fast procedure also simplifies healing substantially.

The device can be “zipped” open after the emergency situation has passed so the wound can be further evaluated and treated. This temporary wound closure system is meant to be used by medics, paramedics, surgeons and other physicians. Topaz is teaching orthopedic and hand surgeons how to use it.

“The most important thing about TopClosure is its simplicity,” says Topaz. “Doctors commonly say, ‘Why didn’t we think of this earlier?’ My wish is that it would be exposed to every doctor and every patient as an emerging technology that can be applied anywhere in the world without sophisticated plastic surgery procedures.”

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Fox Host Won’t Apologize for “Bullet to the Head” Remark

AAJA calls for Tantaros and Fox News to apologize for the irresponsible, inflammatory statements.

By Gil Ronen

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is demanding an apology from Andrea Tantaros of Fox News for comments she made on the show “Outnumbered”.

Commenting on the brutality of the ISIS terrorists who beheaded journalist James Foley, other panelists noted that for ISIS, beheadings are a daily thing, and that the victims include Muslims, Christians and Yazidis.

Tantaros agreed and added that “they’ve been doing it for hundreds of years. If you study the history of Islam – our ship captains were getting murdered. The French had to tip us off. I mean these were the days of Thomas Jefferson. They’ve been doing the same thing. This isn’t a surprise. You can’t solve it with a dialogue. You can’t solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It’s the only thing these people understand. And all we’ve heard from this president is a case to heap praise on this religion, as if to appease them.”

A defiant Tantaros declared today that she spoke the truth and has “no intention of apologizing. Period.”

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Gush Etzion Area Declared State Land

New homes will be built in Gush Etzion on newly declared state land.

By: Meir Halevi Siegel

The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) declared some 4,000 dunams of land in western Gush Etzion as state land Sunday.

The decision opens the door for expedited construction of Jewish homes at the site.

G’vaot has been the site of a small kibbutz for many years, but the Civil Administration has held plans for up to 40,000 Jewish apartments in the wadi between G’vaot and Beitar Illit, but construction has been delayed because of left-wing and Arab objections to the project.

As expected, Chairman of the radical Peace Now organization, Yariv Oppenheimer, reacted to the announcement quickly, saying the move was a “stab in the back” to Israel’s legendary peace partner, Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen.

That’s the same Abu Mazen who recently threatened to go to the UN to demand a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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Israel’s economic star begins to wane

The economy is slowing down due to war with Hamas and the strong shekel.

By Reuters

For more than a decade, Israel’s high-tech-fueled economy has weathered the global financial crisis and several military conflicts with little impact on growth or the free flow of foreign investment.

But its strong run, which led former finance minister Yuval Steinitz to coin its justifiably upbeat tag as the ‘Best in the West’, may be coming to an abrupt end, with the era of sustainable high growth rates consigned to history.

The war against Hamas in Gaza, which ran into a 50th day on Tuesday, has taken a heavy toll, hitting tourism, slowing consumer spending as people stay indoors and denting manufacturing, especially in plants close to Gaza.

After a decade of growth of 3-5 percent a year – during which Israel’s economy has nearly tripled in nominal terms to $300 billion – some are even predicting a complete reversal.

“We might have a recession,” said veteran Israeli economist Ayelet Nir, although she adds it wouldn’t be a deep one.

Prospects of a sharp downturn, coupled with near zero inflation, prompted a second surprise interest rate cut in the past month on Monday, when the Bank of Israel trimmed its benchmark rate to an all-time low of 0.25 percent.

“Our growth potential is not as high as before,” said Nir, who projects long-run output of around 3 percent.

“The population growth is not as high as in the past, investment is not as high as in the past, productivity is very low… and Israel is transitioning from manufacturing to services,” she said. “It is happening very fast.”

Once the Gaza conflict ends, the next problem Israel faces is the 2015 budget and the risk of missing fiscal targets. Finance Minister Yair Lapid has said the 3 percent deficit goal for 2014 will likely be breached.

A 2015 target of 2.5 percent of GDP is also in jeopardy due to a likely jump in the defense budget. At the same time, Lapid had promised not to raise taxes or limit social spending.

One perennial bright spot for Israel has been more than $10 billion a year in foreign direct investment as global companies such as Apple and Google snap up Israeli tech firms. In 2013, Israel was ranked fourth among the OECD – a club for rich countries – for foreign direct investment.

Analysts doubt the Bank of Israel will push its key rate to zero but if it does, the next step would be to buy bonds, following the pattern of ‘quantitative easing’ adopted in the United States.

“There is a good chance that Israeli rates will stay low even when the United States starts to raise them,” Nir said.

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Embracing the Obvious Truth

“Israel is an oasis in a desert – in the physical, topographical sense but also metaphorically. It’s an oasis of reason, human decency and justice appropriately grounded in mercy.”

By Caroline Glick

Four-year-old Daniel Tragerman was murdered on Friday afternoon in his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists.

They shot him with a mortar launched from a school in Gaza’s Zeitoun neighborhood. At the time of the launch, the school was filled with civilians who had fled to the school for shelter.
They fled to the school for shelter because they were forced to vacate their homes.

They were forced to vacate their homes because Hamas terrorists were launching mortars and rockets at Israeli civilian sites, like Daniel Tragerman’s home, from their apartment buildings.
THE MORAL and ideological divide between Israel and Hamas is so self-evident that the only way to ignore it is by embracing and cultivating ignorance.

This week Richard Behar published an in-depth investigative report in Forbes documenting how the US media is doing just that. As Behar demonstrated, the media is collaborating with Hamas in its war against Israel. Behar cited example after example of how the US media, led by The New York Times have systematically ignored, obfuscated and downplayed Hamas’s war crimes while swallowing whole its bogus statistics and accusations against Israel.

Israel has an enormous reserve of support among non-Jews. But due to the mainstream media’s commitment to dishonesty and deliberate cultivation of public ignorance and moral blindness in their coverage of Israel, for many, the price of defending Israel is becoming prohibitive.

Consider the case of Jon Voight.

The celebrated Oscar-winning actor is an outspoken champion of Israel. Earlier this month, Voight published an open letter to Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in Variety where he harshly criticized the Spanish performers for their public statement condemning Israel and siding with Hamas in its war against the Jewish state.
In his words, “I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.”

Voight was viciously attacked for speaking out.
Online Hollywood commentators, such as Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, opined that Voight, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in Showtime’s Ray Donovan series, was liable to lose his Emmy bid due to his support for Israel.

In his response to the threats to deny him the Emmy due to his support for Israel Voight told USA Today, “I’m not speaking to get awards. I’m speaking because I’m concerned about my grandchildren and the life they’re going to live, and the country they’re coming in to. I want to protect them.”

Another non-Jewish champion of Israel is former US senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Both during his tenure in the Senate and since, Santorum has spoken out strongly against Iran’s nuclear program, insisting that it is a serious threat not only to Israel, but to the US itself.

Santorum is convinced that if Iowans are educated about the nature of the threats emanating from the region, and of Israel’s singular contribution to the cause of freedom and stability, their position can become the basis for a Republican foreign policy that rejects isolationism and embraces US leadership in world affairs as the only way to secure the US and strengthen its embattled allies.

In other words, like Voight, Santorum’s support for Israel is rooted in his concern about America, and its future. Like Voight, Santorum recognizes that the growing penchant among elite opinion shapers to ignore truth in the pursuit of moral relativism and fake sophistication or isolationism
constitutes a danger to America.

More and more people are following the lead of men like Voight and Santorum, and insisting that the truth be told.

This week more than 190 Hollywood luminaries followed Voight’s courageous lead and signed a public statement condemning Hamas.

It is vital for more non-Jews, who refuse to deny the truth that screams out to be told, to stand up to the lies and publicly stand with Israel. It is the job of Israel and Jewish communities throughout the world to empower them by among other things, reducing the power of Israel’s enemies to make them pay a price for their decency.

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Netanyahu Tries to Sell Bill of Goods that Israel Won Goals in the War

PM Netanyahu was not very convincing at his press conference when he claimed we have achieved all our goals.

By Tzvi Gedalyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave a miserable sales pitch to the Israeli people Wednesday night in a weak effort to turn around public opinion that is unhappy, if not disgusted, with his agreeing to the cease-fire announced by Hamas and its new war partner, Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas.

Netanyahu claimed that Israel achieved the goals it set from the beginning, mainly to restore quiet to Israel and to destroy terror tunnels.

He also rewrote his promise earlier this month that there will no cease-fire without disarming Hamas. Magically, that now has become a “long-term” goal.

Netanyahu hammered away at all of the achievements that are well-known – the destruction of terror tunnels, the relentless attacks on hundreds of Hamas command centers, rocket launchers and weapons factories and storerooms.

Approximately 1,000 terrorists were killed in the war.

Israel’s successes in the war cannot be pooh-poohed. Hamas indeed was dealt a crippling blow. Hamas knows very well that the days are over when it can lob mortar shells and launching rockets at the Gaza Belt without a fierce retaliation.

“Hamas is isolated politically, and we received legitimacy in the international community,” Netanyahu insisted. He said that Israel won solid backing in the international community, and that is true – today. And maybe tomorrow.

By next week, it will have evaporated into thin air, and once again there will be international demands that Israel make peace by diplomatic suicide.

Netanyahu noted that Israel has allegedly enjoyed peace and quiet in the north since the cease-fire that ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

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Danon: The Residents of the South Don’t Feel Safe

MK Danny Danon disagrees with PM Netanyahu’s claim that Protective Edge was a great military and diplomatic achievement.

By Elad Benari

MK Danny Danon (Likud) on Wednesday evening dismissed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comments that Operation Protective Edge in Gaza was a success.

Danon said that the purpose of the operation was to make the residents of the south feel safe from rockets, and had failed to achieve that goal.

“The goal of the operation was to bring security for the residents of the south and the fact is that today there is no sense of security among residents of the south,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

The comments came after Netanyahu, in a press conference with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, attempted to respond to the outpouring of criticism for his unilateral decision the night before, in which he sealed a ceasefire deal with the terrorist group Hamas.

Netanyahu stated that “Hamas has been hit critically and didn’t receive any of the demands it set.”

Netanyahu and Danon have been at odds in a tension which came to a head last month when Netanyahu fired Danon from his role as Deputy Defense Minister over what was said to be “statements expressing a lack of faith in the government and in its prime minister in particular.”

After Netanyahu had reportedly met with ministers to “soften” them up for Israeli concessions, Danon firmly stated “you do not do business with a terrorist organization. The agreement being put together will allow Hamas to raise its status on the Arab street and upgrade its military capabilities.”

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