Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 10/26/2010

My First Post!

Greetings! This is my first blog post so please bear with me. I have just begun to build this weblog and am still in ‘learn’ mode. Here are 2 excerpts from the weekly newsletter BFP UPDATE -Israel Current News with Prayer Focus:

7.  Israel Physicist Wins US Science Medal

Haifa, Israel-born Tel Aviv University (TAU) Prof. (emeritus) Yakir Aharonov is one of only ten scientists who will receive the US National Medal of Science at the White House from President Barack Obama in a few weeks, for his outstanding contributions in the field.

Aharonov (78-years-old), who holds both Israeli and US citizenship, is being honored “for his contributions to the foundations of quantum physics and for drawing out unexpected implications of that field, ranging from the Aharonov-Bohm Effect to the theory of weak measurement.”

A graduate of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Aharonrov discovered the Aharonov-Bohm Effect with the late David Bohm in 1959. The theory involves the action of atomic particles around a magnetic field and is regarded today as one of the cornerstones of modern physics.

Since retiring from TAU, Aharonov has been a professor of theoretical physics and the James J. Farley Professor of Natural Philosophy at Chapman University in California. He is the recipient of the Wolf Prize (Israel’s Nobel), the Weizmann Prize in Physics, the Rothschild Prize in Physics, the Israel Prize in exact science and the EMET Prize in exact science. Obama said that “the achievements of the scientists redefined the borders of human knowledge.”

(By Israel21c, October 17, 2010)

Prayer Focus
(Editor’s note: These two stories are examples of Israel’s incredible contributions to the global community, in this case in science, medicine, and biblical studies, changing the face of the world.) Praise the Lord for the innovative spirit that the Lord has given to the Jewish people and their commitment to “tikun olam” (Jewish belief in their responsibility to help perfect the world).

“Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit” (Isaiah 27:6).


8.  A Revolution in Skin Cancer Detection

The most common form of cancer in the United States, skin cancer, is becoming even more widespread as sunlight exposure increases worldwide. “Early detection is the key to battling the disease. With early detection, almost all forms of skin cancer are curable,” says Col. (ret.) Yossi Biderman, CEO of Skin Cancer Scanning (SCS), an Israeli company that has developed a breakthrough technology using fiber-optic cables to scan for potentially malignant moles.

Clinical trials at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva in central Israel show the system to be 92% effective in detecting certain types of skin cancer at an early stage-a higher rate than that of any apparatus currently available. Now a marketable device called Skinscan 650 is close to being ready, Biderman tells ISRAEL21c. “We assume we will have a working prototype by mid-to-late 2011.” The unique technology is based on the observation that cancerous cells proliferate faster than healthy cells, and their accelerated metabolic activity releases energy at a higher frequency.

“The concept is simple to understand,” says Biderman. “Every living organism emits energy in the form of heat. This energy comes out in wavelengths-i.e. the light spectrum. Every living organism is built of cells, and the wavelengths emit from these cells [and can then be examined electronically]. Most healthy people have a body temperature of 36-37 degrees centigrade [96.8-98.6 F], and any difference in temperature can be traced to a medical condition. There’s nothing new in this.

“Cancer develops in cells, as the result of something afflicting them that causes them to regenerate and split at a faster rate,” he elucidates. “This increased metabolic activity releases energy at a higher frequency, generating heat-just as the temperature around your pelvic area rises after eating. We’re looking at the symptom. The cause cannot be detected so easily.

“There are two groups of skin cancer: Non-melanoma cancers account for 95% of skin cancers, and are known to be less fatal. Most deaths from skin cancer are caused by melanoma cancers. In both cases, early detection will ensure a high level of survival. If melanoma skin cancer has developed, your chances of coming out of it are about 5%. That is why early detection is so important,” he adds. In most developed countries, it is commonplace for a physician to visually examine suspicious moles before referring patients for biopsies that usually prove unnecessary and expensive. SCS’s technology could make this practice a thing of the past.

Biderman points to the system’s user-friendliness. “The doctor simply places the device next to the nevus [benign skin lesion] he wants to check. A light source projects rays onto the scanned lesion, and the body cells absorb part of the rays and reflect the light back-as do all things. That reflection is collected, then turned from optical into digital data for assessment. Our system knows how to absorb the rays emanating from the body and assess in which range of the spectrum the light’s rays are coming out and their behavioral patterns [to look for problem areas].”

Two stages of clinical trials have already proved the system’s feasibility. “We compared our results using patients who had been referred for a biopsy after a doctor had eyeballed a lesion,” Biderman recounts. “We already knew that cancer cells appear in different ranges of the [light] spectrum, depending on the type of cancer, but in the first set of trials we still didn’t know what we were looking at.

“Eventually, we started recognizing certain patterns. We learned to recognize what types of lesions are malignant. Now at least we had a name for every type. We found that each type of lesion has particular behavioral patterns. Every lesion has a different ‘signature’-like fingerprints. We learned to diagnose the data using proprietary algorithms and have come to recognize certain [light] pulses as giving information on the type of cancer. At the end of the procedure we compared our results with those of biopsies carried out on patients,” he tells ISRAEL21c.

The second stage of trials, completed in accordance with Declaration of Helsinki criteria, validated the technology’s NMSC identification capabilities, resulting in a 92.4% sensitivity rate. “You have to keep on checking,” Biderman warns. “The chances of developing skin cancer increase as you grow older. If you’re over 50 years old, it’s recommended that a dermatologist check you at least once a year.”

(Excerpts of an article by Daniel Ben-Tal, Israel21c, October 18, 2010)



  1. Much to digest here. Thank you for this site. It sure opened my eyes

  2. Thank you Steve

  3. When I saw the Auschwitz Album it drove back into my memory something that happened to me years ago.
    I was about 10 years old, playing hide and seek in my friend’s house. Chip had hidden in his father’s closet. When I found him, he had discovered tucked away at the very back, two old photo albums. Apparently, Chip’s dad had been one of the first soldiers into a Concentration Camp to liberate it. He had page after page of these black and white pictures he had taken of the carnage that he saw. The pictures haunted me for years.
    For someone to say that the Holocaust never happened or it was fabricated is truly demonic.

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