A NEW INHALER FOR ASTHMATIC CHILDREN
Inspiro Medicalâ€™s Inspiromatic, invented by the father of a child with asthma, passed a critical clinical study and now seeks partners for development.
A smart dry-powder inhaler for children, developed by Israeli mechanical engineer Nimrod Kaufmann with Dr. Guy Steuer, senior pulmonologist at Schneider Childrenâ€™s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah, just completed a successful clinical trial at Schneider.
The Inspiromatic device.
Inspiromatic is produced by Inspiro Medical, a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group, and is meant to take the place of hard-to-use nebulizers for young children as well as the elderly and people with certain disabilities.
Kaufmann, who came from a background in medical devices research and development, knew that dry-powder inhalers do a better, faster job with less risk of error and contamination, but kids in particular canâ€™t use them properly.
Inspiromatic has an internal microcontroller and flow sensor that detects the right time to deliver the medication and automatically disperse the drug particles in the right size without need for forceful inhalation.
The randomized, crossover, double-blind study aimed to objectively assess the efficacy and safety of Inspiromatic in delivering bronchodilator meds to 30 children with asthma, aged 8-18, compared to a competitive inhaler already on the market.
According to a company statement, the results demonstrated superior results for the Inspiromatic, even in patients with poor inhalation technique, and it was highly rated by patients for ease of use.
â€œThis successful study will enable us to move to the next step in the company development and partner with pharmaceutical companies to develop drug-device combinations and also bring better therapy to patients with poor inhalation technique,â€ said Kaufmann.
By: Abigail Klein Leichman 6-10-13
YOSSIE'S CORKBOARD TO REGULARLY POST ON WINE BLOG
Yossie Horwitz created and writes Yossie's Corkboard
(www.yossiescorkboard.com), a remarkable weekly newsleter on kosher wines. Henceforth, the Wine section of the BIG BLOG will feature information, commentary, and wine recommendations from Yossie's Corkboard. Thank you to Yossie for allowing BIG to take advantage of your truly outstanding knowledge and advice.
Rave Reviews in BHAM For Israel Products
The Birmingham Jewish Federation created a program called BUY BUY ISRAEL almost two years ago when an international call by anti-Israel forces for a boycott of Israeli products was initiated. BUY BUY ISRAEL was designed to encourage Update readers to be on the lookout for Israeli made products in the Birmingham area. Our goal was to counter those who want to say "bye, bye Israel."
Our BUY BUY ISRAEL program continues to be successful! We recently received a tip from Birmingham Jewish Foundation Executive Director Sally Friedman that Publix on Overton Road carries Wissotzky Tea, which is made in Israel.
Upon further investigation and discussion with Publix manager David Meddick, our BJF team realized that Publix on Overton carries several Israeli-made items. According to David, this is because of Publix's proximity to both Knesseth Israel Congregation and Chabad.
However, David noted, it's not just Jewish customers who are purchasing Israeli-made products. "We get rave reviews on many of our Israeli-made products and are looking to expand our selection," David explained. The BJF thanks Publix for supporting Israeli businesses and encourages our readers to check out Publix's great selection.
SODA STREAM ADS BANNED IN BRITAIN
With the made in Israel product - SodaStream - consumers can make delicious carbonated beverages at home. A SodaStream ad has been banned in Britain because it notes that SodaStream can reduce dependence on canned and bottled beverages. Watch for SodaStream ads during the upcoming Super Bowl. The products are excelent and environmentally friendly.
ISRAELII PRODUCTS FEATURED AT AICC AWARDS
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, an awards and celebration dinner was sponsored by Chicago’s America-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and the America-Israel Economic Forum (AIEF). The main function of the AICC is to foster business links between the U.S. and Israel. The AEIF is the region’s only independent Educational Forum on Israel and its Economy.
The Honorable Donald Plusquellic (Mayor of Akron, Ohio) was the evening’s keynote speaker. Earlier this year, Mayor Plusquellic signed an agreement with Israel’s national water company Mekerot, establishing the company’s first U.S. location in Akron, where it will work with local companies to develop new technologies. Akron’s mayor signed a deal to invest $1.5 million in public and private funds in Israel’s high tech Targetech incubator, and establishing Akron as the destination for graduation start-ups to establish their U.S. operations. The two men honored for their outstanding work in their support for Israel’s economic sustenance and growth were Steve Lavin and Michael Traison.
The event featured a wine tasting and fashion show during the reception hour. The models wore beautiful clothes and fashion jewelry created by Israeli designers and the guests were able to mingle with the models to obtain information about the designers and their creations. All wine served at the dinner tables came from Israel. Exquisite flowers, also grown in Israel, adorned the room. Decorating each table was an attractive basket of snack and food products, all made in Israel and available at stores found on the Buy Israel Goods site. At the end of the evening the guest were invited to help themselves to the basket treats and the flowers.
El-Al airlines was generous with a goodie bag for each guest which included several brochures, offering information about Israel, its’ historic locations, and any helpful guides to plan a tour of Israel!
THE ARTS OF LOLLAPALOOZA
THE ARTS Lollapalooza is Coming to Tel Aviv in 2013!
Lollapalooza, one of the largest U.S.-based music festivals, will be coming to Tel Aviv in the summer of 2013. 50 bands will perform next year on August 20-22 in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park. The three-day festival is scheduled for mid-week, Tuesday through Thursday, in order to prevent it from interfering with Shabbat. It will be the the first large-scale global music event in Israel and the third international location for Lollapalooza, following editions in Chile in 2011 and Brazil this year. Arutz Sheva, an Israeli news organization, reports that the mayor of Jersualem called Lollapalooza's founder to say Jerusalem would love to be a venue also in order to bring young people to Jerusalem to change the general (and erroneous) perception as a city too serious and too religious to even think about hosting the festival. So how about next year (after Lollapalooza 2013) in Jerusalem?
KOSHER WINES: ADVANCING BRAND ISRAEL
There Is a very interesting article in the Chicago Jewish News (June29th-July5th,2012) by Adam Montefiore.
The United States is Israel’s largest export market for wines, with over 50% of all Israel’s exports going there.
The Israel Wine Producers Association (IWPA), includes fifteen Israeli wineries. It takes in wine regions from the north to the south of the country, covering every terroir in Israel. Although Carmel and Barkan are involved, there are many boutique wineries such as Castel and Yatir.
IWPA’s ultimate goal is to communicate, educate, market and expose US customers and consumers to Israel as a world class wine region.
The Herzog family, owners of two wineries are not only the largest importer and distributor of Kosher wines in the world, but also the largest importers of wine, spirits and food from Israel.
The IWPA is a grouping of Israeli wineries which is able to give the color, variety, and flavor of the Israel wine scene. It includes some of the largest and best Israeli wineries, along with the most exciting new wineries.
Israel is a New World country in one of the most ancient wine growing regions. Before the Greeks and the Romans of ancient times, and well before the Italians and French of today, they were making wines in Ancient Israel. The renewal started in the 1880’s due to the finance and vision of a Rothschild. This recent quality revolution has ensured that Israel is one of the newest of the wine producing countries.
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TOP TEN ISRAELI SKIN AND HAIR CARE PRODUCTS
Visit BLOG, and click on HEALTH AND BEAUTY to view a series of weekly postings that describe the top ten Israeli skin and hair care products. There are none better.
See also the series on wine tasting, and how what we know in advance greatly influences how well we think we like a wine.
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USE ISRAELI WINES FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION OR PERSONAL EVENT
Some hotels and caterers tend to resist serving Israeli wine. It is necessary that you insist, follow up, and put it in writing. Be sure it is understood that your instructions apply to both the bars before the event dinner and to table service.