James Edward Johnson

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Useful Links and Web Tools

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I updated my Useful Links and Web Tools page today.  If you don’t use Google Reader, Evernote, Dropbox, Instapaper and bit.ly already follow the links there and get with the program.


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Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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Who will boycott this?

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FASEBAnti-Israel boycotts would be humorous if they were not a leading indicator of rising antisemitism in certain quarters.  The reason, of course, is that no one is seriously interested in boycotting the most productive and dynamic sectors of Israel’s economy.  Dead Sea products might be a visible symbol of Israel, but they represent very few jobs and a small export.

Israel’s major commerce is high tech – ranging from medical devices to pharmaceuticals to cell phone technologies to cutting edge software to …

Here is the latest:

Tel Aviv University researchers claim to have developed an experimental drug used in a polymer delivery system that may make it possible someday to prevent cancer or turn malignant tumors into a chronic disease with which one could live for years.

via TAU: cancer drug ‘breakthrough’ at JPost.

The reason Israel boycotts are doomed to fail is that no one wants to turn away from such incredible progress.  Who, after all, would refuse a cancer treatment because it was developed in Israel?

Read the nerdy stuff on this breakthrough at The FASEB Journal, ‘Applications of the human p53 knock-in (Hupki) mouse model for human carcinogen testing’.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

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Israeli medical genius.

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Implantable Telescope Technology

From VisionCare: "A telephoto ocular prosthesis. The central optical portion is a micro-lens system that renders a magnified image on the retina."

Although my blog rarely touches on it, my current career is in health care.  One thing you learn when you pay attention to health care and emerging technologies is that Israel is a dominant player.  Many new medical devices and techniques are developed in Israel (boycotters take note – stop using health care if you want to be consistent).

In recent days, one new technology has been getting a lot of press.  Age related macular degeneration (“AMD”) causes a person’s center vision to degrade – your peripheral vision works, but your area of focus does not.  An implantable telescopic device was just approved by the FDA that causes the center image to be shifted to the healthy part of a person’s retina.  It allows people with AMD to see much more normally again.

Many recent news reports talked about a California company named VisionCare that developed the technology.  To me, it just sounded too Israeli to have been developed in the US.  And, when I searched my feed reader, I saw that I had probably first heard of this technology five years ago … when it was first developed by an Israeli firm.  As the company matured, it adopted an American address.  But even today, much of the company’s operations and management remain in Petah Tikva, Israel.

This is just one of literally hundreds of amazing – almost magical – technologies developed in Israel every year.  Some of them are widely publicized as Israeli technologies.  Many, like this one, receive almost no publicity about its origins in Israel.

There is a good chance that every time you are a patient in a hospital, many Israeli products and innovations will be used in your care.  Consider that fact the next time you or a loved one needs treatment for a health condition.

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Friday, July 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

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iPhone post

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So this post is from my iPhone. The WordPress app seems pretty good.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 1:52 am

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