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Case of Rare Nile Fever Treated at Laniado

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A patient suffering from the rare disease Nile fever, with suspected damage to the nervous system - characterized by memory loss and loss of consciousness - recently arrived at Laniado Hospital.

After being diagnosed and treated at the Department of Internal Medicine B, and pronounced healthy, she was released home.   
In a study published some 18 years ago– the first-of-a-kind in the world - conducted at Laniado, under the direction of Prof. Zvi Shimoni, it was found that a large number of antibodies that neutralize the virus are found in the plasma of Israelis - and not in the plasma of Americans. The research, which was published in several international journals, received recognition from infectious disease experts around world. Laniado then developed a treatment for Nile fever based on a solution derived from the plasma of Israelis.  In 2001, a cancer patient with a serious case of Nile fever recovered after receiving the treatment.  It is administered in life-threatening cases, as well as to treat other infectious and malignant diseases.  

 
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Hatzala Volunteers Join Laniado’s Emergency Department

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More than twenty United Hatzala volunteer EMT's have joined Laniado Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine, serving as an important source of support and assistance in the department that works 24/7.

Hatzala operates this project in 15 hospitals throughout Israel.
Following a lengthy training process in which areas of cooperation were identified, a ceremony was held at which departmental IDs were distributed to the volunteers.  “Working in the Emergency Department is not simple,” said Yehudit Isaacs, supervising nurse of the Emergency Department and a Hatzala volunteer herself. "It entails working around the clock, and often involves difficult cases that require an immediate response - sometimes while fighting for the patient’s life. There is tremendous pressure and the addition of trained personnel to the treatment staff is very significant.  I greatly admire your willingness to contribute your time, knowledge and experience in the field to help the patients. "

 
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Training Israel’s Next Generation of Doctors

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Two department heads at Laniado appointed to senior positions on the Residency Committee of the Israel Medical Association Scientific Council

Dr. Yaakov Schechter and Dr. Vered Hermush, directors of Laniado Hospital’s Pediatric and Geriatric Departments respectively, were recently chosen to serve on the Residency Committee of the Israel Medical Association’s Scientific Council, which is responsible for maintaining high scientific standards during the process of training of future doctors – from their studies and through residency.  
After weighing clinical and academic factors, the Residency Committee determines whether a hospital department is capable of conducting a residency program, which includes clinical experience, research, and intensive study in the area of specialization, while tending to patients under the supervision of senior physicians.  While the program places heavy responsibility and a considerable teaching burden on the shoulders of the senior physicians, the department gains the services of eager, young, and energetic staff members.