On the other hand…120th edition

January 19, 2020 by Michael Kuttner
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This is the 120th edition of “on the other hand” but unlike the traditional Jewish greeting I hope that the good news from Israel will continue for quite some time.

The deadline for registering political parties to participate in the third round of elections in March has ended and this time around there are thirty parties vying for our vote. Between now and March the volume of hot air and meaningless promises will pollute the atmosphere.

Thank goodness therefore for the never-ending stream of positive achievements occurring on a daily basis for which politicians cannot claim any credit.



 In yet another Israel breakthrough in the field of medicine, researchers have discovered how to speed up and apply the most effective treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer. Listen and marvel:




 A “first of its kind” program developed by Bar-Ilan University that sends medical students to monitor discharged patients at home shows a “significant improvement” in well-being and possibly a reduced risk of repeat hospitalization, according to a study that evaluated the impact of the program.

The new research on the ETGAR project, which was developed by Bar-Ilan’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine and has been running since 2015, shows that the program benefits patients and trains future doctors on how to work successfully with the most disadvantaged sectors of society.

Too often, patients experience problems following a hospital stay, especially when they are poor, isolated, understand little Hebrew, or lack education.

ETGAR is designed to help patients make a smooth transition following their discharge from the hospital. It trains medical students to do follow-up visits at home when hospital staff see there is a need, in order to make sure the patients are taking their medications and following medical instructions. They also see how the patients are coping in general, and determine whether they need to be put in touch with social services.

The study, which involved more than 1,000 patients and 300 medical students who participated in ETGAR, found that patients’ understanding of their medical condition and their medications improved, with patients reporting that the students make a big difference to their transition home.

The program has also impacted the students, the study showed. “The students’ skills in communication with patients increases; both the written communication and their oral communication and they are much more sensitive to the social factors that influence health. They are more confident, more aware of the different cultural backgrounds.



An elderly Israeli has left 50 million shekels to a hospital. This previously unknown benefactor’s generosity will provide even better health care to patients.





A quick summary of some amazing Israeli achievements which happened during the last ten years:





 Almost every week archeologists dig up proof of the historical Jewish presence in this land. Who knows what yet other exciting discoveries wait to be uncovered? Meanwhile here is the latest:


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