Hadassah Medical Center Physician Discovers a New Type of Lethal Mushroom
In treating a patient who suffered from massive congestive heart failure and a malfunctioning liver, Dr. Yuval Horwich, a resident in the department of internal medicine at the Hadassah Medical Center, discovered that the man had eaten a poisonous mushroom, which he had picked in the Jerusalem forest. The patient was a forester by profession and Dr. Horwich assumed he knew what he was eating. Nevertheless, he decided to investigate. Using a GPS (Global Positioning System), he located the exact spot in the forest where this type of mushroom grew, picked another mushroom, and sent it to a specialist at Haifa University.
It turned out to be a type of poisonous mushroom that had not been found in Israel before. Prevalent in Europe under the name, Amanita Proxima B, the mushroom looks exactly like an eatable type named Amanita Ovoidea A.
The forester recovered and Israeli nature lovers now have another poisonous mushroom to avoid.
Hadasit, Hadassah’s Technology Transfer Arm, Reviews
When the Hadassah University Medical Center’s physicians suggest a
solution to a medical problem which can lead to the development of a new
medicine or product, Hadasit, Hadassah’s technology transfer arm, explores its
feasibility and supports the promotion of those viable ideas with innovation
potential. Although 2012 has been “a year full of challenges for the life
science industry,” says Einat Zisman, Hadasit’s Chief Executive Officer,
Hadasit still signed 125 agreements for clinical trials, all to be done at
Hadassah. In addition, Hadasit signed 15 agreements for cooperation and
commercialization of technologies that were developed at Hadassah. Click here
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