New study at the University of Haifa: Creative People Sleep More, Later, and Less Well

Do you ever dream of becoming the next Picasso? A new study at the University of Haifa comparing art and social science students has found that visually creative students evaluate their sleep as of lower quality. “Visually creative people reported disturbed sleep leading to difficulties in daytime functioning,” explains doctorate student Neta Ram-Vlasov, one of the authors of the study....More...

The Akko Tower Wreck Finally Reveals Some of Its Secrets

The shipwreck found at the foot of the Tower of Flies in Akko harbor is beginning to share its secrets. In a new study combining maritime archeology and metallurgy, research student Maayan Cohen of the University of Haifa managed to unravel the chemical composition and microstructure of the ancient nails used in the construction of the ship. Her study enabled the dating and identification of a...More...

Good or Bad — How Does Our Brain Decide?

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany and the University of Haifa used emotionally confusing video clips and revealed different neutral networks that operate when we perceive a situation as positive or negative*Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and the University of Haifa, Israel, have identified neural mechanisms that...More...

Why Salt Is Healthier Than Doctors Let on

Salt intake that is often deemed high may actually have benefits, scientists say.In the past, people thought that salt boosted health — so much so that the Latin word for “health” — “salus” — was derived from “sal” (salt). In medieval times, salt was prescribed to treat a multitude of conditions, including toothaches, stomachaches and “heaviness of mind.”While...More...

UH Alumnus Receives Prestigious Research Award

Dr. Daniel Deutscher receives the D.L. Hart award for his research contribution to the medical fieldDr. Daniel Deutscher, PT, PhD (left) received the 2015 D.L Hart International Research Award for his outstanding research in physical therapy.  The award was presented by FOTO, which is responsible for investigating patient rehabilitation outcomes.Dr. Deutscher is Director of Research &...More...

Do Hospitals Actually Make You Sick?

People expect a hospital to be a place where you become healthier.  This may not be the reality.One in three patients aged 70 and older who are independent in their daily functioning and are hospitalized for illnesses, are discharged from the hospital with a decline in functioning;and around one in two report this functional decline a month after their discharge, according to a new study...More...

UH Alumnus Helps Develop Revolutionary New Way to Fight Cancer

As scientists and patients discover the pain-relief and healing properties of cannabis, more governments are legalizing the distribution of medical marijuana by prescription. Yet physicians remain uneasy about the way it’s administered (rolled up in smoking paper or dropped into a vaporizer) and the inability to measure exact dosages.A two-year-old Israeli-American company, Cannabics...More...

Active Gas Springs Beneath Haifa Bay Discovered by UH Researchers

A geophysics research team from the University of Haifa has discovered a series of active gas springs on the sea floor under Haifa Bay.According to Dr. Uri Schattner, head of the university's Department of Marine Geosciences at the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, “Geophysical information enables us to research beneath the sea floor and map out the entire system, from the gas...More...

Virtual Terror is Not So Virtual: Exposure to Cyber Terrorism Triggers Severe Psychological and Physical Stress

*In light of Anonymous’ threat to mount a massive cyber-attack and electronic Holocaust on Israel next week, a group of cyber terror researchers at the University of Haifa warn that cyber terrorism does not end with minor internet disruptions. Rather cyber terror poses an extremely serious threat. “If civilians cannot protect themselves from cyber-attacks, then the government must protect...More...