Health

Now it's the medics saying: go to shul

By David Lazarus, June 23, 2016

If you are one of those High Holy Day-only shul-goers, you may want to consider bumping up your attendance levels - and, this time, the advice does not come from rabbis.

A new study by medical researchers at Harvard University says that the more you go to religious services, the higher the odds of living longer.

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Law graduate's lifesaving surgery bid

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

A degenerative condition has left the 29-year-old law graduate in constant pain and in need of lifesaving brain surgery.

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Entrepreneur to pitch her app idea to Richard Branson

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2016

A Jewish health campaigner is attempting to win a share of £1 million and a chance to pitch her app idea to Richard Branson.

Joanna Slater developed the app to improve communication between doctors and patients after the death of her mother Kay following surgery on her hip.

She said: “What was meant to have been a routine operation turned into the ultimate decline of my mum.

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I can heal with my hands

By Naomi Firsht, May 5, 2016

It is hard to know what to expect when you meet a spiritual healer. I envisaged rainbow-coloured robes and an odd hat. Suffice to say: someone a bit batty. So I was taken aback by the normal, affable-looking man in chinos and a blazer who greeted me at High Barnet tube station.

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Teaching assistant Liora Rosenberg dies aged 20

By JC Reporter, May 1, 2016

Liora Rosenberg, the 20-year-old whose plight had been followed by thousands of well-wishers around the world, has died.

The former JFS pupil had suffered a bleed to the brain and pneumonia and had been critically ill in hospital for more than a week.

Her death was announced late on Saturday night on the Facebook group set up for people to do a mitzvah in her name.

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Thousands come together for Liora

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

Thousands of people around the world have responded to a Hendon family's plea to pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support.

At the time of writing, Liora Rosenberg, a former Hasmonean and JFS pupil, was in critical condition in hospital after suffering "a bleed to the brain" and pneumonia.

She was taken ill and admitted to hospital before Pesach.

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Health chief hits out at McDonald's

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said he would crack down on fast food and other causes of heart disease as he launched Israel's first serious anti-obesity campaign earlier this month.

In a speech to the Israeli Cardiologists Association, Mr Litzman, a United Torah Judaism member, said: "McDonald's out!

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Thousands respond as family asks community to pray for a miracle for desperately ill daughter

By Charlotte Oliver, April 25, 2016

More than 10,000 have responded to a family’s online plea to the community to “storm the heavens” and pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support and is said to be brain dead.

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Parkinson's risk for Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

The biggest genetic indicator of Parkinson's disease is 10 times more prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews than in the general population, research has revealed.

A global study will now track how often the mutated LRRK2 gene - which is present in 10 per cent of Ashkenazim - develops into the disease.

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Cancer-risk mum raises awareness of gene mutation threat to Ashkenazim

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2016

After discovering that she had a BRCA gene mutation, making her more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer, Emma Simons organised a BRCA awareness evening at Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue that was attended by 130 people.

"This is a conversation we should be having," Mrs Simons, 41, said. "It shouldn't be an unknown, especially as we are at a higher risk of having this gene."

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