Health

You saved our mum once, please now help her again

By Lianne Kolirin, July 21, 2016

Three years ago, Britain's Jewish community carried out the ultimate mitzvah, coming together to save the life of Kenton grandmother, Sharon Berger.

With a diagnosis of advanced leukaemia, Sharon's only hope was a stem-cell transplant. Thousands of people signed up as potential donors and eventually a match was found.

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New donor needed for Sharon Berger

By Lianne Kolirin, July 14, 2016

A woman whose life was saved after a community-wide hunt for a bone marrow donor has been diagnosed with leukaemia once again.

Sharon Berger received the devastating news after a routine blood test last week and is now facing several weeks of chemotherapy in medical isolation.

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Israeli diabetes pill could end injections and lengthen lives

By Josh Jackman, July 14, 2016

An Israeli company has created a pill for diabetes sufferers that could delay the worst symptoms of the disease.

Insulin injections have been the best way to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes - 422 million at present - for more than 90 years, but Jerusalem-based Oramed has developed what they say is a better alternative.

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When it is time to say goodbye

By Rosa Doherty, July 13, 2016

"Hold his hand and tell him you are there. Tell him there is nothing to worry about. Tell him he can leave now.”

So came the palliative care nurse’s advice, as we sat together beside a hospital bed in my dad’s living room.

This is where he chose to spend his last four weeks; in the room where we once sat, socialised and welcomed family and friends.

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Let's talk about Cyril

By Sharon Maxwell-Magnus, July 1, 2016

Forty years ago the doctor might not have named it, twenty years ago, family whispered it, today people not only dare to say the C-word, they are blogging, tweeting and sharing their experience of cancer.

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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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