Health

Sweeteners may also cause diabetes, say researchers

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Last week, Israeli scientists suggested that artificial sweeteners may increase, not decrease, the risk of diabetes.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis: assisted dying Bill is 'dangerous'

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has condemned a Bill which would allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill patients.

The Assisted Dying Bill, which was due to be debated in the House of Lords today, would permit lethal drugs to be administered to people with less than six months to live.

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Bacteria's smart tactics revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2014

Bacteria have the ability to predict when people will take antibiotics and learn to dodge them, Israeli researchers have found.

The discovery comes as a UK government report warned this week that antibiotic-resistant bacteria could spark a return "to the dark ages of medicine".

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Mud made me stay in Israel

By Matt Rees, June 20, 2014

I cancelled my plans to quit Israel last week. Not for the first time. I came here intending to stay three months. This week I'll mark my 19th year in Jerusalem.

My wife and I had planned to take the kids off to her native New York this month, to live in a leafy suburb by the Hudson River with all the predictability and convenience of American life.

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Norwood director on learning disabilities in the Jewish community

By Angela Duce, June 19, 2014

There are over five-and-a-half thousand people with a learning disability in the Jewish community. During National Learning Disability Week Angela Duce, director of operations at Norwood, explains why voluntary sector organisations are turning to their donors during this time of austerity.

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Battlefield dressing set to speed bris healing

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2014

Medical technology developed for the United States military is being used by mohelim in Britain to halve the healing time of circumcision to two or three days.

The technique involves a dressing impregnated with kaolin, a blood-clotting agent derived from clay. It is applied immediately after the circumcision and stops all bleeding within 10 minutes, removing the need for bandages.

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Prize for cancer detection device

By Nathan Jeffay, June 12, 2014

Israeli innovators have won a prestigious prize for a smartphone attachment that can be used to detect cervical cancer.

Tel Aviv-based Mobile OCT and its American partners were placed first in the 2014 Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project.

The £180,000 prize money will help fund development and testing of the device, which will be available in October.

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Chai motivates its young supporters

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2014

More than 60 young professionals attended a motivational seminar at the Chai cancer charity campus in Hendon, where they were encouraged to act on their ambitions - whether launching a business or writing a book - by ex-JFS student and motivational speaker Nigel Risner.

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Israeli professor drops NHS bias case

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

An Israeli conflict resolution expert has dropped his legal case against a health trust which he claimed had discriminated against him.

Moty Cristal had been seeking damages totalling £26,500 and an apology from Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust after it cancelled a workshop he was due to run for its staff in 2012.

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Israeli men near top of world life expectancy league

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Israeli men have the highest life expectancy in the Middle East and the fourth highest in the world, according to a report by the World Health Organisation, published on Thursday.

Israeli men born in 2012 will live for an average 80.2 years.

Men from Iceland were likely to live the longest, at an average 81.2 years, followed by Switzerland at 80.7 years and Australia at 80.5 years.

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