Health

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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Secret to being world’s oldest? Chicken soup and gefilte fish

By Lauren Davidson, May 7, 2014

In 1903, the teddy bear was born, the first Pulitzer Prize was awarded, Emmeline Pankhurst’s women’s rights party was formed, the first Western film was released and the Wright brothers made their first successful flight. On February 4 of that year — before any of those historic events had taken place — Alexander Imich was born to a Polish Jewish family.

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Comedy stars help cancer patient to keep smiling

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2014

Four Jewish comedy stars are to put on a special performance in tribute to a 22-year-old graduate who is battling cancer.

Joshua Lerner had just finished a chemistry masters degree last year when he was diagnosed with life-threatening Hodgkin lymphoma.

His reaction was to start writing a blog about his treatment.

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Simon Baron-Cohen: My special sister Suzie

By Simon Baron-Cohen, April 17, 2014

I have two special sisters but today is Suzie’s day. She touched everyone who met her with her kindness, gentleness, and humour.

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NHS failed my father — now it’s failed my mum

By Rosa Doherty, April 10, 2014

A woman whose father died following a hospital blunder was reeling this week after her mother was sent home from a sister hospital with the wrong drugs.

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The British tourist who saved holiday girl from drowning

By Rosa Doherty, April 10, 2014

A north London accountant has described the moment he rescued a 14-year-old girl from violent seas in which two women drowned.

Adam Cramer, 49, dived into the surf at Playa Pariso in Tenerife and dragged the girl to safety as her body was tossed repeatedly against rocks.

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