Health

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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Give cancer gene tests to all, ministers urged

By Charlotte Oliver, March 28, 2014

A woman who had a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed after discovering she had a defective cancer gene has urged the government to make testing more widely available, especially for Ashkenazi Jews.

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Jewish ambulance service has to turn off its blue light

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2014

The Hatzola Jewish ambulance service will no longer be able to use blue emergency lights on their vehicles after a judge overturned the acquittal of two drivers this week.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Michael Issler and Mordechai Bamberger, both emergency medics in Manchester, should be convicted of illegally using blue lights after attending victims of a car crash.

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Ageist doctors ‘deny treatment to elderly’

By Charlotte Oliver, March 6, 2014

One of the world’s leading experts in the treatment of blood disorders has warned of an “intrinsic ageism” within the medical profession, preventing many elderly patients from receiving beneficial cancer treatment.

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MP backs family in hospital death trauma

By Rosa Doherty, February 27, 2014

An MP is backing a family’s campaign for improved care at Barnet Hospital following the death of their father.

James Clappison, MP for Hertsmere, wrote to the hospital after it admitted its treatment of 80-year-old Frank Reuben was “not acceptable”.

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Family’s 'thank you' donation to hospital

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2014

A family has donated £5,000 to buy life-saving equipment for Watford Hospital as a thank you for caring for their terminally ill mother.

The Jane Kasler Foundation donated the money which will go towards a new defibrillator for the Hertfordshire hospital’s intensive care unit.

Giorgina Kasler set up the foundation after her mother Jane died from ovarian cancer at the age of 49.

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Why did our dad have to die like this?

By Rosa Doherty, February 6, 2014

A hospital has admitted its treatment of an elderly patient was “not acceptable” after he died in their care.

Retired chauffeur Frank Reuben, 80, was admitted to Barnet Hospital in early January with a chest infection.

But he was discharged two days later — only to be readmitted soon afterwards.

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