Health

Professor Geoffrey Raisman: The tailor's son who performed a medical miracle

By Sandy Rashty, October 23, 2014

The man behind the pioneering spinal surgery that helped a paralysed man walk is adamant about where he got his drive to succeed - it was growing up in a working class Jewish family.

Professor Geoffrey Raisman stunned the medical world with a ground-breaking operation to treat a knife victim's damaged spine by transplanting cells from his nose.

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British Jewish doctor helps paralysed man walk again

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2014

A British Jewish doctor is behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries, which has been hailed as a historic breakthrough.

Geoffrey Raisman, who grew up in Leeds, pioneered a new method of treating injuries previously thought to be incurable.

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Community launches appeal to aid Ebola victims

By Josh Jackman, October 21, 2014

British Jewry has launched its response to the Ebola epidemic, with 14 communal bodies and synagogue movements from all denominations pitching in to help stop the spread of the disease.

World Jewish Relief, the organisation leading the Ebola Crisis Appeal, will use donations to provide medical supplies for health workers and awareness programmes in the countries affected.

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It’s a whole new world as health charity gets down to business

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2014

Tamara Arbib is one determined mumpreneur — and she’s set on bringing nutrition to the masses.

For five years, she desperately tried to promote healthy eating through her charity, A Team Foundation.

But her efforts were washed out by big businesses looking to do the same.

Arbib, who set up the charity with her husband Ben, believed that their outreach was limited.

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Lancet editor says sorry over Israel letter row

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

The editor of Britain’s leading medical journal has visited Israel and said he deeply regrets the controversy caused by his stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

Lancet editor Dr Richard Horton said he had been “horrified” to learn that some authors of the letter had also sent private emails which included antisemitic conspiracy theory videos.

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Pears family gives £5 million to Royal Free Hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

The Pears Foundation have donated £5 million to build a new medical research facility next to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. It is the foundation’s largest ever donation.

The new north London facility, which will be named The Pears Building, will focus on furthering medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV and hepatitis.

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Spit4Mum campaigners shortlisted for top charity award

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2014

The #Spit4Mum campaigners have been nominated for one of the prestigious Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards.

Jonni and Caroline Berger launched an innovative campaign which persuaded thousands of Jews to sign up to the Anthony Nolan Trust bone marrow register after their mother, Sharon, fell ill and needed a bone marrow transplant.

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Medical journal investigates claims over Gaza letters

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Britain’s leading medical journal has been reported to the industry’s ombudsman over its stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

The Lancet ran an open letter “for the people of Gaza” signed by 24 senior medics in July, condemning Israel’s military action.

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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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