Thousands come together for Liora

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

Thousands of people around the world have responded to a Hendon family's plea to pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support.

At the time of writing, Liora Rosenberg, a former Hasmonean and JFS pupil, was in critical condition in hospital after suffering "a bleed to the brain" and pneumonia.

She was taken ill and admitted to hospital before Pesach.


Health chief hits out at McDonald's

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said he would crack down on fast food and other causes of heart disease as he launched Israel's first serious anti-obesity campaign earlier this month.

In a speech to the Israeli Cardiologists Association, Mr Litzman, a United Torah Judaism member, said: "McDonald's out!


Thousands respond as family asks community to pray for a miracle for desperately ill daughter

By Charlotte Oliver, April 25, 2016

More than 10,000 have responded to a family’s online plea to the community to “storm the heavens” and pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support and is said to be brain dead.


Parkinson's risk for Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

The biggest genetic indicator of Parkinson's disease is 10 times more prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews than in the general population, research has revealed.

A global study will now track how often the mutated LRRK2 gene - which is present in 10 per cent of Ashkenazim - develops into the disease.


Cancer-risk mum raises awareness of gene mutation threat to Ashkenazim

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2016

After discovering that she had a BRCA gene mutation, making her more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer, Emma Simons organised a BRCA awareness evening at Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue that was attended by 130 people.

"This is a conversation we should be having," Mrs Simons, 41, said. "It shouldn't be an unknown, especially as we are at a higher risk of having this gene."


Blood cancer ‘cure’ originated in Israel

By Josh Jackman, February 17, 2016

A study which cured almost all its patients of advanced blood cancer originated in Israel.

Professor Zelig Eshhar of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, near Tel Aviv, was at the forefront of a new type of treatment which extracts and genetically modifies white blood cells to help them fight cancer cells.


I wonder who I’m praying for

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2016

To be a ‘‘believer’’ to me, until recently, had closer meaning to a phrase used to describe a giddy teenager in awe of a chart-topping pop star. But as life has a habit of doing, (thanks to what a family friend described as me being served a ‘‘sh*t sandwich’’ this year) I’ve found myself humbled and in need of ‘‘faith’’.


Let them eat cake? Not in Salford, NHS-funded study suggests

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Barely one third of the men in the strictly Orthodox Salford community take the nationally recommended level of exercise, a health study has found.

Provisional results of an NHS-funded survey show that 36.5 per cent of male respondents enagage in physical activity for at least two-and-a-half hours per week. The figure among the general male UK population is 67 per cent.


Spine surgery hope for brave 10-year-old

By Charlotte Oliver, December 30, 2015

When her daughter began to complain of back ache six months ago, Karen Shoob put it down to growing pains.

But when, in September, 10-year-old Mackenzie could hardly stand up straight, Mrs Shoob grew worried and took her to the doctor.


Doctor 'over the moon' to have helped NHS choir beat Justin Bieber to Christmas Number One

By Charlotte Oliver, December 29, 2015

A doctor whose online campaign helped an NHS choir beat Justin Bieber to Christmas Number One has said she is “over the moon” with the result – and added that the choir are now hoping the pop star will join them for a concert.