Health

Board shot in the arm for small Jewish communities

By Simon Rocker, March 15, 2013

The Board of Deputies is preparing to launch a new scheme to help the country’s smallest communities later this year amid concern over the current lack of support.

Rabbi Reuben Livingstone, director of the Office of Small Communities (OSC), said his had become “a ghost role” since UJIA ended funding last year.

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New Technion device can ‘smell’ cancers

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2013

Within a few years, doctors may be able to detect various types of cancer from exhaled breath, if plans to bring an Israeli invention to the market go smoothly.

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Pain relief worker honoured

February 18, 2013

Edgware Reform congregant Jean Gaffin has been presented with a new national healthcare award at a Commons ceremony.

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'Care cap' issues worry welfare chiefs

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2013

Communal welfare leaders have voiced concerns over the government’s latest plan to cap care costs for the elderly.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Monday announced proposals for a £75,000 cap on care costs and to raise the means-testing threshold from £23,250 to £123,000.

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Big screen exposure aids Sharon Berger donor search

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

The Spit4Mum campaign, geared to finding a bone-marrow donor for critically ill Harrow resident Sharon Berger, is reporting huge cross-communal support ahead of a major screening on Sunday.

Mrs Berger, 61, is in hospital undergoing chemotherapy for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a malfunction of the bone marrow. She urgently requires a bone marrow donation.

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A game-changing cancer vaccine?

By Anna Sheinman, February 1, 2013

Results of the first clinical trial for a new cancer vaccine developed by an Israeli company suggest it could “change the paradigm” of cancer treatment, the head researcher has said.

Dr Lior Carmon, CEO of Vaxil, based near Tel Aviv, said that the results of the phase I trial of the vaccine on 15 cancer patients with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, were very promising.

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Israel uproar over ‘forced’ birth control

By Ben Hartman, January 31, 2013

Certain sections of the Israeli media have renewed accusations that doctors have been allowed to give contraceptive drugs to Ethiopian women without their consent after the head of the Health Ministry, Ron Gamzu, appeared to supply evidence that such a practice could be in place.

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Medical aid campaign with defibrillators

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2013

Following the death of a Liverpool King David High pupil from a heart attack, a petition for a Parliamentary debate on siting defibrillators in all UK public buildings has gathered over 71,000 signatures.

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Care needed on rushed move

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 22, 2013

Sometimes, as we all know, the road to hell can be paved with the best of intentions. Recent events at the Morris Feinmann Home in Didsbury provide a perfect illustration of this dictum. Everyone appears to be acting through the noblest of motives. But not everyone is pleased at the way things are turning out.

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Neuberger ‘backdoor euthanasia’ inquiry

By Anna Sheinman, January 17, 2013

Baroness Julia Neuberger, rabbi of West London Synagogue, is to chair the review of the controversial palliative care method known as the Liverpool Care Pathway.

The Liverpool Care Pathway is a checklist for medical professionals to assist patients to a humane and pain-free death, developed over 10 years ago by pain-care specialists in Liverpool.

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