Dismay over organ donor rule change

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2013

The Welsh Assembly’s approval this week of a new system of organ donation has been criticised by the Board of Deputies.

Rather than the current UK practice of donors agreeing to their organs being used, doctors in Wales will be able to take organs unless the person has previously indicated objections.


Tamoxifen breast cancer drug move is ‘excellent’

By Zoe Winograd, June 28, 2013

Jewish breast cancer campaigners have hailed as “excellent” new NHS guidelines allowing potential sufferers access to drugs that reduce the risk of developing the disease.


Alarm bells for Hatzola over sirens

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 20, 2013

Two members of the Manchester branch of Hatzola, the community emergency medical service, are to appear in court charged with illegally using sirens on their vehicles.

The two male volunteers were responding to an accident involving non-Jewish drivers of a car and motorbike which collided last October in Prestwich, in the north of the city.


Dr Elli Cannon: what it means when your doctor says "You have Osteopenia"

By Dr Ellie Cannon, June 20, 2013

Osteopenia is a condition when the bones have lost some of their density. They are not as strong and thick as normal bones, but they are not bad enough to be termed osteoporosis. It is part of a spectrum of bone change and osteopenia is the stage before osteoporosis.


"Much loved" Yavneh College headteacher Dena Coleman has died

By Zoe Winograd, June 19, 2013

The staff and pupils at Yavneh College were in shock today after the sudden death of founding headteacher, Dena Coleman.

Dr Coleman, 60, died on Tuesday after contracting bacterial meningitis.


Man in the kitchen: Another slice of life

By Simon Round, June 14, 2013

My dad was no cook. He needed precise instructions about oven temperature, pre-heating and preparation before he even attempted to bake a potato. However, in his 50s, he decided it might be a nice idea to bake a loaf of bread. This was a big jump for someone who had difficulty boiling an egg, but he duly found a recipe and baked a loaf — and it tasted quite nice.


Israeli start-up gives sight to visually impaired

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

An Israeli start-up is set to give the gift of sight to the visually impaired with its new device, the OrCam.

The OrCam is a small camera that can be attached to glasses which, when pointed at books, objects and faces, can read or describe them aloud. The $2,500 reading aid went on sale in the US this week and its first shipment has already sold out.


Children’s lucky escape as car overturns

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2013

Two children and their father narrowly escaped being hit by a car which overturned in a residential street in a Jewish area of Manchester.

The north-west air ambulance was dispatched to the scene on Hereford Drive, in the suburb of Prestwich. Both the Jewish family and the Jewish driver, a 60-year-old man, escaped injury after the blue Honda CRV clipped a parked car and overturned.


World’s oldest Jew dies

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

The person recognised as the oldest Jew in the world died this week.

New York-born Evelyn Kozak, 113, known for her love of scrabble and literature, died after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday morning. She was buried in Queens.

Ms Kozak, a former valedictorian at her grammar school in Brooklyn, attributed her longevity to her healthy lifestyle.


Hospital patients visiting chaplains plea

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2013

Patients are being urged to inform hospital staff that they want to be visited by Jewish chaplains, following a toughening up of how data protection is enforced by NHS trusts.

Rebbetzin Rochel Ehrentreu, who has conducted visits at the Royal Free Hospital in north London for 30 years, complained that it was becoming increasingly difficult to gain access to patients.