Health

Genetic screening may be under UK threat

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A row has erupted over a potential government decision to discontinue screening for life-shortening diseases that have a high degree of frequency in the Ashkenazi Jewish community.

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Bug hits Mathilda Marks Kennedy School

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

Mathilda Marks Kennedy School in Mill Hill closed last Friday (March 15) due to an outbreak of norovirus. Head teacher Jillian Dunstan said: “We were advised by the Health Inspection Agency to close the school to prevent further spread of the virus.” The school, which has 220 pupils from nursery to year six, was reopened on Monday.

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Debribillator debate is vital, say campaigners

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2013

A parliamentary debate is being seen as a snub to a campaign on life-saving equipment sparked by the death of a young boy at Liverpool’s King David High School.

Oliver King was 12 when he died after collapsing from a heart attack at King David High in 2011. His father, Mark, has been campaigning to place resuscitation equipment across the UK by founding the Oliver King Foundation.

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Medical man honoured by UCLH

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Radlett Synagogue co-founder Professor Tony Goldstone has received the University College London Hospital Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The haematology expert - a patron of Chai - said: “I am honoured to have been chosen for this award and thank all my colleagues for their support and encouragement over many years.”

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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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