Israeli medic may revive organ row

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2013

An Israeli medical expert is set to reopen the debate among Orthodox rabbis over organ donation in a lecture in London next week.

Rabbinical authorities differ on the definition of the moment of death and therefore when doctors may remove organs for transplant.


Life-saving drive starts for bone marrow donor

By Anna Sheinman, December 17, 2012

A Harrow woman who set up a patient support group for the stem cell syndrome she suffers from is in desperate need of a donor for a bone marrow transplant.

Sharon Berger established the MDS UK Patient Support group after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing blood cells.


No half measures as blood donor plan grows

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

Personal tragedy has prompted a Jewish student to set up two charitable schemes that have received national acclaim.

Abigail Kay’s mother, Carol, died in December last year after a long battle with cancer. During the course of her treatment, Mrs Kay required regular blood transfusions.


How to eat well: Is fasting the key to a longer life?

By Ian Marber, October 11, 2012

Trends in nutrition and dieting come and go as quickly as those in fashion, and thanks to tweets and messages I receive online, I can get a clear idea of what people are talking about, and what’s coming soon in the world of nutrition (Twitter affords me the equivalent of a front-row seat at a Burberry show).


Nurses of Bergen Belsen survivors recognised in research

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2012

The heroic efforts of nurses and other female aid workers in the immediate aftermath of the liberation of Bergen Belsen, including the aunt of broadcaster Esther Rantzen, have been highlighted in a new piece of research.


How to eat well: Beware brand extension

By Ian Marber, September 27, 2012

In the age of the savvy consumer, brands offer a shorthand way of knowing what you are buying. Familiarity allows us to make a quick decision to purchase based on what we understand about the brand’s values, such as quality, consistency, provenance or history.


How to eat well: Sugar? I never touch the stuff

By Ian Marber, September 27, 2012

I am often asked what I eat, but rather than list everything, I find that it easier to say what I don’t eat.
Firstly, as I was born with coeliac disease, an intolerance to gluten, I can’t eat wheat, barley or rye. I have an unpleasant reaction, one that I will gloss over in print, to allium, especially garlic, raw onions and chives, so those are out too.


Defibrillator drive takes off

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 20, 2012

A national drive to provide lifesaving equipment to Jewish organisations has taken its first “small steps”. At the same time, a defibrillator is to be given to every primary school in Liverpool after the death of a pupil at the city’s King David Jewish High school.


Olympic clinic named after Ludwig Guttman

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2012

The medical centre that has served athletes from around the world for the weeks of London 2012 is to be renamed in honour of the pioneering doctor who created the Paralympic Games.


Fight to secure funding for gene-flaw tests

By Simon Rocker, August 23, 2012

Jewish organisations have mobilised against a potential threat to state funding for screening for the fatal genetic disease, Tay Sachs.