Health

Why you don’t need to feel Sad this winter

By Ruth Joseph, November 29, 2010

Seasonal Affective Disorder (Sad),sometimes known as the winter blues, is thought to affect around two million people in the UK and more than 12 million across northern Europe.

Its symptoms, described by the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association, can vary from depression, negative feelings often resulting in feelings of hopelessness and despair to numbness and apathy.

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UK to try Israeli technology for Alzheimer's

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2010

A computer program developed by Israeli therapists to "stabilise and slow down" Alzheimer's has been introduced to UK Jewish charities.

The program, called Savion, was designed by occupational therapists at Melabev, a day-care facility for Alzheimer's patients in Israel.

Motti Zelikovitch, director general of Melabev, met UK care providers, including Jewish Care and Nightingale, in south London last week.

Mr Zelikovitch said: "Savion came from 10 years of working with patients. It was born out of therapies, not from academic research."

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Defusing the diabetes time bomb

By Alex Kasriel, November 11, 2010

Last week, a team of surgeons performed the world's first robotically assisted pancreas transplant on a women in Italy who suffers from type one diabetes.

With her new organ, the mother of two is now able to produce the correct amount of insulin - the hormone which regulates the amount of glucose in the body - and this has effectively cured her disease.

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Get in shape the hip way

By Lianne Kolirin, November 9, 2010

Zumba. Everyone's talking about, doing it and loving it.

If you have never heard of it, you may be in a minority. And not just in the UK. Zumba, if the hype is to be believed, is the latest dance-fitness craze to get hips gyrating, arms swaying and bottoms shimmying in gyms, halls and living rooms around the world.

People exercise in different ways and for a variety of reasons. It might be to get fit, de-stress, relax, burn calories. Zumba does all of the above with one very important extra. It puts a smile on your face.

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Praise for prizewinning Israeli medical organisation

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2010

A leading Israeli medical organisation has won a prize for environmental protection from the International Public Relations Association.

Representatives of Maccabi Healthcare Services received their Golden World Award in London on Friday for a campaign to collect medicines beyond their expiry date.

Since the launch of the initiative 18 months ago, around 240,000 packages containing seven million pills have been collected from Maccabi community clinics around Israel.

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Taking steps to ensure you keep in shape

By Anthea Gerrie, October 28, 2010

"You need to walk for your life!" commanded the doctor who informed me I had just flunked both the fitness and ideal weight test at my recent check-up. "Go for 10,000 steps a day - and get a pedometer to tell you when you've done it," he ordered.

I had heard about those 10,000 steps, now considered as essential for optimum health as your five-a-day. However, like every couch potato, I regarded this figure with some trepidation.

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What you can do to stop breast cancer

By Natasha Blair, October 14, 2010

One of the best ways to overcome cancer, we are constantly being told, is either to prevent it or at least to catch it before it has had a chance to develop. This is particularly true of breast cancer.

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Why beetroot gives athletes a turbo boost

By Rebecca Wallersteiner, October 7, 2010

Many of our grandmothers will have cooked us beetroot borscht, which is delicious eaten hot or cold. My own granny also used to add chopped beetroot to salads and mix it up with herring.

Ashkenazi cuisine does not have a healthy reputation, but in this case it seems that our ancestors had unintentionally stumbled upon a superfood. The humble beetroot has recently been credited with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, inhibiting cancer cells and helping to boost the immune system and energy levels.

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Why you should eat your water

By Anthea Gerrie, September 28, 2010

For a doctor who has built an empire on pricey skin care products, Dr Howard Murad has a surprising message - the secret of a radiant and younger-looking complexion is… water.

In fact getting more water into our cells and keeping it there is the secret to better health all round, says the Baghdad-born associate professor of medicine at California's prestigious UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.

"Every single cell is connected to every other cell, so to have good skin you have to have a good body in every sense," he declares.

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Hospital provision

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

Manchester's four city centre hospitals once again have a Shabbat facility for Jewish patients and families.

A Shabbat room in the Manchester Royal Infirmary was closed during a £500 million redevelopment of the hospitals which was completed in 2009. It has been replaced by a multi-faith centre located on the ground floor of the Royal Infirmary site.

But it has taken over a year to arrange a separate kosher kitchen, accessible via a key-coded gate within the multi-faith room. In the intervening period, a padlocked box housed Jewish prayer books and cold kosher drinks.

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