The health guru who leads the fight against lethal party drugs

By Lynne Franks, March 29, 2012

Lynne Franks: Tell me first about your early life.

Maryon Stewart: I was born in Clapton which officially makes me a Cockney. For some reason my mother ended up having me in the Mother's Home which was run by nuns. When I was born, apparently the nuns made her get down on the floor and pray because she was bringing me into the wicked world.


A thousand boys are 'missing' from Orthodox schools

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Education authorities are negotiating with London's strictly Orthodox community to resolve the situation of hundreds of "missing" boys - who are being taught in unlicensed yeshivot where they receive little or no secular education, rather than at school.

The Department of Education has opted for a diplomatic approach rather than legal action to crack down on unauthorised religious institutions


The Spurs fans who saved Muamba

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The Jewish principle of saving a life, pikuach nefesh, is considered to override all other commandments of the Torah.


It's a snore point if you're a victim of sleep apnoea

By Dr El, January 30, 2012

Many people snore (men and women) and this can have terrible effects on sleeping patterns, and marriages! But some people snore so badly it actually has a negative impact on their health, because they temporarily stop breathing while they are asleep. This is called sleep apnoea or sometimes referred to as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).


How will NHS computer's terminal illness be treated?

By Dr Ellie Canton, January 23, 2012

The NHS IT system has recently made headlines again for all the wrong reasons, and it seems we are now completely scrapping the system that has haemorrhaged so much public money.


Gene-tics all the boxes

December 15, 2011

Jewish Genetic Disorders UK has produced what is thought to be the first review of awareness, education and services of Jewish genetic disorders in the country.

The report summarises findings from a year-long consultative dialogue with key stakeholders in the Jewish, patient group and medical communities.


Nobel winners join Israelis in £10m campaign on disease

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

Dozens of Britain's top scientists flew to Israel this week to launch a major research project into regenerative medicine.

They joined around 200 Israelis at Ben Gurion University to share methods of tackling heart disease and Parkinson's disease using cell and gene therapies and tissue and biomedical engineering techniques.

The visit marked the launch of the British Israel Research and Acad


You may have ME

By Ellie Cannon, October 10, 2011

ME or myalgic encephalitis is a chronic condition with excessive tiredness as the predominant symptom. Sufferers also complain of joint pains, muscle ache, erratic sleep patterns and poor concentration. It is often referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

There is no test to definitely diagnose someone with ME, other than having the catalogue of typical symptoms for a four-month period.


The rare genetic disorder that means Chanochi can never eat

By Andrea Kon, October 7, 2011

Lying on his back, arms above his head, tumbled golden curls against his pillow, tiny Chanochi Pearl looks a gorgeous, healthy toddler. Until, that is, you notice the oxygen tubes in his nostrils, filling his damaged lungs, and the bottle of liquid by his cot plumbed to a plug in his tummy, pumping his body with essential nutrients.


Solictor takes on challenging brief

October 6, 2011

A Finchley solicitor with an incurable degenerative disorder of the nervous system is gearing up for a 380-kilometre Norwood cycling challenge in Israel.

Douglas Silas, 44, was diagnosed with the rare cerebellar ataxia in 2004.