Health

Give cancer gene tests to all, ministers urged

By Charlotte Oliver, March 28, 2014

A woman who had a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed after discovering she had a defective cancer gene has urged the government to make testing more widely available, especially for Ashkenazi Jews.

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Jewish ambulance service has to turn off its blue light

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2014

The Hatzola Jewish ambulance service will no longer be able to use blue emergency lights on their vehicles after a judge overturned the acquittal of two drivers this week.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Michael Issler and Mordechai Bamberger, both emergency medics in Manchester, should be convicted of illegally using blue lights after attending victims of a car crash.

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Ageist doctors ‘deny treatment to elderly’

By Charlotte Oliver, March 6, 2014

One of the world’s leading experts in the treatment of blood disorders has warned of an “intrinsic ageism” within the medical profession, preventing many elderly patients from receiving beneficial cancer treatment.

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MP backs family in hospital death trauma

By Rosa Doherty, February 27, 2014

An MP is backing a family’s campaign for improved care at Barnet Hospital following the death of their father.

James Clappison, MP for Hertsmere, wrote to the hospital after it admitted its treatment of 80-year-old Frank Reuben was “not acceptable”.

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Family’s 'thank you' donation to hospital

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2014

A family has donated £5,000 to buy life-saving equipment for Watford Hospital as a thank you for caring for their terminally ill mother.

The Jane Kasler Foundation donated the money which will go towards a new defibrillator for the Hertfordshire hospital’s intensive care unit.

Giorgina Kasler set up the foundation after her mother Jane died from ovarian cancer at the age of 49.

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Why did our dad have to die like this?

By Rosa Doherty, February 6, 2014

A hospital has admitted its treatment of an elderly patient was “not acceptable” after he died in their care.

Retired chauffeur Frank Reuben, 80, was admitted to Barnet Hospital in early January with a chest infection.

But he was discharged two days later — only to be readmitted soon afterwards.

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Starting date for screen tests for genetic disorders

February 3, 2014

The first community screening for a group of Jewish genetic disorders will take place at Finchley’s Sternberg Centre on February 9, launching a rolling programme of screenings across the UK during 2014. Until now, the only community-based screening programme has been for Tay-Sachs.

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Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.

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What it means when your doctor says . . . . Have a shingles vaccine

By Ellie Cannon, January 20, 2014

When I last wrote about the shingles vaccine it was to vent my frustration at the Department of Health which had not acquired a decent supply, meaning it was only available to a few people privately. Thankfully now the situation has changed and the national vaccination programme for shingles has been rolled out across NHS GP surgeries.

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Man in the kitchen: enough of the carb curb

By Simon Round, January 13, 2014

W e are now 10 days into the new year health drive. You haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since New Year’s eve and your fridge has all the ingredients for a daily spinach smoothie. So, enough already. You see, the irony about this idea of dieting in mid-winter is that this is precisely the time when your body craves carbs and calories to counteract the cold.

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