I wonder who I’m praying for

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2016

To be a ‘‘believer’’ to me, until recently, had closer meaning to a phrase used to describe a giddy teenager in awe of a chart-topping pop star. But as life has a habit of doing, (thanks to what a family friend described as me being served a ‘‘sh*t sandwich’’ this year) I’ve found myself humbled and in need of ‘‘faith’’.


Let them eat cake? Not in Salford, NHS-funded study suggests

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Barely one third of the men in the strictly Orthodox Salford community take the nationally recommended level of exercise, a health study has found.

Provisional results of an NHS-funded survey show that 36.5 per cent of male respondents enagage in physical activity for at least two-and-a-half hours per week. The figure among the general male UK population is 67 per cent.


Spine surgery hope for brave 10-year-old

By Charlotte Oliver, December 30, 2015

When her daughter began to complain of back ache six months ago, Karen Shoob put it down to growing pains.

But when, in September, 10-year-old Mackenzie could hardly stand up straight, Mrs Shoob grew worried and took her to the doctor.


Doctor 'over the moon' to have helped NHS choir beat Justin Bieber to Christmas Number One

By Charlotte Oliver, December 29, 2015

A doctor whose online campaign helped an NHS choir beat Justin Bieber to Christmas Number One has said she is “over the moon” with the result – and added that the choir are now hoping the pop star will join them for a concert.


Circumcision expert's ‘sports-car ambulance’ found after theft

By Marcus Dysch, December 3, 2015

A sports car used as an ambulance by a private-hire Jewish man who carries out circumcisions has been found after it was apparently stolen.

The Audi TT was taken on Wednesday afternoon in Barking, east London, as Ephraim Josovic left an appointment.

Volunteer security group Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police appealed for its return.


Health Insights Series: Eye deterioration - the five main causes

By Alan Mushin, December 3, 2015

Our eyes and vision can develop problems as we get older. Here are five of the most common causes.


● This is a clouding of the lens which some people develop in their 40s and others not till their 90s.

If you are told at a routine sight test that you have signs of cataracts, don't worry - it may take years before they reach the stage where surgery is needed.


Why boredom's my best therapy

By Bonnie Estridge, November 26, 2015

For a man who worked for 10 years in a family business retailing computers and calculators in the 1980s, the leap to becoming a successful specialist in the field of therapies such as Clinical Hypnotherapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and counselling has been a remarkable one for Michael Cohen.


Health Insights Series: Why joint exercise is a great way to keep arthritis at bay

By Dr Huw Beynon, November 26, 2015

It was the American comedian George Burns who said: "You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."

As a rheumatologist, I would agree: it is not necessarily your chronological age, but your biological age that matters.


Health Insights Series: Cure hope for Parkinson's sufferers

By Professor Tony Schapira and Dr Stephen Mullin, November 12, 2015

The treatment and understanding of Parkinson's disease have evolved over the past 50 years. But the most important discovery - a drug that slows or stops the progress of the condition, with its symptoms of tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement - has remained elusive.


New, improved test for Ashkenazi genetic diseases

By Josh Jackman, November 2, 2015

A new method to identify Ashkenazi disease carriers will be significantly more effective than traditional tests, a US genetics company has announced.

Good Start Genetics (GSG), a Massachusetts-based biotechnology firm, said that the new technique was 30 per cent more successful than established methods.