Breast cancer helpline

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

A cancer charity has set up a support group aimed specifically at the Jewish community.

The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline's new online forum will help those at highest risk of developing the disease due to genes prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews.

Ashkenazim are more likely than the general population to carry mutations found in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which increase the risk of dev


When kids' fitness is a knockout

By Simon Round, September 8, 2011

My six-year-old son Alex has a problem. He is a boy with boundless energy who spends much of the day bouncing up and down, occasionally finding time to assault his sister, Lucy. But although he finds it almost impossible to sit still, he is not a fan of physical exercise. When I ask him whether he would like to go out and kick a football with me he usually declines.


Our girls 'don't need' HPV vaccine

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

A new study has revealed that Jewish parents are rejecting the chance to vaccinate their daughters against a sexually transmitted virus because they do not consider it a necessary precaution.

The research, carried out by Dr Daniel Gordon at University College London, looked at the Jewish community's attitudes towards the vaccine for HPV (human papilloma virus), a sexually transmitted infection


How crash dieting can make you fat

By Ruth Joseph, August 8, 2011

The summer holidays are here and with it the pressure to look good on the beach. Sadly some feel that they need instant results. The New York Times reports that some unethical doctors are charging patients nearly £1,000 for 30 days worth of injections of hCG (human gonadotrophin) - a pregnancy hormone.


Stars support cancer appeal

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2011

Celebrities, footballers and politicians have helped a south Wales family to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.

The Cantor family wanted to give something back to the Velindre centre, which has helped treat 27-year-old Justine Cantor after she was diagnosed with melanoma.

It provides services for 1.5 million people and is one of the largest centres in Britain.


Big response to search for life-saving donor

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 4, 2011

A Manchester medical student who is spearheading a life-saving search for a bone marrow match for her father has signed more than 250 people to a donor register in three weeks.

Naomi Tomlinson, 23, from Cheadle, said a drive to identify a suitable transplant donor at Manchester Maccabi in Prestwich on Sunday was attended by 100 people.


Israeli teens invent solar-power water purifier

By Nathan Jeffay, August 4, 2011

Clean drinking water could soon be far more accessible in the developing world, thanks to two innovative high-school pupils from Netanya.

Maya Braun and Avishai Ketko, study partners at the city's Moshe Sharett School, have invented a solar-powered, portable water purifier.


We are in the dark at Heathlands

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Heathlands Jewish Care Village in north Manchester was without power for three hours on Tuesday while essential electrical repairs were carried out.

Emergency measures were in place for a six-hour power outage at the Prestwich buildings housing close to 200 residents and the Federation of Jewish Services' offices.

But engineers were able to halve the blackout period.


Israeli student's blood test goes viral

By Nathan Jeffay, July 28, 2011

An Israeli doctoral student has invented a blood test that could help put an end to the over-prescription of antibiotics.

Antibiotics are meant to treat bacterial infections, but some patients suffering from viral infections - which they do not cure - are told to take them.


IVF couple's last-ditch baby plea

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

A couple who have spent seven years trying for a baby, spending £35,000 on IVF treatment, have been told that egg donation could be their last chance for a family.

The couple, who have chosen to stay anonymous, have gone through seven bouts of IVF after the husband was told he had a low sperm count. In April, the wife became pregnant, but miscarried a month later.