Health

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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Genetic disorders awareness camapign

By Robyn Rosen, September 16, 2010

The wife of a lawyer with a rare condition has set up a charity to raise awareness of genetic disorders which are more prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews.

Katrina Sarig, 38, founded Jewish Genetic Disorders UK after struggling to discover information about her husband's neuromuscular condition.

Now 40, Ro'i Sarig was diagnosed with Torsion Dystonia when he was 15. But it was five years ago when the couple began planning a family that they came to appreciate the difficulty in gathering information.

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Spend your next holiday in hospital

By Anthea Gerrie, September 16, 2010

Having your arteries scanned may seem an odd thing to do at Waikiki Beach, but Hawaii, with its surf and all the accoutrements of island life, is a great place to get a personal MOT. As is the lakeside resort of Montreux, the California desert playground of Palm Springs or the world-class cities of London and Tel Aviv.

All these holiday destinations now attract not only conventional tourists but medical ones too, many of them businesspeople who like to use their downtime combining a vacation with a thorough check-up by doctors whose clinics boast the most up-to-date technology.

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Customer care boost in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 7, 2010

The Federation of Jewish Services in Manchester is mirroring an NHS strategy with a new post to boost customer service.

Shira Baram has started work as customer care co-ordinator, a role based on the Patient Advice Liaison Service offered in hospitals, which is designed to improve the NHS by better recording feedback and complaints.

She will be the person to turn to for Heathlands residents, care clients and their families when they feel services do not meet expectations, or could be improved.

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GMC seeks Jewish views

September 2, 2010

The views of Jewish patients are being sought by the General Medical Council as it launches a consultation on equality.

The council aims to use the advice to avoid discriminating against patients from minority groups.

It is hoped this will assist foreign doctors in the UK to learn more about British medical standards and ethics and respect patients' beliefs.

Jewish groups have previously highlighted the need for doctors to be aware of halachic requirements such as prompt burials.

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