Health

Son fights to move mother from Christian cemetery

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2010

A bereaved son has described his frustration after an unsuccessful three-year battle to have his mother's body moved from a Christian cemetery to a Jewish resting place.

Eugene Linder's late mother, Biba Skodnik, is buried in Finland. He has pleaded with the country's Prime Minister and President to allow him to reinter her in Switzerland, where his family now lives.

But despite the assistance of London-based Rabbi Aba Dunner of the Conference of European Rabbis, Mr Linder has failed to receive permission from the Finnish authorities to move her.

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Israeli scientists help paralysed talk

By Leon Symons, July 29, 2010

VScientists at Israel's Weizmann Institute have invented a unique device operated by sniffing that could allow people who are completely paralysed to communicate with their family and control wheelchairs.

The new system identifies changes in air pressure inside the nostrils and translates these into electrical signals. The device was tested on healthy volunteers as well as quadriplegics, and the results showed that the method is easily mastered.

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Egypt-Israel relations will outlive Mubarak

By Ben Lynfield, July 22, 2010

Rumours that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is dying have caused concern in Israel over the future of the Israeli-Egyptian relationship.

Over the past three decades, Mr Mubarak has gained admirers in Israel for sticking to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty through wars and intifadas. But the "cold peace" does not depend on him personally and is still likely to persist in a post-Mubarak era, analysts say.

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Scientists agree, it's time for some D

By Anthea Gerrie, July 22, 2010

If you are heading for Israel this summer, do not clog up the case with extra sunblock. In fact, consider stepping out for half an hour after breakfast or tea wearing only the merest smidge of low-factor protection; it could prove a life-saver.

It is true that UVB rays can burn and age the skin, but they also bestow a gift whose benefits are only now becoming fully appreciated - they enable our body to manufacture and store vitamin D.

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Why clock watchers end up losing weight

By Natasha Blair, July 15, 2010

Most people think of hypnotism as a form of showbusiness. However, thousands of people are finding that hypnotherapy, while not as dramatic as a half an hour with Paul McKenna, can be an invaluable aid to giving up smoking, losing weight or getting over a fear of flying.

In fact, there are lots of fears and phobias that can easily be resolved by hypnosis, according to clinical hypnotherapist Leila Hart.

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Going away for sun, sea, sand and stress

By Ruth Joseph, July 8, 2010

At last summer has arrived and those dreams of sun-kissed beaches, palm trees and gentle walks on balmy evenings are materialising as your planned summer holiday becomes a reality.

Of course you are looking forward to it - it will be great, all the family together, good food, plenty to drink and hopefully a good time enjoyed by all. But statistics show that often this big holiday, with its huge expectations and cost, can be the cause of arguments, sickness and even, in some cases, depression. But organisation can help you to protect yourself against the negative consequences.

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I made Colin Firth fit and I can do it for you

By Simon Round, July 1, 2010

So what exactly is it that enables movie stars to appear on the silver screen showing off sleek, svelte bodies with no saggy bits while we munch popcorn, grateful for the fact that the darkness hides the slight overhanging paunch?

Of course, celebrities have important advantages over the rest of us. They have the time to follow fitness programmes. They have the money to join exclusive fitness clubs and employ trainers, nutritionists and chefs.

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Religious code for doctors

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2010

Doctors should be sensitive to the religious needs of terminally ill patients and their families, according to new guidelines issued by the General Medical Council, the regulatory body for the medical profession.

The guidelines, which take effect on Thursday, say patients may want to discuss what happens to their body after death, in accordance with their beliefs and values. "You must treat the patient's body with dignity and respect," they state. "You should make sure, wherever possible, that the body is handled in line with their personal religious or other beliefs."

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John Suchet: our carer saved my life

By Anthea Gerrie, June 24, 2010

John Suchet has a tough week ahead, he confesses at the Baker Street block of flats where he grew up and now sits surrounded by boxes. On Tuesday he will close the door on the happiest chapter of his life when he walks out of the home he shared with his beloved wife Bonnie for 25 years. The night before, he has a talk to give at a Jewish Care fundraising dinner.

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How badly do you want unlined skin?

By Natasha Blair, June 17, 2010

We live in the era of wanting to feel and look younger than we are. There are plenty of procedures out there but is it worth the effort and the pain?

To a certain degree it is possible to control fine lines with the use of creams. However, there are now other ways to eradicate or, at least, soften them.

Filler injectables will give immediate results, although Botox can take anything from two to 10 days. They will, however, need topping up after six months. Lasers require a series of treatments, anything up to 12. However, the results are longer lasting.

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