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.


Do your feet hold the key to healing?

By Caroline Phillips, July 28, 2011

An elegant grandmother with coiffed hair and pearls is stroking my feet. She is a therapist giving me a treatment called the metamorphic technique. Its devotees claim it leads to transformations in their lives - and fast.


Sonnie reaches cut-off point

By Jay Grenby, July 21, 2011

A Wolfson-Hillel Primary pupil is less hirsute and an Israeli charity better off this week after a ceremonial haircutting at the school.

Sonnie Carlebach, 11, from Woodside Park had grown his hair for two years to donate to Zichron Menachem, which provides made-to-measure wigs for children who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.


Boris says Wohl campus sets care 'benchmark'

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

Boris Johnson did not take his bike to the official opening of Jewish Care's £44 million Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus - and might well have regretted it.

The London Mayor arrived 30 minutes late, having travelled on the Northern line to Golders Green, but steadfastly refused to blame Transport for London.


Avoid cancer? Eat like an Israeli

By Simon Round, July 21, 2011

Zvi Livneh has spent years researching lung cancer. However, despite all of his work, he is not particularly interested in finding a cure for this killer disease. Rather, the Israeli scientist wants to stop people getting it at all.

Despite a substantial drop in smoking levels in the western world, lung cancer is still responsible for 30 per cent of all cancer deaths.


Coasting through Norwood's challenge

July 14, 2011

A pedal powered £250,000 was generated for Norwood, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Down's Syndrome Association on Sunday as more than 1,300 cyclists joined the annual Capital to Coast challenge.

Cyclists aged from eight to 76 had the choice of a 60-mile ride from Thames Ditton to the Hove seafront, a circular 60-mile Hove to Hove route, or a half-distance option taking them from Haywards He


Eviction threat in care home fees row

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

A residential home in Temple Fortune has threatened to lock an 82-year-old resident out of her room, with her bags packed, in a dispute over more than £12,000 in unpaid fees.
David Lightburn, general manager of Leo Baeck Housing Association's Clara Nehab House, warned Solomon Cohen that unless £12,213 was received by Wednesday lunchtime, his mother Leonie would have "her possessions packed into


Doing it for dad - student sets up donor drive

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

A campaign has been launched to find a donor for a life-saving stem cell transplant for a Manchester father-of-three with a rare form of lymphoma.

Businessman Alan Tomlinson, 55, from Cheadle was diagnosed two years ago.

The Yeshurun Synagogue member has undergone chemotherapy and a transplant using his own cells but his only long-term hope is a donor transplant.