The secret to health: be a slowcoach

By Ruth Joseph, September 2, 2010

Early in the morning in a park or garden you may have seen people of all ages, moving slowly, in a gentle rhythm, practising the ancient art of Tai-Chi. What is the reason for Tai-Chi's growing popularity? And as Tai-Chi seems to have Chinese spiritual elements, is it compatible with Judaism?


Jewish genes may hold breast cancer secrets

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 26, 2010

One thousand Jewish women are being sought for a major cancer study after researchers conducting a £1.5 million project say Jews hold the genetic key to preventing breast cancer.

Researchers at Manchester charity the Genesis Appeal, which runs Europe's first purpose-built breast cancer prevention centre, say only 16 Jewish women have so far agreed to take part in the study.

They fear a poor turnout could jeopardise critical medical data which could be unearthed by PROCAS, the largest attempted research into the risk of breast cancer for ethnic groups, involving 60,000 people.


Comment: Peace talks? Don't get your hopes up

By Gerald M Steinberg, August 26, 2010

Six decades of failed peace efforts have left most Israelis (and Palestinians) deeply skeptical about the prospects for success.

The pattern is familiar - a new American president, faced with major difficulties at home and abroad, hopes that a Middle East peace breakthrough will help solve many of these problems. He squeezes the leaders of both sides, and as neither wants the label of "spoiler", they go along with the charade.

But the efforts fail, as core differences over history, religion (particularly in Jerusalem), borders and sovereignty remain insurmountable.


Revealed: how tomatoes can save your life

By Rebecca Wallersteiner, August 4, 2010

Most men will develop prostate problems and potentially cancer if they live long enough. So there was considerable excitement a few years ago when it was revealed that lycopene, the powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could both help prevent and fight prostate cancer.

Now, scientists who presented their findings at an Israeli conference recently, say the beneficial effects of the tomato may go a lot further, helping to fight ageing with an anti-inflammatory effect which could ease and potentially prevent a number of chronic diseases.


Man sentenced for £6,000 fraud

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A Jewish employee at a building material export company in Manchester has been sentenced to six months in prison for fraud.

Dov Hanson's sentence was suspended for 12 months and he was also prohibited from buying or trading in any building materials in the UK for six months after pleading guilty in Manchester Crown Court on Monday.

Hanson, 27, of Prestwich, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as an employee at Sundream Enterprises.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.