Health

Zen and the art of financial security

By Simon Round, October 22, 2009

Many thousands of people around the country are facing redundancy and the loss of their homes. Understandably, most of them will be trying everything they possibly can to stave off disaster.

However, according to meditation expert Mark Forstater, what they should be doing is… nothing at all.

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Frum fitness

By James Martin, October 15, 2009

A “frum gym” opened this week in Hendon to cater for the Orthodox women’s market.

Bournemouth-born Ami Winbourne solicited the opinions of 100 local Orthodox women before launching Contours Express. “The concept of women-only gyms has worked well with religious women from all faiths, who are understandably concerned about modesty. There will be no men on site.” The concept is supported by Ita Symons, chief executive of the Agudas Israel Housing Association, who said it was difficult for Orthodox women to find a suitable excercise venue.

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Fitness regimes you won’t want to skip

By Alex Kasriel, October 15, 2009

You are determined to get fit, but you are tired of the treadmill and aching for something more exciting than the municipal pool. Well, there has been an explosion of new fitness regimes at gyms around the country. We asked exercise coach Victoria Herman to rate the hottest new trends.

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Bagel bakery is in hot water over hygiene

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

A north London kosher bakery has been fined £3,000 after failing a food safety check because it did not have hot running water to clean equipment.

Hendon Bagel Bakery was found guilty of failing to comply with a hygiene improvement notice served in June last year. The notice required the company to install a hot water supply to a sink in the shop.

As well as the fine, bakery owner Avi Avital was ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £15 surcharge.

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'It is possible to recover from autism'

By Simon Round, October 8, 2009

Raun Kaufman runs an organisation dedicated to helping families treat their autistic children — which is startling when you consider that Kaufman was himself an autistic child. He claims that thanks to his parents’ tireless work with him, he made a full recovery from the condition.

In fact, Kaufman became the subject of a bestselling book, Son-Rise, by his father, Barry Kaufman, which documented Raun’s recovery from autism. The book became the subject of an NBC television film, Son-Rise — A Miracle of Love.

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Finding the solution to an irritating problem

By Sarah Ebner, October 1, 2009

A single scratch of the head is enough to make normally sane parents panic. Their fear ... headlice.

Only a few weeks into the new school year, and far too many children (and some unfortunate parents) will already be suffering from the dreaded lice attack. Gone are the days of the nit nurse, and also gone are the days when lice affected only a small number of children. New research suggests that between 10 and 20 percent of Britain’s 4 million primary school children will have headlice at any one time — up from around one per cent in the 1980s.

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Israeli breakthrough puts the boot into back problems

By Leon Symons, September 24, 2009

An invention by two Israeli doctors could bring relief to millions of Britons suffering from chronic back and knee pain.

Dr Amit Mor, 41, and 43-year-old Dr Avi Elbaz are pioneering what they call the APOS treatment — All Phases of Step Cycle. It has been brought to Britain by private healthcare provider Bupa.

Although currently available only to private patients, the doctors hope it will be soon adopted by the NHS. Just under half of British adults are said to have suffered back pain in the last year and one-in-four has experienced knee pain in the same period.

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Coe opens centre named after young cancer victim

By Robyn Rosen, September 24, 2009

A multi-million pound laboratory researching groundbreaking cancer treatments has been named after the late wife of leading football agent, Jon Smith.

Lord Coe officially opened the Lee Smith Foundation Molecular Biology Laboratory in Hendon last week. The foundation was set up in memory of Lee Smith who died from leukaemia 28 years ago at the age of 29 and has raised money for research scientists, treatment and medical equipment throughout the world. The new laboratory will research vaccines for breast and prostate cancer.

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Orthodox get a tonic from NHS

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 10, 2009

A £100,000 NHS pilot scheme to offer culturally sensitive healthcare to strictly Orthodox Salford families was rolled out to local health professionals on Tuesday at the Hershel Weiss Surestart family centre.

They were told that imminent trial services would include a post-natal counsellor and a male health worker recruited from the local community.

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Dementia cash plea

September 10, 2009

South London residential home Nightingale is using its Rosh Hashanah appeal to support its dementia-related services, including the creation of a purpose-built dementia unit.

Specialist activities are co-ordinated across the home, ranging from music, drama and art therapy to reminiscence programmes.

A dedicated reminiscence room houses memorabilia from the 1940s and 50s and the new unit will incorporate reminiscence kitchens, offering the familiarity of traditional recipes, flavours and smells.

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