Health

Stalker to be sent for psychiatric testing

By Leon Symons, December 3, 2009

A man who persistently stalked a young mother has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment before a judge determines his sentence.

Elliot Fogel, 34, formerly of Edgware but now living in Isleworth, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday for sentencing. At an earlier hearing, he pleaded guilty to storing material on his computer that broke an indefinite restraining order banning him from any contact with the mother, Claire Waxman.

The material included 40,000 searches for Mrs Waxman on Google; her wedding picture, which appeared on his desktop; and her new home address.

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Academic: Doctors who circumcise should be struck off

By Leon Symons, December 3, 2009

Critics have rounded on an academic who has warned that doctors could be guilty of negligence and be breaking the Human Rights Act for performing circumcisions for anything other than medical reasons.

Dr David Shaw, an expert in medical ethics at Glasgow University, called for the General Medical Council (GMC) and the British Medical Association (BMA) to tighten up the advice they give doctors about circumcision.

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Why hitting the bottle might just save you

By Alex Kasriel, December 3, 2009

Go to a typical Jewish wedding and it is the smoked salmon station — not the bar — where the queue normally forms. In other words, Jews are not known for their love of booze.

They may pride themselves on this remarkable restraint (or sheer lack of interest) but it might be that they are actually doing themselves a disservice by avoiding alcohol.

A recent Spanish study — one of the largest of its kind on the subject and commissioned by the Basque Public Health Department — found that the more you drink, the less chance you have of developing heart disease.

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Wiggling can make you well

By Lara Lewington, November 19, 2009

If the idea of wiggling your hips and shaking your bootie in a room full of people fills you with dread, what you are about to read may change your mind. You see, there are good reasons why belly dancing classes have grown in popularity with British women. Forget hours of pounding on the treadmill or turning up at Legs, Tums and Bums — belly dancing not only gets us girls toned in all the right places, but is also said to have some surprising health benefits — including improving the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, boosting sex drive and aiding digestion.

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Rabbis' dismay as transplant rules change

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2009

Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has dismayed the Israeli medical community and many rabbis by announcing that organ transplants are to be allowed only after the donor’s heart has stopped beating.

His decision contradicted a recent agreement between rabbis and doctors that said that transplants could be carried out following brain death.

Mr Litzman, of the United Torah Judaism party, made his position clear in a letter to a medical conference last week.

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Yes, you can work out while pregnant

By Alex Kasriel, November 5, 2009

My friends and family think I’m bonkers. Despite being eight months’ pregnant, I’m still doing regular exercise classes at the gym. For one thing, I don’t want to let myself go. My stomach’s circumference might rival that of one of those new planets they have just discovered, but I still want to show off toned arms and legs next to my cumbersome torso. And I spent too much of my youth being out of shape to want to scupper all my good work now.

So throughout pregnancy I have been attending aerobics and Body Pump classes at my local Virgin Active gym in Holloway, north London.

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Could exercising really make you fat?

By Alex Kasriel, October 29, 2009

If you have spent the past decade or so slogging it out in the gym, putting yourself through your paces on the tennis court or diligently doing lengths in the municipal swimming pool in the hope of getting rid of those excess pounds — you may be wasting your time, according to some experts.

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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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