Manchester families cook up funds for the Fed

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Eighty-five Manchester families have cooked up a tidy sum for Federation of Jewish Services' welfare projects from the charity's third annual Fed Friday appeal.

The idea is that families raise money by hosting a Friday night dinner and asking guests to make a donation to the Fed rather than buying the hosts a gift. Hosts also had the chance of winning a four-course catered Friday night dinner for 12 in a raffle.

Federation of Jewish Services marketing officer Joyce Khan said £5,000 had been raised with the prospect of more to come.


Give yourself a fresh start

By Anthea Gerrie, January 27, 2011

What constitutes a healthy breakfast? It is a topic which bears close inspection during National Breakfast Week, with experts falling into two distinct camps. About the only thing they agree on is that having any breakfast at all is a Very Good Thing.

The eggs, cheese and yoghurt fraternity points out that protein makes you feel full for longer and stabilises blood sugar. Yet 97 per cent of British households keep a box of cereal in the house and two thirds of us raid it at least once a week. Cereal is cheap, quick, and qualifies for many as comfort food.


Water pipes don't dilute nargilah danger

By Nathan Jeffay, January 27, 2011

Every day, millions of people in the Middle East and growing numbers in the West smoke water pipes - most believing it is far safer than smoking cigarettes. But new Israeli research indicates that it is even more harmful.

Lea Bentur, head of the Paediatric Pulmonary Unit at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, decided to probe the acute effects of smoking them - widely known as hookah or nargilah - after becoming aware of how accepted it is among Israeli youngsters and how little research has been conducted.


Can your footwear make you fitter?

By Natasha Blair, January 21, 2011

Time was the most important thing about shoes was that they were comfortable and did not give you blisters. However the manufacturers of the latest generation of training shoes make much grander claims. They claim the shoes can tone you up, get rid of cellulite and help you lose weight.

The choice of styles has also increased. Companies such as Reebok have stuck to the trainer design introducing an Easytone range with "balance pods with moving air" - which force you to work harder for your balance, thus strengthening your legs - or that is the theory


Postcode ban by health insurer

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2010

One of the country's leading health insurers is refusing to accept new customers who live in some areas with large Jewish populations, for "commercial reasons".

Last week, James Green, 29, a commercial property manager from Hendon, north London, attempted to buy health cover from Simply Health but had both a Golders Green and a Hendon address turned down.

The father of three said: "My family and I are all ill with some kind of flu virus. So I decided to get a quote for private medical insurance. A private broker wanted £120 a month for my family, so I called Simply Health.


Are baby classes worth the money?

By Alex Kasriel, December 9, 2010

Whether it's Gymboree, Mini Mozart, Baby Yoga or Tumble Tots, as soon as a baby comes into the world these days, there are courses waiting for them.

While the sessions - which normally involve music, singing and playing with apparatus - are no doubt sociable, fun and, let's face it, a good way to fill the sometimes monotonous days spent entertaining a child, are they essential for your baby's development?


Want to lose weight? Eat like a caveman

By Anthea Gerrie, December 3, 2010

Those watching their weight and contemplating the impact of the party season should consider one sobering fact - cavemen did not eat starchy deep fried snacks. Humans were never designed to digest the foods which have propelled the western world into an obesity crisis.

Oil? Our hunter-gatherer ancestors did not have the technology to make it, and they did not hang around long enough to grow the crops that produce oil, or indeed those which make bread or pasta.


How Ashkenazim can aid cancer study

December 2, 2010

Scientists are hoping to use pioneering new technology to combat bowel cancer - a disease to which Ashkenazi Jews are disproportionately vulnerable.

While the risk of contracting it is one in 20 in the general population, it is up to one in 10 among Ashkenazis.

For three years, a group has been researching the genetic profile of the disease by studying Ashkenazim DNA samples. Now they believe they can advance their knowledge through a technique known as next-generation sequencing, which involves studying the actual cancer itself.


Why you don’t need to feel Sad this winter

By Ruth Joseph, November 29, 2010

Seasonal Affective Disorder (Sad),sometimes known as the winter blues, is thought to affect around two million people in the UK and more than 12 million across northern Europe.

Its symptoms, described by the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association, can vary from depression, negative feelings often resulting in feelings of hopelessness and despair to numbness and apathy.


UK to try Israeli technology for Alzheimer's

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2010

A computer program developed by Israeli therapists to "stabilise and slow down" Alzheimer's has been introduced to UK Jewish charities.

The program, called Savion, was designed by occupational therapists at Melabev, a day-care facility for Alzheimer's patients in Israel.

Motti Zelikovitch, director general of Melabev, met UK care providers, including Jewish Care and Nightingale, in south London last week.

Mr Zelikovitch said: "Savion came from 10 years of working with patients. It was born out of therapies, not from academic research."