Health

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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'Modern approach' to mental health is hailed

September 10, 2009

Opening the £2.2 million Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing in Edgware, Jewish Care president Lord Levy said it would provide the “modern approach that is needed in the community” to mental health issues.

The two-storey centre will offer a range of services which will also be available to Jews with mental health problems who are clients of other charities. Features include a drop-in cafe, IT suite, counselling and training rooms and a kitchen where users will receive cookery instruction.

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Israeli healthcare standards 'slipping'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2009

The heated discussions going on in Britain and the United States over the future of public medicine and medical insurance has shifted the spotlight to successful systems in other countries.

In Israel, while there is universal coverage for all residents and a generally high level of treatment, there are complaints of slipping standards.

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Tributes to brave Leora

August 27, 2009

Manchester mother-of-three Leora Kuhillow has lost her battle against leukaemia after an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant.

Tributes to the courage and fortitude shown by the 33-year-old in the eight months since being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia were paid at the funeral at Failsworth cemetery last Friday, which was attended by hundreds of family and friends.

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Health website specialises in Jewish genetic diseases

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

People afflicted by rare illnesses which predominantly affect Jews will be able to find out how to cope with them through a new health website.

Tay-Sachs disease, Niemann-Pick syndrome, Canavan disease, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis and even the extremely rare maple syrup disease are among the illnesses which will be highlighted on the website www.healthtalkonline.org.uk

Oxford sociologist Dr Sara Ryan, who is running the part of the website that deals with Jewish health, has been seeking volunteers all over the country to give interviews about these illnesses.

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Is London to blame for New York measles?

By Jeremy Gillick, July 16, 2009

The New York Department of Health suspects that an outbreak of measles in the Chasidic community may have originated in London.

Twelve cases have been confirmed over the past two months, the majority of them in Williamsburg, home to around 70,000 Satmar Chasidim, and two in Borough Park, a Bobover enclave.

“We have not identified any source yet,” said Dr Jane Zucker, assistant commissioner for immunisation at New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, “but in the past we have had measles imported from the UK and other European countries.

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Israeli medical chief returns fire on ‘torture’

By Leon Symons, July 9, 2009

The Israeli president of the World Medical Association has challenged his main critics to put up or shut up.

He says that if they have a case against Israeli doctors whom they believe to have been complicit in the torture of Palestinians, they should lodge complaints with the police and the state’s Attorney General.

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