Health

Why did our dad have to die like this?

By Rosa Doherty, February 6, 2014

A hospital has admitted its treatment of an elderly patient was “not acceptable” after he died in their care.

Retired chauffeur Frank Reuben, 80, was admitted to Barnet Hospital in early January with a chest infection.

But he was discharged two days later — only to be readmitted soon afterwards.

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Starting date for screen tests for genetic disorders

February 3, 2014

The first community screening for a group of Jewish genetic disorders will take place at Finchley’s Sternberg Centre on February 9, launching a rolling programme of screenings across the UK during 2014. Until now, the only community-based screening programme has been for Tay-Sachs.

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Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.

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What it means when your doctor says . . . . Have a shingles vaccine

By Ellie Cannon, January 20, 2014

When I last wrote about the shingles vaccine it was to vent my frustration at the Department of Health which had not acquired a decent supply, meaning it was only available to a few people privately. Thankfully now the situation has changed and the national vaccination programme for shingles has been rolled out across NHS GP surgeries.

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Man in the kitchen: enough of the carb curb

By Simon Round, January 13, 2014

W e are now 10 days into the new year health drive. You haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since New Year’s eve and your fridge has all the ingredients for a daily spinach smoothie. So, enough already. You see, the irony about this idea of dieting in mid-winter is that this is precisely the time when your body craves carbs and calories to counteract the cold.

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Appeal against Jewish ambluance service Hatzolah

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2014

V The Court of Appeal is to decide whether Hatzolah, the Jewish ambulance service, will be banned from using blue lights and sirens in a test case affecting ambulances nationwide.

The Crown Prosecution Service is appealing against the decision by a Greater Manchester district judge in October to throw out prosecutions against two Hatzolah drivers.

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Man in the kitchen: Dhal L for lentils

By Simon Round, January 8, 2014

A s you will remember from last week’s column we got the new year health drive off to an early start with a saintly meal of chicken poached in its own stock.

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Israel extends free abortions to thousands more women

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2014

Israeli women aged between 20 and 33 will now be entitled to free abortions regardless of circumstances after the Israel cabinet passed the new regulations on Sunday.

Around £2.5 million, allocated by the Health Ministry, will go some way towards covering abortions for over 6,000 women who cannot afford the procedure.

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Man in the kitchen: Detox with a zingy zhug

By Simon Round, December 31, 2013

OK, we all know the deal. Several celebrations have come and gone and in only a few days’ time we will be in January — the detox month. It doesn’t really matter who you are or what community you come from, the entire nation will be united in the new year in panicking and joining a gym.

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Dr Ellie Cannon: No need for medication

December 16, 2013

People assume that doctors love prescribing drugs and that the medical profession see tablets as the panacea to everything.

Actually, many of us, especially in general practice, are quite the opposite. I spend a large part of my consultation time explaining to patients why they don’t need antibiotics or why a statin won’t be needed.

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