Health

Cure for Crohn’s no longer science fiction

By Anna Sheinman, October 3, 2013

A major advance has been made in the search for a cure for Crohn’s disease, the debilitating bowel disorder that disproportionately affects Ashkenazi Jews.

Professor Tony Segal of University College London believes he can now identify faulty genes in families in which the disease is prevalent.

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What it means when your doctor says . . . . please be a jeans genius

September 18, 2013

Jeans for Genes Day takes place on Friday September 20; the simple initiative invites people to wear their jeans to work or school (probably not to shul though) in return for a donation. The vital funding from the day provides care and support of children with genetic disorders. This year, 23 charities will benefit from the funding including Jewish Genetic Disorders UK.

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Trial scheduled over disinvited Israeli academic

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

An Israeli expert in conflict resolution who was dropped as a speaker by a British health trust and trade union will have his case against the two organisations heard by a court next month.

Professor Moty Cristal was disinvited from a seminar organised by Unison and the Manchester NHS Trust in May last year.

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Israeli gastric sleeve could revolutionise fight against obesity

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

Israeli students have created an innovative device to help fight obesity.

The MetaboShield is a gastric sleeve which can be inserted endoscopically, meaning that any operation would be non-invasive, requiring no incisions, tissue damage or general anaesthesia.

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You’re hired, charity tells Apprentice star

By JCReporter, August 22, 2013

Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman has joined the executive board of a leading Jewish charity.

The cup-cake company boss will work with Laniado UK to raise money for Laniado Hospital in Netanya, Israel.

Mrs Zissman said she was “excited” to be part of “an incredible charity. I cried while watching a hugely touching video about its work. We will do great things together”.

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Israeli hospital where Syrian fighters are saved

By Shira Rubin, August 16, 2013

A mother and her seven-year-old daughter look sallow and speak in exhausted whispers as they lie in the orthopaedic ward of the Ziv Medical Centre in Safed, northern Israel.

Last month, a bomb ripped through their home, in a Syrian village, leaving their legs completely mangled. Had they not crossed the border into Israel, those limbs would have likely been amputated.

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Scientists to collaborate on cancer cure

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2013

Israeli and British medical research teams are to collaborate to find cures for cancer and genetic diseases.

A joint research memorandum has been signed between the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, the University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals to jointly fund stem-cell and cancer studies.

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Surgery will stop the teasing for boy born with no ears

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

According to his mother, eight year old Kieran Sorkin is “a little apprehensive but excited” to receive two new ears, a much awaited operation since the Michael Sobell Sinai pupil has lived without a set of ears his whole life.

Kieran was born with bilateral microtia, a rare condition meaning that he was born with no ears and only 20 per cent hearing.

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MDA chooses UK firm to build £1.5m vehicle

By JCReporter, July 31, 2013

Israel's medical emergency service, Magen David Adom, has commissioned Spectra, a Wiltshire-based engineering company, to create a custom-built vehicle for use in national crises.

The £1.5 million National Mobile Command and Control Vehicle will provide MDA with a mobile infrastructure to manage emergencies.

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Dr Ellie Cannon: That cough is not serious

July 26, 2013

Once again my surgery is full of people with coughs. It seems the wrong time of year doesn’t it? It’s not the weather that’s done it, it’s the Department of Health!

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