Health

Link between circumcision and autism risk rejected

By Naomi Firsht, January 9, 2015

Jewish campaigners have rejected claims that circumcision may be linked to an increased risk in developing autism.

A study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine showed circumcision on boys under the age of five could double the risk of them developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and for boys circumcised under the age of 10 the risk was raised by 46 per cent.

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Breast cancer risk going undetected in Ashkenazi woman, study shows

By Naomi Firsht, December 1, 2014

Over half of Ashkenazi women carrying the gene that puts them at a high risk of developing breast cancer are not being picked up by current NHS screening, a new study claims.

Ashkenazi women are one of a number of groups more likely to carry the BRCA genetic mutation which can give women an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer.

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Litigious patients keep us sharp, says the surgeon with the scalpel

By Sandy Rashty, October 27, 2014

Doctors are facing two main pressures, according to leading eye surgeon Allon Barsam.

The first is the NHS. With an aging population, resources are more limited than ever.

“To have the latest technology in the NHS is difficult. It’s very resource constrained, it’s rationed,” he says. “The public are under-informed about things that are going on, that could be done better.”

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Professor Geoffrey Raisman: The tailor's son who performed a medical miracle

By Sandy Rashty, October 23, 2014

The man behind the pioneering spinal surgery that helped a paralysed man walk is adamant about where he got his drive to succeed - it was growing up in a working class Jewish family.

Professor Geoffrey Raisman stunned the medical world with a ground-breaking operation to treat a knife victim's damaged spine by transplanting cells from his nose.

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British Jewish doctor helps paralysed man walk again

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2014

A British Jewish doctor is behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries, which has been hailed as a historic breakthrough.

Geoffrey Raisman, who grew up in Leeds, pioneered a new method of treating injuries previously thought to be incurable.

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Community launches appeal to aid Ebola victims

By Josh Jackman, October 21, 2014

British Jewry has launched its response to the Ebola epidemic, with 14 communal bodies and synagogue movements from all denominations pitching in to help stop the spread of the disease.

World Jewish Relief, the organisation leading the Ebola Crisis Appeal, will use donations to provide medical supplies for health workers and awareness programmes in the countries affected.

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It’s a whole new world as health charity gets down to business

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2014

Tamara Arbib is one determined mumpreneur — and she’s set on bringing nutrition to the masses.

For five years, she desperately tried to promote healthy eating through her charity, A Team Foundation.

But her efforts were washed out by big businesses looking to do the same.

Arbib, who set up the charity with her husband Ben, believed that their outreach was limited.

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Lancet editor says sorry over Israel letter row

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

The editor of Britain’s leading medical journal has visited Israel and said he deeply regrets the controversy caused by his stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

Lancet editor Dr Richard Horton said he had been “horrified” to learn that some authors of the letter had also sent private emails which included antisemitic conspiracy theory videos.

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Pears family gives £5 million to Royal Free Hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

The Pears Foundation have donated £5 million to build a new medical research facility next to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. It is the foundation’s largest ever donation.

The new north London facility, which will be named The Pears Building, will focus on furthering medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV and hepatitis.

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Spit4Mum campaigners shortlisted for top charity award

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2014

The #Spit4Mum campaigners have been nominated for one of the prestigious Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards.

Jonni and Caroline Berger launched an innovative campaign which persuaded thousands of Jews to sign up to the Anthony Nolan Trust bone marrow register after their mother, Sharon, fell ill and needed a bone marrow transplant.

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