Health

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies aged 82

By JC Reporter, August 30, 2015

Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has died in New York after a battle with liver cancer.

The London-born academic's 1973 book ‘Awakenings’, about patients who woke up after years spent in a coma, inspired an Oscar-nominated film starring Robert de Niro and Robin Williams.

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Health Insights Series: We have a diabetes epidemic, but lifestyle changes can combat it

August 6, 2015

Many argue that diabetes is the public health crisis of our time and as the national clinical director for obesity and diabetes at NHS England, I am inclined to agree.

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Dating sites inspired brothers' care database

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

Two brothers have launched an online platform to help families find personal care for elderly relatives and ensure carers earn the living wage.

SuperCarers, designed by Daniel and Adam Pike, allows families to access a database of carers online and find the right match for their loved one's needs.

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'Secrets and scandals' of a Maccabi Walking tour

July 8, 2015

Maccabi GB held a Jewish Walking Tour of London, which revealed some of the capital’s most salaciously, unknown stories in the "Secrets and Scandals"-themed walk.

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Entrepreneurs offer Israeli health products in bid to reduce NHS costs

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

Israeli entrepreneurs specialising in medical technology have met representatives of the NHS and top British healthcare companies.

The seven entrepreneurs presented the UK groups – including including NHS England and NHS Innovation Accelerator - with innovative products which they said would reduce healthcare costs and could improve the treatment of patients.

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"Please remember me and my family", young cancer blogger, Rosie Choueka writes final moving post

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2015

A mother-of-two whose blog about battling breast cancer captured national attention has succumbed to the illness.

Rosie Choueka, 38, from north-west London was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, she died on Tuesday after writing a heartbreaking final blog post.

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Charity launches website for Crohn's sufferers

By Rosa Doherty, June 4, 2015

A new charity has launched a website to support Jewish sufferers of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

With Ashkenazi Jews being four times more likely to develop the digestive conditions, Jonathan Jay and Deborah Eckstein decided to launch Jewish Digest to offer medical, dietary and lifestyle advice for people with the illness.

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Pioneering doctor Geoffrey Raisman sets up clinic to help the paralysed walk again

By Rosa Doherty, June 3, 2015

A clinic set up by a British Jewish doctor will help the paralysed to walk as early as next year.

Geoffrey Raisman, the man behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries which was hailed as a historic breakthrough, has said that he is setting up a centre at St George’s Hospital that could eventually treat most types of spinal injury.

It could accept its first patients next year.

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Jeffrey Spector right to take his own life says member of his shul

By Naomi Firsht, May 26, 2015

Jeffrey Spector, the advertising executive who killed himself by assisted suicide at a clinic in Switzerland, was a member of St Annes Hebrew Congregation in Lancashire.

Synagogue member June Kendall said the Spector family were members of the Orthodox shul.

Mr Spector, who was 54, took a lethal dose of poison at Dignitas clinic in Zurich.

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Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.

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