Health

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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Shimon Peres in hospital for checks after “feeling unwell”

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Shimon Peres pulled out of a business event on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

According to Israeli journalist Niv Elis, the 91-year-old former Israeli president was taken to hospital for checks.

Mr Peres was due to speak at an event for start-up company KamaTech which brings Orthodox engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector.

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Hollywood to make film about former JFS pupil and mental health

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Hollywood producers are in talks to make a film about a former JFS boy who tried to commit suicide, it has been revealed.

Jonny Benjamin launched a nationwide search to find the stranger who stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge last year.

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BBC documentary maker takes us Inside Harley Street

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2015

If you had asked a few years ago what people associated with Harley Street, you would most likely have had very different answers to the same question today.

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A medical breakthrough: starve, and you lose weight

By Stephen Pollard, April 8, 2015

You wouldn’t guess from our obsession with talking about our health, but a report a few weeks ago found that British Jews are in better health than almost any other group in the country.

I’m not convinced. Having just turned 50, I could cure your insomnia with a list of my various ailments — and I am far from alone in this.

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Bad health affects one in 20

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015

Around 2,000 Jewish children have a health condition which limits them in some way, according to a report published this week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

One in 20 of British Jews overall are in bad or very bad health, JPR found in its analysis of the 2011 Census.

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Parkinson’s and diabetes in scientists’ sights in new £3m Britain-Israel deal

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The British Embassy in Israel has announced millions of pounds of funding for medical research projects to be carried out jointly by British and Israeli scientists.

At least £3.2 million is expected to fund eight projects that will study long-term illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

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