Health

Genetic disorder awareness group spreads the word

November 18, 2013

The work of Jewish Genetic Disorders UK was explained to new supporters at a London dinner hosted by Ruth and Anthony Angel which raised £40,000 towards its screening programme.

After JGD founder and executive director Katrina Sarig addressed the gathering, Mrs Angel gave a moving talk about her son, Dr Benjamin Angel, who died of cystic fibrosis at the age of 26.

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Chief praises Ezer Mizion for his late daughter's cancer care

By Charlotte Oliver, October 28, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spoke at the Ezer Mizion gala dinner about the “remarkable examples of chesed” he experienced while visiting his late daughter in hospital.

Addressing a room of 250 at the Marriot Hotel in Grosvenor Square people Rabbi Mirvis said: “I’m standing here before you because our daughter Liora asked me to do whatever I can for the sake of Ezer Mizion.

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She's doctor in the house for Channel 4

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2013

As a general practitioner, Ellie Cannon is well used to patients bringing in their home remedies for her approval. Now the JC’s health columnist will be sharing her views with a much wider audience in a prime time Channel 4 series, Health Freaks, which launches on Monday night.

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Fluenz flu vaccine containing pork product is kosher

By Anna Sheinman, October 10, 2013

A new flu vaccine that contains pork gelatine is kosher, rabbis have said.

The nasal spray vaccine Fluenz is being given to millions of toddlers and children across the UK this autumn.

Under a vaccination programme, all children aged two or three on September 1 2013, as well as 200,000 children aged four to 10 in seven trial areas, will receive the spray.

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Why the Fluenz vaccine is not treif

By Rabbi Yehuda Brodie, October 10, 2013

There is no doubt that the Fluenz nasal spray vaccine is kosher, for four key reasons.

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American professors win Nobel Prize in medicine

By Rosa Doherty, October 7, 2013

Two American Jews, together with a non-Jewish German scientist, have won the Nobel Prize in medicine, pipping two Israelis to the post.

James Rothman and Randy Schekman, together with German researcher Thomas Suedhof, were awarded the accolade for their work on how proteins and other materials are transported within cells.

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Transplant man's donor drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2013

A Salford man with a life-threatening bone marrow disease has expressed his gratitude for a transplant match by organising the largest bone marrow donor drive among Manchester’s strictly Orthodox community.

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Hatzola drivers cleared of illegal siren use

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 3, 2013

A judge has cleared two ambulance drivers working for the Jewish emergency service Hatzola of illegally using blue lights and sirens.

Michael Issler and Mordechai Bamberger, of north Manchester, were charged with driving their own vehicles fitted with a siren without permission.The two men were attending a traffic accident in Prestwich last year.

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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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