Health

British Jews are getting younger, Census reveals

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2013

British Jewry is getting younger, according to a new report based on the 2011 Census.

In contrast to the long-established picture of an ageing community, the average age of British Jews actually fell between 2001 and 2011. The rejuvenation of the Jewish population is largely down to the growth of the Charedi community with its high birth-rates.

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Man in the kitchen: kids' grub to grab me

By Simon Round, July 22, 2013

Many parents do not relish cooking for their young children, who tend to be fussy and unadventurous — and that is not a great combination for a chef.

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Measles hits Orthodox community

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

A government health agency has urged Orthodox Jews in London to vaccinate their children against measles.

Public Health England said that out of the 50 cases of measles found this year in Hackney, north London, the most affected area in London, 45 sufferers were from the Orthodox community.

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Neuberger stops LCP

By Anna Sheinman, July 18, 2013

An end-of-life care process used by the NHS is to be scrapped after a review led by Baroness Julia Neuberger.

The peer, who is senior rabbi at West London Synagogue, recommended that the Liverpool Care Pathway be phased out over the next 12 months and replaced by a personalised end of life care plan.

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Israeli baby dies after parent leaves her in car

By Zoe Winograd, July 16, 2013

Another Israeli child has died as a result of being left in a car under the sun, the third incident of its kind this month.

An 18-month old girl was left for five hours in a car in the West Bank settlement of Dolev on Monday. After a passer-by found the baby unconscious, paramedics rushed the girl to hospital where she later died.

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Snake bites man’s penis

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

An Israeli man was rushed to hospital after a snake bit his penis during a visit to the toilet.

The 35-year-old received medical treatment after feeling “a sharp burning sensation” on his penis last Friday.

The man was sitting on the toilet at his family’s home in Nofit, northern Israel.

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A healthy turnout for US women's initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Rebbetzin Lauren Levin — appointed last December at Finchley Synagogue by Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis as Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser — led a seminar on “women’s health and halachah” at Kinloss on Sunday.

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Welcome for new national autopsy code

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 12, 2013

Bereaved Jewish families have welcomed new coroners rules that will prevent forced invasive autopsies being performed in contravention of Jewish law and against family wishes.

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Rabbi wants government organ rule change

By Anna Sheinman, July 12, 2013

A leading reform rabbi has written to the Home Secretary urging the government to follow the example set by Wales on organ donation and institute a system of presumed consent.

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Being back home is ‘excellent medicine’ for Sharon Berger

By Anna Sheinman, July 4, 2013

Sharon Berger received the best present ever for her 62nd birthday — being able to spend it at home with her family.

It was more than she and her husband, her two children and her grandson had dared hope. Only five weeks ago, Mrs Berger received a bone marrow transplant after spending six months in hospital being treated for a life-threatening illness.

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