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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dismay over organ donor rule change

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2013

The Welsh Assembly’s approval this week of a new system of organ donation has been criticised by the Board of Deputies.

Rather than the current UK practice of donors agreeing to their organs being used, doctors in Wales will be able to take organs unless the person has previously indicated objections.


Tamoxifen breast cancer drug move is ‘excellent’

By Zoe Winograd, June 28, 2013

Jewish breast cancer campaigners have hailed as “excellent” new NHS guidelines allowing potential sufferers access to drugs that reduce the risk of developing the disease.


Alarm bells for Hatzola over sirens

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 20, 2013

Two members of the Manchester branch of Hatzola, the community emergency medical service, are to appear in court charged with illegally using sirens on their vehicles.

The two male volunteers were responding to an accident involving non-Jewish drivers of a car and motorbike which collided last October in Prestwich, in the north of the city.


Dr Elli Cannon: what it means when your doctor says "You have Osteopenia"

By Dr Ellie Cannon, June 20, 2013

Osteopenia is a condition when the bones have lost some of their density. They are not as strong and thick as normal bones, but they are not bad enough to be termed osteoporosis. It is part of a spectrum of bone change and osteopenia is the stage before osteoporosis.


"Much loved" Yavneh College headteacher Dena Coleman has died

By Zoe Winograd, June 19, 2013

The staff and pupils at Yavneh College were in shock today after the sudden death of founding headteacher, Dena Coleman.

Dr Coleman, 60, died on Tuesday after contracting bacterial meningitis.