Health

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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Man in the kitchen: Another slice of life

By Simon Round, June 14, 2013

My dad was no cook. He needed precise instructions about oven temperature, pre-heating and preparation before he even attempted to bake a potato. However, in his 50s, he decided it might be a nice idea to bake a loaf of bread. This was a big jump for someone who had difficulty boiling an egg, but he duly found a recipe and baked a loaf — and it tasted quite nice.

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Israeli start-up gives sight to visually impaired

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

An Israeli start-up is set to give the gift of sight to the visually impaired with its new device, the OrCam.

The OrCam is a small camera that can be attached to glasses which, when pointed at books, objects and faces, can read or describe them aloud. The $2,500 reading aid went on sale in the US this week and its first shipment has already sold out.

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