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Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:14 AMDr Nichole Grant

Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in cells of the colon or rectum. Malignant means it is a cancerous tumour that can spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body.ANATOMYThe colon and rectum are a part of our body's digestive...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Each year, the Heart Foundation of Jamaica joins with the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) to commemorate Salt Awareness Week. This year, the week is being celebrated from March 20-26 under the theme Salt: The Forgotten Killer.Excessive salt...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Males face a number of medical issues, but none has proven to be as difficult to deal with as erectile dysfunction (ED). Dr Belinda Morrison, consultant urologist and lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, describes this growing...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AMTomeica Gunn

Dr Denise Daley, a young Jamaican scientist, has used her passion for plants to develop a line of neutraceuticals to be used in the treatment of diabetes.Through her research on the eucalyptus plant, she has created food items and supplements which...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 3:00 AMDr Duane Chambers

The mainstay of Caribbean cardiac imaging has long been echocardiography, done by the cardiologists. A handful of radiologists throughout the region have offered limited CT and nuclear cardiac imaging, all while CT and MR cardiac imaging have...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 3:00 AMSuzette Shaw Reid

The words rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and diabetes kept floating around my head. For the past couple weeks, these autoimmune diseases were the buzz words I kept hearing from conversations among myself, my siblings and friends. However, being...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 3:00 AMDr Maynard McIntosh

Glaucoma is sometimes referred to as the silent thief of sight, because of how insidious its onset and course can be. The condition can be rather asymptomatic at first, unless it assumes the more aggressive form of an acute angle closure or painful...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Cancers continue to be of great concern in populations such as Jamaica where colon cancer, for example, is the third most common cause of deaths. It cuts across gender lines, affecting both men and women.For this week's appointment, consultant...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The key to good prostate health might be in your own hands: Ejaculating frequently may reduce your risk of prostate cancer, finds new research from the Boston University of Public Health in the United States.The study looked at how ejaculation...

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 3:00 AM

By the age of 50, you would have a lot of experience in dealing with personal health issues. Chances are you have experienced a chronic disease or the conditions that lead to these such as excess weight, low physical activity or less-than-healthy...

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The curtain came down on the highly anticipated annual NCB Insurance ProCare Men's Health Week, ending with hundreds of men, women and children participating in a fun-filled Family Day Festival that featured rich information, healthy diet options...

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 3:00 AM

According to two new World Health Organization (WHO) reports, about 1.7 million children under the age of five years die each year because of environmental hazards. It's the first such estimate of the child death toll from environmental causes."That...

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 3:00 AM

As Jamaica tries to grapple with an out-of-control crime problem, much attention is not paid to another more silent but just as dangerous, killer - non-communicable diseases (NCDs).According to the World Health Organization (WHO), NCDs - including...

Published:Wednesday | March 1, 2017 | 3:00 AM

When you reflect on your childhood, what do you remember? Are there positive memories or encounters that you simply wish to forget? And have you ever considered the kind of effects they may be having on your life as an adult? Your childhood...

Published:Wednesday | March 1, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Recently, I witnessed a bus in front of me collide with a motorcar that swerved into its path. A few seconds separated my vehicle from being a part of that accident.The driver of the bus and a front-seat passenger were trapped inside but were stable...

Published:Wednesday | March 1, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Today, we look at understanding the factors that make black skin and hair unique, which can then provide guidance regarding how to best care for skin and hair in individuals of African descent.Here's a list of unique features of black skin and hair:...

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 2:00 AM

The Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) has announced the opening of an ultra-modern, fully equipped cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) dedicated to the care of heart patients.The six-bed, high-acuity unit at HIC, which is scheduled to be open to...

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 2:00 AM

As various nations continue their Black History celebrations in February, one focus that is often overlooked is the contributions of black scientists and technologists. Their contributions, which are most times expensive, challenging and time-...

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 2:00 AM

The University of the West Indies (UWI) in February unveiled the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), which health professionals and policymakers were familiar with as the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI)."TMRI has an...

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 2:00 AM

As a faith-based nation, we understand the inevitability of death, but how many of us know the road to death does not have to be painful? For your appointment this week, we take a close look at a targeted kind of care known as palliative care....

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 2:00 AM

The Government has allocated $744.22 million to support the National HIV-AIDS response in Jamaica.Details are given in the 2017-18 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.The objective of the project is to reduce AIDS-...

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2017 | 2:11 AM

'Condom + Another Contraceptive = #UltimateProtection' is the theme for this year's Safer Sex Week - February 13-18. The aim is to push for the use of dual contraceptive in the fight against unwanted pregnancy and sexual transmitted diseases (STDs)....

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2017 | 2:00 AM

While the world observes Black History Month, a number of organisations, led by NCB Insurance, have come together to host an initiative aimed at inspiring long-term positive action in men's health.The partnership - which includes NCB Insurance, Dr's...

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2017 | 2:00 AM

Gender-based violence (GBV) and the roles assigned to both women and men are central to the spread of HIV. It is therefore critical for us to not only acknowledge this fact, but also to introduce and promote a journey towards healthy and life-giving...

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 2:11 AM

"New Year ... New Me ... 2017" has become a popular catchphrase for eight contestants in the one-of-a-kind weight loss challenge that is taking social media by storm.The feature complements the second season of Doctor's Appointment, a family and...

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