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Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:16 AM

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:14 AM

More than 2,800 scientists from 130 countries gathered on Friday in a virtual forum hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify knowledge gaps and set research priorities for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Some Jamaicans have expressed concern about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States and other countries, and are expected to reach our shores by April. While more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus? Yes. Regardless of previous infection, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people should plan on getting vaccinated when it is their turn. “It’s a pretty...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:14 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

The human body is a self-healing, self-renewing, self-cleansing organism. When the right conditions are created, vibrant well-being is its natural state. However, we have departed from the ways of nature and live under less-than-natural conditions...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2020 | 12:11 AM

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to make some changes in your life. For some, this means setting health goals, such as losing weight, following a healthier diet, and starting an exercise routine. It makes sense to take advantage of...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2020 | 12:11 AMKeisha Hill/Gleaner Writer

It is the season for many things – thanksgiving, celebration, fellowship, and good cheer. Oh yes, and heart attacks. The holiday season stretches into New Year’s Day and beyond, can also be a lonely time or a stressful one, or a season of eating,...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:09 AM

Health and fitness is not generally found at the top of most persons to do list during the holidays, but it does not have to be this way. It is a time of celebration, and often excess, frequently resulting in firm New Year’s resolutions to get fit...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

The holidays are an exciting time of good cheer, warm family traditions, and spending time with friends. For many people, the idea of entering a crowded room and chatting up co-workers or strangers at a party, exchanging gifts with friends,...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:07 AM

COVAX, the global initiative to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries, regardless of income level, has announced that it had arrangements in place to access nearly two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidates...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:19 AMStephen Duhaney/Contributor

As research around the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to flourish, many of us are becoming hopeless in the realisation that this virus is not going anywhere any time soon. Recent studies have confirmed that not only does the virus spread through...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:19 AM

For the many Jamaicans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch is the season for a little extra caution. Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of sabotaging their health during...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:18 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are wondering if it is possible to safely celebrate during a pandemic. Should you visit relatives or have family and friends over? Nonetheless, your typical holiday gathering will look different this...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:12 AM

THE WORLD Health Organization (WHO) has launched a year-long global campaign for World No Tobacco Day 2021 – ‘Commit to Quit.’ The new WHO Quit Challenge on WhatsApp and publication ‘More than 100 reasons to quit tobacco’ were released yesterday...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Labortaory studies show that toothpastes containing zinc or stannous and mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19 by 99.9 per cent. The studies are part of a Colgate research programme that...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

For more than 10 years, Andrea Ferguson* lived with her partner in an upscale community in Jamaica. She had everything to her comfort, and did not have to work to maintain her lavish lifestyle. However, she was dying inside, and kept a well-...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:08 AM

With a wealth of food available during the Christmas season, it can also be a trying time, especially for those with health conditions such as diabetes. Keeping disciplined to control sugar levels and portions can be particularly difficult. Here...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:12 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

“I was devastated,” exclaimed Marcia Johnson*. “I was just 18 years old at the time, and I felt like my whole world had fallen apart,” she said. On a routine check while pregnant with her only child, Johnson received the news nobody wants to hear...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Up to five million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are home bound due to COVID-19, new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour,...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Certain times of the year are more difficult than others to stick to healthy eating, and this festive season is no exception! While the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to retreat to our homes, given the ban on parties and large gatherings, it...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:11 AM

The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched the new One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:09 AM

World Aids Day is observed on December 1 each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness....

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

People with epilepsy or what Jamaicans term as ‘fits’ are just like everyone else, except that they are prone to recurrent seizures. A seizure is caused by a temporary change in the way the brain cells work. One seizure does not signify epilepsy....

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:14 AM

It is especially important for people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of the virus that...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:13 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in both men and women, and is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer...

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