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Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:14 AMDr Joy Callender

Nutrition is important to prevent cervical cancer, during the treatment of this cancer, and after recovery from cervical cancer. A diet low in fruits and vegetables increases the risk for cervical cancer. Prevention involves eating a diet based on a...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:14 AMDr Milton Hardie

Cancer of the cervix is second to breast cancer as the cause of death by a malignancy in the Jamaican woman. The cervix or lower part of the womb is that part of the womb that enters the top of the vagina, making it accessible for examination and...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:12 AMDr Sharon Robinson

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the world, with a mortality rate of less than 50 per cent at a five-year diagnosis.According to Dr Irving McKenzie, the chief dental officer at the Ministry...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:11 AMKarelle

Here are some tips to get you started on an exercise programme!...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. It can affect almost any part of the body. The growths often invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize to distant sites...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AM

BreastCancer.org estimates that 30 per cent of cancers diagnosed in women in 2017 will be breast cancer. But considering the amount of information online regarding breast cancer, there are a lot of myths out there. So in order to better equip...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AM

As the cannabis debate continues to grow on the home front and internationally, Jamaican cancer research scientist and a leading expert on medicinal cannabis, Dr Henry Lowe, will be heading to the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts,...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AMDeniese Badroe

Today is International Noise Awareness Day and to commemorate the day, JAD Hearing Services - a social enterprise which provides hearing assessments, hearing health education and hearing devices - in partnership with its parent organisation the...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:00 AM

There have been a lot of discussions surrounding the recent decision by the minister of education to ban bag juice in school-feeding programmes. Some have commended the move as a step in the right direction, while others have said it has not gone...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Dr Sonia Copeland, MD, MPH, public health specialist, programme director and adjunct lecturer at Northern Caribbean University, has the distinction of being selected to present the first Professor Albert Reece Distinguished Lecture at the 23rd...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:00 AM

The first in a series of annual lectures named for Professor E. Albert Reece will be presented at the 23rd Annual International Diabetes Conference, scheduled to take place at the Jewel Resort, St Ann'...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:00 AMKerry Sharpe

Jamaica is a beautiful island with a plethora of exotic fruits. Living on this majestic island, one might have realised the prevalence of fruits, as the number of fruit stalls and fruit vendors has notably increased over the years. Gone are the days...

Published:Tuesday | April 18, 2017 | 4:13 PM

Last week, 14 prominent members of the private and public sector started taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle in the 'Get Moving Challenge'. Get Moving is a part of the Ministry of Health's Jamaica Moves initiative.Jamaica Moves was launched...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AM

National Health Fund (NHF) cardholders will now benefit from increases in the subsidies of 432 prescription items and diabetic supplies. This adjustment to the subsidies will result in a $100-million increase in expenditure for the NHF card...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AM

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has changed its recommendation for prostate cancer screening, specifically related to the blood test that measures prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, which can indicate a growing cancer....

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AMSherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh

Preparing a lovely dish with potentially poisonous or adulterated food could be referred to as unintentional self-poisoning through food consumption. The recent discussion on plastic rice in Jamaica, the recall of curry that is contaminated with...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AM

It's a condition that affects about 180 million women worldwide, causing painful periods, persistent pain in the pelvic area, infertility, and even death. The condition is endometriosis.At age 25, Assarna Tomlinson...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 4:00 AM

The NCB Procare/Express Fitness New Year ... New Me, 2017 weight-loss challenge, an extension of the hit television programme, 'Doctor's Appointment', came to a close last weekend, when contestants stepped up for their final weigh-in.At the end,...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 4:08 AMJendy McDonald

Are you considering getting an HIV test done but are worried about the process? It is common to feel a little worried about going to do an HIV test, but the decision to do the test is the best thing you can do for your health. The process is...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 4:00 AM

Milk has been a staple in our traditional diet, especially in rural communities. But in recent times, several alternatives have been popularised. They include almond, coconut, flax, hemp, rice, and soy, to name a few. This so-called superfood has...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 3:00 AM

Researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and NHS Blood and Transplant have discovered a way to mass-produce red blood cells in the lab, which could potentially allow hospitals and clinics to have an unlimited supply of blood...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 3:00 AM

The economic impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica, including mental-health conditions, will lead to a lost output of US$17.2 billion over the next 15 years. This is according to a 2011 study by founder and executive chairman of the...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 3:00 AM

For this week's appointment, we spoke with Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Winston De La Haye about some of the dirty habits we have that adversely affect our health and reduce our chances of preventing the spread of certain...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 3:00 AM

According to scientific research, sexual interaction and the release of the 'feel-good' hormones - such as oxcytocin and endorphins - during the act can do wonders for your health, in more ways than one. In fact, having a vibrant, active, healthy...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 3:00 AM

 The countries of the Americas have dramatically reduced new cases and deaths from tuberculosis (TB) in the past 25 years. Despite this, nearly 270,000 people contracted the disease in...

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