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Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:11 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:11 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...

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 12:02 AMDr Alfred Dawes

Recently a group of young professionals, myself included, embarked on a journey to improve our health. The concept is simple: Hold each other accountable by posting pictures of each meal in a Whatsapp group designed for that purpose. Each plate...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:17 AM

February is Heart Month. The theme this year asks the question: 'Sudden cardiac death ... can it happen to you?'The answer: Yes, it can!Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of athlete deaths in the United States (US) and Italy, killing...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:12 AM

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) will be conducting screenings for risk factors associated with sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during Heart Month in February.The HFJ's executive director, Deborah Chen, said it is important for persons to know if...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:12 AM

Activities for Heart MonthTUESDAY, JANUARY 24n Heart Month Launch, Spanish Court Hotel.WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1n Outside Broadcast/HFJHitz 92 FM with Jenny Jenny6 a.m. - 9 a.m.n Lion's Club of Kingston Luncheon, The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, 12:30 p.m....

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:11 AMRochelle Williams

The Ministry of Health in association with the Heart Foundation of Jamaica is urging Jamaicans to adopt healthy lifestyle habits to prevent cardiovascular diseases.Portfolio minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, noted that cardiovascular disease is one...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:11 AMFrances Mahfood

Are you thinking about being more active? Have you been trying to cut back on fattening foods? Are you starting to eat better and be more active but having a hard time sticking with these changes?Old habits die hard. Changing your habits is a...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:01 AM

In the first of a two-part discussion on childhood obesity, we learned that this condition has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the more prominent public-health issues we are facing in the 21st Century. In addition,...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 7:11 PM

The 15th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium hosted by The Caribbean Neurological Association in conjunction with the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anesthesia, Intensive Care and University Hospital of the West Indies is set to kick off at the...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

With a long track record of research in the medicinal properties of indigenous herbal plants, the University of Technology (UTech) has now strengthened its ability to delve deeper into the research of medical cannabis.Last week, the university...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The beginning of any year is a time when many of us make resolutions and set goals. I will quickly add that any time is a good time to make positive choices in our lives. It is very important that we try to maintain healthy lifestyles. Health is...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Did you know that one in every 15 Jamaicans carries the sickle-cell trait or that sickle cell disease (SCD) occurs in one in every 150 births? That means some 186,666 Jamaicans carry the trait and 10 per cent of their offsprings will have the...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:03 AM

Ways to strenghten your immune systemOne of the keys to fighting the flu is having a strong immune system. In fact, the strength of your immune system greatly determines how your body responds to infections, viruses and diseases. Healthy eating,...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

For your first Doctor's Appointment in Season 2, we explored an illness that is said to affect someone, somewhere in the world, every two seconds. In fact, it has been listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the second-leading cause of...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

We are approaching the peak of the influenza (flu) season, which can be quite unpredictable. Surviving it is always the key, and knowing what to do if we get it will make all the difference. You may have the flu if you...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Common cold and flu are quite contagious. Depending on a number of factors, it can just be a mild irritation or it can knock you off your feet. For most people, it's back to normal after getting over a bout of flu; but for others it can be...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

You can prevent the flu! Dr Will Sawyer, an internationally known infection-prevention expert and family physician, has developed simple and comprehensive strategies to prevent you and your family from getting the flu.For the past 19 years, Dr Will...

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