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Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Driven by fear, panicked shoppers have laid supermarkets bare as anxieties spike against the flurry of WhatsApp messages, many of which spout unfounded rumours and just plain bad advice. Welcome to the age of the modern pandemic and the many ways...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

So its been a very unusual time for everyone around the world Our daily routine has been severely disrupted by quarantines and lock downs

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:10 AM

There is a global pandemic which seems to cause serious illness in people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. Jamaica Moves has reminded persons living with NCDs to continue to manage them and to...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:09 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

At present, in many homes and workplaces throughout Jamaica, there exist fear and panic over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the harm it can cause to the body. The virus is known to have started in China, and has crossed borders, infecting and...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Jamaica has recorded 12 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) up to press time yesterday. Below are some tips from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. - Practise social distancing and stay away from...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:08 AM

Coronavirus is among a new breed of modern viruses for which medical science does not yet have any specific treatment or medication. This is similar to the period 1940s to 1960s when we were plagued with polio, whooping cough, measles, chicken pox...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:05 AM

As the new coronavirus keeps turning up in more places across the globe, health experts say it’s wise to prepare for a wider spread. But people shouldn’t panic or hoard large amounts of supplies, they stress. Jamaica yesterday confirmed its first...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:05 AM

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is urging Jamaicans to be mindful of their salt intake. “The foundation takes this opportunity to urge Jamaicans to be mindful of their sodium intake, especially the hidden salts in their favourite products. Salt...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes – what do all these have in common? They are all lifestyle diseases and they have become quite prevalent in Jamaica over the last few years. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has taken on a mandate...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:19 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. Yesterday was celebrated as World Hearing Day, and according to WHO, at...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The mineral sodium, which is present in salt we eat, is essential to the body. The kidneys use it along with other minerals to filter the blood by removing toxins and extra fluids. But with too much salt in the body, the kidneys can no longer...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:06 AM

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising persons to engage their medical doctors before starting new diet regimes or exercises. Director of communications, CAC, Latoya Halstead, said the start of a new year typically sees persons...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:05 AM

This is a common problem encountered by many on a fitness programme. They work out sometimes to exhaustion and still cannot see the results on the scale. Oftentimes this leads to frustration and abandonment of the fitness lifestyle. Hormones are...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:20 AM

Studies show comprehensive policies do work to reduce consumers’ sugary drink purchases, children’s exposure to unhealthy food marketing and advertising. Recent studies of obesity prevention efforts implemented in Chile have found that consumers...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:19 AMDr Handel Emery/Contributor

Hypertensive kidney disease is a medical condition in which the kidneys are damaged through exposure to chronically elevated blood pressure. It is one of the main causes of kidney failure, and its associated morbidity, mortality and reduced man...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:05 AM

Efforts to ensure that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are prepared to carry out laboratory diagnosis of new coronavirus (COVID-19) have continued with a training in Mexico City, held by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:13 AM

GENEVA (AP): The World Health Organization convened outside experts Tuesday to fast-track promising tests, drugs and vaccines to help slow the outbreak of a new virus that emerged in China that has killed more than 1,000 people and spread to two...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Last week Tuesday was celebrated as World Cancer Day – a day to bring the debilitating and deadly non-communicable disease (NCD) to the forefront of our minds. According to Jamaica Moves, 40 per cent of cancers are preventable and action can be...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

The month of February is recognised as Heart Month and highlights issues that associate with one of the most hard-working organs in the body. Cardiologist Dr Mark Hoo Sang said there has been a rapid increase in the number of persons affected by...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:08 AM

The New year has begun with a bang. We were certain we would be in the early throes of World War 3 by now, and barely had the dust settled when we heard about the origins of the next killer virus in China. The virus, first seen in Wuhan, is...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:07 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday spelt out the need to step up cancer services in low and middle-income countries, warning that if current trends continue, the world will see a 60 per cent increase in cancer cases over the next two...

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica prepares to observe World Cancer Day on February 4, Dr Sheray Chin, medical oncologist, has encouraged persons to make significant changes in their lifestyle practices to reduce risk factors associated with the deadly disease. The day...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:09 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

With one in three children in the Caribbean overweight or obese, Dr Leslie Gabay, paediatric endocrinologist has encouraged parents to manage their children’s eating habits. Should this issue go unchecked, there will be devastating implications...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:21 AM

As we begin a new decade by welcoming the year 2020, it’s a time when many make resolutions and pay closer attention to caring for their bodies. As we know our skin is the body’s largest organ and it is an important part of our health and physical...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:26 AM

There is not one among us who does not open the fridge or the cupboard at night to see if there isn’t something light inside that we can snack on. We aren’t hungry, just feel a bit ‘peckish’ (a craving for food). For many struggling to lose weight...

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