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Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Obtaining a mammogram can be a daunting experience for many women. No matter your level of personal experience or familiarity with the examination, when it comes time to face the breast-squeezing machine, some level of fear is present. For many...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:06 AMDr Amoy Ramsay/Contributor

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of adults and children have increased screen time on computers, tablets and phones. This prolonged screen time can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision, headaches, and dry eyes. Low...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:12 AM

Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. All women need to be informed by their healthcare provider about the best screening options for them. When you are told about the...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:11 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

There are many things to be grateful for these days, and chief among them is life. Cancer survivor Norma Reid is elated that through faith, determination and her belief in God, she survived one of the biggest challenges of her life to date. More...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:05 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93 per cent of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) survey. The survey of 130...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:05 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Breast cancer does not discriminate! Some of the people that we least expect can be affected. For most women diagnosed with the illness, it can be a nerve-racking experience. Treatment of the disease typically involves surgery to remove the breast...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia. According to the organisations, this equates to one in five...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:11 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Many person are unfamiliar with the various hormonal struggles women face daily. Among these is the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is common among women of reproductive age, subjecting them to infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 7:29 AM

Recent research has revealed that individuals with obesity have 48 per cent higher rates of death to COVID-19, and with more than half of Jamaicans (54 per cent) being overweight or obese, the push to combat obesity and improve nutrition has become...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Below is a joint statement from the World Health Organization, United Nations, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Programme on HIV/...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:12 AMDr Tracy Evans Gilbert/Contributor

IF COVID-19 were like the flu, globally, one would expect places with more children to have more intense epidemics, but this is not the case. During the influenza season, however, children help spread influenza to their families and other children...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Regional medical epidemiologist at the Western Regional Health Authority, Dr Maung Aung, has said the country continues to see an increase in the incidence of prostate cancer. Dr Aung, who was addressing the Misty Blue Cancer Care Foundation’s...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:14 AMDanielle R. Neil/Contributor

Only few can say what it feels like working with children who are so extraordinary, they sometimes seem like unfamiliar beings. It’s a diminishing feeling of sorrow that parents have, which then tilts towards fear. When a child comes in as a new...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:14 AMSavionne Francis/Contributor

Each year, September 8 has been celebrated as World Physiotherapy Day since 1996. This is significant as it marks the date that the World Physiotherapy was founded in 1951. World Physiotherapy is the voice of the global physiotherapy community and...

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2020 | 12:07 AMClay Morrison/Contributor

You have probably heard of the menopause in women, but did you know men go through a similar hormonal change as they age? The male menopause, or andropause, is often triggered when men reach their 40s. In fact, as many as 30 per cent of men can...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:25 AMDanielle R. Neil/Contributor

Imagine you’re watching your favourite TV show and someone, maybe your husband or your kid, unknowingly aware of how tuned in you are to the cliffhanger of the highly scripted reality show or home makeover reveal, takes the remote and changes the...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:24 AMMelisa Anderson/Contributor

The highly pathogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease, is currently causing mayhem across the global health landscape. There are more than 25 million documented cases and more than 800,000 deaths...

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2020 | 12:18 AM

One hundred and Seventy-two economies are now engaged in discussions to potentially participate in COVAX, a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide countries worldwide equitable access to safe and effective vaccines...

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2020 | 12:15 AMSandra Chisholm-Ford/Contributor

THE CURRENT COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the focus of health promotion and health education strategies of healthcare policymakers from primary healthcare programmes to COVID-19 prevention and mitigation. However, the concern still exists...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Coronavirus cases in the Americas have reached almost 11.5 million and over 400,000 deaths, an indication that the region continues to carry the heaviest burden of the coronavirus disease globally. With 55 per cent of the new cases reported in the...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

During this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, persons are being bombarded with, and constantly reminded of, measures to take in order to stay safe and avoid contracting the virus. There is another step that people should take to...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:14 AMSheryl Garriques-Lloyd/Contributor

THE YEAR 2020 has been designated the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Assembly. Can you imagine the joy we felt, and are feeling, to have a year specially dedicated to us? We started the year in high spirits. There were...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:09 AM

The emergency committee on COVID-19, convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) director general under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), has highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:08 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Miracle, Blessing, a bundle of joy are a few of the words used to describe the precious gift of a baby. As such, babies are to be protected as much as possible, and one of the easiest ways to do so is through breastfeeding. Breastfeeding provides...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMDr Tamara Green/Contributor

In our June talk, we visited the topic of carcinophobia – the irrational fear of cancer. We saw that the entrenchment of this fear began with the bad reputation of the disease throughout history and continued with ever-present personal testimonials...

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