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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...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:11 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Depression and anxiety are mental health issues that can adversely affect every aspect of a person’s life. Throw in the different changes that have been implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic, and this creates an environment where those who...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:20 AM

People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:13 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Asthma is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions, with one in every 13 persons having the illness. The condition affects both adults and children alike, and according to Dr Je-Vaughn Wynter, this is due to inflammation of the airways...

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) have designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife under the theme ‘Nurses and Midwives: Vital to the Delivery of Healthcare’. This is with...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:13 AM

Seventy-three countries have warned that they are at risk of stock-outs of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) survey conducted ahead of the International AIDS...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:10 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

One in every 10 women worldwide of childbearing age has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). According to gynaecologist Dr Patrick Clarke, the syndrome is diagnosed if a woman experiences two of the three criteria associated with the illness. These...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:16 AM

More than 1.6 million cases of dengue have been reported in the Americas in the first five months of 2020, drawing attention to the need to continue eliminating mosquito breeding sites, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne, yesterday warned that “complacency is our greatest enemy” in the fight against the COVID-19 spread, charging that countries and territories in Latin America and the...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2020 | 12:14 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

HAVING SOMETHING rare generally means that one possesses a unique and valuable gem, and often it is something that others would like to acquire for themselves. This logic, however, does not extend to Amoy Lewis, who has been living with a rare but...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2020 | 12:10 AMTamara Green/Contributor

Like most of us, I have been transfixed by the social commentaries of the staggeringly higher death rates of black Americans from COVID-19 compared to the rest of the nation and the unhinged anti-racism civil unrest sweeping across their nation....

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2020 | 12:16 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

IN THE past, a lack of information has caused a number of issues that would have been otherwise preventable. However, with man’s curiosity and the advent of technology and the Internet, one could say that it is fear that is the driving force of...

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2020 | 1:00 PM

AS JAMAICA tries to re-emerge from the ravages of COVID-19, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton and National Epidemiologist and Principal Medical Officer in the ministry, Dr Webster Kerr, have highlighted that non-communicable...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:13 AM

A NEW report by World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) has revealed that despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes,...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:13 AM

AS COUNTRIES across the globe observed World Tobacco Day on Sunday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging young people in the Americas to recognise, expose and resist the deceptive tactics used by the tobacco industry and its allies...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:14 AMDr Tamara Green/Contributor

Scene: Miss Made-up-name in her taxi-ride, returning home to Made-up-place in rural St Elizabeth. Miss Made-up-name: (Tearfully thinking out loud) “But no sah! There must be someone, somewhere I can call to talk to bout this … .” THE COVID-...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:11 AMCaryl James Bateman/Contributor

COVID-19 HAS created complete chaos for our external and internal worlds. This pandemic is likely to stir up some strong emotions, particularly for those among us who already struggle with mental illnesses such as depression, eating disorders,...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:24 AM

If you are immunocompromised, protect yourself from COVID-19 Many conditions and treatments can weaken a person’s immune system (making them ‘immunocompromised’). Some of these include: Cancer Bone marrow transplant Solid organ transplant...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:21 AMDr Tamara Green/Contributor

Scene: A 38-year-old mother of two waiting in the health centre, six weeks since her breast lump biopsy. Nurse: “Miss Made-up-name, Doc said that your result isn’t back. Call next week this time before coming in because of COVID-19.” Patient...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:15 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

With May being observed as Lupus Awareness Month, we continue to shed light on the experiences of those around the world living with the illness which affects people in various forms. Exactly four years ago (May 2016), Claudine Martin got the news...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:05 AM

A lot has been said about the vulnerability of individuals with certain co-morbidities to be at greater risk of COVID-19 complications. For persons with hypertension, diabetes (sugar), respiratory disorders and certain cancers, COVID-19 can have...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:19 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica enters another month battling the coronavirus pandemic, the Government continues to caution those with underlying conditions to stay home and safe to lower the risk of contracting the virus. One of the underlying conditions that could...

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