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Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Maynard McIntosh

While at a high-profile wedding ceremony recently, I couldn't help noticing this beautiful woman posturing for a photo-op. After she had perfected her pose in the most 'modelesque' fashion, alas, she had to do a retake because her myopic corrective...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The 220-bed children's hospital slated to be built on land beside the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, is projected to be a major game changer in local paediatric health-care delivery.Offering specialised care for children of all...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:54 AM

In a recent study, researchers from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the rates of death from cervical, breast, prostate and colon cancers are two to nine times...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMJudith A. Hunter

A senior consultant neurologist and one of Jamaica's leading physicians, Dr Daniel S. Graham, is well known for his groundbreaking research on the cause of the disease then known as 'Jamaican Neuropathy' in the mid to late 1980s.Dr Graham worked...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:18 AM

During the holiday season, we tend to dine on copious amounts of food. Inevitably, some is stored for Boxing Day and beyond. From preparation to storage, there are steps we need to take to ensure that a food feast doesn't become a food poisoning....

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The holidays are a time for food, family, friends, and celebration, but it is no secret that it is also a time for love ... a love that sometimes, you will be forced to remember nine months later. It is a known fact in our practice that deliveries...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

It's that time of year again when sorrel takes centre stage as the drink of choice for the festive season. Although it is a popular beverage all year round, with persons discovering its amazing health properties, sorrel still remains a Christmas...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Since last year, motorists have had to shell out millions of dollars to repair engines damaged by contaminated fuel sold at legitimate gas stations. Despite probes and reports, nobody seems to know what is the source of this problem. Since the issue...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM

If you're not careful, letting loose in the festivities of the Christmas season can affect your health in so many negative ways. Stress, hangovers, food poisoning, heartburn, and the big no-no - weight gain - are just some of the many things that...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJendy McDonald

Should everyone know their HIV status? Why? Why do some choose not to know? Ideally, there are three steps that you go through if you decide to get tested for HIV - pre-counselling, testing, and post-test...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM

We are often bombarded with news about the advances in the field of medicine at an alarming rate. New drugs, new technologies and new treatment methods are replacing older ones almost daily. However, when you examine these...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica needs to increase the number of persons known to be infected with HIV and AIDS who are receiving antiretroviral medication from approximately 9,000 to just over 30,000 more than triple the current number in order to meet the World Health...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMRobert-Karim Besnier

Trigger points, at first glance, will definitely have the uninformed reader thinking all manner of things, especially if you are a born Jamaican! What I'm certain about is that the word 'trigger' in its definitive sense will elicit thoughts of a...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:02 AM

A new HIV vaccine is now being tested in South Africa in a study that aims to enroll several thousand people, officials announced on Monday. The study is the first in seven years to test the effectiveness of a vaccine against HIV, said the National...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Does this sound familiar? Mom lost her balance while climbing into the shower and fell and broke her wrist. Dad got up to use the bathroom late one night, tripped over the lamp cord and fell and broke his...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJendy McDonald

Globally, World AIDS Day is observed on December 1. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in their fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died. Wearing a...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:23 AM

Persons who smoke put themselves and others around them at risk for lung and other cancers.Senior Medical Officer at the National Chest Hospital Dr Terry Baker said, "It is not just the person who is putting the cigarette in their mouth who will be...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:17 AM

The Jamaica Cancer Society is reporting that there has been a decline in reports of lung cancer, and that the trend is expected to continue with a reduction in the use of tobacco.Executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, said...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Epilepsy is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders in the world, with a significant number of Jamaicans suffering from the medical condition. Despite this fact, it remains shrouded in mystery, discriminated against and underfunded in...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:55 AMNina Johnson-Campbell

WHAT EXACTLY IS STRESS? Stress is a necessary, innate/natural part of our survival instinct and physiological make up; it motivates us to take action to keep us safe or to keep reaching just that bit further to achieve our dreams and aspirations;...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

"Encourage your peers to practise a healthy lifestyle and make good nutrition choices" was the message from state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, to the students who attended the recent Youth Forum at the...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica recently launched its 39th annual Run for Your Heart event, which received overwhelming support from board members, schools, companies and government officials.The Run For Your Heart event will be held on Sunday,...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The recent reports of sudden deaths of athletes and young teachers have once again grabbed headlines. This resulted in knee-jerk reactions to what is a serious problem. The fact that young people in the prime of their lives have passed away needs...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

According TO a recent study of more than 3,000 students in United States public schools, those who were into vaping at the beginning of their sophomore year were more likely to become traditional cigarette smokers over the next six months compared...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

Jamaicans have made the public health system a major talking point in recent times. Aside from the political jousting, much of the conversation has centred on improvement of the health sector. But what exactly would we consider an improved and...

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