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Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AM

You may look much younger and more vibrant than the 40-plus you are, but your body isn’t going to respond the way it did in your 20s. Sure, no one will ever guess your age, and may be quite shocked to know you are that old, but your body definitely knows and will not hesitate to remind you...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AM

Aligned with the Ministry of Health's 'Jamaica Moves' campaign, which promotes healthy lifestyle habits among Jamaicans, the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) is providing resources and support to its staff in the parishes of Clarendon,...

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 8:12 AM

According to Wikipedia, skin cancers are cancers that arise from the skin. They are due to the development of abnormal cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body.There are three main types of skin cancers: basal-cell...

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 8:00 AM

If you do not take the proper precautions, summer heat can be dangerous. In fact, it can even be deadly. And with temperatures getting even hotter than normal, it is very important that measures are taken to minimise the effects of excess heat.In...

Published:Wednesday | August 2, 2017 | 8:00 AM

A Swedish man died after suffering complications during a penis-enhancement surgery, according to a recently published case report.The 30-year-old relatively healthy patient wanted a penile elongation and girth enhancement surgery, which includes...

Published:Wednesday | August 2, 2017 | 8:00 AM

HONOLULU, Hawaii:Hawaii was among the first states to legalise medical marijuana in 2000, but it didn't legalise dispensaries for another 15 years. Medical pot dispensaries began opening in the state this summer, but they couldn't sell their...

Published:Wednesday | August 2, 2017 | 8:00 AM

'Food' has been created from carbon dioxide and electricity, according to a team of scientists.The meal of single-cell protein may not revolutionise cuisine but it could open a way for a new type of food in the future.The Food From Electricity study...

Published:Wednesday | August 2, 2017 | 8:00 AM

A baby in India was born 'pregnant' with his half-formed twin in a rare case that has astonished the medical fraternity in the country.Radiologist Bhavna Thorat said some mass with the presence of bones was discovered early July in the then foetus'...

Published:Wednesday | August 2, 2017 | 8:00 AM

A generation ago, the Jamaican healthcare system struggled with and defeated the scourge of infectious diseases.With one of the most efficient vaccination and public-health programmes the world has ever seen, this tiny nation eradicated polio,...

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 7:11 AM

Twenty eight years of dedicated research on one of the endogenous plants of Jamaica Petiveriaalliacea (guinea hen weed) has landed Adjunct Professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Technology (UTech) Dr Lawrence Williams, and...

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 7:10 AM

Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is lobbying Diaspora support for a new $5.9 billion (US$46 million) 220-bed medical facility to be built on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James, to provide specialist...

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 7:08 AM

The Ministry of Health would like to advise that no patient on Antiretroviral (ARV) medication, the drug used to treat persons living with HIV, is being affected by the shortage of two types of the drug.Of the ARVs supplied through the ministry, two...

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 7:04 AM

The bond between a mother and her child is indisputably one of the strongest connections in nature. This connection is strengthened during the postnatal period of the child's life and throughout the breastfeeding period.The World Health Organisation...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 AM

Doctors in the United Kingdom say they found a massive cluster of contact lenses in a woman's eye.The 67-year-old woman was scheduled for routine cataract surgery in November. She thought it was dry eye and old age causing her discomfort.But doctors...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 AM

After testing 30 different cheese products, researchers from an independent lab in the United States found that all but one contained chemicals called phthalates, man-made substances that have been shown to interfere with human hormones. The highest...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 AM

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or brain injury caused by oxygen depravation to the brain due to fetal or neonatal asphyxia is a leading cause of death or severe impairment among infants.These impairments include epilepsy, developmental delay, motor...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 AMDr Rhonda Reeves

Pregnant women already have some degree of heat intolerance. On top of that, pregnancy can make the summer seem even hotter!When you are pregnant, your body temperature is a bit higher than normal, so the added heat from the outside temperature will...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:30 AM

A vaccine has for the first time been shown to protect against the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea, scientists in New Zealand say. There are fears gonorrhoea is becoming untreatable as antibiotics fail. The World Health Organization sees...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AM

While we get alarmed at the news of the high murder rate gripping the island, we are numbed to fact that hundreds more are wounded in the ongoing war between gangs and targeted innocents.The wounded suffer devastating injuries, at times requiring...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AM

According to two new studies published Monday, greater consumption of coffee could lead to a longer life.People who drank two to four cups a day had an 18 per cent lower risk of death compared with people who did not drink coffee, according to the...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AM

Having frequent sex might boost your brain, researchers from Coventry University in the United Kingdom suggest.In the study, researchers asked 73 older adults how often they had sex, and then had them perform tasks that tested their brain function...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:00 AMJendy McDonald

A blood transfusion is the transfer of blood or blood products from one person (donor) into another person's bloodstream (recipient). This is usually done as a lifesaving manoeuvre to replace blood cells or blood products...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:00 AM

It is very important to bear in mind that your skin, the body's largest organ, is constantly renewing itself. Here is a reminder of some ways in which we can take good care of it to protect it from damage and enhance its renewal.1. Eating the right...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:00 AM

"Even though the number of cases of Zika have significantly declined from the outbreak of 2016, there is still need for continued vigilance and action on mosquito-borne diseases, which pose a health security threat, a tourism threat, and an economic...

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 6:00 AM

WHAT DID YOU SAY?!"Doc, I want you to test his hearing!" says Mrs T. Both husband and wife are in my office for their usual follow-up checks. Mr T is adamant that there's nothing wrong with his hearing and jokes that sometimes he pretends not to...

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