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Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:38 AM

Previously, persons needing surgeries to remove foreign objects from the oesophagus would have to be transferred to hospitals in Kingston; however, through the kind donations of the Manchester Wellness Foundation, residents in central Jamaica can...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:37 AM

The 2019 Jamaica Reproductive Health Survey will be conducted over the next 16 months at a cost of over $72.4 million. The exercise will be spearheaded by the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), an agency of the Ministry of Health and Wellness,...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:36 AMJan Hochtritt/Contributor

Recently, when I was asked to appear as a guest on TVJ’s popular Smile Jamaica programme to speak about plastic surgery, I was asked a seemingly easy question by the host, Neville Bell. He asked: “Plastic surgery, is it risky?” I immediately felt...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:22 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Training basic movement patterns is a must – even for 'summa body' athletes. The benefits of mastering foundational movement are well documented and so are the pitfalls of ignoring them. Still, it might not be immediately obvious how to...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:15 AMSandra Latibeaudiere/Contributor

Every weekday morning, 48-year-old Precious* takes care of her 80-year-old mother, who has dementia, before taking the 25-minute journey to work. It is like taking care of her only child, who is now an adult, all over again. After waking up, it...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 3:53 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

It's 'summa' and gyms, trails, and exercise classes are full to the brim. Everyone is looking for that new move or cutting edge tip that will give them the beach body look they desire...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:37 AM

Jamaica’s first Interventional Suite at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) was officially opened last week. The Interventional Suite has state-of-the-art equipment that enables specialist clinicians to perform minimally invasive...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Experienced senior human resource director at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Gail Hudson, is urging nurses, the largest group in the public health sector, to rebrand with the right attitude. Hudson made the challenge to more than 300 nursing...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Malignant melanoma of the skin is a serious type of skin cancer which may be life-threatening. Here are several facts about malignant melanoma that everybody should be aware of, regardless of skin type: 1. Malignant melanoma is a cancer of the...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:27 AMMahalia Lawes/Contributor

In following up on the article entitled ‘Stop eating what you are allergic to’, I will focus on the healing process to maintaining a healthy gut. There are many foods that we consume on a regular basis that destroy the natural bacteria and the...

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Individuals, organisations and authorities from six countries across the region of the Americas — Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, the United States (US) and Uruguay are to be honored with a 2019 World No Tobacco Day award....

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:08 AM

- HIV continues to be a major global public-health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far. In 2017, 940,000 people died from HIV-related causes globally. n There were approximately 36.9 million people living with HIV at the end of...

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:08 AM

One man has been cured of HIV. Timothy Brown had cancer of the blood, and had been living with HIV. Tim received bone marrow from a healthy donor. The building blocks of our blood are made in the bone marrow. Replacing Tim’s bone marrow allowed him...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Countries are moving towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and Chagas, but progress has been uneven, according to a new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The report, New...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:21 AM

In search of the 'Summa' body, many are willing to try anything and popular or 'celebrity' diets are a common target. From keto to vegan, over the next few weeks many of us will wade into four or five different diets. Again, we do not recommend...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:11 AM

Some might know of the study where rats kept in cages were offered the choice between regular water and water laced with cocaine. The rats would almost always go for the cocaine-tainted water. This happened even when offered food and while their...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 6:30 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

The 'summa' body treasure hunt is in full swing. Many are searching for a dieting solution to their weight-loss problem. By the time the summer is done, some will have tried four or five different diets. Now, we do not recommend dieting; a...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 6:16 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

With the soca season behind us, landing that beach body is the next major fitness challenge for many. But before we jump on the latest 'six-pack' diet and start skipping from one celebrity workout programme to the next, consider your...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:17 AM

There is need for a paradigm shift in public health, even with the advances of the last half a century that put our life expectancy today at some 78.5 years for females and 73.6 for males. We want our people to live longer. We also want them to...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:10 AM

“Women with disabilities can have children, take care of them, and raise very healthy families.” This was the confident assertion made by Gloria Goffe, executive director of the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA), at the Mini Health Expo held...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:07 AM

It is no secret that Jamaica has lost its place as the healthcare leaders in the Caribbean. The opening of The University College of the West Indies Medical Faculty in 1948, guaranteed that access to medical training would be sustained and not...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Improving fitness is largely dependent on progressive overload. Essentially, in order to continue to enhance fitness, you must increase intensity over time. Boosting intensity usually results in greater pressure on the joints – whether from heavier...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Two hundred and twelve students and 52 teachers from the parishes of Clarendon, St Elizabeth and Manchester are now trained ambassadors who will strengthen the capacity of their schools to become a healthier setting for working and learning. One...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:11 AM

I had mumps as a child. Had I not been vaccinated, I might have had a more severe disease. Time Magazine reported on April 18, 2019 that a 43-year-old female flight attendant had fallen into a coma after contracting measles. The age and sex remind...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 8:55 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

One of the best things you can do for your joints is to exercise regularly, but training can also be downright dangerous for them. And it is not just runners and heavy lifters who are at risk; every form of training will have some impact on your...

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