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Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 12:14 AM

For part three of  The Gleaners’s Dengue Alert, we’ve reached out to the Ministry of Health for answers to specific areas of concern to some Jamaicans. Sherine Huntley Jones, medical entomologist /programme manager of the Vector...

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is any bleeding which occurs outside of a normal menstrual flow. This includes spotting small amounts of blood between periods or extremely heavy periods.  Normal vaginal bleeding or menstruation occurs every 21 to 35...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 9:37 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Posture is too important to foundational fitness to be left to chance. Bad posture hinders performance and leads to injury. In addition, it is easy to create bad posture through improper training and even everyday activities such as sitting. Not...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Obesity is a disease just like diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. Once your weight for your height (body mass index - BMI) is high enough, your chances of losing and keeping off the weight are five to 10 per cent. At this point, the best...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 10:03 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

With the holidays in full swing, planning is the best thing you can do for your health and fitness. Chances are, you are going to be making new year's resolutions anyway, so why not put some thought into them? Instead of the usual, 'I will...

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 11:08 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Posture does not often appear among New Year's fitness goals. This is unfortunate because posture provides a detailed description of the health of muscles and joints. It also affects health and performance significantly and is likely to be...

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 10:20 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

By this time next week, millions would have started their two-week annual foray into the world of fitness. New Year's resolution fresh in their minds and no clear goal other than wanting to look like an Instagram model, most will abandon the...

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Did you know that broken- heart syndrome is a real thing, and no one is immune to it? It is typically brought on by intense emotional or physical stress. And it can feel just like a heart attack. Let's explain. When someone experiences a heart...

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM

QUESTIONS1. If you want to be able to afford somewhere to live, do you:a. Chill.b. Work...sometimes.c. Work...regularly.d. None of the above.2. When you purchase, rent or 'cotch' in this home, do you:a. Clean once per year.b. Clean once a month.c....

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM

People suffering from anxiety and depression may be at higher risk for developing other major health conditions, like heart disease, suggests new research, perhaps at levels comparable to smoking and obesity ­ though the ‘perhaps’ in this case is significant...

Published:Wednesday | January 2, 2019 | 12:00 AM

And, I, Alfred of the tribe of Dawes, in the third year of my sojourn in the savanna by the sea saw these things of which I speak; not for sake of visions from The Most High, but through the wisdom that He hath granted to me and all who hath eyes to...

Published:Wednesday | December 26, 2018 | 12:07 AM

With Christmas just behind us and the New Year only days away, the holiday celebrations are far from over. Which means that alcohol in all its forms will continue to flow as we all prepare to bid farewell to the old and ring in the new.But try not...

Published:Wednesday | December 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Christmas is dear to us all. It is the time of year when we reflect on all the great things we have done and focus on the great time we will have. There is absolutely nothing better than fruitcake and sorrel season in Jamaica. I have waited all year...

Published:Wednesday | December 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Recent research suggests that we consume around 3,000 calories in our Christmas dinner - more than the entire recommended daily intake for a grown man! This huge festive feast not only contributes to weight gain, but also to...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 9:54 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Christmas is only two weeks away. With the rush and traffic, not to mention personal holiday preparations, it is getting hard for many people to stick to their workout programmes. In spite of the time constraints, with the right approach, much can...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:06 AM

Let's be honest, most of us get through the entire Christmas period eating no more fruit than what's in the fruitcake. Fruits just don't really feature on the Christmas menu. But at this time of late nights, overindulging and partying, it's more...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Q: Doctor, I find lately although I can see clearly in the distance, small prints are becoming jumbled and causing me a headache. Why?A: As we age beyond 40 for most, the muscles that control the focusing ability of our lens become less efficient...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 9:20 PMDr. Tobi Lawson and Jessica Thompson\Contributors

The holiday season is upon us, and many of us experience an emotional shift around this time of year. Some of us may feel overcome by a celebratory mood, but others of us may struggle with negative emotions around the Christmas season. The...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 9:21 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Full gyms and crowded running trails are the New Year norms. The Christmas season, on the other hand, is the opposite. Training is absent from most persons' holiday plans and only after the parties and Christmas dinners do we start to think...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Persons with diabetes are being encouraged to get screened for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, to prevent vision loss.Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness, resulting from damage of the blood vessels of the light-sensitive...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What would a Jamaican meal be like on Christmas Day without the traditional sorrel drink and fruit cake? There is no doubt that the highlight of a typical Jamaican Christmas meal is red and black - sorrel and fruit cake, perfectly complementing the...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

December is one of the most common months for people to get food poisoning, according to research. To minimise the risks, don't leave food out all day. Put out small amounts at a time, so that what is on the table...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As part of the Jamaica Moves in Schools programme, which will strengthen the capacity of the school community to become a healthy setting for learning and working, the Southern Regional Health Authority recently trained 58 high-school students and...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton is hailing the success of the Public-Private Sector Pharmacy Partner Programme, under which nearly 100,000 prescriptions have already been processed.The minister said the Government is satisfied that the...

Published:Wednesday | November 28, 2018 | 12:13 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

The Christmas season is upon us. The countdown to fun, food, frolic, and, of course, family, has officially begun. Soon fitness will be sacrificed at the holiday altar, as we try to make the most of the season. We don't even need the numerous...

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