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Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Dr Sonia Copeland, MD, MPH, public health specialist, programme director and adjunct lecturer at Northern Caribbean University, has the distinction of being selected to present the first Professor Albert Reece Distinguished Lecture at the 23rd...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The first in a series of annual lectures named for Professor E. Albert Reece will be presented at the 23rd Annual International Diabetes Conference, scheduled to take place at the Jewel Resort, St Ann'...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMKerry Sharpe

Jamaica is a beautiful island with a plethora of exotic fruits. Living on this majestic island, one might have realised the prevalence of fruits, as the number of fruit stalls and fruit vendors has notably increased over the years. Gone are the days...

Published:Tuesday | April 18, 2017 | 11:13 PM

Last week, 14 prominent members of the private and public sector started taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle in the 'Get Moving Challenge'. Get Moving is a part of the Ministry of Health's Jamaica Moves initiative.Jamaica Moves was launched...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMSherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh

Preparing a lovely dish with potentially poisonous or adulterated food could be referred to as unintentional self-poisoning through food consumption. The recent discussion on plastic rice in Jamaica, the recall of curry that is contaminated with...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

National Health Fund (NHF) cardholders will now benefit from increases in the subsidies of 432 prescription items and diabetic supplies. This adjustment to the subsidies will result in a $100-million increase in expenditure for the NHF card...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The NCB Procare/Express Fitness New Year ... New Me, 2017 weight-loss challenge, an extension of the hit television programme, 'Doctor's Appointment', came to a close last weekend, when contestants stepped up for their final weigh-in.At the end,...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

It's a condition that affects about 180 million women worldwide, causing painful periods, persistent pain in the pelvic area, infertility, and even death. The condition is endometriosis.At age 25, Assarna Tomlinson...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has changed its recommendation for prostate cancer screening, specifically related to the blood test that measures prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, which can indicate a growing cancer....

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 12:08 AMJendy McDonald

Are you considering getting an HIV test done but are worried about the process? It is common to feel a little worried about going to do an HIV test, but the decision to do the test is the best thing you can do for your health. The process is...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Milk has been a staple in our traditional diet, especially in rural communities. But in recent times, several alternatives have been popularised. They include almond, coconut, flax, hemp, rice, and soy, to name a few. This so-called superfood has...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The economic impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica, including mental-health conditions, will lead to a lost output of US$17.2 billion over the next 15 years. This is according to a 2011 study by founder and executive chairman of the...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

For this week's appointment, we spoke with Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Winston De La Haye about some of the dirty habits we have that adversely affect our health and reduce our chances of preventing the spread of certain...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

According to scientific research, sexual interaction and the release of the 'feel-good' hormones - such as oxcytocin and endorphins - during the act can do wonders for your health, in more ways than one. In fact, having a vibrant, active, healthy...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

 The countries of the Americas have dramatically reduced new cases and deaths from tuberculosis (TB) in the past 25 years. Despite this, nearly 270,000 people contracted the disease in...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and NHS Blood and Transplant have discovered a way to mass-produce red blood cells in the lab, which could potentially allow hospitals and clinics to have an unlimited supply of blood...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 12:14 AMDr Nichole Grant

Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in cells of the colon or rectum. Malignant means it is a cancerous tumour that can spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body.ANATOMYThe colon and rectum are a part of our body's digestive...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMTomeica Gunn

Dr Denise Daley, a young Jamaican scientist, has used her passion for plants to develop a line of neutraceuticals to be used in the treatment of diabetes.Through her research on the eucalyptus plant, she has created food items and supplements which...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Males face a number of medical issues, but none has proven to be as difficult to deal with as erectile dysfunction (ED). Dr Belinda Morrison, consultant urologist and lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, describes this growing...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Each year, the Heart Foundation of Jamaica joins with the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) to commemorate Salt Awareness Week. This year, the week is being celebrated from March 20-26 under the theme Salt: The Forgotten Killer.Excessive salt...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMSuzette Shaw Reid

The words rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and diabetes kept floating around my head. For the past couple weeks, these autoimmune diseases were the buzz words I kept hearing from conversations among myself, my siblings and friends. However, being...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Cancers continue to be of great concern in populations such as Jamaica where colon cancer, for example, is the third most common cause of deaths. It cuts across gender lines, affecting both men and women.For this week's appointment, consultant...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Maynard McIntosh

Glaucoma is sometimes referred to as the silent thief of sight, because of how insidious its onset and course can be. The condition can be rather asymptomatic at first, unless it assumes the more aggressive form of an acute angle closure or painful...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The key to good prostate health might be in your own hands: Ejaculating frequently may reduce your risk of prostate cancer, finds new research from the Boston University of Public Health in the United States.The study looked at how ejaculation...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Duane Chambers

The mainstay of Caribbean cardiac imaging has long been echocardiography, done by the cardiologists. A handful of radiologists throughout the region have offered limited CT and nuclear cardiac imaging, all while CT and MR cardiac imaging have...

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