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Published:Wednesday | August 7, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The eyes are the first thing on the body that attracts both men and women, according to a survey of 1,000 Brits. Seventy per cent of those interviewed said they noticed the eyes first about each other before any other part of the body. From the...

Published:Wednesday | August 7, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Bulbus Allii Fistulosi or Spring Onion, also known as Cong Bai in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is simply SCALLION to us here in Jamaica and is a staple seasoning in many dishes. Not often recognised for its healing properties, this herb, though...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The 2019 Guardsman Games ended on Sunday, July 28, in frenzy and excitement, as all on hand to witness were treated to a spectacle of athletic competition. Twelve teams were put through mental and physical obstacles as they fought through sweat,...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:00 AM

“How yu get suh fat?” “Weh yuh a get big a guh?” If you recognise these greetings, chances are you’re a Jamaican. We as a people love to comment on people’s weight. Asking women if they are pregnant or equating a beer belly to a man’s success are...

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:00 AMMary Ann Littell/Contributor

Turquoise-blue waves lapped the sandy beach at Jamaica’s beautiful Montego Bay, while palm trees rustled in the breezes. A man on horseback rode slowly across the sand. Nudging the horse into the shallow water, he gazed at the horizon. What was he...

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM

According to the 2017 Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour Survey by Jamaica’s Ministry of Health, one out of every five persons with multiple sexual partners never used a condom the last 10 times they had sex. Fortunately, due to certain features...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:21 AM

The passage of a kidney stone is often described as one of the most painful experiences one can endure; possibly even more so than childbirth. In addition, stones that do not pass can lead to blockage of the kidney, risking loss of organ function...

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Fitness is a long-term investment. Our approach to health and wellness, even at a young age, will have a significant impact well into our senior years. In fact, it may well determine just how many senior years one gets...

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

Mango may taste like candy, but it’s rich in health-boosting polyphenols and carotenoids. It may also help improve glucose levels. In one study, obese participants who ate the equivalent of about two-third cup of the tropical treat (roughly 65...

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM

After returning from death’s door, which he attributes to taking formulation from extracts of the McGhie Jamaica Cinnamon Ginger (JCG), Edward Lawson is anxiously awaiting the availability of intravenous application of the formulation with the hope...

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Setting goals and working with a disciplined determination to achieving them is very important, and this also goes for persons with disabilities. At the start of this year, I had set a goal to live healthily, which led to my going green challenge...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Pulling and pushing out all the stops    When it comes to foundational movement patterns, it is hard to get more basic than push and pull. These movements are easy to master and can be trained safely without expensive equipment. That is...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:25 AMDr Jennifer Mamby Alexander/Contributor

NOISE, in an article titled ‘Noise Pollution: A Modern Plaque’ by Lisa Goines and Louis Hagler in 2007, is defined as an unwanted sound that causes wide-ranging adverse health, social and economic effects. It also suggests that annoyance is also...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Bend and twist like a baby The bend and twist movement patterns truly take one back to the basics. As children, we learned and practised these movements perfectly. As we age, however, changing body composition and inactivity strip us of these...

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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 AMMarvin 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 | 12:17 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....

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