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Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:01 AM

In the first of a two-part discussion on childhood obesity, we learned that this condition has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the more prominent public-health issues we are facing in the 21st Century. In addition,...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 7:11 PM

The 15th Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium hosted by The Caribbean Neurological Association in conjunction with the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anesthesia, Intensive Care and University Hospital of the West Indies is set to kick off at the...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

With a long track record of research in the medicinal properties of indigenous herbal plants, the University of Technology (UTech) has now strengthened its ability to delve deeper into the research of medical cannabis.Last week, the university...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The beginning of any year is a time when many of us make resolutions and set goals. I will quickly add that any time is a good time to make positive choices in our lives. It is very important that we try to maintain healthy lifestyles. Health is...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Did you know that one in every 15 Jamaicans carries the sickle-cell trait or that sickle cell disease (SCD) occurs in one in every 150 births? That means some 186,666 Jamaicans carry the trait and 10 per cent of their offsprings will have the...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:03 AM

Ways to strenghten your immune systemOne of the keys to fighting the flu is having a strong immune system. In fact, the strength of your immune system greatly determines how your body responds to infections, viruses and diseases. Healthy eating,...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Common cold and flu are quite contagious. Depending on a number of factors, it can just be a mild irritation or it can knock you off your feet. For most people, it's back to normal after getting over a bout of flu; but for others it can be...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

You can prevent the flu! Dr Will Sawyer, an internationally known infection-prevention expert and family physician, has developed simple and comprehensive strategies to prevent you and your family from getting the flu.For the past 19 years, Dr Will...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

We are approaching the peak of the influenza (flu) season, which can be quite unpredictable. Surviving it is always the key, and knowing what to do if we get it will make all the difference. You may have the flu if you...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

For your first Doctor's Appointment in Season 2, we explored an illness that is said to affect someone, somewhere in the world, every two seconds. In fact, it has been listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the second-leading cause of...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 11:02 PM

There is a simple reason why the common cold or upper respiratory tract infection got its name. It is very common. Children will have more colds in their lifetime than any other illnesses. In fact, in the first two years alone children may get eight...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Maynard McIntosh

While at a high-profile wedding ceremony recently, I couldn't help noticing this beautiful woman posturing for a photo-op. After she had perfected her pose in the most 'modelesque' fashion, alas, she had to do a retake because her myopic corrective...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The 220-bed children's hospital slated to be built on land beside the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, is projected to be a major game changer in local paediatric health-care delivery.Offering specialised care for children of all...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:54 AM

In a recent study, researchers from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the rates of death from cervical, breast, prostate and colon cancers are two to nine times...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMJudith A. Hunter

A senior consultant neurologist and one of Jamaica's leading physicians, Dr Daniel S. Graham, is well known for his groundbreaking research on the cause of the disease then known as 'Jamaican Neuropathy' in the mid to late 1980s.Dr Graham worked...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:18 AM

During the holiday season, we tend to dine on copious amounts of food. Inevitably, some is stored for Boxing Day and beyond. From preparation to storage, there are steps we need to take to ensure that a food feast doesn't become a food poisoning....

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The holidays are a time for food, family, friends, and celebration, but it is no secret that it is also a time for love ... a love that sometimes, you will be forced to remember nine months later. It is a known fact in our practice that deliveries...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

It's that time of year again when sorrel takes centre stage as the drink of choice for the festive season. Although it is a popular beverage all year round, with persons discovering its amazing health properties, sorrel still remains a Christmas...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Since last year, motorists have had to shell out millions of dollars to repair engines damaged by contaminated fuel sold at legitimate gas stations. Despite probes and reports, nobody seems to know what is the source of this problem. Since the issue...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM

If you're not careful, letting loose in the festivities of the Christmas season can affect your health in so many negative ways. Stress, hangovers, food poisoning, heartburn, and the big no-no - weight gain - are just some of the many things that...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJendy McDonald

Should everyone know their HIV status? Why? Why do some choose not to know? Ideally, there are three steps that you go through if you decide to get tested for HIV - pre-counselling, testing, and post-test...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM

We are often bombarded with news about the advances in the field of medicine at an alarming rate. New drugs, new technologies and new treatment methods are replacing older ones almost daily. However, when you examine these...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica needs to increase the number of persons known to be infected with HIV and AIDS who are receiving antiretroviral medication from approximately 9,000 to just over 30,000 more than triple the current number in order to meet the World Health...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMRobert-Karim Besnier

Trigger points, at first glance, will definitely have the uninformed reader thinking all manner of things, especially if you are a born Jamaican! What I'm certain about is that the word 'trigger' in its definitive sense will elicit thoughts of a...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:02 AM

A new HIV vaccine is now being tested in South Africa in a study that aims to enroll several thousand people, officials announced on Monday. The study is the first in seven years to test the effectiveness of a vaccine against HIV, said the National...

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