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Published:Wednesday | December 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The start of the festive season usually means a time to relax, slow down the pace and throw care to the winds.

Published:Wednesday | December 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It's December 1 and I wonder where the year has gone! Always, as Christmas approaches, I start to feel a little anxious and overwhelmed. So many family expectations, work obligations, social events, school functions, late nights, heavy food, present shopping, crazy traffic...

Published:Wednesday | December 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Recession is still biting, but already, the feverish tempo of the holiday festivities is picking up. More eating, more parties, more drinking...

Published:Wednesday | December 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The month of festivities has started and it is important to focus on food-safety practice. Jamaica has been forced over recent months to refocus its attention on infectious diseases and their threats.

Published:Wednesday | November 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Many women complain about the side effects of contraceptive methods, especially the pill.Side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness are deterrents.

Published:Wednesday | November 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Many studies, in various age groups and ethnicities, have shown the positive effects of calcium on body fat reduction, but the overall relationship is still complex and inconsistent.A few studies have investigated the role of calcium in low-fat dairy...

Published:Wednesday | November 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Late-stage breast cancer treatment approved - The United States Food and Drug Administration recently approved Halaven (eribulin mesylate) to treat patients with metastatic breast cancer who have received at least two prior chemotherapy regimens for...

Published:Wednesday | November 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Can green tea really help people lose weight? Some studies suggest that two to four cups of green tea daily could provide some extra help when you cut calorie consumption and boost your activity to lose weight, but don't expect...

Published:Wednesday | November 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

.The story is told of a man who fell in love with a young woman in a tenement yard. The woman rejected him and, shortly after, a bump appeared on her foot which matured into a sore. The man was blamed for casting a spell on her....

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being in the presence of a great yoga master, Yogi Amrit Desai.Since then, his words of wisdom "being what we are doing" have not left my consciousness. Being what we are doing means being...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The penis consists of soft tissue which hangs between the legs.The average size in the relaxed state is eight centimetres in length and three centimetres in diameter. When erect, it is about 13 centimetres ...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

What to do about these fibroids - Dear Dr Rainford,I am a 30-year-old woman diagnosed with fibroids.

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Joint care for Christmas - With the countdown to Christmas fast approaching, many of us are already stepping up our health routines to make sure we look and feel great for the festivities.

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

As a child, I was introduced to sugar-cane juice, a light green beverage but I had no more than a sip.The juice of the cane was in no way comparable to the delicious juice when eating...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Ever get stuck doing something and just can't move forward? Having difficulty completing that project or that course you have been doing for the longest while? You delay, you procrastinate, you vacillate until you find yourself in a crisis.

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

November 14 is celebrated as World Diabetes Day. Diabetes affects more than 220 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, and this figure is likely to double by 2030 without intervention...

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Infectious diseases conference - The University of the West Indies' Faculty of Medical Sciences 19th annual research conference and workshop runs November 10 to 12 under the theme 'Infectious Diseases: Old Foes, New Enemies, Future Threats'.

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The National Council on Drug Abuse, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation, recently hosted a conference on Jamaica's alcohol policy. This is a timely conference as Jamaica needs to review its alcohol policy.

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Who knew whole grains could help your heart and possibly help to prevent type-2 diabetes? A new study suggests people who regularly eat whole grains, rather than refined grains (think white flour), pack on less of the type of...

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

On November 14 the world will turn its attention to diabetes on International Diabetes Day.The focus will be on public education and prevention of this condition.

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

One of the main objectives of an exercise programme for older people is to help them maintain their independence and avoid disability.

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Since October, Breast Cancer Month, I have heard so many amazing stories of women who have survived breast cancer and used yoga and fitness to cope with the disease and to find peace.I was so shocked to find out that some of my dedicated yoga students...

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Practical nurses licensed - Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who graduated recently from the Pre-University School on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies will be expected to carry out a wide range of duties when they take up job offers in...

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The scenario is played out frequently in my medical practice.A man walks into the office; often unwilling to make eye contact and when asked the reason for the visit, states sheepishly, "Doc, I have picked up a leak!"

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

This is the continuation of my article published on October 6 about contraception.In that article, I discussed the oral contraceptive pill, the patch and Depo-Provera injection.

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