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Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJendy McDonald

Globally, World AIDS Day is observed on December 1. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in their fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died. Wearing a...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Does this sound familiar? Mom lost her balance while climbing into the shower and fell and broke her wrist. Dad got up to use the bathroom late one night, tripped over the lamp cord and fell and broke his...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:23 AM

Persons who smoke put themselves and others around them at risk for lung and other cancers.Senior Medical Officer at the National Chest Hospital Dr Terry Baker said, "It is not just the person who is putting the cigarette in their mouth who will be...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:17 AM

The Jamaica Cancer Society is reporting that there has been a decline in reports of lung cancer, and that the trend is expected to continue with a reduction in the use of tobacco.Executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, said...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Epilepsy is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders in the world, with a significant number of Jamaicans suffering from the medical condition. Despite this fact, it remains shrouded in mystery, discriminated against and underfunded in...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:55 AMNina Johnson-Campbell

WHAT EXACTLY IS STRESS? Stress is a necessary, innate/natural part of our survival instinct and physiological make up; it motivates us to take action to keep us safe or to keep reaching just that bit further to achieve our dreams and aspirations;...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The recent reports of sudden deaths of athletes and young teachers have once again grabbed headlines. This resulted in knee-jerk reactions to what is a serious problem. The fact that young people in the prime of their lives have passed away needs...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

"Encourage your peers to practise a healthy lifestyle and make good nutrition choices" was the message from state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, to the students who attended the recent Youth Forum at the...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica recently launched its 39th annual Run for Your Heart event, which received overwhelming support from board members, schools, companies and government officials.The Run For Your Heart event will be held on Sunday,...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

Jamaicans have made the public health system a major talking point in recent times. Aside from the political jousting, much of the conversation has centred on improvement of the health sector. But what exactly would we consider an improved and...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Exposure to toxic chemicals found in household cleaning products, processed foods and even clothing can severely damage a person's health. Dr Ahmad Khan, director, Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

According TO a recent study of more than 3,000 students in United States public schools, those who were into vaping at the beginning of their sophomore year were more likely to become traditional cigarette smokers over the next six months compared...

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMartin Henry

The Americas have been officially declared measles-free. The first of the six World Health Organization (WHO) regions to be designated completely free from endemic transmission of the disease.The historic announcement was made by the International...

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Health is urging school administrators to report any case of hand, foot and mouth disease to their parish health departments. School administrators can also request assistance from the health departments in their respective parishes...

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

If you want your children to get a full night's sleep, then remove all smartphones, tablets or any other types of electronic devices or screens from their bedroom, revealed a new study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics.Using a mobile device...

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

According to research, the next time you feel the urge to cry a river, don't hold back. Go ahead and let go. Just cry and cry and cry until you get it all out of your system and you begin to feel much...

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

In our last article, we mentioned the huge demand for removing unwanted hair, and we looked at the pros and cons of permanent removal. These include electrolysis, surgical hair removal, and laser hair removal.Today, we will focus on temporary...

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

According to a new study published by the Public Library of Science, Wednesday is the best day of the week to check your weight for the most accurate and reliable reading of your weight-loss progress. The study recommended weighing yourself only...

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica has always had mosquitoes, given its tropical climate. And we have all felt the effects, often dismissing them as pesky little creatures. There is an underlying conviction that these two facts make it unnecessary to pay attention to...

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Kinder people have much better sex, and, in fact, more of it than everyone else, suggested a new study recently released by The British Journal of Psychology.For the study, 192 single women and 105 single men took a series of tests to assess their...

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

According to normal standards, on average a person urinates about five to eight cups or one to two litres of urine in about 24 hours. If you find yourself urinating much more frequently than that, the reason can be a simple infection or other...

Published:Wednesday | October 12, 2016 | 12:12 AM

We all gain some weight as we get older! True or false? Well, perhaps not everyone, but there is indeed a weight challenge for many in the mid-life years, if not sooner. I am seeing you today in 2016 and you weigh 212 pounds. Flipping through your...

Published:Wednesday | October 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

A new technique for interpreting mammograms has been found to be 30 per cent more accurate at predicting breast cancer, researchers at the Melbourne University in Australia stated.The new technique, which focuses on bright spots that show up in a...

Published:Wednesday | October 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

1. DO MONTHLY BREASTSELF-EXAMWomen of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. If in the shower, use the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the...

Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said he has not received any report of babies being born in Jamaica with microcephaly, as a result of the Zika virus (ZIKV).The minister said they have on record more than 500 pregnant women who have contracted...

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