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Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:11 AM

The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched the new One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:09 AM

World Aids Day is observed on December 1 each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness....

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

People with epilepsy or what Jamaicans term as ‘fits’ are just like everyone else, except that they are prone to recurrent seizures. A seizure is caused by a temporary change in the way the brain cells work. One seizure does not signify epilepsy....

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:14 AM

It is especially important for people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of the virus that...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:13 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in both men and women, and is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:09 AM

The world Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer has outlined three key steps: vaccination, screening and treatment. According to the WHO, successful implementation of all three could reduce...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus is calling for predictable and sustainable WHO funding, the launch of a Universal Health and Preparedness Review and the need to “reimagine” global leadership and “forge...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Raising awareness of the causes, prevention, and treatment of stroke is crucial to the health and well-being of all Jamaicans. The Jamaica Stroke Alliance (JSA), which was launched virtually on World Stroke Day, October 29, is advocating for...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:06 AM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a global recommendation for elderly persons to stay at home, especially elderly persons with chronic illnesses. These include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease....

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:12 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Diabetes is a potentially life-threatening illness, which must be taken seriously. Diabetes is the second-leading cause of death for Jamaicans under the age of 70 years. Often referred to as ‘sugar’, the disease impairs the body’s ability to use...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:08 AMSheryl Garriques-Lloyd/Contributor

“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you.” No, it’s not anyone’s birthday. I am simply washing my hands, and healthcare experts have said that singing the birthday song twice is a great timer (...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:15 AM

A new study published in Clinical Cardiology, an internationally recognised peer-reviewed cardiology journal, has revealed that COVID-19 severely increases the risk of infection in patients that have pre-existing heart conditions. The study was...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:15 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

“It has been hell!” a confident and defiant Paulette Rennalls-Dawson said as she recalls her challenging and tumultuous journey with stage four breast cancer. Rennalls-Dawson was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. As a result of the severity of...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:13 AMDr Mara Hosang/Contributor

Cardiac arrest is a dreaded complication of any injury or illness. In children, cardiac arrest is often secondary to respiratory failure and shock, unlike in adults where it is usually sudden and due to a problem in the heart. The majority of...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Obtaining a mammogram can be a daunting experience for many women. No matter your level of personal experience or familiarity with the examination, when it comes time to face the breast-squeezing machine, some level of fear is present. For many...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:06 AMDr Amoy Ramsay/Contributor

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of adults and children have increased screen time on computers, tablets and phones. This prolonged screen time can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision, headaches, and dry eyes. Low...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:12 AM

Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. All women need to be informed by their healthcare provider about the best screening options for them. When you are told about the...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:11 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

There are many things to be grateful for these days, and chief among them is life. Cancer survivor Norma Reid is elated that through faith, determination and her belief in God, she survived one of the biggest challenges of her life to date. More...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:05 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93 per cent of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) survey. The survey of 130...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:05 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Breast cancer does not discriminate! Some of the people that we least expect can be affected. For most women diagnosed with the illness, it can be a nerve-racking experience. Treatment of the disease typically involves surgery to remove the breast...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia. According to the organisations, this equates to one in five...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:11 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Many person are unfamiliar with the various hormonal struggles women face daily. Among these is the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is common among women of reproductive age, subjecting them to infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 7:29 AM

Recent research has revealed that individuals with obesity have 48 per cent higher rates of death to COVID-19, and with more than half of Jamaicans (54 per cent) being overweight or obese, the push to combat obesity and improve nutrition has become...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Below is a joint statement from the World Health Organization, United Nations, United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Programme on HIV/...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:12 AMDr Tracy Evans Gilbert/Contributor

IF COVID-19 were like the flu, globally, one would expect places with more children to have more intense epidemics, but this is not the case. During the influenza season, however, children help spread influenza to their families and other children...

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