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Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:24 AM

If you are immunocompromised, protect yourself from COVID-19 Many conditions and treatments can weaken a person’s immune system (making them ‘immunocompromised’). Some of these include: Cancer Bone marrow transplant Solid organ transplant...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:21 AMDr Tamara Green/Contributor

Scene: A 38-year-old mother of two waiting in the health centre, six weeks since her breast lump biopsy. Nurse: “Miss Made-up-name, Doc said that your result isn’t back. Call next week this time before coming in because of COVID-19.” Patient...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:15 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

With May being observed as Lupus Awareness Month, we continue to shed light on the experiences of those around the world living with the illness which affects people in various forms. Exactly four years ago (May 2016), Claudine Martin got the news...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:05 AM

A lot has been said about the vulnerability of individuals with certain co-morbidities to be at greater risk of COVID-19 complications. For persons with hypertension, diabetes (sugar), respiratory disorders and certain cancers, COVID-19 can have...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:19 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica enters another month battling the coronavirus pandemic, the Government continues to caution those with underlying conditions to stay home and safe to lower the risk of contracting the virus. One of the underlying conditions that could...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:15 AM

As we try to take care of our physical health during this coronavirus pandemic, let us not forget that we also need to focus on being mentally healthy. This could be a challenge for those who have mental health issues and disorders as they do not...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:15 AM

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt lives in Jamaica and the rest of the world, founder of Choose Life International Dr Donovan Thomas has urged persons to protect their mental health. Dr Thomas made the call during a virtual summit called ‘Proactive...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Across the world, the evidence shows that testing is critical to a successful COVID-19 response. Identifying persons with the novel coronavirus and separating them from the rest of the population is required to stop spread. In addition to physical-...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:15 AMArdene Reid-Virtue/Contributor

Social distancing and the phased lockdowns caused by the spread of COVID-19, and the menacing probability of becoming a victim certainly give merit to considerations about how citizens of Jamaica may be psycho-emotionally affected. While there are...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb in Jamaica, we are reminded of some of the symptoms associated with the virus. The most common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. From different...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:19 AMDr Danielle Nelson/Contributor

The coronavirus pandemic of 2019, now coined COVID-19, has plunged us into uncertain and challenging times. Most of us have never experienced something of this nature; even in our own experiences of outbreaks of chikungunya, Zika virus and dengue,...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:09 AM

Tracy Evans Gilbert Contributor Children are just as likely as adults to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The difference is that the majority present with mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Why is this? During the outbreak in...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:08 AM

One has to have a special kind of love for people and the desire to see them healthy in order to work in the health sector. Yesterday was observed as World Health Day and the work of nurses and midwives was celebrated. These unsung heroes often go...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Driven by fear, panicked shoppers have laid supermarkets bare as anxieties spike against the flurry of WhatsApp messages, many of which spout unfounded rumours and just plain bad advice. Welcome to the age of the modern pandemic and the many ways...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

So its been a very unusual time for everyone around the world Our daily routine has been severely disrupted by quarantines and lock downs

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:10 AM

There is a global pandemic which seems to cause serious illness in people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. Jamaica Moves has reminded persons living with NCDs to continue to manage them and to...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:09 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

At present, in many homes and workplaces throughout Jamaica, there exist fear and panic over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the harm it can cause to the body. The virus is known to have started in China, and has crossed borders, infecting and...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Jamaica has recorded 12 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) up to press time yesterday. Below are some tips from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. - Practise social distancing and stay away from...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:08 AM

Coronavirus is among a new breed of modern viruses for which medical science does not yet have any specific treatment or medication. This is similar to the period 1940s to 1960s when we were plagued with polio, whooping cough, measles, chicken pox...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:05 AM

As the new coronavirus keeps turning up in more places across the globe, health experts say it’s wise to prepare for a wider spread. But people shouldn’t panic or hoard large amounts of supplies, they stress. Jamaica yesterday confirmed its first...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:05 AM

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is urging Jamaicans to be mindful of their salt intake. “The foundation takes this opportunity to urge Jamaicans to be mindful of their sodium intake, especially the hidden salts in their favourite products. Salt...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes – what do all these have in common? They are all lifestyle diseases and they have become quite prevalent in Jamaica over the last few years. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has taken on a mandate...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:19 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. Yesterday was celebrated as World Hearing Day, and according to WHO, at...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The mineral sodium, which is present in salt we eat, is essential to the body. The kidneys use it along with other minerals to filter the blood by removing toxins and extra fluids. But with too much salt in the body, the kidneys can no longer...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:06 AM

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising persons to engage their medical doctors before starting new diet regimes or exercises. Director of communications, CAC, Latoya Halstead, said the start of a new year typically sees persons...

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