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Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2022 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is blood pressure that is higher than normal. Your blood pressure changes throughout the day based on your activities; however, having blood pressure measures consistently above normal may result in a...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2022 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

When you scrape your knee, break a bone, or cut yourself, the body is able to heal itself; but that is not the case with certain conditions, like diabetes or heart disease. Regenerative medicine, a fairly new field in which experts are looking for...

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2022 | 12:08 AM

Vulvar cancer is a type of cancer that occurs on the outer surface area of the female genitalia. The vulva is the area of skin that surrounds the urethra and vagina, including the clitoris and labia. Vulvar cancer commonly forms as a lump or sore...

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2022 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

You already know that your emotions can influence what you eat, but what you may not realise is that what you eat can also dramatically alter your mental health. There are in fact some foods that can worsen anxiety and depression. Simple food...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2022 | 12:10 AM

Lupus is a lifelong disorder of the immune system in which immune cells attack the body’s own healthy tissues, leading to inflammation and tissue damage. The symptoms may be limited to the skin, but more often lupus also causes internal problems,...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Vaginal cancer happens when cancerous cells grow in your vagina. A woman’s vagina, the birth canal is a channel that goes from the opening of the uterus to the outside of the body. Many kinds of cancer can spread to the vagina from elsewhere, but...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

You cannot see it or feel it, but inflammation may slowly be damaging your body. Inflammation, which is part of the body’s natural healing system, helps fight injury and infection, but it does not just happen in response to injury and illness. An...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through intimate physical contact, such as heavy petting and from sexual activity. STIs are very common. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:06 AM

WITH CERVICAL cancer being the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Jamaican women, Pap Smear Week, which is being observed this week, is one of the initiatives aimed at reducing Jamaica’s high rate. The hope is that every woman...

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2022 | 12:05 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

WHEN YOU sit, you use less energy than you do when you stand or move. Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity and a cluster of conditions, including increased blood pressure, high...

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2022 | 12:05 AMJaymie Hodara/Contributor

THE PRINCIPLES of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) are used to change and improve socially significant behaviours as well as communication, social and learning skills. Most people consider ABA to be a treatment method for managing the symptoms of...

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2022 | 12:09 AMTracey Rattray-Neil/Contributor

April is celebrated as Autism Awareness Month, with the focus being on awareness and acceptance of autism. Much has been written about the ‘red flags’ for an autism diagnosis. My focus today is on stimming and echolalia, which can both serve...

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2022 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

THIRTEEN YEARS after being diagnosed with cervical cancer, Juliet Davis is happy that she took the steps to get her Pap smear done. Her random visit to the Harbour View Health Centre saved her life, and although receiving the results was quite a...

Published:Wednesday | April 6, 2022 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill /Senior Gleaner Writer

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the easiest female cancer to prevent with regular Pap smears and follow-up. It is also highly...

Published:Wednesday | April 6, 2022 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Adenomyosis is a condition of the uterus (womb) where the cells similar to the lining on the inside of the uterus are also present in the muscle wall of the uterus. One study estimated that about one in five women has this condition. Although women...

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2022 | 12:08 AM

No one wants to be diagnosed with cancer, and at the time I found out that I indeed had multiple myeloma (MM), I laughed to myself as I knew that when I die, it would not be from any form of cancer. I promised myself that I would fight as hard and...

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2022 | 12:08 AM

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication. According to the Centers...

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2022 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

AS A young girl, Angella Nichol travelled from the rural parish of Trelawny to Kingston, to pursue her tertiary studies at the then Mico Teachers’ College. She was vibrant and full of life, and had many expectations to be at the top of her career...

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2022 | 12:10 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

If you ask most people to rank their organs, their liver might be way down the list. Maybe just above spleen, but day and night it breaks down food, fights infection, and filters bad stuff from your blood. You can’t live without it. Luckily, you...

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2022 | 12:10 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Understanding the benefits of a soft food diet, to establishing regular eating habits, nutrition can play an important part in your journey when you are faced with a colorectal cancer diagnosis. Eating a well-balanced diet before, during, and after...

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

YOUR BLOOD type is important when it comes to donating blood or receiving a transfusion, but did you also know it may make you more or less likely to have certain diseases? Generally, knowing your blood type is not necessary unless there is a...

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2022 | 12:06 AM

MORE THAN half your body weight comes from water. So, if your levels are off, it can show up in a surprising number of ways. Mild dehydration can make you feel tired, give you a headache, and affect your mood and focus. Even when you push yourself...

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2022 | 12:08 AM

Tomorrow will be observed as World Nephrology Day. Below are FAQs relating to nephrology. Q. What are the leading causes of renal failure? A. The leading causes of renal failure are uncontrolled high blood pressure and uncontrolled diabetes. Q....

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2022 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Surgically removing the cancer is the most common treatment for many stages of colorectal cancer. Chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, radio frequency ablation, and cryosurgery are other treatments that may be used to treat colorectal cancer...

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2022 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

THOUGH YOU rarely hear about endometriosis in the news, it is actually the third leading cause of gynaecologic hospitalisation and among the leading causes of the estimated 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year in the United States. There is...

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