Debunking old wives’ tales: Beliefs about food

Chocolate has been studied and there’s no hard evidence it has anything to do with acne. (Photo: AP)

“Everything our parents said was good is bad,” complains Alvy Singer, the character played by Woody Allen in Annie Hall, his 1977 Oscar-winning romantic comedy. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but when it comes to what certain foods can do to or for you, it’s probably best ... Read More

Studies have found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms. (Photo: AP) When to get a new toothbrush
The filthy truth? Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs. But fear not, experts say just kn ... Read More

A mother stands near her baby being taken care of at UNICEF Clinic near a camp for internally displaced people camps in Dikwa on February 15, 2017. (Photo: AFP) Financial abortion
Despite our presumed love for children, the unfortunate reality is that we currently have far too ma ... Read More

A baby crocodile lizard is presented at the Vivarium department of the State Museum of Natural History (Staatliches Naturkundemuseum) in Karlsruhe, southwestern Germany, on February 24, 2017. (Photo: AFP) Erasing fears
Imagine sitting on your couch on a nice Sunday afternoon watching your favourite TV show. Suddenly, ... Read More

How to cope with Psoriasis

with Michelle Vernon | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Omega 3 helps decrease inflammation and powers the immune system. (Photo: AP)

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the rapid build-up of skin cells. This build-up of cells causes scaling on the skin’s surface. Inflammation and redness around the scales is fairly common. Typical psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick patches. Sometimes, these patches will crack and bleed. People with psoriasis may find living with the condition challenging. Here are four tips on how to cope with psoriasis: 1. UPDATING MAKE-UP Daily cosmetic ... Read More

Tips to keep feet in tip-top shape while travelling

Angela Davis | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

When people travel, they tend to experience foot problems due to sitting through long flights, prolonged standing, and walking more than usual.Photo: AP

I have lost count of the number of times patients have had to visit my office as a result of an injury to or a problem with their feet that occured while they were on vacation. When we travel or go on holiday, we tend to experience foot problems due to sitting through long flights, prolonged standing, and walking more than usual. Many of us buy new shoes when travelling, shoes probably chosen for its design rather than function, and our feet have not adjusted to them. Here are a few tips on ho ... Read More

Genital herpes in pregnancy doubles autism risk — study

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

A scientist tests swab samples at a laboratory. (Photo: AFP)

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Women who are infected with genital herpes early in their pregnancy may face twice the risk of bearing a child with autism, a team of United States and Norwegian researchers said last Wednesday. The report in mSphere, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology, is the first to show that a woman’s immune response could have a harmful effect on the developing foetus’s brain and influence the likelihood of autism. “We believe the mother ... Read More

Studies on testosterone therapy show mixed results

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Five new US clinical studies on testosterone treatments for older men showed mixed results on whether the male hormone therapy carries cardiovascular risks, according to research published last Tuesday. The US Food and Drug Administration in 2015 stepped up its warning about testosterone products, saying they could increase the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Four of the five studies, part of the Testosterone Trials or TTrials, looked at the eff ... Read More

Swedish town councillor proposes sex breaks on work time

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) — Swedes should take a one-hour paid break from work to go home and have sex with their partners, a local councillor suggested in a proposal last Tuesday aimed at improving people’s personal relationships. “There are studies that show sex is healthy,” Per-Erik Muskos, a 42-year-old city councillor for the northern town of Overtornea, told AFP after presenting the motion. He said couples were not spending enough time with each other in today&rsqu ... Read More

Diabetes Association hosts health, music festival tomorrow

Friday, February 24, 2017    

To confirm diagnosis, blood testing to screen you for diabetes or to evaluate your diabetes control, test for high cholesterol, test kidney and liver function are usually ordered based on what you tell your doctor. (Photo: AFP)

Diabetes Association of Jamaica is set to host its inaugural charity event, Jam Live Music Festival, at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston tomorrow. The benefit, being hosted in association with Reggae Release, is a two-segment, one-day event that will feature a health fair and a music fest. The health fair, which will be conducted by the Diabetes Association of Jamaica from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, will be free to the public. A release from the Diabetes Association of Jamaica said ... Read More

Can the full moon affect us?

Dr Jacqueline E Campbell | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

The supermoon rises above a field in Heho, Myanmar’s Shan state, on November 14, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

Thank God for the traffic, I thought. At least I will get a chance to enjoy one of my favourite sights – the slow dance of the full moon as it ascends the evening skies. I was so caught up in the moment that I almost did not notice a motor vehicle driver trying to edge my car into a nearby gully. After that, at least two other vehicles overtook the long line of traffic, almost daring the oncoming motorists to hit them. What’s wrong with these people I thought? Then I began to reflec ... Read More

Study claims vitamin D can protect against colds, flu

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

This file photo taken on January 4, 2017 in Paris, shows a bottle of Uvesterol D. Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections, said a study on February 15, 2017 which reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections, said a study Thursday which reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements. A review of 25 clinical trials in 14 countries, some with conflicting results, yielded “the first definitive evidence” of a link between vitamin D and flu prevention, researchers claimed in the BMJ medical journal. The effects were strongest for people with very low levels ... Read More

Get ready for NCB Insurance men’s health week

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Dr Belinda Morrison, consultant urologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, speaks to an attendant at the NCB Insurance ProCare Men’s Health Week, held at the NCB Knutsford Branch in 2014.

MEN continue to pay less attention to their health when compared with their female counterparts, a concern that has resulted in The NCB Group and it’s ProCare brand actioning a partnership of key stakeholders in health to facilitate Jamaican men receiving useful information on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle, and the importance of good insurance coverage. The initiative, marked by the second staging of the NCB ProCare Men’s Health Week under the theme, ‘Ready Up … ... Read More

Heart Institute of the Caribbean to open ICU for heart patients

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Heart Institute of the Caribbean’s Balmoral Avenue site, where the cardiac intensive care unit will be located when it opens in March 2017

The Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) has announced the opening of a fully equipped cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) dedicated to the care of heart patients. The six-bed, high-acuity unit at HIC, which is scheduled to be open to the public March 2017, is the first of its kind in Jamaica and will be complemented with a 20-bed cardiac telemetry unit. It will be the first and only such service in Jamaica dedicated to the care of heart patients. “No effort was spared in ensuring that t ... Read More



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