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A hysteroscopic removal of polyps.

A team of visiting gynaecologic experts, along with consultants from the Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit (HWFMU) of the University of the West Indies, Mona, is set to this week perform surgeries on 10 Jamaican women with “complicated gynaecological problems” at no cost to them. Th ... Read More

Both manual and electric toothbrushes work well. (Photo: AP) Do you know how to brush your teeth?
Toothbrush? Check. Toothpaste? Check. Seems pretty straightforward, but that may not be enough to en ... Read More

The subjects’s average blood pressure began at around 140/90 mmHg. Web-based counselling lowers blood pressure as much as meds – study
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – People who received regular lifestyle counselling online wer ... Read More

A heart attack is sudden blockage of the coronary arteries. Diagnosing a heart attack: Putting it all together
Over the past few weeks we have been discussing the signs of a heart attack or blocked coronary arte ... Read More

Expectant mothers urged to visit clinics for prenatal care

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Pregnant woman (Photo: AP)

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton is appealing for pregnant women to visit health centres for the necessary prenatal checks in order to ensure a safe delivery. He noted that there are expectant mothers who are going through nine months of pregnancy and only turn up at the hospital when they are ready to give birth. He said in such instances, the doctor is left to perform a delivery without knowing the health risks as there is no profile of the mother. “The doctors won’t kno ... Read More

Gov’t moves to cut wait time for drugs

Saturday, November 26, 2016    

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (left) listens to pharmacist with the National Health Fund (NHF), Carleen Wilson (centre), as he views an inventory of drugs at the Kitson Town Health Centre in St Catherine, on Wednesday. Occasion was the opening of a Drug Serv Pharmacy at the facility. At right is NHF Chief Executive Officer Everton Ander

THE Government is implementing a policy to ease the long wait at public pharmacies by contracting private entities for the dispensing of drugs to persons who obtain prescriptions from State-run facilities. Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton said, starting next month, the National Health Fund (NHF) will be engaging private pharmacies, through a pilot project, where a person, having visited a hospital or clinic and received a prescription, will not have to wait long to collect his or her me ... Read More

Kidney plea answered

Monday, November 21, 2016    

Tamara Walters says she is grateful for all the support she has received from Jamaicans towards her dialysis treatments. (Kenyon Hemans)

KIDNEY dialysis patient Tamara Walters, 38, whose plight was brought to public attention by the Jamaica Observer a few weeks ago, says she is thankful for the donations in cash and kind by individuals and organisations who responded to her plea for help. Walters, a mother of three, was diagnosed with kidney failure two years ago and has since struggled to find the $24,000 that was needed for thrice weekly dialysis treatments due to her inability to work because of the severity of her condition. ... Read More

How much do you know about what killed Bob Marley?

Angela Davis | Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Reggae Legend Bob Marley in happier times. (Denis O'Regan)

WHEN Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley died on the 11th of May 1981, it was a very sad day for Jamaica, and indeed, the world. He had fought a long, hard battle against cancer but had finally succumbed to it. This cancer had begun as a malignant melanoma underneath his toenail. Many patients that I see know about Bob’s story and are fearful that they might have the same condition. This article will clarify what this type of malignancy is and create more awareness regarding the conditi ... Read More

The cryopreservation process

Sunday, November 20, 2016    

CNN Centre
in Atlanta,

A CNN report on Friday explains the process of cryopreservation. The process, the American cable network said, is one by which any living cells, tissues, organs or entire bodies are protected from decay by storing them at extremely low temperatures. “The idea is to preserve them for indefinite periods until the rest of science has caught up and technology is available to revive them, bring them back to life and maybe cure the condition that killed them in the first place. Such technology ... Read More

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Dr Ashish Sarangi | Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Common obsessions include arranging objects. (Photo: AFP)

THE word “obsessed” is passed around lightly by the general public; however, few appreciate the gravity of obsessive compulsive disorder. Even though we might label people as obsessed, it is important to realise that many of us have obsessive traits, but it only becomes a disorder if there is associated social and occupational dysfunction. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterised by obsessions which are recurrent intrusive thoughts and compulsions that are repetitive beh ... Read More

Prostate cancer: Considering early-stage options

Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Most men with a family history of prostate cancer should be screened earlier than age 50. (Photo: AFP)

A new study of men with early-stage prostate cancer finds that surgery and radiation can be equally reasonable options for treatment. But the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine also sheds light on the option to simply rely on “active monitoring” of the prostate cancer, which is the same as not opting for any treatment. Researchers found that death rates from prostate cancer in the men followed over 10 years were low overall. A total of 82,429 men, 50 to 69 year ... Read More

Is that oral piercing worth the risk?

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Oral piercings have become a form of self-expression. (Photo: AFP)

ORAL piercings are any piercing of the tongue, lips or cheek. In recent years it has become a form of self-expression — a body art. Oral piercings are viewed as a harmless expression of one’s growing individuality, but it can be dangerous. Oral piercings can cause pain, swelling, infection, drooling, taste loss, scarring, chipped teeth, and tooth loss. Most dentists discourage oral piercing due to the many risks involved. If you do decide to get an oral piercing, it is important to ... Read More

Researcher: ZIKV can live on hard surfaces for hours

Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit Zika virus, are seen in a mosquito cage at a laboratory. (Photo: AP)

THE Zika virus (ZikV) is most commonly transmitted in humans as the result of a bite from an infected mosquito or from an infected human to another human. What is not well known is that the virus can also be transmitted via the environment if an individual is pricked with an infected needle or has an open cut and comes in contact with the live virus. While there are no known cases to date of the general public being infected with the Zika virus through the environment, there has been at least o ... Read More

Antibody that neutralises nearly all HIV strains identified

Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Britain’s Prince Harry receives a red brooch as he watches a rehearsal by the ‘Joyful Noise’ choir, a creation of NAZ — a sexual health charity for minority communities — in London on November 15. The choir is  acollective of people of different faiths, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender living with HIV. (Photo: AFP)

SCIENTISTS from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified an antibody from an human immunodeficiency virus-infected person that potently neutralised 98 per cent of HIV isolates tested, including 16 of 20 strains resistant to other antibodies of the same class. The remarkable breadth and potency of this antibody, named N6, make it an attractive candidate for further development to potentially treat or prevent HIV infection, say the researchers. The scientists, led by Mark Connors, ... Read More



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