Understanding the diabetes and gum disease link

DO you know that there is a link between diabetes and gum disease? Diabetics have a higher risk of developing gum disease than people who have healthy blood sugar levels. Read More

Study: No new 'learning' brain cells after age 13
PARIS, France (AFP) — Around the age of 13, the human brain region that hosts memory and learning appears to stop producing nerve cells, said a study Wednesday that is being described as “sobering”. ... Read More

Small pay increase can have big health benefits
LOWER-WAGE workers who receive a US$1 raise, call in sick less and consider themselves healthier than those who do not, new UC Davis research on minimum wage policies shows.... Read More

Free blood pressure screening at HFJ this week
THE Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) has joined the rest of the world in observance of World Salt Awareness Week, March 12-18, and is urging Jamaicans to watch their sodium intake and look out for hidden salt.... Read More

Cancer-detecting dogs lending their noses to firefighters

Sunday, March, 11 2018    

FLORIDA, United States (AP) — Dogs are known for their extraordinary smelling skills, but can a canine sniff out the tiny volatile organic compounds that are released by early cancer cells? It's a relatively new theory, but one that is taking hold quickly and what some believe... Read More

Women happier to donate kidney to partner than men, says study

Sunday, March, 11 2018    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Women are statistically far more likely to donate a kidney to a partner than receive one, according to a study released last Thursday, to coincide with World Kidney Day and International Women's Day. Read More

Study links Vitamin D to lower risk of cancer

Sunday, March, 11 2018    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood may be linked to a lower risk of developing certain cancers, a study in Japanese adults reported last Thursday. Read More

Benefits of going meatless once a week

BY JO-HANNA TAYLOR | Sunday, March, 11 2018    

THE months are flying by so quickly! We are in March: Month three for 12 Months 24 Dares — the wellness initiative that uses the support of community to help people create and stick to healthy habits. Read More

Hunger and you

BY FITZ-GEORGE RATTRAY | Sunday, March, 11 2018    

LAST week we began to examine what hunger is and what it is not. We also looked at the mechanisms of hunger, its subjective nature and the hormones involved. The great question is, what real world factors affect these systems? Read More

Hunger and you — Part 1

BY FITZ-GEORGE RATTRAY | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

“I'm starving!”We have either heard or said this several times, but were you really starving? You may have been many things, from filled with cravings, peckish, or hungry, but probably not starving. Read More

Avoid mouth infections with proper nutrition

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

MARCH is National Nutrition Month, an effort to bring attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2018 is 'Go Further With Food'. Read More

Holding hands can sync brainwaves, ease pain, study shows

Sunday, March, 4 2018    

REACH for the hand of a loved one in pain and not only will your breathing and heart rate synchronise with theirs, your brainwave patterns will couple up too, according to a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences... Read More

The remedy for a healthier you

Sunday, March, 4 2018    

EATING a well-balanced diet and living an active lifestyle is just the motivation you need to live your best life! Read More

Burnout of health care professionals

Derrick Aarons | Sunday, March, 4 2018    

The 'burnout' of health-care providers exists in many countries of the world, but poses a greater risk for patients in lower and middle-income countries like Jamaica, where there is a severe shortage of staff to provide the required health-care needs of the... Read More

Getting rid of spider veins

Sunday, March, 4 2018    

SPIDER veins, also called telangiectasias, are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin. They are often red, blue, or purple, and they have the appearance of a spider web. They are commonly found on legs. Read More


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