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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

Telephone love

Tony Robinson | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Thither write, my queen, And with mine eyes, I’ll keep the words you send, Though ink be made of gall. — Shakespeare, Cymbiline, I,1 Send those words and I will take them in, drink them, consume them, and then I will send them back to you. But I will not use ink, rather text messenger, for we are living in modern times now. Oh how wonderful it is to be able to send and receive words faster than you can say text, e-mail, WattsApp or Instagram. That’s right, the telephone ... Read More

Hospital floors may pose a large health risk

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Because items in the patient’s room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands. (Photo: AP)

Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Because items in the patient’s room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital room. “Understanding gaps in infection prevention is critic ... Read More

Heart tests

Dr Claudine Lewis | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Over the past two decades, cardiac computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging have become indispensable tools for cardiac imaging.

Just to recap, we have been looking at how we diagnose coronary artery disease (blocked arteries). So far we have looked at the role of the history and physical examination, blood testing, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress tests, and coronary angiography. We noted that coronary angiography is the gold standard for detecting the presence of blocked arteries and that the other tests can give an idea of whether a blockage is present, but does not give actual visualisation of the coronary a ... Read More

What causes melasma?

with Michelle Vernon | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

When topical medications don’t do the trick, clients may seek in-office procedures to treat melasma.

Melasma is a common patchy, brown discoloration which is due to overproduction of pigment on the skin. It typically results from sun exposure and hormonal changes in women due to progesterone and oestrogen. In fact, about nine of 10 people with melasma are women aged 20 to 50. Melasma is often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” because its dark patches, which usually crop up on the nose, cheekbones and jaw, are even more prevalent while women are expecting. Most women who come ... Read More

Can cannabis be made safer

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Experts say that in the past 40 years, the potency of cannabis has, on average, doubled worldwide. (Photo: American Heart Association)

As cannabis laws become liberalised in many countries, experts writing in The Lancet Psychiatry argue that there is an urgent need to explore how cannabis use can be made safer. The authors say that policymakers and researchers should consider regulating cannabis potency, reducing the use of tobacco (for example by using vapourisers), and exploring how the chemical composition of cannabis could be modified to reduce harm without altering the pleasurable effects of the drug. In the past 40 year ... Read More

Pacemaker function may be impacted by electric appliances

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Electric and magnetic fields (EMF) generated from everyday household appliances, electrical tools and more, used in very close proximity to the body, can interfere with the ability of pacemakers to regulate patients’ heartbeats, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. “Electromagnetic interferences with pacemakers in everyday life can occur; however, harmful interferences are rare using vendors’ recommended device settings,&rdqu ... Read More

Woodstoves are good for the soul, bad for the heart

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The risk of acute myocardial infarction for the elderly living in and around small cities is increased by air pollution caused by biomass burning from wood stoves. It is well documented that air pollution in big cities causes heart and lung problems. But what are its effects on people in smaller urban centres? By comparing pollution data from three cities in British Columbia (Prince George, Kamloops and Courtenay/Comox) with hospital admissions, researchers from McGill University and Health ... Read More

Anger can be a good thing

Dr Jacqueline E Campbell | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

ATHENS, Greece — A policeman tries to remove migrants trying to keep the gate close, during a visit of Greek Immigration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas (hidden) facing off with dozens of angry migrants who barred entry to the Hellinikon camp in Athens in protest at poor living conditions on February 6.Photo: AFP

As I sat in traffic waiting for the lights to change, I overheard two very angry motorists exchanging “cloth purchases” from very large fabric stores. I thought that they were going to harm each other. It was not a good scene. Everyday frustrations, resentment and impatience can cause tempers to flare. For many people, these are fleeting moments. They are able to take these situations in stride and quickly return to a sense of calm without exploding. Anger is a completely normal, u ... Read More

Debunking old wives’ tales: Beliefs about food

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

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 to take motherly advice, familiar sayings and other bits of conventional wisdom with a grain of salt. “There’s some validity to some of them, but many of them are just old wives’ ta ... Read More

When to get a new toothbrush

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Studies have found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms. (Photo: AP)

The filthy truth? Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs. But fear not, experts say just know when it’s time to give yours the old heave-ho. Do you know how much bacteria live on your toothbrush? Brace yourself! Researchers have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria. In fact, recent studies even found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms. But before you swear off brushing, know this — t ... Read More



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