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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

Caricom leaders endorse course of action on Zika virus

Friday, February 19, 2016    

BARROW... says his colleagues have agreed to undertake continuous public
education on the virus and other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti

PLACENCIA, Belize (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders have endorsed a course of action to deal with the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and other diseases, Caricom Chairman Dean Barrow said Wednesday. Barrow, the prime minister of Belize, said that his colleagues had agreed at their inter-sessional summit to undertake continuous public education on the virus and other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. He said there will also be action to implement at port ... Read More

Brazil’s Zika-related abortion debate sparks backlash

Monday, February 15, 2016    

Pernambuco, Brazil - Solange Ferreira bathes her son Jose Wesley in a bucket at their house in Poco Fundo, Pernambuco state, Brazil on December 23, 2015. Ferreira says her son enjoys being in the water and she places him in the bucket several times a day to calm him. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it has found the strongest evidence so far of a possible link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a surge of birth defects in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Before her son was born, Danielle Alves didn’t know Luiz Gustavo would have microcephaly, a condition that has left the three-year-old so disabled he can’t walk, talk or eat without help. Still, Alves says she would have gone ahead with the pregnancy even if she had known — and she thinks thousands of pregnant women caught up in Brazil’s Zika virus outbreak should be required to do the same. “I know it’s very difficult to ... Read More

Childhood cancer: Untold stories

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Health/Online co-ordinator | Sunday, February 14, 2016    

FOR any child who has cancer, their best bet is to complete treatment in order to be cured. These were the words of Dr Michelle Reece-Mills, a paediatric oncologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in Kingston, as she spoke candidly about some of the gaps in childhood cancer care locally at a recent Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. Dr Reece Mills said several parents abandon treatment because of the costs associated with getting their children the care needed. The paediat ... Read More

‘Pump Bump’

Angela Davis | Sunday, February 14, 2016    

When the fluid-filled sac located between the Achilles tendon and heel bone become inflamed, the area enlarges and produces pain.

HAGLUND’S deformity, also referred to as Mulhulland deformity and ‘pump bump’, is a bony enlargement at the back of the heel. The soft tissue around the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the tendon rubs against the back of the patient’s shoe. This will often lead to bursitis. Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac located between the Achilles tendon and heel bone. As this area becomes more inflamed, the area enlarges and produces pain. Haglund’s de ... Read More

Reasons to fast this lent

Maureen Minto | Sunday, February 14, 2016    

  It appears that more and more people are gravitating towards an Easter experience of fasting. This is a great idea after overeating during the Christmas season. There are many ways to fast, so let us help you choose one. COMPLETE FAST If you are free of sickness, avoiding even water and food for a short time is good. It allows the body to utilise stored fat and sugar. Even rocks depend on water and man has only been able to naturally live without water for three days and food for ... Read More

MOH offered global media monitoring services to track Zika

Sunday, February 14, 2016    

Managing Director of DRT Communications Ltd Danielle Terrelonge

TRACKING the Zika virus in Jamaica will be aided by the use of global media monitoring services. Managing Director of DRT Communications Ltd Danielle Terrelonge made the announcement recently, following an agreement with the Ministry of Health. “The board and team at DRT felt it necessary to offer our media monitoring system as corporate citizens to ensure that all stakeholders are aware of all conversations happening in the media globally,” Terrelonge said. “Our system allow ... Read More

My gum line looks dark!

with Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, February 14, 2016    

Older adults are more likely to get cavities on the roots of their teeth.

ROOT decay, also referred to as “root caries”, is a cavity that forms on the roots of your teeth. You can see the roots of your teeth in your mouth if your gums have shrunk from gum disease, brushing improperly or with too hard a toothbrush and some age-related gum changes. Exposed root surfaces are more common in older adults. Cavities on the roots of teeth can start faster and spread quicker than cavities on other parts of the tooth. The roots of teeth do not have the protective ... Read More

Report: Zika persisted in semen for 2 months

Sunday, February 14, 2016    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A 68-year-old man in Britain who was infected with Zika in 2014 while travelling to the Cook Islands showed evidence of the mosquito-borne virus in his semen for two months, health officials said Friday. The finding raises new questions for health authorities as they scramble to learn more about Zika – linked to a surge in birth defects in Brazil — and the risk of transmission through sex. He complained of a fever, rash and lethargy upon retu ... Read More

Cuba to host international congress on computer science in health

Friday, February 12, 2016    

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — The 11th International Congress of Computing in Health will be held here next month under the theme ‘Connected in Health’. The March 14-18 conference will also include talks in the areas of health and clinical proactive, computing nursing processes; telemedicine and medical technologies; and computer science, society and bio-computing. Participants will also delve into norms and regulations on the use of ICT; advanced integrated information systems in thi ... Read More

WHO: No travel restrictions for Zika

Friday, February 12, 2016    

The Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the Zika virus.

THE World Health Organization (WHO) says it will not be issuing any travel restrictions related to the Zika virus. In a Twitter post Wednesday night, the WHO said women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant must decide the level of risk they wish to take with regards to the Zika virus and plan accordingly. “In particular, they should: Be informed about Zika and other mosquito-transmitted diseases; protect themselves from mosquito bites; consult their doctor or local health aut ... Read More



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