Health

Diabetes 101: It is not a death sentence!

YOU may be wondering if diabetes can be prevented. Yes, it can. Read More

Sensitive gums vs sensitive teeth
WHEN it comes to your mouth, two of the main cogs in the engine are the gums and teeth. It's easy to take the necessary functions they perform for granted — that is, until your mouth is in pain.... Read More

Men at higher risk of dying of AIDS than women: UNAIDS
OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Men are less likely to test for HIV or access antiretroviral therapy and, therefore, are more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women, UNAIDS said on Friday.... Read More

First national cancer treatment centre opens
THE first of two state-of-the-art cancer treatment centres has been officially opened. Located on the grounds of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, this centre will see more Jamaicans diagnosed with various types of cancers getting access to modern technology to help in their fight against...... Read More

Budding civil society, public sector partnership for patients' rights

Sunday, December, 3 2017    

THERE is an emerging partnership between civil society actors and public sector stakeholders to enhance maternal and child health in Jamaica while promoting patients' rights, thanks to a European Union-funded project. Read More

Certified!

Sunday, December, 3 2017    

ANGUILLA, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis were on Friday certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Read More

NHF visits Jamaica Observer

Sunday, December, 3 2017    

THE National Health Fund (NHF) last Thursday provided free health checks to staff members at the Jamaica Observer as a part of its health promotion initiative and participation in the National Journalism Week of activities. Read More

PrEP: A shield against AIDS

Sunday, December, 3 2017    

PARIS, France (AFP) — “It's magic,” said Francois, smiling. “Every time I take a pill I think about the people who aren't so lucky as to have this option.” Read More

Tackling brittle nails

Angela Davis | Sunday, December, 3 2017    

BRITTLE nails can be a very annoying problem. Nails that peel, break, splinter, are thin and have longitudinal lines are called brittle; the medical term for this condition is onychorrhexis. Read More

Study sees link between pollution and sperm size

Sunday, November, 26 2017    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Men exposed to fine-particle air pollution may risk having smaller, abnormally shaped sperm, said a study last Wednesday, warning this “may result in a significant number of couples with infertility”. Read More

Overweight women may need more frequent mammograms

Sunday, November, 26 2017    

WOMEN with higher body mass index (BMI) face an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumour until it has become large, according to a new study being presented this week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Read More

Maternal, infant health champions give ministry's complaints mechanism the nod

Sunday, November, 26 2017    

THE Ministry of Health's complaints mechanism has received the stamp of approval from stakeholders involved in a project to promote patients' rights and responsibilities in maternal, neonatal and infant health (MNIH) in Jamaica. Read More

8 tips to stay healthy during the Christmas season

BY JO-HANNA TAYLOR | Sunday, November, 26 2017    

EXTRAORDINARY Christmas displays, complete with lights and tinsel, as well as All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey on repeat on most radio stations — there is no doubt about it, Christmas is coming. Read More

Sexual activity and heart attack

Dr Derrick Aarons | Sunday, November, 26 2017    

SEX is considered by many individuals to be an important part of their lives and a major contributor to their quality of life. Read More

Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells

Sunday, November, 26 2017    

NEW research from the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute (LSI) has determined how a common holiday spice — cinnamon — might be enlisted in the fight against obesity. Read More



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