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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

Ways to exfoliate your skin — Pt 2

Michelle Vernon | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

Oatmeal baths keep skin moisturised and prevent keratosis pilaris.Observer

Last week we discussed the manual method of exfoliating the skin. This week we will discuss the chemical and granular body exfoliation methods. Chemical exfoliation The use of chemicals such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or enzymes to break down the upper layer of dead skin cell debris can be a safe and effective method of exfoliation, if done correctly. This type of skin exfoliation (especially facial exfoliation) will generally cause some mild irritation. The aesthetician must be careful no ... Read More

Foot care for diabetics

Angela Davis | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

Study finds that exercise can help lessen damage to the heart brought on by malaria. (Photo: AP)

Two weeks ago, I wrote about two patients who are diabetic and had serious and preventable injuries. This week I will give you diabetes-related health education so you know how to avoid problems. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Jamaica. Sixty-five per cent of the patients who attend my office are diabetic, many having been diagnosed several years ago. In 1960, the prevalence of diabetes in adult Jamaicans stood at 1.3 per cent. By 1995 it had jumped alarmingly to 17.9 per cent. T ... Read More

Electroconvulsive therapy

Dr Ashish Sarangi | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

Leaky gut is a condition where the lining of the intestine becomes so inflamed that bacteria, large proteins and toxins can now pass into the bloodstream from the gut.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), also known to lay persons as “shock treatment”, has come a long way since its early depictions of being cruel and barbaric. Its portrayal in the media and popular movies has not done justice to this otherwise safe and effective treatment alternative for psychiatric conditions. When most people think of ECT, they imagine a helpless person strapped to a table with leather bands on the arms and legs and a rolled up bandage shoved into the person&rs ... Read More

Rosie on mission to raise autism awareness

Sunday, February 12, 2017    


Vincentian-born Rosanne Small-Morgan is making strides on her mission to bring more awareness and understanding about the life-changing issue of autism. The founder of Autism Who Knew, a non-profit organisation on a mission to educate and empower people affected by autism, with a focus on the Caribbean and African American communities, she continues to progress on her journey to share information on this topic of universal relevance as well as to provide support to families with autistic child ... Read More

Editor’s note - #Journeyof100pounds

Sunday, February 12, 2017    

Gareth Taylor, the chef who at the beginning of this year embarked on the #journeyof100pounds to lose 100 pounds in six months, has regrettably decided to quit his weight loss programme with Core Fitness Studios. The Jamaica Observer had promised to track his progress over a six-month period, and encouraged readers to share in his journey. However, owner of Core Fitness Studios and fitness expert Selena DeLeon has informed this newspaper that Gareth said that being in the public’s eye ha ... Read More

Women are affected by heart disease too

Dr Claudine Lewis | Sunday, February 05, 2017    

Dr Claudine Lewis talks about being diagnosed with high cholesterol and having a strong family history of hypertension..

Each year in the United States and other countries, the month of February is observed as Heart Month. In Jamaica, we observe Heart Month with several activities over the course of the month led by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, the Cardiology Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies and other cardiologists and heart centres promoting awareness of heart disease prevention and early detection and treatment. This year, the theme for heart month is sudden cardiac arrest. The first Fri ... Read More

Delay ganja smoking... at least until you’re 17

Sunday, February 05, 2017    

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

THE more teenagers delay smoking marijuana until they’re older, the better it is for their brains, but there may be little ill effect if they start after age 17, says a new Université de Montréal (UdeM) study. Adolescents who smoke pot as early as 14 do worse by 20 on some cognitive tests and drop out of school at a higher rate than non-smokers, confirms the study published December 29 in Development and Psychopathology, a Cambridge University Press journal. “Ove ... Read More

The psychology of colour

Dr Jacqueline E Campbell | Sunday, February 05, 2017    

Colours can be used to stimulate or supress a person’s appetite. (Photo: AP)

Recently, I asked my students: “If you were [a] colour, what colour would you be and why?” I received some very interesting and thought-provoking answers. One young lady stated: “I would be orange because it is vibrant and reminds me of someone who is outspoken and outstanding. These are qualities that I would like to develop.” Another said: “I would be brown because brown is cool, earthy and easy to blend in, and that summarises me.” A young man dressed in a ... Read More

‘Third-hand’ smoke may harm infants — study

Sunday, February 05, 2017    

Third-hand smoke, according to researchers, is the sticky residue from tobacco puffing that clings to walls and furniture. (Photo: AP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that “second-hand” smoke also harms health. On Friday, scientists issued a warning about what they call “third-hand” smoke (THS) — the sticky residue from tobacco puffing that clings to walls and furniture. In mice, at least, exposure to these toxic leftovers causes lower infant weight and alters counts of blood cells associated ... Read More

Ways to exfoliate your skin

with Michelle Vernon | Sunday, February 05, 2017    

Exfoliation is a form of deep cleansing. (Photo: AP)

Who doesn’t love a good scrub? Exfoliation, whether through manual manipulation or by using chemicals to loosen dead skin cells and debris, is a form of deep cleansing that can be an important step in maintaining a healthy-looking complexion as well as a well-functioning protective skin barrier. Exfoliation in one form or another has been practised for ages. You can exfoliate the body to get rid of the outer layers of dead skin cells using a host of different methods. The key is to use t ... Read More



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