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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

International health care products launched in Jamaica

Sunday, February 05, 2017    

Charles Jorge (second right), president for the Premier Assurance Group is all smiles as he greets Medical Associates Director Dr Michael Banbury during the launch of Carib Care international Health plans on February 2. Looking on (from left) are MGI (Insurance Brokers) Limited personnel Jacinth Brown, manager Employee Benefits, Kimm Daley, general manager, and Thomas Smith, managing director..

GLOBAL insurance company PA Group (Premier Assurance Group) expanded its footprint in the Caribbean region by launching two new international health care products in Jamaica, CaribCare and CaribCare Plus, last Thursday. According to PA Group, these plans will provide Jamaicans with “worldwide protection that gives peace of mind”. Under these plans, Jamaicans now have the opportunity to join the ranks of global citizens who are able to access comprehensive international health insu ... Read More

Research links multiple pregnancies to developing atrial fibrillation

Sunday, February 05, 2017    

Researchers found that an increase in the number of pregnancies was associated with a higher risk of future atrial fibrillation. (Photo: American Heart Association)

EXPERIENCING multiple pregnancies increases a woman’s risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, which includes the inaugural Go Red for Women issue. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications. In this first analysis to investigate a link between number of pregnancies and atrial fibrillation, rese ... Read More

Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

Sunday, February 05, 2017    

EVERY few seconds our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn’t blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research led by the University of California (UC), Berkeley, shows that the brain works extra hard to stabilise our vision despite our fluttering eyes. Scientists at UC Berkeley, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Université Paris Descartes, and Dartmouth College have found that blinking does more t ... Read More

Diabetic foot tales

Angela Davis | Sunday, January 29, 2017    

Diabetes can have devastating effects on the leg and foot. (Photo: AFP)

WE are all aware of how big a problem diabetes is throughout the world and here in Jamaica. The prevalence of type two diabetes is growing at a frightening rate and we are seeing younger patients with this type of diabetes, which was almost unheard of 20 years ago. Diabetes can have a devastating effect on the leg and foot. Today, I want to share two stories with you about what my patients have experienced. PATIENT ONE We shall call this young lady Jane for the sake of the article. Jane was a ... Read More

Gareth gets back on track

Sunday, January 29, 2017    

Gareth Taylor appears pensive as he weighs in on January 24..

It’s been two weeks since we last checked in on Gareth Taylor, who is on his #journeyof100pounds. Let’s see what he has been up to. Gareth weighed in at 482 pounds on Januray 24, 26 pounds down from the 508 pounds he weighed in September 2016. When we last checked in with Gareth, he had lost 27 pounds since his start date. Still reeling from the holiday period that was compounded by his duties as a chef and his effort to deliver superior products for his Christmas cake catering bus ... Read More

Soup up your health

Sunday, January 29, 2017    

Warm fluids from soup break down mucus, commonly associated with illnesses like the cold..

SOUP is a great meal or side dish that is both healthy and tasty. The wide array of recipes and variations make soup a great fit for any diet. Soup is not only for cold weather days. Soups can be enjoyed year-round as there are both hot and cold-served versions. You may be surprised to learn that there are many great health benefits you can gain from eating soup. Here are five reasons soup is a healthy option for any meal. 1. SOUP RELIEVES THE COMMON COLD There may be no real cure for a cold, ... Read More

Alcohol-related disorders

Dr Ashish Sarangi | Sunday, January 29, 2017    

Because alcohol is a legal drug and widely used in social settings, there is often the misconception that it is safe. (Photo: AFP)

THE problem of alcohol abuse still plagues many people. Although there is, at times, increased focus on cannabis in Jamaica, it is important to remember that alcohol-related disorders still contribute significantly to disease burden, both locally and worldwide. Because alcohol is a legal drug and widely used in social settings, there is often the misconception that it is safe. In the realm of psychiatry, alcohol-related disorders are currently classified as: 1. Alcohol use disorder; 2. Alcoh ... Read More

Injection-free solution for smoother skin

with Michelle Vernon | Sunday, January 29, 2017    

A client gets the LED ultrasonic therapy done for skin brightening and muscle tightening. (Contributed)

ULTRASOUND has been widely used around the world for many medical applications, and it is now available for advanced skin care treatments. Ultrasound is effective for cleansing and exfoliating by generating air oscillations that are barely or minimally felt on the skin. Ultrasound creates high-speed, high-frequency sound waves that radiate invisible micro vibrations. The oscillations scrub and open the skin, creating temporary interstitial spaces between cells in the skin. This enables active ... Read More

HIV-related mouth problems

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, January 29, 2017    

If you have HIV, changes in your mouth may reflect changes in your immune status. (Photo: AFP)

HUMAN immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This virus is passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood contact, such as blood transfusions, as well as the use of HIV-infected needles and sexual contact. Additionally, an infected pregnant woman can pass HIV to her baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breastfeeding. AIDS occurs when the HIV infection has weakened one’s immune system to the point that it ... Read More

Heart Foundation to screen for sudden cardiac arrest risks

BY PETA-GAY HODGES | Sunday, January 29, 2017    

Executive Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica Deborah Chen speaks about activities for Heart Month in February, at a JIS Think Tank on January 25. (Photo: JIS)

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) will be conducting screenings for risk factors associated with sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during Heart Month in February. HFJ’s Executive Director Deborah Chen said it is important for people to know if they have any of the underlying conditions that may lead to SCA. “We are all at risk; we need to know our numbers and our status on things like blood pressure and cholesterol. We might be a walking time bomb and we don’t know it. People w ... Read More



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