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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

An effective vaccine against Ebola

Dr Derrick Aarons | Sunday, January 29, 2017    

This file photo shows a woman getting vaccinated at a health centre in Conakry during the first clinical trials of the vaccine against the Ebola virus. (Photo: AFP)

WE may still remember vividly the great scare we all had during 2015 when there was an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and a distinct fear that the virus could be carried to us by an infected but still asymptomatic passenger on a plane. As the risk of death (mortality) from ebola was stated to be around 80 to 90 per cent and there was no cure or effective treatment beyond fluid replacement and supportive care, intensive work began then to produce a vaccine against Ebola in the shortest possibl ... Read More

The power of music

Dr Jacqueline E Campbell | Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Music stimulates the brain in many ways at once..

I sat listening to the beautiful music of the singers at the University of the West Indies’ Carol Service. As the choir began singing O Holy Night, I smiled, remembering when I used to play that song on the piano. I closed my eyes and I was transported back in time to the living room of my piano teacher. On many rainy days I would arrive at her house after school soaking wet. After changing into dry clothes, she would give me one-half of a Bombay mango with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in ... Read More

Still no confirmation on Zika-related microcephaly

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

DE LA HAYE... the validating
test result should be coming from Trinidad.

THE country is still awaiting confirmation as to whether or not the case of microcephaly identified in a baby born at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, last month, is linked to the Zika virus (ZikV). Chief medical officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye, has reiterated that all other possibilities have so far been ruled out, and that the ministry is now waiting on the ZikV test results. “That validating test result should be coming from CARPHA (Caribbean P ... Read More

Testing for coronary artery disease — part 2

Dr Claudine Lewis | Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Nuclear stress test (Photo: Contributed)

To review where we left off, your doctor may suspect you have coronary disease if you have any of the following scenarios: 1. No chest pain, but multiple coronary artery disease risk factors such as high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, cigarette smoking, strong family history; 2. Stable angina: Chest pain only with activity such as walking, running, swimming; 3. Chest pain at rest, while lying or sitting down. After your doctor spends the time going through all your symptoms and examin ... Read More

Know your heart score to stay in the game

Dr Duane Chambers | Sunday, January 22, 2017    

While it is impossible to eliminate the possibility of having a heart attack, steps can be taken to lower the risk. (Photo: AP)

IT is said that the game of life has two participants — spectators and players. You can either watch life go by or be an active participant. If we are to effectively play the game, we must know the score. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the number one cause of deaths globally. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2012, representing 31 per cent of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.4 million wer ... Read More

Dengue-resistant mosquitoes

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

The Aedes aegypti mosquito (Photo: AFP)

RESEARCHERS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have genetically modified mosquitoes to resist infection from dengue virus, a virus that sickens an estimated 96 million people globally each year and kills more than 20,000, mostly children. The research, published January 12 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shows it is possible, in the lab, to boost the Aedes aegypti mosquito’s natural ability to fight the dengue virus as a first step toward suppressing its ability ... Read More

Pollution-fighting ingredients for your skin

with Michelle Vernon | Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Activated charcoal (Photo: AP)

LAST week we discussed pollution and its effect on the skin. This week we will explore the different ingredients that can treat and reverse the damage caused by pollution. Recent studies show that daily exposure to pollution, whether from exhaust, smog, smoke, free radicals, or even extreme climate, can cause dehydration, wrinkles, fine lines, premature ageing, weakened skin, dullness, and sensitivity. Anti-pollution skincare is now more necessary than ever. There are many different ingredient ... Read More

Cancer cheque photo

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Photo: Garfield Robinson

Yulit Gordon (left), executive director, Jamaica Cancer Society, collects a cheque for $818,040 from Group Marketing Manager, Wisynco Group Ltd Karen Rosen (centre) and Chantellee McDonald, brand manager, General Mills, as part of a long-standing relationship with Yoplait, Wisynco Group Limited and the Jamaica Cancer Society. The donation was raised through the sale of Yoplait from October 1 to November 15, 2016, in observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is an annual fund-raising activ ... Read More

Exercise, diet could offset effects of malaria — study

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

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

THE right amount of diet and exercise can help lessen damage to the heart and skeletal muscles brought on by malaria, according to a new University of Texas Arlington (UTA) study. Marco Brotto, the George W and Hazel M Jay professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas Arlington co-authored the article, which was published in The Malaria Journal. Mauro Marrelli, who was a visiting professor at the college early in 2016, co-wrote the article. Marrelli, an e ... Read More

Black people less likely to achieve blood pressure control

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

A woman sits patiently as her blood pressure is being checked. (Photo: American Heart Association)

BLACKS and Hispanics with high blood pressure are less likely than whites to get their condition under control, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. “High blood pressure is very common, and it is strongly linked to cardiovascular diseases like stroke, heart attack and heart failure,” said Edgar Argulian, senior study author and assistant professor of medicine and a cardiologist at Mt Sinai St Luke&rsquo ... Read More



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