Health

UN wants more resources to fight Haiti cholera

A November 2010 file photo of a child receiving cholera vaccination in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) – A senior United Nations official says recent successes in the fight against cholera in Haiti demonstrates that when the UN and Haitian authorities receive the necessary funds, real progress can be made, and that, eventually, “cholera will go”. On Wednesday, ... Read More

The World AIDS Day banner proudly displayed. (Photo: Karl McLarty) World AIDS Day activities electrify Corporate Area
ST William Grant Park in downtown Kingston was abuzz with activities last Thursday, as people conver ... Read More

Butterfinger (Photo: AFP) Nestle discovers low-sugar chocolate
GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Nestle has said it has discovered a way to cut the amount of sugar ... Read More

MAJOR-CAMPBELL... one of the mistakes we make in churches is to downplay the fact that we are all sexual beings (Photo: SLEEKJamaica) End stigma and discrimination, pastor urges
WITH an estimated 29,000 Jamaicans living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), at least one reli ... Read More

Drug for one hepatitis type may activate another, watchdog warns

Sunday, December 04, 2016    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Drugs against one type of hepatitis may activate another, sometimes with fatal consequences, Europe’s medicines watchdog warned last Friday. The medicines, which are highly effective against hepatitis C, may trigger latent hepatitis B in patients infected with both types, the European Medicines Agency said in a statement. It named the antivirals Daklinza, Exviera, Harvoni, Olysio, Sovaldi, and Viekirax used to treat chronic hepatitis C, an infectious liver dis ... Read More

Do I have narcissistic personality disorder?

Dr Ashish Sarangi | Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Know anyone who enjoys being in the limelight, thinks excessively highly of themselves, and feel a sense of entitlement? (Photo: AP)

QUITE a few of us are aware of people who enjoy being in the limelight, think excessively highly of themselves, feel a sense of entitlement, and lack general empathy, regard or concern for others. Maybe now is the time to consider the possibility of the presence of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) in this individual. Personality disorders are always a grey area, especially among the non-health care population, as there is debate as to how much impairment is needed for a person to be clas ... Read More

Raynaud’s syndrome

Angela Davis | Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Do you suffer with cold hands and feet? (Photo: AFP)

DO you suffer from cold hands and feet? Do you find that even though we live in a tropical climate, your hands feel cold and numb when you enter an air-conditioned room or open your freezer? If this sounds familiar, you may have Raynaud’s syndrome. Raynaud’s syndrome or disease, as it is sometimes called, causes the small arteries that supply blood to the skin to narrow, thus limiting the blood circulation to that area. It is exacerbated by temperature change or stress. The cause is ... Read More

Zika and glaucoma linked for first time in new study

Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Researchers identified a three-month-old boy who was exposed to Zika virus during gestation who developed swelling, pain, and tearing in the right eye. (Photo: AP)

A team of researchers in Brazil and at the Yale School of Public Health has published the first report demonstrating that the Zika virus can cause glaucoma in infants who were exposed to the virus during gestation. Exposure to the Zika virus during pregnancy causes birth defects of the central nervous system, including microcephaly. Brazilian and Yale School of Public Health researchers had reported early during the microcephaly epidemic that the virus also causes severe lesions in the retina & ... Read More

Churchgoers live longer

Dr Derrick Aarons | Sunday, December 04, 2016    

People at worship (Photo: AP)

AS we enter what many Christians regard as one of the holy seasons of the year — the period of Advent followed by Christmas — we customarily see a spike in attendance at church services. This, as many people focus on the religious meaning and significance of the season, despite the increase in commercial activities during the period. However, recent research findings suggest that people may actually add length to their life if they attended church in a more consistent manner. HEALT ... Read More

What to expect after filling your teeth

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Your tooth may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure after receiving a filling. (Photo: AFP)

FILLINGS help restore teeth damaged by decay to their normal function, and can prevent further decay. Your dentist may use several methods to determine if you have tooth decay or caries, including: • Observation: Some discoloured spots on your teeth may indicate decay, but not all of them. Your dentist may use an explorer — a metal instrument with a sharp tip — to probe for possible decay. Healthy tooth enamel is hard and will resist pressure by the explorer. Decayed enamel ... Read More

Jamaica begins ‘Test and Start’ HIV initiative in January

Friday, December 02, 2016    

HIV

THE Ministry of Health’s National HIV Programme will next month adopt the 2015 WHO guidelines, which recommend that anyone who is diagnosed HIV positive be offered treatment under the ‘Test and Start’ programme. This new recommendation is based on current scientific evidence from clinical trials and observational studies demonstrating that initiating antiretroviral therapy earlier results in better clinical outcomes for persons living with HIV (PLHIV) versus delayed treatment ... Read More

Search for HIV vaccine resumes with test in South Africa

Friday, December 02, 2016    

Pharmacist Mary Chindanyika labels a fridge containing a trial vaccine against HIV on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday. The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began in South Africa on Wednesday, as scientists test a beefed-up version of the only shot ever to show a glimmer of protection. (Photo: AP)

SOSHANGUVE, South Africa (AP) — The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began in South Africa on Wednesday, as scientists test a beefed-up version of the only shot ever to show a glimmer of protection. The stakes are high. It’s the first study of its kind begun in seven years, and even moderate success could prove important not only in hard-hit South Africa, where more than 1,000 people a day are infected with HIV, but beyond. “If an HIV v ... Read More

UN promises to ‘stand by’ Haitians on new approach to cholera fight

Friday, December 02, 2016    

Civil protection workers ask residents to evacuate their homes located near the Grise river in Tabarre, Haiti, in this Monday Ocober 3, 2016 file photo. The centre of Hurricane Matthew passed over south-western Haiti the following day. Cholera cases have increased since the passage of the hurricane.

UNITED NATIONS (CMC ) – The United Nations says it will be standing by the people of Haiti in the “long and thorough battle”, against cholera, as a new approach is being taken to fight the epidemic. “This is an approach that goes to the root of the problem, with long-term investments in the sanitation facilities that the country needs to eradicate cholera; short-term investments to halt the progression of cholera; and, most importantly, putting people and communities aff ... Read More

UN secretary general calls for greater effort to eradicate HIV/AIDS

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

BAN… since 2010, the number of children infected through mother-to-child transmission has dropped by half

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged the world to do more to eradicate the HIV/AIDS virus, even as he acknowledged that 35 years since its emergence, the international community can look back with some pride. Ban, who is due to leave office this year, said “we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030”. He said in a message to mark World AIDS Day today t ... Read More



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