Health

Blood drive targets HWT Road businesses

Chief Medical Officer Dr Kevin Harvey (right) shares a point
with (from left) blood donor and coach of the national table
tennis team, Stephen Grant, nurse Audrick McDowe-Reid, and
head of the LIME Foundation Errol Miller, after the launch of
Blood Drive 2014 at the offices of the National Blood
Transfusion Service on Thursday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

BUSINESSES from Half-Way-Tree to Cross Roads in St Andrew are being targeted in the 2014 LIME Foundation Blood Drive to collect some 100 units on August 29. With at least 55,000 units of blood needed annually and only about 30,000 being received each year, the LIME Foundation has partnered with the ... Read More

Monrovia, Liberia — Health workers are handed personal protective gear by a team leader (right) before collecting the bodies of
the deceased from streets in Monrovia on Saturday. New figures released by the World Health Organisation showed that Liberia
has recorded more Ebola deaths — 413 — than any of the other affected countries. (PHOTO: AP) Health ministry issues Ebola warning for entertainers, others
ENTERTAINERS and other Jamaicans are being warned against travelling to the Ebola-affected areas of ... Read More

A Ministry of Health worker sprinkles chlorine in water stored
in a drum at a St Andrew home on Tuesday, while a toddler
observes the activity. The Aedes aegypti, which is blamed for
the spread of chikungunya, is domesticated and breeds in
containers where water settles.
(PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Jamaica now has 17 Chikungunya cases
THE Ministry of Health has reported seven additional cases of Chikungunya. This brings the total nu ... Read More

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (centre) has the rapt attention of (from left) Dr Carlos Santos-Burgoa, PAHO/WHO
Risk Factors Unit Chief; Margareta Skold, PAHO/WHO country representative for Jamaica; Dr Tibor Szilagyi, technical
officer at the Reporting and Exchange of Information at the WHO FCTC Convention secretariat; and Mark Connolly,
UNICEF representative at Tuesday’s FCTC joint needs assessment stakeholders meeting at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel.
(PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Ministry reports 43% drop in tobacco cultivation
GOVERNMENT appears to be winning the war against tobacco cultivation, with the Ministry of Agricultu ... Read More

LIME Foundation launches Blood Drive 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:51 PM    

Dr Angela Scott, acting director of National Public Health Laboratory (second right) makes a point at the launch of the LIME Foundation Blood Drive 2014 at the Blood Bank today, while (from left) Chief Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health Dr Kevin Harvey, Dr Veronica Taylor, acting director of the National Blood Transfusion Service, and LIME Foundation Executive Chairman Errol Miller listen attentively. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

KINGSTON, Jamaica-- In an effort to bolster and encourage a culture of voluntary blood donation, the LIME Foundation, in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service, today launched Blood Drive 2014 at the Blood Bank. Slated for Friday, August 29, Blood Drive 2014 is being staged to increase public awareness about blood shortage, the need for increased donations and the purpose and health benefits derived from donating blood. So far, some 53 companies from Half-Way-Tree to Cross R ... Read More

Botox may slow tumour growth in stomach cancer — study

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

A vial of Botox (PHOTO: AP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Botox has frozen the faces of countless Hollywood stars, and international researchers said yesterday the toxic injections might also be able to stop cancer in its tracks, at least temporarily. The findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine are based on studies of mice with stomach cancer. Researchers found that Botox could block signals from the vagal nerve — which extends from the brain stem to the abdomen — slowing the growth o ... Read More

Drug blocks Ebola-like virus in monkey tests

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Liberia security forces blockade an area around the West Point Ebola centre as
the Government clamps down on the movement of people to prevent the spread
of the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, yesterday. (PHOTO): AP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — An experimental drug treatment can help monkeys survive an otherwise deadly infection with a tropical virus called Marburg, which is similar to Ebola, researchers said yesterday. The findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine show the potential for a similar drug treatment against Ebola, the deadly haemorrhagic virus that is sweeping across West Africa in the largest outbreak to date. There is no available drug or vaccine for Ebola, which has ... Read More

Health ministry seeks to acquire fever-detecting devices

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 18, 2014    

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson (second left) along with David Muir (left), executive director, Food For the Poor (FFP);
Andrew Mahfood (second right), FFP chairman; and Dr Andrei Cooke, head of the South East Regional Health Authority, inspect
some of the approximately 16,000 units of intravenous fluid donated to the Ministry of Health by FFP last week. (PHOTO:
GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE health ministry says that it will be moving to acquire fever-detecting devices to use at the island's ports as part of efforts to boost the country's defence against the deadly Ebola and other viruses. According to Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, his ministry has begun to carry out checks about the device following a recommendation made at a meeting last Thursday between health officials and a team from the World Health Organisation (WHO). "We have been working with the WHO relative to ... Read More

The fat flush diet

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT | Monday, August 18, 2014    

INSTEAD of fat-reducing pills, rigorous exercise or weight loss injections, many people are now using natural foods and juices to lose weight. The fat flush diet, first introduced by American personal trainer Kim Lyons, who presented the concoction on The Biggest Loser, is said to be loaded with fat-burning fruits and vegetables that will get your metabolism revving. General, laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon Dr Alfred Dawes said the diet does work, but there's a caveat. "The vitamins such a ... Read More

Facts about Ebola

Dr Romayne Edwards | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Wear protective clothing
when handling the bodily
fluids of people infected
with the Ebola virus.

EBOLA virus disease, named after the Ebola river near the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where there was the initial outbreak in 1976, is an often fatal illness when contracted by humans. It causes a severe viral haemorrhagic disease in its sporadic outbreaks. This virus dwells in wild animals such as fruit bats, chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, and porcupines and are transmitted to humans through close contact with their infected blood, secretions, organs, and bodily fluids, especially in vi ... Read More

One down, two more to go

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Maureen Milbourn is a picture of concentration as she goes for
her 5K target.

AFTER four weeks, several bonus classes and the first "weigh-in", two of the eight participants in the Jamaica Observer/Gymkhana Absolute Fitness Challenge are in the top slot, but the others are not far behind. Despite the heated battle to claim the inaugural "I'm GymKFit" trophy, Francine White and Sandrine Waite have managed to maintain their lead after the weigh-in. Last Monday, the challengers were tested for the first time since the start of the competition, to see if they have achieved t ... Read More

Innovative solutions needed for sustainable health care

Prof Ernest Madu | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Innovative solutions needed
for sustainable health care

CARDIOVASCULAR Diseases (CVD) were responsible for less than 10 per cent of all global deaths at the dawn of the 20th century. By 2001, CVDs were responsible for about 30 per cent of all deaths worldwide, fuelled mainly by the rapid rise in the epidemic of cardiovascular diseases in low and middle-income countries. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 17 million deaths occur annually from cardiovascular diseases accounting for one-third of all global deaths. Currently, an estimated ... Read More

10 reasons to enjoy guineps

Bena Nakawuki | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Guinep is also known as Spanish
lime, Skinip, Quenepa, Honeyberry,
Mamoncillo, Mapo —
and yes, even “Ackee” in Barbados.
It contain amino acids which can
help to lower blood sugar levels.

IT'S guinep time again and the vendors are everywhere! I have even seen guineps in the supermarkets - that's how abundant they are these days. While it took me a while to appreciate the Jamaican guinep fruit, once I did, I was hooked! At first it reminded me of a cross between a lychee and a small lime. And I thought it strange that this fruit had such a large seed and only a thin layer of pulp. However, once I found a good bunch I instantly loved the sweet and tangy combination of the guinep p ... Read More

'Special needs' in special needs trusts

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Young Isabelle Joseph (left), sibling of a child with autism spectrum disorder, and Arissa Daley, daughter of volunteer Sashah Green-Daley, enjoy playtime at Ena's Haven. Paediatric physical therapist Terri-Ann Samuels encourages parents to bring along the siblings of children with special needs to her therapy sessions. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

WHEN planning for your special needs child, there are several things to consider. Parents and caregivers can make use of various financial tools to fund the care of their child or adult child with special needs. Insurance policies, savings accounts and limited Government of Jamaica programmes can be formed into a toolkit to provide your special needs child with the edge to take them right through to retirement. With the help of an attorney-at-law, you can create a trust that will pay out these ... Read More



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