How exercise can enhance sexual performance

THERE is now another reason to get on that treadmill — it helps when it comes time for a roll in the hay. In fact, not only will regular exercise boost your sexual performance, but it also increases your desire for sex. According to Dr Alverston Bailey, family and occupational health physicia ... Read More

DR ROCKHEAD About hirsutism
YOU may have heard the term before; it is one of the markers used to identify polycystic ovary syndr ... Read More

Annoying daily activities that actually keep you fit
RUNNING to catch the bus, walking three minutes to the office canteen and climbing two flights of st ... Read More

checklist Back-to-school checklist
THE first day of school can be exciting or nervous for some children. Parents can also have anxiety, ... Read More

Chiropractic and the risk of stroke

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

A patient gets an adjustment from chiropractor Dr Chris Davis at his Eden Gardens clinic in Kingston.

ONE of my dedicated patients alerted me last week to an article published on a website attempting to directly link chiropractic adjustments to vertebrobasilar artery tears leading to strokes (CVA’s).  It is preposterous to make such claims when these incidents can occur with something as ordinary as looking up to watch a bird fly in the sky. Furthermore, one of the largest insurance providers of malpractice insurance painstakingly researched and found that these incidents actually o ... Read More

Spreading breast cancer awareness all year round

BY KIMBERLY WILSON Sunday Observer writer | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Women sign up for breast cancer screening.

FEED The Fight (FTF) Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation is promoting breast cancer awareness all year round. The foundation, started by philanthropist and breast cancer survivor Yvonne Dunkley, has taken several strides to raise awareness about breast cancer in Montego Bay and the rural areas of St James and more recently, in Westmoreland. “We do not believe that people should hear about breast cancer only during breast cancer awareness month as persons get diagnosed with the illness ev ... Read More

How good is your blood pressure?

Prof Ernest Madu | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Nurse Claudette Walters-Simpson (left) checks Myra Anderson’s blood pressure.

HIGH blood pressure is a major problem in Jamaica, affecting about 20-30 per cent of the adult population. It is also a major promoter of stroke, cardiovascular and kidney disease, and a significant drain on public purse. Public enlightenment campaigns promote routine blood pressure (BP) measurements and control to achieve optimal blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, death, and disability. Many health conscious individuals have incorporated BP measu ... Read More

Getting to know... Francine White

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

WHITE... what I
really needed was
this one-on-one and
this is what this
competition has
offered me

Over the next few weeks, the Sunday Observer will share the stories of each challenger, how they got to where they are and their commitment to becoming better versions of themselves. WHEN Francine White realised that her budget would not allow her to pay for gym membership, let alone a personal trainer, she decided to enter the Jamaica Observer/Gymkhana Absolute Fitness Challenge. Having struggled with her weight for some time and realising after being diagnosed with a particular health condit ... Read More

ALS: The condition behind #icebucketchallenge

Dr Romayne Edwards | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

NEW YORK, USA — First base, dedicated to the disease Amyotrophic Lateral
Sclerosis (ALS) often referred to as

AMYOTROPHIC lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a medical condition that affects the motor neurone, that is nerve cells, in the brain and spinal cord, which are responsible for voluntary movement of muscle. This disease is named after Lou Gehrig, a renowned New York Yankees baseball player who suffered from this debilitating disease. The nerve cells progressively degenerate and then die and the brain later cannot control the actions of the muscles and so the patient ... Read More

Healthy snacks for back to school

Bena Nakawuki | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Try banana slices
with a natural peanut
or almond butter
spread on top.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL season is here. Many parents, relatives and caregivers have been busy preparing for the new term and stocking up on essentials such as new uniforms or clothes, shoes, sports gear, stationery, books and e-learning tools, as well as various gadgets. As important as these items are, let us not forget that good nutrition, adequate sleep and exercise are also key to child development and learning. Today, the focus is on nutrition. As children head back to school, it is vital that they ... Read More

'Take 5'

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

An NCDA youth volunteer (centre) has the avid
attention of two boys at the NCDA Take 5
pop-up in Portmore, St Catherine, recently.

THIS summer is hot and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is taking a refreshing approach to drug awareness and public education, surprising commuters and pedestrians all over by popping up, unannounced and serving them a thirst-quenching non-alcoholic drink while sharing useful drug information. Dubbed Take 5, NCDA invited the public to take a five-minute break from the heat, in their chill lounge and have a drink while chatting with a field officer or volunteer about the finding of the ... Read More

Ferguson warns of sanctions

BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson

MINISTER of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson has said that sanctions will be levied against health workers if they are found guilty of unprofessional conduct towards patients while under their care in any health facility islandwide. Ferguson said that a draft customer care policy has already been prepared and consultations are to be made with the relevant professional groups and union because the policy must carry with it sanctions. "I believe that we have a responsibility as the state to ensure that ... Read More


Sunday, August 31, 2014    


LIME employee Denise McDonald (second right) closes her eyes as nurse Audrey McDowe-Reid prepares her for blood donation at the LIME Foundation Blood Drive at its Half-Way-Tree Road offices in St Andrew, on Friday. McDonald's colleague Marline Young (second left) holds her hand while Igol Allen (left), blood donor organiser at the National Blood Transfusion Service, and LIME Foundation Chairman Errol Miller look on. (PHOTO: ASTON SPAULDING) SUPPORTING ANOTHER --> Read More

Daily pain management regimen

With Dr Chris Davis | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

BRAZIL - Argentina's midfielder Lucas Biglia gestures in pain during a quarterfinal
football match between Argentina and Belgium in Brasilia during the
2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5, 2014. (PHOTO: AFP)

USING cold therapy in combination with chiropractic spinal adjustments and therapeutic ultrasound speed up healing and reduce pain faster. Follow this daily pain management regimen for new injuries as well as exacerbations of chronic conditions. Do this concurrently with your recommended chiropractic adjustment regimen for the best results possible. Note: you will only be able to perform RICE steps outside of the chiropractic office. Step one will be performed in the clinical setting at the t ... Read More



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