Blood pressure follow-up

Courtesy of Heart Foundation

(From left) Heart Foundation of Jamaica executives Deborah Chen, executive director; Nola Phillpotts-Brown senior manager, health administration; and Sophia Dallen, medical supervisor, recently met with representatives of Australian Aid, Tracey Haines and Lucretia Birch. Haines and Birch’s vis ... Read More

Onions are being studied as a potential disrupter and killer of cancer cells. (Photo: AFP) Onion: a cancer fighter?
ONIONS that many people love on burgers and in salads are being studied at a new level as a potentia ... Read More

The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the bone at the side of the head.
(photo:afp) Does your jaw make popping sounds?
TEMPOROMANDIBULAR joint and muscle disorders, commonly called TMJ, are a group of conditions that ca ... Read More

A damaged Samsung Galaxy Note 7. (Photo: AP) Exploding smartphones
DOZENS of dangerous gases are produced by the batteries found in billions of consumer devices, like ... Read More

Fake nails: Will they ruin the real ones?

Angela Davis | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

It is important to note that fake nails are probably not the healthiest or safest of beauty indulgences. (Photo: Antonio Graham)

THERE are very few things more relaxing than a nice manicure or pedicure. In Jamaica this is a huge industry, with many women and men opting for acrylic, gel and stick-on nails. They usually look glamorous and elongate the fingers and toes. However, it is important to note that fake nails are probably not the healthiest or safest of beauty indulgences. To get acrylic or any other types of false nail to stick, the surface of your own nail have to be filed until rough. This causes them to weaken ... Read More

Tufton to share details of ‘Jamaica Moves’ soon

Wednesday, October 19, 2016    

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton

HEALTH Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says details of the exercise programme ‘Jamaica Moves’ will be announced shortly. The initiative is part of measures to combat non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancers. “You will hear more about it in the months to come, but it’s all about getting Jamaicans even just to walk more,” Dr Tufton said. He was speaking with JIS News after participating in the Usain Bolt Foundation and Jamaica National Fo ... Read More

Mouth-healthy eating

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, October 16, 2016    

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. (Photo: AFP)

IF you want to prevent cavities, how often you eat can be just as important as what you eat. That’s because food affects your teeth and mouth long after you swallow. Overall poor nutrition can contribute to periodontal (gum) disease and may also have other long-term effects on your mouth. Learning how food affects your oral health is the first step towards mouth-healthy eating. IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF FOOD Changes begin in your mouth the minute you start to eat certain foods. How does th ... Read More

Drug testing: Protecting the country’s health

Dr Derrick Aarons | Sunday, October 16, 2016    

Jamaica and other member countries of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) test new drugs at the CARPHA Drug Testing Laboratory.

SCRUTINY of new drug applications with appropriate testing, where necessary, is important to keeping a society safe from ineffective or harmful drugs and other pharmaceutical products. Some countries have their own pharmaceutical testing agencies, while others depend on those in the United States of America, such as the Food and Drug Administration, to test and make public declarations for them to follow. Customarily, there are two sources of new drugs wishing to enter the market of a country. ... Read More

Surviving breast cancer

Sunday, October 16, 2016    

Everyone with breast cancer is someone’s daughter or son.

“Have you heard about Abby?” a friend asked me two and a half years ago. “What about her?” I enquired, puzzled. Abby Younis is a good friend of mine. “She had a double mastectomy this morning. Abby has breast cancer.” I felt like my stomach had plummeted into my feet. How could this be? Forty-one-year-old mother of two young children and she was fine a few months ago. Within days, I was at Abby’s house. I had not been there for her when she had h ... Read More

JaMHAN launches mental health referral network

Sunday, October 16, 2016    

Following a compelling, informative address, spoken word artist, public speaker and mental health advocate Hakeem Rahim (sixth right) and event moderator Dr Michael Abrahams (second left) join members of the Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network team for a celebratory picture. (Photo: Cesar Buelto)

Following a public forum and media launch last week, the Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network (JaMHAN) has debuted its online referral network and is now set to launch a series of thought-provoking advertisements. Reflecting this year’s global theme of ‘Psychological First Aid’, the initiative is executed via a social media video campaign starring last year’s Festival Queen and eMotion Jamaica founder/advocate, Chereese Ricketts, sharing her struggles with depression a ... Read More

Does prayer work?

Dr Jacqueline E Campbell | Sunday, October 16, 2016    

Prayer is a tool that opens communication between God and mankind.Photo: AP

MANY years ago my father developed a huge lump at the back of his neck. He was examined on more than one occasion by a surgeon and scheduled for surgery. As he prepared himself mentally to undergo the procedure, my grandmother (mummy’s mother) decided to put the matter in different hands. She declared that he would not be having any surgery and she, along with others, prayed for him. When he presented himself for surgery, the lump, to the amazement of the surgeon who had examined him the ... Read More

The critters within

Dr Arlene Rose | Sunday, October 09, 2016    

Walking on the ground in areas where animals frequent may be a source of parasites. (Photo: AFP)

WHEN people think of parasites their thoughts are often limited to a summer deworming of their children as part of the back-to-school routine. Somehow, we choose to ignore the fact that we, too, may have parasites — perhaps even in greater numbers and in more diverse parts of our bodies than in our children. According to a recent United States study, 85 per cent of Americans have parasites. In a third-world country like Jamaica, our number may be even greater. It is surprisingly easy to ... Read More

What is reflexology?

Angela Davis | Sunday, October 09, 2016    

Reflexology chart

REFLEXOLOGY is a non-intrusive, complementary health therapy based on the theory that different parts of the feet, lower leg, hands, face and ears correspond with different areas of the body. Modern reflexology is based on an ancient form of foot and hand therapy practised in China and Egypt over 4000 BC ago. North American Indian tribes have also been practising reflexology for centuries. Western countries became aware of the art when American D William Fitzgerald drew the medical world’ ... Read More

Urine therapy

Maureen Minto | Sunday, October 09, 2016    

Urine therapy has been used to treat cancers of the skin, cervix, lungs, eyes, breast, and liver (Photo: AP)

SHOULD you be throwing away your urine? Believe it or not, clinical studies have shown urine — otherwise called fountain of youth or shivambu — to be a consistent source of a variety of antibodies, hormones, enzymes, and other natural chemicals that will regulate and control body functions and combat imbalances. Thanks to science and technology, we are able to examine our urine and know that it consists of 95 per cent water, 2.5 per cent urea, and the remaining 2.5 per cent is a mix ... Read More



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