Can the full moon affect us?

The supermoon rises above a field in Heho, Myanmar’s Shan state, on November 14, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

Thank God for the traffic, I thought. At least I will get a chance to enjoy one of my favourite sights – the slow dance of the full moon as it ascends the evening skies. I was so caught up in the moment that I almost did not notice a motor vehicle driver trying to edge my car into a nearby gu ... Read More

This file photo taken on January 4, 2017 in Paris, shows a bottle of Uvesterol D. Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections, said a study on February 15, 2017 which reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements. (Photo: AFP) Study claims vitamin D can protect against colds, flu
PARIS, France (AFP) — Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respirat ... Read More

Dr Belinda Morrison, consultant urologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, speaks to an attendant at the NCB Insurance ProCare Men’s Health Week, held at the NCB Knutsford Branch in 2014. Get ready for NCB Insurance men’s health week
MEN continue to pay less attention to their health when compared with their female counterparts, a c ... Read More

Heart Institute of the Caribbean’s Balmoral Avenue site, where the cardiac intensive care unit will be located when it opens in March 2017 Heart Institute of the Caribbean to open ICU for heart patients
The Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) has announced the opening of a fully equipped cardiac int ... Read More

Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

This February 12, 2016 photo shows two-week-old Sophia, born with microcephaly, during a physical therapy session at the Pedro I hospital in Campina Grande, Brazil.

A multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development. These findings are detailed in Stem Cell Reports. There are currently 70 countries and territories reporting active Zika transmission, according to the World Health Organization. While a Zika infection typically results in mild or symptom-free infections in healthy adults and children, the risk of microcephaly in the developi ... Read More

Beyond teeth: What’s inside your mouth

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Your mouth is made up of more than just teeth.Photo: AP

Your mouth is made up of more than just teeth, so good oral health goes beyond simply brushing and flossing. In addition to your teeth, your mouth is made up of gums, oral mucosa, the upper and lower jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, the uvula, and the frenulum. All of these structures play an important role when it comes to good dental health and are routinely examined when you receive dental care. THE ORAL MUCOSA When you open your mouth and look in the mirror, everything that isn’t ... Read More

Sandals South Coast encourages staff to live well

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

EHS Guardians Sani Smith (second left) and Diedre-Ann Campbell (second right) strike a pose during their workout session with the Myer Fitness team of (from left) Nyron Satchell, Munirah Graham, Kerry Myers, and Randy Myers during the Sandals South Coast Staff Health and Wellness Fair recently.

Sandals South Coast says it is on a mission to create a highly productive and engaging working environment through promoting healthy lifestyles among its team members. It was with that in mind that the resort recently staged their tenth annual Health and Wellness Fair, which saw approximately 200 employees from various departments taking a moment to indulge in a host of complimentary services and discounted product offerings in a bid to improve their general well-being. Organised by the resor ... Read More

Stress can lead to broken heart syndrome

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

The electrocardiogram is the most basic heart test that can be done. (Photo: AP)

Whether from a friend, through songs or poems, we have all, at one point or the other, heard about a broken heart. In fact, some people scoff at those who believe it exists. But, is there really such a thing? Broken heart syndrome, otherwise known as takutsubo cardiomyopathy, is the sudden onset of heart failure associated with electrocardiography changes similar to a heart attack. The surprising thing is that stress, sometimes from losing loved ones, can cause heart failure or broken heart sy ... Read More

D&G Foundation supports JIS blood donation drive

Thursday, February 16, 2017    

D&G Foundation volunteers donate blood at the recent JIS Blood Drive. Red Stripe also donated Malta to rejuvenate all blood donors on the day.

The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is declaring its blood drive on Tuesday, February 7 a major success, due in large part to support from corporate donors like the Desnoes and Geddes Foundation. In addition to providing Malta to rejuvenate donors, the D&G Foundation took a team of volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and gave blood for the cause. “We’re really heartened by the support we got. We exceeded the target of 50 units of blood and we are really grateful to our p ... Read More

Protect your gum while using oral contraceptives

Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

There is no way to prevent an impacted tooth, but careful dental hygiene can reduce the risk of infection.

AS a woman, you ksnow that your health needs are unique. You also know that at specific times in your life you need to take extra care of yourself. Times when you mature and change, for example, puberty or menopause, and times when you have special health needs, such as menstruation or pregnancy. During these particular times, your body experiences hormonal changes. These changes can affect many of the tissues in your body, including your gums. Your gums can become sensitive, and at times reac ... Read More

Heart attack vs cardiac arrest: The difference

Dr Claudine Lewis | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

Blocked arteries may cause no symptoms, chest pain with activity or chest pain while doing nothing.

In keeping with the theme for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s observation of Heart Month, today we will be looking at the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack. WE hear stories of someone who was playing sports and collapsed suddenly on the field and died, or died in sleep without any knowledge of any medical problems. Most often these cases are caused by sudden cardiac arrest. People often use the term interchangeably with heart attack, but they are not synonyms. ... Read More

Ethics committees crucial for health research

Derrick Aarons | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

People should be told the purpose of the research as well as any and all foreseeable risks. (Photo: AFP)

GOOD health is crucial for the productivity of a society, and so health research has to be conducted perpetually since new diseases are constantly emerging each year. The response to Ebola and Zika involved rapid research to design effective vaccines, and research into chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes continue with the search for more effective treatments. Such research, however, depend heavily on human volunteers, without whom new discoveries would not be possible. Consequently, ... Read More

Ways to exfoliate your skin — Pt 2

Michelle Vernon | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

Oatmeal baths keep skin moisturised and prevent keratosis pilaris.Observer

Last week we discussed the manual method of exfoliating the skin. This week we will discuss the chemical and granular body exfoliation methods. Chemical exfoliation The use of chemicals such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or enzymes to break down the upper layer of dead skin cell debris can be a safe and effective method of exfoliation, if done correctly. This type of skin exfoliation (especially facial exfoliation) will generally cause some mild irritation. The aesthetician must be careful no ... Read More

Foot care for diabetics

Angela Davis | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

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

Two weeks ago, I wrote about two patients who are diabetic and had serious and preventable injuries. This week I will give you diabetes-related health education so you know how to avoid problems. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Jamaica. Sixty-five per cent of the patients who attend my office are diabetic, many having been diagnosed several years ago. In 1960, the prevalence of diabetes in adult Jamaicans stood at 1.3 per cent. By 1995 it had jumped alarmingly to 17.9 per cent. T ... Read More



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