Sudden death in sports does happen

Schoolboy footballers in action (Photo: Karl McLarty)

JAMAICA was plunged into shock at the sudden and untimely death of a schoolboy football player last week. Events like this are not rare and happen from time to time internationally. It is usually met with disbelief and is difficult for the public to comprehend, as many are left surprised as to why a ... Read More

Garlic Is the cure in the kitchen?
IN the days of old, before medication and medical doctors, there were creative old remedies that hav ... Read More

The feet are our foundation and the main shock absorbers of the body. (Photo: AFP) Over supination can affect your body
A colleague came to me two weeks ago complaining about a condition I rarely see in clinic, but which ... Read More

See a dental professional to determine the cause of tooth sensitivity and find a solution. Dentin exposure and tooth sensitivity
TOOTH sensitivity is something that affects a number of people. It is often caused by eating or drin ... Read More

Power your heart, power your life

Dr Claudine Lewis | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

EACH year on September 29, members and partners of the World Heart Federation observe World Heart Day. World Heart Day is the World Heart Federation’s and the world’s biggest global awareness-raising platform for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The World Heart Federation and its members are dedicated to leading the global fight against CVD, including heart disease and stroke. Working with more than 200 member organisations in over 100 countries, they strive for a 25 per cent reductio ... Read More

Regional health challenges for Washington meeting

Friday, September 23, 2016    

A pest control worker fumigates drains and the gardens at a local housing estate where the latest case of Zika infections were reported from on Thursday, September 1, 2016, in Singapore. (Photo: AP)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Health ministers and other officials from the region will discuss ways in which to tackle public health challenges facing the Caribbean at a three-day meeting. The discussions will be held at a meeting of the Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on Health in Washington, DC, to be held from September 23 to 25. Matters such as infectious diseases, chemical risk and thermonouclear risk management will be placed on the table, as well as talks on Caribb ... Read More

Gov’t to develop national health accreditation policy

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health Elaine Foster Allen (second right) is engaged in discussion with Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chairman Richard Byles (second left) during a cocktail reception to officially mark Jamaica’s formal commitment to the Quality Assurance for the Health Sector towards Accreditation Initiative at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew on Tuesday. Others (from left) are principal of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Professor Archibald McDonald; and executive vice-president and actuary at Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, Willard Brown. (Observer)

THE Ministry of Health will be developing a national policy that outlines the country’s road map towards the accreditation of facilities within the sector. The initiative, titled ‘National Policy on Health Sector Quality Assurance’, will form part of the ministry’s 10-year strategic plan. This was disclosed by Health Minister Christopher Tufton in a message delivered by permanent secretary in the ministry, Elaine Foster Allen, during a cocktail reception to mark Jamaic ... Read More

Ministry moves to cut hospital waiting time

Monday, September 19, 2016    

A section of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital.

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) says it is implementing measures to reduce patient waiting time, especially at hospitals where the problem is more pronounced. In keeping with an initiative by the Ministry of Health, the WRHA has started with the Savanna-la-Mar General Hospital where the target is to at least reduce patient waiting time in the accident and emergency (A&E) department to an average of two hours for urgent cases from the current average of six to seven hours. Pari ... Read More

New strain of mosquito-borne virus found in Haiti

Monday, September 19, 2016    

Dr. John Lednicky, a researcher at the University of Florida, pictured,
is lead author of a study identifying the Mayaro virus in a patient in
Haiti for the first time. The virus had previously mostly been seen in
small outbreaks in rural South America and near the Amazon. Photo by
University of Florida

FLORIDA, (CMC) — University of Florida (UF) researchers say have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness that has never before been reported in the French-speaking Caribbean Community country. Known as “Mayaro virus”, it is closely related to chikungunya virus and was first isolated in Trinidad in 1954. The symptoms of Mayaro fever are similar to those of chikungunya: fever, joint pain, muscle pain and rashes. Abdominal pain is also a feature of M ... Read More

Brain cancer now leading childhood cancer killer

Monday, September 19, 2016    

Photo: AFP

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the US, now ahead of leukemia, a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating lack of progress on brain cancer. Government statisticians reported the change in rankings yesterday, drawing from a review of 15 years of death certificates. “I think most people, when they think of childhood cancer, think of leukemia,” said Sally Curtin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Th ... Read More

Usain Bolt, genes and genetic testing

Dr Derrick Aarons | Sunday, September 18, 2016    

Usain Bolt (Photo: AP)

OUR Olympic superstars Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson have not only made sporting and international news recently, they have also made it into the medical news arena. Medscape, the leading online global information source for health care professionals worldwide, which offers the latest medical news and expert perspectives, published an article at the end of August entitled ‘ Can a Genetic Test tell if your kid is the next Usain Bolt?’ The article asked the question: ‘Are t ... Read More

Photo: Tufton greets Unwin

Sunday, September 18, 2016    

Photo: Garfield Robinson

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (centre) greets Professor Nigel Unwin from the University of Cambridge, who delivered the Wilbert Jeffrey Smith Wilson Memorial Lecture at last Sunday’s annual Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica (ACPJ) symposium at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Looking on is ACPJ President Dr Lilieth Johnson Whittaker. The symposium, which was held under the theme ‘Beating Diabetes: From Prevention to Cure’, featured several sp ... Read More

New chikungunya-like disease detected in Haiti

Sunday, September 18, 2016    

LEDNICKY... the virus detected is genetically different from the ones that have been described recently in Brazil (Photo: University of Florida)

UNIVERSITY of Florida researchers have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness that has never before been reported in the Caribbean nation. Known as ‘Mayaro virus’, it is closely related to chikungunya virus and was first isolated in Trinidad in 1954. Most reported cases, however, have been confined to small outbreaks in the Amazon. Whether this case signals the start of a new outbreak in the Caribbean region is currently unknown. “While current at ... Read More

EMTs going beyond call of duty

Sunday, September 18, 2016    

EMT with the Jamaica Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (JAEMTs), Daminique Sudeene, administers blood pressure and blood sugar readings on a woman who recently gave birth.

THE Jamaica Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (JAEMTs), following its incorporation in July, launched an ambitious islandwide social outreach programme, of which a nursing home and health fair were the first two stops. The non-profit organisation, founded and operated by graduates of The University of the West Indies (UWI), created the initiative as a way of giving back to the community through donations of equipment and services, as well as raising awareness about the importance of ... Read More



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