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A healthy twist on a Christmas staple

CHRISTMAS is right around the corner and, as is customary, with the festive season comes a heavy consumption of popular foods. Read More

The 'medicine tree'
KNOWN as mamão in Brazil, la fruta bomba in certain parts of the Caribbean, el melon zapote in Mexico, or pawpaw to Australians, this succulent melon-shaped fruit papaya — which comes from the Latin Carica papaya...... Read More

Can bedsores kill?
EARLIER this year, there was an unfortunate news item in which a grieving mother vented her despair at the condition of her son's body while under the care of one of Jamaica's public hospital.... Read More

COVID-19 vaccines developed in record time
THERE are now two COVID-19 vaccines that, at least according to preliminary reports, appear to be 94.5 per cent and 95 per cent effective. Both were developed in a record-breaking 11 months or so. ... Read More

Building your marriage

Warrick Lattibeaudiere | Sunday, November, 22 2020    

WITH what qualities have you dug the foundation of your marriage? Read More

Why eat fish?

BY MICHAEL TLUSTY University of Massachusetts Boston | Sunday, November, 22 2020    

EATING fish can provide powerful advantages for the heart and brain, yet Americans eat less than half of the 26 pounds per year that experts recommend.By contrast, Americans buy seven times more chicken and beef annually than fish. Read More

50 women get free mammograms

Sunday, November, 22 2020    

THOUGH the fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic has resulted in some companies pulling back from dipping into their coffers as they normally would, Black Ink Marketing & Events Solutions Limited was resolute with its decision to continue supporting the Jamaica Cancer Society... Read More

Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon

Thursday, November, 19 2020    

Pfizer said yesterday that new test results show its coronavirus vaccine is 95 per cent effective, is safe and also protects older people most at risk of dying — the last data needed to seek emergency use of limited shot supplies as the catastrophic outbreak worsens across the... Read More

New online tool lets you calculate COVID-19 risk

Sunday, November, 15 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — If you were to find yourself in a group of 10 people in the US capital Washington today, the risk that one person has COVID-19 would be 18 per cent. The equivalent figure in Paris is 32 per cent. Read More

Balance is key

Warrick Lattibeaudiere | Sunday, November, 15 2020    

A funambulist must keenly focus in order to walk a tightrope, especially when simultaneously performing other balancing acts. A simple moment of indiscretion could cause him to lose balance, topple, and though there may me a safety net, he would have lost the confidence of... Read More

Data-driven model shows wearing masks saves lives

BY BIPLAV SRIVASTAVA University of South Carolina | Sunday, November, 15 2020    

Dr Biplav Srivastava, professor of computer science at the University of South Carolina, and his team have developed a data-driven tool that helps demonstrate the effect of wearing masks on COVID-19 cases and deaths. His model utilises a variety of data sources to create alternative... Read More

Ingredients in flu vaccine won't hurt you

BY TERRI LEVIEN & ANNE P KIM Washington State University | Sunday, November, 15 2020    

MISUNDERSTANDINGS about flu vaccines have existed for decades, leading to vaccine mistrust and lower-than-ideal vaccination rates. Now that a novel coronavirus vaccine appears to be close, experts are concerned that the lack of trust and understanding about flu vaccines could translate... Read More

Trust in vaccines vital to halting pandemic — WHO

Sunday, November, 15 2020    

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — As the world celebrates advances in vaccines against the novel coronavirus, a top World Health Organization (WHO) expert warned in an interview with AFP that public distrust risked rendering even the most effective treatments useless against the... Read More

COVID-19 vaccine

BY NICOLE HASSOUN Binghamton University, State University of New York | Sunday, November, 15 2020    

INFECTIOUS diseases do not respect borders. Read More

Dental antibiotics up 25% during pandemic — study

Sunday, November, 15 2020    

PARIS, France (AFP) — The amount of antibiotics prescribed by dentists in Britain has soared by a quarter since COVID-19 struck, according to research published Friday highlighting the risk of a “slow-motion” pandemic of antibiotic resistance. Read More


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