Jamaica Health News - Family Life, Schools, Education, Culture News - Health - JamaicaObserver.com


Explainer: Why men can't buy the morning after pill

Thirty-seven-year-old Kenny thought he was being a good husband by offering to run to the pharmacy for his wife. She needed emergency contraceptives, often referred to as the morning after pill. He went to several pharmacies but none would allow him to make the purchase. Read More

Bridging dental gaps
If you have one or more missing teeth, you are not alone. Finding the right replacement is the key to a confident smile, and one of the most popular options is dental bridges. Bridges are solely used to replace missing teeth. They have two crowns – one on either end – and a...... Read More

New year, new diet
EVERY year, more than 50 per cent of people make new year's resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, work out, save money, get a promotion, get a raise, and more. And yet, virtually every study shows that around 80 per cent of new year's resolutions will get abandoned toward the end of...... Read More

How healthy are you?
Many of us equate feeling good with being healthy, lulling ourselves into a false sense of security. After all, we often hear of people who have never complained of being sick yet they die suddenly. This is often the case with many whose lives end with a heart attack without the...... Read More

Meet your prostate gland

Sunday, January, 17 2021    

Approximately 30 per cent of the practice of a urologist is dedicated to treating diseases of the prostate gland. This organ attracts a lot of attention because of cancer cases and related public education campaigns. However, many people are unaware of the location and... Read More

'Help! I'm having a heart attack'

Sunday, January, 17 2021    

It is all too familiar for many of us in Jamaica: we know or have heard of someone with chest pain who was later diagnosed with a heart attack. The thought of a heart attack (myocardial infarction) can be quite scary, especially if fatal. We will discuss the condition today by providing... Read More

8 tips for effective health & fitness goals

Sunday, January, 10 2021    

It's a new year and as we painstakingly add our health and fitness goals to our list of new year's resolutions, we shudder at the thought of failing to follow through on this one goal yet again. One in three resolution-makers hopes to achieve a health-related goal, whether it is to... Read More

Dental choices for a new year

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

Dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the new year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving tooth brushing habits to completing delayed dental... Read More

Banish body odour

Warrick Lattibeaudiere | Sunday, January, 10 2021    

Not only is it unpleasant to interact with people who have strong body odour, it is considered offensive to point it out to strangers and can be awkward for one friend to tell another. Read More

Mental fitness tips for 2021

Sunday, January, 3 2021    

The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought mental well-being into sharper focus with individuals and organisations forced to encourage mental resilience as an important component of overcoming the challenges faced. Here are a few tips that may help us achieve and maintain mental... Read More

How COVID-19 took over the world in 2020

Sunday, January, 3 2021    

Almost no place has been spared — and no one. Read More

COVID-19-killing UV-LED light coming, say Israeli researchers

Sunday, January, 3 2021    

Researchers at Tel Aviv University claim to have shown that the coronavirus can be killed efficiently, quickly, and cheaply using ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting diodes (UV-LEDs). They believe that the UV-LED technology will soon be available for private and commercial use. Read More

Get your heart ready for 2021

Sunday, January, 3 2021    

With all the COVID-19 safety protocols that became a way of life for many of us in 2020, and the discovery of effective vaccines, we hope the novel coronavirus will be eradicated soon. Meanwhile, from the eyes of a cardiovascular surgeon, it seems that cardiovascular disease remains a... Read More

Dense breast?

BY BRITTNY HUTCHINSON Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January, 3 2021    

After enduring the discomfort of a mammogram and anxiously waiting more than a month for the results, 56-year-old Alison (not her real name) was told she needed to do an ultrasound. Her breast tissue was too dense for an accurate reading from the mammogram, the doctors explained. Read More

Who's your urologist?

Dr Belinda Morrison-Blidgen | Sunday, January, 3 2021    

I recognise that many people do not know what a urologist is and does. In addition, people confuse the specialty of urology with others, such as nephrology. As a urologist I am happy to elaborate on my area of expertise. Read More


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon