White fillings can make your smile last

Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, February, 4 2018    

Dentists have been repairing decayed teeth with silver-coloured ( amalgam) fillings for generations. Even though the American Dental Association (ADA) says these fillings are safe and affordable, more people are now opting for white fillings (composite... Read More

Ganja use, the law, and long-term effects

Dr Derrick Aarons | Sunday, February, 4 2018    

Currently nine states in the USA have legalised the recreational use of marijuana (ganja) within their jurisdictions. However, in the remaining 42 states and at the federal level in the USA, marijuana is still illegal and so any possession is a criminal offence with specific consequences... Read More

52 teaspoons of sugar is way too much — Heart Foundation

Sunday, February, 4 2018    

IT is estimated that Jamaicans' daily intake of sugar amounts to over 52 teaspoons. Read More

Congestive heart failure

BY FALLON FOLKES Observer staff reporter | Sunday, February, 4 2018    

 The function of the heart is to pump blood to all the organs of the body. When it is no longer able to do that effectively, then heart failure begins to take place. Read More

More than skin deep

Sunday, February, 4 2018    

PARIS, France (AFP) — In the never-ending quest for youthful, magazine-cover looks, 8.6 billion euros (US$10.7 billion) were spent last year on materials and chemicals used in cosmetic procedures worldwide, the IMCAS industry body said recently. Read More

Jamaicans encouraged to read nutritional facts on food labels

BY KIMBERLY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter | Thursday, February, 1 2018    

THE Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), in its appeal to Jamaicans to read nutritional facts on food labels, has formulated an infographic chart to assist in this regard. Read More

Dr Bisasor-McKenzie now acting chief medical officer

Thursday, February, 1 2018    

DR Jacquiline A Bisasor-McKenzie has been appointed acting chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health, effective today.She will fill the vacancy left by Dr Winston De La Haye, who demitted office yesterday. Read More

'Unhealthy habits put youth at risk for chronic illnesses'

Thursday, February, 1 2018    

THE Jamaica Cancer Society will be focusing on adolescent health this month, with specific attention on harmful habits such as alcohol use, substance abuse, unhealthy diets and smoking. Read More

Cardiologist: People must be aware of connection between obesity and sleep apnoea

Thursday, February, 1 2018    

THE Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is encouraging Jamaicans to be aware of the connection between overweight/obesity and sleep apnoea, which can affect their health. Read More

Epileptic seizures, depression may share a common genetic cause

Sunday, January, 28 2018    

For the first time, scientists have found evidence that seizures and mood disorders such as depression may share the same genetic cause in some people with epilepsy, which may lead to better screening and treatment to improve patients' quality of life. Read More

Epilepsy linked to brain volume and thickness differences

Sunday, January, 28 2018    

Epilepsy is associated with thickness and volume differences in the grey matter of several brain regions, according to new research led by UCL and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Read More

Craving carbs? Blame your brain

Sunday, January, 28 2018    

Tokyo, Japan (AFP) — Under pressure and gobbling pizza or chocolate? It may not be your fault, according to Japanese researchers who have isolated the neurons that drive a craving for carbs. Read More

Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day

Sunday, January, 28 2018    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published earlier this week. Read More

Health minister wants changes to WHO's Internship Programme

Sunday, January, 28 2018    

GENEVA, Switzerland — Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton on Monday challenged the efficacy of the World Health Organization (WHO) Internship Programme while calling for changes to be made. Read More

Make healthy choices, manage your weight to avoid chronic diseases

By Fitz-George Rattray | Sunday, January, 28 2018    

The general public's outlook on the effects of nutrition on health is undergoing significant changes. There is a clear agreement amongst researchers that many chronic health problems are related to what we have available and choose to consume. Unfortunately, because of changes in... Read More


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