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Eating less may be best

Sunday, December, 6 2020    

The food crisis in many parts of the world, compounded by the novel coronavirus pandemic, has required many to tighten their budgets, especially amid job cuts and losses. Read More

Vaccines against COVID-19 will have side effects

BY MATTHEW WOODRUFF Emory University | Sunday, December, 6 2020    

In 2021 hundreds of millions of people will be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. The success of that COVID-19 vaccination campaign will heavily depend on public trust that the vaccines are not only effective, but also safe. To build that trust, the medical and scientific communities have a... Read More

Sweet, sweet potatoes

Sunday, December, 6 2020    

A staple in almost every local marketplace, a starch to add to a bubbling pot of local farm produce — sweet potato is a much-loved food item in Jamaica. Read More

Rapid COVID-19 tests can be useful, but...

Sunday, December, 6 2020    

SINCE September, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved seven COVID-19 tests that yield results in 30 minutes or less, offering hope for vast improvements in test access and efficiency throughout the US. Most of these are antigen tests that look for viral proteins and can be... Read More

Gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell disease

Sunday, December, 6 2020    

UNITED STATES (AP) — Scientists are seeing promising early results from the first studies testing gene editing for painful, inherited blood disorders that plague millions worldwide. Read More

New report warns of inequality of malnutrition in Latin America, Caribbean

Friday, December, 4 2020    

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) —A new United Nations report released here Wednesday shows the territorial inequality of malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Read More

AIDS-related deaths declined in the C'bean, says PAHO

Wednesday, December, 2 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says annual deaths from AIDS-related illnesses declined by 37 per cent from 2010 through 2019 in Caribbean countries, while new yearly infections from the HIV virus dropped by 29 per... Read More

A healthy twist on a Christmas staple

Sunday, November, 29 2020    

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'

Sunday, November, 29 2020    

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?

Beverley Dinham-Spencer | Sunday, November, 22 2020    

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

BY WILLIAM PETRI University of Virginia | Sunday, November, 22 2020    

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


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