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Can vitamin D protect you from COVID-19?

BY FITZ-GEORGE RATTRAY | Sunday, May, 17 2020    

THERE has been a lot of talk regarding nutrition and COVID-19, expressing connections between proper nutrition, and, specifically, the roles of vitamins D, C, A, and minerals such as zinc in supporting immune system function. Read More

How to put on and take off a face mask

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Associate editor – news/health richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May, 17 2020    

WITH it becoming more apparent that Jamaicans will have to adjust to living with COVID-19, some of the measures now being used to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus will likely become the norm. Read More

Parents of autistic children share experiences amid COVID-19

Sunday, May, 17 2020    

THE COVID-19 pandemic is presenting some unusual challenges for Jamaican parents. Read More

Nurses: True soldiers

Warrick Lattibeaudiere | Sunday, May, 17 2020    

WHILE doctors may be the brains of the medical profession, nurses are surely at the heart. Read More

Understanding what really protects those in dentistry

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, May, 10 2020    

THE prevention of the spread of diseases from staff to patients and vice versa, as well as from patient to patient or staff member to staff member, is why every infection prevention protocol, procedure and intervention is important and must be carried out, in detail, without any... Read More

Managing a pacemaker under quarantine

Sunday, May, 10 2020    

MORE than one million people globally use pacemakers or some other implantable cardiac device to manage certain medical conditions, such as a blockage in the heart's electrical pathways or an arrhythmia, congenital heart disease, or heart failure. Read More

Music: A little rhythm when blue

BY WARRICK LATTIBEAUDIERE | Sunday, May, 10 2020    

“If music be the food of love, play on.”— Shakespeare FEW things reach the depths of the heart of man like music. Read More

Be COVID-19 creative

Warrick Lattibeaudiere | Monday, May, 4 2020    

“Need teaches a naked woman to spin (wool).”— Danish proverb  Read More

Healthy eating habits key to weight loss success

BY FITZ-GEORGE RATTRAY | Monday, May, 4 2020    

MOST of us understand the importance of attaining and maintaining the healthiest weight for oneself. Read More

Promoting physical activity & exercise in the elderly

BY RAEJEAN PORTER | Sunday, May, 3 2020    

AS we continue to navigate what has become our new “normal” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is encouraging to see individuals participating in physical activity and exercising at home and in their communities — while observing social distancing, of... Read More

Do you have white patches in your mouth?

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, May, 3 2020    

LEUKOPLAKIA is a condition in which thick, white patches or lesions appear within the mouth — typically on the gums or inside the cheeks — and is caused by excess cell growth. Read More

Madagascar ships anti-virus potion to Guinea-Bissau

Sunday, May, 3 2020    

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AFP) — Madagascar yesterday delivered to Guinea-Bissau a shipment of a herbal tea that President Andry Rajoelina has touted as a powerful remedy against the novel coronavirus and which he hopes to distribute across West Africa and... Read More

Filling a COVID-19 need

Sunday, April, 26 2020    

WITH no difference in treatment success between nebulisation and the use of spacers for patients with respiratory issues, Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) is employing the latter to reduce the risk to health care workers and patients amid the COVID-19 crisis. Read More

Laugh a little

By Warrick LATTIBEAUDIERE | Sunday, April, 26 2020    

“Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.” — Mark Twain Read More

Tobacco use and oral cancer

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, April, 26 2020    

IN the next hour, 50 people will die because of tobacco. Tobacco is a risk factor for 25 diseases, and while its effects on health are well known, the scale of its impact on global disease may not be fully appreciated. Read More



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