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


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

Scientists on guard over 'mutant' mink coronavirus

Monday, November, 9 2020    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Coronavirus transmission from minks to humans does not necessarily mean the disease will become more dangerous, but scientists are on their guard in the wake of an astounding announcement from Denmark. Read More

Point-of-care testing for diabetes to be introduced

Sunday, November, 8 2020    

MINISTER of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has informed that the ministry will be working on increasing access to testing for diabetes through the introduction of point-of-care testing. Read More

What type of spouse will you be?

Warrick Lattibeaudiere | Sunday, November, 8 2020    

IF asked what would constitute an ideal mate many could easily rattle off answers. But do we have the qualities we would like to see in a partner, qualities that would make a marriage last? Read More

Even if you're asymptomatic, study shows COVID-19 can harm your heart

BY PARTHO SENGUPTA West Virginia University | Sunday, November, 8 2020    

COVID-19 can do some pretty scary things to the human heart. It can trigger blood clots in severe cases and cause inflammation and scarring. Read More

Obesity: Public enemy number one

BY CATE VARNEY University of Virginia | Sunday, November, 8 2020    

THE novel coronavirus pandemic has thrust the obesity epidemic once again into the spotlight, revealing that obesity is no longer a disease that harms just in the long run, but one that can have acutely devastating effects. Read More

US expert panel votes 'no' on experimental Alzheimer's drug

Sunday, November, 8 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — A US Government-convened expert committee on Friday voted against recommending the approval of the first new Alzheimer's drug in almost two decades, after finding insufficient evidence of its benefit. Read More

Don't forget your dental health

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, November, 1 2020    

ALL of us are going through a lot of changes right now. We want to make sure that you are updated on some tips on maintaining your dental health during this stressful time. Read More

Adjusting to sex after getting married

Warrick Lattibeaudiere | Sunday, November, 1 2020    

COUPLES who are courting relish the idea of reaping the sexual intimacy that comes with marriage. Read More


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon