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It's a rough season for kids but vaccine working so far

Monday, March, 2 2020    

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — It may end up being a bad flu season for kids, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working.The vaccine has been more than 50 per cent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor's office, the... Read More

More Americans worry about flu than coronavirus

Monday, March, 2 2020    

BALTIMORE, United States (AP) — A wide share of Americans are at least moderately confident in US health officials' ability to handle emerging viruses, and more express concern about catching the flu than catching the new coronavirus, according to a poll from The Associated... Read More

PAHO calls for stepped-up action to improve childhood cancer survival

Monday, March, 2 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling for stepped-up action to improve the survival rate for children suffering from cancer in the Caribbean.PAHO said that globally cancer is among the leading causes of... Read More

Four ways excess salt can impact your health

Sunday, March, 1 2020    

SALT, or more specifically the mineral sodium which is found in salt, is necessary for specific body functions. Read More

Viral fear sparks global run on face masks

Saturday, February, 29 2020    

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks despite evidence that most people who aren't sick don't need to wear them. Read More

40 per cent of US adults are obese, government survey finds

Friday, February, 28 2020    

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — About four in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly one in 10 is severely so, Government researchers said yesteday. Read More

Do you know the parts of your teeth?

Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, February, 23 2020    

HAVE you ever wondered what makes up a tooth?Each part of a tooth has unique functions and properties. The major parts of a tooth include enamel, dentin, cementum, root(s), and the root canal chamber(s) inside the tooth.Damaged teeth, especially teeth... Read More

Cold facts

Sunday, February, 23 2020    

AMONG the places hardest hit by the 1918 flu pandemic was Brevig, home to a small Eskimo village in Alaska. Almost eight decades later, in 1997, a scientist sits in this remote village, pensive, as he looks at a body — that of a young woman exhumed from thick permafrost with the... Read More

Do you have a bad diet?

Sunday, February, 23 2020    

EVERY day you have a choice.You can eat for your cravings, eat for your feelings, eat for your habits, eat for your addiction, eat for your socialisation, or you can eat for your life, your health and your well-being. Read More

How to avoid red wine stains on your teeth

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, February, 16 2020    

HOW can you enjoy your favourite reds without the self-consciousness associated with red wine teeth stains?Here's the scoop on dental discolouration so you can take the right steps to maintain your pearly whites. Why red wine stains Read More

FITNESS COUNTDOWN: Race day tips for stretching

Sunday, February, 16 2020    

“ Train hard, fight easy” is a quote by Alexander Suvorov which I stand by. Put the work in and reap the rewards. This is applicable to all aspects of your life — not just fitness. Read More

Eating your way to an early grave

BY FITZ-GEORGE RATTRAY | Sunday, February, 16 2020    

A 20-year analysis published in 2019 revealed that one in five people who die every year dies as the direct result of what they continue to eat or poor food choices. These numbers include medical-related deaths and deaths as a result of old age, vehicular accidents, homicides, and more. Read More

Public and private researchers hunt coronavirus cure

Sunday, February, 16 2020    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Researchers both public and private have launched efforts to combat the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, that has already infected tens of thousands of people in China, and profit isn't their only motivation.  Read More

Lessons from the 1918 influenza pandemic

Warrick Lattibeaudiere | Sunday, February, 16 2020    

WHILE no one can definitively say where the flu of 1918 started or how, some have attributed its start to Spain, an area hard hit by the virus in May of the year, hence the term Spanish flu. Read More

International Masters of Medicine Conference a success

Monday, February, 10 2020    

Heart Institute of the Caribbean and the Association of Black Cardiologists are still basking in the success of the second annual International Masters of Medicine Conference held last month in St Andrew. Read More


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