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Tracy Evans Gilbert Contributor Children are just as likely as adults to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The difference is that the majority present with mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Why is this? During the outbreak in...
Debbie-Ann Reid, enrolled assistant nurse at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital, smiles for the camera.

One has to have a special kind of love for people and the desire to see them healthy in order to work in the health sector. Yesterday was observed as World Health Day and the work of nurses and midwives was celebrated. These unsung heroes often go...

Driven by fear, panicked shoppers have laid supermarkets bare as anxieties spike against the flurry of WhatsApp messages, many of which spout unfounded rumours and just plain bad advice. Welcome to the age of the modern pandemic and the many ways...

Obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes – what do all these have in common? They are all lifestyle diseases and they have become quite prevalent in Jamaica over the last few years. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has taken on a mandate...

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is urging Jamaicans to be mindful of their salt intake. “The foundation takes this opportunity to urge Jamaicans to be mindful of their sodium intake, especially the hidden salts in their favourite products. Salt...

The mineral sodium, which is present in salt we eat, is essential to the body. The kidneys use it along with other minerals to filter the blood by removing toxins and extra fluids. But with too much salt in the body, the kidneys can no longer...

The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. Yesterday was celebrated as World Hearing Day, and according to WHO, at...

This is a common problem encountered by many on a fitness programme. They work out sometimes to exhaustion and still cannot see the results on the scale. Oftentimes this leads to frustration and abandonment of the fitness lifestyle. Hormones are...

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising persons to engage their medical doctors before starting new diet regimes or exercises. Director of communications, CAC, Latoya Halstead, said the start of a new year typically sees persons...

Hypertensive kidney disease is a medical condition in which the kidneys are damaged through exposure to chronically elevated blood pressure. It is one of the main causes of kidney failure, and its associated morbidity, mortality and reduced man...
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