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Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:17 AM

There is need for a paradigm shift in public health, even with the advances of the last half a century that put our life expectancy today at some 78.5 years for females and 73.6 for males. We want our people to live longer. We also want them to...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:10 AM

“Women with disabilities can have children, take care of them, and raise very healthy families.” This was the confident assertion made by Gloria Goffe, executive director of the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA), at the Mini Health Expo held...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:07 AM

It is no secret that Jamaica has lost its place as the healthcare leaders in the Caribbean. The opening of The University College of the West Indies Medical Faculty in 1948, guaranteed that access to medical training would be sustained and not...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Improving fitness is largely dependent on progressive overload. Essentially, in order to continue to enhance fitness, you must increase intensity over time. Boosting intensity usually results in greater pressure on the joints – whether from heavier...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:12 AM

Two hundred and twelve students and 52 teachers from the parishes of Clarendon, St Elizabeth and Manchester are now trained ambassadors who will strengthen the capacity of their schools to become a healthier setting for working and learning. One...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:11 AM

I had mumps as a child. Had I not been vaccinated, I might have had a more severe disease. Time Magazine reported on April 18, 2019 that a 43-year-old female flight attendant had fallen into a coma after contracting measles. The age and sex remind...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 8:55 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

One of the best things you can do for your joints is to exercise regularly, but training can also be downright dangerous for them. And it is not just runners and heavy lifters who are at risk; every form of training will have some impact on your...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:15 AM

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the visiting Bright Journey Eye Care Mission is set to exceed its target of 500 cataract surgeries. The 11-member Chinese technical team is performing free cataract surgeries at the Kingston Public...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:10 AM

For the past six years, Jamaica has lost over 300 lives every year to road collisions caused by faulty vehicles, speeding, lack of seat belt use, lack of helmet use, distracted driving, and drinking and driving. Through its campaign ‘Below 300...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 5:01 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

As we age, joint health is one thing we expect to lose. From back pain to arthritis, it is all considered a part of 'getting old'. Yet joint issues are also common in young people. And while most people learn to live with their joint issues...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:10 AMMahalia Lawes/Contributor

In fall 2018, my energy level dropped and I started to feel a tingling sensation in my hand like sticking needles. I knew the work I did overseas in summer 2018 had contributed to it, so I thought it would clear up itself. In summer 2018 while in...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:05 AM

Bun and cheese at Easter is an all-time favourite pastime that has spread across the world … thanks to the strong influence of Jamaican migration. This long-time Jamaican tradition has now become a global trend, with other nationalities embracing...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 7:26 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

With summer-body goals in mind, many have already started hitting the streets, parks, and gyms in search of the ideal summer look. While realistic goal setting and consistency are important, the habits that one foster can make or break his or her...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 7:22 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Resistance bands might seem like just another 'glute exercise' fad among women but there might be some method to the madness. In fact, adding resistance bands to your training can provide huge benefits for men and women alike. From...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 7:01 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Exercise-related injuries are among those things people tend to forget about until disaster hits. Whether one is planning, training or recovering, injuries aren't usually given much thought. The result is the common cycle: train hard, get...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 6:43 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Protein supplements are all the rage these days. If you have ever even thought about fitness, chances are you have been inundated with the idea that you need protein powder. Whether it be the guys at the gym or influencers on Instagram, there seems...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 3:07 AM

With recent research suggesting soy can significantly support weight loss, nutrition scientist Dr Michelle Braun believes that the protein is applicable to the Jamaican population. “Very relevant to the Jamaican population is the soy benefit...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Despite being high in fat, nuts are incredibly nutritious and healthy. They are loaded with magnesium, vitamin E, fibre, and various other nutrients. Studies show that nuts can help you lose weight, and may help fight type 2 diabetes and heart...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Work is under way by the technical working group developing the Government’s proposed national eye health plan. The group was established in 2017 by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, to provide policy and strategic direction for the prevention...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Garlic is one of nature’s most potent remedies and is also one of the easiest to find. It has been extensively researched in over 5,000 studies for its natural ability to help the body recover. This herb has been used for a multiplicity of...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:18 AM

What is Influenza (Flu)? Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The kidney filters toxins from the blood, regulates blood pressure, red blood cells and balances fluids in the body. So kidney health is paramount to life. But Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which is the gradual loss of the function of the kidneys,...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:19 AM

The Region of the Americas can reach the goal of ending tuberculosis (TB) in the next decade if countries are able to accelerate the progress achieved so far, reducing even more the number of deaths and new cases per year, the Pan American Health...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Q. I am over 40. Am I too old to have LASIK surgery? A. No. There are several options for laser vision correction after 40 that will afford good distance as well as near-vision correction. The technique is called mono-vision, where the ‘...

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Sunlight consists of infrared, visible, and ultraviolet (UV-A...

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