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Sickle-cell disease: How can I care?

Research has shown that for some patients with sickle-cell disease (SCD), the stigma they face is more troubling than the disease itself. In fact, teenagers with SCD are more likely than their peers to consider suicide. Some regret sharing their […]

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Jamaica: Hospital Fear

A string of violent attacks and threats against medical staff has created an atmosphere of fear at St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, triggering a meeting that was only

Jamaica’s Health Minister outlines impact of NCDs on the country

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton says the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been the greatest public health threat to Jamaica’s development

Jamaicans Eating Themselves Into The Grave, Health Expert Warns

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday March 29, 2017 – Jamaica’s obesity problem just keeps getting bigger. Obesity rates among adults have climbed from 45 per cent in 2002, to 54 per

Corned Beef Ban in Caribbean Amid Rotten Meat Scandal

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday March 21, 2017 – Several Caribbean countries have ordered the immediate ban on the sale and importation of corned beef from Brazil, following reports that

Heart Institute of the Caribbean to open ICU for heart patients

The Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) has announced the opening of a fully equipped cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) dedicated to the care of heart patients. The six-bed,

Jamaican scientists close to creating affordable hepatitis C drug from ganja

Research scientists, led by Dr Henry Lowe, say they have discovered properties in Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major bioactive compounds in the cannabis (ganja) plant, that have

Two-year fellowship for gynaecologists

Everyone knows about cancer, but not everyone knows about prevention and detection, especially among women. Long-standing gynaecologic oncologist, Dr Tim Gopeesingh says there has not been a concerted and

Heart Foundation to screen for Sudden Cardiac Arrest risks

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) will be conducting screenings for risk factors associated with Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) during Heart Month in February. HFJ’s

Under the Influence: Jamaicans Driving High

Jamaica’s recent decriminalization of possession of up to two ounces of ganja is contributing to a dangerous practice that officials warn needs urgent attention. Disturbing findings in the 2016

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