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Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Jamaica has embarked on a COVID-19 vaccination blitz. It is important to note the following: • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available are effective at preventing COVID-19. • COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability affecting one in 54 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2020. It affects children of every race, ethnic and socio-economic...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:10 AM

TREATMENT Treatment for endometriosis usually involves medication or surgery. The approach you and your doctor choose will depend on how severe your signs and symptoms are and whether you hope to become pregnant. Doctors typically recommend...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Nine in 10 women experience cramping or stabbing pain just before their monthly period or as it starts. Many women experience debilitating symptoms that they commonly believe are normal. However, no pain is good pain and it is possible that the...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:07 AM

We’ve often seen those social media posts or messages in WhatsApp groups from friends and colleagues making a desperate plea for blood for someone in need. While some persons readily respond, others are reluctant due largely to misconceptions...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:05 AM

BOX: There are different ways to measure endometriosis. The most widely used scale is from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Doctors assign points according to the spread of the endometrial tissue, its depth, and the areas of your...

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:09 AM

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP): Sinovac said its COVID-19 vaccine is safe in children ages three to 17, based on preliminary data, and it has submitted the data to Chinese drug regulators. More than 70 million shots of Sinovac’s vaccine have been given...

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Complementary and alternative medicine for colon cancer, also called CAM, involves non-traditional approaches to medicine that help manage a patient’s care. Used together with conventional medicine, it doesn’t replace traditional, science-based...

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:24 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Your colon is a key player in your digestive system, which processes and delivers nutrients throughout your body to keep you strong and healthy. As such, eating well and maintaining a nutritious diet is one of the best ways you can prepare for and...

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:21 AM

A major new collaborative effort, the Global Breast Cancer Initiative, was introduced on Monday by the World Health Organization, with the objective of reducing global breast cancer mortality by 2.5 per cent per year until 2040, thereby averting an...

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:20 AM

The first 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrived on the island on Monday. Below are frequently asked questions about the vaccine. WHO SHOULD BE VACCINATED FIRST? While vaccine supplies are limited, it is recommended that priority be given to...

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:16 AM

March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the Ministry of Health and Wellness, through its Non-Communicable Diseases and Injury Prevention Unit, has plans in place to raise public awareness around the prevention and control of this disease....

Published:Wednesday | March 3, 2021 | 12:10 AM

The Government has announced that the elderly is third in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it arrives on our shores. You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting the vaccine when it is available. Studies show that...

Published:Wednesday | March 3, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Vaccination has proven an undeniable success in the public health toolkit to reduce the burden of infectious disease in Jamaica as well as globally. Immunisation, the process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:12 AM

NICE, France (AP): The doctor slid a miniature camera into the patient’s right nostril, making her whole nose glow red with its bright miniature light. “Tickles a bit, eh?” he asked as he rummaged around her nasal passages, the discomfort causing...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:11 AM

In a person who lives to 70, their heart will pump about 2.5 billion times. In that same time, a person will have lived just 2.2 billion seconds. Your heart is always busy. Heart failure treatment depends on the type, your symptoms, age, overall...

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2021 | 4:57 AM

The Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) hosted a week of activities from February 8 to 13 in recognition of Safer Sex Week. To raise awareness of the internationally recognised day, JASL did an islandwide tour partnering with gyms, pharmacies,...

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2021 | 4:56 AM

Persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said in updated guidance on its website. Quarantine is typically...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:19 AM

Safer Sex Week (SSW) was first observed in 1994 during the week of Valentine’s Day to heighten awareness for safer sexual practices. SSW is observed during this time because of the anticipated increase in sex love and the need to tie safer sexual...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2021 | 12:06 AM

More than one-third of cancer cases can be prevented. Another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly. By implementing resource-appropriate strategies on prevention, early detection and treatment, up to 3.7 million lives can be...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:19 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Vernessa Scarlett has a vivacious personality. Her smile and witty nature have defied the many challenges she has encountered during her lifetime. Behind the bubbly personality is a woman who has endured insurmountable pain, yet she continues to...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:16 AM

COVID-19 Spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout or sing. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are near you, or...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:16 AM

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:14 AM

More than 2,800 scientists from 130 countries gathered on Friday in a virtual forum hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify knowledge gaps and set research priorities for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Some Jamaicans have expressed concern about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States and other countries, and are expected to reach our shores by April. While more COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as...

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