Health

Frog excretes mucus that fights flu — study

A frog in south India excretes a mucus from its skin that could one day help people fight off certain types of flu viruses, according to researchers. (Peter Gercke / dpa / AFP)

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — A frog in south India excretes mucus from its skin that could one day help people fight off certain types of flu viruses, researchers have said. The colourful, tennis ball-sized frog is known as Hydrophylax bahuvistara, said the report in the journal Immunity. ... Read More

Data from study shows that fit individuals who were overweight or obese had a low risk for premature death that was similar to fit, normal-weight individuals. (Photo: AFP) Fatness and fitness
This Tuesday, April 25, the first Jamaica Observer ‘Your Health Your Wealth’ Symposium ... Read More

Kidney failure patient Maurice Lewis Check your blood pressure, kidney failure patient urges
When 28-year-old Maurice Lewis was diagnosed with kidney failure last year, his life changed. He wa ... Read More

Aesthetician says her clients’ top concerns are crow’s feet and wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, crepe-like lids, and undereye bags. (Photo: AFP) Remedying ageing eyes
We have heard the saying “the eyes are the windows to your soul” before, and if that is ... Read More

How does smoking affect your feet?

Angela Davis | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Photo: AFP

When most people think about the effects of smoking, they think of lung cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma. We tend not to consider the toll it can take on other parts of the body, and certainly do not think about the feet. However, smoking can have a very serious and grave effect. Smoking causes blood vessels in the body to become “sticky” from the chemicals contained in the tobacco such as tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. These cause fatty ... Read More

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Dr Ashish Sarangi | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

When teaching a child with ADHD in a classroom setting, seat the student away from windows and the door. (Photo: AFP)

A significant number of children and adults suffer from a disorder characterised by features such as hyperactivity, inability to sit still, easy distractibility, and inattentiveness known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is our responsibility as clinicians and mental health professionals to sensitise the population to the perils of this disorder going untreated in the vulnerable childhood population. ADHD is among the top most commonly diagnosed childhood psychiatric disor ... Read More

The alcohol and oral cancer connection

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Oral and pharyngeal cancer risk is almost tripled in alcohol drinkers who currently smoke tobacco. (Photo: AFP)

Although tobacco use has been proven to increase the risk of oral cancer, people who use both alcohol and tobacco are at an especially high risk of contracting the disease. Scientists now believe that these substances synergistically interact, increasing each other’s harmful effects. Alcohol is the common term for ethanol or ethyl alcohol, a chemical substance found in beer, wine and liquor, as well as in some medicines, mouthwashes, household products, and essential oils (scented liquid ... Read More

Loud noise and your health

BY DENIESE BADROE | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Loud noise affects people’s health by causing stress and eventually leading to hearing loss.

“Beautiful Noise”, the song performed by Neil Diamond in the ‘70s, opined about “the songs of the cars on their furious flights”. In those days relatively empty streets would have cars just whoosh by harmlessly. Statistics now show that the number of cars on the streets has tripled since then and the noise that Neil Diamond sang about is no longer beautiful. In fact, instead of a whoosh, cars and motor vehicles in general are now a cacophony of deafening sounds wi ... Read More

Guyana intensifies efforts to combat suicide

Friday, April 21, 2017    

Although it is near impossible to prevent every suicide attempt, precautions can be taken.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Ministry of Public Health’s Mental Health Unit will be forging ahead with programmes through collaboration with key government ministries to further combat suicide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that Guyana is no longer the suicide capital of the world, but there is still the need to tackle the high rates of suicide locally. Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Richmond-Thomas says each of the government ministries that will ... Read More

What to expect after a heart attack — part 2

Dr Claudine Lewis | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Many myocardial infarction survivors remain under a doctor’s care.

Many myocardial infarction (MI) survivors remain under a doctor’s care, taking medicine and living with dietary and exercise prescriptions for the rest of their lives. Stress management, which may also include use of medications and/or counselling, is also an important component of follow-up care. Not following the doctor’s guidance is a huge problem. At first glance, adherence to the medical regimen seems to be a patient problem; but there are many barriers to following doctors&rsq ... Read More

What you need to know about infrared sauna

with Michelle Vernon | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

An area wrap for targetted weight loss while using the infrared sauna.

Infrared saunas are a type of sauna that uses heat and light to help relax and detoxify the body. They emit infrared light waves that create heat in the body, causing you to sweat and release more stored “toxins” than your traditional sauna. The invisible heat waves produced by the infrared body wrap assist in weight loss, cellulite reduction, pain relief, relaxation, and skin rejuvenation. WEIGHT LOSS Weight loss is the most popular reason that people choose to get an infrared bo ... Read More

Schools help raise funds for mentally ill

Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Students of Green Pond High along with CUMI representative Joy Crooks (centre) and principal of Green Pond High Michael Ellis (right).

The Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) recently received a cheque for $100,000 as students from eight different high schools came together with the NCU Media Group in a demonstration of kindness to one of society’s most vulnerable groups, the mentally ill. This act of kindness was the culmination of a month-long school tour by the NCU Media Group, the Acts of Kindness High School Tour, in which two school visits were made each week, during which donations were raised ... Read More

Forgive them

Dr Jacqueline E Campbell | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Practising forgiveness is not synonymous with being a saint, or a doormat. (Photo: AP)

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus Christ, Luke 23:34. Today is Easter Sunday. We have just completed Lent, a period of prayer, contemplation and reflection. As I reflect on my life and experiences, I have concluded yet again that the act of forgiveness is one of the cornerstones of living a peaceful and purposeful life. I have observed on numerous occasions the negative correlation between “an unforgiving attitude” and stress. An a ... Read More

Sickle-cell disease: care or cure?

Professor Jennifer Knight-Madden | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Magnified sickle cells.

A Jamaican myth states that people with sickle- cell disease (SCD) always die before reaching adulthood. This is far from the truth. Locally, children diagnosed at birth with SCD, and cared for at the Sickle Cell Unit (SCU), are no more likely to die within the first five years of life than children who do not have SCD; and people with severe forms of SCD often live into their 40s and older. Clinical Care Guidelines (CCG) are also available to aid health care workers (HCW) on how to give simi ... Read More



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