Wed | Jun 19, 2019

Health

Recently, when I was asked to appear as a guest on TVJ’s popular Smile Jamaica programme to speak about plastic surgery, I was asked a seemingly easy question by the host, Neville Bell. He asked: “Plastic surgery, is it risky?” I immediately felt...
Consultant at the Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department, Dr Andrew Manning (left), demonstrates the use of the surgical microscope to acting chief executive officer of the MRH, Marcia Francis.

Previously, persons needing surgeries to remove foreign objects from the oesophagus would have to be transferred to hospitals in Kingston; however, through the kind donations of the Manchester Wellness Foundation, residents in central Jamaica can...
Executive Director Lovette Byfield (right) and Director General Carol Coy (second left) hold signed copies of documents for the 2019 Reproductive Health Survey with National Family Planning Board board member, Dr Diana Thorburn (second right), and Statistical Institute of Jamaica Legal Officer, Gillian Johns (left); following the signing ceremony at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston last week.

The 2019 Jamaica Reproductive Health Survey will be conducted over the next 16 months at a cost of over $72.4 million. The exercise will be spearheaded by the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), an agency of the Ministry of Health and Wellness,...

Jamaica’s first Interventional Suite at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) was officially opened last week. The Interventional Suite has state-of-the-art equipment that enables specialist clinicians to perform minimally invasive...

One man has been cured of HIV. Timothy Brown had cancer of the blood, and had been living with HIV. Tim received bone marrow from a healthy donor. The building blocks of our blood are made in the bone marrow. Replacing Tim’s bone marrow allowed him...

- HIV continues to be a major global public-health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far. In 2017, 940,000 people died from HIV-related causes globally. n There were approximately 36.9 million people living with HIV at the end of...

Individuals, organisations and authorities from six countries across the region of the Americas — Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, the United States (US) and Uruguay are to be honored with a 2019 World No Tobacco Day award....

Some might know of the study where rats kept in cages were offered the choice between regular water and water laced with cocaine. The rats would almost always go for the cocaine-tainted water. This happened even when offered food and while their...

Countries are moving towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and Chagas, but progress has been uneven, according to a new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The report, New...

In search of the 'Summa' body, many are willing to try anything and popular or 'celebrity' diets are a common target. From keto to vegan, over the next few weeks many of us will wade into four or five different diets. Again, we do not recommend...
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