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New oxygen system at B’dos QEH saving money

Queen-Elizabeth-Hospital-BarbadosThe Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados is now realizing major savings with the installation of its own in-house oxygen system.

St. Kitts and Nevis pledges to reduce deaths from non-communicable diseases

marcella-Liburd-PAHO-2012BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 14th October 2013– St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Health, Marcella Liburd, was among health leaders from across the Americas who have agreed a pledge to cut the number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases by 25% by the year 2025. 

Jamaica’s Health Ministry Pledges $25 Million for Prostate Cancer Research

fenton-fergusonJamaica’s Ministry of Health has committed some $25 million, over the next five years, to advance prostate cancer research in Jamaica.

French doctors voice support for e-cigarettes

cigarette-electronique 0Ten French medical professionals have warned against a possible EU parliament move to re-classify "infinitely safer" electronic cigarettes as regulated medical products that would only be available in pharmacies.

JA Health Minister hold Consultations on Public Health Financing

Fentonferguson7Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is confident that the ongoing national consultations on financing Jamaica’s public health system will yield tangible solutions, redounding to the country’s benefit.

New malaria vaccine could save millions

health-Image-courtesy-of-WHO-300x199Experts are now optimistic about the possibility of the world’s first malaria vaccine. The good news comes after a new trial showed that a vaccine had cut the number of cases of malaria after 18 months by 46 per cent in children aged five to 17 months.  Younger infants aged six to 12 weeks also benefited with a 27 per cent malaria reduction when compared to unvaccinated children. The findings were presented at the sixth Pan-African Conference of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria in Durban, South Africa.

Can Drinking Red Wine Boost Men’s Testosterone Levels?

musclemanIt’s what puts hair on a man’s chest and can also assist in building bigger, stronger muscles fairly quickly. It’s the force behind their sex drive and may be the reason why as they age, they feel weaker and perhaps – depressed.

Quality Primary Health Care Remains A Priority for Jamaica - Dr. Ferguson

Ferguson-vasciannieJamaica's Minister of Health,  Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has emphasized that the delivery of quality primary health care is a priority for the Government of Jamaica.

Couva Children's Hospital expected to be complete by March 2015

couva childrens hospitalPORT OF SPAIN , Trinidad - June 1, 2013 - The Couva Children’s Hospital will stand on a 60-acre site on lands from the former Caroni (1975) Limited. The estimated cost of construction is US$150 million (TT$ 975M). Funding for the institution is through a Government-to-Government arrangement with China. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) for the project has already been signed. The expected completion date for the hospital is March 2015.

PANCAP appoints new director

dereck-springerCARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana - Mr. Dereck Anthony Springer has been appointed Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP).

WHO warns that deadly new virus increases

MERS CoV virusGENEVA, Switzerland, Friday May 31, 2013 – Within weeks of demonstrating that it can be passed between people in close contact and has a mortality rate of more than half of those infected, the novel coronavirus has officially acquired a name, as well as a disturbing reputation.

Soda found to cause violence in children

soda-cansSoda consumption has long been associated with adverse health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It has also been linked with anger, depression, and suicidal thoughts in teens but the relationship was not clear in younger children, until now. 

The healing properties of the Soursop fruit

soursop2Growing up as a boy in Hopewell, Hanover, my grandmother ensured that I was fed with a steady diet of ‘bush teas’, which, according to conventional wisdom, was good for all the ailments known to man.

Mattocks: passionate healthcare advocate seeks to reverse diabetic epidemic

Charles-MattocksNegril, Jamaica, August 6, 2013 - Charles Mattocks is a man of great conviction who is determined to leave his mark on the world. This statement is grounded in the fact and admission that being the nephew of legendary musician "Bob" Marley, he is inspired and driven to leave his own mark on society.

Prediabetes 'wake-up call to take immediate prevention action'

diabetes-graphicWashington, May 20 (ANI): Although prediabetes has no symptoms it is not benign, according to an expert.

Abdominal fat linked to heart failure and brittle bones

heart-300x199Excess abdominal fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and now osteoporosis, says the Harvard Medical School. Obesity was once thought to be protective against osteoporosis or weak bones but advanced imaging technology is proving otherwise. 

Health benefits of the 'Big O'

lovemakingAccording to sex and health experts, it is quite beneficial to both a man and woman's overall health if they have an orgasm three to five times per week - be it through sexual intercourse or masturbation.

Nevis Health Minister reiterates NIA’s commitment to invest in human resource development

brantley-mark-TBNIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS- July 25, 2013 -- Deputy Premier and Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Mark Brantley, has reiterated the Administration’s continued commitment to invest in human resource development in areas of health in an effort to combat both communicable and non-communicable diseases by 2015.

WHO warns that deadly new virus could spread by personal contact

Coronavirus 8PARIS, France, Wednesday May 15, 2013 – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that it appears likely that the novel coronavirus, a deadly new respiratory virus related to Sars, can be passed between people in close contact.

Hepatitis ravages unknowing victims

toothbrush300x199The ‘silent epidemic’ of viral hepatitis continues to significantly affect many unknowing victims. A major obstacle to overcome is many people remain symptom free for decades until they develop chronic liver disease. Chronic liver disease is a major cause of cirrhosis, cancer and devastating medical bills. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness, death and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. 

T&T herbalists beware

Fuad Khan 0PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, May 12, 2013 - The legal department at the Ministry of Health has written the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard to take action against herbal practitioners who publicly advertise curing body illnesses.