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B'dos Minister of Health To CARPHA: Prevention Is Our Only Salvation

John Boycee-450x350Barbados Minister of Health, John Boyce, has cautioned some of the leading minds in scientific public health research in the Caribbean that the prevention of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs) is the only salvation for the region.

One soda per day increases diabetes risk

soda-can-300x213A new study indicates that drinking one or more cans of soda a day can increase one’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. One in five were at elevated risk of diabetes with as little as one can per day according to statistics published in the journal Diabetologia. Soda has also become a well-known cause of weight gain, obesity and heart disease.

ANTIGUA - CCB Eye Care Clinics for Psychiatric Hospital

St John’s Antigua - February 4, 2013: With the implementation of both clinics, the Caribbean Council for the Blind/ Eye Care Caribbean (in association with the Government of Antigua & Barbuda) moves closer to the goal of Class 1 Eye Care Services for all persons living in the country.

Growing Cost of Health Care Highlighted by Barbados Opposition Leader

Mia Amor MottleyKINGSTON, Jamaica, April 5, 2013 - Leader of the Opposition in Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, says health care has become one of the largest growing expenditures on budgets within the Caribbean region.

Quadruple helix DNA seen in human cells

human cellsCambridge University scientists say they have seen four-stranded DNA at work in human cells for the first time.

Rekindle values of activism to inspire global development PANCAP Chair tells Catalonia Parliament

denzil douglas44St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Denzil Douglas on Monday called for the rekindling of values that would inspire global development.

No Proof That Electronic Cigarettes Are Safe, Help Smokers Quit

ecigaretteSmokers who are looking to quit the habit or are just finding healthier ways to get their nicotine fix may be shocked to learn that electronic cigarettes do neither. The finding, which comes from a study by the Italian Health Ministry, indicates that e-cigarettes, despite their growing popularity, do not help smokers quit, nor do they provide a safer alternative to traditional smoking.

Caribbean on alert for new strain of bird flu

joy stjohn250BRIDGETOWN, Barbados— The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has put regional countries on alert for the Avian Influenza A (H7N9), also known as bird flu, that has killed at least 20 people in China.

Erectile dysfunction linked to diabetes

erectile-dysfunctionRecent research indicates that 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have a form of neuropathy, a leading cause of erectile dysfunction (ED). Diabetes is a condition of elevated blood sugar that is caused by poor production or lack of insulin.  Diabetes is also commonly tied to obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol – all contributors to ED.

Psychiatrist: T&T emotionally volatile

Prof-Gerard-HutchinsonSuicide continues to be a big problem in T&T. This country used to lead the suicide rate in the English-speaking Caribbean but has now been supplanted by Guyana. People trying to kill themselves and people cutting themselves are also serious problems facing our society. Each year, hundreds of people take their lives because of what they think is unendurable suffering.

CARICOM Governments urged to include Eye Care in Public Health Services

ST JOHN’S, Antigua & Barbuda - October 10, 2012: With close to 180 thousand visually impaired persons and 60 thousand who are functionally blind in the English-speaking Caribbean, governments across the region are being encouraged to include Eye Health Services in their Public Health System.

US $87 billion needed to fight HIV/AIDS

AIDS-275x206BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 11, CMC – The United Nations-backed Global Fund says it needs an estimated US $87 billion to bring under control the threat posed by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, during the 2014-2016 period, in the Caribbean and globally.

Average life expectancy rises in the Caribbean says PAHO

 Washington, DC - The average life expectancy in Latin America and the Caribbean rose from 29 years in 1900 to 74 years in 2010, and today 98% of children live to see their first birthday, while 100 years ago only 75% did. However, inequalities persist among and within countries, according to the 2012 edition of Health in the Americas, published by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

One in three adults in the Americas afflicted with hypertension

HypertensionWASHINGTON, April 11, CMC – The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) says that at least one in three adults in the Americas, including the Caribbean, has high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Love that body! says DSG on Caribbean Wellness Day

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Love that Body! was the rallying cry of Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite, Deputy Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as she addressed participants following a Caribbean Wellness Day walk in Georgetown, Guyana on Saturday.

Scotiabank to help Caribbean children with cancer and blood disorders

TelemedTORONTO – Scotiabank through its global philanthropic program, Bright Future, has pledged $1 million to support the Caribbean-SickKids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Project.

PAHO official urges mandatory physical activity in Caribbean schools

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 19 2012– The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reaffirmed its commitment to partnering with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in fighting Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) that are wreaking havoc on the economies of the regions of the Americas.

90% of blindess linked to poverty in developing countries

ArvelgrantThe Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB) says unless regional governments make a strategic and fiscal decision to fund the training, recruitment and placement of eye specialists within the public sector members of the region’s middle and poor classes will continue to lose sight to glaucoma at an alarming rate.

The Health benefits of cucumbers

cucumbersKnown scientifically as Cucumis sativus, cucumbers are related to watermelons, zucchini and pumpkins. Cucumbers grow on vines that sprawl along the ground. They usually grow to around nine to 12 inches long and are cylindrical in shape. Greenhouse grown cucumbers come in a seedless variety and can grow to 20 inches in length.

US HIV baby 'cured' by early drug treatment

hiv particlesA baby girl in the US born with HIV appears to have been cured after very early treatment with standard drug therapy, researchers say. The Mississippi child is now two-and-a-half years old and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

T&T’s children falling to diabetes scourge

Diabetes among primary school pupils is growing by leaps and bounds. This was confirmed by president of the Diabetes Association of T&T Carlton Phillip who claimed that statistics, compiled by his association in the last five years, have showed that pupils as young as nine years and even younger are testing positive for Type 1 diabetes.