Category: Health

Cicely Delphine Williams – A Jamaican Woman Inventor & Scientist

The Hon Dr Cicely Delphine Williams OM, CMG, DM, MD, DSc, FRCP (1893-1992) Cicely Williams, born at Kew Park, Darhston, Westmoreland, is a Jamaican pioneer in the field of paediatrics. According to Dr Rebecca Tortello, in her article on Cicely, published

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Dr Janice Simmonds-Fisher: Pioneering Stem Cell Therapy in the Caribbean

Ever heard of stem cell therapy? It is the use of stem cells to treat or even prevent disease. While fairly new and still in its experimental phase, stem cell therapy has progressed greatly over the years. And now, Jamaica

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Five Facts About Dyslexia in Jamaica

October is observed as Dyslexia Awareness Month. It is a time to help people understand and appreciate the complexity of what has been described as the most prevalent learning disorder worldwide. Dyslexia affects a person’s ability to read, spell, write, and

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Five Facts About Osteoarthritis

What is arthritis? Arthritis is the degeneration and inflammation of the joints. There are 100 different types of arthritis. Five facts about 0steoarthritis Osteoarthritis is caused by the loss of the cartilage (gristle) which cushions contact between the bones in

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Infographics: Jamaican Herbs That Fight Cancer

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Infographics: Prostate Cancer in Jamaica – Stats & Facts

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The Magic of Jamaican Ginger

Nothing gives a dish or juice the same zest and verve that Jamaican ginger does. This spicy rhizome carries a stinging kick and a snappy zip that takes food and juices from mundane to miraculous. What is fruit juice in

What is Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)?

Conjunctivitis, also known as ‘pink eye’, is an infection of the eye caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the mucous membrane that covers the whites of the eyes (front of the eye) and lines the inside of the

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What Is Leptospirosis & How To Prevent It

What is leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by leptospira bacteria and transmitted to humans from from both wild and domestic animals. Domestic animals such as dogs, cattle, pigs, and horses can carry the bacteria for the disease, as

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Sickle Cell and Jamaica: Five Major Milestones

Sickle cell disease. Many people may not be aware of it’s prevalence, but it is estimated that 1.8 in every 1,000 persons in the Jamaican population has sickle cell disease, 300 Jamaican babies are born annually with the disease, and 10%

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