Category: Health

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

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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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15 Tips For Staying Hydrated

Water is life, they say. But unless you live in parts of the world where there is constant deprivation of this basic need, you can lose sight of how very true this statement is – or of how dehydrated you

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What Is World Digestive Health Day (WDHD)?

World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) is celebrated annually on May 29. Its aim is to encourage good digestive health while increasing public awareness of stomach and intestinal disorders. Each year, a different digestive disorder is highlighted through a year-long public health

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Living with Paranoid Schizophrenia in Jamaica

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, affecting language, perception, and the sense of self. It often includes psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or delusions. It can impair functioning through the loss of an

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Hepatitis and Jamaica: Stats & Facts

What is hepatitis? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer.” Scientists have identified five different hepatitis viruses: hepatitis

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A First-Hand Account of Living With Fibromyalgia in Jamaica

You wouldn’t think that she suffers from intense pain and fatigue to see her sitting at her desk at work. You wouldn’t think that her memory goes a little foggy sometimes, or that her speech is sometimes slurred – not when

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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

You’ve probably never heard of this disorder before. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also called myalgic encephalomyelitis, occurs when the body experiences extreme fatigue that cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition, and is not alleviated by rest or sleep.

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