Category: Research

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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diG4U: How diGJamaica Works For Researchers

I appreciate this resource. Referred to it quite a bit during research for pieces I wrote over the last few months. — Dominic M. (@DominicM_) January 19, 2018 Here’s why researchers ought to be digging into diGJamaica – a thorough

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A Closer Look at All Jamaica’s States of Emergency

Did You Know? Since its Independence in 1962, Jamaica has had a total of six states of emergency. Here are some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about them: Since Independence, Jamaica has experienced a total of seven states of

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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 History of The Jamaica Cancer Society and Relay For Life

On December 6, 1955, the Jamaica Cancer Society was founded by Dr Ken McNeill, then surgeon specialist at the Kingston Public Hospital. Before this founding, however, McNeill chaired a meeting on June 22, 1955, which was attended by medical, health and

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Lending Help: 10 Historic Facts About the Peace Corps in Jamaica

The United States Peace Corps was established in 1961 by US President John F. Kennedy with the aim of fostering international relations. It allows American men and women to volunteer for two years in another country, providing assistance to nations

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The Jamaica Library Service: Serving Knowledge to Jamaica

The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) is one of the most important information resources in the nation. Since childhood, we have all been taught that the library is the go-to place for access to a full range of information services and resources. Even

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The History of Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean

The following are excerpts from a teach-in titled ‘Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean: Historical Roots’, given by Dr Verene A. Shepherd, professor of social history and university director at the Institute for Gender Development Studies (IGDS), University of the West Indies

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10 Facts About the History of Radio in Jamaica

Radio is a vital part of Jamaican life. Since the first official broadcast on Radio Jamaica on Monday, July 10, 1950, Jamaican radio has become an increasingly essential avenue for mass education, entertainment and information on a variety of issues

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From ‘Poison Flour’ to ‘Plastic Rice’

‘Plastic Rice’ On the cusp of Christmas and the end of 2016, Jamaicans had a mild panic attack about the possibility of ‘plastic rice’ circulating on local markets. This led to the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) temporarily ceasing the clearance

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