Tag: 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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Menopause & Menstruation In One – A Jamaican Male’s Ordeal with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is often called an invisible disease because it presents no outward or visible signs of illness, yet it greatly affects the ability of its patients to function normally. Characterised by pain and tiredness throughout the musculoskeletal system, fibromyalgia is

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Infographics: Prostate Cancer in Jamaica – Stats & Facts

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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 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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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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Malaria Stats – Jamaica & The World

The following is an extract from Jamaica’s Ministry of Health public advisory on malaria in the country: Background Malaria in humans is caused by five species of a protozoal parasite belonging to the genus Plasmodium. These are P. falciparum, P.

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#JaMoves: 5 Ways Jamaicans Like To Keep Moving

Jamaicans are active, energetic people. We like to move it, move it. Exercise is actually part of many of our routines in ways that we are not even aware of. So here’s a list of five activities that most Jamaicans

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