Pretty nails, not infection

Pretty nails, not infection

By Heather Aspinall Summer is here and nail salons and spas are buzzing with people anxiously about the business of getting well groomed hands and feet. But along with the process of getting well-groomed or perhaps just a relaxing foot soak or rub, may come infection risks of which consumers need to be aware.  In […]

Managing arthritis and joint pain

Managing  arthritis and joint pain

FOCUS ON HEALTH Managing  arthritis and joint pain By Virginia Nsitem Joint pain in the morning? Stiff joints? Pain after exercise? Difficulty climbing stairs? Swollen joints in the hands and feet? These are all symptoms of arthritis, and this article will discuss two types of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis […]

‘Mango Madness’ celebration in St. Lucia

‘Mango Madness’ celebration in St. Lucia

CASTRIES, St. Lucia – Guests at St. Lucia’s luxury resort Anse Chastanet are in for a special treat  at  the Mango Madness festival June 13 to 17. The popular event celebrates the tropical fruit and offers mango-themed activities to entertain and educate visitors. “We have mango trees in abundance across our organic Emerald Farm and […]

Managing insomnia

Managing insomnia

By Kim Jackson Do you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? It is estimated that approximately 30 per cent of people worldwide suffer from one or more of the symptoms of insomnia— difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or waking early. Insomnia can disturb the sleep cycle and affect the body’s natural circadian rhythm […]

Jamaica plans to become the ‘ medical marijuana hub of the world’

Jamaica plans to become the ‘ medical marijuana hub of the world’

By Stephen Weir Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, will tonight  discuss with members of the Canadian business community Jamaica’s plans to become the “Medical Marijuana Hub of the World. ” Shaw will be one of  the keynote speakers at a meeting to be held at the Bay-Adelaide Center in downtown […]

Sickle cell disease is a ‘neglected condition’ – Toronto hemotologist

Sickle cell disease is a ‘neglected condition’  – Toronto hemotologist

Many people still  believe that sickle cell disease is just a  “Black people’s problem.” But according to Dr. Jacob Pendegrast, a leading haematololgist at the Toronto General hospital who has been studying the disease, it also affects people of other ethnic groups. He told nurses at a recent symposium that they  will be encountering   patients  […]

Food Safety During Pregnancy

Food Safety During Pregnancy

FOCUS ON HEALTH   Food Safety During Pregnancy By Sylvanus Thompson Food poisoning is a major cause of preventable illness and avoidable death. The true impact of foodborne illness is not known because most persons who become ill do not seek medical attention or report their illness. However, available data suggests that approximately 30 per […]

Managing fibromyalgia

Managing  fibromyalgia

FOCUS ON HEALTH                       Managing  fibromyalgia By Dr. Virginia Nsitem Do you find yourself feeling fatigued, sore all over, and moody? Have your symptoms persisted for three or more months? Have you experienced a recent trauma, illness, or stressful period in your life? This article will discuss the chronic pain disorder known as fibromyalgia. […]

Caribbean warned to prepare for possibility of severe outbreak of dengue fever

Caribbean warned to prepare for possibility of severe outbreak of dengue fever

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – While Chikungunya and Zika which swept the region in 2014 and 2016 are not expected back anytime soon, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning residents to “gear-up for the possibility of a major outbreak of dengue fever in 2018.” It says that’s because the pre-conditions of abundant mosquito […]

Drinking baking soda could be a way to combat autoimmune diseases

Drinking baking soda could be a way to combat  autoimmune diseases

A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say. They have some of the first evidence of how the cheap, over the counter antacid can encourage our spleen to promote instead an anti-inflammatory environment that could be therapeutic in the face of inflammatory disease, […]

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