University of Waterloo develops new way to fight HIV transmission

University of Waterloo develops new way  to fight HIV transmission

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have developed a new tool to protect women from HIV infection. The tool, a vaginal implant, decreases the number of cells that the HIV virus can target in a woman’s genital tract. Unlike conventional methods of HIV prevention, such as condoms or anti-HIV drugs, the implant takes advantage of […]

Recovering from shoulder pain

Recovering from shoulder pain

FOCUS ON HEALTH Recovering from shoulder pain By Virginia Nsitem Difficulty reaching, pushing, pulling or lifting with the shoulder? Limited shoulder movements? Pain while sleeping on your shoulder? This column will discuss some common causes of shoulder pain. How does the shoulder joint work? The shoulder joint is formed by the joining of the humerus […]

Ontario government to spend $2.1B to ‘rebuild’ mental health system

Ontario government to spend $2.1B  to ‘rebuild’  mental health system

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said  yesterday that her government will spend $2.1 billion over the next four years to rebuild the  province’s mental health system . Wynne, said the spending will make services more accessible, ensuring people can find treatment through a local doctor’s office, school or community-based organization. “We have a good system,” Wynne […]

The growing problem of bed bugs

The growing problem of bed bugs

By Heather Aspinall   Bed bugs are bloodsucking parasites that do not discriminate. They have been found in a wide range of places where people sleep – from five-star hotels, resorts and cruise ships, to dormitories, hospitals, homeless shelters and private homes, to buses, airplanes and overnight trains. And they are no longer a problem […]

Black barbershops can help clients get high blood pressure under control — study

Black barbershops can help clients get high blood pressure under control — study

Black barbershops are known as places to gather, socialise and get a haircut. But a recent study said they can also help encourage men to get their high blood pressure under control. When a trained pharmacist met men regularly at their local Los Angeles barbershop, clients were able to significantly lower their blood pressure, said […]

‘Sustainable food systems’ vital to combat overweight and obesity in Latin America and Caribbean- FAO Director-General

‘Sustainable food systems’ vital to combat overweight  and obesity in Latin America and Caribbean- FAO Director-General

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A “radical transformation” of food systems and food habits is critical to combat the growing scourge of overweight and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations food security agency said on Wednesday. “Eradicating hunger must not be our only concern […] in a region where 7 per cent of children […]

Fight the Flu

Fight the Flu

FOCUS ON HEALTH By Heather Aspinall Influenza (often called the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs that is caused by influenza viruses.   In North America, although infections can occur at any time of the year, most infections occur during the fall and winter months, with peak activity occurring from December to […]

Michael Jackson’s ex-doctor fights for Trinidad and Tobago license

Michael Jackson’s ex-doctor fights for Trinidad and Tobago license

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Grenada-born cardiologist Dr Conrad Murray who was one of Michael Jackson’s personal physicians, is calling on  the Medical Board of  Trinidad and Tobago (MBTT) to  confirm his registration status as a member of the Board. Murray was reported to have sought confirmation since last May as he wishes to practice […]

Maintaining good mental health

By Julie Christiansen Mental health is a concept that refers to a person’s emotional and psychological well-being. One way to think about mental health is by looking at how effectively and successfully a person functions. Feeling capable and competent – being able to handle normal levels of stress, maintain satisfying relationships, and lead an independent […]

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