New flu vaccine skin patch could do away with needles

New flu vaccine skin patch could do away with needles

By Catharine Paddock PhD  Scientists are hopeful that a new type of skin patch could replace needles as a method of flu vaccination. When they tested the skin patch on mice, it elicited an appropriate immune response without side effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that the flu caused 48.8 million […]

New blood test for prostate cancer avoids invasive biopsies

New blood test for prostate cancer avoids invasive biopsies

A new and simple blood test has been found to efficiently and accurately detect the presence of aggressive prostate cancer. In combination with the current prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, the new test could help men avoid unnecessary and invasive biopsies, over-diagnosis and over-treatment. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Western men, with […]

“Happy people don’t kill themselves”

“Happy people don’t kill themselves”

Two hundred and forty Jamaicans attempted suicide in 2018, but experts are of the view that this number could be higher, as this is an area that is heavily under-reported. According to the Economic and Social Survey, these 240 patients were seen in the accident and emergency units of public hospitals across the island. Listed […]

Are You Ready for the Upcoming Flu Season?

Are You Ready for the Upcoming Flu Season?

By Heather Aspinall, MSc, Communicable Disease Control Professional According to health experts, the upcoming flu season will likely be a difficult one.   This comes after a long 2018/2019 season.  Are you prepared for the upcoming season? Here is what you need to know about the flu and some steps that you can take to protect […]

Jamaica Summer Games comes to Ashbridges Bay

Jamaica Summer Games comes to Ashbridges Bay

TORONTO, CANADA – The Jamaica Summer Games and Wellness Festival will bring a real taste of Jamaica to Ashbridges Bay Beach August 17-18, 2019.  This family-friendly weekend is a unique blend of music, sport, culture, health & wellness and distinctly Jamaican entertainment. During this action-packed weekend, event-goers can participate in a wide range of health […]

Grenada raises Ebola threat level to “guarded”

Grenada raises Ebola threat level to “guarded”

Grenadian health officials are keeping a close eye on what is now the world’s second-largest outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and have raised the alert level to GUARDED. Represented by the colour blue, the alert level “applies when there is a general threat of increased infectious […]

Barbados set to allow organ harvesting for transplants

Barbados set to allow organ harvesting for transplants

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Barbados government is working on new legislation that will provide the legal framework for organs to be harvested from donors after death. Over the last 30 years, about 19 transplants had been performed at the country’s sole public hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but these transplants have been limited to organs […]

Take a bath 90 minutes before bedtime to get better sleep

Take a bath 90 minutes before bedtime  to get better sleep

FOCUS ON HEALTH Take a bath 90 minutes before bedtime to get better sleep Biomedical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a way for people to get better shuteye. Systematic review protocols—a method used to search for and analyze relevant data—allowed researchers to analyze thousands of studies linking water-based passive […]

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