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Stories by Carlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:31 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Errol Rickman has been fascinated with the universe since he was a little boy, and now at age 85 years, he still has the same joy looking through his telescope. “From I was a little boy, I have always had an interest in astronomy and my first...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:28 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Althea Francis* has been stealthed. At 31 years old, she recounted the experience that could have ruined her dreams of getting a college education. Stealthing is the practice of a man removing or damaging the condom during sexual intercourse...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:27 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

An increasing number of men are engaging in dangerous sex practices, threatening their health and that of their partners, by removing the condom during intercourse without the other person’s consent. This also includes men who are clients of sex...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:36 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Advancements in medical technology, the influence of social media, and a desire to look and feel good are igniting the burgeoning local cosmetic surgery industry. It is now possible to enhance any area of your body. Once you have the money, there’s...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:35 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

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...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:23 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

As the ‘rent a womb industry’ increases in popularity across Jamaica, concerns are being raised about the importance of legislation to, among other things, protect vulnerable women from being exploited. Since The Sunday Gleaner highlighted the...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:45 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Family, friends, politicians, and members of the media fraternity gathered at the Good Tidings Mennonite Church in St Andrew yesterday for the thanksgiving service for the life of journalist Anthony O’Neil Young. Popularly called ‘TY’, he was...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:32 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Michael ‘Hello’ Curnaldy and Brendon Clarke are two of many Jamaicans who enjoy the freedom of not being ‘tied down’ by the formal working system. Curnaldy, at 30 years old, has been selling patties and drinks in downtown Kingston for the past six...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 1:24 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

An increasing number of Jamaican men, including teenagers, are forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars to do breast-reduction surgeries, according to reports from some of the island’s leading plastic surgeons...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:22 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Angela Bernard’s 11-year-old son, Joseph*, has had surgery for gynaecomastia, and it is something she recommends to parents who are having a similar issue with their boys. Gynaecomastia is a condition that causes unusually enlarged breasts in men...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:27 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Several medical laboratories across Jamaica are busy ensuring that they take the necessary steps to get accredited, as they are now losing money because of customers’ refusal to do business with them. On June 16, The Sunday Gleaner, in an article...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:39 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

The United States, Canada, Ukraine and Russia head the list of countries across the world tapping into the growing surrogacy industry, with surrogacy tourism now becoming widescale. Even as the practice grows, laws and cost vary from country to...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:39 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Surrogacy has become a big moneymaking business all across the world, raking in millions for some countries, and Jamaica is not to be left out. Hundreds of Jamaican women are now tapping into the ‘rent a womb industry’, advertising their...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:31 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is once again urging members of the public to report missing persons immediately, dismissing the claim that persons have to wait 24 hours before doing so. “We have repeatedly said this, and internally we have...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:41 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Thirteen ministers of religion will officiate at today’s funeral of late statesman Edward Seaga, including a Revivalist pastor affiliated with a brand of Afrocentric Christian worship much respected and cherished by the late former prime minister...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:41 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Increasing reports of adverse test results have sparked alarm from the watchdog of Jamaica’s medical laboratories, with growing concern over a ballooning crisis as only five of more than a hundred lab companies are accredited to practise. Though...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:34 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Patients with lighter complexions are treated with more favour than those with darker hues when seeking medical attention in public hospitals and clinics, anecdotal reports by doctors show, raising concerns that the health of Jamaica’s black...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:37 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Parents of hundreds of babies born in 2018 are in the dark over whether their children have the sickle-cell trait or the full-blown disease because public hospitals were hobbled by inadequate supplies to test for the blood disease, which can cause...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:26 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Healthcare providers are allowing personal prejudice and class bias to influence their recommendations for tubal ligation, with women living with HIV and disabilities, the prime victims of social and cultural stigma, some stakeholders say. In a...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:32 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Heath professionals are urging the Government to review the no-user-fee policy for public health institutions as a shortage of funds is restricting the range and quality of services many facilities can provide. Speaking at a recent Gleaner Editors...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:33 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Gang initiation has been fingered as one of the chief factors fuelling the high rate of traffic fatalities across the western Jamaica parish of Westmoreland, as bikers are goaded into deathly stunts and dares to claim kinship and bragging rights in...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:33 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

The two-day weekend is the most dangerous time to be travelling on Jamaican roads, with Saturday and Sunday accounting for more than a third of traffic fatalities in the first five months over a six-year span. The revelation indicates that...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:41 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Driven by the warning echoed in the African proverb ‘The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people’, Dr Taniesha Burke is on a mission to strengthen parent-child relationships one household at a time. “Many of the challenges that society...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:39 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans are insisting on arming themselves with defensive weapons and are even finding more creative ways to bring them into the country, says the deputy commissioner in charge of border protection at the Jamaica Customs Agency, Alwyn Nicely. The...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:14 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Jamaican women as young as 19 years old are exploring the option of tubal ligation, or ‘tie-off’, but most local doctors are unwillingly to operate, saying they are not old enough to validate the life-altering surgical procedure. Tubal ligation,...

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