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Allisah* is excited about Jamaica’s certification of having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, and she has every right to be. Diagnosed at just eight months old, Allisah has lived with HIV for almost her entire life. Born...

Physical fitness gets most people’s attention, and for good reason. A healthy body can prevent conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and help you maintain independence as you age. Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness,...

ACKEE IS the national fruit of Jamaica and is a major source of food. In other regions, components of the plant have traditionally been used for a variety of conditions. It is widely found throughout the West Indies and has been naturalised to...

MENTAL ILLNESS is not caused by ghosts or demons and should be treated like all other health problems, such as diabetes. Mental illness can occur due to several factors, such as chemicals imbalances, traumatic experiences, substance abuse, and a...

Cancer is a health problem responsible for one in six deaths worldwide. In 2020, there was an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases, and about 10 million cancer deaths globally. Cancer is a very complicated sequence of events, progressing...

Breadfruit ( Artocarpus altilis) is the fruit of the breadfruit tree, though it is often referred to as a vegetable when consumed before it is fully ripe. It comes from the same family as jackfruit and mulberry. Similar to bananas and plantains,...

A mathematical model for the treatment of breast cancer using magnetic nanoparticles was developed in a study conducted by Dr Victor Job and Dr Nagarani Ponakala of the Department of Mathematics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona...

Salt, also known as sodium chloride, is about 40 per cent sodium and 60 per cent chloride. It flavours food and is used as a binder and stabiliser. It is also a food preservative, as bacteria cannot thrive in the presence of a high amount of salt....

EATING A healthy diet, drinking water regularly, exercising, and taking care of your mental health are all examples of the everyday actions we take to care for our bodies. However, why do we allow our bodies to absorb many chemicals by applying...

THE SKIN is the largest organ in the body and covers the body’s entire external surface. It is made up of three layers – the epidermis, dermis, and the hypodermis – all three of which vary significantly in their anatomy and function. The skin’s...
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