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Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 9:54 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Christmas is only two weeks away. With the rush and traffic, not to mention personal holiday preparations, it is getting hard for many people to stick to their workout programmes. In spite of the time constraints, with the right approach, much can...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:06 AM

Let's be honest, most of us get through the entire Christmas period eating no more fruit than what's in the fruitcake. Fruits just don't really feature on the Christmas menu. But at this time of late nights, overindulging and partying, it's more...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Q: Doctor, I find lately although I can see clearly in the distance, small prints are becoming jumbled and causing me a headache. Why?A: As we age beyond 40 for most, the muscles that control the focusing ability of our lens become less efficient...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 9:20 PMDr. Tobi Lawson and Jessica Thompson\Contributors

The holiday season is upon us, and many of us experience an emotional shift around this time of year. Some of us may feel overcome by a celebratory mood, but others of us may struggle with negative emotions around the Christmas season. The...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 9:21 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Full gyms and crowded running trails are the New Year norms. The Christmas season, on the other hand, is the opposite. Training is absent from most persons' holiday plans and only after the parties and Christmas dinners do we start to think...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Persons with diabetes are being encouraged to get screened for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, to prevent vision loss.Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness, resulting from damage of the blood vessels of the light-sensitive...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

What would a Jamaican meal be like on Christmas Day without the traditional sorrel drink and fruit cake? There is no doubt that the highlight of a typical Jamaican Christmas meal is red and black - sorrel and fruit cake, perfectly complementing the...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

December is one of the most common months for people to get food poisoning, according to research. To minimise the risks, don't leave food out all day. Put out small amounts at a time, so that what is on the table...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As part of the Jamaica Moves in Schools programme, which will strengthen the capacity of the school community to become a healthy setting for learning and working, the Southern Regional Health Authority recently trained 58 high-school students and...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton is hailing the success of the Public-Private Sector Pharmacy Partner Programme, under which nearly 100,000 prescriptions have already been processed.The minister said the Government is satisfied that the...

Published:Wednesday | November 28, 2018 | 12:13 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

The Christmas season is upon us. The countdown to fun, food, frolic, and, of course, family, has officially begun. Soon fitness will be sacrificed at the holiday altar, as we try to make the most of the season. We don't even need the numerous...

Published:Wednesday | November 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, is a potential major spin-off benefit of the National Identification System (NIDS), which could result in significant financial and time savings as well as improved safety for patients.This was one of the...

Published:Wednesday | November 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As part of the 70th anniversary commemorations of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) will be staging a mini-symposium highlighting the work of its Tropical Metabolism Research Unit (TMRU)...

Published:Wednesday | November 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the final draft of the National Health Insurance Plan is being prepared for submission to Cabinet."We held a series of consultations with a range of stakeholders. We still may do a few more, but ultimately...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Believing that lifting weights will make them bulky and muscular, many women tend to shy away from weight training, instead burning up the cardio sessions. But researchers are finding...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 11:17 PM

WATA, in partnership with the Diabetes Association of Jamaica (DAJ) kicked off a series of activities last week, to recognise World Diabetes Day at their DAJ headquarters with an entire day of free health checks and educational messages from the...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 11:15 PM

Professor Marvin Reid, director of the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit at the University of the West Indies Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), has been elected for a two-year tenure (2018-2020) as the president of the North American...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 11:12 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

In today's world, it seems there are never enough hours in the day. We have so much to do each day, and sleep tends to be the area that gets the least attention.'Project deadlines approaching? Pull a couple of all-nighters.' 'Wanna workout? Wake up...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 11:11 PM

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, says the Ministry of Health supports the use of cannabis and products derived from the plant for research and medicinal purposes, where scientific evidence validates their benefits and...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:18 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

These days, it seems the 'superfood' label is thrown at anything you can consume: 'Eat this food to lose weight', 'Eat that one to live to 150'...and the list grows on.While the chia seed has been victim to this 'superfood' marketing ploy, it does...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Called liquid gold from a tree, coconut water is not just a refreshing drink, it has some amazing properties. It is rich in electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, minerals (calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium), vitamins (riboflavin and vitamin C)...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMJessica Thompson/Contributor

Paying the emotional toll: Tips to reduce road-related stressKingston and St Andrew are abuzz with construction and roadwork. While it may be exciting for some, it has been a huge burden for others who have to travel into, out of, and within the...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 6:21 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Lunges are among the top lower-body exercises around. From strength to flexibility to balance, there are many benefits. To make the most of lunges, however, they must be done correctly. Butchering the form during lunges is a quick way to pain and...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:47 AM

“Dem a bleach, dem a bleach out dem skin, dem a bleach fi look like a brownin” was Nardo Ranks’ observation in the years following Buju’s controversial ‘Browning’. Bleaching has been around for some time now but...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:07 AM

Chronic stress makes you feel old and actually ages you. It also raises your blood pressure, can lead to a stroke or heart attack and can slowly kill you. In an Austrian study, researchers found that work-related tension harms DNA in your cells,...

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