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Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:20 AM

Studies show comprehensive policies do work to reduce consumers’ sugary drink purchases, children’s exposure to unhealthy food marketing and advertising. Recent studies of obesity prevention efforts implemented in Chile have found that consumers...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:19 AMDr Handel Emery/Contributor

Hypertensive kidney disease is a medical condition in which the kidneys are damaged through exposure to chronically elevated blood pressure. It is one of the main causes of kidney failure, and its associated morbidity, mortality and reduced man...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:05 AM

Efforts to ensure that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are prepared to carry out laboratory diagnosis of new coronavirus (COVID-19) have continued with a training in Mexico City, held by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:13 AM

GENEVA (AP): The World Health Organization convened outside experts Tuesday to fast-track promising tests, drugs and vaccines to help slow the outbreak of a new virus that emerged in China that has killed more than 1,000 people and spread to two...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:10 AM

Last week Tuesday was celebrated as World Cancer Day – a day to bring the debilitating and deadly non-communicable disease (NCD) to the forefront of our minds. According to Jamaica Moves, 40 per cent of cancers are preventable and action can be...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

The month of February is recognised as Heart Month and highlights issues that associate with one of the most hard-working organs in the body. Cardiologist Dr Mark Hoo Sang said there has been a rapid increase in the number of persons affected by...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:08 AM

The New year has begun with a bang. We were certain we would be in the early throes of World War 3 by now, and barely had the dust settled when we heard about the origins of the next killer virus in China. The virus, first seen in Wuhan, is...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:07 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday spelt out the need to step up cancer services in low and middle-income countries, warning that if current trends continue, the world will see a 60 per cent increase in cancer cases over the next two...

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica prepares to observe World Cancer Day on February 4, Dr Sheray Chin, medical oncologist, has encouraged persons to make significant changes in their lifestyle practices to reduce risk factors associated with the deadly disease. The day...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:09 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

With one in three children in the Caribbean overweight or obese, Dr Leslie Gabay, paediatric endocrinologist has encouraged parents to manage their children’s eating habits. Should this issue go unchecked, there will be devastating implications...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:21 AM

As we begin a new decade by welcoming the year 2020, it’s a time when many make resolutions and pay closer attention to caring for their bodies. As we know our skin is the body’s largest organ and it is an important part of our health and physical...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:26 AM

There is not one among us who does not open the fridge or the cupboard at night to see if there isn’t something light inside that we can snack on. We aren’t hungry, just feel a bit ‘peckish’ (a craving for food). For many struggling to lose weight...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:16 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Get your New Year’s resolution list out. See that one that says ‘eat healthier’? You are apprehensive about it because it was on your list last year ... but here you are again, thinking 2020 is the year you will get it right. To help you attain...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:20 AM

As Jamaica continues to grapple with non-communicable diseases, it’s important to start the new year on a positive health note, making a firm resolve to lead a healthier, fitter life in 2020. While certain conditions and risk factors are beyond our...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:36 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

If there is one thing everyone loves about Christmas, it’s the food. Most of us are either busy planning the dinner or counting the many friends and relatives whose homes we intend to invade for a taste of the season. From ham to sorrel and...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:20 AM

During the Christmas season, there tends to be a lot of focus on big celebrations and spending money. But during this festive time of year, it is also important to take steps that will keep your family, your home and your wallet healthy. Here are...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:20 AM

The holiday season means delicious food and parties galore. If you’ve been dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there’s no reason to throw away all your hard work. You just need to make adjustments to your routine so you can enjoy the...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:19 AMSineal Smith/Guest Columnist

With the annual wine-and-dine season of Restaurant Week and the prestigious Dine En Blanc a mere glimpse of the past, we look on to the scrumptious Christmas season with vigorous rubbing of hands together, widened eyes and salivating mouths. It is...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:45 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

After three months of exciting workouts with some of the best fitness coaches around, Fit 4 Life Season Three: Fit in 5 is at an end. The 12 weeks since September have been a roller-coaster ride that saw us moving from high-intensity training at...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:45 AM

Last week’s exciting Fit 4 Life Season 3: Fit in 5 season finale not only saw the crowning of the new Fit 4 Life champion but also the introduction of a new coach to the programme. And what an introduction it was! The Unit 1 team from Myers Fitness...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:28 AM

Sigh! Christmas is coming and with it all the parties, dinners and socials where food is the bond that brings us all together. But we are on our diets/lifestyle changes that have been working fairly well. We are losing weight, or at the least not...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Time sure flies when you’re having fun, and it races even faster when you’re having fun getting fit. For 12 weeks, since September 21, The Gleaner’s Fit 4 Life took fitness buffs and beginners alike on a journey to a healthier, fitter life, which...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:27 AM

It was a relaxing, de-stressing Saturday morning at Eden Gardens, 39 Lady Musgrave Road, St Andrew, with Jo-Hanna Taylor and her Yoga Wellness team. Fit 4 Lifers were spread out on their mats on the lawns of the garden and taken through a complete...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Recent research suggests that we consume around 3,000 calories in our Christmas dinner – more than the entire recommended daily intake for a grown man! This huge festive feast not only contributes to weight gain but also to indigestion and...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:20 AMFitz-George Rattray/Contributor

The holidays mean different things to different people. For some, celebrating and partying; others, gathering with friends and family; for others, nothing at all, but whatever your propensity, it is likely that one or more of the following is true...

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