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Stories by Keisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2021 | 12:19 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Lyme disease or borreliosis is a tick-transmitted infection that affects mammalian and avian hosts. It is the most commonly diagnosed tick-borne disease in people in certain parts of the world, but is not known to occur in Jamaica beyond...

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2021 | 12:15 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prospective Research Innovations is a leading provider in clinical research trials, with a team of researchers, and 15 years of expertise and knowledge of study procedures and protocol compliance. Over the years, this organisation has been finding...

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2021 | 12:21 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Cervical cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer affecting women, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Some 528,000 women have been diagnosed, with 266,000 dying from this disease in 2012. It is the fourth leading cause of...

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2021 | 10:15 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

AUTISM SPECTRUM Disorder, or ASD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that involves challenges with social communication, restricted interests, repetitive patterns of behaviour, and unusual sensory sensitivities or interests. ASD is a diverse and...

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2021 | 12:16 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Taneisha Pascoe-Matthews says parenting a child with autism is like being a tour guide, someone who must translate the customs and language of the non-autistic world. But when you have two children with autism, like she does, the job is...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:37 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Many women find a Pap smear test to be uncomfortable or scary and try to avoid going to their gynaecologist because of it. But the few minutes of discomfort are ultimately worth the health benefits. Pap smears help to identify suspicious cells in...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Nine in 10 women experience cramping or stabbing pain just before their monthly period or as it starts. Many women experience debilitating symptoms that they commonly believe are normal. However, no pain is good pain and it is possible that the...

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Complementary and alternative medicine for colon cancer, also called CAM, involves non-traditional approaches to medicine that help manage a patient’s care. Used together with conventional medicine, it doesn’t replace traditional, science-based...

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:24 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Your colon is a key player in your digestive system, which processes and delivers nutrients throughout your body to keep you strong and healthy. As such, eating well and maintaining a nutritious diet is one of the best ways you can prepare for and...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:12 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dream big about what you want to achieve. As a child, Abrahim Simmonds wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. A natural people person, he was always concerned about the welfare of others and being a level-headed individual, he knew...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:19 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Vernessa Scarlett has a vivacious personality. Her smile and witty nature have defied the many challenges she has encountered during her lifetime. Behind the bubbly personality is a woman who has endured insurmountable pain, yet she continues to...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:14 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

The human body is a self-healing, self-renewing, self-cleansing organism. When the right conditions are created, vibrant well-being is its natural state. However, we have departed from the ways of nature and live under less-than-natural conditions...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

The holidays are an exciting time of good cheer, warm family traditions, and spending time with friends. For many people, the idea of entering a crowded room and chatting up co-workers or strangers at a party, exchanging gifts with friends,...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:18 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are wondering if it is possible to safely celebrate during a pandemic. Should you visit relatives or have family and friends over? Nonetheless, your typical holiday gathering will look different this...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

For more than 10 years, Andrea Ferguson* lived with her partner in an upscale community in Jamaica. She had everything to her comfort, and did not have to work to maintain her lavish lifestyle. However, she was dying inside, and kept a well-...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2020 | 12:23 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Swimming sensation and Olympian Alia Atkinson has been named as Champion Ambassador of the Special Olympics Movement, as the organisation commemorated International Day of Persons with Disabilities, recognised each year on December 3. Atkinson...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:12 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

“I was devastated,” exclaimed Marcia Johnson*. “I was just 18 years old at the time, and I felt like my whole world had fallen apart,” she said. On a routine check while pregnant with her only child, Johnson received the news nobody wants to hear...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

People with epilepsy or what Jamaicans term as ‘fits’ are just like everyone else, except that they are prone to recurrent seizures. A seizure is caused by a temporary change in the way the brain cells work. One seizure does not signify epilepsy....

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:13 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in both men and women, and is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 160,000 people will lose their battle with lung cancer...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Raising awareness of the causes, prevention, and treatment of stroke is crucial to the health and well-being of all Jamaicans. The Jamaica Stroke Alliance (JSA), which was launched virtually on World Stroke Day, October 29, is advocating for...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:12 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Diabetes is a potentially life-threatening illness, which must be taken seriously. Diabetes is the second-leading cause of death for Jamaicans under the age of 70 years. Often referred to as ‘sugar’, the disease impairs the body’s ability to use...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:15 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

“It has been hell!” a confident and defiant Paulette Rennalls-Dawson said as she recalls her challenging and tumultuous journey with stage four breast cancer. Rennalls-Dawson was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. As a result of the severity of...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Obtaining a mammogram can be a daunting experience for many women. No matter your level of personal experience or familiarity with the examination, when it comes time to face the breast-squeezing machine, some level of fear is present. For many...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:11 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

There are many things to be grateful for these days, and chief among them is life. Cancer survivor Norma Reid is elated that through faith, determination and her belief in God, she survived one of the biggest challenges of her life to date. More...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:05 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Breast cancer does not discriminate! Some of the people that we least expect can be affected. For most women diagnosed with the illness, it can be a nerve-racking experience. Treatment of the disease typically involves surgery to remove the breast...

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