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Published:Tuesday | November 30, 2021 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

THE JAMAICA Network of Seropositives (JN+), one of Jamaica’s staunchest campaigners for the upliftment of persons living with HIV/AIDS, is encouraging Jamaicans to join the fight to eliminate stigma and discrimination against persons who are...

Published:Wednesday | November 24, 2021 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, when people displaying the common symptoms of lung cancer, such as a persistent cough, breathlessness or unexplained weight loss, are encouraged to visit their doctors. Lung cancer is estimated to be the...

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

EPILEPSY IS a central nervous system, neurological disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviour, sensations and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy and it affects both...

Published:Wednesday | November 3, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

STOP AND think for a minute that you are going about your daily affairs, then you catch a cold that refuses to go away after many attempts with over-the-counter medications. You think it could be something quite simple and visit your doctor to...

Published:Wednesday | October 27, 2021 | 1:38 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION is surgery to recreate breasts after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. There are several types of breast reconstruction and some techniques use implants, including silicone or saline. Others use tissue from your body, such as the...

Published:Wednesday | October 20, 2021 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

The early detection of breast cancer in women is important for the effective management of the disease. Although there is no current treatment to prevent breast cancer, early detection of the disease can lead to an excellent outcome. Early...

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 12:10 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Your oral health is more important than you might realise. Did you know the health of your mouth, teeth and gums can affect your general health? Oral health means the health of your mouth, no matter your age, and it is vital to your general health...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

October is being observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that breast cancer is one of the most common cancers found in women? It estimated that each year, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime....

Published:Wednesday | September 29, 2021 | 2:45 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Many lupus patients are still holding off on being vaccinated because they are waiting to have questions answered or to get permission from their doctors. However, accessing their doctors has become more difficult with the recent surge affecting...

Published:Wednesday | September 29, 2021 | 2:44 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

A HEALTHY heart is central to overall good health. Embracing a healthy lifestyle at any age can prevent heart disease and lower one’s risk for a heart attack or stroke. You are never too old or too young to begin taking care of your heart. True,...

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:05 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

SEPTEMBER IS Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to recognise the children and families affected by childhood cancers and to emphasise the importance of supporting research on these devastating conditions. This month, and throughout the year...

Published:Wednesday | September 8, 2021 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

No one can tell you exactly what will happen. How prostate cancer affects you will depend on many things. Twelve years ago, for Michael Jureidini, after years of low and stable prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, the readings started to...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men, and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in men, after lung cancer. The month of September has been designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to bring attention to this...

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

A picture speaks a thousand words and on a day when Jamaica breaks out in multiple radiant colours, the pictures are exceptional. This is Jamaica’s 59th year of Independence. A country that has fought against all odds for its freedom, where all...

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Just like the euphoria that gripped the newly born Jamaica on August 6, 1962, when the country became independent from colonial rule, similar excitement will once again engulf the country this year. Considering the global impact of the COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | July 28, 2021 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

WORLD HEPATITIS Day (WHD) takes places every year on July 28, bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. The day is being held under the theme: ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’....

Published:Wednesday | July 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Child abuse and neglect is a social and public health problem, as well as a children’s rights issue in Jamaica. Abuse and neglect can lead to a wide range of adverse consequences for children and young people. Child abuse and neglect refers to any...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Living with sickle cell disease can be a challenge; however, people with sickle cell disease can live full lives and enjoy most of the activities that other people do. Given that the condition is hereditary, Terran Wright was diagnosed with the...

Published:Wednesday | June 23, 2021 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Cancer may develop in anyone at any time, but historically, cancer is diagnosed in men more often than women. Some cancers only affect men because they develop in the male reproductive system, which includes the prostate, testicles and penis. June...

Published:Wednesday | June 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

“You can sing!” I exclaimed. His voice, clear and melodious, rose succinctly above the heat of the midday sun that pelted us as we sat on the veranda. It’s never good to judge a book by its cover, and certainly the story of Roger Brown* will warm...

Published:Monday | May 31, 2021 | 12:05 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

CHILDREN ARE not the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but they risk being among its biggest victims, as children’s lives are being changed in profound ways. All children, of all ages, and in all countries, are being affected, in particular by the...

Published:Wednesday | May 26, 2021 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Lupus is a lifelong disease that can affect many parts of your life. But, many women with lupus live long, healthy lives. You can take steps to control your symptoms, prevent lupus flares, and cope with the challenges of the illness. The disease...

Published:Wednesday | May 19, 2021 | 12:11 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Rheumatoid arthritis can be life-changing. You may need long-term treatment to control the symptoms and joint damage. Depending on how much pain and stiffness you feel and how much joint damage you have, simple daily tasks may become difficult or...

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

Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. The female reproductive system contains two ovaries, one on each side of the uterus. The ovaries, each about the size of an almond, produce eggs, as well as the hormones oestrogen and...

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...

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