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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:Wednesday | June 9, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder in which red blood cells are abnormally shaped. Normal red blood cells are soft and round and can move through small blood tubes in the body to deliver oxygen. Sickle red blood cells become hard, sticky...

Published:Wednesday | June 2, 2021 | 12:09 AM

Good nutrition is important to staying healthy. It gives us the energy we need, strengthens our immune systems and helps our bodies stay protected from viruses. Most important, our bodies can function properly when we practise some of the basics of...

Published:Wednesday | June 2, 2021 | 12:09 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday validated the Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving countries, funders, procuring agencies and communities the assurance that it meets international standards for safety, efficacy...

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 26, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Thousands of Jamaicans continue to suffer the debilitating effects of lupus, known medically as systemic lupus erythematosus, a lifelong disorder of the immune system. To this end, the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica (LFJ) is seeking volunteers and...

Published:Wednesday | May 19, 2021 | 12:12 AMMelisa Anderson Cross/Contributor

Many are unaware of lupus and its potentially life-threatening complications. Lack of lupus awareness is a contributing factor to late diagnosis, social stigmas and increased burden on healthcare systems. Lupus is an incurable autoimmune 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 12, 2021 | 12:05 AMKerry-Ann Hepburn/Gleaner Writer

ASTHMA IS a chronic episodic disease which affects the airways. The hallmark of this disease is the bronco spasm – the narrowing of the airways – and the inflammation that takes place in response to triggers. Because of the lung’s sensitivity, the...

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 | May 5, 2021 | 12:12 AM

World Asthma Day (WAD) is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma, a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborative organisation founded in 1993. WAD is held each May to raise awareness of asthma worldwide. WHO recognises that asthma is of...

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 | 12:19 AM

WHILE IMMUNISATION services have started to recover from disruptions caused by COVID-19, millions of children remain vulnerable to deadly diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance warned, highlighting the...

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2021 | 12:17 AM

Some people view getting older as a badge of honour of a life well lived, some find it an underrated experience, finding joy watching the people in their lives grow and change and experience new things. Ageing can be a beautiful thing even as our...

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2021 | 12:11 AM

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects speech, social skills, learning and behaviour. The term ‘developmental disability’ means that it results from a problem occurring when the brain was developing in the early...

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 | April 14, 2021 | 5:37 AM

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects a child’s ability to communicate and socialise. ASD can also result in challenging behaviours such as tantrums, hitting or biting, and stereotypical behaviours such as hand...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Jamaica has embarked on a COVID-19 vaccination blitz. It is important to note the following: • All COVID-19 vaccines currently available are effective at preventing COVID-19. • COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:10 AM

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability affecting one in 54 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2020. It affects children of every race, ethnic and socio-economic...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:10 AM

TREATMENT Treatment for endometriosis usually involves medication or surgery. The approach you and your doctor choose will depend on how severe your signs and symptoms are and whether you hope to become pregnant. Doctors typically recommend...

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 31, 2021 | 12:07 AM

We’ve often seen those social media posts or messages in WhatsApp groups from friends and colleagues making a desperate plea for blood for someone in need. While some persons readily respond, others are reluctant due largely to misconceptions...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:05 AM

BOX: There are different ways to measure endometriosis. The most widely used scale is from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Doctors assign points according to the spread of the endometrial tissue, its depth, and the areas of your...

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