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Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:08 AM

It was in 2017 when film-maker Paula Eiselt started seeing articles about rising maternal mortality rates in the United States. She’d had traumatic experiences giving birth to her four children, but didn’t realise that the problems were widespread...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:05 AM

The latest national child welfare report shows an increase in the number of black children who died, even though fewer abuse-related fatalities were investigated in the yearlong period that included the first several months of the pandemic. The...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:05 AM

The best way to reduce the risk of contracting the seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated each year, but good healthy habits, like avoiding people who are sick, covering your cough and washing your hands, often...

Published:Wednesday | January 26, 2022 | 12:05 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer -

If you have a heart condition and become infected with the coronavirus, you are more likely to become severely ill. People who have underlying cardiovascular disease actually have a higher mortality rate when it comes to COVID-19, than people who...

Published:Wednesday | January 19, 2022 | 12:06 AM

Eating the right snacks is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Snacking boosts energy levels, as well as provides little delights throughout the day. By shopping smart, making mindful decisions, and being aware of ingredients, you can easily...

Published:Wednesday | January 19, 2022 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or have you been living with the disease for a while? Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and means that your body does not use insulin properly. People with type 2 diabetes are said to...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer -

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either does not make...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer -

If your doctor says that you have cervical cancer, ask to be referred to a gynaecological oncologist, a doctor who has been trained to treat cancers of a woman’s reproductive system. This doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan and,...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Cervical Health Awareness Month is marked every year in January to encourage women to be more attentive to their health. Cervical health is one aspect of health that many women neglect throughout their lives. By becoming more knowledgeable about...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Back to school is in full effect. However, what is usually an exciting time is now filled with many unknowns. This is a challenging time for children and parents as not only will they be dealing with the normal influenza and colds, but also with...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Too much pudding, ham, sorrel and alcohol over the Christmas period can make you feel bloated, overweight, and like you are no longer yourself. Sometimes it is like your whole body is screaming for you to stop! It is time to give it a little break...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start, a new beginning. That is one of the big reasons so many of us set new year resolutions. Turning the page on the calendar gives us a chance to turn the page on unhealthy habits, resolve to be...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Christmas is days away, and after celebrations were scaled down last year courtesy of the pandemic, hopes are high for more festive fun this time around. But COVID-19 has not gone away, and this festive season it is still really important to make...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

There is nothing quite like a global pandemic to remind you how true that old cliché is, at the end of the day, health really is wealth. During these past two years, however, emotional wellness has become just as important as physical health,...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:06 AM

WE NEED to take special care of our older adults, especially during the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that “ageing results from the impact of the accumulation of a wide variety of molecular and cellular damage over time....

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Growing up in a Jamaican household means you have perhaps learned about a lot of great Jamaican herbs and spices. While these herbs and spices go great in recipes for their flavour, they also have many healing properties. Herbs were our first...

Published:Wednesday | December 8, 2021 | 12:08 AM

On November 24, a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.529, was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). This new variant was first detected in specimen collected on November 11 in Botswana and on November 14 in South Africa. On November 26,...

Published:Wednesday | December 8, 2021 | 12:08 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its living guideline on COVID-19 therapeutics to include convalescent plasma. For non-severe COVID-19 patients, WHO recommends against its use, while it should only be used within clinical trials for...

Published:Wednesday | December 8, 2021 | 12:07 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

Whether it is sitting around the family dinner table or munching on endless snacks at a party, the holidays mean food. Lots of food. It can be hard to keep from overdoing it, but it is possible. If you are hosting a meal or party, or attending one...

Published:Wednesday | December 8, 2021 | 12:06 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

CHRISTMAS IS truly the season for indulgence. As a result, it can be hard to prioritise staying active, especially when you are juggling a busy social calendar with shopping, baking and attending festive get-togethers. It is hard enough to exercise...

Published:Wednesday | December 1, 2021 | 12:09 AMKeisha Hill/Senior Gleaner Writer

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded...

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 24, 2021 | 12:07 AM

Savionne Francis/Contributor Conditions of the pelvic floor remain untreated worldwide mainly due to a lack of knowledge that there is help available to us. One such condition that afflicts our women is vaginismus. Vaginismus is vaginal tightness...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2021 | 12:10 AM

A “PANDEMIC that affects one in three women in their lifetime”. That’s how the World Bank defines gender-based violence. Taking a closer look home, the Jamaica Women’s Health Survey (JWHS) 2016 revealed that more than one in every four women in...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2021 | 12:07 AM

WORLD CHRONIC Obstructive Pulmonary Day (COPD) is organised by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with healthcare professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. Its aim is to raise...

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