December 14, 2017

World Bank says Haiti needs to invest more in health care

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From The Jamaica Gleaner WASHINGTON (CMC): The World Bank says the health sector in Haiti needs more public investments and better allocation of resources so as to improve access to health care for all Haitians. In a report titled ‘Better Spending, Better Care: A Look at Haiti’s Health Financing’, the financial institution notes that public spending […]

We should never have told people to take supplements — and a new lawsuit shows why

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By Erin Brodwin From Business Insider More than 5,000 Americans are about to get a check in the mail, after regulators discovered that a Florida-based supplement maker was peddling an herbal drink mix that it claimed could help treat addiction. The company, Sunrise Nutraceuticals, marketed its Elimidrol powdered drink mix as having a “high success […]

Cayman Islands HSA introduces local testing of Zika and other viral diseases

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The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s (HSA’s) Laboratory, in partnership with the Public Health and Forensics Department, is now among an elite group of regional laboratories to be internationally accredited with the full capabilities to test for viral diseases that may pose a threat to public health. With the introduction of this facilitative process, the […]

This may be the first substantial evidence that e-cigs could help people quit smoking

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By Erin Brodwin From Business Insider Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit or glorify a potentially unhealthy habit? Public health experts are divided on the question, but a new study is the first of its kind to suggest that for some people, the devices could help more than they hurt. The paper, published in the journal […]

Climate change is making us tired and weak

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By Marlene Cimons, Nexus Media News From Business Insider The decreasing protein content of wheat affects the world population’s health. Ajay Verma/Reuters We already know how prolonged drought, high heat and heavy rains prompted by climate change can wreak havoc on agriculture. But there is more disturbing news. If we do nothing, growing levels of […]

These 3 types of supplements are ‘the most lawless’ of the industry, according to a Harvard researcher

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By Erin Brodwin From Business Insider Their very name — supplements — makes them sound like a healthy addition to any diet. But most vitamins and dietary powders are unnecessary. Some can even be dangerous, according to Harvard Medical School professor S. Bryn Austin. Several supplements have been linked with an increase in certain cancers, for example, while […]

CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health

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From Caribbean News Now GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation. This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals, which in turn impacts those whose livelihoods depend on the sector, and possibly lead to […]

Cayman Islands temporary ban on corned beef products from Brazil lifted

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With immediate effect, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is advising the public that the recent food alert issued concerning the recall of corned beef products from Brazil has been lifted. A multi-agency committee was set up immediately after the initial food alert to monitor the situation. The committee consisted of representatives from the DEH, […]

Everyone needs to stop ignoring the real toxins that are linked to autism

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By Alycia Halladay, STAT From Business Insider Andrew Wakefield’s  notorious and now discredited research on autism and vaccines in 1998 triggered a surge of worry about vaccine safety. Since then, questions about a purported connection between autism and vaccines have been asked and definitively answered: There is no link. But there are other factors linked […]

Poor, minority neighborhoods have more tobacco-selling shops per capita

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By Carolyn Crist From Reuters (Reuters Health) – Neighborhoods with a high proportion of black residents or high poverty tend to have the greatest density of stores selling cigarettes and tobacco products, U.S. researchers say. Poverty explained some of the association, but an urban planning concept, neighborhood “stability” – including the proportion of homes that […]