October 22, 2018

Polio-like AFM in more children surfacing across US

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By Zoe Papadakis From Newsmax Cases of the “polio-like” illness acute flaccid myelitis are surfacing among more children across the U.S., with reports of the condition that can lead to paralysis and death coming in from several states over the last few days. There have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM in 16 states so […]

Caribbean Wellness Day/Week promotes good health and well-being

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From SXM Talks GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) was observed across the region on September 8 to promote good health and well-being. In 2011 the CWD was expanded to become Wellness Week in the Americas commencing on September 8 and running until the 14.  This was part of the Political […]

Haiti: Several killed after drinking home-made alcohol containing methanol

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From Jamaica Gleaner PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC): At least 28 people including 15 Haitians were killed after consuming home-made alcohol containing methanol, health authorities have confirmed. Minister of Public Health, Marie Greta Roy Clement, confirmed the deaths following a visit to the General Hospital, adding that 15 people from the Dominican Republic had also […]

California advises against keeping your phone in your pocket

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By Jon Fingas From engadget Whether or not anyone accepts the advice is another matter. The jury is still out on whether or not cellphone radiation is bad for you, but California’s Department of Public Health isn’t taking any chances. The agency just issued an advisory that suggests residents should take steps to limit their […]

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 […]