July 4, 2022

World Heart Day: Message from the Minister of Health

World Heart day is observed every year on 29 September to bring attention to the toll that cardiovascular diseases take on individuals and communities. In addition, it highlights things we can do to help prevent the development of heart disease and minimize its impact on our lives if we are already affected. Last week (19 […]

Dengue Fever travel advisory

With the rising incidence of dengue fever in the Americas, especially the Bahamas, Cayman’s public health officials have issued a travel advisory as they closely monitor for local presence of the disease. There has been no dengue cases reported in the Cayman Islands so far for 2011. However in 2008 and 2009 there were 2 […]

Cardiac studies

Patients with OHS often have an abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, and/or cardiac catheterization.   Polysomnography (sleep study)- Should be performed in all patients with OHS for several reasons. First, in-laboratory polysomnography is the gold-standard test for OSA, which frequently coexists with OHS and should be both identified and treated. Second, positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), […]

Sleep apnea/Obesity hypoventilation syndrome “Pickwickian syndrom” : Part 1

Pickwickian syndrome is named after Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers because the novel features a character who has all the classic symptoms of the condition. Joe is obese, constantly hungry, very red in the face and is always falling asleep in the middle of tasks. “Sleep!” said the old gentleman, ‘he’s always asleep. Goes on errands […]

Look younger, feel better, live healthier!

iNews is pleased to introduce our new weekly exercise section with Manuela Ioana Nemes. Her exercise tips will help you find the motivation to reach your fitness goal and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Manuela can be found at Body Sculpture I’m 42 years old but I feel at least 10 years younger. I actually started […]

Asthma self help

Managing asthma is not something your doctor can do for you all by himself. Asthma self help is an important part of treating and managing this condition. The task of minimising the risk of asthma attack on a daily basis is largely up to you. Here are some suggestions: 1. Follow your doctor’s orders. 2. […]

PAHO Checks Cholera Preparedness

While there is a need for continued vigilance, a Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Disaster Response Team visiting Cayman this week said it found local cholera-preparedness to be “very good”. Dr. Robert Lee, who led the three-member delegation, told Health Minister, the Hon. Mark Scotland, JP, “The Cayman surveillance system is unique in the Americas…I can’t […]

National Healthcare Conference announced

Officials from the government and the Health Services Authority met at the Ritz Carlton Hotel for the pre-launching of the National Healthcare Conference 20/20. The official launching of this year’s conference will also be held at the Ritz Carlton and will run from the 17-19 November 2011. The Conference will be free to the general […]

Push underway to cut drugs for dementia patients

Day after day, Hazel Eng sat on her couch, a blank stare on her face. The powerful antipsychotics she was taking often cloaked her in sedation. And when they didn’t, the 89-year-old lashed out at her nursing home’s aides with such anger and frequency her daughter wondered if her mother would be better off dead. […]

Cervical Cancer : The Vaccine that protects

Dr Lynn Dawber is a South African national joining the International Medical Group from New Zealand where she has been practicing for a number of years. Human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer The recognition of the role of HPV in the cause of cervical cancer led to the development of preventative vaccines. There are […]