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Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 7:55 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Strong, healthy spinal erectors are a fundamental element of a healthy body. The erectors are not 'show' muscles and they receive even less attention than other back muscle but their role is not something that should be overlooked. Still,...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Low-carb diets are all the rage, but can cutting carbohydrates spell trouble for your heart? People getting a low proportion of their daily calories from carbohydrates such as grains, fruits and starchy vegetables are significantly more likely to...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:24 AM

A new study has found that undergoing a yearly eye test could have more benefits than just updating your eyeglasses prescription. In a study of more than 200 people, researchers with the Duke Eye Center in the United States (US) found differences...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:24 AM

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) recently launched a new phase of its ongoing obesity-prevention media campaign, calling for action to support the health of Jamaican children by way of supporting a sugary-drink tax, which can help reduce child...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:08 AM

1. Around 20 per cent of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. Similar types of disorders are being reported across cultures. Neuropsychiatric disorders...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:07 AM

I often observe people. I sit and ‘people-watch’, they call it. I sit from afar and listen to the words and watch for the facial expressions, the exasperation, the laughter, the tears, and even the anger. I realise we all carry so many emotions....

Published:Monday | March 11, 2019 | 6:15 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

If there is one area where loaded carries shine, it is in their simplicity. For an exercise that is as beneficial and versatile as a loaded carry is, one probably expects that it requires some expensive machine or the flexibility and strength of a...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:13 AM

According to some studies, anywhere from four to 40 per cent of men are dealing with some sort of premature ejaculation. Now a new product has hit the market to help with that often embarrassing problem. It’s a topical premature ejaculation spray...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:13 AMDr Jan Hochtritt/Contributor

Not many professions arouse such curiosity and imagination as this small surgical subspecialty – plastic surgery. So tightly is it linked to stories of the beautiful and famous that we all love, adore and at times envy, that it seems to many that...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, is encouraging residents of Hanover to adopt healthy lifestyle practices to prevent the risks of obesity and non-communicable diseases. Speaking at the Ministry of Health ‘Taking Responsibility Road Tour’...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:08 AM

One of the latest crazes to hit the world of nutrition and weight loss is the ketogenic diet. This diet, as usual, has been popularised by celebrities and influencers. The diet is simple: cut out carbs to an extremely low portion of your meals, and...

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Ever had to walk any distance with a significant load? Unpack groceries or travel bags? Carry a container of water? Even if you have a decent level of fitness, carrying a load might knock the wind out of you. That's because, inadvertently,...

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Clive Patrick Chambers is a 16-year survivor of prostate cancer, and he proclaims that “cancer is no longer a death sentence”. A Catholic deacon, 67-year-old Chambers has dedicated much of his life after diagnosis to spreading the...

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:13 AM

In an effort to raise awareness about cancer and its prevention, the Southern Regional Health Authority will commemorate tomorrow’s World Cancer Day 2019 under the theme: ‘I am, I Will’ through a mass screening outreach activity...

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Glaucoma is a chronic disease defined by characteristic optic nerve damage. Glaucoma is slowly progressive and is the world’s second-leading cause of blindness. The iStent® trabecular micro-bypass stent is a surgical therapy for patients...

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:08 AM

No matter how fit and in tip-top shape I think I am, once I pass through an airport, I get the sniffles. However, you don’t even need to be travelling to be exposed to the flu. With the increasing ease of travel, the flu comes to you. Every...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 3:39 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Training basic movement patterns provide a healthy foundation for exercise and everyday performance. It builds fitness while improving joint health and promoting exercise safety. If one can execute the primal movement patterns proficiently, the...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:08 AM

According to a new study, exercise produces a hormone that may improve memory and protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have previously discovered a hormone called irisin that is released into the circulation during physical...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:08 AM

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to practise good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health (MNIH) advocacy specialist, Linnette Vassell, sparked a fire of discussion among doctors when she presented recently at the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) ninth Ethics Conference at Mona...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Marijuana’s high is getting increasingly higher. In 2016, researchers in the United States measured the levels of marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, in more than 38,600 samples of street marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement...

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Medical cannabis has a long and rich history in Jamaica, both as a sacrament and as medicine. While the possession of medical cannabis has been legal since 2015, if prescribed by a doctor, patients may still find it challenging to have access to a...

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 7:25 PMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Training is, most often, thought of in terms of muscles. For example, we think squat to strengthen your quads and glutes. It's no surprise: we know that certain exercises will affect certain muscles, therefore, we build training programmes...

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 3:24 PM

Fortunately, sudden death in young athletes is rare.

Published:Monday | February 11, 2019 | 3:23 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as you are all aware, you are covered by your skin, which is an import

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