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What is HPV?

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Human papillomavirus is a common virus that most women are exposed to at some point in their lives. According to the American Cancer Society, the virus types that cause infection to the cervix are found on the body's mucous membranes and are a result of sexual intercourse.

There are over 30 strains of HPV that can cause genital infections. The HPV vaccine supposedly protects against four strains and only two of those are known to be cancer-causing.

Problems from the actual virus are rare.

In fact, Dr. Diane Harper, who was involved in phases II and III of the manufacture's testing of the vaccine, reports there are normally no symptoms and 90% of infections are resolved by the body in as little as two years. Only half of the remaining infections have a rare chance of developing precancerous cells that could lead to cervical cancer.

While the majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, most women who have HPV do not develop cervical cancer. However, the pharmaceutical company who makes the HPV vaccine wants every girl and young woman to get another vaccination "just in case."

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, physician and advocate for vaccine safety, thinks she knows why. She's stated there are other risk factors associated with the rare unresolved HPV infections that lead to a cervical cancer diagnosis. These factors could play a larger role in the development of cervical cancer than the virus itself.





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hpv-facts.jpgIf you have a teenage girl in your family, chances are strong that their doctor has talked about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine called Gardasil. There have been countless ads by the pharmaceutical company who manufactures it, urging parents to take their young women in for the series of shots. Doctors everywhere recommend and even try to insist on giving this HPV vaccination in addition to the many others that most children receive.

It's purported to be a "miracle" drug that will protect girls against cervical cancer.

In 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry received public backlash after mandating the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) by executive order. He later rescinded his mandate. California passed a law in 2012 allowing 12-year-olds to receive the vaccine without parental knowledge or consent.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Merck (the company who produces Gardasil) all claim the HPV vaccination is safe for children as young as nine.

How can they possibly know? Gardasil was fast-tracked through the system meant to safeguard our health and wellbeing. It was approved and rushed to market (like many pharmaceutical drugs with horrific side effects) despite questionable results in regards to safety.

No independent studies have been done to determine if the vaccine itself causes cancer or what the long-term effects might be on those vaccinated.

As should have been expected, a shocking number of girls have had adverse reactions to receiving the HPV vaccination.





hpv-facts.jpgAnyone daring to suggest that a vaccine might present a risk, especially to children as the most vulnerable members of our society, are usually shot down in flames. Health authorities have tried their best to continue telling everyone that HPV vaccines (note use of plural as there are three different types available) are safe, despite ongoing research suggesting otherwise.

A study just released by a World Health Organization (WHO) monitoring centre in Sweden shows that adverse event reports received from national authorities -- and these will represent only a fraction of those actually experienced -- show a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events that include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that exceeds any other vaccine.

GMO vaccine released a decade ago

The genetically engineered vaccine, first introduced for mass vaccination around 10 years ago, has been delivered to around 80 million girls, women and, in some countries, boys.

By August 2014 58 countries had introduced the vaccine into their immunisation schedules. According to the WHO, 80% of all cases of cervical cancer are linked to HPV, the key justification for giving the vaccine to young girls, occur in developing countries and are linked to sexual encounters at very young ages.

Concerns around the safety of the vaccine began to arise in 2013 with reports of CRPS in Japan, POTS in Denmark and CFS in Holland.

This study, which explores global reporting patterns of Adverse Reactions (AEs) for HPV vaccines shows that these different types of effects are often clustered, i.e. they are more likely to occur together, and so are likely related.

The science bit

The study looked at case safety reports for HPV Vaccine in VigiBase, the WHO International database of suspected adverse drug reactions. Reports are received from pharmacovigilance centres in 124 countries who participate in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring up to 1st January 2015. Cases including at least 2 reporting terms were included in the study.

Analysis of data revealed a large number of reports with a pattern of AEs including headache, dizziness, fatigue and syncope (temporary loss of consciousness). Reporting of AEs has taken place since the introduction of the vaccine and increased substantially in 2013 and 2014. (Source: anhinternational.org/2017/01/18/official-hpv-vaccine-vaccine-dangerous-yet/)





"In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite."

Her comments though brave placed Dr. Harper's reputation at risk. Big Pharma's attack dogs quickly sought to destroy her, attempting to dismantle her credibility as a professional research scientist.

Since coming forward with her concerns about the HPV vaccines, a relentless and vicious campaign has been waged against her. The former Merck scientist was made to look like a kook in an article published by The Sunday Express, a British tabloid, which heavily misquoted her.

Hoping to set the record straight, Dr. Harper clarified her position in an interview with CBS News, during which she said that HPV vaccines carry real risks while offering very little benefits.

"The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated."

She also added that reported side effects of the vaccine prove HPV vaccines are more dangerous than the cervical cancer its makers say it prevents. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





"About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life," said Dr. Harper during her speech.

"Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 percent of cases, it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn't and isn't treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer."

Dr. Harper said that while Gardasil and Cervarix are marketed as protecting against cervical cancer, the claim has not been proven and is hypothetical. Research conducted on the drugs show "there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless," she said. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgAll safety trials for HPV vaccines were done on 15-year-olds, said Dr. Harper, and not 9-year-olds, the demographic for which the immunizations are now recommended. Furthermore, there is a real risk associated with these vaccines, she added.

More than 15,000 girls have experienced adverse side effects from Gardasil, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). A number likely to be far higher in reality, since many vaccine side effects go unreported.

At least 44 girls are known to have died from these vaccines. Some side effects experienced by those receiving the HPV vaccines include seizures, blood clots, brain inflammation, lupus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare but serious autoimmune deficiency that causes the immune system to attack and damage nerve cells.

While the majority of those with GBS recover, the disorder may cause muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, paralysis and sometimes death.

As with most vaccines, parents are usually not made aware of the risks.(Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





hpv-facts.jpgAn expert involved in the approval process for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, is speaking out about the dangers and why you shouldn't risk your child's health in getting them.

Diane Harper, M.D., professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, revealed at the 4th International Conference on Vaccination that HPV vaccines are essentially worthless because rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. are extremely low anyway.

Her speech was intended to promote the benefits of vaccines, but she changed her mind and went in a different direction in an effort to "clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines," according to The Daily Sheeple.

Dr. Harper, a former vaccine research scientist for Merck, said she wouldn't be able to sleep at night unless she aired the truth about HPV vaccines. In her speech, given in Reston, Virginia, she said that 70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment, and 90 percent do so within two years. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgThe Ministry of Health is defending the decision to administer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in Grade Seven.

The programme is scheduled to start on Monday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that children from age nine to 14 be given the vaccine. They will get two doses of the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is aimed at protecting against cervical cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica and the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, said the Government decided to administer the vaccine to this particular age group because toll cervical cancer has taken on the society.

"We have here in Jamaica over 300 cases, with 185 deaths annually. In our population, the virus that causes cervical cancer is in excess of 50 per cent," she explained.





vagina-fitness-tracker.jpgEvery year, Oscar nominees receive the Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bag, an assortment of extravagant, brand-sponsored gifts ranging from vacation getaways to personal training sessions to a year's worth of Audi car rentals. This year's standout gift is the Elvie, a fitness tracker for--wait for it--your vagina.

This women's health device costs $199 and is paired with a smartphone app so users can track their Kegels. These exercises involve tightening and contracting the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum. A strong pelvic floor means more intense orgasms, improved bladder control, and easier pregnancy recovery. In other words, Kegels are your lady parts' best friend, and if you don't practice them regularly, you should start.

The Elvie is one of a few Kegel-tracking devices that have cropped up in the past few years. If using one reminds you (and Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and all the other female Academy Award nominees) to exercise down there, we're all for it. To use the Elvie, slide the device inside your vagina like you would a tampon, keeping its tail outside of you. Then, turn on your phone's Bluetooth setting, connect the device to the app, and start tightening and relaxing your muscles. The app transforms Kegels into a follow-along game that instructs you when to relax, tighten, hold, or pulse down there. There are even training levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) so you can challenge your lady friends to a Kegel-off or track your results from week to week.





5 Foods That Can Cause Cancer

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With so much noise surrounding possible causes of cancer (underwire bras, seriously?), it's hard to determine what the true dangers are. The good news is that when it comes to food, there aren't that many specific types linked to cancer.

While extra weight is a problem (obesity raises the risk of a number of types of cancer), food in general is not generally as carcinogenic as say, smoking, radiation, or viruses. (In fact most cancers are thought to occur spontaneously, with no obvious cause.) However there are a handful of foods that have been linked to a higher risk of cancer. While eating (or drinking) any of these in moderation is probably fine, a lifetime of consuming high amounts, every day, could be a problem.

To ensure you stay healthy, it's not a bad idea to limit processed meats, pickled items, alcohol, charred meats, and piping hot drinks. There's no way to protect yourself from every type of cancer, but a healthy lifestyle in general can help.

1. Processed meats: Smoked or cured meats such as hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausages, and bacon are considered carcinogens, so limit your intake.

2. Pickled or highly salted foods: A high intake of salted fish, pickled vegetables, and salty snacks is linked to stomach cancer. Less is better than more, so skip the salt shaker.

3. Alcohol: It can raise your risk of mouth, colorectal, and breast cancer. Limit your intake to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

4. Charred meat: High heat plus meat can equal DNA-damaging heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Cook at lower temperatures and flip meat frequently to avoid charring.

5. Scalding hot beverages: Drinking very hot coffee, tea, or soup on the regular is linked to a greater risk of esophageal cancer. Wait for them to cool down.

(Source: http://www.health.com/)





The dangers of eating late at night

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Eating late at night is putting millions of people in danger of heart attacks and strokes, experts warn.

A late-night meal keeps the body on 'high alert' when it should be winding down, researchers found.

Heart experts last night advised that adults should never eat within two hours of bedtime - and ideally nothing after 7pm.

In a healthy person, blood pressure drops by at least 10 per cent when they go to sleep.

But the results of a study of more than 700 people with high blood pressure found that eating within two hours of bedtime meant their levels stayed high.

Experts think this is because eating releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be starting to relax.

People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as 'non-dippers' - and have a much higher rate of heart-related death.

Late eaters were nearly three times more likely to be non-dippers, the Turkish researchers found.

Researcher Dr Ebru Özpelit, presenting her results at the speaking at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Rome, said: 'If we eat late at night, the body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for sleep.





How to Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

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blood-pressure.jpgAre you aware that there are simple and inexpensive ways to control blood pressure with food and supplements you already have in your kitchen?

Experts agree that these steps are some of the most effective in lowering blood pressure naturally.

1. CoQ10 supplements - CoEnzyme Q10 or CoQ10 For short is a powerful anti-oxidant which is in every cell in your body. Your body uses CoQ10 to derive Energy.

In a double-blind placebo controlled study published in The Journal of Human Hypertension, The group which took CoQ10 for just 8 weeks showed a significant reduction of blood pressure.

Note that blood pressure medication prevents the body from not only manufacturing its own CoQ10, but also your body's ability to absorb CoQ10. recommended dose: 100-200 mg gel caps each day to help lower blood pressure.

2. Vitamins, Herbs and Anti-oxidants

The following are Doctor recommended daily amounts.

Vitamin C - 1000 mg
Garlic - 2 cloves
Hawthorn berry - 500 mg
Omega 3 fatty acid fish oil Gel caps - 1000 mg
Vitamin b6 in a natural multivitamin
Magnesium - 500 mg
Astragalus root 500mg

3. Food Sources:

In a Greek study that examined the effects of the Mediterranean diet on 20,000 people proved that olive Oil, Fruits and Vegetables were significantly associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Celery - 4 sticks a day, relaxes the smooth muscles in the blood vessels.

Fresh cold water fish which is high in Omega-3 fatty Acids.

Salt - let's understand the real reason why salt is important to your blood pressure.

We've all heard that you need to cut down on sodium in your diet, although this is not bad advice, it misses the point. High sodium intake alone does not increase blood pressure, it is an excess of sodium to potassium ratio.

The ideal ratio is five times as much potassium as sodium in Your diet. You'll get the best results by eating three servings A day of potassium rich foods such as:

Bananas - 1 large
Avocados - 1 cup
Beans - 1 cup
Squash - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 1 cup

Low levels of magnesium can also contribute to high Blood pressure, so here are some Magnesium rich foods:

Almonds - 1/3 cup
Tofu - 1 cup
Cashews - 1 cup
Raisin bran - 1/3 cup

4. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. ...

5. Exercise regularly.

And finally lets talk about what level of blood pressure is considered high. Right now the threshold pushed by mainstream medicine is 115/75 - 120/80 which WAS considered borderline LOW just 5 years ago.

This is because the standard for "high" blood pressure, just like the standard for cholesterol is repeatedly lowered to put more people on medication. Your individual risk factors and age play a big role in determining what is a good blood pressure level for YOU.

So don't just accept a one size fits all number when it comes to your blood pressure. Ask questions and discuss your health with a nutritionally educated Doctor to find what is best for you.

So what about YOU? Are You going to let the silent killer Sneak up on you? Or are You going to take action that will make this highly unlikely?

When You safe-guard Yourself with these proven techniques which You can easily incorporate into your life, then You will reap the healthy benefits.

Sources:

Singh RB, Niaz MA, Rostogi SS, et al. "Effect of Hydrosoluble coenzyme Q10 on blood pressure in Hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease". Journal of Human Hypertension. 1999 Mar;13(3):203-208.

About the Author:

Lee Cummings has been helping real people solve real problems and feel better with expert proven nutrition for over 5 years.





Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton urged Jamaicans to get moving again to curb lifestyle diseases as the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remains very high in the Jamaican population.

Minister Tufton was speaking at the official launch of Move for Health Day 2016, which was held on Tuesday at the Bargain Village Plaza in May Pen, Clarendon.

Minister Tufton stated that data from the Health and Lifestyle Survey 2010, reveals that 70 per cent of deaths in Jamaica were due to the four major NCDs namely cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, of which 27 per cent occurred below the age of 70 years.

"One of the most important mandates of the health ministry is to get all Jamaicans to understand that it is important to take care of themselves by engaging in a number of things such as eating right, exercising and not over indulging in any activities in order to prevent lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol," he said.

The Health and Lifestyle Study 2008 reveals that almost half (46 per cent) of the adult population was classified as having a low physical activity or being inactive. The majority or 90 per cent of Jamaicans 15-74 years were either sedentary or participated in light physical activity during their leisure time.

NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four behavioural risk factors including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol and unless the NCD epidemic is aggressively confronted, the mounting impact will continue and may be increasing.

Move for Health Day is celebrated each year on May 10 to generate public awareness of the benefits of physical activity in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.





Dengue cases rise

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dengue.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reportedly seeing more cases of the Dengue fever. Dr. De La Haye says the country remains on high alert.

"We're now at a total of 75, so we still need to be looking out. More specifically, dengue has four sub-types. Three and Four are the ones associated with Dengue hemorrhagic disease and Dengue hemorrhagic fever, the more lethal outcome potentially of dengue," Dr. De La Haye said.

However, "in patients we've suspected of having Dengue hemorrhagic fever, none of those have returned positive," he said.





Jamaica gets funding to fight Zika

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgAt the request of Jamaica, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers has approved an allocation under the European Development Fund to support the fight against the Zika Virus in the region. The approval came Wednesday on the final day of the 103rd Session of the ACP Council.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had proposed that the funds be made available to support the fight against the Zika Virus in Jamaica and the other countries in the Caribbean. She cited the serious potential for economic and social harm.





Two new cases of Zika virus confirmed

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reporting two more cases of the Zika Virus. This increases to eight the number of confirmed cases in Jamaica.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said the cases were confirmed following the testing of samples at the Virology Laboratory at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He said the lab has already received 203 samples, compared to 321 received by CARPHA since the start of the epidemic - thereby "approximating the total amount we've been giving to CARPHA over the last three months."

Dr. De La Haye said the two women, from Spanish Town Road and Duhaney Park, are recovering.

"To my knowledge they are fine as (are) the other six persons," he said.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer said the ministry would continue to fog areas within a 200-300 metre radius around each person's home who is found to be positive.





Awesome health benefits of turnip juice

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turnips.jpgThere are many benefits of drinking turnip juice daily.

Some of them are:

  • Turnip juice has high concentrations of nutrients that help the body fight diseases like liver and bladder problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It has powerful antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer, help liver to process toxins, inhabit the growth of tumor, and finally fight with the side effects of carcinogens.
  • Drinking turnip juice daily is an effective way to lose weight and fight obesity.
  • It also reduces anemia.
  • The high concentration of Vitamin C in it helps in clearing lung and bronchus congestion and improving blood circulation.
  • Turnip juice helps to remove body odor.
  • This nutritious juice helps to remove kidney stone.
  • Turnip juice lowers bad cholesterol in the body, preventing heart attack, strokes, blood clotting and various heart diseases.
  • Drinking turnip helps to calm your nerves.
  • It also strengthens bones and teeth, as it is a good source of potassium and calcium.
  • It prevents cataract.
  • Turnip juice acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It helps cure asthma or can curb the symptoms of asthma.
  • It is good for maintaining the structure of capillaries as it is rich in flavonoid.
  • It reduces free radical level in the body.
  • Turnip juice helps maintain a good immune system.
  • It prevents colon tumor and colon cancer as it helps in the proper functioning of the colon.
  • Turnip juice helps in treating various skin problems.
  • It treats acne.
  • It also works as an effective hangover cure.

Source: http://www.stylecraze.com/





ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-1.jpgA St. Louis jury recently awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who sued Johnson & Johnson after developing terminal ovarian cancer.

The suit claimed that Jacqueline Salter Fox, of Birmingham, developed the disease after using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other products containing talcum.

Ms Fox's civil suit was part of a broader Missouri claim involving nearly 60 people.

Her son Marvin took over as plaintiff following his mother's death in October 2015 at age 62.

Fox's attorneys said the jury verdict was the first such case among more than 1,000 nationally to result in a monetary award.

Ms Fox claimed to have used the the pharmaceutical giant's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 35 years.

ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-2.jpgThe lawsuit alleged that in an effort to boost sales, the company failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer.

The jury said that Ms Fox was entitled to $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.

The jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, according to the family's lawyers.

Deliberations lasted four hours, following a three-week trial.

However, Johnson & Johnson maintains that scientific evidence shows that talc - which is marketed for babies' bottoms - is safe.

The company said in a statement to Reuters: 'With over 100 years of use, few ingredients have the same demonstrated performance, mildness and safety profile as cosmetic talc.'

ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-3.jpgMs Fox died of ovarian cancer in October 2015, at which time her son Marvin took over as a plaintiff in the case. The suit claimed that she used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder (pictured) and Shower to Shower for over 35 years

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Ms Fox died of ovarian cancer in October 2015, at which time her son Marvin took over as a plaintiff in the case. The suit claimed that she used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder (pictured) and Shower to Shower for over 35 years

A Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman also said last week that the New Jersey-based company was considering whether to appear the verdict.

Carol Goodrich, spokeswoman, said: 'We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial.

'We sympathize with the plaintiff's family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.'

In October 2013, a federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found that plaintiff Deane Berg's use of Johnson & Johnson's body powder products was a factor in her developing ovarian cancer at age 49.





ovarian-cancer.jpgWomen who regularly powder their genitals with talc have a one-third higher risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, scientists have warned.

A new study asked 2,041 women with ovarian cancer - and 2,100 free of the disease - about their talcum powder use.

Those who routinely apply talc to their genitals, sanitary napkins, tampons and underwear were found to have a 33 per cent higher risk of ovarian cancer.

The study comes a week after a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who allegedly died of the disease after using their baby powder.

Lead study author Dr Daniel Cramer, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, told Reuters that there must be warning labels on talcum powder.

He said: 'This is an easily modified risk factor.

'Talc is a good drying agent, but women should know that if it's used repeatedly, it can get into the vagina and into their upper genital tract.

'And I think if they knew that, they wouldn't use it.'

Dr Cramer first linked genital talc to ovarian cancer in 1982.

However, the current study, published in the journal Epidemiology, is the first to limit the association to premenopausal women and postmenopausal women who used hormone therapy.

The new confines of the association may help explain earlier contradictory results on the link between talc and ovarian cancer, researchers said.

Dr Cramer has testified as a paid expert in lawsuits against talcum powder makers.

Talc is a mineral that absorbs moisture, and is made of magnesium, silicon and oxygen.

It may contain asbestos - a known carcinogen - in its natural form.

But, all commercial products in the US have been free of asbestos in the US since the 1970s.

Almost 20,000 women in the US are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year - and almost 14,500 die from the disease annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified genital talc as possibly carcinogenic in 2006.





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Surgical oncologist Professor Michael Baum, of University College London, specialises in breast cancer treatment, and was one of the architects of the screening programme when it was set up in 1988.

More than 25 years later, he has called for the programme to be shut down, arguing it leads to healthy women being labelled 'cancer victims' and has not reduced the number of invasive tumours.

But Dr Michael Michell, a consultant radiologist based at King's College Hospital, insists cancer screening saves lives and would like to see women screened every two, rather than three, years.

Below, they lay out their arguments on whether or not the programme should be scrapped.

Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting Professor of Medical Humanities in University College London, is a British surgical oncologist who specialises in breast cancer treatment.

Back in 1998, in all good faith, I set up the service for the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

Since then, I have become one of the most vociferous proponents for closing it down.

You probably want to know why I changed my mind so completely.

At the heart of this is the question, how do you explain to a woman that she is 'lucky' that we caught breast cancer early yet she ends up having a mastectomy?

And that she probably wouldn't have needed treatment at all if we hadn't called her in for a routine scan?

This is because mammograms can pick up a type of low-grade breast cancer called duct carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is contained just in the milk ducts and has not spread into any of the surrounding breast tissue - about 60 per cent of DCIS cases are picked up by routine breast screening.

Around half of these cancers turn out to be harmless. It is my view that too many healthy women are harmed by breast cancer screening.

Healthy Women Labelled Cancer Victims

Unlike most of the other members of the National Committee, I was directly involved in the day to day care of those women referred on to me as a consequence of the activities on the front line of the screening program.

I found it very distressing to have to cope with otherwise well women who had popped into the screening unit in Butterfly Walk for a mammogram at the invitation of the Department of Health (DoH) and then found themselves labelled as a cancer victim.

Worst of all were the unexpected high numbers diagnosed with duct carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a condition we rarely saw before screening began.

Many of these cases were multifocal and ended up with a mastectomy, yet they may well have turned out to be harmless.

None of the Department of Health staffers or public health specialists on the National committee had to face the reality of these heart-breaking interviews.

We were soon to learn that 20 per cent of the cancers diagnosed in Butterfly Walk were DCIS, yet before we opened our doors they amounted to less than one per cent of our practice.

I drew short term comfort from this observation assuming that in the fullness of time this initial peak in the incidence of DCIS would be followed by a fall in the incidence of invasive breast cancer.

I couldn't have been more wrong.





Diagnosing and Treating Swine Flu

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Diagnosing Swine Flu

Your doctor can make a diagnosis by sampling fluid from your body. To take a sample, your doctor or a nurse may swab your nose or throat.

The swab will be analyzed using various genetic and laboratory techniques to identify the specific type of virus.

Treating Swine Flu

Most cases of swine flu don't require medication for treatment. You don't need to see a doctor unless you're at risk for developing medical complications from the flu. You should focus on relieving your symptoms and preventing the spread of the H1N1 to other people.

Two antiviral drugs are recommended for treating swine flu: the oral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Because flu viruses can develop resistance to these drugs, they're often reserved for people who are at high risk for complications from the flu. People who are otherwise generally healthy and get swine flu will be able to fight the infection on their own.





Causes of Swine Flu

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swine-flu-pig.jpgSwine flu is caused by a strain of influenza virus that usually only infects pigs. Unlike typhus, which can be transmitted by lice or ticks, transmission usually occurs from person to person, not animal to person.

You can't catch swine flu from eating pork products.

Swine flu is very contagious. The disease is spread through saliva and mucus particles. People may spread it by:

  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • touching a germ-covered surface and then touching their eyes or nose
  • Part 4 of 9: Symptoms
  • Symptoms of Swine Flu

The symptoms of swine flu are very much like those of regular influenza. They include:

  • chills
  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting




Risk Factors for Swine Flu

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swine-flu.jpgWhen it first emerged, swine flu was most common in young adults. This was unusual because most flu viruses attack older adults or the very young. Today, risk factors for getting swine flu are the same as for any other strain of the flu. You're most at risk if you spend time in an area with a large number of people who are infected with swine flu.

Some people are at higher risk for becoming seriously ill if they're infected with swine flu. These groups include:

  • adults over age 65
  • children under 5 years old
  • young adults under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • people with compromised immune systems (due to a disease such as AIDS)
  • pregnant women
  • people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or neuromuscular disease




What is Swine Flu

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about-swine-flu.jpgSwine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It originated in pigs, but is spread primarily from person to person.

Swine flu made headlines in 2009 when it was first discovered in humans and became a pandemic. Pandemics are contagious diseases affecting people throughout the world or on multiple continents at the same time.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the H1N1 pandemic over in August of 2010. Since then, the H1N1 virus has been known as a regular human flu virus. It continues to spread during flu season like other strains of the flu. The flu shot developed each year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) usually includes a vaccination against a type of H1N1 virus.

Like other strains of the flu, H1N1 is highly contagious, allowing it to spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze can cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. The virus can linger on tables and surface areas like door knobs, waiting to be picked up.

The best means of dealing with swine flu is to prevent it. Hand sanitization is important to stop the spread of the virus, and staying away from infected people will help stop person-to-person transmission.





A rare parasitic infection called Chagas disease has been gaining headlines in recent weeks after cases of the infection were reported in at least five states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chagas disease, which can cause long-term cardiac damage, is mainly found in rural Central and South America, but some experts are concerned that cases are beginning to rise in southern U.S. states. Infections have been reported in Arkansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas, according to the CDC.

The disease is caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite and is spread almost exclusively through bites from the triatomine insect, also called the "kissing bug," since it usually bites around the eyes and mouth, usually when they come out to feed at night. In rural Central and South America, the bugs are often found in the walls of homes made from mud, adobe or straw. The insect has also been found in other U.S. states but that does not necessarily mean the bugs carry the parasite, experts said.

Once in the body, the parasite can remain hidden for years, or even decades, eventually resulting in serious heart disease, including stretching of the heart muscle called cardiomyopathy or irregular heartbeat. Other early acute symptoms include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache and rash.





colour-changing-condoms.jpgA group of teenage inventors have struck upon a clever way to alert folks to the presence of various venereal diseases before the burning starts: fluorescing condoms that light up when they encounter dangerous bacteria or virii. The team from Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, England developed the "glowing condom" concept, dubbed S.T.Y.E, as part of this year's TeenTech awards. It would reportedly operate as a normal condom does but also incorporate a sheath of molecules that attach to the diseases and set off a fluorescent reaction. The added layer would literally glow different colors when in contact with various STDs -- green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for HPV and blue for syphilis.

"We wanted to create something that makes detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the invasive procedures at the doctors," Daanyaal Ali told the Daily Mail. "We've made sure we're able to give peace of mind to users and make sure people can be even more responsible than ever before."





12 reasons to eat more turmeric

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Turmeric is anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory super spice. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. Known as "The Queen of Spices", it can be found in many Indian dishes for its wonderful earthy flavor and golden color. It has been around for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of health problems, going from pain control to fighting cancer.

Curcumin, the magical substance, which gives turmeric its golden color and its many health benefits, has been well-studied over the past decades. It works as a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

But that's not all... turmeric is jam packed with healthy nutrients such as fibers, calcium, vitamins and minerals. It is non-toxic, even in high doses, and doesn't usually cause any side-effects. However some people may experience an upset stomach, nausea or dizziness. If this is the case, turmeric must be used in moderation to reap its benefits.

You also need to remember that while turmeric is a powerful and effective compound for treating a wide range of diseases, studies have revealed that turmeric has low absorption and rapid metabolism that lead to relatively low bioavailability in the body. To increase its bioavailability in your body read this article for more information.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Turmeric In A Nutshell

  • Cancer prevention: turmeric fights free radicals and helps to maintain healthy cells. It is believed that curcumin blocks the enzymes that promote the growth of cancer cells. Turmeric is one of the top 14 foods that protects against cancer development.
  • Alzheimer's prevention: turmeric improves the overall brain health and may prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer's by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain. These are types of proteins that play a role in various neuro-degenerative disorders. And indeed turmeric is one of the top 5 foods and supplements to delay Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Diabetes control: turmeric improves blood sugar levels and reduces insulin resistance to prevent diabetes type II. However, when combined with strong medicines it may cause a low blood sugar level. See here another 6 best foods to control diabetes.
  • Natural painkiller and prevents arthritis: due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it helps with stiff or creaky joints and arthritis. It is one of the natural remedies that are covered in the article about natural remedies for arthritis, and is also one of the foods that help to reduce inflammation in your body.
  • Wounds healer: a paste made from turmeric can quickly heal minor cuts, burns or bruises due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It helps to repair your skin and may even be used to treat psoriasis or other inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Improves digestion: stimulates the gallbladder, reduces bloating and gas and may be helpful to treat bowel inflammation. However when suffering from a gallbladder disease, turmeric should not be taken as a dietary supplement, as it may worsen the condition.
  • Liver detox: turmeric works as a natural liver cleanser and improves blood circulation.
  • Weight control: turmeric increases the bile flow, which is important to break down fat.
  • Promotes healthy skin: prevents skin pigmentation, tone the skin and when frequently used in your skin care products it can give your face the perfect glow. Turmeric is one of the top 10 foods to get the best skin ever.
  • Heart health: turmeric reduces the bad cholesterol, prevents blood clots and plaque build-up in arteries.
  • Boost Immune system: Its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties help to strengthen your immune system. Turmeric is wonderful to soothe a sore throat or fight a cold or flu.
  • Mood improver: turmeric has been used in alternative medicine to treat depressions and provides a better night's rest.

Adding more turmeric to your daily diet is one of the best things you could do to improve your overall health. So if you love turmeric and are interested in herbal remedies, you can find more useful information about turmeric and other herbs in the e-book Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.





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Citing the many barriers to effective heart care in Jamaica, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) has announced its groundbreaking intervention of now offering free heart assessments and emergency coronary angiograms to all Jamaicans in need of critical cardiovascular care.

A coronary angiogram is a special X-ray test. It is done to find out if a person's coronary arteries are blocked or narrowed, where and by how much.

"We are of the view that cardiovascular-care delivery in Jamaica will be greatly enhanced through a process of open access to rapid and prompt coronary angiograms at the time when patients need this the most and especially for those patients most at risk," explained HIC chief executive officer, Professor Ernest Madu.

In response to the access issues in cardiovascular emergencies, which also includes, information deficit and a lack of resources, the HIC has designed a new model, which will see the most vulnerable group of Jamaicans benefiting from open access to emergency heart care.

Under this model, which the HIC calls its 10th-anniversary gift to Jamaica, the HIC Chest Pain Center will offer free emergency physician evaluation for anyone with chest pain or cardiac complaints after hours. If the doctor determines they need an angiogram, it is also offered free, and patients would only be required to purchase the low-cost RAPID Angiokits that are available through various suppliers in Jamaica.

Cardiac Illness

Additionally, free angiograms will now also be offered at HIC to: all patients in Jamaica identified to be having a heart attack, chest pain or other cardiac complaints, strongly suggesting a heart attack; all patients hospitalised at any hospital in Jamaica, who have been told that they would need an angiogram during that hospital stay; and all patients presenting at any A&E in Jamaica, who are told that an angiogram would be needed because of their complaints."We believe that an open and accelerated access to coronary angiograms without financial consideration will lead to a quick diagnosis and allow clinicians to define proper treatment strategies, and give patients early diagnosis and families, well-deserved comfort and peace of mind," Madu added.This latest Heart Institute innovation follows several corporate social-responsibility innovations including: the launch of a 24-hour emergency response-heart care service in July 2014; free heart testing for CARIFTA athletes; the opening of Jamaica's first dedicated 24-hour Chest Pain Emergency Care Center to the public in September 2014; a series of free specialist hypertension clinics; and heavily discounted heart-related testing at varied points throughout the year.

CAPTION: It's all smiles for Heart Institute of the Caribbean executives. Chief executive officer (CEO), Professor Ernest Madu (left); and president, Dr Dainia Baugh, interact with heart health partners, chairman and CEO of US-based Netmedical, Dick Govatski (second left); and Dr Douglas Waldo, vice-president, clinical services, International Health Services. The quartet was discussing details of the institute's 10th-anniversary announcement, which will see the most at-risk Jamaicans receiving free emergency angiograms.





The people of the Corporate Area and parts of St. Catherine and Clarendon have been exposed for the past several days to the cancer causing chemical, benzene.

Ministry of Health is urging those persons exposed to significant levels of smoke from the fire at the Riverton City Dump to seek medical attention. The advice from the Health Ministry follows test results which show that record levels of benzene and other dangerous pollutants, were released from the fire into the atmosphere over the Jamaican capital and its environs.

For days many persons have been wondering just how dangerous are the substances released into the atmosphere over capital city Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine and parts of Clarendon by the fire at the dump.

The statement confirmed our worst fears. Almost half of the Jamaican population has been exposed to the dangerous cancer causing substance benzene over the past 10 days and counting.The Health Ministry noted that prolonged or long term exposure to benzene has been blamed for causing cancers, including leukemia.

According to Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kevin Harvey, those who were severely affected by smoke from the dump should seek medical attention. He emphasised that Benzene is a dangerous substance.

According to Dr. Harvey the US Centre for Disease Control says a person deemed to have long term exposure to benzene is someone who has been affected for over 1-year.

The latest of a number of fires which have taken place at the dump for more than 25 years, has been ongoing for nearly two weeks.

Dr. Harvey says the finding regarding the air quality is considered a major public health issue.






Model and Actress Jamairais Malone, who shined this past summer in the Arena Stage's production of RUINED merges her love of fashion and connection with Sickle Cell to produce her first ever fashion event. This red carpet extravaganza includes a captivating live vocal performance by Crystal Ki, a blind Sickle Cell patient; a cocktail reception; and an informational session featuring experts in the field. The fashion show begins promptly at 8:00PM featuring the latest fashion trends from Heydari Designs, Studio D'Maxsi, Red Hue Boutique and Tim Bradley Colors of Sickle Cell is sponsored in part by Graduate School USA, CSC, DeShield Enterprises, LLC, Cole Stevens, Marcella Ellis, Nubian Heritage, Carol's Daughter, Vita Coco, Suga Chef Desserts, LLC, Basket Treats by Alexis Streets and Palava Hut TV.
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Cherine Anderson teams up with Yoplait

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Reggae/dancehall singer Cherine Anderson recently teamed up with Yoplait and the Jamaica Cancer Society for their 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Campaign, Save Lids to Save Lives. Anderson will lead the charge as spokesperson for the campaign. The singer is asking everyone to support the initiative by Yoplait which will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting eight dollars from every pink lid cup of Yoplait yogurt sold during the period October 1 to November 13. Other well known faces joining the cause includes beauty queen Yendi Phillips and Tami Chynn.
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A Black Woman's Guide To Breast Cancer Awareness

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By Shanece Taylor/voicesofurburn.org
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to BlackDoctor.org "African-American females experience higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group." This is partially due to African-American women tending to have more aggressive tumors. The fact is not meant to scare you, but it is meant as a wake up call.
Educate yourself and women you know on risk factors, discover ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer, learn how to give yourself a breast exam, and help to fight breast cancer. And remember, if you are over 40 years of age, it is important to schedule an annual mammogram.
Below is your own personal mini guide to help you get started on your breast cancer awareness.
Family history
Early puberty (before 12 years old) or Late menopause (after 55 years old)
Not having children or Having children after 30 years old
Obesity and high-fat diets
2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily
Reduce the Risk:
Exercise or Being physically active
Eat Soy, Broccoli, Red Apples, Red Cabbage or Red Grapes
Drink green tea
Regular screening tests
Avoid hormone replacement therapy if possible
Breast cancer self-examinations should be done monthly at the same time of the month, and right after your period ends.
In the Shower
Fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine the left breast, left hand for the right breast. Check for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts.
Before a Mirror
Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match--few women's breasts do.
Lying Down
Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
 
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Fried rice from Fried rice from Andy's Chinese...


The Ministry of Health has identified the source of 20 confirmed cases of food poisoning in Mandeville, Manchester.

The ministry has received an official report which points to a Chinese restaurant at the centre of the cases, which were reported over a two week period.

According to Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller, the Acting Chief Medical Officer, the Health Department identified fried rice sold by the establishment as the cause of the illness.

"That particular item on June 20, seemed to have been either contaminated or because it wasn't kept at the correct temperature, there was a multiplication of bacteria in it, which caused person(s) who ate from that particular source  to become ill with diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, chills, headaches, symptoms of food poisoning," Dr. Lewis-Fuller told RJR News.

She added that instructions were issued to the operators of the restaurant to improve the preparation and handling of food as well as the general sanitation of the kitchen and they have complied.

As a result, she says no decision has been made to close the establishment.

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Security has been beefed up around a senior public health nurse in Clarendon after she reportedly received death threats in the wake of an infant's death.

The baby died a day after receiving a vaccine at a health facility in Mocho in the parish.

Sources say the incident has left the public health nurse traumatised resulting in her attending counselling sessions.

The source added that the infant was among a batch of other babies who were administered the same MMR vaccine and were later sent home.

It is reported that the child's parents found him dead during the night.

Officials from the Southern Health Regional Authority were informed of the overnight development.

Our news centre was further told that after news spread of the child's death threats were reportedly leveled at the nurse.

On Thursday night Director of Family Health Services in the Health Ministry, Dr. Karen Lewis Bell told RJR News a thorough probe is being conducted.

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'Ackee and Saltfish' was the theme for the 'Jamaican Twist' band, at this year's Notting Hill Carnival in London, United Kingdom (UK) recently.


The carnival band, which was once again sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), had costumed performers illustrating Jamaica's national dish.


The 'carnival king' wore a spectacular saltfish costume in shimmering blue, surrounded by dozens of female dancers in gold 'ackee' costumes. The costumed performers included eight finalists from the Miss Jamaica UK pageant. The doctor bird and Anansi were other characters brought to life by carnival costumes.


The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival of its kind in Europe and estimates are that more than a million spectators participated in the two-day event this year.


The JTB-sponsored 'Jamaican Twist' band was a crowd favourite as it paraded through west London, with reggae beats and live MCs.

The costume section was followed by a T-shirt band of some 40 men, women, and children in customised Jamaican clothing.


Reflecting the national motto 'Out of many, one people', participation was open to the public this year and the T-shirt band included persons from the UK, South Africa, Australia, United States, as well as Jamaicans and British Jamaicans.


Five travel agents also joined the band after winning places in a competition hosted by the JTB in London.


For the JTB, the 'twist' in the Jamaican carnival band was a collection of 40 Brazilian drummers and samba dancers, who completed the parade with electrifying beats and coordinated outfits of green and gold.


Notting Hill Carnival is the UK's biggest celebration of Caribbean culture, consisting of 20 miles of colourful costumes and floats, more than 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls, and over 40,000 volunteers. The annual Carnival has been celebrated for over 40 years, taking place on the final Sunday and Monday in August.



The Jolly Boys also gave a live performance to rapturous applause at the Carnival.

The group has had huge success in the UK with their modern mento covers of popular songs including Amy Winehouse's Rehab, Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire and Iggy Pop's The Passenger.

The band from Port Antonio, Portland is touring the UK ahead of their Great Expectation album launch.
Celebrity chef, Jamaican-born Levi Roots was also at the carnival, where he first made a name with his 'Reggae Reggae' sauce.

Patrons eagerly queued for a taste of his Jamaican jerk, while entertained by musical interludes from Roots.


'Jamaican Twist' has announced that its theme for the 2011 Carnival will be reggae legend Bob Marley, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the singer's death. In 2012, the band will celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Independence.





Spanish Town Hospital drama

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Boy oh boy a loyal reader of Yardflex dad was in the Spanish Town Hospital and we can’t help but relate the woes she shared with us.
First of all her dad’s phone was stolen and no one could give an account of how it was lost. Then just two days after her brother bought a pack of adult diapers for him, by the time he was ready to be discharged no diapers could be found. The nurse couldn’t tell what happened to it. Added to that, one of his pillows was missing, the unused toothpaste disappeared also.
No something seriously needs to be done about security at the hospital, we wonder if people can just walk in and help themselves to whatever the patient’s have?





Health ministry says dengue cases on the rise

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ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

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Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain.

Some of these impairments are detectable after only one or two drinks and quickly resolve when drinking stops.

On the other hand, a person who drinks heavily over a long period of time may have brain deficits that persist well after he or she achieves sobriety.

Exactly how alcohol affects the brain and the likelihood of reversing the impact of heavy drinking on the brain remain hot topics in alcohol research today.

We do know that heavy drinking may have extensive and far–reaching effects on the brain, ranging from simple “slips” in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care.

And even moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment, as shown by extensive research on the impact of drinking on driving.

A number of factors influence how and to what extent alcohol affects the brain (1), including how much and how often a person drinks;
the age at which he or she first began drinking, and how long he or she has been drinking;
the person’s age, level of education, gender, genetic background, and family history of alcoholism;
whether he or she is at risk as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure; andhis or her general health status.


This Alcohol Alert reviews some common disorders associated with alcohol–related brain damage and the people at greatest risk for impairment.

It looks at traditional as well as emerging therapies for the treatment and prevention of alcohol–related disorders and includes a brief look at the high–tech tools that are helping scientists to better understand the effects of alcohol on the brain.



BLACKOUTS AND MEMORY LAPSES

Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.

Blackouts are much more common among social drinkers than previously assumed and should be viewed as a potential consequence of acute intoxication regardless of age or whether the drinker is clinically dependent on alcohol (2).

White and colleagues (3) surveyed 772 college undergraduates about their experiences with blackouts and asked, “Have you ever awoken after a night of drinking not able to remember things that you did or places that you went?” Of the students who had ever consumed alcohol, 51 percent reported blacking out at some point in their lives, and 40 percent reported experiencing a blackout in the year before the survey. Of those who reported drinking in the 2 weeks before the survey, 9.4 percent said they blacked out during that time.

The students reported learning later that they had participated in a wide range of potentially dangerous events they could not remember, including vandalism, unprotected sex, and driving.

ARE WOMEN MORE VULNERABLE TO ALCOHOL’S EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN?

Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use.

For example, alcoholic women develop cirrhosis (5), alcohol–induced damage of the heart muscle (i.e., cardiomyopathy) (6), and nerve damage (i.e., peripheral neuropathy) (7) after fewer years of heavy drinking than do alcoholic men.

Studies comparing men and women’s sensitivity to alcohol–induced brain damage, however, have not been as conclusive.

Using imaging with computerized tomography, two studies (8,9) compared brain shrinkage, a common indicator of brain damage, in alcoholic men and women and reported that male and female alcoholics both showed significantly greater brain shrinkage than control subjects.

Studies also showed that both men and women have similar learning and memory problems as a result of heavy drinking (10).

The difference is that alcoholic women reported that they had been drinking excessively for only about half as long as the alcoholic men in these studies. This indicates that women’s brains, like their other organs, are more vulnerable to alcohol–induced damage than men’s (11).

Yet other studies have not shown such definitive findings. In fact, two reports appearing side by side in the American Journal of Psychiatry contradicted each other on the question of gender–related vulnerability to brain shrinkage in alcoholism (12,13).

Clearly, more research is needed on this topic, especially because alcoholic women have received less research attention than alcoholic men despite good evidence that women may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol’s effects on many key organ systems.






Three cases of H1H1 at UWI

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h1n1.jpgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona has confirmed that all cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus discovered so far have been among those students living on the campus.



Dr. Blossom Anglin-Brown, Director of Health Services at the UWI has disclosed that the number of confirmed cases remained at three.



She said the UWI is trying to determine how the virus was spread as only one of the three infected students had travelled outside the country.



According to the university health official, so far 105 students have so presented with flu like symptoms.



Health authorities are now trying contain the spread and to educate our community about the virus. We have also cancelled all social events and some orientation activities as these involve a large number of students.





Journalists in Mexico for AIDS Conference

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aids_logo.jpgIn preparation for the largest conference of its kind, the 2008 XVII International AIDS Conference, which starts on August 3, fifty-eight journalists from 40 countries have gathered in Centro, Banamex, Mexico City for the Journalist to Journalist (J2J) global media training programme on HIV/AIDS. The 4 day training session is expected to equip journalists in covering the science, technology, behavioral and prevention issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

The National Press Foundation (NPF) has trained hundreds of journalists in providing coverage for these major AIDS conferences. President, Bob Meyers says that the sessions should be informative and journalists will learn a lot.

Journalists in attendance this year will be expected to prepare a curriculum for news rooms world wide which will benefit journalists not in attendance.

At a cost of $25 million the programme is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck Company and Pan American Health Organization, to name a few.

The conference will be addressing a number of scientific issues and findings surrounding HIV/AIDS.





The Health Benefits of Watermelon.

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watermelon-3.jpgResearchers from the US' Texas Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre have announced that the chemical, Citrulline, found in Watermelon, creates the same effect on the human body as the Viagra pill.

Cetrulline, an organic compound, relaxes the blood vessels, allowing the increase in blood flow around the body, much the same way the sex enhancement drug does.

Head of the research team, Dr. Bhimu Patil, says that the list of important health benefits one can derive from eating the fruit is getting longer with each study. "Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra...but it is a great way to relax blood vessels without the side effects."

Watermelon, it has been discovered, is also good for the heart, immune system and skin, as even though it is 92% water, the other 8% is pure anti-oxidant lycopene.

Remember that the next time you have a slice of cool refreshing Watermelon!





Could there be a cure for HIV and Cancer?

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ball moss_edit.jpgYardFlex came across a story published in the Observer and from the report it would seem as if Jamaica could be on the brink of something big.

According to the story Dr Henry Lowe discovered a plant (the Jamaican Ball moss) that has anti cancer properties.

The story went on to point out that Dr. Lowe who is the head of the Environmental Health Foundation claims that tests on tumours grown on rats were successful. The ball moss extract has shown to be more potent than leading anti-cancer drug Taxol, and with reduced side effects.

Another interesting discovery was made also regarding the plant that it was successful at controlling the AIDS/HIV virus.

YardFlex wishes Dr. Lowe and his team continued success in their quest to find a cure for these two disease.





By: Joan Wilson

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpg1992 was the year my life changed. That's when I was told I was now among those listed as diabetics. Not having any understanding of this disease, I thought it was the end of my life as I knew it. The first thing that set in was panic. The word itself sounded real ominous and conjured all kinds of images in my panicked mind.

Here I was faced with this new challenge and all I knew was that many people died as a complication from it including my grandmother. I felt as if I was now hemmed in and the corners were closing in real fast.

Most diabetics may feel that way at first, so that's why it is so important to equip yourselves with knowledge and it will really give you the power for living.

The first thing I did was have a long talk with my doctor. Maybe some of my questions were tedious, or might have sounded foolish, but doctors understand their patients fears (or they should) mine took her time and laid all mine to rest. I came out thinking "hey, this may be the best thing that could ever happen to me!"





Diabetes Part II...test yourself

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diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgThe Canadian Diabetes Association suggests those at high risk for getting diabetes get tested at least every three years. If you answer yes to any of the questions below you are considered to be at high risk for type 2 diabetes:

● Have you had gestational diabetes?
● Does an immediate family member have type 2 diabetes?
● Are you overweight?
● Are you over 40?
● Do you have high blood pressure?
● Are you of aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian or African decent?





By: Elizabeth Smith

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgYesterday, November 14, was World Diabetes Day and it marked the first time that this monumental vehicle of "Diabetes Awareness," travelled across our globe - spurring on efforts of prevention as well as heightening perceptions on what can be done to control the disease; preventing or delaying life threatening complications.

Diabetes currently affects 246 million people globally. This historical day was especially for all of them and the many millions more at risk,

On this first United Nations (UN) observed World Diabetes Day, Diabetes communities got together to celebrate the long awaited existence of a day that recognises the severe risks posed by Diabetes and urged understanding of the disease overall.

The result of a UN landmark resolution of December 2006, November 14 has become a United Nations observed day. Marking the date of Frederick Banting's birthday who along with Charles Best first came up with the notion of insulin in 1921, November 14 will bolster a major global awareness campaign from now on.





CONDOM.jpgAustralian pharmaceutical company Starpharma and SSL International, which owns the Durex condom brand, have signed an agreement to develop condoms coated with Starpharma's microbicide VivaGel, the drug maker announced on Tuesday, the AAP/Age reports.

In July, at the International AIDS Society conference in Sydney, the vaginal microbicide, VivaGel, was reported as preventing HIV and genital herpes in animal and human studies.

Designed to prevent STIs by stopping viruses from entering cells and thus avoiding infection, VivaGel's active ingredient is dendrimer, a molecule that binds itself to the viruses preventing them from infectng healthy cells. Early results from research also places VivaGel as a potent contraceptive.





UNPROTECTED SEX IS A RISK...

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By: Amanda Spence

aids_logo.jpgThe onus is on each individual to minimize chances of contracting diseases like HIV/AIDS, by having protected sex unless absolutely sure of their partner's status – through testing.

Today a sad story (sad for both accused and alleged victims)emerged. It speaks of a 22 year old Miami Club Promoter, Elidor Kersaint, who has been in prison since June for the crime of having unprotected sex while knowing he is infected with HIV. Recently more women have come forward to bring evidence against Kersaint who was born to an HIV + mother and has reportedly been infected all his life.

The question posed in a report is, what deep pain caused Kersaint's insane denial...how was he counseled and prepared from childhood to live with his disease...and most importantly – how many other Kersaints are being ignored. How do we prepare our world so people living with HIV/AIDS (especially youth who contracted this disease from birth – through no action of their own) feel free to disclose without negative repercussions.





By age 50 many women have experienced Fibroids

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By: Dr. S. Lawson
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fibroids_basic_information_image3.gifUterine fibroids are benign (medically harmless) tumors of the uterus. These tumors result from abnormal growth of muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue in the uterus. By the age of 50 years old the overall incidence of fibroids are 70-80% for women. Fibroids can vary in size from being undetectable by human eyes to the size of a full term pregnancy. In studying the origin of fibroids, they have been linked to hormonal imbalance, obesity, xeno-estrrogen, heavy metal toxicity, infectious microorganisms, stress and high blood sugar level. Fibroids can cause complications such as menstrual problems, pelvic and lower back pain, constipation, urinary problems, hemorrhoids, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages. Black women are four times more likely to develop fibroids than Caucasian women. They also have larger fibroids and develop fibroids at a younger age. Treatment includes hysterectomy, myomectomy, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), gonadatropin releasing hormones (GnRH) antagonists, androgens (danazol), and focused ultrasound surgery (FUS), and essential oils.

Signs and symptoms that presents with uterine fibroids include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, period pain, urinary incontinence, urinary frequency, severe acute abdominal pain, constipation, hemorrhoids, anemia, back pain and leg pain.





Jamathon 2017

hpv-facts.jpgAnyone daring to suggest that a vaccine might present a risk, especially to children as the most vulnerable members of our society, are usually shot down in flames. Health authorities have tried their best to continue telling everyone that HPV vaccines (note use of plural as there are three different types available) are safe, despite ongoing research suggesting otherwise.

A study just released by a World Health Organization (WHO) monitoring centre in Sweden shows that adverse event reports received from national authorities -- and these will represent only a fraction of those actually experienced -- show a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events that include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that exceeds any other vaccine.

GMO vaccine released a decade ago

The genetically engineered vaccine, first introduced for mass vaccination around 10 years ago, has been delivered to around 80 million girls, women and, in some countries, boys.

By August 2014 58 countries had introduced the vaccine into their immunisation schedules. According to the WHO, 80% of all cases of cervical cancer are linked to HPV, the key justification for giving the vaccine to young girls, occur in developing countries and are linked to sexual encounters at very young ages.

Concerns around the safety of the vaccine began to arise in 2013 with reports of CRPS in Japan, POTS in Denmark and CFS in Holland.

This study, which explores global reporting patterns of Adverse Reactions (AEs) for HPV vaccines shows that these different types of effects are often clustered, i.e. they are more likely to occur together, and so are likely related.

The science bit

The study looked at case safety reports for HPV Vaccine in VigiBase, the WHO International database of suspected adverse drug reactions. Reports are received from pharmacovigilance centres in 124 countries who participate in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring up to 1st January 2015. Cases including at least 2 reporting terms were included in the study.

Analysis of data revealed a large number of reports with a pattern of AEs including headache, dizziness, fatigue and syncope (temporary loss of consciousness). Reporting of AEs has taken place since the introduction of the vaccine and increased substantially in 2013 and 2014. (Source: anhinternational.org/2017/01/18/official-hpv-vaccine-vaccine-dangerous-yet/)





"In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite."

Her comments though brave placed Dr. Harper's reputation at risk. Big Pharma's attack dogs quickly sought to destroy her, attempting to dismantle her credibility as a professional research scientist.

Since coming forward with her concerns about the HPV vaccines, a relentless and vicious campaign has been waged against her. The former Merck scientist was made to look like a kook in an article published by The Sunday Express, a British tabloid, which heavily misquoted her.

Hoping to set the record straight, Dr. Harper clarified her position in an interview with CBS News, during which she said that HPV vaccines carry real risks while offering very little benefits.

"The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated."

She also added that reported side effects of the vaccine prove HPV vaccines are more dangerous than the cervical cancer its makers say it prevents. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





"About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life," said Dr. Harper during her speech.

"Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 percent of cases, it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn't and isn't treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer."

Dr. Harper said that while Gardasil and Cervarix are marketed as protecting against cervical cancer, the claim has not been proven and is hypothetical. Research conducted on the drugs show "there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless," she said. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgAll safety trials for HPV vaccines were done on 15-year-olds, said Dr. Harper, and not 9-year-olds, the demographic for which the immunizations are now recommended. Furthermore, there is a real risk associated with these vaccines, she added.

More than 15,000 girls have experienced adverse side effects from Gardasil, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). A number likely to be far higher in reality, since many vaccine side effects go unreported.

At least 44 girls are known to have died from these vaccines. Some side effects experienced by those receiving the HPV vaccines include seizures, blood clots, brain inflammation, lupus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare but serious autoimmune deficiency that causes the immune system to attack and damage nerve cells.

While the majority of those with GBS recover, the disorder may cause muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, paralysis and sometimes death.

As with most vaccines, parents are usually not made aware of the risks.(Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





hpv-facts.jpgAn expert involved in the approval process for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, is speaking out about the dangers and why you shouldn't risk your child's health in getting them.

Diane Harper, M.D., professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, revealed at the 4th International Conference on Vaccination that HPV vaccines are essentially worthless because rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. are extremely low anyway.

Her speech was intended to promote the benefits of vaccines, but she changed her mind and went in a different direction in an effort to "clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines," according to The Daily Sheeple.

Dr. Harper, a former vaccine research scientist for Merck, said she wouldn't be able to sleep at night unless she aired the truth about HPV vaccines. In her speech, given in Reston, Virginia, she said that 70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment, and 90 percent do so within two years. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgThe Ministry of Health is defending the decision to administer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in Grade Seven.

The programme is scheduled to start on Monday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that children from age nine to 14 be given the vaccine. They will get two doses of the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is aimed at protecting against cervical cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica and the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, said the Government decided to administer the vaccine to this particular age group because toll cervical cancer has taken on the society.

"We have here in Jamaica over 300 cases, with 185 deaths annually. In our population, the virus that causes cervical cancer is in excess of 50 per cent," she explained.





vagina-fitness-tracker.jpgEvery year, Oscar nominees receive the Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bag, an assortment of extravagant, brand-sponsored gifts ranging from vacation getaways to personal training sessions to a year's worth of Audi car rentals. This year's standout gift is the Elvie, a fitness tracker for--wait for it--your vagina.

This women's health device costs $199 and is paired with a smartphone app so users can track their Kegels. These exercises involve tightening and contracting the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum. A strong pelvic floor means more intense orgasms, improved bladder control, and easier pregnancy recovery. In other words, Kegels are your lady parts' best friend, and if you don't practice them regularly, you should start.

The Elvie is one of a few Kegel-tracking devices that have cropped up in the past few years. If using one reminds you (and Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and all the other female Academy Award nominees) to exercise down there, we're all for it. To use the Elvie, slide the device inside your vagina like you would a tampon, keeping its tail outside of you. Then, turn on your phone's Bluetooth setting, connect the device to the app, and start tightening and relaxing your muscles. The app transforms Kegels into a follow-along game that instructs you when to relax, tighten, hold, or pulse down there. There are even training levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) so you can challenge your lady friends to a Kegel-off or track your results from week to week.





5 Foods That Can Cause Cancer

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With so much noise surrounding possible causes of cancer (underwire bras, seriously?), it's hard to determine what the true dangers are. The good news is that when it comes to food, there aren't that many specific types linked to cancer.

While extra weight is a problem (obesity raises the risk of a number of types of cancer), food in general is not generally as carcinogenic as say, smoking, radiation, or viruses. (In fact most cancers are thought to occur spontaneously, with no obvious cause.) However there are a handful of foods that have been linked to a higher risk of cancer. While eating (or drinking) any of these in moderation is probably fine, a lifetime of consuming high amounts, every day, could be a problem.

To ensure you stay healthy, it's not a bad idea to limit processed meats, pickled items, alcohol, charred meats, and piping hot drinks. There's no way to protect yourself from every type of cancer, but a healthy lifestyle in general can help.

1. Processed meats: Smoked or cured meats such as hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausages, and bacon are considered carcinogens, so limit your intake.

2. Pickled or highly salted foods: A high intake of salted fish, pickled vegetables, and salty snacks is linked to stomach cancer. Less is better than more, so skip the salt shaker.

3. Alcohol: It can raise your risk of mouth, colorectal, and breast cancer. Limit your intake to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

4. Charred meat: High heat plus meat can equal DNA-damaging heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Cook at lower temperatures and flip meat frequently to avoid charring.

5. Scalding hot beverages: Drinking very hot coffee, tea, or soup on the regular is linked to a greater risk of esophageal cancer. Wait for them to cool down.

(Source: http://www.health.com/)





The dangers of eating late at night

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Eating late at night is putting millions of people in danger of heart attacks and strokes, experts warn.

A late-night meal keeps the body on 'high alert' when it should be winding down, researchers found.

Heart experts last night advised that adults should never eat within two hours of bedtime - and ideally nothing after 7pm.

In a healthy person, blood pressure drops by at least 10 per cent when they go to sleep.

But the results of a study of more than 700 people with high blood pressure found that eating within two hours of bedtime meant their levels stayed high.

Experts think this is because eating releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be starting to relax.

People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as 'non-dippers' - and have a much higher rate of heart-related death.

Late eaters were nearly three times more likely to be non-dippers, the Turkish researchers found.

Researcher Dr Ebru Özpelit, presenting her results at the speaking at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Rome, said: 'If we eat late at night, the body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for sleep.





How to Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

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blood-pressure.jpgAre you aware that there are simple and inexpensive ways to control blood pressure with food and supplements you already have in your kitchen?

Experts agree that these steps are some of the most effective in lowering blood pressure naturally.

1. CoQ10 supplements - CoEnzyme Q10 or CoQ10 For short is a powerful anti-oxidant which is in every cell in your body. Your body uses CoQ10 to derive Energy.

In a double-blind placebo controlled study published in The Journal of Human Hypertension, The group which took CoQ10 for just 8 weeks showed a significant reduction of blood pressure.

Note that blood pressure medication prevents the body from not only manufacturing its own CoQ10, but also your body's ability to absorb CoQ10. recommended dose: 100-200 mg gel caps each day to help lower blood pressure.

2. Vitamins, Herbs and Anti-oxidants

The following are Doctor recommended daily amounts.

Vitamin C - 1000 mg
Garlic - 2 cloves
Hawthorn berry - 500 mg
Omega 3 fatty acid fish oil Gel caps - 1000 mg
Vitamin b6 in a natural multivitamin
Magnesium - 500 mg
Astragalus root 500mg

3. Food Sources:

In a Greek study that examined the effects of the Mediterranean diet on 20,000 people proved that olive Oil, Fruits and Vegetables were significantly associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Celery - 4 sticks a day, relaxes the smooth muscles in the blood vessels.

Fresh cold water fish which is high in Omega-3 fatty Acids.

Salt - let's understand the real reason why salt is important to your blood pressure.

We've all heard that you need to cut down on sodium in your diet, although this is not bad advice, it misses the point. High sodium intake alone does not increase blood pressure, it is an excess of sodium to potassium ratio.

The ideal ratio is five times as much potassium as sodium in Your diet. You'll get the best results by eating three servings A day of potassium rich foods such as:

Bananas - 1 large
Avocados - 1 cup
Beans - 1 cup
Squash - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 1 cup

Low levels of magnesium can also contribute to high Blood pressure, so here are some Magnesium rich foods:

Almonds - 1/3 cup
Tofu - 1 cup
Cashews - 1 cup
Raisin bran - 1/3 cup

4. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. ...

5. Exercise regularly.

And finally lets talk about what level of blood pressure is considered high. Right now the threshold pushed by mainstream medicine is 115/75 - 120/80 which WAS considered borderline LOW just 5 years ago.

This is because the standard for "high" blood pressure, just like the standard for cholesterol is repeatedly lowered to put more people on medication. Your individual risk factors and age play a big role in determining what is a good blood pressure level for YOU.

So don't just accept a one size fits all number when it comes to your blood pressure. Ask questions and discuss your health with a nutritionally educated Doctor to find what is best for you.

So what about YOU? Are You going to let the silent killer Sneak up on you? Or are You going to take action that will make this highly unlikely?

When You safe-guard Yourself with these proven techniques which You can easily incorporate into your life, then You will reap the healthy benefits.

Sources:

Singh RB, Niaz MA, Rostogi SS, et al. "Effect of Hydrosoluble coenzyme Q10 on blood pressure in Hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease". Journal of Human Hypertension. 1999 Mar;13(3):203-208.

About the Author:

Lee Cummings has been helping real people solve real problems and feel better with expert proven nutrition for over 5 years.





Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton urged Jamaicans to get moving again to curb lifestyle diseases as the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remains very high in the Jamaican population.

Minister Tufton was speaking at the official launch of Move for Health Day 2016, which was held on Tuesday at the Bargain Village Plaza in May Pen, Clarendon.

Minister Tufton stated that data from the Health and Lifestyle Survey 2010, reveals that 70 per cent of deaths in Jamaica were due to the four major NCDs namely cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, of which 27 per cent occurred below the age of 70 years.

"One of the most important mandates of the health ministry is to get all Jamaicans to understand that it is important to take care of themselves by engaging in a number of things such as eating right, exercising and not over indulging in any activities in order to prevent lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol," he said.

The Health and Lifestyle Study 2008 reveals that almost half (46 per cent) of the adult population was classified as having a low physical activity or being inactive. The majority or 90 per cent of Jamaicans 15-74 years were either sedentary or participated in light physical activity during their leisure time.

NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four behavioural risk factors including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol and unless the NCD epidemic is aggressively confronted, the mounting impact will continue and may be increasing.

Move for Health Day is celebrated each year on May 10 to generate public awareness of the benefits of physical activity in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.





Dengue cases rise

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dengue.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reportedly seeing more cases of the Dengue fever. Dr. De La Haye says the country remains on high alert.

"We're now at a total of 75, so we still need to be looking out. More specifically, dengue has four sub-types. Three and Four are the ones associated with Dengue hemorrhagic disease and Dengue hemorrhagic fever, the more lethal outcome potentially of dengue," Dr. De La Haye said.

However, "in patients we've suspected of having Dengue hemorrhagic fever, none of those have returned positive," he said.





Jamaica gets funding to fight Zika

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgAt the request of Jamaica, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers has approved an allocation under the European Development Fund to support the fight against the Zika Virus in the region. The approval came Wednesday on the final day of the 103rd Session of the ACP Council.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had proposed that the funds be made available to support the fight against the Zika Virus in Jamaica and the other countries in the Caribbean. She cited the serious potential for economic and social harm.





Two new cases of Zika virus confirmed

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reporting two more cases of the Zika Virus. This increases to eight the number of confirmed cases in Jamaica.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said the cases were confirmed following the testing of samples at the Virology Laboratory at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He said the lab has already received 203 samples, compared to 321 received by CARPHA since the start of the epidemic - thereby "approximating the total amount we've been giving to CARPHA over the last three months."

Dr. De La Haye said the two women, from Spanish Town Road and Duhaney Park, are recovering.

"To my knowledge they are fine as (are) the other six persons," he said.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer said the ministry would continue to fog areas within a 200-300 metre radius around each person's home who is found to be positive.





Awesome health benefits of turnip juice

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turnips.jpgThere are many benefits of drinking turnip juice daily.

Some of them are:

  • Turnip juice has high concentrations of nutrients that help the body fight diseases like liver and bladder problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It has powerful antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer, help liver to process toxins, inhabit the growth of tumor, and finally fight with the side effects of carcinogens.
  • Drinking turnip juice daily is an effective way to lose weight and fight obesity.
  • It also reduces anemia.
  • The high concentration of Vitamin C in it helps in clearing lung and bronchus congestion and improving blood circulation.
  • Turnip juice helps to remove body odor.
  • This nutritious juice helps to remove kidney stone.
  • Turnip juice lowers bad cholesterol in the body, preventing heart attack, strokes, blood clotting and various heart diseases.
  • Drinking turnip helps to calm your nerves.
  • It also strengthens bones and teeth, as it is a good source of potassium and calcium.
  • It prevents cataract.
  • Turnip juice acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It helps cure asthma or can curb the symptoms of asthma.
  • It is good for maintaining the structure of capillaries as it is rich in flavonoid.
  • It reduces free radical level in the body.
  • Turnip juice helps maintain a good immune system.
  • It prevents colon tumor and colon cancer as it helps in the proper functioning of the colon.
  • Turnip juice helps in treating various skin problems.
  • It treats acne.
  • It also works as an effective hangover cure.

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ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-1.jpgA St. Louis jury recently awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who sued Johnson & Johnson after developing terminal ovarian cancer.

The suit claimed that Jacqueline Salter Fox, of Birmingham, developed the disease after using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other products containing talcum.

Ms Fox's civil suit was part of a broader Missouri claim involving nearly 60 people.

Her son Marvin took over as plaintiff following his mother's death in October 2015 at age 62.

Fox's attorneys said the jury verdict was the first such case among more than 1,000 nationally to result in a monetary award.

Ms Fox claimed to have used the the pharmaceutical giant's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 35 years.

ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-2.jpgThe lawsuit alleged that in an effort to boost sales, the company failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer.

The jury said that Ms Fox was entitled to $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.

The jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, according to the family's lawyers.

Deliberations lasted four hours, following a three-week trial.

However, Johnson & Johnson maintains that scientific evidence shows that talc - which is marketed for babies' bottoms - is safe.

The company said in a statement to Reuters: 'With over 100 years of use, few ingredients have the same demonstrated performance, mildness and safety profile as cosmetic talc.'

ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-3.jpgMs Fox died of ovarian cancer in October 2015, at which time her son Marvin took over as a plaintiff in the case. The suit claimed that she used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder (pictured) and Shower to Shower for over 35 years

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Ms Fox died of ovarian cancer in October 2015, at which time her son Marvin took over as a plaintiff in the case. The suit claimed that she used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder (pictured) and Shower to Shower for over 35 years

A Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman also said last week that the New Jersey-based company was considering whether to appear the verdict.

Carol Goodrich, spokeswoman, said: 'We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial.

'We sympathize with the plaintiff's family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.'

In October 2013, a federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found that plaintiff Deane Berg's use of Johnson & Johnson's body powder products was a factor in her developing ovarian cancer at age 49.





ovarian-cancer.jpgWomen who regularly powder their genitals with talc have a one-third higher risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, scientists have warned.

A new study asked 2,041 women with ovarian cancer - and 2,100 free of the disease - about their talcum powder use.

Those who routinely apply talc to their genitals, sanitary napkins, tampons and underwear were found to have a 33 per cent higher risk of ovarian cancer.

The study comes a week after a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who allegedly died of the disease after using their baby powder.

Lead study author Dr Daniel Cramer, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, told Reuters that there must be warning labels on talcum powder.

He said: 'This is an easily modified risk factor.

'Talc is a good drying agent, but women should know that if it's used repeatedly, it can get into the vagina and into their upper genital tract.

'And I think if they knew that, they wouldn't use it.'

Dr Cramer first linked genital talc to ovarian cancer in 1982.

However, the current study, published in the journal Epidemiology, is the first to limit the association to premenopausal women and postmenopausal women who used hormone therapy.

The new confines of the association may help explain earlier contradictory results on the link between talc and ovarian cancer, researchers said.

Dr Cramer has testified as a paid expert in lawsuits against talcum powder makers.

Talc is a mineral that absorbs moisture, and is made of magnesium, silicon and oxygen.

It may contain asbestos - a known carcinogen - in its natural form.

But, all commercial products in the US have been free of asbestos in the US since the 1970s.

Almost 20,000 women in the US are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year - and almost 14,500 die from the disease annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified genital talc as possibly carcinogenic in 2006.





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Surgical oncologist Professor Michael Baum, of University College London, specialises in breast cancer treatment, and was one of the architects of the screening programme when it was set up in 1988.

More than 25 years later, he has called for the programme to be shut down, arguing it leads to healthy women being labelled 'cancer victims' and has not reduced the number of invasive tumours.

But Dr Michael Michell, a consultant radiologist based at King's College Hospital, insists cancer screening saves lives and would like to see women screened every two, rather than three, years.

Below, they lay out their arguments on whether or not the programme should be scrapped.

Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting Professor of Medical Humanities in University College London, is a British surgical oncologist who specialises in breast cancer treatment.

Back in 1998, in all good faith, I set up the service for the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

Since then, I have become one of the most vociferous proponents for closing it down.

You probably want to know why I changed my mind so completely.

At the heart of this is the question, how do you explain to a woman that she is 'lucky' that we caught breast cancer early yet she ends up having a mastectomy?

And that she probably wouldn't have needed treatment at all if we hadn't called her in for a routine scan?

This is because mammograms can pick up a type of low-grade breast cancer called duct carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is contained just in the milk ducts and has not spread into any of the surrounding breast tissue - about 60 per cent of DCIS cases are picked up by routine breast screening.

Around half of these cancers turn out to be harmless. It is my view that too many healthy women are harmed by breast cancer screening.

Healthy Women Labelled Cancer Victims

Unlike most of the other members of the National Committee, I was directly involved in the day to day care of those women referred on to me as a consequence of the activities on the front line of the screening program.

I found it very distressing to have to cope with otherwise well women who had popped into the screening unit in Butterfly Walk for a mammogram at the invitation of the Department of Health (DoH) and then found themselves labelled as a cancer victim.

Worst of all were the unexpected high numbers diagnosed with duct carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a condition we rarely saw before screening began.

Many of these cases were multifocal and ended up with a mastectomy, yet they may well have turned out to be harmless.

None of the Department of Health staffers or public health specialists on the National committee had to face the reality of these heart-breaking interviews.

We were soon to learn that 20 per cent of the cancers diagnosed in Butterfly Walk were DCIS, yet before we opened our doors they amounted to less than one per cent of our practice.

I drew short term comfort from this observation assuming that in the fullness of time this initial peak in the incidence of DCIS would be followed by a fall in the incidence of invasive breast cancer.

I couldn't have been more wrong.





Diagnosing and Treating Swine Flu

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Diagnosing Swine Flu

Your doctor can make a diagnosis by sampling fluid from your body. To take a sample, your doctor or a nurse may swab your nose or throat.

The swab will be analyzed using various genetic and laboratory techniques to identify the specific type of virus.

Treating Swine Flu

Most cases of swine flu don't require medication for treatment. You don't need to see a doctor unless you're at risk for developing medical complications from the flu. You should focus on relieving your symptoms and preventing the spread of the H1N1 to other people.

Two antiviral drugs are recommended for treating swine flu: the oral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Because flu viruses can develop resistance to these drugs, they're often reserved for people who are at high risk for complications from the flu. People who are otherwise generally healthy and get swine flu will be able to fight the infection on their own.





Causes of Swine Flu

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swine-flu-pig.jpgSwine flu is caused by a strain of influenza virus that usually only infects pigs. Unlike typhus, which can be transmitted by lice or ticks, transmission usually occurs from person to person, not animal to person.

You can't catch swine flu from eating pork products.

Swine flu is very contagious. The disease is spread through saliva and mucus particles. People may spread it by:

  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • touching a germ-covered surface and then touching their eyes or nose
  • Part 4 of 9: Symptoms
  • Symptoms of Swine Flu

The symptoms of swine flu are very much like those of regular influenza. They include:

  • chills
  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting




Risk Factors for Swine Flu

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swine-flu.jpgWhen it first emerged, swine flu was most common in young adults. This was unusual because most flu viruses attack older adults or the very young. Today, risk factors for getting swine flu are the same as for any other strain of the flu. You're most at risk if you spend time in an area with a large number of people who are infected with swine flu.

Some people are at higher risk for becoming seriously ill if they're infected with swine flu. These groups include:

  • adults over age 65
  • children under 5 years old
  • young adults under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • people with compromised immune systems (due to a disease such as AIDS)
  • pregnant women
  • people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or neuromuscular disease




What is Swine Flu

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about-swine-flu.jpgSwine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It originated in pigs, but is spread primarily from person to person.

Swine flu made headlines in 2009 when it was first discovered in humans and became a pandemic. Pandemics are contagious diseases affecting people throughout the world or on multiple continents at the same time.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the H1N1 pandemic over in August of 2010. Since then, the H1N1 virus has been known as a regular human flu virus. It continues to spread during flu season like other strains of the flu. The flu shot developed each year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) usually includes a vaccination against a type of H1N1 virus.

Like other strains of the flu, H1N1 is highly contagious, allowing it to spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze can cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. The virus can linger on tables and surface areas like door knobs, waiting to be picked up.

The best means of dealing with swine flu is to prevent it. Hand sanitization is important to stop the spread of the virus, and staying away from infected people will help stop person-to-person transmission.





A rare parasitic infection called Chagas disease has been gaining headlines in recent weeks after cases of the infection were reported in at least five states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chagas disease, which can cause long-term cardiac damage, is mainly found in rural Central and South America, but some experts are concerned that cases are beginning to rise in southern U.S. states. Infections have been reported in Arkansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas, according to the CDC.

The disease is caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite and is spread almost exclusively through bites from the triatomine insect, also called the "kissing bug," since it usually bites around the eyes and mouth, usually when they come out to feed at night. In rural Central and South America, the bugs are often found in the walls of homes made from mud, adobe or straw. The insect has also been found in other U.S. states but that does not necessarily mean the bugs carry the parasite, experts said.

Once in the body, the parasite can remain hidden for years, or even decades, eventually resulting in serious heart disease, including stretching of the heart muscle called cardiomyopathy or irregular heartbeat. Other early acute symptoms include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache and rash.





colour-changing-condoms.jpgA group of teenage inventors have struck upon a clever way to alert folks to the presence of various venereal diseases before the burning starts: fluorescing condoms that light up when they encounter dangerous bacteria or virii. The team from Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, England developed the "glowing condom" concept, dubbed S.T.Y.E, as part of this year's TeenTech awards. It would reportedly operate as a normal condom does but also incorporate a sheath of molecules that attach to the diseases and set off a fluorescent reaction. The added layer would literally glow different colors when in contact with various STDs -- green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for HPV and blue for syphilis.

"We wanted to create something that makes detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the invasive procedures at the doctors," Daanyaal Ali told the Daily Mail. "We've made sure we're able to give peace of mind to users and make sure people can be even more responsible than ever before."





12 reasons to eat more turmeric

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Turmeric is anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory super spice. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. Known as "The Queen of Spices", it can be found in many Indian dishes for its wonderful earthy flavor and golden color. It has been around for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of health problems, going from pain control to fighting cancer.

Curcumin, the magical substance, which gives turmeric its golden color and its many health benefits, has been well-studied over the past decades. It works as a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

But that's not all... turmeric is jam packed with healthy nutrients such as fibers, calcium, vitamins and minerals. It is non-toxic, even in high doses, and doesn't usually cause any side-effects. However some people may experience an upset stomach, nausea or dizziness. If this is the case, turmeric must be used in moderation to reap its benefits.

You also need to remember that while turmeric is a powerful and effective compound for treating a wide range of diseases, studies have revealed that turmeric has low absorption and rapid metabolism that lead to relatively low bioavailability in the body. To increase its bioavailability in your body read this article for more information.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Turmeric In A Nutshell

  • Cancer prevention: turmeric fights free radicals and helps to maintain healthy cells. It is believed that curcumin blocks the enzymes that promote the growth of cancer cells. Turmeric is one of the top 14 foods that protects against cancer development.
  • Alzheimer's prevention: turmeric improves the overall brain health and may prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer's by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain. These are types of proteins that play a role in various neuro-degenerative disorders. And indeed turmeric is one of the top 5 foods and supplements to delay Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Diabetes control: turmeric improves blood sugar levels and reduces insulin resistance to prevent diabetes type II. However, when combined with strong medicines it may cause a low blood sugar level. See here another 6 best foods to control diabetes.
  • Natural painkiller and prevents arthritis: due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it helps with stiff or creaky joints and arthritis. It is one of the natural remedies that are covered in the article about natural remedies for arthritis, and is also one of the foods that help to reduce inflammation in your body.
  • Wounds healer: a paste made from turmeric can quickly heal minor cuts, burns or bruises due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It helps to repair your skin and may even be used to treat psoriasis or other inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Improves digestion: stimulates the gallbladder, reduces bloating and gas and may be helpful to treat bowel inflammation. However when suffering from a gallbladder disease, turmeric should not be taken as a dietary supplement, as it may worsen the condition.
  • Liver detox: turmeric works as a natural liver cleanser and improves blood circulation.
  • Weight control: turmeric increases the bile flow, which is important to break down fat.
  • Promotes healthy skin: prevents skin pigmentation, tone the skin and when frequently used in your skin care products it can give your face the perfect glow. Turmeric is one of the top 10 foods to get the best skin ever.
  • Heart health: turmeric reduces the bad cholesterol, prevents blood clots and plaque build-up in arteries.
  • Boost Immune system: Its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties help to strengthen your immune system. Turmeric is wonderful to soothe a sore throat or fight a cold or flu.
  • Mood improver: turmeric has been used in alternative medicine to treat depressions and provides a better night's rest.

Adding more turmeric to your daily diet is one of the best things you could do to improve your overall health. So if you love turmeric and are interested in herbal remedies, you can find more useful information about turmeric and other herbs in the e-book Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.





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Citing the many barriers to effective heart care in Jamaica, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) has announced its groundbreaking intervention of now offering free heart assessments and emergency coronary angiograms to all Jamaicans in need of critical cardiovascular care.

A coronary angiogram is a special X-ray test. It is done to find out if a person's coronary arteries are blocked or narrowed, where and by how much.

"We are of the view that cardiovascular-care delivery in Jamaica will be greatly enhanced through a process of open access to rapid and prompt coronary angiograms at the time when patients need this the most and especially for those patients most at risk," explained HIC chief executive officer, Professor Ernest Madu.

In response to the access issues in cardiovascular emergencies, which also includes, information deficit and a lack of resources, the HIC has designed a new model, which will see the most vulnerable group of Jamaicans benefiting from open access to emergency heart care.

Under this model, which the HIC calls its 10th-anniversary gift to Jamaica, the HIC Chest Pain Center will offer free emergency physician evaluation for anyone with chest pain or cardiac complaints after hours. If the doctor determines they need an angiogram, it is also offered free, and patients would only be required to purchase the low-cost RAPID Angiokits that are available through various suppliers in Jamaica.

Cardiac Illness

Additionally, free angiograms will now also be offered at HIC to: all patients in Jamaica identified to be having a heart attack, chest pain or other cardiac complaints, strongly suggesting a heart attack; all patients hospitalised at any hospital in Jamaica, who have been told that they would need an angiogram during that hospital stay; and all patients presenting at any A&E in Jamaica, who are told that an angiogram would be needed because of their complaints."We believe that an open and accelerated access to coronary angiograms without financial consideration will lead to a quick diagnosis and allow clinicians to define proper treatment strategies, and give patients early diagnosis and families, well-deserved comfort and peace of mind," Madu added.This latest Heart Institute innovation follows several corporate social-responsibility innovations including: the launch of a 24-hour emergency response-heart care service in July 2014; free heart testing for CARIFTA athletes; the opening of Jamaica's first dedicated 24-hour Chest Pain Emergency Care Center to the public in September 2014; a series of free specialist hypertension clinics; and heavily discounted heart-related testing at varied points throughout the year.

CAPTION: It's all smiles for Heart Institute of the Caribbean executives. Chief executive officer (CEO), Professor Ernest Madu (left); and president, Dr Dainia Baugh, interact with heart health partners, chairman and CEO of US-based Netmedical, Dick Govatski (second left); and Dr Douglas Waldo, vice-president, clinical services, International Health Services. The quartet was discussing details of the institute's 10th-anniversary announcement, which will see the most at-risk Jamaicans receiving free emergency angiograms.





The people of the Corporate Area and parts of St. Catherine and Clarendon have been exposed for the past several days to the cancer causing chemical, benzene.

Ministry of Health is urging those persons exposed to significant levels of smoke from the fire at the Riverton City Dump to seek medical attention. The advice from the Health Ministry follows test results which show that record levels of benzene and other dangerous pollutants, were released from the fire into the atmosphere over the Jamaican capital and its environs.

For days many persons have been wondering just how dangerous are the substances released into the atmosphere over capital city Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine and parts of Clarendon by the fire at the dump.

The statement confirmed our worst fears. Almost half of the Jamaican population has been exposed to the dangerous cancer causing substance benzene over the past 10 days and counting.The Health Ministry noted that prolonged or long term exposure to benzene has been blamed for causing cancers, including leukemia.

According to Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kevin Harvey, those who were severely affected by smoke from the dump should seek medical attention. He emphasised that Benzene is a dangerous substance.

According to Dr. Harvey the US Centre for Disease Control says a person deemed to have long term exposure to benzene is someone who has been affected for over 1-year.

The latest of a number of fires which have taken place at the dump for more than 25 years, has been ongoing for nearly two weeks.

Dr. Harvey says the finding regarding the air quality is considered a major public health issue.






Model and Actress Jamairais Malone, who shined this past summer in the Arena Stage's production of RUINED merges her love of fashion and connection with Sickle Cell to produce her first ever fashion event. This red carpet extravaganza includes a captivating live vocal performance by Crystal Ki, a blind Sickle Cell patient; a cocktail reception; and an informational session featuring experts in the field. The fashion show begins promptly at 8:00PM featuring the latest fashion trends from Heydari Designs, Studio D'Maxsi, Red Hue Boutique and Tim Bradley Colors of Sickle Cell is sponsored in part by Graduate School USA, CSC, DeShield Enterprises, LLC, Cole Stevens, Marcella Ellis, Nubian Heritage, Carol's Daughter, Vita Coco, Suga Chef Desserts, LLC, Basket Treats by Alexis Streets and Palava Hut TV.
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Cherine Anderson teams up with Yoplait

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Reggae/dancehall singer Cherine Anderson recently teamed up with Yoplait and the Jamaica Cancer Society for their 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Campaign, Save Lids to Save Lives. Anderson will lead the charge as spokesperson for the campaign. The singer is asking everyone to support the initiative by Yoplait which will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting eight dollars from every pink lid cup of Yoplait yogurt sold during the period October 1 to November 13. Other well known faces joining the cause includes beauty queen Yendi Phillips and Tami Chynn.
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A Black Woman's Guide To Breast Cancer Awareness

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By Shanece Taylor/voicesofurburn.org
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to BlackDoctor.org "African-American females experience higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group." This is partially due to African-American women tending to have more aggressive tumors. The fact is not meant to scare you, but it is meant as a wake up call.
Educate yourself and women you know on risk factors, discover ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer, learn how to give yourself a breast exam, and help to fight breast cancer. And remember, if you are over 40 years of age, it is important to schedule an annual mammogram.
Below is your own personal mini guide to help you get started on your breast cancer awareness.
Family history
Early puberty (before 12 years old) or Late menopause (after 55 years old)
Not having children or Having children after 30 years old
Obesity and high-fat diets
2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily
Reduce the Risk:
Exercise or Being physically active
Eat Soy, Broccoli, Red Apples, Red Cabbage or Red Grapes
Drink green tea
Regular screening tests
Avoid hormone replacement therapy if possible
Breast cancer self-examinations should be done monthly at the same time of the month, and right after your period ends.
In the Shower
Fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine the left breast, left hand for the right breast. Check for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts.
Before a Mirror
Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match--few women's breasts do.
Lying Down
Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
 
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Fried rice from Fried rice from Andy's Chinese...


The Ministry of Health has identified the source of 20 confirmed cases of food poisoning in Mandeville, Manchester.

The ministry has received an official report which points to a Chinese restaurant at the centre of the cases, which were reported over a two week period.

According to Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller, the Acting Chief Medical Officer, the Health Department identified fried rice sold by the establishment as the cause of the illness.

"That particular item on June 20, seemed to have been either contaminated or because it wasn't kept at the correct temperature, there was a multiplication of bacteria in it, which caused person(s) who ate from that particular source  to become ill with diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, chills, headaches, symptoms of food poisoning," Dr. Lewis-Fuller told RJR News.

She added that instructions were issued to the operators of the restaurant to improve the preparation and handling of food as well as the general sanitation of the kitchen and they have complied.

As a result, she says no decision has been made to close the establishment.

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Security has been beefed up around a senior public health nurse in Clarendon after she reportedly received death threats in the wake of an infant's death.

The baby died a day after receiving a vaccine at a health facility in Mocho in the parish.

Sources say the incident has left the public health nurse traumatised resulting in her attending counselling sessions.

The source added that the infant was among a batch of other babies who were administered the same MMR vaccine and were later sent home.

It is reported that the child's parents found him dead during the night.

Officials from the Southern Health Regional Authority were informed of the overnight development.

Our news centre was further told that after news spread of the child's death threats were reportedly leveled at the nurse.

On Thursday night Director of Family Health Services in the Health Ministry, Dr. Karen Lewis Bell told RJR News a thorough probe is being conducted.

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'Ackee and Saltfish' was the theme for the 'Jamaican Twist' band, at this year's Notting Hill Carnival in London, United Kingdom (UK) recently.


The carnival band, which was once again sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), had costumed performers illustrating Jamaica's national dish.


The 'carnival king' wore a spectacular saltfish costume in shimmering blue, surrounded by dozens of female dancers in gold 'ackee' costumes. The costumed performers included eight finalists from the Miss Jamaica UK pageant. The doctor bird and Anansi were other characters brought to life by carnival costumes.


The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival of its kind in Europe and estimates are that more than a million spectators participated in the two-day event this year.


The JTB-sponsored 'Jamaican Twist' band was a crowd favourite as it paraded through west London, with reggae beats and live MCs.

The costume section was followed by a T-shirt band of some 40 men, women, and children in customised Jamaican clothing.


Reflecting the national motto 'Out of many, one people', participation was open to the public this year and the T-shirt band included persons from the UK, South Africa, Australia, United States, as well as Jamaicans and British Jamaicans.


Five travel agents also joined the band after winning places in a competition hosted by the JTB in London.


For the JTB, the 'twist' in the Jamaican carnival band was a collection of 40 Brazilian drummers and samba dancers, who completed the parade with electrifying beats and coordinated outfits of green and gold.


Notting Hill Carnival is the UK's biggest celebration of Caribbean culture, consisting of 20 miles of colourful costumes and floats, more than 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls, and over 40,000 volunteers. The annual Carnival has been celebrated for over 40 years, taking place on the final Sunday and Monday in August.



The Jolly Boys also gave a live performance to rapturous applause at the Carnival.

The group has had huge success in the UK with their modern mento covers of popular songs including Amy Winehouse's Rehab, Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire and Iggy Pop's The Passenger.

The band from Port Antonio, Portland is touring the UK ahead of their Great Expectation album launch.
Celebrity chef, Jamaican-born Levi Roots was also at the carnival, where he first made a name with his 'Reggae Reggae' sauce.

Patrons eagerly queued for a taste of his Jamaican jerk, while entertained by musical interludes from Roots.


'Jamaican Twist' has announced that its theme for the 2011 Carnival will be reggae legend Bob Marley, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the singer's death. In 2012, the band will celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Independence.





Spanish Town Hospital drama

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Boy oh boy a loyal reader of Yardflex dad was in the Spanish Town Hospital and we can’t help but relate the woes she shared with us.
First of all her dad’s phone was stolen and no one could give an account of how it was lost. Then just two days after her brother bought a pack of adult diapers for him, by the time he was ready to be discharged no diapers could be found. The nurse couldn’t tell what happened to it. Added to that, one of his pillows was missing, the unused toothpaste disappeared also.
No something seriously needs to be done about security at the hospital, we wonder if people can just walk in and help themselves to whatever the patient’s have?





Health ministry says dengue cases on the rise

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ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

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Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain.

Some of these impairments are detectable after only one or two drinks and quickly resolve when drinking stops.

On the other hand, a person who drinks heavily over a long period of time may have brain deficits that persist well after he or she achieves sobriety.

Exactly how alcohol affects the brain and the likelihood of reversing the impact of heavy drinking on the brain remain hot topics in alcohol research today.

We do know that heavy drinking may have extensive and far–reaching effects on the brain, ranging from simple “slips” in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care.

And even moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment, as shown by extensive research on the impact of drinking on driving.

A number of factors influence how and to what extent alcohol affects the brain (1), including how much and how often a person drinks;
the age at which he or she first began drinking, and how long he or she has been drinking;
the person’s age, level of education, gender, genetic background, and family history of alcoholism;
whether he or she is at risk as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure; andhis or her general health status.


This Alcohol Alert reviews some common disorders associated with alcohol–related brain damage and the people at greatest risk for impairment.

It looks at traditional as well as emerging therapies for the treatment and prevention of alcohol–related disorders and includes a brief look at the high–tech tools that are helping scientists to better understand the effects of alcohol on the brain.



BLACKOUTS AND MEMORY LAPSES

Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.

Blackouts are much more common among social drinkers than previously assumed and should be viewed as a potential consequence of acute intoxication regardless of age or whether the drinker is clinically dependent on alcohol (2).

White and colleagues (3) surveyed 772 college undergraduates about their experiences with blackouts and asked, “Have you ever awoken after a night of drinking not able to remember things that you did or places that you went?” Of the students who had ever consumed alcohol, 51 percent reported blacking out at some point in their lives, and 40 percent reported experiencing a blackout in the year before the survey. Of those who reported drinking in the 2 weeks before the survey, 9.4 percent said they blacked out during that time.

The students reported learning later that they had participated in a wide range of potentially dangerous events they could not remember, including vandalism, unprotected sex, and driving.

ARE WOMEN MORE VULNERABLE TO ALCOHOL’S EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN?

Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use.

For example, alcoholic women develop cirrhosis (5), alcohol–induced damage of the heart muscle (i.e., cardiomyopathy) (6), and nerve damage (i.e., peripheral neuropathy) (7) after fewer years of heavy drinking than do alcoholic men.

Studies comparing men and women’s sensitivity to alcohol–induced brain damage, however, have not been as conclusive.

Using imaging with computerized tomography, two studies (8,9) compared brain shrinkage, a common indicator of brain damage, in alcoholic men and women and reported that male and female alcoholics both showed significantly greater brain shrinkage than control subjects.

Studies also showed that both men and women have similar learning and memory problems as a result of heavy drinking (10).

The difference is that alcoholic women reported that they had been drinking excessively for only about half as long as the alcoholic men in these studies. This indicates that women’s brains, like their other organs, are more vulnerable to alcohol–induced damage than men’s (11).

Yet other studies have not shown such definitive findings. In fact, two reports appearing side by side in the American Journal of Psychiatry contradicted each other on the question of gender–related vulnerability to brain shrinkage in alcoholism (12,13).

Clearly, more research is needed on this topic, especially because alcoholic women have received less research attention than alcoholic men despite good evidence that women may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol’s effects on many key organ systems.






Three cases of H1H1 at UWI

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h1n1.jpgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona has confirmed that all cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus discovered so far have been among those students living on the campus.



Dr. Blossom Anglin-Brown, Director of Health Services at the UWI has disclosed that the number of confirmed cases remained at three.



She said the UWI is trying to determine how the virus was spread as only one of the three infected students had travelled outside the country.



According to the university health official, so far 105 students have so presented with flu like symptoms.



Health authorities are now trying contain the spread and to educate our community about the virus. We have also cancelled all social events and some orientation activities as these involve a large number of students.





Journalists in Mexico for AIDS Conference

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aids_logo.jpgIn preparation for the largest conference of its kind, the 2008 XVII International AIDS Conference, which starts on August 3, fifty-eight journalists from 40 countries have gathered in Centro, Banamex, Mexico City for the Journalist to Journalist (J2J) global media training programme on HIV/AIDS. The 4 day training session is expected to equip journalists in covering the science, technology, behavioral and prevention issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

The National Press Foundation (NPF) has trained hundreds of journalists in providing coverage for these major AIDS conferences. President, Bob Meyers says that the sessions should be informative and journalists will learn a lot.

Journalists in attendance this year will be expected to prepare a curriculum for news rooms world wide which will benefit journalists not in attendance.

At a cost of $25 million the programme is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck Company and Pan American Health Organization, to name a few.

The conference will be addressing a number of scientific issues and findings surrounding HIV/AIDS.





The Health Benefits of Watermelon.

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watermelon-3.jpgResearchers from the US' Texas Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre have announced that the chemical, Citrulline, found in Watermelon, creates the same effect on the human body as the Viagra pill.

Cetrulline, an organic compound, relaxes the blood vessels, allowing the increase in blood flow around the body, much the same way the sex enhancement drug does.

Head of the research team, Dr. Bhimu Patil, says that the list of important health benefits one can derive from eating the fruit is getting longer with each study. "Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra...but it is a great way to relax blood vessels without the side effects."

Watermelon, it has been discovered, is also good for the heart, immune system and skin, as even though it is 92% water, the other 8% is pure anti-oxidant lycopene.

Remember that the next time you have a slice of cool refreshing Watermelon!





Could there be a cure for HIV and Cancer?

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ball moss_edit.jpgYardFlex came across a story published in the Observer and from the report it would seem as if Jamaica could be on the brink of something big.

According to the story Dr Henry Lowe discovered a plant (the Jamaican Ball moss) that has anti cancer properties.

The story went on to point out that Dr. Lowe who is the head of the Environmental Health Foundation claims that tests on tumours grown on rats were successful. The ball moss extract has shown to be more potent than leading anti-cancer drug Taxol, and with reduced side effects.

Another interesting discovery was made also regarding the plant that it was successful at controlling the AIDS/HIV virus.

YardFlex wishes Dr. Lowe and his team continued success in their quest to find a cure for these two disease.





By: Joan Wilson

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpg1992 was the year my life changed. That's when I was told I was now among those listed as diabetics. Not having any understanding of this disease, I thought it was the end of my life as I knew it. The first thing that set in was panic. The word itself sounded real ominous and conjured all kinds of images in my panicked mind.

Here I was faced with this new challenge and all I knew was that many people died as a complication from it including my grandmother. I felt as if I was now hemmed in and the corners were closing in real fast.

Most diabetics may feel that way at first, so that's why it is so important to equip yourselves with knowledge and it will really give you the power for living.

The first thing I did was have a long talk with my doctor. Maybe some of my questions were tedious, or might have sounded foolish, but doctors understand their patients fears (or they should) mine took her time and laid all mine to rest. I came out thinking "hey, this may be the best thing that could ever happen to me!"





Diabetes Part II...test yourself

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diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgThe Canadian Diabetes Association suggests those at high risk for getting diabetes get tested at least every three years. If you answer yes to any of the questions below you are considered to be at high risk for type 2 diabetes:

● Have you had gestational diabetes?
● Does an immediate family member have type 2 diabetes?
● Are you overweight?
● Are you over 40?
● Do you have high blood pressure?
● Are you of aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian or African decent?





By: Elizabeth Smith

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgYesterday, November 14, was World Diabetes Day and it marked the first time that this monumental vehicle of "Diabetes Awareness," travelled across our globe - spurring on efforts of prevention as well as heightening perceptions on what can be done to control the disease; preventing or delaying life threatening complications.

Diabetes currently affects 246 million people globally. This historical day was especially for all of them and the many millions more at risk,

On this first United Nations (UN) observed World Diabetes Day, Diabetes communities got together to celebrate the long awaited existence of a day that recognises the severe risks posed by Diabetes and urged understanding of the disease overall.

The result of a UN landmark resolution of December 2006, November 14 has become a United Nations observed day. Marking the date of Frederick Banting's birthday who along with Charles Best first came up with the notion of insulin in 1921, November 14 will bolster a major global awareness campaign from now on.





CONDOM.jpgAustralian pharmaceutical company Starpharma and SSL International, which owns the Durex condom brand, have signed an agreement to develop condoms coated with Starpharma's microbicide VivaGel, the drug maker announced on Tuesday, the AAP/Age reports.

In July, at the International AIDS Society conference in Sydney, the vaginal microbicide, VivaGel, was reported as preventing HIV and genital herpes in animal and human studies.

Designed to prevent STIs by stopping viruses from entering cells and thus avoiding infection, VivaGel's active ingredient is dendrimer, a molecule that binds itself to the viruses preventing them from infectng healthy cells. Early results from research also places VivaGel as a potent contraceptive.





UNPROTECTED SEX IS A RISK...

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By: Amanda Spence

aids_logo.jpgThe onus is on each individual to minimize chances of contracting diseases like HIV/AIDS, by having protected sex unless absolutely sure of their partner's status – through testing.

Today a sad story (sad for both accused and alleged victims)emerged. It speaks of a 22 year old Miami Club Promoter, Elidor Kersaint, who has been in prison since June for the crime of having unprotected sex while knowing he is infected with HIV. Recently more women have come forward to bring evidence against Kersaint who was born to an HIV + mother and has reportedly been infected all his life.

The question posed in a report is, what deep pain caused Kersaint's insane denial...how was he counseled and prepared from childhood to live with his disease...and most importantly – how many other Kersaints are being ignored. How do we prepare our world so people living with HIV/AIDS (especially youth who contracted this disease from birth – through no action of their own) feel free to disclose without negative repercussions.





By age 50 many women have experienced Fibroids

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By: Dr. S. Lawson
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fibroids_basic_information_image3.gifUterine fibroids are benign (medically harmless) tumors of the uterus. These tumors result from abnormal growth of muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue in the uterus. By the age of 50 years old the overall incidence of fibroids are 70-80% for women. Fibroids can vary in size from being undetectable by human eyes to the size of a full term pregnancy. In studying the origin of fibroids, they have been linked to hormonal imbalance, obesity, xeno-estrrogen, heavy metal toxicity, infectious microorganisms, stress and high blood sugar level. Fibroids can cause complications such as menstrual problems, pelvic and lower back pain, constipation, urinary problems, hemorrhoids, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages. Black women are four times more likely to develop fibroids than Caucasian women. They also have larger fibroids and develop fibroids at a younger age. Treatment includes hysterectomy, myomectomy, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), gonadatropin releasing hormones (GnRH) antagonists, androgens (danazol), and focused ultrasound surgery (FUS), and essential oils.

Signs and symptoms that presents with uterine fibroids include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, period pain, urinary incontinence, urinary frequency, severe acute abdominal pain, constipation, hemorrhoids, anemia, back pain and leg pain.





Jamathon 2017

"In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite."

Her comments though brave placed Dr. Harper's reputation at risk. Big Pharma's attack dogs quickly sought to destroy her, attempting to dismantle her credibility as a professional research scientist.

Since coming forward with her concerns about the HPV vaccines, a relentless and vicious campaign has been waged against her. The former Merck scientist was made to look like a kook in an article published by The Sunday Express, a British tabloid, which heavily misquoted her.

Hoping to set the record straight, Dr. Harper clarified her position in an interview with CBS News, during which she said that HPV vaccines carry real risks while offering very little benefits.

"The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated."

She also added that reported side effects of the vaccine prove HPV vaccines are more dangerous than the cervical cancer its makers say it prevents. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





"About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life," said Dr. Harper during her speech.

"Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 percent of cases, it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn't and isn't treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer."

Dr. Harper said that while Gardasil and Cervarix are marketed as protecting against cervical cancer, the claim has not been proven and is hypothetical. Research conducted on the drugs show "there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless," she said. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgAll safety trials for HPV vaccines were done on 15-year-olds, said Dr. Harper, and not 9-year-olds, the demographic for which the immunizations are now recommended. Furthermore, there is a real risk associated with these vaccines, she added.

More than 15,000 girls have experienced adverse side effects from Gardasil, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). A number likely to be far higher in reality, since many vaccine side effects go unreported.

At least 44 girls are known to have died from these vaccines. Some side effects experienced by those receiving the HPV vaccines include seizures, blood clots, brain inflammation, lupus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare but serious autoimmune deficiency that causes the immune system to attack and damage nerve cells.

While the majority of those with GBS recover, the disorder may cause muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, paralysis and sometimes death.

As with most vaccines, parents are usually not made aware of the risks.(Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





hpv-facts.jpgAn expert involved in the approval process for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, is speaking out about the dangers and why you shouldn't risk your child's health in getting them.

Diane Harper, M.D., professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, revealed at the 4th International Conference on Vaccination that HPV vaccines are essentially worthless because rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. are extremely low anyway.

Her speech was intended to promote the benefits of vaccines, but she changed her mind and went in a different direction in an effort to "clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines," according to The Daily Sheeple.

Dr. Harper, a former vaccine research scientist for Merck, said she wouldn't be able to sleep at night unless she aired the truth about HPV vaccines. In her speech, given in Reston, Virginia, she said that 70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment, and 90 percent do so within two years. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgThe Ministry of Health is defending the decision to administer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in Grade Seven.

The programme is scheduled to start on Monday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that children from age nine to 14 be given the vaccine. They will get two doses of the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is aimed at protecting against cervical cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica and the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, said the Government decided to administer the vaccine to this particular age group because toll cervical cancer has taken on the society.

"We have here in Jamaica over 300 cases, with 185 deaths annually. In our population, the virus that causes cervical cancer is in excess of 50 per cent," she explained.





vagina-fitness-tracker.jpgEvery year, Oscar nominees receive the Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bag, an assortment of extravagant, brand-sponsored gifts ranging from vacation getaways to personal training sessions to a year's worth of Audi car rentals. This year's standout gift is the Elvie, a fitness tracker for--wait for it--your vagina.

This women's health device costs $199 and is paired with a smartphone app so users can track their Kegels. These exercises involve tightening and contracting the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum. A strong pelvic floor means more intense orgasms, improved bladder control, and easier pregnancy recovery. In other words, Kegels are your lady parts' best friend, and if you don't practice them regularly, you should start.

The Elvie is one of a few Kegel-tracking devices that have cropped up in the past few years. If using one reminds you (and Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and all the other female Academy Award nominees) to exercise down there, we're all for it. To use the Elvie, slide the device inside your vagina like you would a tampon, keeping its tail outside of you. Then, turn on your phone's Bluetooth setting, connect the device to the app, and start tightening and relaxing your muscles. The app transforms Kegels into a follow-along game that instructs you when to relax, tighten, hold, or pulse down there. There are even training levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) so you can challenge your lady friends to a Kegel-off or track your results from week to week.





5 Foods That Can Cause Cancer

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With so much noise surrounding possible causes of cancer (underwire bras, seriously?), it's hard to determine what the true dangers are. The good news is that when it comes to food, there aren't that many specific types linked to cancer.

While extra weight is a problem (obesity raises the risk of a number of types of cancer), food in general is not generally as carcinogenic as say, smoking, radiation, or viruses. (In fact most cancers are thought to occur spontaneously, with no obvious cause.) However there are a handful of foods that have been linked to a higher risk of cancer. While eating (or drinking) any of these in moderation is probably fine, a lifetime of consuming high amounts, every day, could be a problem.

To ensure you stay healthy, it's not a bad idea to limit processed meats, pickled items, alcohol, charred meats, and piping hot drinks. There's no way to protect yourself from every type of cancer, but a healthy lifestyle in general can help.

1. Processed meats: Smoked or cured meats such as hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausages, and bacon are considered carcinogens, so limit your intake.

2. Pickled or highly salted foods: A high intake of salted fish, pickled vegetables, and salty snacks is linked to stomach cancer. Less is better than more, so skip the salt shaker.

3. Alcohol: It can raise your risk of mouth, colorectal, and breast cancer. Limit your intake to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

4. Charred meat: High heat plus meat can equal DNA-damaging heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Cook at lower temperatures and flip meat frequently to avoid charring.

5. Scalding hot beverages: Drinking very hot coffee, tea, or soup on the regular is linked to a greater risk of esophageal cancer. Wait for them to cool down.

(Source: http://www.health.com/)





The dangers of eating late at night

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Eating late at night is putting millions of people in danger of heart attacks and strokes, experts warn.

A late-night meal keeps the body on 'high alert' when it should be winding down, researchers found.

Heart experts last night advised that adults should never eat within two hours of bedtime - and ideally nothing after 7pm.

In a healthy person, blood pressure drops by at least 10 per cent when they go to sleep.

But the results of a study of more than 700 people with high blood pressure found that eating within two hours of bedtime meant their levels stayed high.

Experts think this is because eating releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be starting to relax.

People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as 'non-dippers' - and have a much higher rate of heart-related death.

Late eaters were nearly three times more likely to be non-dippers, the Turkish researchers found.

Researcher Dr Ebru Özpelit, presenting her results at the speaking at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Rome, said: 'If we eat late at night, the body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for sleep.





How to Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

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blood-pressure.jpgAre you aware that there are simple and inexpensive ways to control blood pressure with food and supplements you already have in your kitchen?

Experts agree that these steps are some of the most effective in lowering blood pressure naturally.

1. CoQ10 supplements - CoEnzyme Q10 or CoQ10 For short is a powerful anti-oxidant which is in every cell in your body. Your body uses CoQ10 to derive Energy.

In a double-blind placebo controlled study published in The Journal of Human Hypertension, The group which took CoQ10 for just 8 weeks showed a significant reduction of blood pressure.

Note that blood pressure medication prevents the body from not only manufacturing its own CoQ10, but also your body's ability to absorb CoQ10. recommended dose: 100-200 mg gel caps each day to help lower blood pressure.

2. Vitamins, Herbs and Anti-oxidants

The following are Doctor recommended daily amounts.

Vitamin C - 1000 mg
Garlic - 2 cloves
Hawthorn berry - 500 mg
Omega 3 fatty acid fish oil Gel caps - 1000 mg
Vitamin b6 in a natural multivitamin
Magnesium - 500 mg
Astragalus root 500mg

3. Food Sources:

In a Greek study that examined the effects of the Mediterranean diet on 20,000 people proved that olive Oil, Fruits and Vegetables were significantly associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Celery - 4 sticks a day, relaxes the smooth muscles in the blood vessels.

Fresh cold water fish which is high in Omega-3 fatty Acids.

Salt - let's understand the real reason why salt is important to your blood pressure.

We've all heard that you need to cut down on sodium in your diet, although this is not bad advice, it misses the point. High sodium intake alone does not increase blood pressure, it is an excess of sodium to potassium ratio.

The ideal ratio is five times as much potassium as sodium in Your diet. You'll get the best results by eating three servings A day of potassium rich foods such as:

Bananas - 1 large
Avocados - 1 cup
Beans - 1 cup
Squash - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 1 cup

Low levels of magnesium can also contribute to high Blood pressure, so here are some Magnesium rich foods:

Almonds - 1/3 cup
Tofu - 1 cup
Cashews - 1 cup
Raisin bran - 1/3 cup

4. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. ...

5. Exercise regularly.

And finally lets talk about what level of blood pressure is considered high. Right now the threshold pushed by mainstream medicine is 115/75 - 120/80 which WAS considered borderline LOW just 5 years ago.

This is because the standard for "high" blood pressure, just like the standard for cholesterol is repeatedly lowered to put more people on medication. Your individual risk factors and age play a big role in determining what is a good blood pressure level for YOU.

So don't just accept a one size fits all number when it comes to your blood pressure. Ask questions and discuss your health with a nutritionally educated Doctor to find what is best for you.

So what about YOU? Are You going to let the silent killer Sneak up on you? Or are You going to take action that will make this highly unlikely?

When You safe-guard Yourself with these proven techniques which You can easily incorporate into your life, then You will reap the healthy benefits.

Sources:

Singh RB, Niaz MA, Rostogi SS, et al. "Effect of Hydrosoluble coenzyme Q10 on blood pressure in Hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease". Journal of Human Hypertension. 1999 Mar;13(3):203-208.

About the Author:

Lee Cummings has been helping real people solve real problems and feel better with expert proven nutrition for over 5 years.





Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton urged Jamaicans to get moving again to curb lifestyle diseases as the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remains very high in the Jamaican population.

Minister Tufton was speaking at the official launch of Move for Health Day 2016, which was held on Tuesday at the Bargain Village Plaza in May Pen, Clarendon.

Minister Tufton stated that data from the Health and Lifestyle Survey 2010, reveals that 70 per cent of deaths in Jamaica were due to the four major NCDs namely cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, of which 27 per cent occurred below the age of 70 years.

"One of the most important mandates of the health ministry is to get all Jamaicans to understand that it is important to take care of themselves by engaging in a number of things such as eating right, exercising and not over indulging in any activities in order to prevent lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol," he said.

The Health and Lifestyle Study 2008 reveals that almost half (46 per cent) of the adult population was classified as having a low physical activity or being inactive. The majority or 90 per cent of Jamaicans 15-74 years were either sedentary or participated in light physical activity during their leisure time.

NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four behavioural risk factors including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol and unless the NCD epidemic is aggressively confronted, the mounting impact will continue and may be increasing.

Move for Health Day is celebrated each year on May 10 to generate public awareness of the benefits of physical activity in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.





Dengue cases rise

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dengue.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reportedly seeing more cases of the Dengue fever. Dr. De La Haye says the country remains on high alert.

"We're now at a total of 75, so we still need to be looking out. More specifically, dengue has four sub-types. Three and Four are the ones associated with Dengue hemorrhagic disease and Dengue hemorrhagic fever, the more lethal outcome potentially of dengue," Dr. De La Haye said.

However, "in patients we've suspected of having Dengue hemorrhagic fever, none of those have returned positive," he said.





Jamaica gets funding to fight Zika

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgAt the request of Jamaica, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers has approved an allocation under the European Development Fund to support the fight against the Zika Virus in the region. The approval came Wednesday on the final day of the 103rd Session of the ACP Council.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had proposed that the funds be made available to support the fight against the Zika Virus in Jamaica and the other countries in the Caribbean. She cited the serious potential for economic and social harm.





Two new cases of Zika virus confirmed

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reporting two more cases of the Zika Virus. This increases to eight the number of confirmed cases in Jamaica.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said the cases were confirmed following the testing of samples at the Virology Laboratory at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He said the lab has already received 203 samples, compared to 321 received by CARPHA since the start of the epidemic - thereby "approximating the total amount we've been giving to CARPHA over the last three months."

Dr. De La Haye said the two women, from Spanish Town Road and Duhaney Park, are recovering.

"To my knowledge they are fine as (are) the other six persons," he said.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer said the ministry would continue to fog areas within a 200-300 metre radius around each person's home who is found to be positive.





Awesome health benefits of turnip juice

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turnips.jpgThere are many benefits of drinking turnip juice daily.

Some of them are:

  • Turnip juice has high concentrations of nutrients that help the body fight diseases like liver and bladder problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It has powerful antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer, help liver to process toxins, inhabit the growth of tumor, and finally fight with the side effects of carcinogens.
  • Drinking turnip juice daily is an effective way to lose weight and fight obesity.
  • It also reduces anemia.
  • The high concentration of Vitamin C in it helps in clearing lung and bronchus congestion and improving blood circulation.
  • Turnip juice helps to remove body odor.
  • This nutritious juice helps to remove kidney stone.
  • Turnip juice lowers bad cholesterol in the body, preventing heart attack, strokes, blood clotting and various heart diseases.
  • Drinking turnip helps to calm your nerves.
  • It also strengthens bones and teeth, as it is a good source of potassium and calcium.
  • It prevents cataract.
  • Turnip juice acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It helps cure asthma or can curb the symptoms of asthma.
  • It is good for maintaining the structure of capillaries as it is rich in flavonoid.
  • It reduces free radical level in the body.
  • Turnip juice helps maintain a good immune system.
  • It prevents colon tumor and colon cancer as it helps in the proper functioning of the colon.
  • Turnip juice helps in treating various skin problems.
  • It treats acne.
  • It also works as an effective hangover cure.

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ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-1.jpgA St. Louis jury recently awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who sued Johnson & Johnson after developing terminal ovarian cancer.

The suit claimed that Jacqueline Salter Fox, of Birmingham, developed the disease after using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other products containing talcum.

Ms Fox's civil suit was part of a broader Missouri claim involving nearly 60 people.

Her son Marvin took over as plaintiff following his mother's death in October 2015 at age 62.

Fox's attorneys said the jury verdict was the first such case among more than 1,000 nationally to result in a monetary award.

Ms Fox claimed to have used the the pharmaceutical giant's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 35 years.

ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-2.jpgThe lawsuit alleged that in an effort to boost sales, the company failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer.

The jury said that Ms Fox was entitled to $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.

The jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, according to the family's lawyers.

Deliberations lasted four hours, following a three-week trial.

However, Johnson & Johnson maintains that scientific evidence shows that talc - which is marketed for babies' bottoms - is safe.

The company said in a statement to Reuters: 'With over 100 years of use, few ingredients have the same demonstrated performance, mildness and safety profile as cosmetic talc.'

ovarian-cancer-lawsuit-photo-3.jpgMs Fox died of ovarian cancer in October 2015, at which time her son Marvin took over as a plaintiff in the case. The suit claimed that she used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder (pictured) and Shower to Shower for over 35 years

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Ms Fox died of ovarian cancer in October 2015, at which time her son Marvin took over as a plaintiff in the case. The suit claimed that she used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder (pictured) and Shower to Shower for over 35 years

A Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman also said last week that the New Jersey-based company was considering whether to appear the verdict.

Carol Goodrich, spokeswoman, said: 'We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial.

'We sympathize with the plaintiff's family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.'

In October 2013, a federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found that plaintiff Deane Berg's use of Johnson & Johnson's body powder products was a factor in her developing ovarian cancer at age 49.





ovarian-cancer.jpgWomen who regularly powder their genitals with talc have a one-third higher risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, scientists have warned.

A new study asked 2,041 women with ovarian cancer - and 2,100 free of the disease - about their talcum powder use.

Those who routinely apply talc to their genitals, sanitary napkins, tampons and underwear were found to have a 33 per cent higher risk of ovarian cancer.

The study comes a week after a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who allegedly died of the disease after using their baby powder.

Lead study author Dr Daniel Cramer, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, told Reuters that there must be warning labels on talcum powder.

He said: 'This is an easily modified risk factor.

'Talc is a good drying agent, but women should know that if it's used repeatedly, it can get into the vagina and into their upper genital tract.

'And I think if they knew that, they wouldn't use it.'

Dr Cramer first linked genital talc to ovarian cancer in 1982.

However, the current study, published in the journal Epidemiology, is the first to limit the association to premenopausal women and postmenopausal women who used hormone therapy.

The new confines of the association may help explain earlier contradictory results on the link between talc and ovarian cancer, researchers said.

Dr Cramer has testified as a paid expert in lawsuits against talcum powder makers.

Talc is a mineral that absorbs moisture, and is made of magnesium, silicon and oxygen.

It may contain asbestos - a known carcinogen - in its natural form.

But, all commercial products in the US have been free of asbestos in the US since the 1970s.

Almost 20,000 women in the US are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year - and almost 14,500 die from the disease annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified genital talc as possibly carcinogenic in 2006.





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Surgical oncologist Professor Michael Baum, of University College London, specialises in breast cancer treatment, and was one of the architects of the screening programme when it was set up in 1988.

More than 25 years later, he has called for the programme to be shut down, arguing it leads to healthy women being labelled 'cancer victims' and has not reduced the number of invasive tumours.

But Dr Michael Michell, a consultant radiologist based at King's College Hospital, insists cancer screening saves lives and would like to see women screened every two, rather than three, years.

Below, they lay out their arguments on whether or not the programme should be scrapped.

Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting Professor of Medical Humanities in University College London, is a British surgical oncologist who specialises in breast cancer treatment.

Back in 1998, in all good faith, I set up the service for the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

Since then, I have become one of the most vociferous proponents for closing it down.

You probably want to know why I changed my mind so completely.

At the heart of this is the question, how do you explain to a woman that she is 'lucky' that we caught breast cancer early yet she ends up having a mastectomy?

And that she probably wouldn't have needed treatment at all if we hadn't called her in for a routine scan?

This is because mammograms can pick up a type of low-grade breast cancer called duct carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is contained just in the milk ducts and has not spread into any of the surrounding breast tissue - about 60 per cent of DCIS cases are picked up by routine breast screening.

Around half of these cancers turn out to be harmless. It is my view that too many healthy women are harmed by breast cancer screening.

Healthy Women Labelled Cancer Victims

Unlike most of the other members of the National Committee, I was directly involved in the day to day care of those women referred on to me as a consequence of the activities on the front line of the screening program.

I found it very distressing to have to cope with otherwise well women who had popped into the screening unit in Butterfly Walk for a mammogram at the invitation of the Department of Health (DoH) and then found themselves labelled as a cancer victim.

Worst of all were the unexpected high numbers diagnosed with duct carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a condition we rarely saw before screening began.

Many of these cases were multifocal and ended up with a mastectomy, yet they may well have turned out to be harmless.

None of the Department of Health staffers or public health specialists on the National committee had to face the reality of these heart-breaking interviews.

We were soon to learn that 20 per cent of the cancers diagnosed in Butterfly Walk were DCIS, yet before we opened our doors they amounted to less than one per cent of our practice.

I drew short term comfort from this observation assuming that in the fullness of time this initial peak in the incidence of DCIS would be followed by a fall in the incidence of invasive breast cancer.

I couldn't have been more wrong.





Diagnosing and Treating Swine Flu

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Diagnosing Swine Flu

Your doctor can make a diagnosis by sampling fluid from your body. To take a sample, your doctor or a nurse may swab your nose or throat.

The swab will be analyzed using various genetic and laboratory techniques to identify the specific type of virus.

Treating Swine Flu

Most cases of swine flu don't require medication for treatment. You don't need to see a doctor unless you're at risk for developing medical complications from the flu. You should focus on relieving your symptoms and preventing the spread of the H1N1 to other people.

Two antiviral drugs are recommended for treating swine flu: the oral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Because flu viruses can develop resistance to these drugs, they're often reserved for people who are at high risk for complications from the flu. People who are otherwise generally healthy and get swine flu will be able to fight the infection on their own.





Causes of Swine Flu

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swine-flu-pig.jpgSwine flu is caused by a strain of influenza virus that usually only infects pigs. Unlike typhus, which can be transmitted by lice or ticks, transmission usually occurs from person to person, not animal to person.

You can't catch swine flu from eating pork products.

Swine flu is very contagious. The disease is spread through saliva and mucus particles. People may spread it by:

  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • touching a germ-covered surface and then touching their eyes or nose
  • Part 4 of 9: Symptoms
  • Symptoms of Swine Flu

The symptoms of swine flu are very much like those of regular influenza. They include:

  • chills
  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting




Risk Factors for Swine Flu

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swine-flu.jpgWhen it first emerged, swine flu was most common in young adults. This was unusual because most flu viruses attack older adults or the very young. Today, risk factors for getting swine flu are the same as for any other strain of the flu. You're most at risk if you spend time in an area with a large number of people who are infected with swine flu.

Some people are at higher risk for becoming seriously ill if they're infected with swine flu. These groups include:

  • adults over age 65
  • children under 5 years old
  • young adults under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • people with compromised immune systems (due to a disease such as AIDS)
  • pregnant women
  • people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or neuromuscular disease




What is Swine Flu

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about-swine-flu.jpgSwine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It originated in pigs, but is spread primarily from person to person.

Swine flu made headlines in 2009 when it was first discovered in humans and became a pandemic. Pandemics are contagious diseases affecting people throughout the world or on multiple continents at the same time.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the H1N1 pandemic over in August of 2010. Since then, the H1N1 virus has been known as a regular human flu virus. It continues to spread during flu season like other strains of the flu. The flu shot developed each year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) usually includes a vaccination against a type of H1N1 virus.

Like other strains of the flu, H1N1 is highly contagious, allowing it to spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze can cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. The virus can linger on tables and surface areas like door knobs, waiting to be picked up.

The best means of dealing with swine flu is to prevent it. Hand sanitization is important to stop the spread of the virus, and staying away from infected people will help stop person-to-person transmission.





A rare parasitic infection called Chagas disease has been gaining headlines in recent weeks after cases of the infection were reported in at least five states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chagas disease, which can cause long-term cardiac damage, is mainly found in rural Central and South America, but some experts are concerned that cases are beginning to rise in southern U.S. states. Infections have been reported in Arkansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas, according to the CDC.

The disease is caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite and is spread almost exclusively through bites from the triatomine insect, also called the "kissing bug," since it usually bites around the eyes and mouth, usually when they come out to feed at night. In rural Central and South America, the bugs are often found in the walls of homes made from mud, adobe or straw. The insect has also been found in other U.S. states but that does not necessarily mean the bugs carry the parasite, experts said.

Once in the body, the parasite can remain hidden for years, or even decades, eventually resulting in serious heart disease, including stretching of the heart muscle called cardiomyopathy or irregular heartbeat. Other early acute symptoms include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache and rash.





colour-changing-condoms.jpgA group of teenage inventors have struck upon a clever way to alert folks to the presence of various venereal diseases before the burning starts: fluorescing condoms that light up when they encounter dangerous bacteria or virii. The team from Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, England developed the "glowing condom" concept, dubbed S.T.Y.E, as part of this year's TeenTech awards. It would reportedly operate as a normal condom does but also incorporate a sheath of molecules that attach to the diseases and set off a fluorescent reaction. The added layer would literally glow different colors when in contact with various STDs -- green for chlamydia, yellow for herpes, purple for HPV and blue for syphilis.

"We wanted to create something that makes detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the invasive procedures at the doctors," Daanyaal Ali told the Daily Mail. "We've made sure we're able to give peace of mind to users and make sure people can be even more responsible than ever before."





12 reasons to eat more turmeric

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Turmeric is anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory super spice. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. Known as "The Queen of Spices", it can be found in many Indian dishes for its wonderful earthy flavor and golden color. It has been around for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of health problems, going from pain control to fighting cancer.

Curcumin, the magical substance, which gives turmeric its golden color and its many health benefits, has been well-studied over the past decades. It works as a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

But that's not all... turmeric is jam packed with healthy nutrients such as fibers, calcium, vitamins and minerals. It is non-toxic, even in high doses, and doesn't usually cause any side-effects. However some people may experience an upset stomach, nausea or dizziness. If this is the case, turmeric must be used in moderation to reap its benefits.

You also need to remember that while turmeric is a powerful and effective compound for treating a wide range of diseases, studies have revealed that turmeric has low absorption and rapid metabolism that lead to relatively low bioavailability in the body. To increase its bioavailability in your body read this article for more information.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Turmeric In A Nutshell

  • Cancer prevention: turmeric fights free radicals and helps to maintain healthy cells. It is believed that curcumin blocks the enzymes that promote the growth of cancer cells. Turmeric is one of the top 14 foods that protects against cancer development.
  • Alzheimer's prevention: turmeric improves the overall brain health and may prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer's by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain. These are types of proteins that play a role in various neuro-degenerative disorders. And indeed turmeric is one of the top 5 foods and supplements to delay Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Diabetes control: turmeric improves blood sugar levels and reduces insulin resistance to prevent diabetes type II. However, when combined with strong medicines it may cause a low blood sugar level. See here another 6 best foods to control diabetes.
  • Natural painkiller and prevents arthritis: due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it helps with stiff or creaky joints and arthritis. It is one of the natural remedies that are covered in the article about natural remedies for arthritis, and is also one of the foods that help to reduce inflammation in your body.
  • Wounds healer: a paste made from turmeric can quickly heal minor cuts, burns or bruises due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It helps to repair your skin and may even be used to treat psoriasis or other inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Improves digestion: stimulates the gallbladder, reduces bloating and gas and may be helpful to treat bowel inflammation. However when suffering from a gallbladder disease, turmeric should not be taken as a dietary supplement, as it may worsen the condition.
  • Liver detox: turmeric works as a natural liver cleanser and improves blood circulation.
  • Weight control: turmeric increases the bile flow, which is important to break down fat.
  • Promotes healthy skin: prevents skin pigmentation, tone the skin and when frequently used in your skin care products it can give your face the perfect glow. Turmeric is one of the top 10 foods to get the best skin ever.
  • Heart health: turmeric reduces the bad cholesterol, prevents blood clots and plaque build-up in arteries.
  • Boost Immune system: Its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties help to strengthen your immune system. Turmeric is wonderful to soothe a sore throat or fight a cold or flu.
  • Mood improver: turmeric has been used in alternative medicine to treat depressions and provides a better night's rest.

Adding more turmeric to your daily diet is one of the best things you could do to improve your overall health. So if you love turmeric and are interested in herbal remedies, you can find more useful information about turmeric and other herbs in the e-book Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.





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Citing the many barriers to effective heart care in Jamaica, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) has announced its groundbreaking intervention of now offering free heart assessments and emergency coronary angiograms to all Jamaicans in need of critical cardiovascular care.

A coronary angiogram is a special X-ray test. It is done to find out if a person's coronary arteries are blocked or narrowed, where and by how much.

"We are of the view that cardiovascular-care delivery in Jamaica will be greatly enhanced through a process of open access to rapid and prompt coronary angiograms at the time when patients need this the most and especially for those patients most at risk," explained HIC chief executive officer, Professor Ernest Madu.

In response to the access issues in cardiovascular emergencies, which also includes, information deficit and a lack of resources, the HIC has designed a new model, which will see the most vulnerable group of Jamaicans benefiting from open access to emergency heart care.

Under this model, which the HIC calls its 10th-anniversary gift to Jamaica, the HIC Chest Pain Center will offer free emergency physician evaluation for anyone with chest pain or cardiac complaints after hours. If the doctor determines they need an angiogram, it is also offered free, and patients would only be required to purchase the low-cost RAPID Angiokits that are available through various suppliers in Jamaica.

Cardiac Illness

Additionally, free angiograms will now also be offered at HIC to: all patients in Jamaica identified to be having a heart attack, chest pain or other cardiac complaints, strongly suggesting a heart attack; all patients hospitalised at any hospital in Jamaica, who have been told that they would need an angiogram during that hospital stay; and all patients presenting at any A&E in Jamaica, who are told that an angiogram would be needed because of their complaints."We believe that an open and accelerated access to coronary angiograms without financial consideration will lead to a quick diagnosis and allow clinicians to define proper treatment strategies, and give patients early diagnosis and families, well-deserved comfort and peace of mind," Madu added.This latest Heart Institute innovation follows several corporate social-responsibility innovations including: the launch of a 24-hour emergency response-heart care service in July 2014; free heart testing for CARIFTA athletes; the opening of Jamaica's first dedicated 24-hour Chest Pain Emergency Care Center to the public in September 2014; a series of free specialist hypertension clinics; and heavily discounted heart-related testing at varied points throughout the year.

CAPTION: It's all smiles for Heart Institute of the Caribbean executives. Chief executive officer (CEO), Professor Ernest Madu (left); and president, Dr Dainia Baugh, interact with heart health partners, chairman and CEO of US-based Netmedical, Dick Govatski (second left); and Dr Douglas Waldo, vice-president, clinical services, International Health Services. The quartet was discussing details of the institute's 10th-anniversary announcement, which will see the most at-risk Jamaicans receiving free emergency angiograms.





The people of the Corporate Area and parts of St. Catherine and Clarendon have been exposed for the past several days to the cancer causing chemical, benzene.

Ministry of Health is urging those persons exposed to significant levels of smoke from the fire at the Riverton City Dump to seek medical attention. The advice from the Health Ministry follows test results which show that record levels of benzene and other dangerous pollutants, were released from the fire into the atmosphere over the Jamaican capital and its environs.

For days many persons have been wondering just how dangerous are the substances released into the atmosphere over capital city Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine and parts of Clarendon by the fire at the dump.

The statement confirmed our worst fears. Almost half of the Jamaican population has been exposed to the dangerous cancer causing substance benzene over the past 10 days and counting.The Health Ministry noted that prolonged or long term exposure to benzene has been blamed for causing cancers, including leukemia.

According to Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kevin Harvey, those who were severely affected by smoke from the dump should seek medical attention. He emphasised that Benzene is a dangerous substance.

According to Dr. Harvey the US Centre for Disease Control says a person deemed to have long term exposure to benzene is someone who has been affected for over 1-year.

The latest of a number of fires which have taken place at the dump for more than 25 years, has been ongoing for nearly two weeks.

Dr. Harvey says the finding regarding the air quality is considered a major public health issue.






Model and Actress Jamairais Malone, who shined this past summer in the Arena Stage's production of RUINED merges her love of fashion and connection with Sickle Cell to produce her first ever fashion event. This red carpet extravaganza includes a captivating live vocal performance by Crystal Ki, a blind Sickle Cell patient; a cocktail reception; and an informational session featuring experts in the field. The fashion show begins promptly at 8:00PM featuring the latest fashion trends from Heydari Designs, Studio D'Maxsi, Red Hue Boutique and Tim Bradley Colors of Sickle Cell is sponsored in part by Graduate School USA, CSC, DeShield Enterprises, LLC, Cole Stevens, Marcella Ellis, Nubian Heritage, Carol's Daughter, Vita Coco, Suga Chef Desserts, LLC, Basket Treats by Alexis Streets and Palava Hut TV.
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Cherine Anderson teams up with Yoplait

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Reggae/dancehall singer Cherine Anderson recently teamed up with Yoplait and the Jamaica Cancer Society for their 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Campaign, Save Lids to Save Lives. Anderson will lead the charge as spokesperson for the campaign. The singer is asking everyone to support the initiative by Yoplait which will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting eight dollars from every pink lid cup of Yoplait yogurt sold during the period October 1 to November 13. Other well known faces joining the cause includes beauty queen Yendi Phillips and Tami Chynn.
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A Black Woman's Guide To Breast Cancer Awareness

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By Shanece Taylor/voicesofurburn.org
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to BlackDoctor.org "African-American females experience higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group." This is partially due to African-American women tending to have more aggressive tumors. The fact is not meant to scare you, but it is meant as a wake up call.
Educate yourself and women you know on risk factors, discover ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer, learn how to give yourself a breast exam, and help to fight breast cancer. And remember, if you are over 40 years of age, it is important to schedule an annual mammogram.
Below is your own personal mini guide to help you get started on your breast cancer awareness.
Family history
Early puberty (before 12 years old) or Late menopause (after 55 years old)
Not having children or Having children after 30 years old
Obesity and high-fat diets
2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily
Reduce the Risk:
Exercise or Being physically active
Eat Soy, Broccoli, Red Apples, Red Cabbage or Red Grapes
Drink green tea
Regular screening tests
Avoid hormone replacement therapy if possible
Breast cancer self-examinations should be done monthly at the same time of the month, and right after your period ends.
In the Shower
Fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine the left breast, left hand for the right breast. Check for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts.
Before a Mirror
Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match--few women's breasts do.
Lying Down
Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
 
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Fried rice from Fried rice from Andy's Chinese...


The Ministry of Health has identified the source of 20 confirmed cases of food poisoning in Mandeville, Manchester.

The ministry has received an official report which points to a Chinese restaurant at the centre of the cases, which were reported over a two week period.

According to Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller, the Acting Chief Medical Officer, the Health Department identified fried rice sold by the establishment as the cause of the illness.

"That particular item on June 20, seemed to have been either contaminated or because it wasn't kept at the correct temperature, there was a multiplication of bacteria in it, which caused person(s) who ate from that particular source  to become ill with diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, chills, headaches, symptoms of food poisoning," Dr. Lewis-Fuller told RJR News.

She added that instructions were issued to the operators of the restaurant to improve the preparation and handling of food as well as the general sanitation of the kitchen and they have complied.

As a result, she says no decision has been made to close the establishment.

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Security has been beefed up around a senior public health nurse in Clarendon after she reportedly received death threats in the wake of an infant's death.

The baby died a day after receiving a vaccine at a health facility in Mocho in the parish.

Sources say the incident has left the public health nurse traumatised resulting in her attending counselling sessions.

The source added that the infant was among a batch of other babies who were administered the same MMR vaccine and were later sent home.

It is reported that the child's parents found him dead during the night.

Officials from the Southern Health Regional Authority were informed of the overnight development.

Our news centre was further told that after news spread of the child's death threats were reportedly leveled at the nurse.

On Thursday night Director of Family Health Services in the Health Ministry, Dr. Karen Lewis Bell told RJR News a thorough probe is being conducted.

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'Ackee and Saltfish' was the theme for the 'Jamaican Twist' band, at this year's Notting Hill Carnival in London, United Kingdom (UK) recently.


The carnival band, which was once again sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), had costumed performers illustrating Jamaica's national dish.


The 'carnival king' wore a spectacular saltfish costume in shimmering blue, surrounded by dozens of female dancers in gold 'ackee' costumes. The costumed performers included eight finalists from the Miss Jamaica UK pageant. The doctor bird and Anansi were other characters brought to life by carnival costumes.


The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival of its kind in Europe and estimates are that more than a million spectators participated in the two-day event this year.


The JTB-sponsored 'Jamaican Twist' band was a crowd favourite as it paraded through west London, with reggae beats and live MCs.

The costume section was followed by a T-shirt band of some 40 men, women, and children in customised Jamaican clothing.


Reflecting the national motto 'Out of many, one people', participation was open to the public this year and the T-shirt band included persons from the UK, South Africa, Australia, United States, as well as Jamaicans and British Jamaicans.


Five travel agents also joined the band after winning places in a competition hosted by the JTB in London.


For the JTB, the 'twist' in the Jamaican carnival band was a collection of 40 Brazilian drummers and samba dancers, who completed the parade with electrifying beats and coordinated outfits of green and gold.


Notting Hill Carnival is the UK's biggest celebration of Caribbean culture, consisting of 20 miles of colourful costumes and floats, more than 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls, and over 40,000 volunteers. The annual Carnival has been celebrated for over 40 years, taking place on the final Sunday and Monday in August.



The Jolly Boys also gave a live performance to rapturous applause at the Carnival.

The group has had huge success in the UK with their modern mento covers of popular songs including Amy Winehouse's Rehab, Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire and Iggy Pop's The Passenger.

The band from Port Antonio, Portland is touring the UK ahead of their Great Expectation album launch.
Celebrity chef, Jamaican-born Levi Roots was also at the carnival, where he first made a name with his 'Reggae Reggae' sauce.

Patrons eagerly queued for a taste of his Jamaican jerk, while entertained by musical interludes from Roots.


'Jamaican Twist' has announced that its theme for the 2011 Carnival will be reggae legend Bob Marley, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the singer's death. In 2012, the band will celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Independence.





Spanish Town Hospital drama

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Boy oh boy a loyal reader of Yardflex dad was in the Spanish Town Hospital and we can’t help but relate the woes she shared with us.
First of all her dad’s phone was stolen and no one could give an account of how it was lost. Then just two days after her brother bought a pack of adult diapers for him, by the time he was ready to be discharged no diapers could be found. The nurse couldn’t tell what happened to it. Added to that, one of his pillows was missing, the unused toothpaste disappeared also.
No something seriously needs to be done about security at the hospital, we wonder if people can just walk in and help themselves to whatever the patient’s have?





Health ministry says dengue cases on the rise

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ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

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Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain.

Some of these impairments are detectable after only one or two drinks and quickly resolve when drinking stops.

On the other hand, a person who drinks heavily over a long period of time may have brain deficits that persist well after he or she achieves sobriety.

Exactly how alcohol affects the brain and the likelihood of reversing the impact of heavy drinking on the brain remain hot topics in alcohol research today.

We do know that heavy drinking may have extensive and far–reaching effects on the brain, ranging from simple “slips” in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care.

And even moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment, as shown by extensive research on the impact of drinking on driving.

A number of factors influence how and to what extent alcohol affects the brain (1), including how much and how often a person drinks;
the age at which he or she first began drinking, and how long he or she has been drinking;
the person’s age, level of education, gender, genetic background, and family history of alcoholism;
whether he or she is at risk as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure; andhis or her general health status.


This Alcohol Alert reviews some common disorders associated with alcohol–related brain damage and the people at greatest risk for impairment.

It looks at traditional as well as emerging therapies for the treatment and prevention of alcohol–related disorders and includes a brief look at the high–tech tools that are helping scientists to better understand the effects of alcohol on the brain.



BLACKOUTS AND MEMORY LAPSES

Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.

Blackouts are much more common among social drinkers than previously assumed and should be viewed as a potential consequence of acute intoxication regardless of age or whether the drinker is clinically dependent on alcohol (2).

White and colleagues (3) surveyed 772 college undergraduates about their experiences with blackouts and asked, “Have you ever awoken after a night of drinking not able to remember things that you did or places that you went?” Of the students who had ever consumed alcohol, 51 percent reported blacking out at some point in their lives, and 40 percent reported experiencing a blackout in the year before the survey. Of those who reported drinking in the 2 weeks before the survey, 9.4 percent said they blacked out during that time.

The students reported learning later that they had participated in a wide range of potentially dangerous events they could not remember, including vandalism, unprotected sex, and driving.

ARE WOMEN MORE VULNERABLE TO ALCOHOL’S EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN?

Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use.

For example, alcoholic women develop cirrhosis (5), alcohol–induced damage of the heart muscle (i.e., cardiomyopathy) (6), and nerve damage (i.e., peripheral neuropathy) (7) after fewer years of heavy drinking than do alcoholic men.

Studies comparing men and women’s sensitivity to alcohol–induced brain damage, however, have not been as conclusive.

Using imaging with computerized tomography, two studies (8,9) compared brain shrinkage, a common indicator of brain damage, in alcoholic men and women and reported that male and female alcoholics both showed significantly greater brain shrinkage than control subjects.

Studies also showed that both men and women have similar learning and memory problems as a result of heavy drinking (10).

The difference is that alcoholic women reported that they had been drinking excessively for only about half as long as the alcoholic men in these studies. This indicates that women’s brains, like their other organs, are more vulnerable to alcohol–induced damage than men’s (11).

Yet other studies have not shown such definitive findings. In fact, two reports appearing side by side in the American Journal of Psychiatry contradicted each other on the question of gender–related vulnerability to brain shrinkage in alcoholism (12,13).

Clearly, more research is needed on this topic, especially because alcoholic women have received less research attention than alcoholic men despite good evidence that women may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol’s effects on many key organ systems.






Three cases of H1H1 at UWI

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h1n1.jpgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona has confirmed that all cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus discovered so far have been among those students living on the campus.



Dr. Blossom Anglin-Brown, Director of Health Services at the UWI has disclosed that the number of confirmed cases remained at three.



She said the UWI is trying to determine how the virus was spread as only one of the three infected students had travelled outside the country.



According to the university health official, so far 105 students have so presented with flu like symptoms.



Health authorities are now trying contain the spread and to educate our community about the virus. We have also cancelled all social events and some orientation activities as these involve a large number of students.





Journalists in Mexico for AIDS Conference

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aids_logo.jpgIn preparation for the largest conference of its kind, the 2008 XVII International AIDS Conference, which starts on August 3, fifty-eight journalists from 40 countries have gathered in Centro, Banamex, Mexico City for the Journalist to Journalist (J2J) global media training programme on HIV/AIDS. The 4 day training session is expected to equip journalists in covering the science, technology, behavioral and prevention issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

The National Press Foundation (NPF) has trained hundreds of journalists in providing coverage for these major AIDS conferences. President, Bob Meyers says that the sessions should be informative and journalists will learn a lot.

Journalists in attendance this year will be expected to prepare a curriculum for news rooms world wide which will benefit journalists not in attendance.

At a cost of $25 million the programme is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck Company and Pan American Health Organization, to name a few.

The conference will be addressing a number of scientific issues and findings surrounding HIV/AIDS.





The Health Benefits of Watermelon.

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watermelon-3.jpgResearchers from the US' Texas Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre have announced that the chemical, Citrulline, found in Watermelon, creates the same effect on the human body as the Viagra pill.

Cetrulline, an organic compound, relaxes the blood vessels, allowing the increase in blood flow around the body, much the same way the sex enhancement drug does.

Head of the research team, Dr. Bhimu Patil, says that the list of important health benefits one can derive from eating the fruit is getting longer with each study. "Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra...but it is a great way to relax blood vessels without the side effects."

Watermelon, it has been discovered, is also good for the heart, immune system and skin, as even though it is 92% water, the other 8% is pure anti-oxidant lycopene.

Remember that the next time you have a slice of cool refreshing Watermelon!





Could there be a cure for HIV and Cancer?

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ball moss_edit.jpgYardFlex came across a story published in the Observer and from the report it would seem as if Jamaica could be on the brink of something big.

According to the story Dr Henry Lowe discovered a plant (the Jamaican Ball moss) that has anti cancer properties.

The story went on to point out that Dr. Lowe who is the head of the Environmental Health Foundation claims that tests on tumours grown on rats were successful. The ball moss extract has shown to be more potent than leading anti-cancer drug Taxol, and with reduced side effects.

Another interesting discovery was made also regarding the plant that it was successful at controlling the AIDS/HIV virus.

YardFlex wishes Dr. Lowe and his team continued success in their quest to find a cure for these two disease.





By: Joan Wilson

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpg1992 was the year my life changed. That's when I was told I was now among those listed as diabetics. Not having any understanding of this disease, I thought it was the end of my life as I knew it. The first thing that set in was panic. The word itself sounded real ominous and conjured all kinds of images in my panicked mind.

Here I was faced with this new challenge and all I knew was that many people died as a complication from it including my grandmother. I felt as if I was now hemmed in and the corners were closing in real fast.

Most diabetics may feel that way at first, so that's why it is so important to equip yourselves with knowledge and it will really give you the power for living.

The first thing I did was have a long talk with my doctor. Maybe some of my questions were tedious, or might have sounded foolish, but doctors understand their patients fears (or they should) mine took her time and laid all mine to rest. I came out thinking "hey, this may be the best thing that could ever happen to me!"





Diabetes Part II...test yourself

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diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgThe Canadian Diabetes Association suggests those at high risk for getting diabetes get tested at least every three years. If you answer yes to any of the questions below you are considered to be at high risk for type 2 diabetes:

● Have you had gestational diabetes?
● Does an immediate family member have type 2 diabetes?
● Are you overweight?
● Are you over 40?
● Do you have high blood pressure?
● Are you of aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian or African decent?





By: Elizabeth Smith

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgYesterday, November 14, was World Diabetes Day and it marked the first time that this monumental vehicle of "Diabetes Awareness," travelled across our globe - spurring on efforts of prevention as well as heightening perceptions on what can be done to control the disease; preventing or delaying life threatening complications.

Diabetes currently affects 246 million people globally. This historical day was especially for all of them and the many millions more at risk,

On this first United Nations (UN) observed World Diabetes Day, Diabetes communities got together to celebrate the long awaited existence of a day that recognises the severe risks posed by Diabetes and urged understanding of the disease overall.

The result of a UN landmark resolution of December 2006, November 14 has become a United Nations observed day. Marking the date of Frederick Banting's birthday who along with Charles Best first came up with the notion of insulin in 1921, November 14 will bolster a major global awareness campaign from now on.





CONDOM.jpgAustralian pharmaceutical company Starpharma and SSL International, which owns the Durex condom brand, have signed an agreement to develop condoms coated with Starpharma's microbicide VivaGel, the drug maker announced on Tuesday, the AAP/Age reports.

In July, at the International AIDS Society conference in Sydney, the vaginal microbicide, VivaGel, was reported as preventing HIV and genital herpes in animal and human studies.

Designed to prevent STIs by stopping viruses from entering cells and thus avoiding infection, VivaGel's active ingredient is dendrimer, a molecule that binds itself to the viruses preventing them from infectng healthy cells. Early results from research also places VivaGel as a potent contraceptive.





UNPROTECTED SEX IS A RISK...

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By: Amanda Spence

aids_logo.jpgThe onus is on each individual to minimize chances of contracting diseases like HIV/AIDS, by having protected sex unless absolutely sure of their partner's status – through testing.

Today a sad story (sad for both accused and alleged victims)emerged. It speaks of a 22 year old Miami Club Promoter, Elidor Kersaint, who has been in prison since June for the crime of having unprotected sex while knowing he is infected with HIV. Recently more women have come forward to bring evidence against Kersaint who was born to an HIV + mother and has reportedly been infected all his life.

The question posed in a report is, what deep pain caused Kersaint's insane denial...how was he counseled and prepared from childhood to live with his disease...and most importantly – how many other Kersaints are being ignored. How do we prepare our world so people living with HIV/AIDS (especially youth who contracted this disease from birth – through no action of their own) feel free to disclose without negative repercussions.





By age 50 many women have experienced Fibroids

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By: Dr. S. Lawson
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fibroids_basic_information_image3.gifUterine fibroids are benign (medically harmless) tumors of the uterus. These tumors result from abnormal growth of muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue in the uterus. By the age of 50 years old the overall incidence of fibroids are 70-80% for women. Fibroids can vary in size from being undetectable by human eyes to the size of a full term pregnancy. In studying the origin of fibroids, they have been linked to hormonal imbalance, obesity, xeno-estrrogen, heavy metal toxicity, infectious microorganisms, stress and high blood sugar level. Fibroids can cause complications such as menstrual problems, pelvic and lower back pain, constipation, urinary problems, hemorrhoids, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages. Black women are four times more likely to develop fibroids than Caucasian women. They also have larger fibroids and develop fibroids at a younger age. Treatment includes hysterectomy, myomectomy, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), gonadatropin releasing hormones (GnRH) antagonists, androgens (danazol), and focused ultrasound surgery (FUS), and essential oils.

Signs and symptoms that presents with uterine fibroids include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, period pain, urinary incontinence, urinary frequency, severe acute abdominal pain, constipation, hemorrhoids, anemia, back pain and leg pain.





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