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Healthcare tourism on the rise in the Caribbean

March 25, 2015
Healthcare tourism on the rise in the Caribbean GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Healthcare tourism is listed as an opportunity for the Caribbean region according to an article outlining "13 Opportunities for the New Caribbean." Curacao-based development consultants, Miguel Goede and Runy Calmera, cite opportunities ranging from...

Tuberculosis still a health threat in the Caribbean

March 24, 2015
Tuberculosis still a health threat in the Caribbean PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) joined the region in observing World Tuberculosis (TB) day, which is used to build public awareness that TB remains a major global health problem, responsible for illness among 9 million new people each year.

Kraft macaroni and cheese products recalled due to possible metal pieces

March 19, 2015
Kraft macaroni and cheese products recalled due to possible metal pieces NORTHFIELD, USA -- Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the original flavour of Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The product was distributed...

Promoting healthy weight in the Caribbean: Safeguarding future development

March 16, 2015
Promoting healthy weight in the Caribbean: Safeguarding future development ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean is in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic, despite the fact that the health status of the region’s children and young people has dramatically improved over the past decades. Statistics show that at least one in every five children carry unhealthy weight.

Health experts collaborating to end chikungunya scourge in the region

March 13, 2015
Health experts collaborating to end chikungunya scourge in the region PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Chikungunya in the Caribbean: Meeting Today’s Challenge and Preparing for the Future was the theme for a consultation from March 3 - 5, 2015 in Trinidad, hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and funded by the European Union.

Chikungunya cases continues to decline in St Vincent and the Grenadines

March 9, 2015
Chikungunya cases continues to decline in St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Health officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines said the country is continuing to see a decrease in the number of reported cases of the mosquito-borne viral illness chikungunya. Residents across St Vincent and the Grenadines were affected last year by the outbreak.

Jamaica poised to gain large share of global nutraceutical industry, says PM

March 7, 2015
Jamaica poised to gain large share of global nutraceutical industry, says PM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica is poised to gain a significant share of the fast growing global nutraceutical industry, which is estimated at US$270 billion. “I am a firm supporter of the nutraceutrical industry in Jamaica. My firm belief in...

Health City, Cayman Tourism partner to promote medical travel

March 3, 2015
Health City, Cayman Tourism partner to promote medical travel GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Caribbean's newest healthcare facility is venturing into a new partnership to strengthen its identity as the region's premier destination for world-class healthcare and medical tourism. Shomari Scott, marketing director of Health City Cayman Islands...

Chikungunya outbreak may be over but not eradicated, says Dominica health official

March 2, 2015
Chikungunya outbreak may be over but not eradicated, says Dominica health official ROSEAU, Dominica -- Just recently, the ministry of health in Dominica reported that the chikungunya outbreak announced in January of last year up to February 2015 is officially over. However, during a press gathering, chief medical officer, Dr David Johnson clarified that, while the outbreak...

Spotlight on Ebola, post-2015 development agenda at ACP health ministers meeting

February 28, 2015
Spotlight on Ebola, post-2015 development agenda at ACP health ministers meeting BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACP) -- Ministers of health from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries concluded their second meeting after two days of deliberations on health objectives in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. Chaired by the health minister of Gabon, Jean Pierre Oyiba...

Two confirmed chikungunya deaths in Jamaica

February 26, 2015
Two confirmed chikungunya deaths in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health in Jamaica has reported that, of the notification of 14 deaths suspected to be related to chikungunya (CHIKV), two of those have so far been confirmed as having had the virus. According to acting chief medical officer in the ministry of health...

New strain of HIV identified by Cuban scientists

February 26, 2015
New strain of HIV identified by Cuban scientists CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Cuban scientists have identified a new strain of HIV (CRF19CPX) and research indicates that this strain develops much faster into full blown AIDS than previous strains of the virus. Dr Alisha Eugene, senior medical officer for infectious diseases in Saint Lucia...

OECS health ministers discuss status of health sector

February 25, 2015
OECS health ministers discuss status of health sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s special meeting of key decision makers in the health sector met with ministers for health on Tuesday morning on the status of member states regarding Ebola and other health matters.

CARPHA places mosquito-borne diseases as high priority in public health agenda

February 25, 2015
CARPHA places mosquito-borne diseases as high priority in public health agenda PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The emergence of the chikungunya virus in the Caribbean in 2013 led to more than 800,000 suspected cases in the Caribbean and Latin America to date. The impact on health and the economies of the region has been considerable, especially as a significant proportion...

Chikungunya on decline in region

February 11, 2015
Chikungunya on decline in region GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- There has been an overall decrease in the number of chikungunya cases reported in the region. As of 2 February 2015, 21,724 confirmed/probable cases of chikungunya have been reported by all CARPHA member states and 11 other Caribbean countries.

Health City Cayman Islands saves US air force vet

February 10, 2015
Health City Cayman Islands saves US air force vet GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A United States Air Force veteran is extremely grateful following life-saving emergency cardiac care delivered by Caribbean hospital Health City Cayman Islands. Rod Linkous, a resident of Seattle, Washington, was on a cruise, celebrating his 80th birthday.

EarthTalk: Sunscreens get safer

February 9, 2015
EarthTalk: Sunscreens get safer Greater awareness about what’s in everyday products and increased interest in healthy living means there has never been a better time to re-evaluate which sunscreens you use. The ingredients in some common chemical-based sunscreens are known to cause allergic reactions for some people.

OECS eyes Martinique as tertiary health facility

February 7, 2015
OECS eyes Martinique as tertiary health facility CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) director general, Dr Didacus Jules, recently expressed the hope that Martinique can be utilized as a tertiary health facility for the OECS. This, following discussions between Martinique and the OECS Health Authority...

Symposium on social medicine concludes in Curacao

February 4, 2015
Symposium on social medicine concludes in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A three-day symposium on social medicine in Curacao, Aruba and The Netherlands, sponsored by the Netherlands-Caribbean Foundation for Clinical Higher Education (NASKHO), concluded in Willemstad, Curacao, on Sunday. In an interview with presenter...

Barbados reports decline in chikungunya cases

February 4, 2015
Barbados reports decline in chikungunya cases BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health has disclosed that there has been a decline in the number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados in recent weeks. The levels of mosquito breeding have also fallen. In 2014, there were 1,742 suspected cases of chikungunya.

CARPHA praises St Vincent's response to Nigerian traveller's illness

February 3, 2015
CARPHA praises St Vincent's response to Nigerian traveller's illness PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has commended the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ ministry of health on its timely collaboration with the agency in the management of a traveller from Nigeria with fever. Because of the ministry’s action, executive director...

Social medicine symposium opens in Curacao

February 2, 2015
Social medicine symposium opens in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Social Medicine Symposium 2015, sponsored by the Netherlands-Caribbean Foundation of Clinical Higher Education (NASKHO) opened in Willemstad, Curacao, on Friday, with opening remarks and welcome by NASKHO’s chairman of the board, Erich Van der Hoeven.

EarthTalk: Microbeads and marine pollution

February 2, 2015
EarthTalk: Microbeads and marine pollution Can brushing your teeth or using an exfoliating face- or body-wash be an act of pollution? Perhaps so, because over 1,000 personal care products contain tiny plastic “microbeads,” each about a half millimeter in diameter. The Los Angeles-based 5 Gyres Institute, which works to end plastic pollution...

Malaria case confirmed in St Vincent

January 31, 2015
Malaria case confirmed in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The ministry of health in St Vincent and the Grenadines has stated that the results of both the in-house spot testing and the two blood samples that were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) have confirmed the diagnosis of malaria for a Nigerian...

Genetically engineered mosquitoes reduce dengue and chikungunya in Panama

January 28, 2015
Genetically engineered mosquitoes reduce dengue and chikungunya in Panama OXFORD, England -- An outdoor pilot trial of an engineered strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the dengue and chikungunya viruses, has resulted in a reduction of over 90% in the local population of the mosquito. The study took place in a neighbourhood of Nuevo Chorrillo.

EarthTalk: What fish can we eat?

January 26, 2015
EarthTalk: What fish can we eat? Between mercury poisoning, overfishing and the environmental impacts of fish farms or “aquaculture,” some might expect to see a “Proceed with Caution” sign above seafood counters soon. Others contend that fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet, providing high-quality protein.

Licensing authority to regulate medical marijuana industry in Jamaica

January 23, 2015
Licensing authority to regulate medical marijuana industry in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A Cannabis Licensing Authority is to be established to regulate the proposed hemp and medical marijuana industry in Jamaica. This is one of the provisions of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015, which is expected to be tabled in the Senate on Friday.

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