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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.

No local transmission of chikungunya in Bermuda, CDC notice retracted

January 23, 2015
No local transmission of chikungunya in Bermuda, CDC notice retracted HAMILTON, Bermuda -- An erroneous travel notice issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in relation to the local transmission of the chikungunya virus has now been removed from its website and the source of the misinformation has also been corrected.

Possible Ebola patient denied entry to Curacao

January 21, 2015
Possible Ebola patient denied entry to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- A Dutch man, who may be carrying the Ebola virus and has been living in the United States, is not allowed to travel to Curacao, the Ministry of General Affairs announced on Monday after a meeting between the Council of Ministers and epidemiologist Izzy Gerstenbluth.

EarthTalk: Revenge of the bacteria

January 19, 2015
EarthTalk: Revenge of the bacteria The development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics” -- drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection -- has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost. The more we rely on antibiotics, the more bacteria...

Haiti rebuilding national public health system with help from CDC

January 14, 2015
Haiti rebuilding national public health system with help from CDC ATLANTA, USA -- Five years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system. Working with the Haitian government, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Nigerian students not isolated or quarantined, says Barbados chief medical officer

January 13, 2015
Nigerian students not isolated or quarantined, says Barbados chief medical officer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- A number of Nigerian students, who are currently being accommodated at a hotel in Barbados, have been neither isolated nor quarantined, said chief medical officer, Dr Joy St John, who confirmed that one of the students presented with a case of scabies on January 9.

EarthTalk: The new skinny on dietary fat

January 13, 2015
EarthTalk: The new skinny on dietary fat Going “fat-free” might seem like an effective, safe way to lose weight when considering that fat contains nine calories per gram, compared to four calories per gram in carbohydrates and proteins. But if you take into account the fact that approximately 60 percent of human brain matter consists of fats...

New hospital to be dedicated in Haiti

January 12, 2015
New hospital to be dedicated in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Five years after an earthquake destroyed St Francis de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the hospital is set to re-open in a new, modern facility, thanks in large part to support of Catholic health care organizations in the United States.  The new St Francis de Sales...

New test developed to detect chikungunya virus

January 9, 2015
New test developed to detect chikungunya virus MIAMI, USA -- BioCollections Worldwide, Inc. (BCW), a global clinical research company with headquarters in Miami, has announced the successful development of a laboratory developed assay/test (LDA) for the detection of the chikungunya virus. BCW's real-time reverse transcription...

Cuba implements national Ebola prevention programme

January 7, 2015
Cuba implements national Ebola prevention programme HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba has implemented a national Ebola prevention programme to counter the introduction and spread of the virus in the country, which included the training of over 384 persons, according to Granma newspaper. The program includes sanitary surveillance, prevention, attention and...

Haitian government denies Ebola rumour

January 5, 2015
Haitian government denies Ebola rumour PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The Haitian department of public health and population has issued a formal denial of rumours appearing in some social networks to the effect that a first case of Ebola has been detected in Haiti, specifically in the area of Petite Riviere de l'Artibonite, in the northern region.

EarthTalk: Avoiding harmful food additives

January 5, 2015
EarthTalk: Avoiding harmful food additives The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment through research, education and advocacy, launched its “Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives” in November 2014 to educate consumers about which food additives are associated with...

Two more chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands

December 27, 2014
Two more chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- Public health officials in the Cayman Islands received two positive test results for chikungunya from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) over the period 9-20 December 2014. A further seven results were negative and one was inconclusive.

Ebola transmission through mail unlikely, says WHO

December 23, 2014
Ebola transmission through mail unlikely, says WHO GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- While regional health officials are taking local precautions against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) has assured that there is currently no significant risk of Ebola being transmitted by mail. "All the Ebola cases detected to date outside of the...

Trinidad and Tobago to reduce mortality rate of chronic non-communicable diseases

December 19, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago to reduce mortality rate of chronic non-communicable diseases WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$110 million loan for Trinidad and Tobago to prevent and control risk factors of chronic diseases among adults, and primary and secondary school students. The program will strengthen the delivery of integrated...

Barbados Ebola rumours untrue, says health ministry

December 17, 2014
Barbados Ebola rumours untrue, says health ministry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Any rumour of an Ebola case in Barbados is untrue, the ministry of health stated in response to persistent rumours of a suspected case of Ebola at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. According to chief medical officer, Dr Joy St John, the ministry can confirm that...

CARPHA tackles threat of antimicrobial drug resistance in the region

December 11, 2014
CARPHA tackles threat of antimicrobial drug resistance in the region PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- “Antimicrobial resistance threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era when common infections and simple injuries often cause death.” This World Health Organization statement was reinforced by the executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Cuban doctor returns to Havana with no traces of Ebola

December 9, 2014
Cuban doctor returns to Havana with no traces of Ebola HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Dr Felix Baez, a member of Cuba's Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade, who contracted the Ebola fever virus during his mission in Sierra Leone, West Africa, has returned to Havana after a complete recovery from the illness. Baez arrived at the capital's José Marti International Airport.

A Caribbean country will be first to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission

December 2, 2014
A Caribbean country will be first to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Thirteen Caribbean countries are on track to be certified as having eliminated HIV transmission from mothers to children, while three are close to reaching this goal. Over the last decade, countries have successfully increased access to antiretroviral medicines during pregnancy.

UN health agency advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex for three months

December 1, 2014
UN health agency advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex for three months GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday warned that it is possible for the Ebola virus to be present in semen for three months after recovery. The WHO said in a briefing note that “semen may be infectious with the Ebola virus for as long as three months."

US hospitals sue Cayman Islands insurance company for $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills

November 27, 2014
US hospitals sue Cayman Islands insurance company for $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills MIAMI, USA -- Two Miami, Florida, area hospitals have filed complaints in US federal court claiming over $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills from the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company (CINICO), which is a government-owned company formed to provide health insurance coverage to...

Cuba exports drugs and health technology to over 50 countries

November 27, 2014
Cuba exports drugs and health technology to over 50 countries HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- More than 50 nations buy Cuban medicines and technologies, one of the country’s main export items, said Victor Faife Perez, head of the department of pharmaceutical services in the ministry of public health. The products include 30 drugs made only in Cuba.

Letter: Proper health care in SVG and the Cuban model

November 27, 2014
Letter: Proper health care in SVG and the Cuban model No such thing I hear you all say. Every so often the question arises regarding our health care in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Why do we have to suffer a hospital system that is as bad or even worse than in any fourth-world country. Often, in fact, more often than not, no drugs, medication...

EarthTalk: Assessing the risks of genetically engineered crops

November 26, 2014
EarthTalk: Assessing the risks of genetically engineered crops Proponents of genetic engineering (GE) -- whereby DNA from unrelated species is combined to produce improved or novel organisms -- insist that the benefits of increased crop yields and less agricultural waste outweigh the potential risks, but many environmental and public health advocates aren’t convinced.

More than 8,000 cases of chikungunya reported in Curacao

November 24, 2014
More than 8,000 cases of chikungunya reported in Curacao The chikungunya epidemic in Curacao is still not at its peak, according to the Public Health Department (GGD). The first patient in Curacao was reported in August. Now, in late November, there are more than 8,000 cases of chikungunya on the island. And if that is not enough, there are about 1,000 more...

Cuban doctor infected with Ebola virus in stable condition

November 24, 2014
Cuban doctor infected with Ebola virus in stable condition GENEVA, Switzerland (ACN) -- Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarrias, who contracted the Ebola virus during his work as part of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade in Sierra Leone, is in stable condition, though he feels very tired, said the head of the intensive care unit at Geneva’s Cantonal Hospital.

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