News from the Caribbean:
April 18, 2015
ATLANTA, USA -- Puerto Rico has the lowest incidence rate of new lung cancer compared with all other races and ethnic groups in the United States, according to a study published on Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
April 18, 2015
ORANJESTAD, St Eustatius -- In 2014, 25 countries in the Caribbean had recorded cases of chikungunya. Chikungunya is caused by the same vector as dengue fever, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The circulation of these two viruses has proven itself to be a serious health challenge in the Caribbean.
April 17, 2015
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Senior consultant for US-based Globepharm, Michael Anisfeld, has predicted an increasing role for the Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry once the US economic, commercial and financial embargo is lifted. The Cuban sector will turn into an important exporter of...
April 15, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto-Rico -- REVA Inc., world-wide operator of the largest private fleet of jet air ambulances in the world, has launched a major expansion of its Caribbean operations. REVA now offers permanently based jet services capable of direct emergency air-medical transportation to and from...
April 10, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Health City Cayman Islands celebrates its first anniversary of providing quality and affordable healthcare this month. Since the state-of-the-art medical facility received its first patient 12 months ago, Health City brought life to the shared vision of renowned...
April 8, 2015
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- “Food safety: from farm to plate, make food safe” is the theme of World Health Day 2015. On 7 April 2015, the Caribbean and the rest of the world focused on the challenges and opportunities for food safety along the whole length of the food chain from production and...
April 6, 2015
There is any number of products touted as miracle cures for aging skin care, few of which, if any, live up to their hype. It was therefore with some skepticism that I tried Valentia Skin Care’s Even Glow Vitamin C Serum anti-wrinkle, antioxidant treatment, which claims to quickly reduce wrinkles and pores.
April 4, 2015
BALTIMORE, USA -- Over 750 victims have sued the Rockefeller Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, alleging...
March 31, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Plans are in the works to establish a stem cell research and treatment center in St Kitts in the near future. The plans were make public at a press conference organized by the St Kitts biomedical Research Foundation following the Foundation’s Strategy Conference...
March 31, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Health City Cayman Islands has launched new medical oncology services with the opening of its department of medical oncology, spearheaded by resident oncologist Dr Vineetha Binoy. The department focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers.
March 25, 2015
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...
March 24, 2015
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.
March 19, 2015
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...
March 16, 2015
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.
March 13, 2015
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.
March 9, 2015
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.
March 7, 2015
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...
March 3, 2015
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...
March 2, 2015
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...
February 28, 2015
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...
February 26, 2015
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...
February 26, 2015
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...
February 25, 2015
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.
February 25, 2015
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...
February 11, 2015
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.
February 10, 2015
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.
February 9, 2015
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.
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