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Endoscopic procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome: fast recovery with less pain

April 29, 2016
Endoscopic procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome: fast recovery with less pain MIAMI, USA -- In order to correct carpal tunnel syndrome, unlike open procedures that are most common in the Caribbean, endoscopic procedures are much less painful, and the recovery and rehabilitation is a lot shorter. Patients from The Bahamas, for example, often travel to Miami...

Puerto Rico dedicated to containing zika; welcomes tourists

April 28, 2016
Puerto Rico dedicated to containing zika; welcomes tourists SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- With the zika virus making headlines around the world, Puerto Rico has implemented a comprehensive program to protect its nearly four million residents and five million annual visitors. The Puerto Rico Department of Health is working in close collaboration with...

Two new zika cases confirmed in USVI

April 27, 2016
Two new zika cases confirmed in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed one additional case of the zika virus on St Croix and one in St Thomas. The total confirmed zika cases is now 16; 14 of which are on St Croix and two on St. Thomas.  “Today’s report shows that...

CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize

April 23, 2016
CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize ATLANTA, USA -- On Monday, the US Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) issued a zika virus travel notice for Belize. CDC has issued a number of previous travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with zika. Travelers to areas...

CDC concludes zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects

April 20, 2016
CDC concludes zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects ATLANTA, USA -- Scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that the zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine...

Zika count rises to 16 in Trinidad

April 18, 2016
Zika count rises to 16 in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the ministry of health in Trinidad and Tobago reported that, as of Friday, there have been 16 confirmed cases of zika virus infection in Trinidad. There are no confirmed cases in Tobago.

USAID announces $30 million challenge to combat zika

April 15, 2016
USAID announces $30 million challenge to combat zika WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development, calling innovators around the world to submit groundbreaking ideas to enhance the ability to respond to the...

CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia

April 15, 2016
CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia ATLANTA, USA -- On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a zika virus travel notice for Saint Lucia following reports of local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection on the island. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area...

'Hundreds of thousands' of zika cases possible in Puerto Rico, says CDC official

April 13, 2016
'Hundreds of thousands' of zika cases possible in Puerto Rico, says CDC official WASHINGTON, USA -- According to US public health officials, the zika virus situation for Puerto Rico and other US territories looks particularly grim, with 354 confirmed cases and 37 pregnant women affected. “We are quite concerned about Puerto Rico, where the virus is spreading...

Over 220,000 patients worldwide benefit from Cuban diabetic foot medication

April 13, 2016
Over 220,000 patients worldwide benefit from Cuban diabetic foot medication HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- More than 220,000 patients in 30 countries benefit from the use of the Cuban medicine Heberprot-P, unique of its kind and marketed by Cuba, which reduces the rate of diabetic foot amputation. The benefits and impact that Heberprot-P have contributed to increased...

Commentary: The eerie truth about air pollution

April 13, 2016
Commentary: The eerie truth about air pollution Sit for a second and take a deep breath. Inhale and exhale gently. Wasn't the refreshing? Do you know what's not refreshing? The air you just inhaled. The quality of the Earth's air is in a constant state of depreciation stemming from the burning of waste products, factory emissions and...

Diabetes at epidemic level in St Kitts-Nevis

April 12, 2016
Diabetes at epidemic level in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- In St Kitts and Nevis, diabetes is bigger than zika, bigger than HIV/AIDS, says chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Patrick Martin. “We have an epidemic of diabetes in the Federation… We have a diabetes rate of 20% in adults. One in every five adults has diabetes,” he said.

Trinidad reports two new zika cases, confirmed total now eleven

April 11, 2016
Trinidad reports two new zika cases, confirmed total now eleven PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The ministry of health in Trinidad and Tobago, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has reported that two additional cases of the zika virus in Trinidad have been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed...

Letter: A matter of public interest

April 11, 2016
Letter: A matter of public interest This letter is a response to articles in the Barbados media discussing the concerns of the minister of finance about the urgent necessity of reducing recurrent government expenditures, as well as the concerns of the minister of health about the high and unsustainable costs of our hospital...

First two zika cases confirmed in St Lucia

April 8, 2016
First two zika cases confirmed in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has confirmed the first two cases of zika virus disease in Saint Lucia. The patients, a female, 28, and a male, 25, are stable and being treated and monitored as outpatients according to the recommended protocol.

UN agency to train regional experts on techniques to identify zika

April 7, 2016
UN agency to train regional experts on techniques to identify zika SEIBERSDORF, Austria -- The United Nations atomic energy agency plans to train dozens of participants this month from mostly Latin America and Caribbean countries on how to use nuclear-derived techniques to detect the zika virus in as short a time as three hours.

USVI confirms one new zika case on St Croix

April 6, 2016
USVI confirms one new zika case on St Croix ST CROIX, USVI -- As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed one new case of the zika virus on St Croix this week. The total confirmed zika cases in the US Virgin Islands have increased to 13, of which 12 are on St Croix and one on St Thomas.

Letter: Bed bugs at Grenada's General Hospital

April 5, 2016
Letter: Bed bugs at Grenada's General Hospital According to Grenada's minister of health Nickolas Steele, certain wards at the General Hospital in St Georges are infested with Bed Bugs. When I heard Minister Steele admit that fact it sounded like a dream. Bed bugs infestation! Wow! Somebody needs to be fired here. In this the 21st century...

UN special envoy on AIDS and UNAIDS regional director to visit Jamaica

April 4, 2016
UN special envoy on AIDS and UNAIDS regional director to visit Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The United Nations secretary general’s special envoy for AIDS in the Caribbean, Dr John Edward Greene, and Latin America and Caribbean director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr César Núñez, will visit Jamaica from April 4 to 5.

Jamaica equipped to conduct zika testing for other countries

April 2, 2016
Jamaica equipped to conduct zika testing for other countries KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica is equipped to conduct Zika virus testing on behalf of other countries if so assigned by the World Health Organization (WHO). Acting director of the National Virology Reference Laboratory at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI)...

Researchers reveal zika virus structure in critical advance

April 1, 2016
Researchers reveal zika virus structure in critical advance WEST LAFAYETTE, USA -- A team led by Purdue University researchers is the first to determine the structure of the Zika virus, which reveals insights critical to the development of effective antiviral treatments and vaccines. The team also identified regions within the zika virus structure.

Sixth zika case confirmed in Guyana

March 31, 2016
Sixth zika case confirmed in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- A sixth person in Guyana has contracted the zika virus. The patient is from the Soesdyke area on the East Bank of Demerara. According to chief medical officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud, the other five individuals have fully recovered. Meanwhile, preventative...

Seventh imported zika case reported in Cuba

March 29, 2016
Seventh imported zika case reported in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The seventh imported case of zika virus has been reported in Cuba. The patient is a 36-year-old Cuban comprehensive general medicine specialist (MGI in Spanish), who arrived in the country from Brazil on March 22, and is a resident of the city of Guantanamo.

Mystery of infant deaths in Grenada deepens

March 25, 2016
Mystery of infant deaths in Grenada deepens ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Following a recent claim by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Grenada that three young children had died at the General Hospital, reportedly from gastroenteritis, and a denial by the ministry of health, a local radio talk show host has...

Zika: 'The more we know the worse things look,' UN health agency chief reports

March 23, 2016
Zika: 'The more we know the worse things look,' UN health agency chief reports GENEVA, Switzerland -- The head of the United Nations health agency on Tuesday reported that, in less than a year, the status of the zika virus has changed from “a mild medical curiosity” to a disease with severe public health implications, warning that “the more we know the worse things look.”

USVI department of health confirms first zika case on St Thomas

March 22, 2016
USVI department of health confirms first zika case on St Thomas ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health received confirmation over the weekend of a case positive for zika virus in a 39-year-old male on St Thomas. “The department anticipates additional cases will be confirmed as new lab results come back from the CDC...

Understanding and avoiding the zika virus

March 22, 2016
Understanding and avoiding the zika virus BOQUETE, Panama -- The zika virus has spread from its origin in Africa. There are 70 types of mosquitoes in Uganda, Africa, some carrying deadly viruses. Yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, malaria and the zika virus are all spread by mosquito bites. Scientists estimate between...

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