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Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US

April 18, 2015
Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US 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.

St Eustatius collaborates in infectious disease control

April 18, 2015
St Eustatius collaborates in infectious disease control 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.

US expert says Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry will play major role without US embargo

April 17, 2015
US expert says Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry will play major role without US embargo 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...

New jet service inaugurated to meet demand for Caribbean air ambulance transport

April 15, 2015
New jet service inaugurated to meet demand for Caribbean air ambulance transport 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...

Health City Cayman Islands celebrates first anniversary

April 10, 2015
Health City Cayman Islands celebrates first anniversary 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...

Food safety: Everyone's responsibility

April 8, 2015
Food safety: Everyone's responsibility 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...

Health and Beauty: Valentia Skin Care Even Glow Serum

April 6, 2015
Health and Beauty: Valentia Skin Care Even Glow Serum 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.

US institutions behind horrific human syphilis experiments, allege Guatemalan victims in lawsuit

April 4, 2015
US institutions behind horrific human syphilis experiments, allege Guatemalan victims in lawsuit 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...

Stem cell research and treatment facility to be established in St Kitts

March 31, 2015
Stem cell research and treatment facility to be established in St Kitts 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...

Health City Cayman Islands introduces medical oncology services

March 31, 2015
Health City Cayman Islands introduces medical oncology services 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.

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.

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