Disabled Caribbeans Find Freedom in Technology
There is still need for better educational opportunities, housing, medical care, and everything that is extended to other citizens in the Caribbean. Credit: BigstockBy Jewel FraserPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 23 2017 (IPS)Visually impaired Kerryn Gunness is excited about the possibilities offered by a new free app that would serve as his eyes and enable people like him to enjoy greater independence.The Personal Universal Communicator (PUC) app is part of a new generation of cheaper assistive technologies making their way onto the market which allow people with disabilities to use technology that was formerly too expensive,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jewel Fraser Tags: Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs Disabilities ICT Source Type: news

Prince Harry and Rihanna get HIV tests in Barbados
Prince Harry and Rihanna have taken HIV tests together in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Could Revolutionize Your Yoga
Mound your glutes Breathe wide into your side or lateral ribs Bring the weight into the front of your paw hover your heels above the earth Draw the energy up the back of your legs Bend your knees Make a soft gentle fist Open your mouth Keep your eyes horizon Not your yoga teacher's classical alignment cues, right? There's a new yoga kid in town. At least in my town; Copenhagen. The movement system Bowspring is slowly starting to influence some of the teachers of the yoga community here. New movements, new cues, new sensations. The Bowspring is said to work on our default dominance; the position our body slides unco...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Featured Review: Interventions for patients and caregivers to improve knowledge of sickle cell disease and recognition of its related complications
Positive effects of educational interventions on improving patient knowledge of sickle cell disease and reducing depressionSickle cell disease is a lifelong, inherited disorder which can cause a number of complications throughout an individual ' s life. It may cause a huge burden on both the patient and their family, including frequent visits to healthcare facilities. The illness causes not just physical complications such as painful crises and strokes, but may have many other effects such as depression, poor quality of life, coping issues, and poor family relationships. When people with a chronic illness have better under...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 17, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Treating cardiovascular disease in Barbados
The outwardly calm and relaxing Caribbean island of Barbados hides a pressure-cooker health crisis: more than one-third of Barbadians aged 25-70 years suffer from hypertension, the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) – the world’s number one killer. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: cardiovascular disease [subject], cardiovascular disease, heart attack, heart attacks, cvd, heart diseases, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, rabies [subject], Barbados [country], Feature [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

Two Barbados bird species enter the select club of string-pullers
The Barbados bullfinch and Carib grackle can pass the popular animal cognition test of string-pulling, but this ability may be unrelated to performance on six other cognitive tests, according a study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 17, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Workplace violence against medical staff in healthcare facilities in Barbados - Abed M, Morris E, Sobers-Grannum N.
BACKGROUND: Anecdotal evidence suggests increasing workplace violence against healthcare workers in the Caribbean, but the prevalence is largely undocumented. AIMS: To determine the prevalence of workplace violence reported by medical staff at primary care... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

City Birds Are Smarter and Stronger Than Country Birds, Study Finds
City birds are smarter than country birds and have stronger immune systems, a small study has found. Researchers have discovered key differences in problem-solving ability and resistance to infection among birds that live in urban environments and those from rural landscapes. City birds performed better in cognitive tests and exceeded their country counterparts in exploiting new resources, according to a team of McGill University researchers. “We found that not only were birds from urbanized areas better at innovative problem-solving tasks than bullfinches from rural environments, but that surprisingly urban birds al...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Chan Tags: Uncategorized animals Source Type: news

Climate information may be key weapon in fight against Zika spread
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the Caribbean island state of Barbados, rainwater collection has been promoted as a way to boost scarce supplies of fresh water. But there's a catch: environmental health officers then reported an increase in mosquitoes breeding in household water storage tanks. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Number of Zika cases in Ireland rises to three, HSE says
Virus contracted during travel in Colombia and Barbados before patients returned here (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest On Zika: Experts Are Divided Over Genetically Modified Mosquitos
The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with the birth defect have smaller heads and sometimes brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.    Zika is currently spreading through Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the high volume of news about the virus, it's tough to stay up-to-date. Check out our full coverage, or read our daily recaps. Here are four updates, opinions and developments to know about now:   1. ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Pregnant Women Should Know About Zika Virus
On Monday, the World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern" due to the cluster of birth defects potentially linked to Zika virus.   No one is probably more concerned about this connection than the world’s pregnant women, especially those who are living in an area where there is ongoing Zika virus transmission. While the virus’ symptoms (fever, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis) are no cause for alarm and rarely require hospitalization, the disease is suspected of causing severe birth defects like microcephaly, when a baby is born with an abnormally small head. ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Patrick Haynes obituary
My father, Patrick Haynes, who has died aged 84, was an agronomist who specialised in tropical root crops and worked for international agencies around the world, helping farmers to get the most out of what they grew.One of Patrick’s most important contributions was his defence of subsistence crops being grown in developing countries, which he felt had been neglected in favour of cash crops. Partly as a result of his interventions, there is now much wider recognition of the importance of subsistence crops, as well as a change in funding priorities among development agencies. He was also a promoter of the benefits of tradi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Authors: David Haynes Tags: Agriculture Farming Barbados United Nations Source Type: news

CDC expands Zika virus alert; more countries issue pregnancy warnings
Pregnant women should not travel to Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde and Samoa because of Zika virus, the CDC said Friday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Illustrated Guide To The Zika Outbreak
In October 2015, Brazilian health authorities notified the World Health Organization that an alarming number of Brazilian babies had been born with microcephaly, a rare, debilitating birth defect with lifelong consequences. Researchers quickly linked the spike in birth defects to the outbreak of a little-known tropical disease called Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquito. Since its discovery in Uganda in 1947, Zika virus has popped up in different African and Asian countries, but no widespread outbreaks had occurred until 2013, when the virus infected an estimated 11 percent of the population of French Polynesi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news