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How Big Is Hurricane Maria?
Hurricane Maria has devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica, just days after it was brushed by Hurricane Irma. Maria, now a Category 5 storm, is expected to remain very strong as it heads toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane-force winds extend up to 30 miles from Hurricane Maria’s center, while tropical storm-force winds extend outward for up to 125 miles. How does that compare to other recent or major hurricanes? Irma Hurricane Irma killed at least 33 people in the U.S. and 51 in the Caribbean when it struck last week. At its peak, the diamet...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Lewis Tags: Uncategorized Hurricanes onetime weather Source Type: news

Here ’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years
A total solar eclipse will obscure the sun in parts of 14 states across the U.S. on Aug. 21, a rare event that’s been called the “Great American Eclipse.” You can find a detailed map showing the path of the eclipse here. But if you live in a place that won’t see the total eclipse or even a partial eclipse, don’t worry: It won’t be the last time the U.S. — and the rest of the world — will get a chance to see the moon block the sun in the coming decades. The next total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. will take place in seven years, and even before then total eclipses will take ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized eclipse onetime space 2017 Source Type: news

Suicide in Guyana: nurses' perspectives - Anthony M, Groh C, Gash J.
Guyana, an English-speaking country on the north coast of South America, has the highest suicide rate in the world. Nurses are an integral part of the healthcare team working with patients experiencing psychological distress and are uniquely qualified to a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Stunning Photos Of Recently Discovered Amazon Reef Emerge As Drilling Threat Looms
The first startling photos of a recently discovered Amazon coral reef have been released, showing what scientists say may be a unique marine biome.  The race to document the mysterious ecosystem is in high gear as oil companies, which obtained drilling rights before the discovery, prepare to scout the area for future production.   The surprise discovery of the reef off the mouth of the Amazon River was announced by scientists in April. The ecosystem is an unusual mix of sediment-heavy freshwater from the river plume and seawater from the Atlantic in a subtropical region. Much of the reef is in deep (up...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 31, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

A conversation with Umar Boston of Le Bonheur Children ’s Hospital
A conversation with Umar Boston, Surgical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplantation and Heart Failure, Le Bonheur Children ’s Hospital Dr. Umar Boston has had the opportunity to live in many places around the world, which provides him a unique perspective of people and their culture. He was born in Guyana, South America. His family migrated to Australia when he was 10 years old, where he was raised in Brisbane. Alway s ambitious and adventurous, Boston pursued his college education at the University… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 7, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Human psychology: Why do we have equivalents of bogeyman in so many countries around the world?
Bogeyman (also spelled bogieman, boogeyman, or boogie man) is a common allusion to a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults to frighten children into good behavior. This monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief—for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who suck their thumbs—or general misbehavior, depending on what purpose needs serving. Source: Wikipedia.Examples - by country -...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - April 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Tags: Psychology Source Type: news

The CDC Makes One Big Change To Its Zika Virus Travel Warnings
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made one crucial update Friday to its travel warnings for the 37 countries and territories affected by Zika virus. Instead of issuing a blanket warning against entire countries, the CDC is adjusting their health notices to take into account the area’s elevation. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main mode of Zika virus transmission, does not generally live in areas that are 6,500 feet or more above sea level. This means women who are pregnant will likely not encounter a mosquito carrying Zika if they stay in high-elevation areas, although the agency notes that th...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 11, 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 sm...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zika virus: what you need to know
Three UK travellers have been diagnosed with Zika, a mosquito-borne infection caused by Zika virus, while travelling in Colombia, Suriname and Guyana Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - January 25, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: ltrevallion Tags: Travel health Men ' s health Women Infections Professional Aedes mosquito bite nurse nursing public health Zika Zika virus ZIKV Editor s pick Latest News 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

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: Science - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

C.D.C. Issues Travel Alert for 8 More Locations Over Zika Virus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added eight destinations to a list of countries that pregnant women should avoid to prevent infection. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS Tags: Travel Warnings Ecuador Centers for Disease Control and Prevention St Martin (Caribbean) Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Bolivia Guadeloupe Barbados Samoa Zika Virus Guyana Cape Verde Source Type: news

Three Britons infected with dangerous Zika virus
British travellers who picked up the disease while travelling Columbia, Suriname and Guyana have returned to the UK (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika virus infection – Guyana, Barbados and Ecuador
Between 14 and 15 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Points (NFP) for Guyana, Barbados and Ecuador notified PAHO/WHO of cases of Zika virus infection. On 14 January, the NFP for Guyana reported the first laboratory-confirmed case of locally-acquired Zika virus infection in the country. The case is a 27-year-old female from Berbice, Region 6, with onset of symptoms on 1 January. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 20, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: pesticide [subject], insecticides, fungicides, risk factor [subject], risk, health risks, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news [doctype], Ecuador [country], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

Raymond Smith obituary
My father, Raymond Smith, who has died aged 90, was a major figure in postwar social anthropology. His work, and his life, were focused on kinship in the Caribbean and the US. His gift and his good fortune was to be a friend and supporter of the first generation of West Indian scholars to reach maturity as independence became a reality. Together they put social sciences on the map at the University of the West Indies in the 1960s.Undertaking field work in British Guiana (now Guyana), he met Flora Tong, a social worker and teacher seconded to work with him as a research assistant, and began his long engagement with the poli...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 20, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Anthony Smith Tags: Anthropology Evolution Science Society Source Type: news

Caregiver Overwhelm: 7 Strategies to Lower Stress and Increase Resilience -- One Alzheimer's Caregiver's Experience
It is now week seven for me as primary caregiver to my 82-year-old mother who has dementia and is nearly blind. It has been challenging, stressful and overwhelming mentally, physically and emotionally. Becoming irritable, snappy and tired are but a few of the signs of stress and caregiver fatigue which have prompted me to up my game in practicing what I preach. That is, pulling out every strategy I know to lower my stress response and avoid burnout. In this post I share seven strategies to lower stress and increase resilience. They are good resilience boosters for everyone, but particularly helpful for caregivers to rememb...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seattle Flunks Vaccine Science
Nothing says First World city like Seattle does. Come for the cachet, stay for the Seahawks, and give a nod to the Starbucks and the Amazon and the mothership that is Microsoft just to the east. There’s nothing this so-hip-it-hurts town lacks, it seems—except perhaps for common sense. If you’re looking for that, the developing world is a far better bet. That’s the inescapable conclusion on what should be a very good week for public health—and childhood health in particular—with the World Health Organization and other groups announcing on July 24 that Nigeria has gone a full year without ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - July 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers Nigeria polio Seattle vaccines Source Type: news

Inequality Blocks Further Reduction in Child Mortality in Latin America
A doctor attends a 10-month-old baby in a public health centre in Bolivia, in one of the regular check-ups that are a requisite for women to receive the mother-child subsidy, one of the mechanisms created to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the country. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPSBy Marianela JarroudSANTIAGO, Jun 9 2015 (IPS)The progress that Latin America has made in reducing child mortality is cited by international institutions as an example to be followed, and the region has met the fourth Millennium Development Goal, which is to cut the under-five mortality rate by two thirds.But this overall picture concea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Marianela Jarroud Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Inequality infant mortality Maternal Source Type: news

Jaguar attack on a child: case report and literature review - Iserson KV, Francis AM.
We describe a jaguar attack on a three-year-old girl near her home deep in a remote area of the Guyanese jungle. The patient had a complex but, relatively, rapid transpo... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

No Longer Suffering in Silence
My name is Chiquitta. I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. My parents came from Guyana, South America to Canada for a better life; acid attacks were occurring in their homeland. My father is 13 years older than my mother. My mother was a housewife and later worked at a bank. My father was a high school teacher. I have two brothers and one sister; I am the eldest daughter in the family. This was a curse for me. My parents were extremely strict with me and rules had to be followed. My brothers and my little sister were given the rights and freedom to do whatever they pleased. The teachers would call me “a pleasure ...
Source: Psych Central - December 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Chiquitta Tags: Abuse Addictions Alcoholism Children and Teens Depression Disorders Domestic Violence Eating Disorders Family General Parenting Personal Stories Psychotherapy PTSD Suicide bullying Child Sex Abuse Healing Incest Manip Source Type: news

How a Small Tribe Turned Tragedy into Opportunity
An Irula couple fishes in the creeks of the Pichavaram Mangrove Forest in Tamil Nadu. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPSBy Malini ShankarPICHAVARAM, India, Nov 13 2014 (IPS)When the Asian tsunami washed over several Indian Ocean Rim countries on Boxing Day 2004, it left a trail of destruction in its wake, including a death toll that touched 230,000.Millions lost their jobs, food security and traditional livelihoods and many have spent the last decade trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. But for a small tribe in southern India, the tsunami didn’t bring devastation; instead, it brought hope.Numbering some 25,000 people...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Malini Shankar Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour Natu Source Type: news

Entomologist Slammed For Euthanizing 'Puppy Spider'
Piotr Naskrecki's blog post about finding a "puppy-sized" spider in the wilds of Guyana went viral — then the hate mail and death threats started coming in. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Naskrecki.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ratification of UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Reaches 150 Countries
Guyana became the latest state to ratify the Convention, which has been in force since 2008 and has seen one of the fastest rates of ratification of any of the international human rights treaties. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - September 22, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Discrimination Source Type: news

Which Test Will Help Diagnose Irritable Baby With Tender Abdomen?Which Test Will Help Diagnose Irritable Baby With Tender Abdomen?
A 10-month-old boy, recently arrived from Guyana, has a 5-h history of crying, and passes a loose, bloody stool on the way to the ED. Which study would be most helpful in the management of this patient? USMLEasy from McGraw-Hill (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Med Students Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

Fortifying foods: four lessons for micronutrient distribution
Getting essential vitamins and minerals on the menu for all children is key to reducing undernutrition. Four lessons can help roll out the distribution of micronutrients all over the worldChildren in developed countries benefit from vitamins and minerals added to foods like cereals that boost healthy brain development and physical growth, helping to support the social and economic potential of the next generation. Unfortunately, not all children around the world share this advantage. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals (also called micronutrients) are part of the larger problem of undernutrition which is an underlying ca...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 24, 2014 Category: Science Tags: Nutrition Global health Improving nutrition Blog Blogposts Guardian Professional Food poverty Food safety Global development professionals network Policy and advocacy Maternal health Science Nutrition and development Source Type: news

Fortifying foods: four lessons for micronutrient distribution
Getting essential vitamins and minerals on the menu for all children is key to reducing undernutrition. Four lessons can help roll out the distribution of micronutrients all over the worldChildren in developed countries benefit from vitamins and minerals added to foods like cereals that boost healthy brain development and physical growth, helping to support the social and economic potential of the next generation. Unfortunately, not all children around the world share this advantage. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals (also called micronutrients) are part of the larger problem of undernutrition which is an underlying ca...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 24, 2014 Category: Science Tags: Improving nutrition Global development professionals network Science Nutrition and development Policy and advocacy Global health Maternal health Food poverty Food safety Blog Guardian Professional Blogposts Source Type: news

New to nature No 120: Akawaio penak
An electric eel-like fish that can swim backwards as well as forwardsSouth American or gymnotiform knifefishes include about 150 species occurring throughout the humid Neotropics, from Panama south to northern Argentina. With the exception of Chile, gymnotiforms are found in every country on the South American continent. Lacking pelvic and dorsal fins, these fish have narrow bodies and tapered tails with greatly elongated anal fins. In motion, the body is held rigid with waves rippling down the anal fin propelling the fish. This undulating source of locomotion enables knifefish to swim as effortlessly backwards as forwards...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Quentin Wheeler Tags: Americas World news Features Animals The Observer Zoology Environment Guyana Science Wildlife Source Type: news

New to nature No 120: Akawaio penak
An electric eel-like fish that can swim backwards as well as forwardsSouth American or gymnotiform knifefishes include about 150 species occurring throughout the humid Neotropics, from Panama south to northern Argentina. With the exception of Chile, gymnotiforms are found in every country on the South American continent. Lacking pelvic and dorsal fins, these fish have narrow bodies and tapered tails with greatly elongated anal fins. In motion, the body is held rigid with waves rippling down the anal fin propelling the fish. This undulating source of locomotion enables knifefish to swim as effortlessly backwards as forwards...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Quentin Wheeler Tags: Zoology Wildlife Animals Science World news Environment Guyana Americas The Observer Features Source Type: news

2013 update about arthropod envenomations in French Guyana - Ganteaume F, Imbert C.
French Guiana, by its geographical situation, its climate and its biodiversity, is often called "the green hell". Indeed, this French department of America shelters a wildlife rich, abundant among which many species of arthropods, some of which are respons... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 18, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Ensurge, Inc. Reports 4th Quarter Gold Production in Guyana
(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - January 16, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Young Women and HIV in Guyana: Asserting their Right to Protect Themselves - 30 November 2013
On World AIDS Day 2013 , we report on Women Across Differences, a Guyanese grassroots organization that is empowering young women to protect themselves against HIV and early pregnancies, giving them the confidence to assert themselves in life-threatening situations. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news