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Does risk perception affect alcohol consumption among secondary school students in Jamaica? - Oshi SN, Abel WD, Ricketts Roomes T, Meka IA, Harrison J, Weaver S, Agu CF, Smith PW, Omeje JC, Rae T, Oshi DC.
BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption among young people is a major public health problem world-wide and in Jamaica. A number of factors have been reported to affect alcohol use among high school students. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Single parent family structure as a predictor of alcohol use among secondary school students: evidence from Jamaica - Oshi SN, Abel WD, Agu CF, Omeje JC, Smith PW, Ukwaja KN, Ricketts Roomes T, Meka IA, Weaver S, Rae T, Oshi DC.
The aim of this study was to examine the potential relationship between Jamaican secondary students' alcohol drinking habits and their family structure. METHODS: Data collected from a nationally representative survey of 3,365 students were analysed... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Risk factors associated with frequent alcohol binge drinking among Jamaicans: does gender matter? - Abel WD, Weaver S, Ricketts Roomes T, Agu CF, Smith PW, Oshi DC, Harrison J, Smith K, Mitchell G, Belinfante A, Rae T, Oshi SN.
OBJECTIVE: Alcohol is one of the most commonly consumed substances in Jamaica, despite the many health problems associated with excessive alcohol use. The aim of this study was to identify potential risk factors for alcohol binge drinking among Jamaicans, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

UK government does deal with Jamaica to recruit nurses for NHS
Nurses from Jamaica are to be targeted as potential recruits for the health service, the government has revealed, in its latest move to try and help mitigate the UK ’s nursing recruitment crisis by looking overseas. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The Key to Longevity for the World ’s Oldest Person Alive? Sumo Wrestling and Hot Springs
(TOKYO) — Masazo Nonaka has enjoyed soaking in northern Japan’s hot springs for many years — probably longer than most people. The supercentenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was certified Tuesday as the world’s oldest living man, at age 112 years, 259 days. Nonaka received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, and celebrated with a big cake decorated with berries. Born on July 25, 1905, Nonaka grew up in a large family and succeeded his parents running the inn. The 105-ye...
Source: TIME: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Japan onetime Source Type: news

The Key to Longevity for the World ’s Oldest Man Alive? Sumo Wrestling and Hot Springs
(TOKYO) — Masazo Nonaka has enjoyed soaking in northern Japan’s hot springs for many years — probably longer than most people. The supercentenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was certified Tuesday as the world’s oldest living man, at age 112 years, 259 days. Nonaka received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, and celebrated with a big cake decorated with berries. Born on July 25, 1905, Nonaka grew up in a large family and succeeded his parents running the inn. The 105-ye...
Source: TIME: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Japan onetime Source Type: news

Violence in Jamaica's high schools - Grant L.
This research determines the presence of crime, the disciplinary policies and procedures, and security measures on high school campuses in Jamaica. Data was collected from 27 randomly selected public high schools in the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Antenatal depressive symptoms in Jamaica associated with limited perceived partner and other social support: a cross-sectional study - Bernard O, Gibson RC, McCaw-Binns A, Reece J, Coore-Desai C, Shakespeare-Pellington S, Samms-Vaughan M.
This study aimed to determine the prevalence of, and factor... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Effect of transporting an evidence-based, violence prevention intervention to Jamaican preschools on teacher and class-wide child behaviour: a cluster randomised trial - Baker-Henningham H, Walker S.
INTRODUCTION: Based on extensive piloting work, we adapted the Incredible Years (IY) teacher-training programme to the Jamaican preschool setting and evaluated this adapted version through a cluster-randomised trial. METHODS: Twenty-four community ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: March 2, 2018
[Image from unsplash.com]From InspireMD’s new distribution deals to Kelynium’s distribution deal with a mystery partner, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. InspireMD inks distribution deals in Greece, Caribbean InspireMD announced in a March 1 press release that it has signed exclusive distribution agreements with T-Vascular IKE Medical Supplies in Greece and Endo-Serv, SRL in the Caribbean. Both suppliers create high-tech medical devices for minimally-invasive procedures. Endo-Serv markets to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao and Tr...
Source: Mass Device - March 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Dental Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Imaging Patient Monitoring Regulatory/Compliance Ultrasound Biolase dexalytic Getinge Hologic Inc. iCad Inc. InspireMD Kelyniam Global Inc. MedTech Source Type: news

Closure of the US Cochrane Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
TheUS Cochrane Center, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, has closed. Director Professor Kay Dickersin, and Associate Directors Tianjing Li and Roberta Scherer have stepped down from their positions, but will continue to work with Cochrane in other capacities. Cochrane ’s Governing Board Co-Chairs Martin Burton and Cindy Farquhar thanked them for their commitment to Cochrane’s work over many years: “Professor Kay Dickersin has led the US Cochrane Center since it was founded, and has been at the heart of Cochrane’s work in the United States for over 20 year s,&...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Nancy Owens Source Type: news

The West Kingston/Tivoli Gardens incursion in Kingston, Jamaica - Cordner S, Pollanen MS.
On May 24, 2010, 800 soldiers and 370 police officers stormed into Tivoli Gardens, an impoverished district in the capital of Jamaica. Their aim was to restore state authority in this part of Kingston and to arrest Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who was wanted ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Call for action to tackle threat to a global biodiversity hotspot
(Bangor University) An invasive Australian tree is now posing a serious threat to a global diversity 'hotspot' in the natural forests of Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. The tree species, Pittosporum undulatum, known locally as 'mock orange', is threatening many rare and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Scientists are urging the relevant institutions to prioritise a programme of control of this species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 2, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Jamaican weed stabilizes blood sugar
It was pouring rain. I could barely see as I drove up the winding mountains. But I would not be deterred from my mission. I was on my way to finally meet Jamaica’s last living Maroon healer, Ivey Harris. I finally arrived at her secluded mountain home and she met me with open arms… and an umbrella. After the rain let up, she showed me around her home. Her yard is like an all-natural pharmacy. And she’s a walking herbal encyclopedia. One of my favorites was a Jamaican vine with weird-looking warty green fruit. Most people in the U.S. would call it a weed. Today, I grow it in my backyard here in South F...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - December 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Health Avandia blood sugar diabetes diabetics drug glucose high-carb insulin Source Type: news

Normalize blood sugar with stem cell boosters
All the patients that I see in my clinic are special… But sometimes there’s a patient who really leaves a mark on you. I recently had a patient like that. He was living 3,000 miles away in Ireland and had seen one of my daily e-newsletters. Right after reading it, he made an appointment, booked a flight and came to my clinic in South Florida. I’ll call him K.O. About 10 years ago, K.O. was diagnosed with dangerously high blood sugar, type 2 diabetes and out-of-control blood pressure. He was 50 years old and taking 10 prescriptions a day. His kidneys were failing him and he was on the short list for a kid...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Nutrition blood sugar carbs diabetes energy stem cells Syndrome Zero Source Type: news

The post-injury psychological sequelae of high-level Jamaican athletes: exploration of a post-traumatic stress disorder-self-efficacy conceptualisation - Bateman A, Morgan KAD.
CONTEXT: Athletes at the highest levels appear to be most affected by sport-related injuries and suffer both physiologically and psychologically. Established models of psychological responses to injury however do not offer a comprehensive explanation based... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Why Public Services International is important to you
This week public sector workers from across the world will be packing their bags and flying to Switzerland. Travelling from as far afield as Egypt, India, Niger, Jamaica, as well Germany, France, and Denmark and many more countries, representatives from public service trade unions are attending Public Services International’s congress, one of the largest gatherings of international trade unionists in the world. What exactly is Public Services International and what has it got to do with UNISON? Public Services International (PSI) is a global trade union federation, which means it brings together public service unions...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article dave prentis international public services international Source Type: news

Message Guide for Zika Communication: Jamaica
U.S. Agency for International Development. 08/2017 This 53-page guide, published by the USAID-funded Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), aims to identify priority audiences and objectives for Zika communication at this point in Jamaica's Zika response, and establish compelling positioning statements, outline key messages, and suggest communication approaches and activities for each audience. It supports country efforts to ensure that messages are technically accurate, consistent across communication channels, and responsive to the specific gaps identified in the situation analysis. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Li...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The 7 Countries Anthony Bourdain Has Visited Most
This article originally appeared on FoodandWine.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Max Bonem / Food and Wine Tags: Uncategorized onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

For Better Health Outcomes for Moms and Babies, Quality Tops Resources
September 29, 2017We know this. So how can we encourage change?There are three main indicators commonly used to measure the quality of health care: structure, process, and outcome.Structure refers to characteristics of the care setting, including facilities, medical equipment, and staff. Process means whether the services are continuously consistent with recommended guidelines. And outcome evaluates a client ’s health as a result of the care he or she received.While global health NGOs have paid close attention to structure and outcome measures, they ’ve given less attention to improving health care quality thro...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

How Colonial Systems Hurt the Caribbean ’s Ability to Weather Hurricanes
This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at History Today. For most of the 19th century, besides being aware of the hurricane season (June-November), there was little that those living in the Caribbean could do to predict the arrival of storms. As rains and winds began to pick up, the wealthy took shelter in the cellars of their stone houses, while the wooden shacks of the enslaved population offered almost no protection. When a storm hit, the majority of the enslaved population simply found themselves having to try and survive days and nights out in the open, exposed to th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Oscar Webber / History Today Tags: Uncategorized Environment natural disaster Source Type: news

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico
Artisanal gold mining in Latin America uses mercury, a practice that should be modified in countries that have ratified the international Minamata Convention for the control of this toxic metal. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPSBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Sep 26 2017 (IPS)For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is “devastating,” when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Querétaro in central Mexico.“There are a large number of pits (from which the mercury is extracted), and there are the tailing ponds containing mining waste, all of which drains i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Natural Resources Regional Categories gold mining mercury Mexico Minam Source Type: news

20 Hotels You Didn ’t Know Were Owned by Celebrities
This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adeline Duff/ Travel + Leisure Tags: Uncategorized celebrities onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term as German Chancellor
(BERLIN) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives beat their rivals on Sunday to win her a fourth term in an election that will also bring a far-right party into Germany’s parliament for the first time in more than half a century, exit polls showed. After shock election results last year, from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, many look to Merkel to rally a bruised liberal Western order, tasking her with leading a post-Brexit Europe. She must now form a coalition government – an arduous process that could take months as all potential p...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Carrel and Thomas Escritt / Reuters Tags: Uncategorized Angela Merkal Germany Germany election onetime Source Type: news

What Do Hurricane Categories Actually Mean?
As climate change worsens, so does hurricane season. But what do meteorologists and news anchors mean when they talk about hurricane categories, like Category 1, Category 3 or Category 5? Most people simply want to know how much water and wind to expect, and what a hurricane will mean for their safety. Hurricane categories can’t predict everything about a storm, but categories do give an indication of how a hurricane will affect people and property in its path. Here’s what you need to know about hurricane categories. Where do hurricane categories come from? Hurricanes are measured on the Saffir-Simpson Hurrican...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized hurricane onetime weather Source Type: news

How Renowned Makeup Artist Pat McGrath Is Changing the Face of Beauty On Her Terms
Under the glowing red lights and crystal chandeliers of a banquet room tucked in the back of China Chalet — a Chinese restaurant by day, dance club for New York’s cool kids by night — the legendary Amanda Lepore shimmies on the dance floor alongside downtown ‘It girl’ and model Paloma Elsesser. Nearby, Gwendoline Christie (otherwise known to the world as the inimitable Brienne of Tarth) gets a drink at the bar while Teyana Taylor dances atop a table and club kid Sussi holds court at a banquette teeming with downtown’s pretty young things waiting to get their faces made up by the hordes o...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cady Lang Tags: Uncategorized beauty fashion makeup Newsfeed Pat McGrath photography Source Type: news

Fatal Child Abuse Suspected After 2 Girls Found Dead on Farm
(NORWOOD, Colo.) — Four people have been arrested in the deaths of two young girls whose bodies were found on a farm in rural southwestern Colorado. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that the bodies of the girls, who were between the ages of 5 and 10, were found Friday on a farm outside Norwood, about 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) west of the ski resort town of Telluride. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Lilly says investigators believe they were dead for at least two weeks. Lilly says the suspects are a man from Norwood and two women and a man from Haiti and Jamaica who recently moved to the a...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APW Crime onetime Source Type: news

SECOND OPINION | Your life is leaving genetic scars that might show up in your child's genes
​Scientists now know that the mere act of living leaves molecular scars on our genes; and in medical history, Canadians discovered a chemotherapy drug in a Jamaican periwinkle plant that arrived in the mail. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Extinction mystery solved? Evidence suggests humans played a role in monkey's demise in Jamaica
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Radiocarbon dating of a fossilized leg bone from a Jamaican monkey called Xenothrix mcgregori suggests it may be the one of the most recent primate species anywhere in the world to become extinct, and it may solve a long-standing mystery about the cause of its demise. The short answer: human settlement of its island home. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

US Lags Far Behind in Banning Dental Health Hazard
Example of mercury use in the healthcare sector. From left to right: Mercury Sphygmomanometer, Dental Amalgam and a Fever Thermometer. Credit: UNDPBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 2017 (IPS)The United States is lagging far behind its Western allies – and perhaps most of the key developing countries – in refusing to act decisively to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard: the use of mercury in dentistry. The 28-member European Union (EU), with an estimated population of over 510 million people, recently announced its decision to ban amalgam use in children under age 15, pregnant women, and breas...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Creatures featured: New craft brewers take zoo theme in Massachusetts
A turtle, a monkey and a squirrel walk into a bar. It’s not the start of a joke, but the names of three new breweries that have opened up shop or planning to open up shop in Massachusetts. Turtle Swamp Brewing opened in Jamaica Plain on Memorial Day, with Cheeky Monkey Brewing and Mighty Squirrel planning their own brewery space in the near ter m. According to the Cheeky Monkey’s Facebook page, the brewery plans to open at 3 Lansdowne St., formerly Tequila Rain, later this summer, offering… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 3, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

2017 ECHO Annual Conference Selects 13 Members For Future Flight Crew Program
In 2016, East Coast Helicopter Operations (E.C.H.O.) decided to start doing their part in shaping the future of public service aviation. The idea was to start a mentoring program for motivated, qualified individuals who had an interest in taking the next step in their career. Taking to the air is often seen as a long-term career goal for many paramedics and nurses. There are usually an overwhelming number of applicants for these positions. For the Future Flight Crew program, the goal is simple: take the best candidates and give them the tools they need to be successful in starting their career in helicopter based critical ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: East Coast Helicopter Operations Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

2017 ECHO Annual Conference Selects 13 Members For Future Flight Crew Program
In 2016, East Coast Helicopter Operations (E.C.H.O.) decided to start doing their part in shaping the future of public service aviation. The idea was to start a mentoring program for motivated, qualified individuals who had an interest in taking the next step in their career. Taking to the air is often seen as a long-term career goal for many paramedics and nurses. There are usually an overwhelming number of applicants for these positions. For the Future Flight Crew program, the goal is simple: take the best candidates and give them the tools they need to be successful in starting their career in helicopter based critical ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: East Coast Helicopter Operations Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Guy's Perfect Water Slide Landing Melts People's Minds
One guy really knows how to exit a water slide ride in style. Instead of sliding down the tube, dropping into the water and floundering, the unidentified swimmer somehow managed to glide to the end of the pool and step back onto land. Check out the video here: Slidin' (literally) in the DM's like..... pic.twitter.com/1XGXS1PZ1C— Morgan Evick (@MorganEvick) June 4, 2017 On Sunday, Twitter user Morgan Evick posted the footage he filmed at a water park in Jamaica. Although it went viral, many viewers questioned how the unidentified man performed such a feat: I would of did a whole front flip and ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 6, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Political culture, neighbourhood structure and homicide in urban Jamaica - Morris PK, Maguire ER.
This study examines the structural correlates of homicide in Jamaica, a developing nation with one of the world's highest homicide rates. We extend existing theories on the ecology of lethal violence to account for the influence of electoral politics on ho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Social Etiologies and Disparities Source Type: news

Governance and disorder: neoliberalism and violent change in Jamaica - Munroe MA, Blake DK.
Structural adjustment policies (SAPs) facilitate the hollowing out of the traditional roles performed by states. As a consequence, private entities (some perverse) offer services the state is incapable of or unwilling to provide. Beginning in the 1980s, SA... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Religious devotion as predictor of behavior
(University of Missouri-Columbia) 'Religious Devotion and Extrinsic Religiosity Affect In-group Altruism and Out-group Hostility Oppositely in Rural Jamaica,' suggests that a sincere belief in God -- religious devotion -- is unrelated to feelings of prejudice. Rather, Lynch's research finds that those whose religious beliefs are extrinsic -- who use religion as a way to achieve non-religious goals such as attaining status or joining a social group -- and who regularly attend religious services are more likely to hold hostile attitudes toward outsiders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Cannabis May Reduce Crack Use
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statue campaigner 'lost sleep' over criticism of Mary Seacole
The woman behind the erection of the Mary Seacole Statue at Guy ’s and St Thomas’s in London has admitted that throughout the campaign to raise money she was often upset by the backlash on social media about the Jamaican Scottish nurse. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

This Comic Captures What It's Like To Grow Up Mixed Race In America
Growing up half Japanese and half-Jamaican in Hawaii, 19-year-old Kiana Khansmith quietly struggled with misconceptions about being mixed race. “A lot of people seemed to know who I was more than I did,” the animation student at the California College of the Arts told HuffPost. “They would tell me what to be or how I should act based on my heritage.” When a professor in a race and comics course told the class to create a series based off personal experience, Khansmith knew exactly what to draw: a comic strip about the complexities of growing up multiracial in the U.S., as told by a character na...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists search for Caribbean quake clues
By following the flow of seawater deep into the earth ’s crust, researchers hope to understand the region’s instabilityGeologically speaking the Caribbean is a lively place. Recent reminders include the 1995 volcanic eruption on Montserrat, and the devastating magnitude 7 earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. Occasionally the Caribbean produces even more powerful outbursts.Back in February 1843 the region was shaken by an estimated magnitude 8.3 quake, reducing Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe to ruins and killing one third (1,500) of its inhabitants. Meanwhile, 2,000 people are thought to have perished in ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 30, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Earthquakes Geology Haiti Americas Natural disasters and extreme weather Science World news Source Type: news

Disease Burden Growing as Vector Insects Adapt to Climate Change
Dry drains will reduce the numbers of mosquitoes breeding, but now the Aedes aegypti mosquito is going underground to breed underground in available water and flying to feed. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPSBy Zadie NeufvilleKINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 18 2017 (IPS)There were surprised gasps when University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor John Agard told journalists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in late November 2016 that mosquitoes were not only living longer, but were “breeding in septic tanks underground”.For many, it explained why months of fogging at the height of Zika and Chikung...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Zadie Neufville Tags: Caribbean Climate Wire Climate Change Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Projects Water & Sanitation Chagas Disease Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) mosquitoes Zika Virus Source Type: news

There's a new world's oldest woman
How to be the oldest person in the world? Don't drink rum, according to 117-year-old Jamaican Violet-Mosse Brown, recently dubbed the world's oldest human. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Charles Darwin a racist? Look at his involvement in the Jamaica Committee | Letters
“Most early evolutionists were racist, Darwin included,” claims your correspondent (Letters, 30 March). Mid-Victorian intellectuals can conveniently be identified as racist or anti-racist by their reactions to the 1865Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica andthe brutal reprisals of Governor John Eyre.Darwin was a leading light of the Jamaica Committee, which tried to have Eyre prosecuted, and recruited most of the leading scientists of the day. The racists organised an Eyre defence committee, led by Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 2, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Charles Darwin Race issues Science Jamaica Americas World news Source Type: news

Dr. Jennifer Joe gets social for physicians
Dr. Jennifer Joe Title: CEO of Medstro and editor-in-chief of MedTech Boston, both in Cambridge; urgent care/emergency physician, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury Age: 37 Education: Bachelor’s degree in biological science, Rice University, 2002; M.D., University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 2007; Internal Medicine Residency, Georgetown University Hospital, 2010; Joint Nephrology Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robin Washington Source Type: news

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

Why Exercise Alone Isn't Enough To Prevent Weight Gain
Exercise on its own — without also following a healthy diet — isn’t enough to help people lose or even just maintain their weight, a recent study suggests. The new results run counter to the idea that the obesity epidemic in the U.S. is caused by a lack of physical activity, said lead study author Lara Dugas, an assistant professor of public health sciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. When it comes to figuring out the causes of obesity, “what we really need to look at is what people are eating,” Dugas told Live Science. Previous research, for example, has linked a ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

On the probable composition of 'Jamaican stone' aphrodisiac - Mart ín-Ramos P, Carrión-Prieto P, Silva-Castro I, Ruiz-Potosme NM, Hernández-Navarro S, Martín-Gil J.
A dangerous aphrodisiac, commonly known as 'Jamaican stone', banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been studied by vibrational spectroscopy in order to solve the controversy on its composition. The results of the ATR-FTIR analysis revealed t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 14, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The impact of polyvictimisation on children in LMICs: the case of Jamaica - Samms-Vaughan M, Lambert M.
Children who experience polyvictimization in high-income countries (HICs) are at higher risk for mental health-related trauma symptoms. There is limited information on the impact of polyvictimisation on children with high levels of exposure, as occurs in s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Piloting a pediatric trauma course in Western Jamaica: lessons learned and future directions - Wesson HK, Plant V, Helou M, Wharton K, Fray D, Haynes J, Bagwell C.
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric injuries are a leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite this, there are few formal pediatric-specific trauma educational initiatives available in LMICs. While new educational tools are being develo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news