Category: Health Care

Living with HIV

The campaign is on once again to get Caribbean nationals to know their HIV status. And with Regional Testing Day to be held next Friday, one individual who has been living with the virus for over two decades has been sharing his story. Addressing the recent media launch of Regional Testing Day, Ainsley Reid admitted […]

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STD alarm

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of cases of syphilis – and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – among young Barbadian men, raising concern among health officials here. The Ministry of Health has revealed that the number of syphilis cases overall jumped nearly fivefold between 2010 and 2013, according to a release […]

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Barbadians warned to change their eating habits

With 60 per cent of the beds in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) occupied by persons afflicted with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), retired medical practitioner Dr Maurice Smith is urging Barbadians to change their sedentary lifestyles and to immediately address their bad eating habits. The retired gynecologist made the appeal at the University of West Indies […]

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No giving up!

He was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Now entertainer Antoine Williams is seeking to build greater public awareness about the disease. “When people hear Stage 4 cancer they think you’re going to die immediately, but you can die at any stage,” Williams, the public relations officer for Cancer Support Services, said this morning […]

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It’s a betrayal!

Physician Dr Raymond Massay has criticized the increase in the number of offshore medical schools in Barbados, suggesting it was a betrayal of the medical profession here by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration. Speaking at the oath taking ceremony for the University of the West Indies (UWI) graduating medical class of 2017 at Mahogany […]

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Follower of Dr Sebi

With his passing on August 6, 2016, world renowned pathologist and herbalist Alfredo Bowman, widely known as Dr Sebi, left behind an incredible legacy and devoted following. The biologist and naturalist of holistic medicine was the pioneer behind the alkaline diet, which is believed to promote longevity and prevent chronic diseases. The diet which consists […]

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HIV infections on the rise again

After a decade of decline, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Barbados and the Caribbean is on the rise again, according to a top regional health official. Quoting from the 2016 UNAIDS report, the United Nations Special Envoy on HIV to the Caribbean Dr Edward Greene, in a recent sobering revelation, reported that the region had […]

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QEH gets HACCP accreditation

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has boosted its ability to protect patients from food-borne illnesses with the introduction of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system. The internationally recognized management system focuses on ensuring food products are safe to eat by reducing the risk of safety hazards in food. It functions through the use […]

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Diseases can be traced back to sugar and rum, says Boyce

Minister of Health John Boyce believes the high rate of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean has its origin in the region’s rich sugar and rum heritage. Addressing a sub-regional workshop Tuesday on the taxation of alcohol, tobacco and sugar-sweetened beverages, Boyce acknowledged that both commodities had been at the centre […]

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Barbados falls short of NCD target

Only seven Caribbean countries are on course to achieve the global target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reducing the number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). And, more lamentably, Barbados is not one of them. This was revealed here Tuesday by Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre of the […]

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Vegetarian diets and pregnancy

We all know that maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is important for our overall wellbeing. And healthy eating becomes an even bigger priority for expectant mothers, who now have to look after their own health as well as that of their developing baby. The focus was on vegetarian women during one of the sessions of […]

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Old ambulances to return to service – Boyce

A new headquarters has been found for the ambulance service. And Minister of Health John Boyce, who made that announcement on Friday, said while financial constraints may be preventing Government from sourcing new ambulances, some of the older vehicles will be overhauled and put back in operation. He disclosed that the Emergency Ambulance Service (EAS) […]

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Medical community divided on marijuana legalization

As debate continues in the Caribbean over the decriminalization of marijuana, at least one local practitioner in the field of mental health believes the issue may prove divisive in the medical fraternity. During a discussion on Exploring Suicide in Barbados at the Cave Hill Wesleyan Holiness Church, Queen’s Counsel Ralph Thorne noted that the laws […]

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Suicide watch

The Department of Psychiatry at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is recording more suicide attempts by Barbadians overall, but it is particularly concerned about the children among them. Without providing statistics, Senior Registrar in the Department of Psychiatry Dr Tonya Holder reported that “numbers have increased exponentially”. “I started in 2008, and I would see […]

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Delia’s experience with autism

As Barbados joins in the observance of Autism Awareness month, one parent has been sharing her experience in dealing with not one, but two children with autism.Dr Delia Samuel, Professor at Century College in Minnesota, USA, has two sons, aged 11 and eight, who are on the autism spectrum. The US Centre for Disease Control […]

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Guyana doctors get training to detect microcephaly

Doctors from all regions in Guyana are being trained to detect microcephaly in expectant mothers. The training is being conducted by the Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and RAD-AID International. Microcephaly is a condition where the head of the foetus is smaller than normal. It may be caused by […]

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Zika still a cause for concern – health officials

Barbados recorded 289 cases of gastroenteritis and 333 cases of fever and respiratory illness during the first three months of the year, the Ministry of Health has reported. In its latest update on communicable diseases, the Ministry also revealed that there were 705 suspected cases of Zika between early 2015 when the outbreak started and […]

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