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Living with HIV

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 […]

STD alarm

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 […]

Barbadians warned to change their eating habits

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 […]

No giving up!

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 […]

It’s a betrayal!

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 […]

Follower of Dr Sebi

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 […]

HIV infections on the rise again

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 […]

QEH gets HACCP accreditation

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 […]

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

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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