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Health warnings coming for killer smokes

Health warnings coming for killer smokes

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Health Sciences is welcoming Government’s announcement that it intends to soon propose legislation requiring warning labels on cigarette packets. Deputy Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI, Cave Hill, Dr Alafia Samuels had given the grisly reason for the support when she said: “Half the people […]

The dangers of high heels

Common causes of ankle and foot pain were discussed previously but one very important cause of these problems was omitted – high heel shoes.  This article will focus on the possible dangers of excessive wearing of high heels and what can be done to help prevent such consequences. Why do women wear high heels? There are […]

Sharefa’s pain

Sharefa’s pain

At ten years old, Sharefa Gooding is a shadow of who she was just three years ago. The Lawrence T Gay Memorial Primary student was diagnosed with a cyst on her liver in 2014, and within three years it has grown bigger than a cricket ball in size. Daily, Sharefa experiences excruciating pain in her […]

QEH looking to speed up cataract surgery

QEH looking to speed up cataract surgery

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Monday launched a programme to eliminate the waiting list of patients for cataract surgery. Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter James this morning revealed that some 500 Barbadians were awaiting surgery to correct the medical condition. The QEH, he said, would work with private health care institutions through the Cataract Initiative to […]

The wrong mix

The wrong mix

Have you ever wondered why your doctor recommends that you don’t take certain medicines with certain foods and beverages? Or why your body may react negatively to certain prescribed medications? Pharmacist Paul Gibson sought to explain why at a public lecture earlier this week.  He pointed to the example of grapefruit juice, which affects certain […]

Deadly diets

Deadly diets

Every day at least one Barbadian suffers a heart attack, while two suffer strokes, according to a leading pharmacist, who described the situation as a crisis. Speaking yesterday at a lunchtime lecture organized by the National Council on Substance Abuse on the topic Prescription Drugs and You, pharmacist Paul Gibson said the island was on […]

New code of conduct for medical practitioners

New code of conduct  for medical practitioners

Medical practitioners here will now be required to adhere to more than just the Hippocratic Oath, which requires them to uphold specific ethical standards, with the launch by the Barbados Medical Council of a new code of conduct. Sexual harassment, confidentiality and refusal of treatment are among hot button issues covered in the extensive document, […]

Cases of respiratory illnesses on the rise

Cases of respiratory illnesses on the rise

Many Barbadians who thought they had the flu last month actually suffered from respiratory illnesses, according to the Ministry of Health. In a statement released today through the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the ministry said there was in increase in the number of cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – a virus that causes […]

Support for kidney sufferers

Support for kidney sufferers

A kidney transplant programme has been revived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), and Barbadians are being urged to consider becoming kidney donors. This positive development for the approximately 1000 Barbadians suffering renal failure, and the additional hundreds needing dialysis treatments has come thanks to the work of Transplant Links Community, a UK registered charity, […]

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