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Help coming for suicidal children

Help coming for suicidal children

One week after a 16-year-old girl reportedly took her own life here, authorities at the state-run Psychiatric Hospital have announced plans for the construction of a special treatment facility for children like Chante Natasha Yarde who may be troubled. A week ago, Yarde was discovered by her mother hanging from a rafter in their home […]

Flight nurse

Flight nurse

A damning picture has been painted of the state of nursing here, with many of the health care professionals said to be fleeing due to adverse working conditions. Outgoing President of the Barbados Nurses Association (BNA) Blondelle Mullin Wednesday night revealed that late pay, poor security and working conditions, and inadequate tools have been par for […]

E-cigarette harmful, warns Sir Henry

E-cigarette harmful, warns Sir Henry

An independent Senator Wednesday warned that there was no such thing as harmless smoking, as he branded e-cigarettes as “instruments of death and disease”. Making his contribution to debate on the Health Services Amendment Bill in the Upper House, retired medical doctor Sir Henry Fraser further cautioned smokers that while they may initially avoid the problematic […]

An island of diabetes

In 2015, some 34 100 people in Barbados between ages 20 to 79 were known to have diabetes. Figures showed that 335 of them died, but at that time there were still an estimated 9 600 others walking around with the disease without knowing. These figures from the International Diabetes Federation, of which the Diabetes […]

Fighting obesity

Fighting obesity

With the cases of obesity in Barbados and the wider Caribbean steadily rising, health officials are looking to embark on programmes to encourage behavioural change among children and teenagers – the group where the numbers are highest. Representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to Barbados Dr Godfrey Xuereb told a recent public lecture […]

Diabetes most horrid

Diabetes most horrid

Some people with diabetes are more likely to lose a limb than people involved in severe traffic accidents; and diabetics can die as quickly as cancer patients who are given less than five years to live. These facts were some of the shock treatment truths that American foot and ankle surgeon Dr Steven Wells delivered […]

Bajans obese

Bajans obese

No country in Latin America and the Caribbean has a higher obesity rate than Barbados, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The report, Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016, said nearly […]

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 […]

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