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Cutting Out Sugar Can Improve a Child’s Health in Just 10 Days - Apr 28, 2016 - 5:05:54 PM

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Nassau Doctor Says Cold-Like Symptoms Often the Result of Too Many Sweets, Not Allergies

It’s no surprise that too much sugar in a child’s diet can cause tooth decay, hyperactivity and increase the risk for obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, but what many parents may not realize is that sugar can also cause other chronic—and avoidable—health problems...
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BTVI holds successful health and wellness fair - Mar 19, 2016 - 8:43:46 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Taking responsibility for one’s health choices was the aim of the 7th annual Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution health and wellness fair held on March 17th at BTVI.  The Student Affairs department rolled health and fitness into one as exhibitors provided information, demonstrations and samples of their products and/or services.

BTVI’s Dean of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel, said the team’s approach to wellness is a holistic one that first targets students, staff and faculty, but is also extends to the public.
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Processed Meat May Be Killing More Bahamians Than Crime - Mar 18, 2016 - 2:45:57 PM

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Bahamas boasts the 10th highest meat consumption rate per capita in the world

For hundreds of years Bahamians were fishers and farmers. Their faces shone with the kind of radiance that only comes from lungs filled with fresh air and hands and feet that touch the earth on a daily basis.

“Food is something that we were born into,” said Dr. Arlington Lightbourne, owner of the Nassau-based Wellness Clinic. “We were exposed to these things without having any say in the matter...”
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Scientists studying intensified vector control measures to combat Zika, dengue and chikungunya in the Americas - Mar 13, 2016 - 8:58:40 AM

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(PAHO/WHO) – Control of mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses must be ramped up in the Americas, experts have urged after a three-day meeting at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

The new Technical Advisory Group on Public Health Entomology is looking at ways to strengthen vector control programs in the countries, including specific measures for Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever in the Americas...
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PAHO, laboratories set guidelines to identify, confirm Zika Virus - Feb 28, 2016 - 1:45:11 PM

Puerto Rico (PAHO/WHO) — The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Arbovirus Laboratory Network (RELDA) have agreed on new guidelines to improve lab confirmation of suspected Zika cases, even as more accurate tests are developed.

"With dengue and chikungunya circulating in the region, diagnosing Zika is a great challenge," said Maria Guadalupe Guzman, head of the Department of Virology of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kouri of Cuba and president of the lab network.  A new algorithm for lab detection of Zika virus will contribute to more accurate diagnosis and more efficient surveillance, she added.
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PAHO Director to brief ministers of health on microcephaly / Zika in the Americas - Feb 2, 2016 - 6:03:20 PM

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(PAHO/WHO) – The Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, will brief ministers of health from nearly a dozen Latin American countries this week on the current state of the Zika virus outbreak, and the cases of microcephaly—unusually small head size in newborns--and other complications that are suspected of being linked to Zika virus infections.

The high-level briefing follows the declaration this past Monday of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO’s Director-General, due to clusters of microcephaly that have been reported in areas of Zika...
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Speak to a physician at Jupiter Medical Center - Dec 21, 2015 - 11:01:09 AM

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Jupiter Medical Center’s Foshay Cancer Center and Jupiter Medical Specialists, LLC, are proud to introduce the newest member of our world class oncology team at Jupiter Medical Center, Anthony E. Addesa, MD, Board Certified in Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Addesa has over 18 years of radiation oncology experience, with an impressive academic background. Dr. Addesa received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University Magna Cum Laude; his medical degree from Drexel University/Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia; completed his medical internship at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital Department of Internal Medicine and his residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center where he served as Chief Resident...
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Bahamas' First Cochlear Implant Surgery Deemed a Success - Dec 18, 2015 - 1:34:51 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Three years ago, Wesley Paul suddenly went deaf. He had just no residual hearing in his left ear and minimal hearing in his right, and he was no longer able to communicate, continue to work in the financial sector or participate in one of his favourite hobbies – singing.

While it remains unclear what led to his hearing loss, Wesley recalls having an earache in August, 2012. He took over the counter medication and never got medical attention, instead he compensated for the deficiency by relying on his left ear for listening and receiving information.

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"The Fountain of Youth" How to Slow Down the Aging Process - Oct 29, 2015 - 6:11:08 PM


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The food that we consume makes a huge difference in how we age and how we feel about ourselves…so why not help ourselves to some age-defying foods!

Here are a few foods you should definitely have on your plate:

Colorful Fruits and Vegetables such as deep red tomatoes, blueberries and carrots, have antioxidants that help stop unstable molecules from damaging healthy cells. Blueberries are best for smoothing fine facial lines. These blue wonders contain more antioxidants than almost any other food, giving your skin extra protection against skin-damaging radicals that result from sun exposure, emotional stress, and even over exercising...
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Kittitian mother thanks Health City for son's free heart surgery - Oct 29, 2015 - 1:39:40 AM

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CAYMAN ISLANDS - A relieved mother from St. Kitts and Nevis is grateful for the doctors and staff of Health City Cayman Islands and its partners following the successful cardiac treatment of her son.

Shellon McCalmon thanked the Caribbean hospital "for the hospitality you have offered to us. For your patience and time in making me, and my son most of all, safe and well."

The patient, 12 year-old Phesaun McCalmon, was treated for an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), a "hole" in the wall....
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"Overcoming Pain" Foods that help with Pain and Inflammation - Oct 23, 2015 - 2:43:40 AM

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Are you constantly suffering from pain and inflammation? More than a third of the US population suffers from chronic pain effects, and while taking medication can reduce pain temporarily, it can also become addictive and produce harmful side effects. Let today be the day that you transition to a more natural pain-relieving solution by consuming anti-inflammatory foods!

Sage is an anti-inflammatory herd that has been shown in research to boost memory. It has also been used in poultry dishes for centuries and contains flavonoids that help reduce swelling...
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Jupiter Medical Center Specializes in Oncology - Oct 18, 2015 - 5:00:15 PM

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At Jupiter Medical Center, we provide expert health care that’s worth going the extra mile. Located in beautiful Palm Beach County, FL. Jupiter Medical Center provides advanced medicine with a boutique, concierge experience. Most importantly, we have a comprehensive Global Medicine Program providing top-tier oncology services to patients from around the globe, including all of our Caribbean neighbors.

Oncology requires both precision and dedication. Our experienced team of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians ensures the highest quality of treatment. Jupiter Medical Center’s oncology program provides patients with options that match those offered in many of the nation’s top academic medical centers.
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"Feed Your Brain:" Foods That Help Heal the Brain - Oct 15, 2015 - 6:28:29 PM

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Your brain is a hungry little organ. It needs lots of nutrition to keep it running smoothly, but not the bottled kind. You can increase the chances of maintaining a healthy brain well into your old age, by including these ‘super foods’ in your diet!

Blueberries are definitely a dominant fruit when it comes to maintaining your health. Researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and reduce the chance of acquiring conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia...
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PAHO/WHO assists The Bahamas to cope with health impact of Hurricane Joaquin - Oct 9, 2015 - 12:31:43 PM

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Nassau, October 7th, 2015 – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) responded with health and government officials in The Bahamas to assess the impact of Hurricane Joaquin and strengthen the country’s relief efforts.

Hurricane Joaquin caused widespread damage, significantly impacting electricity supply, communication infrastructure, health facilities, roadways, airports, harbours/ports and potable water for over 14,000 residents on Crooked Island...
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"Happy Feet" Foods that help arthritis and inflammation - Oct 8, 2015 - 10:02:25 PM

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When you have arthritis, your body is in an inflammatory state. While there is no one cause of arthritis, some potential causes may include: injury, abnormal metabolism, inheritance, infections and an over-active immune system.

Although there is no diet cure for arthritis either, certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and boost the immune system. Adding the following foods to your diet may help ease the symptoms of your arthritis.

If you are suffering specifically from Rheumatoid Arthritis, it is time to fuel up on fish. Certain types of fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring...
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Top-tier Orthopedic Program at Jupiter Medical Center - Oct 8, 2015 - 12:37:23 PM

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Contemplating whether or not to travel for orthopedic surgery? Choose a medical center that provides world-class care while making you forget you ever left home. Regain your mobility in the tropical destination of Palm Beach County, Florida, surrounded by views of beautiful beaches, palm trees and golf courses. Jupiter Medical Center has a renowned orthopedics team that is highly specialized in joint replacement, revision, spinal procedures and limb lengthening. We are also recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as being in the top 2.2% of hospitals in the United States for quality outcomes related to elective hip and knee procedures...
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Indian doctors a blessing to the Caribbean, says envoy - Oct 7, 2015 - 9:09:07 PM

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NEW DELHI, India ( October 7, 2015) - Having spent nine years in New Delhi, the Dominican Republic's Ambassador to India has endorsed the expertise of Indian medical practitioners who are dispensing high quality medical care and saving lives in the Caribbean and around the globe.

Ambassador Frank Hans Dannenberg Castellanos, Dean of Diplomatic Corps in the Indian capital, asserted the Caribbean is well-placed to benefit from the talented nurses, doctors, administrators and medical teams who are sharing their expertise across the region. While most are in private practice or in hospitals and clinics, many are caring for patients at Health City Cayman Islands on Grand Cayman, one of only two Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals in the Caribbean...
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4 Foods that will help you Avoid a Stroke - Sep 28, 2015 - 10:02:50 AM


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A stroke is known as a “brain attack” and can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this occurs, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die.

Studies have shown that eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish, can lower the risk of stroke. Here are four fantastic foods you should start with:

Beans aren’t just good for your heart, but for your brain as well. This is because they are rich in the B vitamin Folate, also known as Folic Acid...
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Health City Cayman Islands opens Neurosurgery services - Sep 18, 2015 - 1:09:10 AM

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Health City Cayman Islands is expanding its services to include a wide-range of neuro-spinal procedures, overseen by a team of certified neuro-spinal surgeons.  The services will include the treatment of various conditions of the brain, such as brain tumours and aneurysms as well as back and neck problems

Dr Komal Prasad, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon, said there was a common misconception that neurosurgeons only perform brain surgery, however they are the only physicians who treat the entire spine as well, including the spinal cord...
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Health City Cayman Islands celebrates 100 successful orthopaedic surgeries - Sep 15, 2015 - 11:00:43 AM


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The Orthopaedic department at Health City Cayman Islands has proudly reached the landmark of over 100 surgeries since it opened its doors just over a year ago.

Dr Alwin Almeida, Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon said the first surgery was undertaken on 5th June 2014 and involved a shoulder arthroscopic surgery.

“Since then we have had a wide range of cases from hip replacements, arthroscopic biopsy to multi-ligament reconstructions, and it is a proud moment for us to have achieved this milestone,” he said.


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