Understanding the Health Risk of Ebola Virus Disease

The Ebola Virus Disease, formerly known as Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever, is a rare but severe and oftentimes fatal illness in humans. Since 1976, there have been 10 outbreaks of the disease. However the 2018 outbreak has protracted and extended to the main commercial centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the disease is being viewed as an extraordinary event constituting a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease.

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Taking a look at the Hepatitis Virus Pt 2

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver commonly caused by a viral infection. Viral infections of the liver that are classified as hepatitis include hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis is preventable, treatable, and in the case of hepatitis C, curable, but it’s important to note that there are other possible causes of hepatitis.  These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.

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World Hepatitis Day Sunday

On this week’s Healthline I share the microphone with Director of the Caribbean Hepatitis C Alliance and Representative of the World Hepatitis Alliance Group, Shelly Ann Myrie to talk about Hepatitis and plans for World Hepatitis Day tomorrow.

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Ministry of Health & Wellness: Tackling NCD’s Across the Region

Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Jamaica Moves Initiative is leading the global fight against non-communicable diseases, NCD’s. On this week’s Healthline we give you updates on Jamaica’s programme and get some views on it from Executive Director for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. James Hospedales.

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Beating The Heat Pt 2

2018 was one of the hottest years on record, but with the recent temperature increases, it’s possible the worst is yet to come. This year, extremely high temperatures are being experienced with Jamaica recording its highest ever temperatures in the latter part of June.

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CPR Awareness

June 16 to 22 is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Week, being spearheaded by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. This year’s theme is Every Second Counts: CPR saves lives. We’re discussing CPR on this week’s Healthline.

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NCD’s vs Salt

The Health and Wellness Ministry will be implementing a National Salt Reduction Programme as part of ongoing measures to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs). On this week’s Healthline we explore the link between NCDs and salt.

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NHF Lupus Subsidy Improving Lives

On this week’s Healthline, we’re discussing how the inclusion of Lupus on the National Health Fund (NHF) card is providing some relief for persons with the condition.

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ADHD vs PTSD

To wrap up our series on Children’s Health, we’re discussing the differences between Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) today.

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Mental Health in Children

This year’s Child Month theme: Enable, encourage, include me, has the spotlight on Children with mental and physical challenges. As we continue our series, this week on Healthline we’re discussing mental disorders in children.

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Down Syndrome Part 2

We’re focusing on children with physical and mental disabilities this Child Month. The theme for this year’s observance is “encourage, enable, include me” and on today’s edition of Healthline, we continue our discussion on down syndrome.

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Down Syndrome Part 1

In light of Child month, Healthline will be zooming in on issues affecting children. We begin a two-part look at down syndrome.

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Measles

The Ministry of Health says it is monitoring the island for imported cases of measles in light of the recent increase in cases in the United States and across the region. On this week’s Healthline, we take a closer look at the disease known as measles.

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Cataract Treatment

China’s Bright Journey Medical Mission team is on their second visit to Jamaica. As part of the initiative, some 500 Jamaicans are to receive free cataract surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

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Influenza H1N1 Pandemic

On today’s edition of Healthline, we explore the Influenza A H1N1 pandemic strain 09 and provide tips for prevention and control of the flu.

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Kidney & Nutrition

March is being observed as International Nutrition Month, under the theme ‘Taking Responsibility for Assessing Our Nation’s Nutritional Needs. So in this week’s Healthline, we’re doing a mash-up with two of those. Today we discuss Kidney nutrition.

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