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Cuban resort upgrades medical tourism services

August 16, 2017
Cuban resort upgrades medical tourism services HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The famous Varadero tourist resort in the western Cuba province of Matanzas has upgraded its international healthcare center now offering specialized medical services. The cutting edge technology providing the new services includes a biochemical analyzer  providing fast...

Cuban skin cancer drug now available island-wide

August 9, 2017
Cuban skin cancer drug now available island-wide HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Heberferon, the only drug of its kind in the world, developed in Cuba for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma of the skin, is now available throughout the island, barely six months after beginning of the programme for its distribution. During that period, more than 400 patients in...

Cuba graduates 170 doctors from the United States

August 4, 2017
Cuba graduates 170 doctors from the United States HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba has graduated 170 doctors from the United States through a project implemented the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which was initiated in November 1999. In an exclusive interview with Cuban News Agency, Zenia Díaz Catalá, director of the general secretariat...

St Kitts-Nevis to become first in OECS and CARICOM to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission

August 4, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis to become first in OECS and CARICOM to eliminate mother to child HIV transmission BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis is expected to become the first country in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Americas, outside of Cuba, to bring an end to mother to child transmission of HIV, as indicated by health officials.

CDB approves funding to improve food safety management in Grenada

August 1, 2017
CDB approves funding to improve food safety management in Grenada BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding to the government of Grenada to enhance the compliance of its fresh fruits and vegetables subsector with internationally recognised food safety management systems (FSMS).

Jamaican scientist's marijuana-based anti-cancer drug is now FDA approved

July 27, 2017
Jamaican scientist's marijuana-based anti-cancer drug is now FDA approved KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted orphan drug approval for Chrysoeriol, a cannabis-based drug used to treat acute myeloid leukaemia, which was developed by Jamaican scientist Dr Henry Lowe. Lowe founded Medicanja Ltd -- described as “Jamaica's...

EarthTalk: Twenty health benefits of going vegan, according to science

July 7, 2017
EarthTalk: Twenty health benefits of going vegan, according to science So what are the health benefits of going vegan anyway? A plant-based diet is increasingly becoming recognized as a healthier alternative to a diet laden with meat. In recent years, veganism has become one of the most popular diets, endorsed by many celebrities and members of the medical community.

Letter: Insulin: Cuba vs. US

July 7, 2017
Letter: Insulin: Cuba vs. US With reference to the letter published in your issue of July 1 from Dr Nestor Garcia Iturbe regarding a comparison between Cuba and the United States where insulin treatment for diabetes is concerned, he states that, whereas in Cuba it costs only cents per month because the government subsidises...

Cuban anti-diabetic foot ulcer drug produces more good results

July 5, 2017
Cuban anti-diabetic foot ulcer drug produces more good results PINAR DEL RÍO, Cuba (ACN) -- The ongoing use of Heberprot-P, a drug developed in Cuba for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, has produced more good results in Pinar del Río province, which in the current year has reported only two amputations. This figure reflects the efforts of a...

Commentary: Will the Senate's Health Care Bill be 'mean' bill 2?

July 3, 2017
Commentary: Will the Senate's Health Care Bill be 'mean' bill 2? On May 4 last, President Trump and Republican lawmakers gathered in the Rose Garden to party over the passage of their House version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Touted the president, "We've come up with a really incredible health care plan, this has brought the Republican Party together,"

Letter: Cuba-US: Interesting information on medical treatment

July 1, 2017
Letter: Cuba-US: Interesting information on medical treatment Recently I was reading an article, dated June 25th of this year, from the publication "Beat the Press Weekly Roundup", written by Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Political Research (CEPR), which is located in Washington, DC. The title of the article caught my attention.

Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti, says UN deputy chief

June 16, 2017
Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti, says UN deputy chief NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations deputy chief on Wednesday called on member states to fund the Organization's new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources. “Without additional resources, the intensified cholera response...

Commentary: Public healthcare is a pain

June 12, 2017
Commentary: Public healthcare is a pain On Friday, May 27, 2017, I had reason to interact with the public health services in Jamaica, namely, the May Pen Hospital. Unfortunately, I'm aware that my experience is not singular but is normal for most Jamaicans who don't have the luxury to seek private care. We've band-aided a sore and...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

June 8, 2017
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected 16 hospitals and health centres in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative...

Puerto Rico health officials declare 2016 zika epidemic over

June 7, 2017
Puerto Rico health officials declare 2016 zika epidemic over SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Zika transmission has substantially decreased in Puerto Rico below epidemic levels, and the Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDH) has declared that the 2016 zika epidemic is over.  Zika levels have substantially decreased since the same reporting period in 2016.

Trinidad hosts international talks on daily antiretroviral pill

June 2, 2017
Trinidad hosts international talks on daily antiretroviral pill PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A new once-daily pill to prevent the spread of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is capturing the attention of communities affected by the virus. The daily antiretroviral pill interferes with the earliest stages of the virus’ life cycle and stops its ability to replicate.

Letter: Kudos to cancer specialist Dr Trevor Layne for wanting to transform Grenada's health care catastrophe

May 26, 2017
Letter: Kudos to cancer specialist Dr Trevor Layne for wanting to transform Grenada's health care catastrophe Grenada’s famed oncologist and hematologist, Dr Trevor Layne, who has political ambition and aspirations, and is hoping to throw his hat in the political arena in 2023, is not alone in the sentiment that nationalism is not delivering its full potential to the citizens of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique.

Commentary: The World Health Organization - why everyone should care

May 11, 2017
Commentary: The World Health Organization - why everyone should care Health is one of the most precious things to us all as individuals and families. It is something we very often take for granted, until we no longer have it. As the UK’s candidate for the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), I am committed to improving the health of people across the globe.

Total community involvement essential to fighting the Aedes aegypti mosquito

May 8, 2017
Total community involvement essential to fighting the Aedes aegypti mosquito PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- “Community participation is critical to the success of any programme designed to eliminate breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Efforts are doomed to failure if even one household is negligent,” said Dr C James Hospedales, executive director of the Caribbean...

Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

May 3, 2017
Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In an effort to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in the region, food safety stakeholders convened in Barbados from April 25-26, 2017, to discuss the improvement of plant health in the region. The two-day consultations, conducted by the United States Department...

Regional experts lay groundwork for roadmap on climate change and health

May 1, 2017
Regional experts lay groundwork for roadmap on climate change and health GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Recognised by the World Health Organization, as one of the greatest threats to human health and the environment, climate change can affect safe drinking water, secure shelter, and sufficient food in the Caribbean region. While emissions of greenhouse gases from...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Addressing the loss of health care professionals

April 29, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Addressing the loss of health care professionals Around the world, public health care systems are in crisis. From India to Australia, nations in the developing and developed world are struggling to meet the expectations of their local populations. The Caribbean is no exception. There are multiple reasons for this. In the Anglophone Caribbean,

OECS health unit addresses regional concerns on yellow fever

April 28, 2017
OECS health unit addresses regional concerns on yellow fever CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In light of the recent wave of yellow fever cases in the region, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Health Unit convened a virtual meeting via online web-conference on April 11, 2017, to address the concerns of member states and share useful and timely...

CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health

April 27, 2017
CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation. This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals, which in turn...

Commentary: The American Health Care Act - is it really?

April 27, 2017
Commentary: The American Health Care Act - is it really? The AHCA, rejected by Republicans – and of course the Democrats – and currently under revision, seems not to have as its priority the health care of the American people. What it appears to be about, and in this order, is: tax cuts for the wealthy, concern for the insurance carriers, and last...

Vaccination campaign necessary to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, says researcher

April 25, 2017
Vaccination campaign necessary to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, says researcher GAINESVILLE, USA -- A mathematical model of cholera transmission in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake suggests that current approaches to cholera control and elimination, which focus primarily on improving sanitation, are not likely to solve the problem. However, eradication of cholera...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

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