Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) – Should I know my status?

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) – Should I know my status?

What are Sexually Transmitted Infections? The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over one million (1,000,000) Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are acquired daily worldwide, with half of these amongst those aged fifteen (15) to twenty-four (24) years. STIs, as the name suggests, are spread predominantly through sexual contact including vaginal, anal, and oral sex; as […]

2021 Hansen’s Disease

2021 Hansen’s Disease

Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. The disease can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of the nose (nasal mucosa). Delayed diagnosis and treatment can lead to serious complications . Video 1-Overview of Hansen’s Disease in Trinidad and Tobago   Video 2-Signs, Symptoms and Treatment […]

Sticking to Your Resolutions 2021

Sticking to Your Resolutions 2021

In ancient times, resolutions took the form of oaths to kingdoms or religions. In modern times, most resolutions are generally personal and geared toward commitments to make some effort towards self-improvement. Maybe you plan to ring in 2021 with a new resolve to quit smoking, lose weight, exercise more, or not sweat the small stuff. […]

Healthy Eating Tips for the Christmas Holidays

Healthy Eating Tips for the Christmas Holidays

Exercise: During the holiday season we usually have a little extra time available – Take this opportunity to develop a regular exercise pattern.  Review Your Cooking Methods: There are many healthy ways in which food can be pre- pared, for example: steaming, grilling, stir-frying, broiling and baking. Avoid tin foods because though they may be […]

Healthy Substitutions in Meals

Healthy Substitutions in Meals

You can use healthy substitutions to reduce salt and saturated fat and boost fiber content to make your favourite recipes healthier. The table below gives alternatives for some common ingredients found in recipes. If a recipe calls for this: Try using this: Breadcrumbs, dry Rolled oats or crushed bran cereal Butter, margarine, shortening or oil […]

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day

Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation. Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia). Click […]

World Diabetes Awareness

World Diabetes Awareness

All persons with diabetes suffer hyperglycaemia i.e. high levels of dissolved sugar(s) in the blood.  If left untreated, persistent hyperglycaemia can permanently damage the internal lining of blood vessels.  This injury limits the continuous delivery of blood containing nutrients and oxygen to vital organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys, genitals and eyes.  Some long-term […]

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, impacting 2.1 million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the U.S., but it can be successfully treated.