Sitting down – Why does it hurt?

By Virginia Nsitem Do you have difficulty sitting down comfortably because of low back and pelvic pain? Do you use a soft cushion to relieve pain when sitting down? Do you shift your position frequently...

New pill can deliver insulin

Insulin pillAn MIT-led research team has developed a drug capsule that could be used to deliver oral doses of insulin, potentially replacing the injections that people with type 1 diabetes have to give themselves...

Will you be my Healthy Valentine?

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: DR. VIKAS PURI Did you know that about 1 in 12 (or 2.4 million) Canadian adults age 20 and over live with diagnosed heart disease? Approximately every hour, about 12 Canadian adults age...

From the mat to life

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING You might hear a lot of people say “yoga changed my life”.If you aren’t a regular practitioner, this may sound questionable. How can a series of poses “change your life”?...

How exercise may protect against Alzheimer’s disease

FOCUS ON HEALTH How exercise may protect against Alzheimer’s disease Athletes know a vigorous workout can release a flood of endorphins: “feel-good” hormones that boost mood. Now there’s evidence that exercise produces another hormone that may...

Your Psoas and Your Yoga

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING You have this nagging pain in your back, that seems to flare up just a little bit more after sitting for long periods of time. You find yourself having to...

Splits for Life

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING Splits or Hanumanasana carries a beautiful story and was told to me for the first time by a brilliant yoga teacher and friend from Sweden, by the name of Ingrid...

A first-time traveller’s guide to Paradise Island

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares One of the many beautiful marinas at Paradise Island Whether you are a regular visitor to The Bahamas and you’re looking to enjoy a different perspective of the islands, or you’re planning a trip...

Invigorate your Yoga Practice

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING The idea of getting on your mat sometimes can feel less than thrilling. You might feel like your practice is a little stale or you might be less than enthusiastic...

How Do You Feel About The New Year

As the world ring in the new year, the external celebrations will keep us excited for a short period of time. In that time we have some hint of hope so that led us...
Play Your Part In Tackling The Plastic Bottle Crisis In The World

Play Your Part In Tackling The Plastic Bottle Crisis In The World

It is estimated that every one second, an incredible 1,500 used water bottles are discarded in the United States. On a global scale, more than one million plastic bottles are purchased per minute, yet...

Take time to reflect

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING The New Year is fast approaching, and it is common practice for most of us to reflect on what we have accomplished this past year and to set goals for...

What Are We Thinking About on the Mat?

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING The fluffy answer that we would all like to say with authenticity is: “I’m thinking about nothing but the present moment. I am totally still and one with myself. I...

The Perfect Caribbean Cruise

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares An exciting way to see the Caribbean is via a cruise. While most of North America, Europe and Asia are dealing with cold weather, the Caribbean islands have the perfect mixture of sun...

What’s your favourite yoga pose?

Share8 Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 8 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING Q:What’s your favourite yoga pose? If you ask me that same question, I will say Wild Thing, and then I will say Pigeon, and then I will say Wheel. That...
Hangover Cures

15 best hangover helpers to give your drinking buddy

Even the best of us have experienced a night of drinking that we regretted the next morning. The awful feeling of being hungover is something that you have to suffer through, but there are...

All Good Things Come to an End! One Final Tour of Jamaica

Share2 Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 2 Shares BY: SIMONE JENNIFER SMITH Getting up on Sunday morning was painful. My feet hurt, my head hurt, geez! I don’t want to admit it, but I definitely cannot party the way that I...

I’m Drinking Rum and RedBull!

Share2 Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 2 Shares BY: SIMONE JENNIFER SMITH Oh Yes! If you are a rum drinker, this article is definitely for you! The goal is to engage you with information researched from all over the world. If...

Mental Health & Yoga

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: TRISHA CURLING Attitudes towards mental health issues are finally changing in our communities.The stigma attached is being released and we are now becoming more empathetic and beginning to understand that conditions like...

Street Parties, Early morning relaxation and onwards to Montego Bay!

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: SIMONE JENNIFER SMITH “Itis is killing me; I need a nap, Trish!” We had just finished eating this lovely meal at Miss T’s Kitchen, and I was ready for a nap. “We...

6 Fun Activities To Do In Turks And Caicos

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: CLAIRE NASH I recently took a vacation in the Turks and Caicos and it did not go as expected. In fact, it was far better than planned. I had wanted to take an...

Tips From Famous Frequent Flyers For Surviving Long Haul Air Travel

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares If you ever had to spend more than 10 hours on a plane, you know that although it can be one of the fastest ways to travel, it can be extremely tiring—long-haul flights...

Goodbye Kingston, Ocho Rios Here we Come!

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares BY: SIMONE JENNIFER SMITH Okay, so where did I leave off? Hmmmm… Oh yes! Trish and I have just had an amazing night in Kingston; ate some extravagant food, and I think we...

Zika No Longer a Concern for Saint Lucia

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is celebrating the news that the Zika virus has been interrupted on Saint Lucia. That means scientists have determined the virus is no longer present and travellers, including pregnant...
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Fitness Challenge: Get In Shape and Eat Healthy In 30 Days

For more than 15 years I served in the military.  Most people know that the military have a set standard for fitness and it is mandatory for service members to remain in shape at...

Caribbean festivals around the world

Share Share Tweet Email WhatsApp Pin 0 Shares The Caribbean islands are a destination of wondrous beauty. Pristine beaches, blue waters, and an abundance of dance and music make any vacation to the Caribbean a memorable one. The Caribbean community is...

What is tendonitis?

FOCUS ON HEALTH What is tendonitis? By Virginia NsitemTendonitisDo you feel pain near a joint or bone that is worse with movement? Do you feel swelling near a bone or joint? Or a crackling sensation near...

Reducing the risk of DVT

FOCUS ON HEALTH Reducing the risk of DVT By Kim Jackson The holiday season is here and we are planning trips to far off lands or resorts close to home. But it’s important to be aware of...

Maintaining a good posture and walking style

FOCUS ON HEALTHpostureMaintaining a good posture and walking style By Kim Johnson Is your bag causing you neck and back pains? Whether you’re at school, working in an office or just out, chances are you carry...

Carnival Ball to raise funds for ‘SickKids-Caribbean Initiative’

Denise Herrera-JacksonPeeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival has announced the launching of a “charitable partnership” between the Carnival and the Hospital for Sick Children to advance the study, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer and serious...

Be safe for the carnival

FOCUS ON HEALTH Be safe for the carnival The Caribbean carnival season has arrived in Toronto and it means beautiful colours, lots of fun and activities with live music and dancing. However, before you take part...

How To Eat Food You Hate: Seafood Thai Curry

I will not tell anyone how to cook their food but doing it home cook style is actually better for you. Over the past couple of months, my wife has been attempting to...

FiWEH In Nago: Relaxation At The Ma Blue Hawaiian House Hotel & Restaurant

I needed a break from work and I wanted to getaway to a quiet relaxing place.  My search brought me to a Hawaiian style, family ran accommodation called Ma Blue Garden House Hotel and...

Okinawa Banana Stand Live Review

Today I am going to take a trip to the local markets for fresh fruits an vegetable in Okinawa, Japan. For those who are either new to the island or is interested in...

Workers can become dangerously overheated at temperatures below official limits

(Reuters Health) - Employers and workers need to be aware that heat stress can happen well before temperatures reach official limits for workplace safety, a U.S. study suggests.

Soft tissue injuries: muscle strain and ligament sprain

By Virginia Nsitem Have you ever been diagnosed with a whiplash sprain or strain injury or back muscle tear? Have you ever twisted your ankle or knee joint? This article will explain the differences between...

Thinking skills may suffer on hot days

(Reuters Health) - Heat waves can sap productivity by slowing down thinking, even in the young and healthy, a small study suggests.

Babies who started solids slept better: study

(Reuters Health) - Babies who start on solids at three months sleep better than infants exclusively breastfed until six months of age, according to a new analysis of clinical trial data.

Sun-sensitive people need more than sunscreen to avoid sunburn

(Reuters Health) - People with pale skin who are sensitive to the sun should use several sun-protective behaviors to avoid sunburn, according to a new study.

Physician burnout a key driver of medical errors

(Reuters Health) - Burned-out doctors are more likely to make major medical errors, regardless of workplace safety measures, new research shows.

PTSD raises heart and stroke risk in World Trade Center cleanup crews

(Reuters Health) - More than 16 years after cleanup was completed at the site of the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City's World Trade Center complex, many who worked at the disaster site still struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may also have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke as a result, researchers say.

Multivitamin-mineral supplements do not reduce heart disease, deaths

(Reuters Health) - Taking multivitamins and minerals does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or associated deaths, according to a new review of existing research.

Israel’s Together to sell cosmetics based on cannabis, Dead Sea minerals

Israel's Together Pharma said on Tuesday it will set up a new company with Premier Dead Sea to sell cosmetics based on cannabis and Dead Sea minerals.

Israeli firm gets U.S. nod for advanced trials for non-opiate painkiller

Israeli pharmaceuticals company PainReform has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin late-stage clinical studies for a pain relief drug that is a departure from opiate-based narcotics, it said on Tuesday.

Caricom states say CSME only with their mouths

Dear Editor,I write with respect to the recent summit of Caricom heads of government which took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I understand that issues pertaining to the single market and economy were discussed. I use this medium to state that Caricom will remain an avenue for talks and no action until a number of impediments are eliminated.

Hormone therapy poses stroke risk for transgender women

(Reuters Health) - Hormones given to people to align their sex with their gender pose a significant risk of serious blood clots and stroke among transgender women, one of the largest studies of transgender patients has concluded.

Trump slams Pfizer after July 1 drug price hikes

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday took aim at Pfizer Inc and other U.S. drugmakers after they raised prices on some of their medicines on July 1, saying his administration would act in response.

Fewer older black patients survive long-term after cardiac arrest in the hospital

(Reuters Health) - After a cardiac arrest in the hospital, older black patients don't survive as long as older white patients, new data show.

Danone investigates Aptamil baby milk complaints

French food group Danone is investigating reports that its new Aptamil baby milk formula has made some infants unwell in Britain.

Team mix affects operating room social behavior

(Reuters Health) - Social behavior in the operating room is significantly affected by the mix of professional roles and the surgeon's gender, according to researchers who observed 200 surgical procedures.

Rum For Breakfast — So Rumbelievable

Saturday Social picks up where Page 2 left off at Bacchanal Jamaica's Rum For Breakfast event held Saturday last at the gardens of Hope Zoo. Standout booths were Goddard Catering Events (ackee and salt fish, perfectly fried dumplings, and crispy fried chicken and waffles); Grace Kitchens (the tastiest franks and beans); and Chas E Ramson which clearly knows that Foska oats, Hungry Jack pancakes and Elle &...

Jamaica Medical Foundation Auction — Providing a lifeline to health

“This evening is basically to celebrate life, and in doing so to try and help organisations which contribute so much good in our country,” shared Jamaica Medical Foundation (JMF) Chairman Michael A Fraser in his welcome address at the JMF Lifeline: Wine, Fashion, and Art Auction, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, on Thursday, July 5.

Alessandra Bell

“I'm not a designer; I've never claimed to be. But I do love fashion and I know what sells, “ declares the woman who defied the odds and landed her brand CocoNautical line at Topshop, Oxford Street, London. Alessandra Bell is a fashion entrepreneur with an online ecomm site for swimwear and resort wear which she started in 2016 and, a year later, pivoted the business to become a drop shipping and wholesale platform for vacation wear to prove it.


On our radar this week is Saint International model Brandon Bailey in the June fashion editorial of Flaunt magazine.The shoot was done... in March on the roof of a building in Manhattan , New York. The experience overall on set was a good one, although I must say, contrary to what the weather looks like, it was freezing! 

The Favourite Travel Destinations of Four Local Executives

Travel broadens the mind and summer is a great time to explore, discover, and create experiences. Last week, SO asked 10 local executives, who attended the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce's 36th annual dinner and awards ceremony, about their favourite travel destinations and this year's summer plans. Here are four more!

Summer Travel Bucket List:

New York is always a hot and haute summer travel destination, and with temperatures scaling up to 100 degrees last week, SO has a primer for the haute part of your next trip. FLYCaribbean

Bell & Whistles

There's something quite remarkable about Alessandra Bell. Beneath her humility lies a prudent businesswoman for whom the word “impossible” does not exist. This quiet confidence has been developed through a career that is studded with the shattering of ceilings and the knocking down of doors.

Is he cheating?

 It is never best to assume when it comes to issues of fidelity, but rather, you need to have real evidence. But what if that evidence is not easily accumulated? Here are several red flags that a man might be cheating. He hides his cell phone; his phone is always on airplane mode or on vibrate

4 steps to self-actualisation

 Reality is, it is hard for some women to get to the point where they can receive their soulmates as they struggle with scars from heartbreaks that linger for years. It is not easy to overlook a betrayal from a past lover, but the guidelines below are proven to be effective.Writing

Lies hurt healthy relationships

 Many times people lie, thinking that they are helping themselves rather than doing anything bad. Some even believe that it is best to cover the truth, as unveiling such would do more harm than good. However, lies actually kill relationships, and here are four reasons why you should stop lying.Lies kill trust

The importance of taking time off

 If a couple lives a busy life, especially if there are children involved, their relationship may become distanced. It is best for couples to invest in time alone with each other, as this could be the lifesaver for their romance.Note that:Time alone brings a couple closerThey can use this time to reconnect and rekindle the chemistry, especially if they have full-time jobs and children to raise.

Why we went back to heartache

 Why would someone go back to a situation that caused them much grief and heartache? Below a few women share why they went back to what they once ran from.Jacqui:

The Zone diet

DEVELOPED by biochemist Barry Sears, the Zone diet, which has been made popular by many celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, is touted for its ability to burn fat even as you sleep without triggering feelings of hunger by balancing the fat, carbs, and proteins that you eat. This diet, nutritionist and wellness expert Donovan Grant says, ultimately promotes weight loss and wards off chronic illnesses and diet-induced inflammations such as heart disease.

Remember: Adolescent pregnancy prevention

ACCORDING to the World Health Organization, every year an estimated 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 years, and two million girls aged under 15 years, become pregnant in developing regions. Approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years and 2.5 million girls under age 16 years give birth in the same areas.

Health benefits of broccoli

Dear Donovan,I hear broccoli is a super food. Is this true? If so, what are some of the benefits and should I be eating more of it? 

Migraine triggers

 A migraine is usually characterised by a throbbing pain or an intense, pulsating sensation in the head, usually accompanied by a number of other debilitating symptoms including nausea. Dr Samantha Nicholson, medical internist at Imani Medical Centre, Papine Plaza, said that while there is no research to support an exact cause of the severe headaches, there have been a number of factors which have been identified as triggers.

My marriage was a mistake from the start

PEOPLE treat the idea of marriage differently — some will never say “I do” unless they believe that they have found their soul mates; others will get married because they believe they can spend forever with the person; then there are those who believe that life, including marriage, is a game of chance. This means that even if they can smell doubt and doom from a mile away, for one reason or another they still decide to walk down the aisle with the hope that they can...

The right way to read food labels

 IN order to be in full control of what you consume, it is important that you understand how to read food labels. Most packaged items have the nutrition facts listed on the back; however, for many of us it is just a lot of words and numbers we know have meaning but have no clue how to interpret.

Timberwear Inc — where style and nature unite

Eye-catching frames are a great way to add a visual pop to any outfit, and there is nothing we here at All Woman Fashion (AWF) love more than accessories that team flair with function. Timberwear Inc — oozing specs appeal — is in our line of sight.

3 women share their infertility struggles

 INFERTILITY is characterised as the inability or failure to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse or due to an impairment of a person's capacity to reproduce, either as an individual or with their partner. Many women face this nightmare and often feel like they are alone in the struggle to conceive, maintain a healthy pregnancy, and bring home a baby after nine months.

Vows: On The Wings of Love

Still floating on cloud nine in nuptial bliss are Forward Air Finance Manager Delvin Williams and Delta Airlines Senior Product Manager Joline Charlton, who tied the knot in a ceremony officiated by Ruthlyn Stoner-Haughton on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Trident Castle, Port Antonio. The couple met at Joline's best friend's wedding, and in that moment the interconnectivity of people in this seemingly small world had never been clearer. “Surprisingly, although I knew his sister,...

He wants to kick us out

Dear Mrs Macaulay,

You are the father…

 WHAT are the obligations of a father who is listed on a child's birth certificate, even if the child is not biologically his? He is legally indebted to the child unless he can prove otherwise, the law states. And in the case of married couples, there is an automatic presumption of paternity without there being a need for additional supportive evidence

Deanne Pryce — More active after retirement

THE squash courts are not going to miss Deanne Pryce, although her colleagues at work will.The assistant general manager for finance and administration at JN General Insurance Company (JNGI) retired from her post in March, and that means she's seen more often at the Liguanea Club in St Andrew.“I want to maintain my body and my mind,” the trim 64-year-old stated. “As you get older, you need to maintain proper muscle mass.”

Revenge: A dish best served cold

 IF you have ever been cheated on then you would agree that revenge, if even for a fleeting moment, dominated your mind. And while some people are more forgiving, there are others who will not rest until the offending partner gets a taste of his/her own medicine. Below All Woman readers share the various ways in which they were able to exact revenge on their cheating partners. 

Picking an oily bone with Petrojam

Dear Editor,Over the years the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica has been issuing gas prices for the cost of its products on a weekly basis with no explanation or justification. I am puzzled why no one can explain the method used to arrive at the prices.

Listen to Thalia Lyn

Dear Editor,Jamaican patriot Thalia Lyn, CEO of Island Grill, addressing Hanover school leavers, implored them to support needy students, think out of the box, and be disruptive in their thinking while choosing a career. She doesn't mean literally go out and give trouble, but to have a firm, visionary outlook on life.It is quite heart-warming to hear these words from a person who has accomplished so much in her career.

New type of World Cup, Old Ja style

Dear Editor,As the World Cup approaches its climax, the developments so far — and the likely lessons that won't be learnt — may say more about Jamaica's national and football culture than we may care to admit.

Theories on CCJ in search of evidence?

Dear Editor,I refer to the Jamaica Observer editorial of July 5, 2018 titled 'New president, old issues for CCJ' which raised several issues, but I do not propose to address them all. There are two issues which piqued my interest:

CTI Biopharma’s cancer drug fails late-stage trial, shares tumble

CTI Biopharma Corp said on Monday its treatment for a type of blood cancer did not meet the main goal of a late-stage trial, sending its shares down 17 percent.

Insurers warn of rising premiums after Trump axes Obamacare payments again

Health insurers warned that a move by the Trump administration on Saturday to temporarily suspend a program that was set to pay out $10.4 billion to insurers for covering high-risk individuals last year could drive up premium costs and create marketplace uncertainty.

Cancer diagnosis tied to increased risk of diabetes

(Reuters Health) - People who get diagnosed with cancer may be more likely to develop diabetes, a Korean study suggests.

Biogen, Eisai’s Alzheimer’s drug succeeds in mid-stage trial, shares soar

Japanese drugmaker Eisai Co and Biogen Inc said that the final analysis of a mid-stage trial of their Alzheimer's drug showed positive results for patients who received the highest dose.

Explaining ‘herd immunity’ may convince more people to get flu shots

(Reuters Health) - The knowledge that getting a flu shot can help prevent flu from spreading in the community may help convince more people to get vaccinated, a U.S. study suggests.

Annoyance with wind turbines may affect quality of life

(Reuters Health) - People who can see wind turbines from their homes may be more annoyed by these machines and more likely to report quality of life issues than individuals who live further away from wind turbines, an industry-supported study suggests.

Mom’s healthy lifestyle lowers child’s risk of obesity

(Reuters Health) - Children whose mothers stick to healthy lifestyle practices are less likely to be obese than children of less healthy moms, researchers report.

Hitting cancer early: AstraZeneca’s bid to outmaneuver rivals

AstraZeneca suffered its biggest daily share price drop a year ago after a key cancer drug trial failed amid feverish speculation the chief executive might quit.

Europe recalls generic heart drug made in China on cancer fears

A number of high blood pressure and heart drugs containing an ingredient made in China are being recalled across Europe after an impurity that may cause cancer was found in them, officials said on Thursday.

AbbVie wins reversal of $140 million verdict in case over AndroGel risks

A U.S. judge on Thursday overturned a $140.1 million verdict against AbbVie Inc in a lawsuit by a man who claimed the company misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, causing him to suffer a heart attack.

U.S. private citizen cites mystery illness symptoms after China visit

A U.S. private citizen who visited China has reported symptoms like those of U.S. diplomats afflicted with a mysterious illness in Havana and Guangzhou, a U.S. State Department official said on Thursday.

Sticking with the same doctor may extend patients’ lives

(Reuters Health) - Seeing the same doctor over the years helps people live longer, suggests a new international study.

Dehydration may muddle your thinking

(Reuters Health) - Dehydration can impair your ability to think clearly, a new study suggests.

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure

Two buildings at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, were evacuated on Thursday because people may have been exposed to tuberculosis, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Air pollution may account for 1 in 7 new diabetes cases

(Reuters Health) - Air pollution could be responsible for 3.2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes every year globally, suggests a new analysis.

Secondhand smoking tied to snoring in kids

(Reuters Health) - Exposing children to secondhand tobacco smoke increases their risk of developing habitual snoring, according to an analysis of existing research.

Timeline: Britain’s National Health Service turns 70

Britain marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service on Thursday, a moment of pride and concern for a country that has nurtured its growth into the largest publicly funded healthcare service in the world.

Drugmakers try evasion, tougher negotiations to fight new U.S. insurer tactic

In the escalating battle over U.S. prescription drug prices, major pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to limit the economic damage from a new U.S. insurer tactic that coaxes patients away from expensive drugs.

South Africans paying too much for private healthcare: watchdog

South Africans are paying too much for private healthcare, the country's antitrust watchdog said on Thursday, adding patients are sometimes prescribed treatments they don't need by an industry with limited competition.

Folic acid linked to healthy brain development through childhood

(Reuters Health) - Folic acid fortification not only protects developing babies against certain birth defects but also supports healthy brain development through the teenage years, researchers report.

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