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'Sweethearting' victims urged to get tested for HIV, STDs

Couples event seeks to debunk transmission myths

WITH the practice of “sweethearting” being a common facet of Bahamian society, married and dating couples who suspect infidelity are being encouraged to get tested for HIV/AIDS, even if they do so unbeknownst to their partner.While the ideal scenario

Ministry of Health launches HIV education for physicians

To reinforce its policy to "Treat All" of the more than 8,500 people living with HIV in the Bahamas, the Ministry of Health has launched a new programme to promoted the continued education of physicians on the virus. The national “HIV Continued Medi

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Kingdor Foundation rolls out the red carpet

APRIL will be commemorated as Parkinson’s Awareness Month around the world. Here in the Bahamas, the Kingdor National Parkinson Foundation has planned several events to educate and sensitise the population regarding the devastation of this debilitat

Women and heart disease- Knowing your risk -

As February is observed worldwide as Heart Month, Registered Nurse Celestine King-Dorsett is drawing attention to women’s heart health in particular.  

Improve your heart health in 2018 with these tips

(BPT) - When it comes to maintaining and/or improving your heart health, it’s the little things you do day after day that can have a big impact on your immediate and long-term health.A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are naturally the first thing

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"I am disabled but able" - Entrepreneur overcomes spina bifida challenges

People often assume that those with disabilities mostly lead unhappy, unfilled lives. However, research conducted over the years and testimonials by individuals like Edvenna Major prove the opposite to be true – that many disabled people experience s

How sweet are you? Diabetic Research Institute hosts Valentine's Day screening

This Valentine’s Day, under the theme “How Sweet Are You”, members of the Diabetic Research Institute will host an all-day free screening for locals.The Diabetic Research Institute is a nonprofit organisation that has been in operation for the past 1

Consider alternatives to opioids to manage pain after surgery

(BPT) - If you’re having surgery, you can expect to be sore and uncomfortable for a few days, whether you’re recovering at home or in the hospital. But it’s best to limit opioids or avoid them altogether, opting for alternatives to manage pain and di

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Got kidney pain? Are you stoned?

Kidney stones are relatively common across all age groups, occurring in approximately 12 per cent of men and six per cent of women. The higher rate of occurrence in men is influenced by diet.Higher incidences are also seen in tropical climates, as i

Consensual sex is key to happiness and good health, science says

(THE CONVERSATION) – As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s nice to celebrate love and, one the best parts about it, sex. As a doctor and epidemiologist who studies sex, I bring good news for Valentine’s Day. It’s not just that sex is fun – it’s also

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An early start on dental care

Dentist warns of sugary snacks and drinks

By the time your baby hits the 12-month mark, he or she would have reached a number of developmental milestones like saying “mama” or “dada”, crawling on their belly, and growing their first set of teeth. It is recommended by local dental professionals that during this first year parents should set up an appointment with a paediatric dentist.

Not just boy and girl; more teens identify as transgender

Far more teens than previously thought are transgender or identify themselves using other nontraditional gender terms, with many rejecting the idea that girl and boy are the only options, new research suggests.

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Living with disability

McPhee family finds triumph in the face of adversity

Brigitte McPhee remembers vividly the day her two-year-old son Andrew McPhee Jr began having seizures.“I handed him over to his teacher at his day care and she noticed his eyes rolling over. I then felt him shaking in my arms. Immediately I knew some

Three formerly misunderstood foods now a part of a well-balanced diet

(BPT) - Throughout history, misconceptions, misinformation and popular culture have influenced people’s eating habits. Many foods that were previously eaten daily are now considered unhealthy. Conversely, some foods that were thought to be “bad for y

How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

(THE CONVERSATION) – Evolution is usually very slow, a process of change that takes thousands or millions of years to see.But for influenza, evolution is fast – and deadly. Flu viruses change rapidly to escape the body’s defenses. Every few years, n