Combatting Cardiovascular Disease

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On the morning of August 27, 2016, Lyndon Callender was awakened just before 5 o’clock by a sharp, stabbing pain in his chest. He was sweating profusely and experiencing shortness of breath. The 51-year-old employee of the Grantley Adams International Airport was suffering a massive heart attack or a myocardial infarction (MI), a term with which he later became familiar …

Childhood Obesity A Continuing Concern

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Obese children are not only at higher risk for hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, but they might also experience social and psychological problems such as discrimination, bullying, low self-esteem and social isolation. This was asserted by Minister of Health Minister, John Boyce as he was speaking at the opening ceremony of a meeting convened by the …

Prevention Key In Fight Against NCDs

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Preventive action, in particular lifestyle change, is the key to stemming the growing public health threat of chronic diseases in Barbados. This submission came from Dr. Leslie Rollock, Senior Medical Officer of Health (CNCDs), as she addressed the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Sandy Crest Medical Centre at Holetown, St. James last Saturday. Dr. Rollock noted that the ongoing battle …

Health Minister: NCDs Greatest Health Threat

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More Barbadians are becoming ill and dying from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) than from all other illnesses combined. Minister of Health John Boyce, speaking at the launch of the Pharma Wellness International – Family Wellness Programme last Saturday, told his audience: “Barbados finds itself in a very precarious situation wherein the non-communicable diseases now surpass ill health and death from all …

Sudden Deaths Due To NCDs

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(FP) There is no cause for alarm regarding the recent sudden deaths in Barbados. This assurance came from the Ministry of Health today, as it noted that these deaths were not the result of a new public health issue. According to the Ministry, preliminary reports indicate that recent sudden deaths in Barbados were linked to “the usual causes of sudden …