Hope for women who suffer from recurrent UTIs

A belated Mother's Day gift for women in the Bahamas: a ray of hope for women who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections. Many women are plagued with the pain and tremendous frustration of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

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Shoulder pain and its cause

The shoulder is the most moveable joint in the human body. It is composed of a group of four muscles and their tendons. This group is called the rotator cuff, a group of muscles which connect the shoulder to the arm and it is the rotator cuff which gives the shoulder such a wide range of movement. If the rotator cuff is damaged in any way caused by injury or the aging process it might include swelling, or bone changes around this area and cause pain. Pain can occur when raising the arm above your head or moving the arm back and forth. Sometimes shoulder pain may be due to a problem in another area of the body, such as the neck or lungs. This is called referred pain and usually causes pain at rest but no worsening of pain when moving the shoulder.

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High blood pressure linked to sexual dysfunction in women and men

It is well-known that uncontrolled elevated blood pressure can lead to erectile dysfunction in men. It is relatively common for the first symptom of new onset or known poorly controlled hypertension to be poor quality erections.

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Local healthcare sector can be leader in new climate change reality

WHEN we think of climate change, the resilience of our health system and its facilities may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, it is one of the most critical aspects of ensuring that the Bahamas is able to adapt to the inevitable changes that climate change will bring.

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‘Self-care makes for better men and better communities’

A FOCUS on self-care for men will not only benefit the individual man, but the community as a whole, according to local life coach Eddi Russell.

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Obesity can be linked to low testosterone in some men

THE male hormone testosterone plays an important role in regulating sex drive, fat distribution, muscle mass, endurance, bone density, red blood cell production and sperm production, in addition to many other bodily functions.

Bahamas hitting ‘bull’s eye on HIV/AIDS global targets’

HIV/AIDS Foundation hosts candlelight vigil on December 1

TOMORROW the world re-commits to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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November was Movember: Men’s Heath Awareness Month

Movember is an annual worldwide event in the month of November that is geared towards the health awareness of men. Men throughout the world are encouraged to not shave during November and grow a moustache as a sign of solidarity and unity in the effort to emphasis the importance of men’s health awareness.

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Physiotherapy vs chiropractic care

There are many misconceptions surrounding the field of physiotherapy and many questions may arise when you learn that you or a loved one has been referred to a physiotherapist. Some frequently asked questions include: What exactly is physiotherapy? Who are physios? Will my physiotherapy sessions hurt? Will my physio ‘crack’ my back? Am I too old or am I too young for physiotherapy?

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What is sciatica?

Sciatica is the medical term describing severe pain experienced in the legs.

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What does a high PSA blood value mean?

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to lead to unacceptable morbidity and mortality rates in the Bahamas. Approximately 100 men die every year in the Bahamas from prostate cancer. Many of these deaths were preventable. Prostate cancer has an excellent cure rate if diagnosed when the cancer is organ confined.

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Medal-winning athlete battles ‘period poverty’, seeks to uphold women’s dignity with new nonprofit

To help those who are unable to afford menstrual hygiene products, a Bahamian college student has set up a new nonprofit organisation called Flow Sisters.

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Are you getting bent out of shape?

There’s more than one meaning to our column heading this week, but in this instance, I am using the phrase literally and want to talk to you about poor posture and its harmful effect on the body.

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Low testosterone levels in men linked to more severe COVID-19 cases

A fourth COVID-19 surge in reported cases, hospitalisations and deaths has our small nation’s healthcare system on the brink of disaster. The more contagious Delta variant and vaccination hesitancy among young adults, in particular, has led to an increase in younger COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospital with severe cases of the virus, when compared to the three previous pandemic surges.

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Enjoy the outdoors this summer, but be mindful of the sun

Summer is in full swing. And after 14 months of varying lockdowns and restrictions, Bahamians are more than ready to embrace the great outdoors.