WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ A new World Health Organization (WHO) report says the number of Caribbean nationals living with diabetes has tripled since 1980, adding that one in 12 inhabitants live with diabetes in the Americas. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said diabetes is currently the fourth-leading cause of death in the hemisphere, following heart attacks, strokes and dementia. The health organization noted that if current trends continue, experts estimate that nearly 110 million people in the region will have diabetes by 2040.
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ Jamaican track star Usain Bolt last month joined the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination in protecting health and preventing disease. PAHO said the six-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion sprinter announced that Bolt would be featured on posters and in a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging people to get vaccinated.
New York Cityâ€™s Bill de Blasio administration has a gift for Puerto Ricans â€“ one million condoms! The New York City Health Department on Monday announced it will be donating the condoms to assist the economically challenged US territory of Puerto Rico to assist with Zika prevention efforts. The condoms are expected to be distributed by the Puerto Rico Department of Health throughout the island to allow residents to reduce the spread of Zika through sexual transmission.
Women with little or no health insurance can give themselves a Motherâ€™s Day gift of health by receiving free mammograms during a special event on May 14 in South Florida. Broward Health and the Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) are sponsoring the free breast cancer screenings for women up to age 65 who do not have coverage for the tests.