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The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) says 2015 saw both progress and challenges in health in the Americas, including the Caribbean. In its end of year report, PAHO stated the Americas in April became the world’s first region to be declared free of endemic transmission of rubella, a contagious disease that can cause serious birth defects and even fetal death if contracted by women during pregnancy.

A major Harvard Medical School-affiliated research institute is aiming to develop education and care delivery in the Caribbean. The Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has signed a framework agreement with the Washington-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to collaborate in supporting the advancement of eHealth in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Early marriage is one of the factors which contribute to teen pregnancy. While countries in the Middle East and Asia come to mind when people think of minors being wedded, in the Caribbean the minimum age for marriage is actually as low as 12 years – in Trinidad and Tobago – although it is much higher in most other countries.

The Miami Dolphins will hold the 6th Annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on February 20, 2016.  

On February 20, 2016, all routes for DCC VI will lead to Sun Life Stadium. Participants can choose between seven options: from a 5k walk/run to rides 13-100 miles. In addition, there are volunteer opportunities available for anyone who interested in being a cancer fighter.

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