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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.
The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) is encouraging persons to take extra precautions against the Zika Virus (ZikV) particularly the most vulnerable including pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and persons with chronic underlying diseases. The call comes as the region intensifies precautionary measures against an imminent outbreak of the Zika Virus disease.
Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:26

Zika Cases Jump In French Guyana

French Guiana has seen an increase in Zika cases, the Pasteur Institute in Cayenne, says. The latest report from the Institute says the cases have increased in the territory to 17 since the first case in mid-December was reported.
Arlington Academy hosted its 4th Annual Health Fair this past Saturday, January 9, on their campus located at 4814 NW 167 Street in Miami Gardens, Florida. The event boasted HIV & Syphilis testing, dental hygiene presentations, blood donations, girl mentorship program information, and a bounce house for the kids. Volunteer services were provided by Miami Dade County Public Schools’ 5000 Role Models of Excellence. Students were accompanied by their Director, Paul Wilson.
An estimated 10,000 school children will have their teeth protected against decay and cavities – for free – as part of a new dental sealant program. Teams from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) are mobilizing to visit 103 elementary schools this school year, to apply the thin plastic coating to the teeth of children whose parents agree to the treatment.
Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At Home Foundation (JAH JAH) leads a contingency of volunteers for a week of community service projects to improve the health and education outcomes of Jamaica’s poor. Over twenty volunteers from across the United States have a rigorous itinerary for January 17th through 24th during the organization’s annual Mission for Change. “Mission for Change 2016 is a time to enjoy Jamaica, while serving- volunteers have a chance for authentic Jamaican experiences while doing great and worthwhile works,” said Dr. Trevor Dixon, emergency physician and CEO and founder.
Diabetics who rely on injectable insulin are finding relief in a more concentrated, long lasting form of the medication. Many type 2 diabetics are changing their medication regimen to one that requires much less maintenance. The trend began recently with Trulicity and soon others manufacturers followed suit.
Friday, 08 January 2016 15:08

20/20 Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy Eyes

Clear vision is not necessarily an indication of healthy vision warns Dr. Sarah Shafi, O.D. of the new optometry department at Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI). “A patient could have perfect vision, but actually have tumours, other harmful conditions or diseases and not even know it,” Dr. Shafi explained.
Thursday, 07 January 2016 19:45

Teen Dating Violence: A Widespread Tragedy

“Why did you talk to that other guy?” “You can’t go there without me.” “Give me your passwords.” This was the scenario of 16 year old Veronica. She did not know it at the time, but this was dating abuse. Ronbardo Gay, CHI’s Coordinator of Special Programs sees firsthand the effect abusive relationships have on teens.
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