Category Archives: Medical

Guyanese family with sick child seeking multiracial bone marrow donors

Guyanese family with sick child seeking multiracial bone marrow donors

Gaiutra Bahadur writes:

“In early April, my nephew Owen was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. It is a rare disease in which the bone marrow stops making enough blood cells: red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body, white blood cells that fight infection and platelets that help stop bleeding. The only guaranteed, permanent way to fix this condition is a bone marrow transplant.

We are searching for a bone marrow donor who is a perfect match for Owen. Genetics and ethnicity play a role in who might be a match. Unfortunately, only 4% of the 12.5 million people registered in the US National Bone Marrow Donor Program are (like Owen) categorized as mixed race.      Continue reading

H.E.R.O.C. Bingo Fundraiser – Medical Mission to Guyana – Rosedale NY – August 27, 2017

HEROC – Health & Education Relief Organization for Cancer

Attached is the flyer for our upcoming Bingo.  This is one of our
Fund Raiser Events in aid of our second Mission Trip to Guyana. This event
is to assist us with the shipment of a container of Medical Supplies for the various Community Health Centres

Foods to Avoid if You Have Prostate Cancer – by Dr. Paul Song M.D

Foods to Avoid if You Have Prostate Cancer

Medically reviewed by Dr. Paul Song M.D

Common foods that may cause prostate cancer could be in your fridge and pantry right now. It is important to be an informed shopper so you can know where your food is coming from and how it is packaged to avoid hormones, chemicals, and carcinogens. Here is what you need to know about common foods to avoid for prostate cancer whether you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or are concerned about prevention.

Which Foods to Avoid for Prostate Cancer?

If you have been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, watching what you eat and following The Prostate Diet can help with your longevity and immunity. Here’s a list of foods to avoid for prostate cancer because they may increase inflammation, come with chemicals and hormones, or may encourage cancer growth.         Continue reading

Guyana: Voices Against Violence – National Anti-Violence Vigil II

Voices Against Violence – National Anti-Violence Vigil II

Georgetown, Guyana, July 27th, 2017:  Launched last year as an initiative to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, “Voices Against Violence” (VAV) saw close to 300 vigils in communities across Guyana. Now an annual undertaking, it is an attempt to get communities across Guyana involved in anti-violence activism, while fostering the concept of communal action for community well being.

Set for September 10, under the theme, ‘Take A Minute, Save A Life’ VAV is an initiative that and that brings communities together and is inexpensive and easy to organize – each participant simply needs a candle or can even use a cell phone. Thus vigils can be organized by religious institutions, local businesses, sports and youth clubs, political party groups, schools…just about any entity or set of individuals. Where possible two or more groups can collaborate.      [READ MORE – Vigil press release ]

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Medical: People Have Been Taking Vitamin D All Wrong, Study Shows

People Have Been Taking Vitamin D All Wrong, Study Shows

How to take Vitamin D properly: Make sure the pill or food supplement is D3 from an animal source, not D2 from plants

Ruth Schuster | Haaretz

Of all places to do a study on sunshine and health, the United Kingdom has produced a ground-breaking paper proving that vitamin-D supplement therapy has been based on a fallacy: That the human body doesn’t distinguish between vitamin D2 from plants and vitamin D3 from animal sources.

It does, according to the study, which was done on adult women.  The scientists didn’t check men and children, at least yet.    Continue reading

Is the legalisation of marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago an ‘idea whose time has come’? – commentary

Is the legalisation of marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago an ‘idea whose time has come’?
Published on July 20, 2017 – Flora Thomas on Global Voices

Marijuana plant

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Even as many parts of the world move towards the decriminalisation of marijuana, Trinidad and Tobago still considers its cultivation and use illegal.

As early as 2014, activists in neighbouring regional territories were agitating for the “freeing up” of the herb. By February 2015, Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to decriminalise marijuana when its House of Representatives passed a law allowing possession of up to two ounces of cannabis. The new legislation also allows users to grow up to five plants for personal consumption, and guidelines are being established for the cultivation and distribution of both medical marijuana and use of the herb for religious ceremonies.     Continue reading

I Hope I Get Old Before I Die: Anti-ageism analysis- by Ashton Applewhite

I Hope I Get Old Before I Die – by Ashton Applewhite

Trying to stay young isn’t just futile: it’s also bad for you. Here’s how to think about aging in the era of ultra longevity.

In the 20th century, thanks largely to clean water and antibiotics, the American lifespan increased by 30 years. Who doesn’t want even more, if new technologies like gene editing and nanomedicine can safely put them within our grasp? As describes it, it’s the most important story today: “how biology and technology are coming together to help us all live healthier, happier, and longer lives.”

But the challenge for all of us, no matter our age, is to not frame it as an “anti-aging” story. Here’s a pro-aging take on each of those modifiers — healthier, happier, and longer lives — starting with life extension itself.

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Is the iPhone the crack cocaine of technology? OR…. Is it ‘My electronic Swiss army knife’ – 2 articles

The iPhone is the crack cocaine of technology. Don’t celebrate its birthday

Steve Jobs introduces the i-Phone in 2007

Apple’s device, now 10 years old, has ushered in an era of unprecedented connectivity. It has also nurtured widespread, crippling addiction

‘One in three adults admits to checking their phone in the middle of the night; 9% say they check their smartphone during sex.’ Steve Jobs launched the iPhone in 2007.
The pallid blue light of my phone cut through the gloom of my bedroom. I turned over, reached for it and read an email that had just come in. Before putting my phone down again, I looked at the time. 2.03 am. “What am I doing?” I asked myself as I drifted back to sleep………   [Read more]

Also read: ‘My electronic Swiss army knife’ below   

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Medical: The ABCs and Ds of Whether to Get Prostate Cancer Screening – NYT

The ABCs and Ds of Whether to Get Prostate Cancer Screening

Aaron E. Carroll – The New Health Care | The New York Times

It can be hard for physicians to follow current thinking of experts on medical care. It must be exponentially harder for the public to make sense of it. Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force changed its recommendation on prostate cancer screening from a D (that is, don’t do it) to a C (discuss it with your doctor).

Although there seemed to be a lot of coverage of this announcement in the news media, and a fair amount of excitement, there are two things men should know. First, it’s a good thing that recommendations change over time; second, this change isn’t as big a deal as you might think.   Continue reading

Barack Obama: On the ‘Fundamental Meanness’ of the Republican Health Care Bill – Jen Hayden

Barack Obama Issues a Scathing Statement on the ‘Fundamental Meanness’ of the Republican Bill

Jen Hayden | Daily Kos

Read his thoughtful, heartbreaking statement on the attempt to take away health care coverage from tens of millions of Americans:

Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party.     Continue reading

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