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GM mozzies to be released in West Bay

GM mozzies to be released in West Bay

| 05/05/2016 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit, in partnership with the UK-based firm Oxitec, will be releasing genetically engineered male mosquitoes across Grand Cayman in a new initiative to try and suppress the population of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads a number of viruses. Following controversial trials here and in Florida, […]

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CICSA not accepting co-pay on health

CICSA not accepting co-pay on health

| 03/05/2016 | 70 Comments

(CNS): Claims by Finance Minister Marco Archer that a decision has been made to have public servants pay part of their healthcare insurance by 2018 were refuted Tuesday by the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association. CICSA President James Watler said that his members had not been consulted or informed about any decision regarding co-pay and the […]

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Fuel spill contaminates GT water

Fuel spill contaminates GT water

| 02/05/2016 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Water supplied to at least one customer in the capital has been contaminated by a fuel spill and many others have been advised not to drink the ground water until further notice. The Water Authority has revealed that it is currently investigating the contamination off Shedden Road, behind the Rubis gas station at the […]

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Law changed to allow medical suits

Law changed to allow medical suits

| 29/04/2016 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Government steered through a critical amendment to the Health Services Authority Law Friday in order to address a clause that has been in the legislation for twelve years and resulted in a shocking court judgment in February preventing a family from claiming damages due to negligence in connection with the birth of their now […]

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HSA helping patients with medication costs

HSA helping patients with medication costs

| 26/04/2016 | 3 Comments

(CNS): The Health Services Authority is now providing immediate onsite support to patients who are struggling to pay for medications, which the pharmacy no longer releases without cash up front. Following changes at the hospital to try and improve collections, the authority received significant criticisms during the recent Public Accounts Committee hearings for the poor […]

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NDC urges parents to talk to kids about booze

NDC urges parents to talk to kids about booze

| 18/04/2016 | 11 Comments

(CNS): The National Drug Council is encouraging parents to start talking to children about alcohol at a very early age, maintaining that talking early and talking often can make a difference and prevent alcohol abuse by young people, which is still the most frequently used drug among school age kids, according to NDC research. The […]

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CDC confirms Zika is causing birth defects

CDC confirms Zika is causing birth defects

| 15/04/2016 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that scientific evidence has linked the Zika virus to microcephaly and other fetal brain defects. In a statement to the international press on Wednesday, the CDC said their study revealing the link, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, marks […]

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Surveyors needed to record waste plastic on local beaches

Surveyors needed to record waste plastic on local beaches

| 12/04/2016 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Council is calling on volunteers to help with a new regional conservation initiative which is examining plastic washing up on beaches. It is estimated that there are 5 trillion bits of plastic floating in the surface layer, or top 10cm of the ocean, and around 275 million tons enters the sea […]

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Lifestyle change needed to cut diabetes

Lifestyle change needed to cut diabetes

| 07/04/2016 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Over 422 million people, more than 8.5% of the global population, are suffering from diabetes, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation. The global epidemic of what is largely a preventable lifestyle disease is the focus of this year’s World Health Day and the Cayman Islands is no stranger to the consequences […]

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Zika spreads through region, Cayman still clear

Zika spreads through region, Cayman still clear

| 05/04/2016 | 9 Comments

(CNS): As the Zika virus continues to spread thoughout the region, as of Monday, there are no reported or confirmed cases of Zika virus in the Cayman Islands. Noting that there are now 47 countries reporting active Zika transmission, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez urged the public to take “an abundance of […]

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AIDS cure in a few years a real possibility

AIDS cure in a few years a real possibility

| 05/04/2016 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Scientists in the US believe that HIV and AIDS can be cured using genetic editing technology, a breakthrough that could become a reality in just a few years. Researchers at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University are confident that within three years they will be able to begin clinical trials on humans. […]

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