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HSA beefs up security in face of crime

HSA beefs up security in face of crime

| 27/02/2015 | 11 Comments

(CNS): In response to several security breaches and a need to improve safety, the Health Services Authority is in the process of finalising a $150,000 upgrade to its security system, comprising gates, swipe cards or fobs for staff and 54 CCTVs throughout the hospital compound that will be monitored 24/7. The upgrade was prompted by car […]

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Ganja more than 100 times safer than booze

Ganja more than 100 times safer than booze

| 27/02/2015 | 11 Comments

(CNS): In one of the most recent studies examining the risks associated with 10 substances, scientists have found that people are 114 times more likely to die from overdosing on alcohol than from ganja. A report, published in the journal Scientific Reports this week, revealed researchers tested doses of the legal drugs, alcohol and nicotine, […]

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Aggressive HIV strain emerges in Caribbean region

Aggressive HIV strain emerges in Caribbean region

| 25/02/2015 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Cayman health officials are urging the public to practice safe sex at all times, both at home and abroad, as details emerge in the region of a new and aggressive staring of HIV-1. There are already more than 60 epidemic strains of the HIV-1 virus that have been documented but the new strain, identified […]

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Third American state legalizes ganja use

Third American state legalizes ganja use

| 25/02/2015 | 3 Comments

(CNS): Alaska has become the third state in the USA to legalize the recreational use of ganja. Although it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in public, the state joins Washington and Colorado in allowing adults to keep and use marijuana, as well as to transport, grow it and give it away. But a second phase, […]

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Jamaican university signs MOU on ganja research

Jamaican university signs MOU on ganja research

| 24/02/2015 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The University of Technology in Jamaica has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ganja Labs in the US, with plans to partner with the Colorado-based firm on the science, technology and best practice in the cultivation of medicinal marijuana. According to the Jamaican press, the collaboration will involve development of a multi-million dollar specialist […]

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Caymanian doctor follows family tradition

Caymanian doctor follows family tradition

| 24/02/2015 | 3 Comments

(CNS): Dr Eirik Randolph Hesla has joined the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) as a physician and orthopaedic surgeon, following in the footsteps of his mother, Dr Margeret ‘Molly’ Brown, who was the first Caymanian woman to complete higher education and the first female physician here. Dr Hesla, who has been working in Scandinavia […]

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Alert issued over US measles outbreak

Alert issued over US measles outbreak

| 11/02/2015 | 9 Comments

(CNS): Local public health officials are urging anyone who has been travelling to and from Canada and the United States and develops a fever to seek medical attention immediately. Theres is currently a measles outbreak in the United States, which began in California, and have been several reported cases in Canada this month. Although the Public Health […]

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Draft bill to enforce cancer reporting

Draft bill to enforce cancer reporting

| 10/02/2015 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Doctors and physicians will soon be obligated to report all cases of cancer and brain tumours that they diagnose in patients living in Cayman. Although a voluntary register was established some four years ago, just 250 cases have been recorded on it, only a fraction of the patients diagnosed over the years. In order […]

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Chikungunya may have run its course

Chikungunya may have run its course

| 04/02/2015 | 5 Comments

(CNS): A month into 2015 there have been no new cases of chikungunya virus in the Cayman Islands, leaving health officials to believe the virus may have run its course. Although some blood samples from patients suspected of having contracted the virus locally were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in January, none tested […]

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GM mozzies may return to spread bacteria

GM mozzies may return to spread bacteria

| 04/02/2015 | 20 Comments

(CNS): As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US considers whether to approve the experimental use of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, the Cayman Islands is planning another trial release of the mutant mozzies this year. But GeneWatch UK, an NGO focused on the genetic industry, has published new evidence that […]

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Health heroes on show at library exhibition

Health heroes on show at library exhibition

| 29/01/2015 | 0 Comments

(CNS): Following the celebrations on National Heroes Day this week, when pioneers, veterans and current members of the health profession were honoured, the library is hosting an exhibition of photographs and artefacts that tell the story of the development of health services in the Cayman Islands. On Monday 114 professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, […]

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Places still available in stop-smoking classes

Places still available in stop-smoking classes

| 20/01/2015 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Smokers battling to give up cigarettes are being given assistance by the Public Health Department with a new series of stop-smoking classes starting next month. There are still a few places left on the free course, officials said. Classes start on 4 February at 5:15pm and last until 6:45pm every Wednesday evening for 7 […]

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Public consultation to begin on dump next month

Public consultation to begin on dump next month

| 15/01/2015 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The consultants engaged to help government create a national waste management strategy to address the myriad problems the country faces over its growing rubbish pile are nearing the completion of the draft document, according to the chief officer with responsibility for environmental health. Jennifer Ahearn said that hopefully it would be published for public consultation […]

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Alden confirms landfill stays put

Alden confirms landfill stays put

| 13/01/2015 | 10 Comments

(CNS): Having taken over the Department of Environmental Health just a few days ago as a result of the ‘Ozziegate’ scandal, the premier has confirmed that the policy remains the same to fix the dump problem on its current site. Alden McLaughlin also told the press Tuesday that the additional new ministry to his portfolio […]

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$450k compactor to address dump issues

$450k compactor to address dump issues

| 13/01/2015 | 3 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Department of Environmental Health, Roydell Carter, said the investment in a new $450,000 compactor for the George Town dump and ten new garbage trucks expected at the end of this month are all desperately needed to help address the myriad issues faced in recent years by his department. Carter and Premier Alden McLaughlin, […]

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