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Law changed to allow medical suits

Law changed to allow medical suits

| 29/04/2016 | 0 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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Controlling the cost of health insurance

Controlling the cost of health insurance

| 05/04/2016 | 22 Comments

George R. Ebanks writes: One of the areas that we face here in the Cayman Islands that is costly and is a real contributing factor in regards to our far too high cost of living is our mandatory health insurance cost. We need to urgently explore some common sense changes and start to think outside […]

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Tamara Butler trial: mental illness

Tamara Butler trial: mental illness

| 01/04/2016 | 34 Comments

Dawn writes: I think this trial and verdict draws attention to the stigma that continues to be associated with mental illness and the comments made here continue to prove why persons with mental illness don’t seek help. I’ve known Tamara for over 20 years and I have always known her to be a meek and […]

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Shetty hospital falls way short of goals

Shetty hospital falls way short of goals

| 24/03/2016 | 147 Comments

(CNS): Expectations regarding the launch of medical tourism with the opening of Health City Cayman Islands in East End have so far failed to materialise some two years after the hospital founded by Dr Devi Shetty opened. But the Public Accounts Committee also heard from witnesses this month that the facility has not only failed […]

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