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What your doctor didn’t tell you about calcium

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle What your doctor didn’t tell you about calcium by: – August 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 11 Views   no discussions Long before I became a registered dietitian or nutrition editor, I knew the importance of getting enough calcium for strong bones.And because I’m not a milk drinker, my doctor has told me multiple times to take a supplement. I’m not alone either: Many women are advised to take a calcium supplement for healthy bones—especially after menopause (when decreasing estrogen levels accelerate bone loss). (Find out how much calcium you need here.) In fact, the majority of American women over 31 take calcium supplements, says a 2010 study in The Journal of Nutrition.Can A Multivitamin Help You Slim Down?But new research, published online in the British Medical Journal, might have you second-guessing a supplement. Scientists reported that postmenopausal women who took calcium supplements increased their risk of heart attack by 25 to 30 percent and stroke by 15 to 20 percent.Calcium supplements—unlike calcium-rich foods, such as milk—increase blood calcium levels for a few hours after they’re taken, says Ian Reid, M.D., the study’s lead author. (Find delicious calcium-rich recipes here.) This bump may raise risk of heart disease—possibly because the calcium is deposited in the walls of the arteries, making them less pliable.Other experts think women’s supplement habits shouldn’t change, in part because there’s research to show calcium may help the heart. “Postmenopausal women given calcium supplements had a slightly lower risk of stroke and heart disease,” says Robert Heaney, M.D., professor of medicine at Creighton University and an internationally recognized calcium expert, citing a study he and colleagues conducted.Bottom line: Before you start—or stop—taking calcium supplements, speak with your doctor. Women aged 19 to 50 need 1,000 mg per day; for women 51-plus, it’s 1,200 mg daily. It’s possible to meet these recommendations through food—if you choose wisely. Dairy products are good choices (choose nonfat or low-fat to limit saturated fat), as are kale and collards.By: Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition EditorEatingWell Magazinelast_img read more

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12 Foods You’re Eating Wrong

first_img Share 135 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle 12 Foods You’re Eating Wrong by: – October 10, 2014 TOMATOESWrong: Though tomatoes are delicious with a sprinkle of salt and some balsamic, eating them raw is actually not your best bet.Right: Cook them. Adding heat and oil to tomatoes makes it easier for your body to absorb lycopene, according to research from Harvard University. And a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine found that lycopene helps reduce the risk of stroke, certain cancers, and heart disease.CARROTSWrong: Many people eat these veggies raw, either for dunking purposes or in salads.Right: Research from Columbia University published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that cooking carrots increases the bioavailability of carotenoids—they boost your immune system and heart health and decrease your risk of disease, especially certain cancers and eye disease—so your body is then better able to absorb those important nutrients. TEAWrong: You may do as the Brits do and add milk to it. Or if you’re drinking green tea, you may add sugar.Right: Skip the milk. A 2013 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that doing so actually takes away from the cardiovascular benefits that tea provides. And if you’re going green, forget the sugar—it sounds odd, but add a bit of juice to sweeten it up instead. According to a study from Purdue University, the vitamin C in juice may make the nutrients in green tea easier to absorb.GARLICWrong: Perhaps you sauté an entire clove of garlic, or cut it up into bite-size chunks to sprinkle on meals.Right: It’s better to crush garlic first, then let it sit for 10 minutes, according to a study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Why? That allows enough time for allicin, an enzyme that’s been shown to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by improving blood flow, to be released.APPLES AND PEARSWrong: Chances are, you probably eat these fruits before they’re totally ripe. For apples, that means they’re not brown in any way, and for pears, that they’re still hard.Right: Wait another few days. One Austrian study found that the ripening process allowed apples’ and pears’ chlorophyll to break down better, which, in turn, produced more “highly active”—and thus healthier—antioxidants in the fruits.POTATOESWrong: You choose white potatoes, and either mash, bake, or eat them in French fry form.Right: Skip white potatoes altogether, and go for purple ones instead. According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cancer. But whatever type of potato you eat, be sure to keep the skin on—that’s where the fiber is.SQUASHWrong: People often peel the skin off, unaware that it’s actually edible.Right:Roast squash or mash it up with the skin on, says registered dietitian Lisa Young, Ph.D., author of The Portion Teller Plan. That’s where the fiber lies. BROCCOLIWrong: Most people cook the vegetable in a pot of water.Right: Steam your broccoli in a pot rather than cooking it in H2O. This preserves more of its vitamin C, says Young. Why? Vitamin C is very sensitive to destruction and oxidation from air, light, and water, so cooking a food containing it allows water to “pull out” the nutrient. However, vitamin C isn’t as sensitive to steam.ORANGESWrong: You cut an orange into slices, then leave them in a bowl in your fridge.Right: Always be sure to cover sliced-up oranges, whether you store them in a Tupperware container or put them in a bowl with tin foil over them. Limiting exposure to air and light ensures less vitamin C is lost, says Young.OATMEALWrong: Chances are, you make your oatmeal with water and sweeten it with a little bit of brown sugar.Right: Fix it with milk instead of water, says registered dietitian Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet. The protein—about 8 percent of your RDA in half a cup—helps fill you up. And rather than topping with sugar, add berries and slivered-up almonds. Unlike sugar, which can make you hungry sooner, both contain filling fiber.Msnhealthyliving Sharelast_img read more

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Official reports increased cases of scabies, ringworm

first_img 68 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyleNewsRegional Official reports increased cases of scabies, ringworm by: – April 25, 2018 Sharing is caring! Share (Jamaica Observer) The health ministry is planning an education campaign to stem what it said is an increase in the spread of scabies and tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) islandwide.Dr Susan Strachan Johnson, medical officer at the Kingston and St Andrew (KSA) Health Department, made the revelation in a report to yesterday’s meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) Parish Disaster Preparedness and Public Health Committee.The report stated that the scabies and ringworm cases so far this year “have been above the trend for 2017”. However, the report did not state the number of cases of ringworm for the period January to March 2017 or for the comparative period in 2018.After the meeting, Dr Strachan Johnson told the Jamaica Observer that the ministry was in the process of identifying the main areas in which there are outbreaks of the diseases.“Once the areas are identified, medical personnel will go to the schools to educate the teachers and parents as to what to do,” Dr Strachan Johnson said in reply to a question asked by Councillor Kari Douglas (PNP, Trafalgar Park Division) about the strategy to be employed to educate the public about the diseases.Councillor Neville Wright (PNP, Trench Town Division) questioned whether lack of water at some barber and hairdressing establishments could be one of the reasons for the spread of ringworm.However, Councillor Beverly Prince, vice-chairman of the committee, pointed out that when barbers and hairdressers apply for licences, public health inspectors do a thorough check of the premises from which they intend to operate.The report stated that ringworm of the scalp is a fungal infection of the scalp and hair shafts. It is caused by one of several varieties of mould-like fungi called dermatophytes. Ringworm isn’t caused by a worm. The common name for the disorder refers to the ring-like or circular appearance of the infection on the skin.The report also pointed out that ringworm is very contagious and can be spread:through human-to-human or direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person;through contact with objects or surfaces that an infected person or animal has touched, such as clothing, towels, combs, or brushes;from animals to humans through dogs, especially puppies, cats and kittens that are often carriers. Other animals that are carriers of ringworm include cows, goats, and pigs.The report also pointed out that the fungi that causes ringworm of the scalp can also cause other infections on the body.Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis) causes a red, scaly ring or circle of rash on the top layer of the skin.Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a form of ringworm which affects the moist areas between the toes and sometimes on the foot itself.Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a form of ringworm that affects genitals, inner upper thighs and buttocks, the report stated.Scabies is an infestation caused by tiny mites, called Sarcoptes scabiei, which settle in the outer layers of human skin, then burrows and lays eggs inside the skin.It leads to relentless itching and an angry rash.center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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A former UWP Senator to be given official funeral tomorrow.

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Cabinet Secretary; Felix Gregoire. Photo credit: GIS NewsCabinet has approved an official funeral for Former United Workers Party Senator Elias Dupis who will be laid to rest today.Dupis who recently passed away contested the Paix Bouche seat and served as the UWP senator from 2000 – 2005.The funeral service will be held at the Bense Severn Day Adventist Church from 2pm.Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire said the official service will commence from 3pm.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews A former UWP Senator to be given official funeral tomorrow. by: – April 11, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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DAVID AND GOLIATH: US and Antigua still at odds over internet gaming

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government has expressed disappointment at the decision by United States authorities to arrest and indict a number of individuals engaged in on line internet gaming.Finance and Economy Minister Harold Lovell described the indictments as the latest efforts by Washington to shut off competition in remote gaming in violation of international law.“I am concerned that at this point in time United States authorities continue to prosecute non-domestic suppliers of remote gaming services in clear contravention of International law.“I am not aware of any other situation where a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has subjected persons to criminal prosecution under circumstances where the WTO has expressly ruled that to do so is in breach of an International treaty,” Lovell said.The two countries are at loggerheads over the issue of internet on line gaming with St. John’s seeking to recover millions of dollars in lost revenue based on a WTO ruling that Washington has not yet fully accepted. “The WTO ruled that these kinds of laws criminalizing the provision of remote gaming services are contrary to the obligations of the United States under the WTO agreements,” said Antigua’s legal counsel in the WTO matter, Mark Mendel.“The United States, being a very heavy user of the WTO rules to its own benefit, simply cannot continue to prosecute persons for engaging in legitimate International commerce,” said Mendel.He said there have been recent initiatives to authorise remote gaming in various American states and the proliferation of state sanctioned gambling in America generally.“What the United States has attempted to cloak as a moral issue is now clearly nothing but economic protectionism at its worst. Rather than engaging with Antigua and the world gaming community to reach a reasonable accommodation on this relatively new but now globalised form of economic commerce, the United States has instead determined to protect its domestic gaming interests regardless of International legal obligations.“This is very hard to reconcile not only with its pronouncements regarding the imperative of other countries to strictly observe their WTO trade obligations but also with stated official United States government policy of adherence to the rule of law.”A government statement said that having won a hard-fought dispute at the WTO against the United States some years ago over laws criminalizing the provision of remote gaming services to American consumers, “Antigua has spent considerable time and effort trying to reach a compromise with American authorities that would recognise the legitimacy conferred by the WTO judgement with respect to Antiguan remote gaming services, while addressing any material concerns United States authorities might have with respect to the provision of these services from abroad.“Last weeks’ indictments and other recent developments would seem to indicate that the United States is still unwilling or unable to tackle the issue of offshore remote gaming services in a mature and legally compliant fashion.”Lovell said that in light of these developments “we are examining all of the options we have against the United States as a result of the WTO decision.“We are confident that the WTO rulings have significant strength and we are now looking into ways to capitalise on that in order to achieve our objectives,” Lovell said.Mendel said that “given the time that has been spent by the Antiguan government on sincere attempts to negotiate a reasonable settlement with the United States, and the very meagre results that have come of those discussions, it might be time for Antigua to go back to the WTO and compel American compliance with the rulings that this very small country fought so hard for and deserves to see implemented.” Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 12 Views   no discussions NewsRegional DAVID AND GOLIATH: US and Antigua still at odds over internet gaming by: – April 21, 2011last_img read more

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Jamaica drug lord ‘Dudus’ Coke admits racketeering

first_img Share Share Tweet 19 Views   no discussions InternationalNewsPrintRegional Jamaica drug lord ‘Dudus’ Coke admits racketeering by: – September 1, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Share Coke admitted he had run a Kingston-based criminal organisation, known as the Shower PosseThe Jamaican drug lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges at a US federal district court in New York.Coke, 42, also admitted conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.He is scheduled to be sentenced on 8 December, when he could face up to 23 years in prison.A five-week operation to capture him in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, last year led to clashes in which scores died.The US government said Coke was one of the world’s most dangerous criminals, but his supporters said he was a community leader.‘Ruthless criminal enterprise’In June 2010, Coke was extradited to the US. He said he had decided to face justice there in the interests of his family and country.On Wednesday, he admitted that he had run a notorious Kingston-based criminal organisation, known as the Shower Posse and the Presidential Click, which had trafficked marijuana, cocaine and firearms.“I also ordered the purchase of firearms and the importation of those firearms into Jamaica in furtherance of this conspiracy,” he said.Afterwards, US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement: “For nearly two decades, Christopher Coke led a ruthless criminal enterprise that used fear, force and intimidation to support its drug and arms trafficking ‘businesses’. He moved drugs and guns between Jamaica and the United States with impunity.”“Today’s plea is a welcome conclusion to this ugly chapter of criminal history,” he added.The pursuit of Coke by the US authorities shed light on the links between politicians and gang leaders in Jamaica.Until last year Coke enjoyed substantial protection from the ruling Jamaican Labour Party and Prime Minister Bruce Golding.Mr Golding’s parliamentary constituency is in West Kingston’s Tivoli Gardens district, which the Shower Posse controls.When Coke was first indicted in the US in 2009, Mr Golding initially fought the extradition, arguing that it was based on flawed evidence. But after months of delays and amid growing local and international criticism, he agreed to extradite Coke and signed an arrest warrant.However, gunmen loyal to Coke in Tivoli Gardens barricaded the streets and mounted attacks against the police.A state of emergency was declared and 76 people were killed in four days of gun battles, during which Coke was initially able to escape. Security forces personnel were accused of using excessive force.BBC Newslast_img read more

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No new development in a name change from “Carib” to “Kalinago”

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Hon. Ashton Graneau. Photo credit: GIS NewsKalinago Affairs Minister Ashton Graneau says the proposal for a name change from “Carib to Kalinago” has not been given the full attention by Cabinet.Dominica’s indigenous people, the Caribs, say that they no longer want to be called or referred to as the outdated term “Carib” and are urging the Dominica Government to help facilitate the change.The Carib Council wrote to government last year requesting that the name be officially changed to “Kalinago”.However Graneau reported to the media last week, that he hopes the matter will be taken to parliament soon. “We haven’t been able to move fast on the name change. However it’s something that has been brought up before Cabinet. We have not been discussing it but you could well imagine that it will take some more effort from us,” he said.He said there has not been sufficient discussion in Cabinet to take the matter to Parliament just yet.“It’s not that Cabinet is not concerned, but we need to push more. It would have to take legislation to get a name change and this is the next stage but right now there is not sufficient discussion. I don’t believe that there is any objection from anyone in cabinet with regards to the name change. In fact some members of cabinet have been using the name,” he said.Graneau also noted that the public has been so conditioned with the word Carib; it’s hard to get it out of one’s vocabulary.He said Kalinago is the preferred term and as soon as it is enacted, it should be respected.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews No new development in a name change from “Carib” to “Kalinago” by: – September 20, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

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Police investigating homicide incident in Bense

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Police investigating homicide incident in Bense by: – November 26, 2011 Image via:arkansasnews.comThe Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force is investigating the death of Alex Toussaint a fifty-five (55) year old male of the northern village of Bense.According to the Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew one man believed to be the brother of Alex Toussaint is currently in police custody assisting them with their investigations.“One man is assisting police with their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the homicide of fifty-five (55) year old Alex Toussaint of Bense who was pronounced dead at the Portsmouth Hospital early Saturday morning subsequent to receiving stab wounds during an altercation with his brother around 1am on that day.”Sergeant Matthew further informed Dominica Vibes News that the body of the deceased has been secured at the Princess Margaret Hospital Morgue pending a post mortem investigation.Dominica Vibes News will provide further details on this incident as it becomes available.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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DSC reintroduces night classes

first_imgEducationLocalNewsTertiary DSC reintroduces night classes by: – March 1, 2012 Share Share The Dominica State College (DSC) has announced that it will deliver on its promise to recommence evening programs.Administrative Assistant in the Department of Continuing Education at DSC, Daisy Rodney says in April, evening classes will recommence. She says two of the main areas of interest shown by learners in this new thrust are Associate Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication; and an Associate Degree in Business Administration.“Interested learners are excited about the new DSC thrust and have begun applying for entry into the courses. A feature of this new thrust is the recognition of prior learning of adults 25 years and over. DSC will admit into its programmes learners, who do not have the regular entry requirements of four CXC general proficiency passes but who do have proven experience in the area of their interest,” she said.In addition to associate degrees the DSC also offers courses in Public Administration/International Relations, Speech Communication, Introduction to Economics, Quantity Surveying and Plumbing.Rodney also noted the College’s commitment to delivering courses that are content-relevant, Caribbean focused and affordable. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 73 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

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School counsellors receive training in behavior management

first_img Tweet Share Dr. Shani Shillingford addressing primary and secondary school counsellors and pastoral care coordinators.Roseau, Dominica – May 24th, 2012…The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development continues to provide support to schools as they seek to minimize behavioural problems among students.The ministry held a training workshop for primary and secondary school counsellors and pastoral care coordinators this week at the Public Service Training Centre.The workshop focused on equipping teachers with the skills to identify signs of psychological problems among students which may lead to anti-social behaviour.“We are hoping that they will return to hold sessions with the pastoral care teams at their schools to help develop an awareness in the classroom for student behaviour and hopefully be able to figure out how to manage their students,” said Psychologist, Dr. Shani Shillingford.“First we have to identify the reason for the behaviour and decide how to cope with the behaviour. Sometimes we find that an aggressive child is met with an aggressive teacher. So, we are learning how to cope with the child and trying to decrease some of the bad behaviours,” she explained.Mrs. Joanne Rolle-Carette addressing participantsShillingford, who holds a PhD in Educational Psychology, joined the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development earlier this month and said her work will take her to schools all around Dominica.According to Shillingford she has already established ongoing group counselling sessions at the Portsmouth Secondary School and the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School for students identified as repeat offenders.“We are concentrating on developing life skills, anger management, conflict resolution and helping develop awareness of what causes aggression and how to deal,” she said.Patsy Letang and Joanne Rolle-Carette, Guidance Counsellors with the Ministry of Education, also facilitated sessions on conflict resolution and behaviour management. By: Dionne DurandPublic Relations Specialist, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Share Sharing is caring!center_img 107 Views   2 comments EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary School counsellors receive training in behavior management by: – May 24, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

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