Category Archives: Medical

Disruptive technologies: The 6 Forces Transforming the Future of Healthcare – Infographic

The 6 Forces Transforming the Future of Healthcare – Infographic

Disruptive technologies are advancing healthcare at an extraordinary pace.

By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet, and many of these devices will be tracking the health data of individuals. This will empower consumers in an exciting way, but it will also fundamentally shift how healthcare companies work and interact with their customers.

Today’s infographic comes to us from Publicis Health and it is the introduction to a seven-part series about the future of healthcare, and how companies will have to adapt to stay relevant.

THE CHANGING CUSTOMER

The smartphone boom has changed the consumer experience in practically every industry, and it is now cascading into the healthcare market:                 Continue reading

MEDICAL: Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder Found to Cause Ovarian Cancer

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Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, Citizen of Barbados

Johnson and Johnson, the American company that manufactures Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder — a product that is sold in Barbados and used extensively by Barbadian women and children — has been hit with a US $4.69 Billion judgment in a law suit in which 22 women (and their families) claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

According to the New York Times newspaper, the judgment — comprising US $4.14 Billion in punitive damages and US $550 Million in compensatory damages — was handed down by a Jury in the Missouri Circuit Court on Thursday 12th July 2018.

The 22 female Plaintiffs had specifically accused the company of failing to warn them about cancer risks associated with its baby and body powders.

The New York Times article also revealed that the company is facing some…

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The issue of rape – For Guyana’s children is there an escape? – By Yvonne Sam

The issue of rape – For Guyana’s children is there an escape?

By Yvonne Sam

Children are a country’s valuable resource. When will Guyana tackle the scourge– Rape?

The issue of rape has reared its ugly head again ( Kaieteur News, July 13, 2018),  especially as it pertains to females who have not even attained tweenhood. It is blatantly apparent Even to the severely myopic that sexual perversion, enmeshed with unchecked lunacy is running rampant in Guyana.

There are some issues that just cannot be swept under the rug, and others once swept under is soon rejected.Sexual Assault Awareness Month was celebrated in April, and Guyana joined with several other countries to celebrate SAAM under the theme “Embrace your Voice.” The teal ribbon was adopted as a symbol of sexual assault awareness and prevention. What is being done about the children? What plans are being put in place to further strengthen existing ones to stem this scourge?        Continue reading

Caribbean: CARICOM report says legalize marijuana use

CARICOM report says legalize marijuana use

As a preparatory step to rendering marijuana as a legal substance, the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana recommended the decriminalization of the drug for personal use in private premises and medical purposes

Marijuana plant

By Sloan Smith – Nassau Guardian

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Commission on Marijuana has recommended the declassification of marijuana as a dangerous drug in all legislation and the reclassification of the drug as a controlled substance in its report presented at the CARICOM heads of government meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, last week.

The commission presented its findings and recommendations into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean.      Continue reading

Barbadians getting medicinal ganja relief

Barbadians getting medicinal ganja relief

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir recently spoke in parliament of embracing the plant in the economic and health interest of Barbadians.

“We have no time to waste making sure that we can get medical marijuana growing,” he said, adding, “we have an abundance of opportunities when it comes to unlocking and giving people the chance to grow medical marijuana, simply because of the value chain that follows. “I must share with you my government’s intention to make provision for the production of marijuana and other plans for medical purposes.”                 Continue reading

The 6,000-Year History of Medical Cannabis – Infographic

The 6,000-Year History of Medical Cannabis

View the high resolution version of today’s graphic by clicking here.

Since the early 20th century, the use of cannabis for any purpose fell out of favor by both regulators and Western culture at large.

In the United States, a wave of regulations made access to cannabis more difficult starting from the late 1900s, ultimately culminating in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which effectively made cannabis use a federal offense. Meanwhile, prohibition in Canada lasted for 85 years until being lifted by recent developments.

Interestingly, however, this recent period of 20th century opposition is actually just a small speck in the wider 6,000-year timeline of cannabis. After all, the plant has been widely regarded for its therapeutic potential for many millennia by different cultures around the world.
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Canada legalises recreational cannabis use – first country in the G7 to do so

Canada legalises recreational cannabis use – BBC News Report

Canada’s parliament has passed a law legalising the recreational use of marijuana nationwide.

The Cannabis Act passed its final hurdle on Tuesday in a 52-29 vote in the Senate. The bill controls and regulates how the drug can be grown, distributed, and sold.

Canadians will be able to buy and consume cannabis legally as early as this September.  The country is the first in the G7 to legalise the drug’s recreational use.

Cannabis possession first became a crime in Canada in 1923 but medical use has been legal since 2001.     Continue reading

Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health – By Yvonne Sam

Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health

By Yvonne Sam

The issue of mental health is not only taboo among Blacks, but also well hidden. Mental illness is looked upon as “White person’s disease;” Now the government of Canada is poised within range to bring about a cultural change.

I was recently invited to be part of one of several discussions—– the initial steps in the planning phase surrounding commitments made in the 2018 Government of Canada Budget on the health and well-being of Black Canadians. The Budget proposed the investment of $19 million over a 5year period, aimed at enhancing local community supports for youth at risk and to develop research in support of more culturally focused mental health programs in Black Canadian communities ($10 million administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and $9 million administered by Canadian Heritage).  Continue reading

Linden Fund USA – Report on Annual Teachers’ Workshop 2018 held May 22-24. 2018

Linden Fund USA – Annual Teachers’ Workshop 2018 – Report
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​​Dear members and supporters,
Please see the attached write up about the LFU’s annual Teachers’ Workshop that took place on May 22 – 24, 2018 in Linden. 
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​​​​Regards, 

Guyanese Nurses Association. USA – Education & Mentoring Program- NY – July 28.2018

Download: Guyanese Nurses Assoc. USA – Education  & Mentoring Program

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