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Vector Control Unit working to mitigate dengue cases
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Vector Control Unit working to mitigate dengue cases

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter The Vector Control Unit in the Ministry of Health has increased its efforts to mitigate the recent spike in the number of cases of dengue fever. Chief Operator of the VCU, Kim Bautista told The Reporter on Saturday that the unit has stepped up its […]

WHO urges healthy gay men to take HIV drug
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WHO urges healthy gay men to take HIV drug

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter The World Health Organization (WHO) encourages all sexually active gay men to take antiretroviral drugs to reduce HIV transmission. According to WHO, the move may help prevent a million new HIV infections over 10 years. Officials warn that rates of HIV in this group of […]

Study suggests eating white bread can cause obesity
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Study suggests eating white bread can cause obesity

By Marion V. Ali, Staff Reporter White bread as a diet staple can lead to obesity, according to a new study. The study was scheduled for presentation on Friday at the European Congress on Obesity in Bulgaria. It does not actually show, however, a cause-and-effect relationship between white bread consumption […]

Belize kickstarts World No Tobacco Day festivities
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Belize kickstarts World No Tobacco Day festivities

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter Over six million people die annually from illnesses caused by tobacco products, and this week the National Drug Abuse Control Council is observing World No Tobacco Day to raise public awareness. The NDACC carried out simultaneous educational fairs at all its district offices, including Belmopan […]

Research suggests walking lowers risk of stroke in women
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Research suggests walking lowers risk of stroke in women

By Marion V. Ali, Staff Reporter A research from Spain shows that women who walk at least three hours every week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who walk less or not at all. The researchers who conducted the study say that it contributes to a small […]

Ministry of Health CEO: “I did not victimize Chief Pharmacist “
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Ministry of Health CEO: “I did not victimize Chief Pharmacist “

By Benjamin Flowers Today Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen, categorically denied accusations that he victimized Chief Pharmacist Sharon Anderson. At a press conference at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, and flanked by Minister of Health Pablo Marin and other ranking members in the MOH, Allen […]

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“Major global threat” posed by antibiotic resistance – WHO

Caribbean360)- Resistance to antibiotics is now a “major global threat” to public health, with “devastating” implications likely unless significant action is taken urgently. That’s according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), which analysed data from 114 countries and reported that resistance is occurring “in every region […]

Study: Consuming more coffee reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
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Study: Consuming more coffee reduces risk of type 2 diabetes

By Marion V Ali A study which the Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) has published shows that increasing coffee consumption by on average one-and-half cups per day over a four-year period reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. According to the study, led […]

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Study shows how junk food diets prompt laziness

Though most of us have experienced that lazy feeling after eating a large meal, researchers from California say their new study indicates that consistently eating processed foods and being overweight makes people tired and inactive, contrary to some beliefs maintaining laziness leads to obesity. The researchers, from the University of […]

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Skin cancer on the rise

Cancer Research UK statistics show more than 13,000 people develop malignant melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid-1970s. It says the rise is partly due to rising popularity of package holidays to Europe from the late 1960s. Sunbed use has also fuelled the increase, the charity has […]