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Spanking batters kids’ mental health: study
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Spanking batters kids’ mental health: study

Spanking or slapping your children may increase the odds that they will develop mental health issues that plague them in adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers in Canada found that up to 7 percent of a range of mental health disorders were associated with physical punishment, including spanking, shoving, grabbing […]

Seven causes of hypertension
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Seven causes of hypertension

Imagine having a life-threatening disease that could take your life suddenly, without any warning – but the problem is, you are one of the millions who don’t know you have it. High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the most widespread health problems of the 21st century. Around the […]

Sibling rivalry is good for kids say experts
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Sibling rivalry is good for kids say experts

Sibling rivalry is the biggest challenge to a mom. When  not playing referee without the nifty whistle, most wonder why the idea of having kids five years apart would mitigate rivalry. Many think the eldest would act as mentor who’d teach and protect. In turn, the youngest would admire and […]

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Nasty virus affecting southside children

Somewhere less than a hundred  cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, have been diagnosed among children in Belize City, the Ministry of Health revealed  in a press release last Friday, June 22. Health authorities say this outbreak is a mild, self-limiting  flare-up, caused by a virus which affects children […]

Cancer prevention, lifestyle changes, possible treatment
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Cancer prevention, lifestyle changes, possible treatment

The American Cancer Society has developed a list of recommendations, mostly dietary, that can tremendously lessen the risk of getting cancer. They are as follows: 1. Avoid Obesity: One study conducted over a period of 12 years showed a marked increase among obese people in cancers of the uterus, gall […]

Top seven anti-oxidant vegetables
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Top seven anti-oxidant vegetables

One of our recent articles focused on the top seven antioxidant fruits, namely; berries, grapes, apples, watermelons, mangoes, tomatoes and bananas. We are reminded that antioxidants are substances that can protect our cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals as you recall are molecules produced when our bodies’ […]

The skinny on gallstones
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The skinny on gallstones

Many Belizeans suffer from gallstones but little know what the gallbaldder does and what to do when stones have formed. Hence the following attempt to explain more on the subject. What is the gallbladder? — The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that is tucked under your liver  It stores […]

Cholesterol – what exactly is it?
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Cholesterol – what exactly is it?

What is cholesterol? — Cholesterol is a substance that is found in the blood. Everyone has some. It is needed for good health. The problem is, people sometimes have too much cholesterol. Compared with people with normal cholesterol, people with high cholesterol have a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, […]

Top seven anti-oxidant fruits
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Top seven anti-oxidant fruits

Antioxidants are substances that can protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other […]

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HIV infections down 7.4%

The number of new HIV/AIDs infections reported last year is 226, down by 7.4% from the 244 reported in 2010, and a whopping 50% cut from the 457 spike reported in 2004, according to a Ministry of Health statistics report released this week. The stigma and discrimination resulting from testing […]