Party drug could get green light to treat post-traumatic stress disorder

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CALIFORNIA - The party drug ecstasy could very well get the nod to be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designated the drug, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), a “breakthrough therapy” which may lead to faster approval. The FDA also approved the design of two Multidisciplinary More...

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SMMC
By Edition On Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
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SMMC confirms baby born with ‘characteristics of microcephaly’

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) confirmed on Monday that a baby was born at the institution on Saturday, August 19, “with characteristics of microcephaly.” SMMC Medical Director Dr. Felix Holiday More...

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By Edition On Monday, August 21st, 2017
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Solar Eclipse: Protect your Eyesight and use proper eyewear

WILLEMSTAD - According to the Meteorological Department, a total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, and will be visible from a narrow path spanning part of the Pacific Ocean, all across the United More...

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By Edition On Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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The region on alert over the spread of “Red Eye”

PORT OF SPAIN -  Several Caribbean islands have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis at health facilities and medical practices. "The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is currently monitoring the situation More...

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By Edition On Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
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New initiative to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of four diseases

WASHINGTON - Every year, an estimated 2,100 children in Latin America and the Caribbean are born with HIV or contract it from their mothers; 22,400 are infected with syphilis; some 9,000 are born with Chagas disease; More...

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By Edition On Friday, August 4th, 2017
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Chemical used in plastic bottles and containers potentially hazardous to health

BRUSSELS - European experts have announced that a chemical used in a wide range of plastics that come into contact with food, drinks, toys and cosmetics is “a substance of very high concern.” Bisphenol A (BPA) More...

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By Edition On Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
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Teenage binge drinking can cause brain damage – study

Scientists from Oregon State University analyzed studies that examined the effects of binge drinking and heavy drinking in teenagers and young adults and found marked effects on their brain structure. OREGON - Heavy More...

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By Edition On Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
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Many common hair and skincare products linked to ill health

Hair and skincare products topped the list of adverse events. WASHINGTON - As if there weren’t already enough concerns about the possible damage inflicted by what we eat and drink, a recent report indicates that More...

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By Edition On Monday, July 24th, 2017
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WHO urges early action to combat threat of HIV drug resistance in the Caribbean

Antimicrobial drug resistance is a growing challenge to global health and sustainable development. GENEVA - The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the spread of an HIV strain resistant to some of the More...

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By Edition On Monday, July 17th, 2017
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Regular coffee consumption could extend lifespan, two new studies say

LONDON - Against the backdrop of years of conflicting information about the health effects of coffee, two new studies published this week have concluded that greater consumption of the beverage could lead to a More...