Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | April 29, 2009
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Swine flu responds to antiviral drugs
In a rapidly developing and changing situation, the world could be on the brink of its first influenza epidemic in more than 40 years. At the time of publication, the World Health Organisation was still calling the situation a "public-health emergency of international concern".

Dementia - A disease of the family
Dementia is a disease that affects the brain. It can affect memory, thinking and intellectual functions, as well as the ability to carry out common tasks. Dementia has become a major problem as more people are living longer and the ageing brain may develop Alzheimer's disease.

Eating yourself to death - watch the STOP signs
Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork is the title of a recent book (Centre Street publishers) by Mike Huckabee, governor of Arkansas, Texas. You probably remember him as a contender in the nited States presidential election of 2008. He is also noted for losing over 100 pounds in a year.

Breastfeeding melts 'baby fat'
Throughout my medical career, I have always encouraged my patients to breastfeed. In fact, my interest in breastfeeding predates medical school. While I was growing up, my mother worked with the Ministry of Health as the director of the nutrition division.

Health trends - Bayer launches men's health care
Bayer Schering Pharma recently launched its new franchise, 'Men's Health care' or MHC, at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston. The evening's proceedings reflected the company's commitment to improve male well-being through the products Levitra and Nebido.

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