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February 12 - February 18 2014

Healthy Caribbean Weekly News Roundup
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HCC Learning Exchange Pink Ribbon Suriname & Positive Foundation St. Maarten

The HCC, with the support of the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health Collection Prevention Services (CPS), supported a study exchange between Pink Ribbon Suriname and the Positive Foundation in Sint. Maarten.

HCC Learning Exchange

The primary objective of the study tour was to promote fostering of Civil Society Networks, increase media involvement, give information sessions to Youth, share best practices between Pink Ribbon and Positive Foundation and strengthen advocacy capacity around cancer prevention and treatment between Sint Maarten and Suriname non-governmental organizations.

Key outcomes include: improved public relations and marketing capacity of NCD NGOs in Sint Maarten, best practices around breast cancer NGO led activities shared between Pink Ribbon and Positive Foundation, best practices shared with local NGOs including the Rotary Club and greater cancer awareness among young high school students.

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News Roundup

Caribbean must adopt laws to control tobacco epidemic - PAHO - WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Wednesday February 19, 2014, CMC - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to speed up the adaption of laws to control the tobacco “epidemic,” saying that, despite progress in the countries of the Americas, the epidemic continues to grow. In a new report, PAHO, the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), said applying at least six measures could help prevent one million deaths annually. Read more

Cancer SNAPSHOT from the BNR Cancer SNAPSHOT from the BNR - The BNR – Cancer...the early years - The BNR Cancer is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the University of the West indies. We collect data on all cases of malignant and in situ neo-plasms diagnosed since 2008. The BNR Cancer team has been trained to the highest level in Cancer Registry best practices through International courses presented by IARC, PAHO, April Fritz & Associates, NCI/NIH and SEER. Our desire is to positively contribute to the prevention, control and treatment of Cancer.
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Healthy Communities Need Healthy Women International Women's Day is approaching, which is a timely reminder to focus on the health and well-being of women around the world. NCDs pose a serious burden on women's health. Half of all female deaths in low and middle income countries are attributable to NCDs, killing an astounding 18 million women a year. Read more

Cancer Support Services holds its first prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing

Cancer Support Services (CSS) holds its first prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing On Saturday, February 15th, Cancer Support Services (CSS) held its first prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing for 2014. CSS continues to promote early detection through the PSA test has been widely used to screen men for prostate cancer. Testing takes place at CSS “Arborside” Belmont Road, St. Michael every 3 months. The turnout was another clear indication that men are taking charge of their health, noted Mrs. Antoinette Hunte, a Nurse with Spectrol Medical Laboratory Ltd. Read more

Monitoring compliance with high-level commitments in health: the case of the CARICOM Summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (Alafia Samuels,a John Kirtonb & Jenilee Guebertb). The CARICOM Summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases – the first government summit ever devoted to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – was convened by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Trinidad and Tobago in September 2007. Leaders in attendance issued the declaration of Port of Spain, a call for the prevention and control of four major NCDs and their risk factors. Read more

The 2014 NCD Child Conference Need YOUR Help

The 2014 NCD Child Conference Need YOUR Help At NCD Child, we make sure governments and leaders around the world think about children and young people when they make decisions about health. NCDs affect the lives of kids and young people all over the world, they are not just a problem for adults.

Help us send a strong message to the world’s leaders by sharing YOUR story through a video message or photo blog. Read more

Beyond the Black Box: A Systematic Review of Breast, Prostate, Colorectal, and Cervical Screening Among Native and Immigrant African-Descent Caribbean Populations. (Nathan S. Consedine, Natalie L. Tuck, Camille R. Ragin, Benjamin A. Spencer) Abstract Cancer screening disparities between black and white groupings are well-documented. Less is known regarding African-descent subpopulations despite elevated risk, distinct cultural backgrounds, and increasing numbers of Caribbean migrants. A systematic search of Medline, Web of Science, PubMed and SCOPUS databases (1980–2012) identified 53 studies reporting rates of breast, prostate, cervical, and colorectal screening behavior among immigrant and non-immigrant Caribbean groups. Read more

The power of vertical swimming

The power of vertical swimming

Water is an indispensable commodity that permeates every area of our lives, from cooking and grooming to agriculture and manufacturing. When it comes to health, the first thing that comes to mind is the daily fluid intake we need to keep hydrated and function well. But there is another role that water can play, especially when it is readily available on an island: the role of a rehabilitation centre or a gym, depending on the individual’s needs. Whether you are in the ocean or at a pool, you can take advantage of an effective exercise program in the water while having fun. Read more

Strategies For Health Enhancing Physical Activity (Hepa) Promotion To Prevent Obesity And Type 2 Diabetes In Italy

Strategies For Health Enhancing Physical Activity 1st Diabesity Prevention Conference Rome - November 25-26, 2013, Experts' Consensus Document. The European Union and the WHO Europe are strongly promoting policies to support HEPA (Health-Enhancing Physical Activity). Promoting physical activity for healthy purpose is essential to counteract the pervasive sedentary lifestyle that leads to the progressive increase of obesity, diabetes and other chronic non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and cancers). Italy is not very active in this field with respect to the other European countries and it is the country with the highest rate of obesity and overweight in children.Read more

Mortality from diseases, conditions and injuries where alcohol is a necessary cause in the Americas, 2007–09 - (Vilma Pinheiro Gawryszewski and Maristela G. Monteiro) - Abstract - Aims To describe mortality from diseases, conditions and injuries where alcohol was a necessary cause in selected countries in the Americas. Design A descriptive, population-based study. Setting The data come from 16 countries in North, Central and South America for the triennium 2007–09 (latest available data). Participants/Cases A total of 238 367 deaths were analyzed. measurements We calculated age-adjusted and age-specific mortality rates by sex and country using the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) mortality database. Read more

NCD Articles on WebMD

  • Symptoms of Lung Cancer - It's a top cause of cancer deaths for both men and women. See a visual guide to learn the symptoms and how it's diagnosed. Read more
  • Do You Know the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer? - The best results of treatment are seen when the disease is found early. Know the warning signs. Read more
  • Heart Disease and Diabetes - Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease. Learn about treatment options, prevention, and more. Read more

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