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SEVEN DAY FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS from 16th to 22nd May 2019
SEVEN DAY FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS from 16th to 22nd May 2019

May 17, 2019

A cold front across the Northwest Bahamas will keep unsettled weather conditions over most of the Bahamas today through Friday as the system slowly moves across the Central and SE Bahamas. The front will gradually dissipate across the Central and SE Bahamas on Saturday as a mid to upper level trough/low shifts near the NW Bahamas on Sunday. The mid to upper level trough will slide south-eastwards across the NW and Central Bahamas on Monday and Tuesday while producing cloudiness and unsettled across the SE Bahamas as it shift to the Hispaniola area late Wednesday to early Thursday.

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The Importance of Understanding Blood Pressure World Hypertension Day 2019 reminds us to Know Your Numbers
The Importance of Understanding Blood Pressure World Hypertension Day 2019 reminds us to ‘Know Your Numbers’

May 17, 2019

Are you suffering from high blood pressure? In The Bahamas, it’s an epidemic silent killer. A 2006 healthy lifestyle initiative led by the government noted that approximately 21 percent of the Bahamian populace had hypertension. And according to a 2012 PAHO report, the number one cause of death in The Bahamas between 2006 and 2009 was related to hypertensive disease with 688 deaths.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is also considered a leading risk factor for disease on a global level, as many individuals may not be aware that anything is wrong while the damage is occurring within the body. Chronic hypertension can potentially lead to serious conditions like stroke, heart attack, heart failure, or kidney disease. For World Hypertension Day 2019, celebrated internationally on May 17, the theme is “Know Your Numbers” – raising awareness about the importance of knowing what your blood pressure measurement it.

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Sickle Cell Association Works to Create Positive, Lasting Change

May 16, 2019

When a 26-year-old declared he would die in hospital it was difficult to believe. There was no gunshot wound, visible signs of trauma, or apparatus attached to him indicating he was under critical care. Twenty minutes later, after calling his mother, the father to a two-year-old took his last breath in Kayla Mortimer’s arms.

“I could not sleep for a week after that,” recalled Mrs Mortimer, the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association’s (BSCA) new president. “Every time I closed my eyes, I would hear his voice, see his face.”

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MOU signed to advance the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancer in The Bahamas

May 07, 2019

The University of West Indies (UWI) School of Clinical Medicine and Research (SCMR) The Bahamas, in conjunction with the University of Miami (UM), Leonard Miller School of Medicine...

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May Is Arthritis Awareness Month
May Is Arthritis Awareness Month

May 07, 2019

So what is Arthritis? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. Two of the most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Sands sets nurses as top priority
Sands sets nurses as top priority

May 07, 2019

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands has pledged improved conditions for nurses will be a top priority item for the Ministry of Health’s upcoming budget, as the country fights to keep its nurses at home...

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Communication to the House of Assembly Dr. The Hon. Duane Sands, Minister of Health-Death of US national Alain Perez

May 02, 2019

The community of Bimini was shocked and deeply saddened by the unfortunate death of Bimini resident and US national Mr. Alain Perez, on Sunday 28th April...

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Sands: Government committed to ensuring right balance of professionals for advancement of healthcare

April 29, 2019

The Government of The Bahamas is committed to ensuring that the country has the right balance of doctors, nurses and all of the other professionals required for the advancement of healthcare moving forward, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane E.L. Sands said Monday...

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Flamingo Gardens to be tenth Urban Renewal Centre; Policeman with ties to community signs on as volunteer

April 25, 2019

Flamingo Gardens is on schedule to become the tenth Urban Renewal location in New Providence...Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell...

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Public Hospital Authority Holds Graduation Ceremony

April 25, 2019

The Public Hospitals Authority held their Graduation Ceremony for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Diploma Program and First Line Leadership & Management Certificate Program...

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Sandilands Pushathon
Sandilands Pushathon

April 24, 2019

To Encourage Mobility in Seniors, Ports Donates Wheelchairs for Sandilands Pushathon...Drive Medical and Ports International came together to donate wheelchairs for the 8th Annual Geriatric Hospital Pushathon race hosted by Sandilands...

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HIV used to cure 'bubble boy' disease
HIV used to cure 'bubble boy' disease

April 18, 2019

US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or "bubble boy" disease.

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A rasher of bacon a day 'ups cancer risk'
A rasher of bacon a day 'ups cancer risk'

April 17, 2019

Even small amounts of red and processed meat - such as a rasher of bacon a day - can increase the risk of bowel cancer, according to research.

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Accept, adapt advocate

April 16, 2019

Autism doesn't come with a manual, but rather families of those people diagnosed on the spectrum, never give up, and it's those families that are encouraging people to continue to "blue it up" this month in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

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PMH communications team stages sit-out as AC fails to work

April 16, 2019

DISGRUNTLED employees of the communication centre in Princess Margaret Hospital staged a sit-out yesterday due no air-conditioning in their department.

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Sands urges collective commitment to a holistic approach to well-being

April 12, 2019

Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands Thursday urged Bahamians to “collectively choose” to be committed to a holistic approach to well-being...

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Sands: Bahamas ‘well on its way’ to ensuring the best in health services for all’

April 12, 2019

The implementation of the proposed National Health Insurance Plan, coupled with the Urgent and Emergency Care Projects at the Princess Margaret Hospital and some of the Community Health Clinics...

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CIBC First Caribbean Increases Annual Donation to Cancer Organizations Across The Bahamas
CIBC First Caribbean Increases Annual Donation to Cancer Organizations Across The Bahamas

April 10, 2019

Seven cancer organizations across The Bahamas will be able to provide free services to even more patients thanks to a recent $90,000 donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean...

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Ambulance shortage - we need more cash
Ambulance shortage - we need more cash

April 10, 2019

IN the face of criticism regarding EMS response time to the collapse and death of a 15-year-old boy over the weekend, Health Minister Duane Sands yesterday could not confirm when health services will be acquiring more ambulances...

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Campbell Promotes Public/Private Partnerships in Treatment of Autism

April 09, 2019

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell Tuesday made an appeal for the country’s speech, behavioral and occupational therapy specialists to partner...

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