Health

Clinic Expansions/Renovations to address Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases at Primary Healthcare Level

March 29, 2017

The Public Hospitals Authority’s (PHA) investment of almost ten million dollars in expansions and renovations to pubic health clinics across The Bahamas will not only allow healthcare officials to address the issue of chronic, non-communicable diseases...

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Girl denied insurance as she lay on hospital bed
Girl denied insurance as she lay on hospital bed

March 29, 2017

HER nose and mouth covered by a protective face mask, Iyanda Hilton wrapped herself in a warm blanket and rested alongside her mother in the Bone Marrow Centre at the Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami, Florida...

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Erica and Tamico are going to prom

March 28, 2017

Almost 28 years ago Tamico Gilbert promised he would take his best friend Erica Morris to their prom -- the date never materialized. Two weeks before St. Augustine's College's (SAC) Class of '92 prom, Gilbert dumped Morris for another date. She has never let her classmate and friend live that down. Two-and-a-half decades later Gilbert has again promised to take Morris to the prom. And while they're looking forward to a fun evening between friends at SAC's Class of 2017 prom, they will be attending the seniors rite of passage with a serious initiative behind the outing -- to raise funds to assist '92 classmate Maceito Glinton with his mounting medical bills.
In July 2016, Glinton suffered three strokes. He has to have his skull repaired. It was removed to allow his brain to bleed after having had the strokes, resulting in a hemorrhagic right brain. He also suffered from spiked blood pressure at 285/160; hemorrhagic right side bleeding results from a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain.
He is having difficulties with vision in his left eye as a result of left facial weakness due to the strokes.
His medical bills stand at $50,000 and are rising.
Glinton's wife, Bolera, who is also a member of SAC's Class of '92, was off island last year when she received a telephone call that her husband, who was the family's major breadwinner at the time, had suffered a massive stroke. She was advised to return home because there was a chance her husband would not make it. Glinton spent four weeks in intensive care, followed by another eight weeks in hospital. He has since had to have a stomach tube installed, and suffered a seizure, and still has to have his skull repaired as his medical bills continue to rise.
Glinton's 14-year-old niece, Soraya Jovin, knowing she can't work to assist with her uncle's medical bills, did the next best thing she knew, she opened a gofundme page on which she is asking members of the public to donate monies and support her uncle in his time of need, to help raise funds to assist her aunt in paying her uncle's medical bills.
In 24 days, the gofundme account has raised $2,270 of the $50,000 goal, from 16 people.
"God chose to spare his life, and we are thankful," wrote Soraya. "My uncle was a strong, hardworking man who paved roads and drove huge trucks for a living. He supported his wife, Bolera, and four children Mcquille, 21, a college student; Malisha, 15; Mashard, nine; and Malia, six. Since his stroke, Uncle Macy has not been able to work. My Auntie Bolera now cares for him full-time and has a small business creating beautiful bags. Uncle Macy is recovering slowly. He can now talk, and is relearning how to walk with the help of great physiotherapists and doctors. My aunt shared that my uncle's hospital bill is currently at the $50,000 mark and is growing.
"Also, their light bill was so high that [BPL] has turned off the electricity to their home, which makes life a greater challenge. I am not old enough to work and help my uncle, but I thought I could reach out and ask others to give what they could to help my uncle and his family. So if you can, please donate to my uncle's hospital fund, and if you cannot, please pray for my uncle and his family that God would lead many to help in this difficult time."
Bolera says her husband's medical issues arose as he was trying to get a wart removed. She said he was on blood pressure medication, and medical officials started adjusting his medication every time he went to the doctor because his blood pressure was high.
"They kept telling him his pressure was too high, so they increased the medication each time, then they changed it, and I went away, and that's when he had the stroke," said Bolera.
Glinton, 43, is out of hospital and at home. He's talking now and doing therapy, but can't do much else for himself. Doctors have told her that her husband will definitely not be able to resume his former career. The strokes have left him with left-side weakness. He barely moves his left foot and doesn't move his left arm. He also requires 24-hour care.
As she can't hold down a full-time job, because she has to provide around-the-clock care for her husband, the mother of four has taken to helping out her family finances the best she can by making straw bags. And in capitalizing on the political season, she also has what she calls her "Election Collection" with bags dedicated to all the political parties for sale.
Through all of this, Morris has been with her friends every step of the way, including "man-sitting" for Bolera when she needs to run errands to assist the family.
"You never know when it's your time," said Morris. "She [Bolera] is my friend, and the minute I saw that she needed help, I just jumped onboard -- anything that she needed ... I can remember her calling me at 12 midnight because their car had broken down, saying 'Erica we don't have any water in the house,' and me coming from my house at midnight in my pajamas, taking her to get some water. I can remember 'man-sitting' him -- not babysitting -- one day, because his wife needed to run some errands, so I told her I would watch him for her and I remember just looking at him and weeping, thinking he's not going to make it. It's them today, but I live for my child, and I would hope that if something like this were to happen to him, even if I'm not here, that he would have a friend that would do the same for him ... it's just knowing that humanity still exists; and you do these things not looking for any type of reciprocity."
Morris is one of those always upbeat and engaging people who never seems to let things get her down, and while she says she was devastated and livid when Gilbert dumped her two weeks before the prom, she never let Gilbert forget that. A few weeks ago, she said she jokingly decided to poke the bear one more time about what he had done to her.
She posted to social media what he had done to her and that she felt it was time he made it up to her. At the time of the posting, she said she didn't think about him taking her to the prom or anything, but when people started responding and telling him that he needed to make it up to her and try to take her to some prom, he called her the next day and asked her to go to SAC's prom with him. She agreed.
"And then I thought about it and said wait a minute, we're trying to do a fundraiser for Maceito, why don't we tie this into a publicity stunt for Maceito. So basically, if people want to see us go to the prom, they can buy a proverbial ticket, which is donating $10 or whatever to the gofundme page [started by Soraya], and that is how we're going to go to the prom."
Funds donated on behalf of Morris and Gilbert's prom date go directly to Glinton's family, and have nothing to do with Morris and Glinton's upcoming prom date. They said they're going anyway.
Morris reached out to the organizers of the SAC Class of 2017 prom. She said they welcomed them onboard when they found out about the initiative.
She and Gilbert will be attending the prom on June 24 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, and are hoping to raise a significant contribution to help the Glintons.
They've also had people step up to assist them with making their prom night happen -- albeit 25 years later. Apryl Burrows will recreate Morris' prom dress; Kedar Clarke will style Gilbert; and Patrick Ferguson will take their pictures.
Gilbert gives Morris all the credit in coming up with the fundraising idea that he thinks is great. At the same time he admits he was blindsided when she started blasting him on social media about not taking her to the prom 25 years ago, something he said she never let him live down, and in the past had always spoken to him about face-to-face. He also owns up to having made a lousy move all those decades ago that universally is frowned upon.
"It was a convoluted situation 25 years ago in high school. Erica and I were good friends. I'd kind of had a crush on her way back, but I got friend-zoned, and so as a result I was like I ain't worried about that anymore let me carry someone else to the prom."
He asked two other girls, one was a year behind him -- her dad told him he didn't want his daughter going to the prom that year; the other was a classmate who told him she would be attending with someone from her church. Out of options, Gilbert said he had to settle to going to prom with his friend, Erica, and told her yes. Then the classmate who was to go with the church guy returned to him and told him she could go. He dumped Morris.
"Obviously I did the lousy move that everyone universally accepts to be frowned upon, and which shouldn't have been done -- I went with the other girl which was wrong, and didn't have such a great time. It was a boring night and all that, and she went off to college that same year, and I haven't seen her since. Erica on the other hand is always around, everywhere -- and everywhere I've seen Erica in the past 25 years, it's always, 'Boy you dump me for the prom.' If I meet her in the mall, she introduces me as, This the guy who dump me for the prom.' Mind you, she and I are still great friends, and that's a joke between us, so when she started in on it on social media about it four weeks ago I was so surprised. It turned out she had hatched an idea behind it, and I accepted."
Gilbert said that he's obviously bummed and dismayed that Maceito has been afflicted with his medical condition, and said it's a situation that is surprising and sobering to the members of the Class of '92.
"I guess all of us still feel a little young, but all of us in my class should be over 40 now, so we're not as young as we once were, and to know that one of our classmates is down is very sobering. We obviously want to help and do what we can to show our support. And it's not just one of our classmates -- it's two of them -- because Maceito married Bolera, and both of them graduated with us, so it's two members of our '92 class that are affected directly."
On the lighthearted side of things, Gilbert said attending the prom with Morris will be about fun, and a chance for him to redeem himself and make amends for what he said was a "boneheaded" move in 1992, as well as see how he and Morris hold up against the young folks.
On the serious side he said they are happy to be able raise funds for an important situation.
"The sky's the limit. I just want it to be something significant. I don't want it to be chump change," he said.
SAC's Class of '92 will be coming together for their first reunion since graduation, and have planned a series of initiatives, all of which will be fundraisers to assist the Glintons. The first event will be a soup drive on Thursday, March 30 during which peas soup and dumplings, conch chowder, okra soup, and pumpkin soup, will be sold at $10 per cup; as well as cream of broccoli and butternut squash soup at $7 per cup, prepared by Ali-Gaitors Catering Service. Delivery can be had for five or more orders, or soups can be picked up on the far west side of Montagu Beach. Orders can be placed at 558-8005.
The classmates will also have a weekend of family-oriented activities encompassing games like dominos to the three-legged race that they will charge to participate in, again with proceeds going to Glinton. Classmates are encouraged to wear the color associated with the House they were in (Leonard, Bernard, Alcuin and Seton) for the occasion.
"We've actually decided to have a class reunion, but in aid of a fundraiser for Macieto, because we've never had a class reunion. We're doing all of this in our 25th year of graduating to raise funds for his medical expenses," said Morris.
"We're trying to do different things, and hats off to Erica Morris," said Gilbert. "I'm just a willing participant in her master plan right now. Erica's the Brain, and I'm Pinky. That lady's heart is very big, and I applaud her for it. All of us have our careers, and our lives, most of us have our own family situations by now, but Erica is just out there and bringing everyone together. We encourage everyone to have a big heart when it comes to this situation, purchase a soup, come out on June 24 to see us, donate to the gofundme, and try to keep an eye out for any other fundraisers we may come up with in the next couple of months."
Bolera's appreciation for their efforts to assist her husband in his time of need was so overwhelming, she said she couldn't find the words to express her gratitude.
"I can't even find the words to express how appreciative I am, because it's just been so much ... I have his medical issues going on, and then I have other stuff going on in the home. I wasn't working at the time, when it happened, he was the one working, and so I can't get a job now because he needs 24-hour care, because his skull is not on, and they don't want him to fall, because if he falls ... and I have four kids."
Looking back, Morris said that ironically, it was at Glinton's grandmother's house that they were supposed to have their prom after-party 25 years ago, but that never happened.
"Cars were lined up from Imperial Park to Prince Charles. We all got there and his grandmother was like, 'Ain't no party goin' to be here. I don't know where ya'll goin' but ya'll can't come in.' Needless to say, we didn't even have an after-party, so you had a whole class of people with no place to go," she recalled.
After the upcoming SAC prom the Class of '92 will get their after-party, at the home of a classmate in The Grove, at which Joe Cools' another classmate will deejay. The party will serve as another fundraiser for Glinton.
Two-and-half decades later, Morris is going to prom with Gilbert, her best friend, and is looking forward to a fantastic evening. But she also recalled how livid she felt with being dumped.
"Tamiko and I went to Europe together [on a school trip] and became best friends. We made a promise to each other going into 10th grade that we were going to take each other to the prom. I stood by that. I had a boyfriend, but I was like, this is my friend, I want to go to the prom with him. In the 12th grade we were planning going to the prom together. I went away, purchased a dress, and when I came back I said to Tamico, what colors are you going to wear, because here are my colors. We were in Red Square at the time and he looked at me dry-eyed, no remorse, no nothing, and said I'm not taking you to the prom. I was like what? I was devastated, because I was one of the more popular girls in school, so how could I go to the prom without a date?
"I was a piece of mess in Red Square, 'cause I was goin' drag him in Red Square, but I couldn't do it, because I didn't want to get suspended. I ended up going with another guy in our class to prom to the Le Meridien Hotel [now Sandals Royal Bahamian]. We walked in together. I never saw my date again that night. I didn't see 'Tiko' the whole night. I didn't talk to him. He dumped me, and then come to find out, he took someone else in our class to the prom. In 25 years I never let him live that down, because I'm like how can you do this to me? I'm your good friend."
So 25 years after Gilbert unceremoniously dumped Morris, the duo will be going to prom together, and using the event as a fundraiser to help defray the cost of their classmate's medical expenses. Person's wanting to donate to Maceito Glinton's medical expenses can do so at the gofundmepage at www.gofundme.com/c3nep-macys-medicalfund, or a deposit can be made at the Bank of Bahamas account #5510055501 in the name of Maceito Glinton at the Village Road branch.

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EricaTamiko are going to prom

March 28, 2017

Almost 28 years ago Tamiko Gilbert promised he would take his best friend Erica Morris to their prom -- the date never materialized. Two weeks before St. Augustine's College's (SAC) Class of '92 prom, Gilbert dumped Morris for another date. She has never let her classmate and friend live that down. Two-and-a-half decades later Gilbert has again promised to take Morris to the prom. And while they're looking forward to a fun evening between friends at SAC's Class of 2017 prom, they will be attending the seniors rite of passage with a serious initiative behind the outing -- to raise funds to assist '92 classmate Maceito Glinton with his mounting medical bills.
In July 2016, Glinton suffered three strokes. He has to have his skull repaired. It was removed to allow his brain to bleed after having had the strokes, resulting in a hemorrhagic right brain. He also suffered from spiked blood pressure at 285/160; hemorrhagic right side bleeding results from a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain.
He is having difficulties with vision in his left eye as a result of left facial weakness due to the strokes.
His medical bills stand at $50,000 and are rising.
Glinton's wife, Bolera, who is also a member of SAC's Class of '92, was off island last year when she received a telephone call that her husband, who was the family's major breadwinner at the time, had suffered a massive stroke. She was advised to return home because there was a chance her husband would not make it. Glinton spent four weeks in intensive care, followed by another eight weeks in hospital. He has since had to have a stomach tube installed, and suffered a seizure, and still has to have his skull repaired as his medical bills continue to rise.
Glinton's 14-year-old niece, Soraya Jovin, knowing she can't work to assist with her uncle's medical bills, did the next best thing she knew, she opened a gofundme page on which she is asking members of the public to donate monies and support her uncle in his time of need, to help raise funds to assist her aunt in paying her uncle's medical bills.
In 24 days, the gofundme account has raised $2,270 of the $50,000 goal, from 16 people.
"God chose to spare his life, and we are thankful," wrote Soraya. "My uncle was a strong, hardworking man who paved roads and drove huge trucks for a living. He supported his wife, Bolera, and four children Mcquille, 21, a college student; Malisha, 15; Mashard, nine; and Malia, six. Since his stroke, Uncle Macy has not been able to work. My Auntie Bolera now cares for him full-time and has a small business creating beautiful bags. Uncle Macy is recovering slowly. He can now talk, and is relearning how to walk with the help of great physiotherapists and doctors. My aunt shared that my uncle's hospital bill is currently at the $50,000 mark and is growing.
"Also, their light bill was so high that [BPL] has turned off the electricity to their home, which makes life a greater challenge. I am not old enough to work and help my uncle, but I thought I could reach out and ask others to give what they could to help my uncle and his family. So if you can, please donate to my uncle's hospital fund, and if you cannot, please pray for my uncle and his family that God would lead many to help in this difficult time."
Bolera says her husband's medical issues arose as he was trying to get a wart removed. She said he was on blood pressure medication, and medical officials started adjusting his medication every time he went to the doctor because his blood pressure was high.
"They kept telling him his pressure was too high, so they increased the medication each time, then they changed it, and I went away, and that's when he had the stroke," said Bolera.
Glinton, 43, is out of hospital and at home. He's talking now and doing therapy, but can't do much else for himself. Doctors have told her that her husband will definitely not be able to resume his former career. The strokes have left him with left-side weakness. He barely moves his left foot and doesn't move his left arm. He also requires 24-hour care.
As she can't hold down a full-time job, because she has to provide around-the-clock care for her husband, the mother of four has taken to helping out her family finances the best she can by making straw bags. And in capitalizing on the political season, she also has what she calls her "Election Collection" with bags dedicated to all the political parties for sale.
Through all of this, Morris has been with her friends every step of the way, including "man-sitting" for Bolera when she needs to run errands to assist the family.
"You never know when it's your time," said Morris. "She [Bolera] is my friend, and the minute I saw that she needed help, I just jumped onboard -- anything that she needed ... I can remember her calling me at 12 midnight because their car had broken down, saying 'Erica we don't have any water in the house,' and me coming from my house at midnight in my pajamas, taking her to get some water. I can remember 'man-sitting' him -- not babysitting -- one day, because his wife needed to run some errands, so I told her I would watch him for her and I remember just looking at him and weeping, thinking he's not going to make it. It's them today, but I live for my child, and I would hope that if something like this were to happen to him, even if I'm not here, that he would have a friend that would do the same for him ... it's just knowing that humanity still exists; and you do these things not looking for any type of reciprocity."
Morris is one of those always upbeat and engaging people who never seems to let things get her down, and while she says she was devastated and livid when Gilbert dumped her two weeks before the prom, she never let Gilbert forget that. A few weeks ago, she said she jokingly decided to poke the bear one more time about what he had done to her.
She posted to social media what he had done to her and that she felt it was time he made it up to her. At the time of the posting, she said she didn't think about him taking her to the prom or anything, but when people started responding and telling him that he needed to make it up to her and try to take her to some prom, he called her the next day and asked her to go to SAC's prom with him. She agreed.
"And then I thought about it and said wait a minute, we're trying to do a fundraiser for Maceito, why don't we tie this into a publicity stunt for Maceito. So basically, if people want to see us go to the prom, they can buy a proverbial ticket, which is donating $10 or whatever to the gofundme page [started by Soraya], and that is how we're going to go to the prom."
Funds donated on behalf of Morris and Gilbert's prom date go directly to Glinton's family, and have nothing to do with Morris and Glinton's upcoming prom date. They said they're going anyway.
Morris reached out to the organizers of the SAC Class of 2017 prom. She said they welcomed them onboard when they found out about the initiative.
She and Gilbert will be attending the prom on June 24 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, and are hoping to raise a significant contribution to help the Glintons.
They've also had people step up to assist them with making their prom night happen -- albeit 25 years later. Apryl Burrows will recreate Morris' prom dress; Kedar Clarke will style Gilbert; and Patrick Ferguson will take their pictures.
Gilbert gives Morris all the credit in coming up with the fundraising idea that he thinks is great. At the same time he admits he was blindsided when she started blasting him on social media about not taking her to the prom 25 years ago, something he said she never let him live down, and in the past had always spoken to him about face-to-face. He also owns up to having made a lousy move all those decades ago that universally is frowned upon.
"It was a convoluted situation 25 years ago in high school. Erica and I were good friends. I'd kind of had a crush on her way back, but I got friend-zoned, and so as a result I was like I ain't worried about that anymore let me carry someone else to the prom."
He asked two other girls, one was a year behind him -- her dad told him he didn't want his daughter going to the prom that year; the other was a classmate who told him she would be attending with someone from her church. Out of options, Gilbert said he had to settle to going to prom with his friend, Erica, and told her yes. Then the classmate who was to go with the church guy returned to him and told him she could go. He dumped Morris.
"Obviously I did the lousy move that everyone universally accepts to be frowned upon, and which shouldn't have been done -- I went with the other girl which was wrong, and didn't have such a great time. It was a boring night and all that, and she went off to college that same year, and I haven't seen her since. Erica on the other hand is always around, everywhere -- and everywhere I've seen Erica in the past 25 years, it's always, 'Boy you dump me for the prom.' If I meet her in the mall, she introduces me as, This the guy who dump me for the prom.' Mind you, she and I are still great friends, and that's a joke between us, so when she started in on it on social media about it four weeks ago I was so surprised. It turned out she had hatched an idea behind it, and I accepted."
Gilbert said that he's obviously bummed and dismayed that Maceito has been afflicted with his medical condition, and said it's a situation that is surprising and sobering to the members of the Class of '92.
"I guess all of us still feel a little young, but all of us in my class should be over 40 now, so we're not as young as we once were, and to know that one of our classmates is down is very sobering. We obviously want to help and do what we can to show our support. And it's not just one of our classmates -- it's two of them -- because Maceito married Bolera, and both of them graduated with us, so it's two members of our '92 class that are affected directly."
On the lighthearted side of things, Gilbert said attending the prom with Morris will be about fun, and a chance for him to redeem himself and make amends for what he said was a "boneheaded" move in 1992, as well as see how he and Morris hold up against the young folks.
On the serious side he said they are happy to be able raise funds for an important situation.
"The sky's the limit. I just want it to be something significant. I don't want it to be chump change," he said.
SAC's Class of '92 will be coming together for their first reunion since graduation, and have planned a series of initiatives, all of which will be fundraisers to assist the Glintons. The first event will be a soup drive on Thursday, March 30 during which peas soup and dumplings, conch chowder, okra soup, and pumpkin soup, will be sold at $10 per cup; as well as cream of broccoli and butternut squash soup at $7 per cup, prepared by Ali-Gaitors Catering Service. Delivery can be had for five or more orders, or soups can be picked up on the far west side of Montagu Beach. Orders can be placed at 558-8005.
The classmates will also have a weekend of family-oriented activities encompassing games like dominos to the three-legged race that they will charge to participate in, again with proceeds going to Glinton. Classmates are encouraged to wear the color associated with the House they were in (Leonard, Bernard, Alcuin and Seton) for the occasion.
"We've actually decided to have a class reunion, but in aid of a fundraiser for Macieto, because we've never had a class reunion. We're doing all of this in our 25th year of graduating to raise funds for his medical expenses," said Morris.
"We're trying to do different things, and hats off to Erica Morris," said Gilbert. "I'm just a willing participant in her master plan right now. Erica's the Brain, and I'm Pinky. That lady's heart is very big, and I applaud her for it. All of us have our careers, and our lives, most of us have our own family situations by now, but Erica is just out there and bringing everyone together. We encourage everyone to have a big heart when it comes to this situation, purchase a soup, come out on June 24 to see us, donate to the gofundme, and try to keep an eye out for any other fundraisers we may come up with in the next couple of months."
Bolera's appreciation for their efforts to assist her husband in his time of need was so overwhelming, she said she couldn't find the words to express her gratitude.
"I can't even find the words to express how appreciative I am, because it's just been so much ... I have his medical issues going on, and then I have other stuff going on in the home. I wasn't working at the time, when it happened, he was the one working, and so I can't get a job now because he needs 24-hour care, because his skull is not on, and they don't want him to fall, because if he falls ... and I have four kids."
Looking back, Morris said that ironically, it was at Glinton's grandmother's house that they were supposed to have their prom after-party 25 years ago, but that never happened.
"Cars were lined up from Imperial Park to Prince Charles. We all got there and his grandmother was like, 'Ain't no party goin' to be here. I don't know where ya'll goin' but ya'll can't come in.' Needless to say, we didn't even have an after-party, so you had a whole class of people with no place to go," she recalled.
After the upcoming SAC prom the Class of '92 will get their after-party, at the home of a classmate in The Grove, at which Joe Cools' another classmate will deejay. The party will serve as another fundraiser for Glinton.
Two-and-half decades later, Morris is going to prom with Gilbert, her best friend, and is looking forward to a fantastic evening. But she also recalled how livid she felt with being dumped.
"Tamiko and I went to Europe together [on a school trip] and became best friends. We made a promise to each other going into 10th grade that we were going to take each other to the prom. I stood by that. I had a boyfriend, but I was like, this is my friend, I want to go to the prom with him. In the 12th grade we were planning going to the prom together. I went away, purchased a dress, and when I came back I said to Tamiko, what colors are you going to wear, because here are my colors. We were in Red Square at the time and he looked at me dry-eyed, no remorse, no nothing, and said I'm not taking you to the prom. I was like what? I was devastated, because I was one of the more popular girls in school, so how could I go to the prom without a date?
"I was a piece of mess in Red Square, 'cause I was goin' drag him in Red Square, but I couldn't do it, because I didn't want to get suspended. I ended up going with another guy in our class to prom to the Le Meridien Hotel [now Sandals Royal Bahamian]. We walked in together. I never saw my date again that night. I didn't see 'Tiko' the whole night. I didn't talk to him. He dumped me, and then come to find out, he took someone else in our class to the prom. In 25 years I never let him live that down, because I'm like how can you do this to me? I'm your good friend."
So 25 years after Gilbert unceremoniously dumped Morris, the duo will be going to prom together, and using the event as a fundraiser to help defray the cost of their classmate's medical expenses. Person's wanting to donate to Maceito Glinton's medical expenses can do so at the gofundmepage at www.gofundme.com/c3nep-macys-medicalfund, or a deposit can be made at the Bank of Bahamas account #5510055501 in the name of Maceito Glinton at the Village Road branch.

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The middle ear

March 28, 2017

The middle ear is a hollow, air-filled cavity that lies just behind the translucent tympanic membrane more commonly called the eardrum. The middle ear is comprised of the eardrum, the tympanic cavity, and the ossicles, which are the three tiniest bones found in the human body. These little bones or ossicles connect the eardrum to the inner ear. The ossicles include the malleus (hammer), the incus (anvil), and the stapes (stirrup).
As sound waves enter the outer ear they hit the eardrum causing it to move back and forth. This back and forth movement of the eardrum is extremely important to our ability to hear, as it results in the ossicles moving and then converting the sound waves into mechanical vibration that are carried to the inner ear. The eardrum also consists of two tiny muscles; the tensor tympani muscle and the stapedius muscle. These muscles alter the tension on the ossicles thereby adjusting the degree of loudness of the sounds entering the middle ear. And finally, the middle ear is what connects the eustachian tube to the upper throat, which helps in the equalizing of pressure and in the draining of mucus.

Disorders of the middle ear
As with any other part of the ear, damage to, or disorders of, any portion of the middle ear will usually result in some degree of hearing loss. In most cases, however, the type of hearing loss is a conductive hearing one and hearing may eventually be restored once the problem is resolved. This may occur following medical treatment or following surgery. In some cases, a portion of the hearing may still be permanently lost. If this occurs, a hearing aid may be required.

Below are some, but not all, disorders of the middle ear:
o Aero Otitis Media: Also known as Barotrauma, is normally experienced by divers or sometimes when flying and the eustachian tube does not open properly causing fluid to collect in the middle ear.
o Cholesteatoma: A tumor of the middle ear that often enters the external auditory canal.
o Eosinophilic Otitis Media: A problematic middle ear disease associated with bronchial asthma and nasal allergies.
o Otitis Media: An inflammation of the middle ear leading to fluid build-up.
o Otosclerosis: An inherited disease that occurs more frequently in women and usually occurs following pregnancy. The rate of otosclerosis is significantly higher in white women compared to women of color.
o Ossicular discontinuity: Occurs when the bones of the middle ear are displaced from their positions. This can occur from an extremely loud noise, a blow or slap to the head, inserting Q-tips or other objects into the ear, or from an accident.
o Ossicular fixation: Occurs when the ligaments of the ossicular chain become ossified, usually in persons suffering from osteoarthritis.
o Suppurative otitis media: An infection of the middle ear usually caused by germs entering through the eustachian tube.
o Tinnitus: A ringing noise in the ear that often accompanies hearing loss.
o Tympanosclerosis: Ossification of the ossicular chain that also includes the eardrum.
If you experience any of the symptoms in the list below, you should seek medical consultation. If a hearing loss or tinnitus is present, you should also have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist.
o Earache
o Ear discharge or drainage
o Ear odor
o Fever
o Fullness in the ear
o Headache
o Hearing Loss
o Tinnitus
The middle ear is one of the three main parts that make up our amazing ear. The proper functioning of all parts is necessary for us to have precise hearing.

o For further information on any hearing-related disorder, please contact Dr. Deborah Nubirth, doctor of audiology, in New Providence at Comprehensive Family Medical Clinic, Poinciana Drive at 356-2276 or 677-6627 or 351-7902 in Grand Bahama; or email dnubirth@yahoo.com.

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Flatfoot in children

March 28, 2017

It brings great joy when parents see the fat, cuddly feet of their children and watch them waddle down the hallway making their first steps. Those cute, flat, cuddly feet are one of the hallmarks of childhood that can become a vexing foot problem later in life -- flatfeet.
Flatfoot is common in both children and adults. It is the partial or total collapse of the arch in the foot. Flexible flatfoot is where the arch of the foot collapses or disappears, gets very low, or is absent when standing. Upon sitting or when the child is on their tiptoes, the arch reappears. Most children eventually outgrow flexible flatfoot without any problems.
Flatfoot is normal in infants and small children, partly due to "baby fat" which sits in the developing arch. The arch develops during infancy and early childhood and appears by the age of four to six years. Training and stretching exercises of the feet and walking barefoot on various surfaces can facilitate the formation of the arches during childhood. The arches continue to develop during adolescence and adulthood. It is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of the general population has flat arches in one foot or both feet. It is felt that the condition is even more common in black people. Several studies of military recruits with asymptomatic flat feet have shown no evidence of later increased injury, or foot problems, due to the flatfeet.
Symptoms
Most children with flatfoot have no symptoms as it is painless and does not interfere with walking or sports. If the child has normal muscle function and good joint mobility the flatfoot is often considered a normal variant. Flexible flatfoot normally continues until the child is at least five to six years old. If flexible flatfoot continues into adolescence, the child may experience aching pain along the bottom of the foot. Some children may exhibit other symptoms, such as pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg, and knee; turning the heels outward; changes in walking pattern; difficulty with shoes; reduced energy when participating in or withdrawal from physical activities. Bunions and hammertoes may develop as a result of a flatfoot. If the child's flatfeet causes pain, a podiatrist should be consulted.
Diagnosis
In diagnosing flatfoot, the podiatrist examines the feet and observes how they look when the child stands and sits. He/she observes how the child walks, looks for wear patterns on the child's shoes, and evaluates the range of motion of the foot joints. Because flatfoot can sometimes cause problems in the leg as well, the podiatrist may also examine the leg, knee and hip. X-rays are often taken to look at the bones and determine the severity of the deformity.
Non-surgical treatment
If a child has no symptoms, treatment for flatfoot is often not needed. Instead, the podiatrist will observe and re-evaluate the condition periodically. Custom orthotic devices may even be considered for some cases of asymptomatic flatfoot, because of the severity and the potential future complications seen in that foot type. When the child is experiencing symptoms, treatment is required and may include:
Activity modifications: If the child has activity-related pain or tiredness in the foot/ankle or leg, the podiatrist may recommend stretching exercises for the heel cord. The child may need to temporarily decrease activities like sports that bring pain as well as avoid prolonged walking or standing.
Orthotic devices: If the pain and discomfort continues, the doctor may recommend shoe inserts. In many cases, a soft, firm, or hard arch support may relieve the child's foot pain and fatigue. They can also extend the life of their shoes, which may otherwise wear unevenly. The podiatrist can provide custom orthotic devices that fit inside the shoes to provide support to the structure of the foot and improve its function.
Physical therapy: Sometimes the podiatrist may prescribe physical therapy or casting if your child has flexible flatfoot with tight heel cords. Stretching exercises and other therapy by the physical therapist can provide relief in some cases of flatfoot.
Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be needed at times to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Shoes: The type of shoes the child wears is important to support the arches. The podiatrist will advise the child to wear well-structured, supportive shoes, with built-in arch support rather than very flat flexible shoes that do not support the foot. Sneakers are always a good choice for supportive footwear.
Surgical treatment
As the child grows, a small number of flexible flatfeet become rigid, making it worse instead of correcting itself. In these cases further medical evaluation and even surgical treatment will be necessary for children with persistent foot pain. Surgery is necessary to relieve the symptoms as well as to improve the foot structure and function. The surgical procedure or procedures are selected depending on the severity of the symptoms, the type of flatfoot and the degree of deformity. If you suspect your child may have flat feet or if they have foot pain, you need to take them to see a podiatrist.
o For more information email foothealth242@gmail.com or visit www.apma.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996, or Bahamas Surgical Associates Centre, Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820, or Lucayan Medical Centre on East Sunrise Highway, Freeport, Grand Bahama, telephone 373-7400.

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No risks, no rewards

March 28, 2017

My friend, do you really understand the very important lesson in living contained in today's title, no risks, no rewards? Well do you? You see, there are, unfortunately for them, a whole lot of people spread throughout this great big world of ours who always want to play it safe, they're always afraid of taking any risks whatsoever in order to get them to where they want to be. Believe me, this kind of pathetic timidity will get a person absolutely nowhere. I remember well, many years ago, when I was selling encyclopedias. I decided to go to the British Virgin Islands to sell there for a couple of weeks. I'd never been there before. However, I shipped a whole pile of encyclopedias in advance by airfreight to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I then flew to San Juan and chartered a small plane to transport the books to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. I got a hotel room where I stacked up all of my boxes of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and children's classics -- the books I sold in an inclusive package with the actual encyclopedias.
I arranged a photo shoot with the chief minister of the government whom I presented with a set of American Educator Encyclopedias, and the photo with a write up was published in the local paper on the front page. The chief minister introduced me to the minister of education, who in turn introduced me to all of the school principals. I spent two very successful weeks in Tortola, sold all of my books and appointed a teacher as my representative in the British Virgin Islands.
Yes indeed, as I look back on that episode, I really did take a big risk by taking all of those books to the British Virgin Islands. However, believe me, it paid off very handsomely. My friend, I do sincerely hope and pray that you have got today's most important message. You've got to believe in yourself and thus be prepared to take some calculated risks in order to succeed in life.

o Think about it!
Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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Improvemtns to Public Health Centres Accelerating Pubic Healthcare Transformation

March 24, 2017

Contract signings for a total of $800,000 of renovation works to the South Beach Clinic and the Flamingo Gardens Clinic were implemented in an official ceremony, March 21, 2017, at South Beach Clinic, by Minister for Grand Bahama...

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Brazil officials urge caution over alert on meat imports

March 24, 2017

BRAZILIAN officials in The Bahamas yesterday urged caution as international concern mounts over the quality of meat imports from that country and sought to downplay fears that prompted several bans...

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Harbour Island & Spanish Wells Clinics Renovation Contracts Signed

March 23, 2017

Formal contracts for the renovation of community clinics in Harbour Island and Spanish Wells, Eleuthera have been signed...

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BAMSI Features at "Yoga in the Park"

March 23, 2017

The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) recently featured its produce at ‘Yoga in the Park’, a wellness and fitness event put on by Atlantic Medical...

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Younger population rates increasing, but older Americans still 16 times more likely to diagnosed with Colon Cancer than those under age 50

March 22, 2017

Next time someone asks you to go for a walk or get up and dance, jump at the chance. The simple act of moving may take you steps closer to avoiding cancers associated with sedentary lifestyles and obesity....

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Public Notice from The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources

March 22, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is aware of the meat scandal unfolding in Brazil relative to food inspectors taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. Sr. Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister, advised that the government of Brazil has suspended exports from 21 meat-processing units....

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Bahamian government bans meat imports from Brazil
Bahamian government bans meat imports from Brazil

March 22, 2017

According to a Facebook post by Hope Strachan, Member of Parliament for Sea Breeze and Minister of Financial Services and Local Government, "The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is aware of the meat scandal unfolding in Brazil relative to food inspectors taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. Sr. Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister, advised that the government of Brazil has suspended exports from 21 meat-processing units.

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Gov't bans corned beef imports from Brazil, people urged not to consume product

March 22, 2017

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has imposed an immediate ban on imports of corned beef originating from Brazil...

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Top Doc Post-Dump Fire Warning 'Indoor air quality 100x more potent than outdoor'
Top Doc Post-Dump Fire Warning 'Indoor air quality 100x more potent than outdoor'

March 21, 2017

Ten days after a blazing fire erupted at the Harrold Road dump in Nassau smothering land and air with billowing, acrid black smoke, a leading physician urged residents displaced by the fire and its aftermath...

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'Indoor air quality 100 times more potent than outdoor'

March 21, 2017

Ten days after a blazing fire erupted at the New Providence Landfill, smothering land and air with billowing, acrid black smoke, a leading physician urged residents displaced by the fire and its aftermath to stay away as long as they can, or ensure that their homes are HAZMAT (hazardous materials) cleaned and declared safe by independent analysts.
"This is a public health crisis, there is no other way to put it," said Dr. Arlington Lightbourne, founder of The Wellness Clinic, Collins Avenue. "What people are continuing to experience outside, depending on wind direction, is very frightening and we may not know the connection between the fire and chronic diseases that will present in 20 years.
"But I am even more concerned about the indoor air quality. When you have a house with a closed vacuum system, which is pretty much the way most of us live nowadays, unlike our grandparents whose cottages allowed air to flow through, the result of inhaling toxic fumes is way more dangerous."
The ash, soot and smoke are the visible, tangible components of an invisible, silent threat that can be deadly, seeping in through the pores of skin, the largest organ of the body, and through lungs, nostrils and mouth. Known carcinogens from the burning of plastic, metal, old appliances, garbage, plastic bags and bottles, paper, car parts and rubber tires combine to create a deadly cocktail ingested through nearly every orifice of the body. There is, he said, no escaping it in a closed environment unless every surface, curtain and upholstered furniture has been scrubbed and freed of the remnants of lingering poisons.
"Indoor air quality is up to 100 times more potent than outdoor," he said.
Dr. Lightbourne was a guest on the radio show "Voice of The Bays, The Environment Speaks", on Love 97.5, occurring on March 15. The weekly show that focuses on the environment is a community outreach effort by the education arm of Save The Bays, the outspoken environmental organization that has joined with thousands urging immediate remediation from the dump fire and long-term solutions that include a proper landfill, recycling and composting.
"Every human being has the fundamental right to breathe clean air," said host Joseph Darville, Save The Bays chairman. "We are not pointing the finger at this government or any government. This is a very serious problem that has been going on for more than 40 years and it has never been properly addressed, and now these poor people who live nearby are suffering because of that ongoing neglect."
According to Dr. Lightbourne, while some symptoms are associated with fire -- headaches, dizziness, sore throat -- many are not. Among them, he said, are fatigue, mood changes, even menstrual and hormonal changes.
"Toxins and carcinogens are endocrine disrupters," he said. "The chemicals interfere with the way our organs function."
Tracing the effects though, Darville and Lightbourne agreed, cannot be accomplished unless a health registry is created.
"If you want bragging rights, fix this issue," said Dr. Lightbourne.
Darville has gone on record pleading with the government to look at Grand Bahama's landfill as an example.
""You could have a picnic there and it is 100 percent managed and operated by Bahamians. In fact, we take our environmental students there every time we host the series just so they can see a proper landfill," said Darville.
In addition to the one-hour weekly radio show that moves to 4 p.m. starting March 22, Save The Bays' educational outreach includes the Youth Environment Ambassadors program in Grand Bahama, a six-week series of academic and hands-on experiences, whose graduates earn certification in environmental leadership and stewardship.

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Kids receive free dental services at Faith Dental Centre on World Oral Health Day

March 21, 2017

Dr. Joy C. Pickstock and associates of Faith Dental Centre, located at Pickstock Place, Robinson Road, treated children from the 2017 graduating class of Albania Christian Academy to free dental screenings, cleanings and other services on World Oral Health Day, celebrated on March 20. It is being celebrated this year under the theme, "Live Mouth Smart".
World Oral Health Day is observed annually during the third week of March as a global, year-long campaign to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and oral hygiene to overall wellness. Realizing that life-long learning and habit formation occur during a child's first six years of life, Dr. Pickstock has targeted the children of Albania Christian Academy, annually providing free dental care services and education to children and parents alike.
"This has been a long-standing commitment by Dr. Pickstock," according to Dr. Albert S. Ferguson, director of Albania Christian Academy.
More on World Oral Health Day activities and programs can be obtained from www.worldhealthday.org.
"We know Dr. Pickstock and Faith Dental Centre to be a highly professional, cutting edge dental practice, so we are thankful that they have chosen over these many years, a well-known, professionally-operated early educational entity, which also pursues excellence," Dr. Albert S. Ferguson added.

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KFC Nassau provides hunger relief with 18,000 in donations to eight local charities

March 21, 2017

Hunger, and the effects it has on families and communities, is a longstanding issue in The Bahamas. One of the country's fast-food restaurant leaders, KFC Nassau, continued its work to eradicate hunger with a recent presentation to eight local charitable organizations that provide hunger and food-related relief to those in need. More than $18,000 has been raised through the vision of KFC Nassau's restaurant managers to continue the philanthropic endeavor of the brand's annual "Add Hope" campaign. Each KFC Nassau location adopted a charity of its own within the vicinity of the restaurant in order to assist and improve upon hunger relief efforts in a meaningful and tangible way in the local community.
"There are a vast number of people in the country that experience food insecurity," said Willard Grant, director of operations at Restaurants (Bahamas) Ltd. -- KFC Nassau's franchise holder. "At KFC Nassau, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve, and each KFC Nassau location is proud to partner with a local hunger relief charity to provide needed funding to help feed our communities and contribute to the efforts to address hunger relief in New Providence."
KFC Nassau understands the devastation of hunger throughout its local communities and recognizes the tremendous impact hunger has on Bahamians that struggle to afford basic necessities such as food, water and shelter. The donations provided to the eight local charitable organizations will assist in funding their programs and efforts, which will enable each organization to continue providing much-needed food resources to Bahamians facing food insecurity.
"Organizations such as hunger relief organizations play an integral part in our community. We're proud to do what we can to help support them and to help provide adequate and nutritious meals to Bahamians in need," Grant concluded.
The following charities were presented donations from locations of the KFC Nassau brand:
Good Samaritan Senior Citizens Home (KFC Golden Gates), Nazareth's Children's Center (KFC Saunders Beach), Ranfurly Homes for Children (KFC Mackey Street), Pat's Senior Citizens Home (KFC Marathon Road), Unity House (KFC South Beach), Elizabeth Estates Children's Home (KFC Prince Charles), Mother Pratt Foundation (KFC Robinson Road) and Great Commission Ministries (KFC Oakes Field).
KFC Nassau is part of the Yum! global group of brands and is operated by Restaurants (Bahamas) Limited throughout New Providence. More information on KFC Nassau can be found on its website, www.kfcnassau.com, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/kfcnassau.

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Smelly feet

March 21, 2017

A common and vexing foot problem that is often not spoken of is sweaty feet, which when left untreated leads to a smelly foot odor. This is also affectionately called "Toe Jam". Have you ever shaken hands with or touched the feet of a friend or family member and it is wet from sweat? Well, they may have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the feet. It's slightly more common in men than in women, and more common in young adults than older adults. People whose feet sweat excessively often also have problems with excessive sweating of the palms. Hyperhidrosis can cause great emotional distress and occupational disability for many persons. It is estimated to affect 0.6 percent to one percent of teenagers and as high as 2.8 percent of the population of the United States. Hyperhidrosis most commonly occurs among people aged 25-64 years of age, but some may develop it from early childhood or as teenagers.

Causes
Excessive sweating of the feet seems to be an inherited problem. No one knows exactly why it occurs, but some experts claim it is caused by sympathetic over activity. It is a disorder of the sweat glands found under the arms, on the soles of the feet and palms of the hand. Most people sweat when it's hot out, or when they become warm, nervous or excited. People with hyperhidrosis sweat excessively almost all the time. Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized on the whole body or localized to specific parts of the body. Hands, feet, armpits and the groin area are among the most common areas where hyperhidrosis occurs due to the high concentration of sweat glands there. Hyperhidrosis may also occur in certain medical conditions such as disorders of the thyroid or pituitary glands, diabetes mellitus, tumors, gout, menopause, certain drugs, or mercury poisoning.

Symptoms
The most obvious symptom of hyperhidrosis is feet that sweat excessively. Some people sweat so much that their feet may slip around inside their shoes. The feet may also have a whitish, wet appearance. This weakens the integrity of the skin and can lead to open wounds or sores and may allow infections to set in. Foot odor is also common because of the fungal infection to the foot. Because of the sweating and moisture, fungus gets trapped in the shoes and over time they become infected and smell as well. So when the individual wears shoes they re-infect themselves with the fungus and the feet and shoes both smell.

Here's what you can do at home for sweaty and smelly feet
Good foot hygiene practices are essential. Wash your feet daily with an antibacterial soap; be sure to wash between the toes. Dry the feet thoroughly, then apply cornstarch, foot powder, or an antifungal powder to your feet. Wear wicking socks that draw the moisture away from your feet instead of trapping it. Synthetic blends are designed to wick moisture away from the skin and work best to keep the feet dry. One hundred percent cotton socks should be avoided. Even though they absorb moisture very well, they do not wick it away from the skin and this can lead to more odor and even blisters. It's also a good idea to change socks during the day if they become wet. Take an extra pair of socks to school or to work, and change socks midway through the day. Change shoes daily also. The shoe you wear today may still be moist if you wear them tomorrow, so it's best to wear them every other day and be sure they are completely dry before wearing them again. Wear sandals or allow the feet to be free, if you can, during the day or as soon as your work day is done.

When to visit a podiatrist
If your feet sweat excessively and/or if your feet have a strong odor, see a podiatrist. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, less than 40 percent of people with excessive sweating actually seek medical care. If left untreated sweaty feet can become smelly feet. A podiatrist can help you treat and control this embarrassing condition.

Diagnosis
Most often, excessive sweating of the feet is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms and a physical examination of the feet. A podiatrist can also do a starch-iodine test to confirm the diagnosis, but it is not often done.

Treatment
Both topical and systemic medications have been used in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Treatment options are tailored to your symptoms. Over-the-counter products (such as Certin-Dri, Drysol and Xerac) have low concentration of prescription medication. Most of them work best if applied to the area when it is dry and covered overnight (always read the package insert for instructions for the specific product you are using). The feet should be washed in the morning and an effect should be seen within 1 month. If no change is seen, see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Prescription antiperspirants may be applied directly to the feet and are more effective than their over-the-counter versions. Botox injections can temporarily control excessive sweating of the feet, which may generally last for about six to nine months. A physical therapy technique called iontophoresis, which uses water to conduct a mild electrical current through the skin, has been found to be helpful for many people. This can be done at the physical therapist's office, the doctor's office, or persons may be able to purchase an iontophoresis machine for at-home use. Severe cases of sweaty feet may be treated with a surgical procedure called a sympathectomy, which interrupts the nerve signals that tell the feet to sweat excessively. It has been reserved as the final treatment option and is not often done.
Sweaty feet are closely related to smelly feet, which results from a fungal infection in the foot. So persons are often treated for Athletes Foot as well, with either topical and/or oral antifungal medication.

o If you have been experiencing this embarrassing and challenging problem without relief, its time to see a podiatrist. For more information email us at foothealth242@gmail.com or visit www.foothealth.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street, or call 325-2996 for an appointment or visit Bahamas Surgical Associates Center on Albury Lane, or call 394-5820 for an appointment at Lucayan Medical Centre, Freeport Grand Bahama or call 373-7400.

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