With the kids off to school managing to encourage a healthy diet can seem a daunting task. From fruit snacks to juice, chips, cookies and more, it seems most snacks simply have no notable nutritional value. September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and all month long BahamasLocal.com Health & Fitness will be focusing on simple ways you can improve your child's health.
Other topics explored this month will be Childhood Cancer Awareness, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Sickle Cell, Prostate Cancer Awareness, World Alzheimer's Month, Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month
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Health HQ not fit for workers
THE Ministry of Health has lost more than $150,000 worth of productivity because of “serious challenges” with a badly leaking roof and a faulty air-conditioner at its Meeting Street headquarters, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed yesterday.
Dr Sands, in an interview with The Tribune, said... [Read more]
Focus on Health | The facts on Pinkeye
Pink eye is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in children and adults; about 3 million cases of pink eye occur in the United States each year. Treatment is not always needed and the course of treatment depends on the underlying cause.
What is pink eye?
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, involves inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye, or sclera. The inflammation makes blood vessels more visible, giving the eye a pink or reddish appearance. The affected eye(s) may be painful, itchy or have a burning sensation. The eyes can also tear or have a discharge that forms a crust during sleep causing the eyes to be “stuck shut” in the morning. Other signs or symptoms that may accompany pink eye include:
- Swelling of the conjunctiva
- Feeling like a foreign body is in the eye(s)
- Sensitivity to bright light
- Enlargement and/or tenderness of the lymph node in front of the ear. This enlargement may feel like a small lump when touched. (Lymph nodes act as filters in the body, collecting and destroying viruses and bacteria.)
- Contact lenses that do not stay in place on the eye and/or feel uncomfortable due to bumps that may form under the eyelid
What causes pink eye?
Pink eye is most often caused by bacterial or viral... [Read more]
Ministry of Health Zika Update
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the general public that there have been no documented cases of the ZIKA virus disease in The Bahamas since November, 2016. Environmental monitoring and testing is ongoing. All tests to date for the year 2017 have been negative.
The Ministry further advise that there is a need for continued vigilance and action by individuals, families and communities to prevent mosquito borne diseases such as Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya, as these are all transmitted by the Aedesaegypti mosquito which is found... [Read more]
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