This is the first comprehensive study on steroid misuse among competitive athletes in the Caribbean. This study demonstrates the need for a useful framework to establish prevention of steroid misuse and educational programmes on such misuse in the Caribbean region.
Objective: Little is known about anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) misuse in the Caribbean region in spite of increased popularity among athletes and adolescents. The present study examines the usage of AAS among competitive athletes in Puerto Rico.
In this study of 200 elderly persons aged 60 years and over, predictors of depression were older age, female gender, low socio-economic status and low level of cognitive function.
Objective: To explore possible associations of age, gender, socio-economic status, educational level and level of cognitive functioning with depressive symptoms in a community sample of elderly persons.
One-third of patients with cardiovascular disease referred
to a consultation-liaison psychiatry service at a
general hospital in Jamaica were depressed. They were
also significantly more likely than other patients to
have a depressive illness.
Objective: The prevalence of cardiovascular disease in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries has been steadily rising. Depression has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiovascular disease. Against this background, the authors compared the co-occurrence of depressive illnesses among general hospital inpatients with cardiovascular disease and those without cardiovascular disease.
This paper describes the aetiology and outcome of febrile
patients at the emergency department of a general hospital
in Curaçao. A high prevalence of bacterial infections
and mortality were observed.
Objective: The aetiology of febrile diseases in tropical countries often remains poorly characterized. We aim to describe the aetiology and outcome of febrile illnesses at the Emergency Department (ED) in Curaçao.