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Depression among Cardiovascular Disease Patients on a Consultation-liaison Service at a General Hospital in Jamaica

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499–503
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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.

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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.

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e-Published: 24 Oct, 2013

A Ten-year Assessment of Anabolic Steroid Misuse among Competitive Athletes in Puerto Rico

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Pages: 
531–5
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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.

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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.

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e-Published: 05 Feb, 2014

Sociodemographic Factors Associated with Depressive Symptoms among Elderly Persons from Two Communities in Kingston, Jamaica

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.273
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615–9
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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.
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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.
 
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27 Feb, 2013
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e-Published: 22 Jan, 2014

Epidemiology of Febrile Diseases in the Emergency Department of a Caribbean Island: The Curaçao Experience

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Pages: 
76–80
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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.


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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.

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e-Published: 19 Aug, 2013
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