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Prostate Cancer in Jamaica and the Wider Caribbean: It is Time to Consider Screening

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90–3
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This paper examines the role of screening and argues for increased screening in the population.

Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in the world (1) and the leading cancer affecting men in Jamaica (2). If PCa is identified early in its natural history, it is eminently treatable with great potential for cure. The Caribbean has the highest age standardized PCa-specific mortality rates in the world (1). Why is this so and what can be done to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with PCa in the Caribbean?

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e-Published: 19 Aug, 2013

Cricket World Cup: A Stress Test for the Surveillance System in the Caribbean

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84–9
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A regional mass gathering surveillance system in support of the 2007 Cricket World Cup was developed as an adaptation of the routine communicable disease surveillance system. It was used to strengthen and test already existing national and regional surveillance systems.


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Objective: To describe the development and implementation of, and major findings and recommendations from, a regional mass gathering surveillance system (MGSS) in support of the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007.

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e-Published: 19 Aug, 2013

Laparoscopic Heller’s Myotomy for Treatment of Achalasia in the Caribbean

Malaria and its Vectors in the Caribbean: The Continuing Challenge of the Disease Forty-Five Years after Eradication from the Islands

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Objectives: Given the occurrence of autochthonous malaria in non-endemic island countries in the last 10 years, this study evaluates the risk factors for malaria transmission in the malaria “endemic and “non-endemic” countries of the Caribbean region.

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e-Published: 24 Jul, 2013

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Health Information Systems in the Caribbean: Time For Attention

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321–22

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e-Published: 23 Jul, 2013

The HIV Epidemic in the Caribbean Meeting the Challenges of Achieving Universal Access to Prevention, Treatment and Care

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195–203

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e-Published: 18 Jul, 2013

Medical Tourism in the Caribbean Region: A Call to Consider Environmental Health Equity

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10.7727/wimj.2012.327
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250–3
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Medical tourism is targeted as an economic growth sector in the Caribbean by medical providers, governments, and international organizations. The development of this industry raises important questions regarding environmental health equity in communities and countries hosting facilities for international patients.

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29 Jan, 2013
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e-Published: 26 Jun, 2013

Diabetic Foot Complications among Patients Attending a Specialist Diabetes Clinic in Jamaica: Prevalence and Associated Factors

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10.7727/wimj.2012.031
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216–23
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This study estimated the prevalence of diabetic foot complications among patients of a specialist diabetes clinic in Jamaica and evaluated factors associated with foot complications. Approximately one of every eight patients had a major foot complication (amputation, ulcer or infection). Associated factors were neuropathy, high blood pressure and longer duration of diabetes.

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Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of diabetic foot complications among patients at a specialist diabetes clinic in Jamaica and identify factors associated with foot complications.

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01 Feb, 2012
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e-Published: 26 Jun, 2013

Prevalence of High-risk Sexual Behaviour in Jamaican Adults and Its Relationship to Sociodemographic and Religious Factors: Findings from the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2007−2008

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10.7727/wimj.2012.026
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873–80
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A third of Jamaicans report sexual practices that increase their risk of HIV infection. High-risk sexual behaviour was more common among men and younger persons, but was not infrequent among older persons. Being married, active religious practice and weekly attendance at religious meetings were associated with lower odds of high risk sexual behaviour.

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Objective: To estimate the prevalence of high-risk sexual behaviours among Jamaican adults and evaluate associations with sociodemographic and religious factors.

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e-Published: 24 Jun, 2013

Biosimilars in the Caribbean – Key Considerations

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10.7727/wimj.2012.331
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849–52

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Biotechnology is the use of living organisms and processes to manufacture large quantities of complex molecules for medicinal purposes known as biopharmaceuticals. Diseases, that were once almost impossible to treat, are now treatable because of biotechnology. Some examples of these diseases are diabetes, chronic anaemia, multiple myeloma and some lymphomas.

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