Medical Corner


We have accepted the suggestion from a BU family member to facilitate discussion on medical matters which is a topic area that should interest us all. Based on exchanges with and between BU family members posted over time, many of you work in the medical field or possess information on various medical issues acquired based on personal circumstance or otherwise. Medical Corner seeks to encourage ANYONE to submit views on medical experiences, new developments in the industry or any related matter which readers feel can serve to educate the BU family.

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  1. Hants May 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM #

    Condolences to the family,friends and the music fraternity in Barbados on the passing of Clifton Glasgow.

    He was one of the best guitarists in the Caribbean and a good person.


  2. David May 23, 2012 at 6:51 PM #

    BU joins in extending condolences as well. Knocked down by an ignorant motorist.


  3. David June 17, 2012 at 2:16 AM #

    Meet “Ms. Ernie,” the world’s oldest competitive bodybuilding grandma
    By Tecca | Today in Tech – Fri, Jun 15, 2012

    This 75-year-old weight-lifting granny could probably beat you in an arm-wrestling competition without even tr …

    Are you struggling to stay in shape? If you need any inspiration, look no further than 75-year-old Ernestine Shepherd, the oldest female competitive bodybuilder in the world.

    According to Shepherd, she wasn’t always athletic — in fact, just the opposite. It wasn’t until she turned 71 that she took up the sport. But she isn’t just doing it for her own health. She hopes to inspire others into starting a healthy lifestyle as well, ideally sooner than she did.

    “If ever there were an anti-aging pill, I would call it exercise,” explains Shepherd, who teaches an exercise class at her Baltimore, Maryland church. “Age is nothing but a number.”

    Be sure to watch the BBC’s interview with Shepherd. And if you want even more inspiration to get off the couch, check out this 104-year-old paragliding wonderwoman who won fame by one-upping her 101-year-old competition.


    This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Tecca


  4. ac July 2, 2012 at 9:00 PM #

    shocking these criminals should not be allowed to be in business imagine they have put people lives in jeopardy and on top of that allowed to go free with a slap on the wrist and a small guy gets convicted and goes to jail for selling an ounce of marijuana ,


  5. ac August 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM #

    Scientists have pinpointed a likely source for many cases of autism and schizophrenia: Men who become fathers later in life pass on more brand-new genetic mutations to their offspring.
    Although older mothers are more likely to have children with chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome because of problems with older eggs, the study found that practically all of the novel mutations detected in children came from the father’s sperm.
    And the older the father, the more mutations he passed on.


  6. Courtney November 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM #

    I found the following to be quite interesting and thought I should share it here. “Low Income Linked to Higher Levels of Kidney Disease in African Americans.”


  7. Courtney December 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM #

    A link to a story I thought is worth sharing…


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  9. Courtney January 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM #

    I came across the link below after reading the blog by Georgie Porgie on Diabetes


  10. Sargeant February 27, 2013 at 1:11 AM #


    Time to move the debate to other matters, Simon Fraser University is carrying out some research about Medical Tourism and one of the targeted countries is Barbados. Recently I heard a discussion about this topic and thought you might be interested in a synopsis.'%20Medical%20Tourism%20Sector.pdf


  11. David April 3, 2013 at 11:50 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy

    This maybe fantastic news if the drug can be developed!


  12. Georgie Porgie April 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM #

    US Cardiologist Admits to Ordering $19 Million in Unnecessary Testing
    Michael O’Riordan
    Apr 11, 2013

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    PATERSON, NJ — A New York area–based cardiologist has confessed to ordering unnecessary tests and procedures on patients to the tune of $19 million[1]. Dr Jose Katz, the owner and chief executive officer of Cardio-Med Services and Comprehensive Healthcare and Medical Services, admitted to ordering diagnostic tests regardless of patient symptoms and falsely diagnosing a majority of his patients with angina to justify

    The Record, a New Jersey newspaper, reports that Katz also admitted that he allowed unlicensed practitioners to treat and diagnose patients, including Mario Roncal, who obtained a medical degree in Puerto Rico but was never licensed to practice any US state. Katz also kept his wife on the payroll to make her eligible for Social Security benefits even though she did little or no work.

    Katz made the admissions to US District Judge Jose Linares during a federal court hearing in Newark, NJ, last week. The government accused Katz of operating a “medical mill,” where he ordered the same series of diagnostic tests on his patients, directed other employees or other physicians at his companies to perform the unnecessary tests, and falsely diagnosed a majority of his patients with angina. Katz even billed Medicare and Medicaid $15 million for enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) for the treatment of angina, something his attorney admitted was unnecessary.

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    As part of his plea, Katz admitted that he bilked Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurers out of $19 million between 2004 and 2012. This is the largest amount of healthcare fraud discovered in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the article states. Katz denied that the fraud put any of his patients at risk, insisting “the patients are more important than anything else.”

    According to the Record, Katz was paid more than $70 million from Medicare and Medicaid between 2005 and 2012. His busy practices, which included offices in Paterson and Union City, NJ, and Manhattan and Queens, NY, treated hundreds of patients each day. Katz also advertised extensively, spending $6 million on Spanish-language TV and radio ads over several years.

    Katz was released on a $200 000 bond and faces between 57 and 87 months in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 23, 2013. Roncal, the unlicensed physician, has already pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud and is awaiting sentencing.


  13. Sargeant April 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM #

    Don’t know how much attention is being paid to this pest in Bim but the latest concern out of the US is that it can cause illnesses in humans including meningitis.

    The authorities in Florida are trying to get Gov’t permission to use another control agent (don’t know the name but it seems there are some environmental concerns) perhaps the B’dos Gov’t should ask the USA for help in eradicating his pest or increase the bounty for them so people would be tempted to go out and collect them.
    Note Barbados is mentioned in the report.


  14. David April 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM #



    The local news carried the story this evening.


  15. David April 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM #

    Cancer is threatening to overwhelm Latin American countries, experts writing in Lancet Oncology warn.
    There are far fewer cases of cancer in the region than in the US or Europe – but the proportion who die is far higher, they say.
    Late diagnosis and poor access to treatment are the main reasons for the disparity, they add.
    They said as life expectancy increased, cancer would become more common, and many countries would not cope.
    The experts looked at cancer incidence and care in the Latin American and Caribbean region, including the following countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Paraguay and El Salvador.
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    Writing in a Lancet Oncology report that is being officially launched at a specialist conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, they say as the economies of these countries grow, and standards of living increase, people are increasingly adopting the habits of more developed countries.


  16. brick pavers in ann arbor May 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

    Thanks for finally talking about >Medical Corner | Barbados Underground <Loved it!


  17. Sargeant May 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM #

    And wunnah think wunnah got problems


  18. Colonel Buggy. May 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM #

    @Sargeant…. That story sounds like a load of balls to me.


  19. Sargeant May 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy

    Five painful years, talk about testicular fortitude…….


  20. David June 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM #


  21. David June 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM #

    The Lead Vaccine Developer Comes Clean So She Can “Sleep At Night”: Gardasil and Cervarix Don’t Work, Are Dangerous, and Weren’t Tested
    Author: Sarah Cain LifeWise
    Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. She is the latest to come forward and question the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. She made the surprising announcement at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, which took place in Reston, Virginia on Oct. 2nd through 4th, 2009. Her speech was supposed to promote the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, but she instead turned on her corporate bosses in a very public way. When questioned about the presentation, audience members remarked that they came away feeling that the vaccines should not be used.


  22. David November 29, 2013 at 7:57 PM #

    Japan withdraws support of controversial HPV vaccine over safety concerns
    by Thaddeus Baklinski

    TOKYO, October 16, 2013 ( – While jurisdictions throughout the Western world continue to promote the HPV vaccine, the Japanese government has pulled its support of the controversial drug and sent formal notifications to local health officials saying that it should not be administered until safety concerns are investigated.
    The vaccines in question, Gardasil and Cervarix, are meant to combat Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), thought to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. HPV is known to cause multiple types of cancers, including cervical, anal, penile, and throat cancer.
    The vaccines do not prevent cancer cells from forming in the body but purport to prevent the four most common strains of HPV, out of an estimated 150 strains.


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  33. David January 26, 2015 at 11:58 PM #

    Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Could Be Released in Florida

    Jan. 25, 2015

    Jason Garcia Jason Garcia, a field inspector with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, tests a sprayer that could be used in the future to spray pesticides to control mosquitos in Key West, Fla., on Oct. 4, 2012 Wilfredo Lee—AP

    "This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease"

    Scientists could release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys in an attempt to kill off insects that spread the diseases dengue and chikungunya — if their proposal wins regulatory approval.

    The male mosquitoes, created by British biotech firm Oxitec, are engineered to keep their partners from producing offspring when they mate in the wild, the Sun Sentinel reports. The number of mosquitoes capable of spreading the diseases would be reduced if enough wild mosquitoes mate with the genetically modified population.

    “This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease,” Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, told the Sun Sentinel.

    Despite the benefits of reducing incidences of dengue and chikungunya, two viral diseases that cause a number of uncomfortable conditions, many are wary about releasing genetically modified organisms into the wild. More than 130,000 people have signed a petition opposing the release of the mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

    [Sun Sentinel]


  34. Hants February 27, 2015 at 9:14 AM #

    Interesting topic for discussion.


  35. David February 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM #


    Who cares?

    It is a lifestyle thing man, embedded in our DNA.


  36. Hants March 4, 2015 at 9:18 PM #


    New guidelines from the World Health Organisation are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The UN health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day – an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda. – See more at:


  37. David March 4, 2015 at 9:21 PM #

    Article on obesity

    This is an excellent article.  Although it primarily focuses on childhood obesity, it hints at the primary cause of today’s obesity epidemic.  For a full explanation of why this occurs you need to understand how we got where we are today (i.e. from quadrupedic apes to upright humans over a period of some 5 million years).  This is explained in "Why Humans Evolved" by Bentley Norville.  We all need to move more, adaptable, varied, complex movement, not the type most of us are engaged in today.


    Sign in to read: I’ve found the real reason so many children are obese – opinion – 03 March 2015 – Control – New Scientist



  38. Georgie Porgie March 10, 2015 at 9:39 PM #


    UWI Mona discovers anti cancer properties in yams

    Posted: July 08, 2014

    Research conducted by Dr. Dennis Bailey, for his Doctorate Degree, has revealed the presence of anti-cancer properties in indigenous varieties of yams cultivated in Jamaica, namely the Dioscorea alata cultivar more popularly known as St. Vincent Dark night and Moonshine Yams.

    Bailey confirmed the anti cancer potency of the yams by conducting research at the cellular level, inside the body of rats and in test tubes, using cancer cell lines in the breast, colon and skin. He found that their cancer reduced in size dramatically in comparison to the control group of rats.

    According to Bailey, “purple yams contain potent phytochemicals which slow down the growth of cancer cells. Assessment of these tubers has revealed several anthocyanins and high antioxidant properties which prevent the proliferation of cancer cells.” Bailey noted that about 90 per cent of the rats used as control died within 10 days of the experiment as their cancer kept spreading, while those fed with the anti-cancer yam extract lived. Their cancer sizes were greatly reduced or stopped growing during the study period. He also used the same extracts on normal cell lines and found that it did not affect the normal cells but destroyed the cancer cells. He added: “The extract effect on the cell was concentration dependent. We were able to find a specific dose that was very effective against the cancer cells.”

    Bailey also foresees tremendous potential in purple yam production. His ultimate desire is to see purple yams becoming staple crops which would aid in the reduction of cancers, diabetes and arthritis. “We would like purple yams to be exported so that Jamaica could earn more foreign exchange. The export potential and the pharmaceutical impact are great” Bailey said.

    Bailey commenced his research on purple yams in 2002, leading to the award of the doctoral degree in 2013, following transfer of his MPhil registration to PhD registration in 2007. He was supervised by Professor Helen Asemota, the current Director of the Biotechnology Centre, The Yam anti-cancer extract is currently being considered for the award of a US patent.

    UWI Mona’s extensive Yam Research pedigree

    Research on yams began at the Biotechnology Centre in 1991 in an attempt to find solutions to the local yam production problems. The current Director of the Centre, Prof. Helen Asemota, started the Yam Group in 1993. She heads the current group of 15 yam researchers and has, to date, supervised 28 Ph. D and two M. Phil theses on yam research. Based on studies of 25 Jamaican yam varieties, the group has looked at yam as a food, medicine and as industrial raw materials. The research has also fostered capacity building in Research and Development in the country. “We have trained many yam experts and they are dispersed in various sectors of society for research and development’. Dr. Andrew Wheatley is one of these experts who in 1995 devised a micro propagation system suitable for the sustainable production of yams, in his PhD studies. The findings were patented locally.

    Dr. Dwayne Stennet also completed his doctorate on the role of yams in lowering cholesterol in the blood, from which a USA provisional patent was received. Dr. Cliff Riley characterized all of the starches from the 25 varieties yams for his Ph. D. study. From the results of Riley’s work, Dr. Alexia Harvey worked on the chemical modification of some of the starches to produce a starch of superior excipient quality to cornstarch. This recent study – The Chemical Modification of Yam Starches and their Potential Use in Pharmaceutical Formulations – won for Harvey the 2013 Most Outstanding Ph. D. Thesis Award in March, 2014.

    These research efforts of the UWI Yam Biotechnology Group have proceeded in collaboration with other departments. The Centre works in conjunction with the Scientific Research Council and the Ministry of Agriculture’s Research Station at Bodles on yam research. “ … In addition to anti-cancer uses, yam has anti-diabetic, anti-cholesterol and anti-inflammatory properties,” Prof. Asemota said. “From the amount of research done on yams in this country, there should no problem with yam production. We just need to use our findings through supporting policies,” she added.

    Other key Yam researchers trained within the UWI Yam Group are Dr. Curtis Green, whose PhD research resulted in UWI’s first USA patent; Dr. Kathleen Lobban, Lecturer at UTECH, Dr. Samson Omoregie, Chair of Biology & Chemistry Department at NCU, to mention a few.

    Story originally published in UWI Mona Now – the bi Monthly Newspaper of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus



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