JAMAICA Persons must be aware of connection between Obesity and Sleep Apnea

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 31, 2018 – Kingston – The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is encouraging persons to be aware of the connection between overweight/obesity and sleep apnea, which can affect your health.Consultant Cardiologist at the Foundation, Dr. Marilyn Lawrence-Wright, told JIS News that obstructive sleep apnea is directly related to overweight and obesity.“We do know that the cardiovascular risk is increased in these patients.  They are more predisposed to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and they can be predisposed to sudden death,” she said.Dr. Lawrence-Wright pointed out that one of the more common ones is atrial fibrillation, which, if undetected, increases the risk of forming clots in the heart, which can predispose persons to having a stroke.“Sleep apnea is a respiratory condition in which the airways close down while you are sleeping.  The breathing rate slows or the person stops breathing completely; oxygen level goes down and it increases cardiovascular risk,” she explained.Dr. Lawrence-Wright warned that persons do not have to be obese to have sleep apnea, and pointed out that an increase in body mass improves the risk and severity of the condition.  She said persons should look out for the signs of sleep apnea, such as snoring, morning headaches and daytime somnolence (sleepiness).  Dr. Lawrence-Wright explained that the sleepy feelings come about when sleep is interrupted throughout the night.“As oxygen level falls, it lessens the depth of your sleep and very often persons with sleep apnea are sleepy during the day.  If they are sitting unengaged they will fall asleep very easily” she said.Heart Month will be observed during the month of February with a focus on healthy nutrition.Release: JISlast_img read more

Bangamata helped Bangabandhu shape political thoughts

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDRecalling the role of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib in country’s independence, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangamata in all critical times in different phases of the national history helped Bangabandhu to take right decisions.“Bangamata was a source of inspiration, strength and courage for father of the nation. Like Bangabandhu, she worked with dedication for the people, making her perfect accompaniment to shape the political thoughts of Bangabandhu,” she said.The prime minister said this while addressing a reminiscence meeting organised by the women and children affairs ministry marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.“My mother used to live very simple life, even when Bangabandhu was in the office of the prime minister after liberation. But, her thinking was very high and very prudently she dealt with everything with patience, courage and wisdom when Bangabandhu was in jail,” she also said.Bangamata will remain in the heart of Bangalee nation and be remembered for her sacrifice, patriotism and love for the people, Sheikh Hasina said, reports BSS.The premier said “My mother always used to encourage Bangabandhu to do politics for the people….never cared about her own interests. She never thought what she would get in her personal life.”But, the anti-liberation force killed the noble lady brutally on the fateful night of 15 August 1975,” said Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.“There were many crucial times in different phases of the nation’s history. During those times, my mother helped Bangabandhu in taking right decision… and my mother guided the party leaders and workers like a leader and guardian as well when Bangabandhu was in jail,” she said.Sheikh Hasina particularly mentioned the role of Bangamata in two important events saying she (Bangamata) played a big role in persuading Bangabandhu in delivering speech ‘as he wishes’ before millions of people on the historic 7 March 1971.Bangamata also played role in denying the parole of Bangabandhu granted by Pakistani rulers to join the roundtable conference in Pakistan when movement for six-point rose to its peak after 1968, she said.“Independence of Bangladesh would have never come if Bangabandhu went Pakistan in parole,” she added.Recalling the sacrifice of Begum Mujib in her whole life for the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangamata as a woman and a wife had no demand in her life. She always led a simple life like the common people of Bangladesh and taught us it.”Bangamata was always loyal to all political decisions of Bangabandhu and ready to face any situation amidst political repression of Pakistani juntas throughout the political life of Bangabandhu, she also said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDThe premier said Bangamata even used to serve the families of the detained leaders in their economic hardship, children’s education and illness when Bangabandhu was in prison.“My mother was like a guerrilla rebel,” she said, adding that denying the restriction of Pakistani rulers she used to come out of her home frequently changing her attire and shoes to reach information of Bangabandhu to the party leaders.The prime minister said Bangabandhu wrote in details about Bangamata in his biography published as ‘Unfinished Memoir of Bangabandhu’.From the book, many unknown aspects of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib including her mental strength, sacrifice, courage, wisdom and sufferings came to light.Bangamata, stood beside Bangabandhu, established rehabilitation centres for the suppressed women who were violated and tortured during the liberation war, she added.The prime minister urged the party leaders and workers to nourish the ideals of Begum Fazilatun Nesa in their life to materialise her dream and build a happy, prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh.“Now Bangladesh has no crisis for food…. but we have to go a long way to fulfil the dream of Bangabandhu and Bangamata,” she said.On the occasion, speakers paid glowing tributes to Bangamata recalling her crucial and prudent role in all the activities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and movement for nation’s independence.Terming Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa one of the most courageous, intelligent, dedicated, loving and affectionate ladies in the country’s history, they said the history would certainly remember the contribution of the highly politically conscious and great patriotic lady along with remembering Bangabandhu.State minister for women and children affairs Meher Afroze Chumki presided over the function while Fazilatunnesa Indira, MP was the keynote speaker.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on women and children affairs ministry Rebeka Momen and chairman of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Momtaj Begum were present as special guests while secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum gave welcome address.A video documentary on the life and works of Bangamata was screened on the occasion.On this day in 1930, Begum Fazilatun Nesa, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born in a noble Muslim family in Tungipara of Faridpur district. She was assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members on 15 August 1975.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Pilar skirts Mexicos western shore

first_img MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Pilar is moving northward in the Pacific just off Mexico’s western shore, raking coastal areas with rain and high winds after passing close to the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.Pilar had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) Monday morning and its centre was about 70 miles (115 kilometres) south of Mazatlan. It was moving north-northwest at about 9 mph (15 kph).The storm was projected to stay close to land over the next few days while dropping rain on Nayarit and Sinaloa states while beginning to weaken. Tropical storm force winds extended out as far as 60 miles (95 kilometres).The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Pilar could to drop 3 to 7 inches (7.5 to 17.5 centimetres) of rain on coastal areas.In the Atlantic, two hurricanes were far off the U.S. East Coast and didn’t pose any major threat to land, though Hurricane Maria was expected to whip up heavy surf and swells for the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckMaria, which battered Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane last week, was down to a Category 1 storm early Monday and its maximum sustained winds had weakened to 80 mph (130 kph). It was moving north near 7 mph (11 kph).Its centre was about 350 miles (560 kilometres) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.Farther out at sea, Hurricane Lee had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph). It was about 910 miles (1,460 kilometres) east of Bermuda and was stationary. It was projected to move in a rough circle over the coming days. Share Monday, September 25, 2017 Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Mexico, Travel Alert Tropical Storm Pilar skirts Mexico’s western shorelast_img read more

Its Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and

first_imgIt’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and we’re kicking things off with the spring severe weather system, which brings in plenty of thunderstorms.Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes, but they can also include winds greater than 58 mph or quarter-sized hail.One thing that’s not a factor in designating a storm as severe? Lightning. There could be plenty of lightning in the sky with a thunderstorm that’s far from severe.But what’s the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a warning? Here’s the deal:Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe weather. The National Weather Service issues a watch as far ahead as possible so residents in the impact areas can properly prepare.Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported or spotted by weather radar, and there is a serious threat to life or property for those in the path of a storm.last_img read more