In honor of Depression Awareness Month, Kings County hospital held a free screening to check for symptoms of the mental health illness earlier this month. The initiative was aimed at raising knowledge about depression for their community and teach people how to identify signs of depression. But while it affects various people, it tends to remain a taboo subject in the Caribbean community, leading people to suffer in silence, said a psychiatrist at the medical center. Comment
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When 50-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native Allison Alexis was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram in March 2001, she immediately underwent lumpectomy surgery and started chemotherapy — 33 segments of radiation treatment. Comment
A clear sense of mission and overwhelming commitment describes a small, dedicated local organization with a miniscule budget that can point to actual achievements, works accomplished — unlike other organizations with multi-million dollar budgets. NOVA Hope for Haiti is one such organization. Comment
He received a high and green honor.
The World Energy Engineering Congress awarded a Cambria Heights engineer with the title of Energy Manager of the Year for the Entire U.S. Northeast in Atlanta on Sept. 26. Cyril Toussaint, the director of energy management and sustainability at New York City Health and Hospitals, received the award for his revolutionary leadership in changing the scope of the energy usage in city hospitals. He was more than thrilled with the recognition, and thankful of the team that assisted him. Comment
An honor from a legend.
Former football player and hall of famer Joe Namath honored medical heroes at the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Founders Ball in Brooklyn Heights on Sept. 27. The sports legend attended the annual fund-raiser to celebrate Charles Modica and Patrick Adams, the founders of St. George’s University of Medicine in Grenada. Comment
The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says that the Region of the Americas, including the Caribbean, has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that was responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 newborns every year in the Americas. Comment