In Jamaica, people’s fears were assuaged when research sponsored by the non-profit organization Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) explored whether Jamaica’s national fruit, ackee, causes prostate cancer in men; the results indicate that it is indeed safe to consume it, the Jamaica Gleaner reports. The research project was a collaborative initiative between CHASE the University of the West Indies through its Caribbean Institute for Health Research.
[. . .] “We looked at Jamaican men and prostate cancer because we eat ackee, and we like ackee, but we didn’t know if it contributed to prostate cancer,” said [Wilford] Heaven. “There was no correlation, so you can eat your ackee in peace and feel comfortable. Before, there was a notion that there was a correlation. That project is complete, and what it suggests is that there is nothing to support that,” he said.
[. . .] Another important area of research CHASE has supported is to decipher the causes of aggressive behaviour in the island’s youth. “CHASE is really a knowledge-based organisation. Research is not a glamour area, but we need to understand what is happening and what explains it,” Heaven noted. “We intend to provide more details on a study of what explains aggression in children. We also funded a project that looked at what causes certain behavioural patterns that we have seen in our children, particularly in the school system. We cannot pretend as if there isn’t a problem.” The results of that research should be published soon, Heaven indicated.
CHASE has also spent money for research on cardiovascular disease, lead battery smelting, the testing of soil, and the various impacts on yam and other food.