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Colorblind Simulator Colorblind Simulator, an Accessibility App Developed in Costa Rica

Have you ever wondered what it's really like to be colorblind? A new Android app developed in Costa Rica helps designers and developers experience colorblind vision so that they can apply accessibility to their work. Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) affects our ability to distinguish colors. It can impact on a child's ability to learn, the ability to select two socks that match in color, the sele...

Wikimedia New State Health Plan for Domestic Workers Soon to Take Effect

By Wendy Anders Within two months a new mechanism for insuring domestic workers will be ready to be implemented, stated Gustavo Picado, finance manager of the Costa Rican Social Security Bureau (CCSS), the country’s public health service agency. Speaking to Monumental Radio last week, bureau officials said they aimed to increase coverage of this vulnerable group. Only 14 percent of Costa Ric...

Alajuela Hospital, Facebook page. Alajuela Hospital Improves Birthing Conditions for Women

By Wendy Anders Alajuela’s public hospital announced a series of changes for women giving birth including allowing them to choose from three different positions and receive better hydration while in labor, reported the Costa Rican Social Security Bureau (CCSS). The public health care system is aiming to improve women’s and their partner’s experiences during birth under a new policy called th...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Another U.S. Tourist Infected With Zika Virus in Costa Rica

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons)Bismarck, N.D.— The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed a second case of Zika virus illness reported in a North Dakota resident. The individual who tested positive for Zika virus is a man who traveled to Costa Rica. This case was not hospitalized for his illness. As reported by Th...

Pixabay Commons Smiling, Sex Appeal and Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Brenda Castro smiles as she arrives at a charitable event. FacebookFor many health travelers who arrive in Costa Rica for the purpose of dental tourism, the ultimate goal is to receive treatments that will restore their smile as well as their sex appeal. At leading dental tourism practices such as the Flikier Institute of Dental Rehabilitation, patients often tell stories ...

Nicoya Municipality Liquor License Liquor Advertizing Scrutinized by Constitutional Court

By Wendy Anders Costa Rica’s constitutional court recently upheld the regulation of the cultural content of advertisements for alcoholic beverages, according to a judicial press statement released Friday. Stating that “prohibiting the use of national symbols and folkloric music in publicity campaigns for alcoholic beverages is meant to avoid associating alcohol consumption with the culture,...

Wikimedia Commons Osteoporosis and Dental Implants in Costa Rica

Luke Lehrer - Flickr CommonsDental implants are the most frequently sought procedures by dental tourists in Costa Rica, but not every patient will be a good implantology candidate. Dental tourists who suffer from osteoporosis are generally thought to be at risk with regard to dental implants, but this will not always be the case. Patients evaluated for dental implants by the staff of the Fliki...

By Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ - Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia Commons The Philippines Fights Drug Trafficking and Addiction With Zumba

By Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ - Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia CommonsBy Helen Cook Philippine authorities have started making it compulsory for confessed drug addicts to attend Zumba classes to overcome the habit, as part of the country's recently launched war on drugs. "The main aim is to make them sweat as much as possible!" exclaimed an euphoric Roullette Folio, the monitor of the first Zu...

Wikimedia Commons Police Intercept Shipment of Pink Cocaine Bound for Costa Rica

Wikimedia CommonsDrug interdiction agents in Panama seized a major shipment of pink cocaine that was intended to reach Costa Rica before being repackaged and smuggled to the United States and Europe. According to a news report filed by Manuel Estrada of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the National Police of Colombia worked together with Panamanian law enforcement to arrest Alejandro Arboleda Uribe...

images Incest Leads to Pregnancy in 11-year-old Guanacaste Girl

By Wendy Anders Yesterday, the Costa Rican Spanish-language digital news media, AM Prensa, reported that a boy of 14 has allegedly been having sexual relations with his 11-year-old sister who is now pregnant. Although the alleged relations occurred several months ago, it wasn’t until three weeks ago that the girl sought care at the Liberia Hospital, who then reported the case to local child pr...

PISCINAS-ICODER2 Big Athletic Facilities Coming to La Sabana and Parque La Paz

By Wendy Anders By late 2018 Costa Rica plans to offer athletes two sports complexes – an aquatics center in La Sabana Park and a sports complex in La Paz Park – announced Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís last week at the National Sports Games (Juegos Nacionales). Plans for the new centers presented to the public indicated the projects will be completed in November 2018. The two ce...

Unknown Respiratory Virus Alert Still Active in Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders Costa Rican public health officials renewed a health alert put in place July 2 in response to a severe respiratory virus that is especially virulent in young children. The temporary extension of hours in peripheral clinics will remain in effect until August 8, or until the respiratory emergency wanes sufficiently, stated officials in a press statement today. The following ...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) El Salvador Health Minister Downplays Zika-Microcephaly Link

By Wendy Anders The second case of a zika-infected microcephaly baby was confirmed in the Central America nation of El Salvador on Friday, stated Salvadorean health officials at a live press conference. This makes El Salvador the seventh country in the Americas to confirm a zika-linked microcephaly case. “More than 91 percent of zika will not lead to micrcephaly,” stated Violeta Menjívar,...

Wikimedia Commons Vaginal Tissue Tightening System Now Available in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Viveve Medical, Inc. ("Viveve"), a medical technology company focused on women's health, today announced six new distribution partnerships that expand commercial availability of the Viveve System to fourteen additional countries in Latin America. The new relationships provide for distribution of the Viveve System in: Argentina, Peru, Paraguay (Sirex S.A.) and Chile (Torregal)...

Source: U.S. National Museum of Health and Medicine Syphilis on the Rise in Costa Rica

Source: U.S. National Museum of Health and Medicine A common sexually transmitted infection that was substantially reduced in Costa Rica decades ago is showing signs of spreading, and societal trends related to the Millennial Generation seem to be at play. According to a news report filed by health journalist Angie Guerrero of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, statistics compiled by the Min...

Whooping-Cough-Natural-Remedy-includes-ginger-licorice-honey-e1314681401445 Health Alert: Respiratory Virus Overwhelms Hospital Services

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome [email protected]://wellcomeimages.org By Wendy Anders As of 7:00 pm today the National Children’s Hospital has closed their general emergency services until further notice due to a saturation of services by children with a virulent sinus infection. Dr. Olga Arguedas told the press that the Children’s Hospital is only accepting chi...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Dental Tourism is Very Attractive for Canadians

A new report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) indicates that dental patients from Quebec are increasingly going abroad for treatments, and Costa Rica is one of their facorite destinations. According to CBC health reporter Kate McKenna, the high cost of dental care in the province of Quebec is prompting many Canadians to consider their options overseas. Specifically, the CBC rep...

www.dentalinstitutecr.com Dental Tourism Practice in Costa Rica Unveils New Website

www.dentalinstitutecr.com The Flikier Institute of Dental Rehabilitation, a specialty practice dedicated to medical tourism in Costa Rica, recently launched a new website to inform patients about dental health. The new website, www.dentalinstitutecr.com , features responsive technology that allows optimal display across various desktop and mobile devices. The site offers detailed informatio...

Dengue Mosquito Mosquito Control: Junk Collection in Jacó, Quepos and Parrita

By Wendy Anders From 7:00 am to 3:00 pm today and tomorrow everyone is asked to bring old tires, electronic waste, plastics, aluminum waste, glass, and tetra-brik packages for disposal at the Jacó Gollo. The activity is part of an ongoing community effort to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. The Jacó-Garabito area of Costa Rica’s ...

Source: TeenSmart Non-Profit from Costa Rica Earns Major Award

Source: TeenSmart The Carlos Slim Foundation on Tuesday presented its Health Awards to Costa Rica's TeenSmart institution, which informs young people about health risks, and to Mexico's Dr. Rafael Lozano Ascencio for his research linking disease with socio-demographic factors. Foundation executive director Ricardo Mujica presented the honors to the winners in the Exceptional Institution and...

sex education costa rica Costa Rica Commits To World AIDS Elimination Goal

By Wendy Anders Costa Rica became a signatory to the new global Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS at the 2016 High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS held in New York, June 8-10. With this, the country committed to increase AIDS prevention activities to significantly reduce transmission over the next five years, and to become the second country in Latin America after Cuba to eliminate mother-to-ch...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Dengue Vaccine Approved in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Today, Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi's vaccine division, announced that the National Ministry of Public Health of Costa Rica has approved Sanofi Pasteur's tetravalent dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia®, to protect individuals 9 to 45 years of age living in endemic areas against all four serotypes of dengue. This approval in Costa Rica is the fourth registration of the dengue vaccine in L...

Wikimedia Commons Interest is Lighting Up for Major Cannabis Conference in Costa Rica

Close up of a Marijuana plant flowering during the final stages of growth. EFE/file San Jose, Costa Rica will be the site of the Latin American Medical Cannabis Conference, July 28-29th at the Crown Plaza Hotel,. Top- level Cannabis industry speakers, from the U.S., Colombia, Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica will address topics related to the Medical Cannabis field. There will be full translation s...

ResolutionMD Medical Imaging Diagnostics App Gets Certified in Costa Rica

CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Calgary Scientific Inc., a company known for creating innovative technology for the medical industry and beyond, announced that ResolutionMD® medical imaging software is registered by the Ministry of Health in Costa Rica for diagnosis using both web and mobile devices. The Costa Rican Ministry of Health regulates the healthcare industry and acts as the regula...

The Reality of Truth Documentary About Controversial Costa Rica Clinic Gets Award

The Reality of Truth Mike Zapolin, best known as “Zappy”, recently won “best director award” for his documentary film The Reality Of Truth”. The acclaimed documentary features the beautiful Michelle Rodriguez of the Fast and Furious film franchise, Deepak Chopra, Joel Osteen, Dr. Drew, Ram Dass, Marianne Williamson, Foster Gamble, and many more. Zappy and his unique group of friends make a pas...

Pixabay Commons Dangerous Shark Meat Sold at Fish Markets in Costa Rica

Source; Wikimedia Commons San Jose, Costa Rica (June 6, 2016) – New data from George Mason University has revealed that shark meat sold in San Jose and Heredia food markets contain high levels of toxic mercury. The levels are so high that three shark species tested exceed U.S. federal health guidelines. Advocates are advising consumers, and especially women and children, to not buy shark due t...

Pixabay Commons Healthcare Options for Expats in Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica

Pixabay Commons Over the last couple of decades, Tamarindo Beach has undergone an amazing transformation from sleepy beach town to a major real estate market and a haven for expats in Costa Rica. These days, Tamarindo Beach is known as one of the most attractive beach communities that make up Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, and a major reason for this distinction is that residents have easy access to...

Source: GoFundMe U.S. Professor Will Return Home After Coma Episode in Costa Rica

Source: GoFundMe Dr. Julie Lambert, a science educator at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) who suffered a ruptured aneurysm and fell into a coma during an academic visit to Costa Rica, has been approved to fly home aboard a commercial airline as long as she sits in the first class section with a nurse by her side. As previously reported in The Costa Rica Star, Professor Lambert is a passio...

Blue Zone Retreat Costa Rica A Rejuvenating Vacation in Costa Rica

Blue Zone Retreat Costa Rica Tambor, Costa Rica -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/31/2016 --Encouraging harmony, well-being, and a centered experience for their guests, Blue Zones Rejuvenation Retreat makes summer plans. Situated in the heart of Costa Rica, the wellness center promises seclusion in paradise. How so? Blue Zones treats the whole body via healing diets and detox programs, massage therapy in...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Guess WHO Is Not Helping to Control Tobacco Smoking

Wikimedia Commons By Drew Johnson The World Health Organization celebrates World No Tobacco Day by promoting policies that cause more smoking. Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Tuesday, May 31 marks the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day. The United Nations’ public healt...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) U.S. University Chooses Costa Rica as Zika Virus Research Lab

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) By Michele McDonald George Mason University researchers are on the front lines of Costa Rica’s defense against the Zika virus. Bordered by Panama and Nicaragua, the Central American country could be a natural laboratory for George Mason researchers, who have partnered with their counterparts at Co...

Source: FEDESURF Zika Virus Fears May Affect World Surfing Games in Costa Rica

Source: FEDESURF CR Costa Rica is scheduled to defend her World Surfing Games championship later this year in Jaco Beach, but organizers are closely following news headlines related to the Zika virus situation in Rio de Janeiro and how it may affect the Olympics. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, Jaco Beach has been subject to an outbreak of the Zika virus: Costa Rica’s Minist...

Source: GoFundMe Florida Professor Stuck in Costa Rica After Waking from Coma

Source: GoFundMe Important - A lengthy followup and update can be found here - After suffering a ruptured aneurysm during a conference in Costa Rica in April and later being put in a coma after several surgeries, a professor is stranded without the means to return to the United States. Associate professor of Science and Environmental Education Julie Lambert has spent the last six weeks in H...

Source: Wikimedia Commons US Expats Move to Costa Rica to Live Healthy Lives

Scarlet Macaw BALTIMORE, MD (PRWEB) MAY 23, 2016 - When people consider retiring abroad, they most often cite as motivation the lower cost of living, escaping the worst of the North American winter, finding a more adventurous life, access to excellent, affordable healthcare. But many expats report that, once abroad, they discover a benefit they hadn’t considered in advance: a healthier lifestyl...

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Herbalife Will Sponsor Costa Rica at the Rio Olympics

2016 Rio Olympics Logo LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--Global nutrition company Herbalife announced today it will be the official sponsor of the Costa Rican, Israeli, Italian and Vietnam National Olympic Committees all traveling to the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games. Herbalife will also support more than 50 athletes and 19 Paralympians from over 16 countries. These Olympic athletes will...

IsmaelCala.com Ismael Calá Will Host Inspirational Retreat in Costa Rica

IsmaelCala.com MIAMI, May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the success of the inspirational trips organized by Ismael Cala, particularly the most recent one in India, others are now being created. The new destinations and projects retain the objective of the participants' personal growth. Ismael Calá is a renowned journalist and news host of his eponymous show on the CNN Español network. ...

Areli Arevalo Facebook Sales of Surgical Masks Soar in Costa Rica Due to Volcanic Ash

The Turrialba on May 5. OVSICORI A series of powerful eruptions by the hyperactive Turrialba volcano have left the Central Valley of Costa Rica coated with ultra-fine ash, prompting savvy street merchants to offer surgical masks at busy pedestrian intersections in the capital city. Street sales of surgical masks have been brisk in San Jose ever since the Ministry of Public Health (Spanish i...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Outbreak: Zika cases in Costa Rica’s Playa Jaco soars to 28, including pregnant woman

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) The number of patients confirmed to be infected with the Zika virus in the popular coastal resort city of Jacó, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, has soared to 28 this week in the most serious outbreak of the Zika virus in Costa Rica to date. A total of 17 additional cases have been confirmed si...

Los Altos del Monte Countryside Spa Vacations in Costa Rica

Los Altos del Monte ATENAS, COSTA RICA (PRWEB) MAY 18, 2016 - Located in the lushly verdant Costa Rican mountains, on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Atenas, The Retreat at Altos del Monte (theretreatcostarica.com) has completely refreshed their spa menu. The renewed list of options is a return to the property’s tropical nature, using fresh, organic and local ingredients, which creates ...

Massachusetts General Hospital. Wikimedia Commons Successful Penis Transplant Surgery Reported in Boston

Massachusetts General Hospital. Wikimedia Commons Washington, May 16 (EFE).- Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston announced Monday the first successful penis transplant in the United States, performed on a patient who lost that organ because of a tumor. The operation was just the second of its kind in the world, following a similar one in South Africa in 2014. On this occ...

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