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Source: HealthRevive.com Guanacaste Firm Launches Mobile App for Doctors and Patients

Source: HealthRevive.com VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A new service is set to change the way people interact with their physicians. Available now as an online membership and on the Apple App Store, Health Revive (http://www.healthrevive.com) stores and maintains personal health information and lets patients communicate directly with their doctors. Gone are the d...

Wikimedia Commons Injury Faker? Brazilian Star Football Striker “Hulk”

Wikimedia Commons Rio de Janeiro, May 25 (EFE).- Hulk, a forward for Russia's Zenit soccer squad, said that "I would never invent an injury" to avoid playing with the Brazilian national team, as some critics have suggested, and he said he was sure he would soon figure once again in the planning of coach Carlos Caetano Bledorn Veri, known as "Dunga." "Whoever knows me knows that I would neve...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Three Delicate Sextuplet Babies in Costa Rica Cling to Life

Source: Wikimedia Commons San Jose, May 25 (EFE).- Hospital authorities in this capital confirmed Monday the death of another of the sextuplets born in Costa Rica on May 17, only three of whom remain alive, all of them in "delicate" condition.   Neonatologist Patricia Fallas told Efe that the baby named Andres died at San Jose's Mexico Hospital when his brain, heart and kidneys sudd...

Scanoa 3D Advanced Dental Care Technology in Costa Rica

Scanoa 3D Although dental technologies have greatly developed in the 21st century, not many clinics in Costa Rica or around the world have adopted them. Dental equipment tends to be very expensive, and thus few clinics are willing to invest in the latest technology. Small dental practices that are just starting up are often not able to afford the initial investment, and others that have been e...

medical marijuana Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Will Meet in Costa Rica

As part of a series of international conferences that aim to promote the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, an organization based in the United States will meet in Costa Rica in June 2015 to discuss various issues related to this topic. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal ...

Cobija, Bolivia School Poisoning in Bolivia: Hundreds Hospitalized

Cobija, Bolivia La Paz, May 21 (EFE).- About 477 people, most of them children but including 34 teachers, were poisoned at breakfast in a school in the northern Bolivian city of Cobija, which borders on Brazil, medical authorities said Thursday. Roberto Galindo Hospital director Jhonny Choque told local media that the majority of the children "suffered a bout of food poisoning," which at fi...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Baby Boom: Historic Birth of Sextuplets in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons San Jose, May 18 (EFE).- The first sextuplets in the history of Costa Rica - four boys and two girls - were born by Cesarean section at San Jose's Mexico Hospital, a spokesperson of the medical center said Monday. The sextuplets are doing well, though their birth Sunday night was premature after only six weeks of gestation, and for that reason they are being protec...

Wikimedia Commons Organic Baby Food Coming to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Bogota, May 6 (EFE).- Colombia's first organic puree brand, which boasts chemical- and preservative-free ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging, is looking to compete in Latin America's baby-food market, having already begun expanding to the neighboring countries of Ecuador and Panama. Baby Faves Organics has been sold since last year by Colombia-based Odaco Gr...

Pixabay Commons How to Get a Dazzling Smile in Costa Rica

Pixabay Commons It is often said that a smile is an inexpensive method to improve one's appearance. This is an axiom that should apply to everyone; unfortunately, quite a few people feel self-conscious about what they consider to be a less-than-dazzling smile. The fact about facial aesthetics is that teeth make up about 90 percent of a smile. People who feel that their dentition is not up t...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Fight Dengue in Panama

Aedes aegypti mosquito, known dengue carrier. By Fabio Agrana Panama City, May 9 (EFE).- Panama's Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health, or ICGES, found in a recent study that genetically modified mosquitoes can be used to combat dengue with a high degree of effectiveness, scientists involved in the project said. The director of the ICGES study, Lorenzo Caceres, told Efe that in a period ...

Intel Intel’s High-Tech Meditation Could Come to Costa Rica

Legacy Intel product -- What started as a grassroots effort among a few colleagues to meditate during the lunch hour has now grown into an officially supported 10-week long program at Intel. Now in its third year, the Awake@Intel program imparts on participants concepts such as mindfulness, intention and relational intelligence. Many other companies are also deploying similar courses. I...

Dental Tourism Costa Rica Learn About Dental Tourism Vacations in Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica. May 3, 2015 (The Costa Rica Star) – More North American and European travelers are engaging in the budding dental tourism segment, and they are seeking treatment at clinics such as the Flikier Dental Institute in Costa Rica. Dental tourists travel abroad with more than just affordability in mind; they are interested in modern, high-quality dental procedures as well as the opp...

Wikimedia Commons War on Drugs: Spraying of Coca Farms in Colombia to End

Bogota, Apr 28 (EFE).- Colombia's deputy health minister said Tuesday that he expects the government to adopt the ministry's recommendation to suspend the aerial spraying program for glyphosate, a powerful herbicide used to eliminate illicit crops. The decision will not affect the commercial use of glyphosate, sold in the United States under the brand name Roundup, since those users may decide ...

Source: FAO Codex Alimentarius Meeting Travels to San Jose

Source: FAO (US Federal Register)  - The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sponsored a public meeting on March 19, 2015. The objective of the public meeting was to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions that will be discussed at the 22...

Beautiful mountain forest views at AmaTierra Learn About Detox Vacations in Costa Rica

What is the best way to detox? Read up on this important health practice from the perspective of nutritionist/clinical herbalist Jill Ruttenberg, AHG of AmaTierra Retreat & Wellness Center in Turrubares, Costa Rica. "Like" them on Facebook to learn about special weekend detox retreats for local residents. From time to time our bodies need a break, a fresh start to give us more energy, and t...

Source: Wikimedia Commons A Weight Loss Industry Flourishes in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons It is not a secret that people in Costa Rica (colloquially known as Ticos) are gaining weight at a gradual and steady pace, which is due in great part to the adoption of sedentary habits, the increase of car culture and the proliferation of fast-food outlets. To this effect, a veritable industry centered on weight loss and fitness is beginning to emerge, and some busi...

Growing Marijuana in Costa Rica Medical Marijuana: $9 Million Potential Revenue for Costa Rica

The medical use of marijuana by the public healthcare system of Costa Rica, known as La Caja, could generate $9 million in revenue, a figure that would be equivalent to 0.2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). Such is a legislative proposal that was presented last year by lawmaker Marvin Atencio, who represents the ruling Citizens' Action political party (Spanish initials: PAC). ...

Wikimedia Commons How the iPhone is Turning Into a Tool for Medical Diagnostics

By Teresa Bouza San Francisco, Apr 20 (EFE).- Apple and IBM have announced projects to enhance cell phones' use as medical devices that gather and analyze data on different conditions, turning the devices into tools in the diagnostic process. ResearchKit, a tool on Apple's iPhones, will be available starting Tuesday for medical researchers developing apps for diagnoses or to collect and anal...

yoga retreat Amatierra wellness center costa rica Choosing Your Style of Yoga in Costa Rica

This informative and comprehensive article was kindly provided to The Costa Rica Star by Jill Ruttenberg, yoga instructor and wellness director at the AmaTierra Retreat and Wellness Center. Once upon a time, when it came to physical practice, there was just Hatha Yoga from which all other modern-day styles emerged. Those who are new to yoga can get very confused by the many types that are offer...

london British Embassy in Costa Rica Updates Travel Advice

In light of the recent eruptions and increased activity at the Turrialba volcano in the province of Cartago, the British Embassy in Costa Rica has updated its advice to travelers. The Costa Rica Star has been closely following the announcements by our country's geologists and emergency officials with regard to this active colossus, which has been compared to a “pressure cooker.” The following u...

Thrive Medicinal Plant from Guanacaste Revolutionizes Men’s Grooming

SAN FRANCISCO, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Face it! Men want to look good and feel good, from head to toe, and are looking for better choices for their shave and skin care. With the sales of all natural and organic personal care products expected to grow to $13B by 2019 driving the growth of the overall personal care category and a population of 101.6 million men in America between 15 – 64 shopp...

Wikimedia Commons Chinese Restaurant Serving Dog Meat Shut Down in Mexico

Wikimedia Commons Tijuana, Mexico, Apr 8 (EFE).- The Lo Yen City Chinese restaurant in Tijuana, a border city in northwestern Mexico, was closed for using dog meat in its dishes and not having a business license. Eyewitnesses said a person called the emergency services number after hearing a dog yowl, looking through a gate and seeing cooks at the restaurant in the El Rubi district butcheri...

Jill Ruttenberg of AmaTierra Retreat in Costa Rica Greens You Should Not Eat Raw

Jill Ruttenberg of AmaTierra Retreat in Costa Rica This article was kindly provided by Jill Ruttenberg of AmaTierra Retreat and Wellness Center in Costa Rica.   Yes, there are Greens that should NOT be eaten raw! Recent trends in nutrition promote eating mostly raw foods. As a nutritionist I feel it’s necessary to qualify a few things about this popular new eating practice. First ...

AmaTierra Yoga Studio in Costa Rica You Need to Experience the AmaTierra Retreat in Costa Rica

Beautiful mountain forest views at AmaTierra In Costa Rica, there is a place where you can truly wash away stress and gain a new, healthy perspective on life. For countless people around the world, modern life is not conducive to relaxation due to its fast pace as well as countless factors that often make it difficult to just get through the day. At AmaTierra Retreat and Wellness Center in Cos...

Source: Flickr Commons Plastic Surgery Vacation Turns Deadly for Australian Woman

Source: Flickr Commons Mexico City, Mar 31 (EFE).- Health officials closed three clinics and a hospital therapy center in Mexicali, the capital of the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, in response to the death earlier this month of an Australian woman who underwent plastic surgery. The medical facilities in the Valley of Mexicali were shut down after inspections discovered viol...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Canine Excretions Targeted by Legislators in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons If you are used to taking your dog outside for a walk, and for the purpose of tending to certain bodily process, your failure to pick up excretory byproducts could lead to an exorbitant fine ranging from about $800 to nearly $2,400. Such is the gist of a legislative proposal tendered in Costa Rica by the opposition party Social Christian Union (Spanish initials: PUSC)...

Livox app developer and his family honored by the UN An Emotional Mobile App For Those Who Can’t Type or Speak

Livox app developer and his family honored by the UN Sao Paulo, Mar 24 (EFE).- Inspired by his daughter afflicted with cerebral palsy, Brazilian inventor Carlos Edmar Pereira created the Livox app, which allows people with motor and audiovisual impairments to express emotions via a mobile device. Pereira told Efe that to improve communication with 7-year-old Clara he created an interface in...

Source: Waterfall Villas Rainforest Wellness Retreat in Costa Rica Offers April Special

Source: Waterfall Villas (PRWEB) March 23, 2015 - Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat is located in the Baru Rainforest of Costa Rica's South Pacific region. If interested in a good travel deal this month, enjoy Waterfall Villas' Easter Week Special, including 7 nights at this spectacular resort. Join for adventure, romance, detox, yoga and waterfalls during the most significant and celebrated h...

Source: PriceSmart PriceSmart in Costa Rica Warns About Kraft Mac & Cheese

Source: PriceSmart A batch of boxed instant meals sold at PriceSmart stores in Costa Rica may contain dangerous metal fragments. Such was the message recently communicated by the Risk Management division of PriceSmart in Costa Rica by means of an online document  (PDF) that has also been posted in the company's store locations in our country. The alert issued by PriceSmart to its members in...

Source: The Retreat Costa Rica The Luxury-Wellness Vacation Segment Grows in Costa Rica

Source: The Retreat Costa Rica The fastest-growing specialty segment of the tourism industry in Costa Rica focuses on combining luxury with sustainability and holistic wellness. Celebrity nutritionist Diana Stobo is one of the latest business persons who are venturing into this burgeoning segment. Here's the official press release on the retreat created by Ms. Stobo. ATENAS, Costa Rica, Mar...

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