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Wikimedia Commons Fear of Designer Drugs: Argentina Court Bans EDM Clubs

Wikimedia Commons Buenos Aires, Apr 29 (EFE).- A judge lifted a precautionary ruling that temporarily prohibited discotheque and dance festival activities in the Argentine capital on grounds that they lack the necessary controls to guarantee participants' safety, following the death of five youths two weeks ago at an electronic music fest. In a ruling to which EFE had access, Buenos Aires J...

Wikimedia Commons To Keep, Or Not to Keep: Wisdom Teeth in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Discussion about wisdom teeth tends to be binary in the sense that many dental experts cannot fully agree on what should be done the last of our permanent teeth. Common wisdom, so to speak, tells us that these late dental apparitions shall be extracted, but it is not clear when they should be taken out. In the 20th century, the most often cited reason argument in favor of ...

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Rio Olympics: Pollution Threatens Sailing and Rowing Athletes

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Rio de Janeiro, Apr 25 (EFE).- Around 100 days before the start of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games the condition of the lakes and bays where sailing and rowing competitions will take place are "between depressing and tragic," environmental consultant Mario Moscatelli told EFE. The ecologist, who has spent more than 20 years fighting to improve the environment in...

Luke Lehrer - Flickr Commons Are Tooth Whitening Procedures Safe in Costa Rica?

Luke Lehrer - Flickr Commons The short answer is yes. A recent study published in the esteemed Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that no harmful effects are suffered by the enamel during these treatments. Teeth whitening, also known as bleaching, is one of the most popular procedures sought by dental tourists in Costa Rica. In the past, this treatment has been criticized b...

Wikimedia Commons The Link Between Dental Care and Cancer Screening in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Cancer is something that is rarely on the minds of dental tourists who come to Costa Rica to get cosmetic and restoration procedures done; however, recent medical research suggests that dental appointments can help in the early detection of malignant cell division in the lymphatic system. In the United States, the Oral Cancer Foundation works with the Head and Neck Cancer ...

Flickr CC Venezuela Runs Out of Beer and Electricity

Wikimedia Comons Caracas, Apr 22 (EFE; beer context by The Costa Rica Star).- Residents of Venezuela are hunkering down for a long summer without beer and with diminished electricity. Venezuela's Electric Energy Minister Luis Motta Dominguez has announced the start of electricity rationing next Monday due to the drought affecting the entire country, and which will remain in effect for 40 da...

Wikimedia Commons Woman Found Dead With Multiple Snake Bites in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Forensic investigators from the medical examiner's office in Costa Rica are trying to determine the ophidian species that killed a 46-year old woman in a remote area of Los Chiles canton, province of Alajuela. According to a news report filed by Alexander Mendez of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the woman was a student at the Unified Center of Adult Education (Spanish acronym...

Marijuana High Business: U.S. Legal Marijuana Sales Top $5 Billion

File photo Washington, Apr 20 (EFE).- Legal marijuana sales in the United States totaled nearly $5.7 billion in 2015, while more than 100,000 jobs are being created annually in that industry's medicinal and recreational segments, according to a study released Wednesday. Four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington) - in addition to the District of Columbia, where the U.S. capital is...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica confirms first case of pediatric Zika infection

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed the first case of Zika virus in a child in the country. According to health officials, an 8-year-old child in Carrillo, Guanacaste has contracted the mosquito-borne illness, first displaying symptoms on April 7th. The child has seemingly recovere...

Pixabay Commons Medical and Dental Tourism Could Double in Costa Rica by 2020

Pixabay Commons The number of health travelers from the United States who visit Costa Rica for medical and dental procedures could double by the end of this decade. Such was the forecast recently broadcast by national television network Teletica in a report by Adrian Fallas. In 2015, Costa Rica welcomed about 50,000 medical and dental tourists; this figure was reported by ProMed, an organiz...

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Brenda Castro smiles as she arrives at a charitable event. Facebook How Beauty and Benevolence Shake Up the Brain

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Brenda Castro smiles as she arrives at a charitable event. Facebook By Manuel Fuentes. Antofagasta, Chile, Apr 11 (EFE).- Looking at a beautiful picture or listening to pleasant music trigger the human brain, which also intensifies its activity in the presence of "moral beauty," British neurobiologist Semir Zeki said. "Which neuronal systems get activated when we con...

Electronic Dance Music EDM in Costa Rica Designer Drugs: Five Deaths Reported at Argentina EDM Festival

An Electronic Dance Music (EDM) event in Costa Rica Buenos Aires, Apr 16 (EFE).- Five people between the ages of 20 and 30 died early Saturday and five others remain unconscious at three Buenos Aires hospitals after attending an electronic music festival in the Argentine capital's Costa Salguero events center, medical officials said. The five hospitalized individuals were on respirators aft...

Wikimedia Commons A Health Crisis Looms in Venezuela Over Scarcity of Medications

Wikimedia Commons Caracas, Apr 15 (EFE).- The scarcity of medicines in Venezuela continues to be a tragedy visible in pharmacies and hospitals around the country, weeks after congress declared a "humanitarian health crisis" that includes the lack of 872 essential medications. Cancer patients, HIV carriers, diabetics and those suffering hypertension must either trek from one drugstore to the...

Wikimedia Commons Marijuana Smoking on the Rise in Costa Rica High Schools

(ICR-CRS archive/stock) Cannabis has overtaken tobacco as one of the recreational substances of choice among high school students in Costa Rica. Such was the conclusion reached by the Institute on Liquor and Substance Abuse Research (Spanish acronym: IAFA) following its Fourth National Survey in secondary schools. The longitudinal survey, which was conducted in 2015, has been put through va...

Pixabay Commons Flying to Costa Rica for a Weekend Facelift

Pixabay Commons Can you really fly to Costa Rica as a medical tourist to get a facelift done over the weekend? A mini facelift, also known as a lifestyle lift, quick lift or weekend facelift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is less invasive and more affordable than a full facelift; the rejuvenation results are about the same but they last between five and ten years. Mini facelifts are...

Microcephaly is a birth defect which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and brains. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) Scientists claim proof of Zika’s link to microcephaly; identify new brain disorder

Microcephaly is a birth defect which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and brains. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) A group of Brazilian scientists on Monday released a study proving the relationship between the Zika virus and cases of babies being born with abnormally small skulls, a condition known as microcephaly which has increased exponentially in Brazil in recent mon...

YouTube Commons Understanding Butt Lift Surgery in Costa Rica

YouTube Commons Buttock augmentation, commonly known as butt lift, is the name given to a series of surgical procedures that aim to correct the surface and contour of the anatomical rear end. In Costa Rica, butt lift surgery has become one of the most requested procedures by medical tourists in the last few years, and it is interesting to learn how this trend has been shaped. Gluteoplasty i...

Wikimedia Commons Water and Hygiene Products Becoming Scarce in Venezuela

Wikimedia Commons Caracas, Apr 6 (EFE).- The scarcity of clean water and personal hygiene products has increased the cases of scabies, malaria, diarrhea and amoebiasis in Venezuela, the director of epidemiology with the central state of Miranda's health department warned on Wednesday. "The lack of access to a constant supply of good-quality water brings with it, as a consequence, an increas...

AquaticEdge.org How Costa Rica Dental Tourism Helped Save a Life

AquaticEdge.org Pay close attention to the picture accompanying this article. The beautiful woman flashing a radiant smile is Karlyn Pipes, swimming world champion and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, which puts her on a similar level with aquatic legends such as Mark Spitz, Janet Evans and Johnny Weissmuller. At one point in her life, Karlyn was a dental tourist in Costa ...

Wikimedia Commons The Truth About Toothaches and Antibiotics in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons If you wake up with a terrible toothache in Costa Rica, do you go to straight to your doctor or do you check with your dentist first? According to a recent study published in the British Journal of General Practice, going to a family doctor for a toothache is very likely to result in being sent home with a prescription for aspirin and antibiotics. Although this may be an a...

(Screen capture) Costa Rica man who had 18-inch yuca surgically removed from anal cavity could file lawsuit

Nearly the entire length of the massive tuber, measured some 18 inches in length and more than 3 inches, was lodged inside the patient's anal cavity.  A 55-year-old Costa Rican man who had to have an 18-inch long yuca (also known as cassava root) removed from his anal cavity in an emergency surgery at Costa Rica’s public San Juan de Dios Hospital in the capital San Jose could potentially file ...

Caribbean News Service Costa Rica Man in the Hospital After Anal Sex With Vegetables

Caribbean News Service UPDATE: Costa Rica man who had 18-inch yuca surgically removed from anal cavity could file lawsuit (PHOTOS) Surgeons at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the capital city of Costa Rica removed a yuca (cassava root or manioc) measuring 45 cm of length (about 18 inches) from the anal cavity of a 55-year old man, who is currently in stable condition. According to a rep...

Source: Marie Curie British Adventurers Trek Across Costa Rica for a Good Cause

Source: Marie Curie Marie Curie Press Release – 5 April 2016 - London - A driving instructor has swapping her car for her walking boots for a trek to support the Marie Curie Hospice that cared for her late husband. Helene Cook is one of 28 adventurers trekking through Costa Rica to raise more than £100,000 to support the work of the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff & the Vale, based in Pena...

(Handout/Archive) Costa Rican woman suing Health Ministry, claims she was paralyzed by Gardasil HPV vaccine

(Wikimedia Commons) A 26-year-old Costa Rican woman is suing Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health, alleging she has been left partially paralyzed after receiving an injection of Gardasil, a vaccine which is intended to vaccinate against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus most responsible for cervical cancer in women, the daily La Nacion reports. According to the woman, Laura Navarro Calvo...

Wikimedia Commons What You Need to Know About Cataract Surgery in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Cloudy vision in patients 50 years of age or older is often a symptom of cataracts, which happens to be one of leading causes of blindness. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the combined number of patients with macular degeneration and glaucoma do not come close to the number of patients with cataracts on a global level. In the United St...

Pixabay Commons Medical Tourism in Costa Rica and Around the World: The Future of Healthcare?

Pixabay Commons During a February speaking engagement at United Nations Association of New York, renowned author Sasha Issenberg offered a glimpse at the current state of medical tourism:   Some countries have found economic opportunity in turning healthcare into a global business. with insurance can expect to pay $90,000 for a heart bypass in the U.S., but only $12,000 if he or she ...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Expert Discussed Child and Youth Mental Health Issues in Costa Rica

East Stroudsburg University News Release - About 175 people attended a talk by Anthony Drago, Ed.D., in Costa Rica, where he discussed suicide prevention, disorders of trauma and crises intervention, mood disorders, and anxiety in children and adolescents. Dr. Drago, psychologist and professor and chair of the psychology department in the College of Arts and Sciences at ESU in Pennsylvania, hosted...

Illustrative image. (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica’s infant mortality rate falls to all-time low, except in the Caribbean

Illustrative image. (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica’s infant mortality rate continues to fall, and reached its lowest level ever in 2015, according to a recent announcement by the country’s National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC). Infant mortality in the country last year was 7.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, the lowest level ever recorded, and down from 8.01 deaths per 1,000 live...

Wikimedia Commons What’s Good for Your Heart Is Good for Your Head in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons By Carol Blair Vaughn Older adults who exercise regularly could buy an extra decade of good brain functioning, suggests a March 23, 2016 study by Dr. Clinton Wright, a neurologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Cool.  Jog your memory AND your body. The study found that seniors who got moderate to intense exercise retained more of their mental s...

Wikimedia Commons Using Nanofiber to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Wikimedia Commons Aparecida, Brazil, Mar 28 (EFE).- Brazilian researchers have improved the delivery of a medication to fight Alzheimer's by using a nanofiber to regulate the compound's release, allowing long-term action in the fight against the disease. The project is being led by doctoral student Geisa Salles and professor Anderson Lobo, coordinator of Vale do Paraiba University's Researc...

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