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Source: Carnegie Mellon University Peptide Discovery Brings Hope to Alzheimer’s Patients

Source: Carnegie Mellon University London, Aug 31 (EFE).- French and German researchers have detected a new active peptide, a compound formed by the union of various amino acids, which could be an active element in the development of Alzheimer's, according to a study published Monday in Nature magazine. This is the eta-amyloid peptide, which went unnoticed for some 30 years among scientists...

Source: Flickr Commons Could Dental Drills Become Obsolete in Costa Rica?

Source: Flickr Commons “Drill and fill” is the basic dentistry method applied to treating cavities. Essentially, dental care professionals first remove the soft decayed area of a tooth with special instruments, and one of them happens to be an ominous, high-speed drill that people in Costa Rica and around the world seem to have a predisposed phobia against. The filling comes after the drilling...

Reserva Conchal Awesomeness Fest Returns to Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Mindvalley Media Announcement – Five years since its inception in 2010, Mindvalley’s Awesomeness Fest returns to where it all started: to magical Costa Rica. The incomparable beauty of its landscape (ranging from tropical forests, mountains with waterfalls to sun-splashed beaches), its perfect climate, and unspoiled nature have made Guanacaste one of the most visited areas in Costa Rica. The...

Luviva Cervical Cancer Detection Device Will Begin Trials in Costa Rica

NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Guided Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: GTHP) announced today that access to the LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan has been expanded to Costa Rica, bringing to 20 the number of countries where the Company has shipped its non-invasive, point-of-care cervical cancer detection technology. “We are pleased to see our growing traction among doctors, governments and distributors...

Pixabay Commons The Psychology of Smiling in Costa Rica

Wikiemedia Commons On a global level, dental tourism is an industry that produces billions of dollars each year. Costa Rica is often cited as a leading destination for dental tourism thanks to the affordability of treatments and quality of care. Marketing is one of the major aspects driving the international dental tourism industry, and one particular marketing element in this regard is the po...

Dental Tourism Costa Rica Amazing Facts About Dentistry and Oral Health in Costa Rica

Here are eight things you probably did not know about oral health and dental care in Costa Rica: The prevalence of caries in preschool age children in Costa Rica is 43.7 percent, slightly lower than in the United States; however, early caries is a health condition that is more likely to be found in rural areas. The use of fillings to treat cavities (caries) dates back to pre-Columbian, Meso...

Source: Sprout Canadian Firm Acquires Female Viagra Manufacturer for $1 Billion

Source: Sprout New York, Aug 20 (EFE).- Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International said Thursday it has agreed to acquire North Carolina-based Sprout Pharmaceuticals, maker of a pill that increases women's sexual desire, for $1 billion in cash and a share of future profits. The announcement comes two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, flibanse...

Scuba Diving Treating Injuries and Disabilities with SCUBA Diving

Source: Wikimedia Commons By Carlos Meneses Sanchez Rosario Islands, Colombia, Aug 18 (EFE).- A scuba diving center in this Caribbean paradise is using an experimental therapy for people with disabilities, most of them victims of Colombia's armed conflict, who can forget about their physical limitations amid the coral. Diving Planet director Andres Obregon created this recreational scuba...

Surfing Costa Rica Surf Camp in Costa Rica Announces Annual Conservation Contest

Uvita, Costa Rica (PRWEB) August 12, 2015 -- Bodhi Surf School, a community-engaged surf and yoga camp in Uvita, Costa Rica, is proud to announce its 2015 My Ocean Guardian Journey Contest. The contest is an environmental essay and photo contest that aims to recognize individual actions that promote conservation and impact-reduction; moreover, it aims to give momentum to the grassroots movement to...

Source: Tri-Hard The Power of Social Media in Tourism Marketing

Source: Pixabay Commons National tourism boards around the world are paying very close attention to how their peers are using social media for marketing purposes. In Costa Rica, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (Spanish initials: ICT) was at one point an international leader in terms of using social media to attract foreign visitors as well as fomenting domestic tourism, and the most productive...

Wikiemedia Commons The New Smile Dental Group in San Jose, Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Wikiemedia Commons San Jose, August 9th, 2015 (Press Release by The Costa Rica Star) – When it comes to dental tourism in Costa Rica, prospective patients tend to be concerned with more than just the cost of their treatment. While it is true that dental procedures in Costa Rica are substantially lower than in North America and Europe, medical tourists are also interested by the quality of care...

Pixabay Public Domain Taking Your Children to the Dentist in Costa Rica

Pixabay Public Domain For many children in Costa Rica and around the world, the first dental appointment is an event fraught with anxiety and fear, but it does not need to be that way. Dental care experiences can be turned into positive experiences for a child, but this requires the collaboration of parents and dentists. A child's fright of a dental visit is not unfounded; it is essentially...

Yoga beach Women’s Sacred Warrior Retreats Coming to Costa Rica

PR-Inside.com: 2015-08-07 -- Sacred Warrior’s Vanessa Chakour and powerhouse yogi, wellness educator and internationally known musician, Bibi McGill are running two back to back retreats in Costa Rica later this year, with a corresponding online course starting in October. The retreats will offer daily yoga and Sacred Warrior boxing, plant medicine, vegan meals, ceremony, jungle hikes with animals...

Source: FIVB Volleyball to be Augmented in Costa Rica’s Public Schools

Wikimedia Commons San Jose, Costa Rica, FIVB Media Release– Thirty-two physical education teachers from Costa Rica participated in the FIVB VCP Young Players course under the guidance of FIVB instructor Miguel Holz Bodlaender of Chile, from July 27 to 31. The project was initiated by the national federation of Costa Rica and the Costa Rican Mnistry of Education (MEP)%2...

Coady Nelson Coady B. Nelson; Kentucky, 1989 – Costa Rica, 2015

Father and son at the beach in Jaco. "There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Nearly two months ago, deep heartbreak struck Britt Nelson at his home in Jaco Beach: The hardest part about Coady’s death, for me, was finding him dead in his bed the morning of June 8. He was just lying on his side with his head on his pillow. The TV was still on. He ...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Provides Solace for U.S. War Veterans

For many decades, hundreds of military veterans from the United States have made Costa Rica their second home, and many of them have experienced the horrors of war. In Costa Rica, they hope to start a new life and alleviate their traumatic combat experience; this is a primary goal that they hope to accomplish even if they do not intend to live out the rest of their lives in our country. Costa ...

Source: AmaTierra A Truly Organic Farmers Market Near San Jose, Costa Rica

Source: AmaTierra Feria Verde, an upmarket version of the Feria del Agricultor (Farmers Market) tradition of Costa Rica, is coming to Ciudad Colon, located just outside the western suburbs of San Jose. By Jill Rutenberg The Feria Verde and Organic Market is deliciously off and running on the west side of town with Tuesday’s opening of the organic market in Ciudad Colon. “It’s about time....

Wikimedia Commons Health Officials Plan “Anal Sex Drug” Raids in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons A recent investigation by a tabloid publication in Costa Rica into a club drug used to facilitate anal intercourse has attracted the attention of public health officials. According to a news report filed by Daniel Chinchilla Salazar of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the Ministry of Public Health is preparing to shut down sex shops and other establishments in Costa Rica that sell...

Wikimedia Commons Even High-Tech Toothbrushes Can’t Escape Fecal Bacteria

Wikimedia Commons Smart toothbrushes that connect to the World Wide Web and keep electronic dental records were among the most talked-about items at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress last year, but even these advanced oral hygiene instruments are not impervious to accumulating fecal matter if they are left in the bathroom. According to a 2014 report by Sam Schechner of the Wall Street Jou...

Medical Care in Costa Rica $32 Billion Medical Tourism Market Includes Costa Rica

ALBANY, New York, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – High cost of medical treatment in developed countries has fueled the development of medical tourism, causing patients to visit other destinations for cheaper yet sophisticated treatment. Transparency Market Research, in a recent report, studies the emergence and growth of the global medical tourism industry. The report is titled "Medical Tourism Marke...

The Sarapiqui River Expat on Mormon Mission Found Dead in Costa Rica

A missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, founded in the United States by Joseph Smith in the 19th century, was found dead in the home where he was staying while conducting his religious work in Costa Rica. The incident occurred in the rural community of Sarapiqui, located near the western edge of the Caribbean region of our country. The Mormon missionary had arrived in C...

Flickr Commons Facebook Gradually Enters the Medical Industry

Social networking giant Facebook is quickly becoming a powerful ally for the business interests of the medical profession. Last year, a report by Reuters journalists Christina Farr and Alexei Oreskovic indicated that Facebook was looking into the feasibility of creating support communities for people who share certain medical conditions in common. Another research team within Facebook was also ...

medical marijuana Latin America Leads the Way in Marijuana Decriminalization

Wikimedia Commons Momentum for Marijuana Reform Builds in Latin America and the Caribbean Drug Policy Alliance Press Release -- On Tuesday, Chile’s Lower House of Congress approved a bill that would decriminalize marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. The bill passed 68-39 with five abstentions and marks a major shift in the country’s drug policies, which currently criminalize cul...

Hift app A Dating App for People with Sexually Transmitted Infections

Hift app NEW YORK, July 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With discreet service, Hift allows those who are living with STIs to find others with the same or similar infections. It is important for those with STIs to find understanding, acceptance and hope. Hift creator Marie is bringing that to the app world with her new creation. She uses Hift to help those with STIs (such as Herpes, HSV-1, HSV-2, HP...

Wikimedia Commons The Psychology of Dental Treatments in Costa Rica

Self-esteem, proper nutrition, communication, and overall health: these are just four of the holistic factors that make dental treatments an essential part of life.   In Western culture, dental appearance is strongly linked to self-esteem; in fact, taking children to see the orthodontist is both a rite of passage and a parental anxiety in the Americas as well as in Europe. Elderly patie...

Flickr Commons Mercy Killing for Cancer Patient in Colombia

Flickr Commons Bogota, Jul 2 (EFE).- A committee of experts at a hospital in the central Colombian city of Pereira on Thursday authorized the first mercy killing in the country in the case of a patient with terminal cancer whom several days ago the hospital ceased treating for legal reasons. Ovidio Gonzalez, 79, suffers from an aggressive cancer in his face that can no longer be productivel...

Dental Tourism Costa Rica The Economics of Zirconium Crown Technology in Costa Rica

Pixabay Commons With the global market for dental implants and prosthetics poised to grow to more than $10 billion by the end of the decade, the dental tourism sector in Costa Rica is also expected to experience substantial growth. However, not all dental clinics in our country are prepared to meet the demands of health travelers who visit us for their treatment needs. According to a recent...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Ranked Second in Global Well-Being

WASHINGTON & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global well-being improvement leader Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY) and world-leading management consulting firm Gallup have released their comprehensive analysis of well-being around the world, the Gallup-Healthways State of Global Well-Being: 2014 Country Well-Being Rankings Report. According to the report, Panama was the nation with the highe...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Scientists Oppose GMO Biocolonization of Costa Rica

SEED FREEDOM Press Release -- Personalities from the eco-scientific and organic agriculture environments are speaking up against the letter from the American Embassy, in which the Costa Rican government is put under pressure to adopt transgenic seeds. Vandana Shiva has joined the International Alliance for monitoring transgenic bio-colonialism in centers of origin of biodiversity and countries ...

medical marijuana Costa Rica is Ready to Debate Medical Marijuana Legislation

Wikimedia Commons Drug Policy Alliance Press Release -- Earlier this month, the Costa Rican Ministry of Health outlined the details for the implementation of a pending bill to research and regulate marijuana for medical and industrial purposes. The bill was introduced by ruling Citizen Action Party legislator Marvin Atencio last year to tax marijuana products and regulate the use of medica...

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