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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 Florida Atlantic University Media Release - 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 Hospital Clinica Bi...

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...

A municipal health worker fumigates the restroom area of a shopping mall as part of the city's effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus' vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in this January 26, 2016 file photo.   REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/Files Detained Foreigners Fear Malaria in Costa Rica

A municipal health worker fumigates the restroom area of a shopping mall as part of the city's effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus' vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in this January 26, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/Files A spray fumigation team from the Ministry of Public Health (Spanish initials: MSP) rushed to the Temporary Detention Center for Fo...

Photo by Hector Landaeta, Flickr Commons U.S. Dental Insurance Vs. Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Photo by Hector Landaeta, Flickr Commons With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, health insurance reform is now a widespread affair in the United States, a nation where medical and dental treatment have always been financially inaccessible to many residents. The topic of dental insurance is once again being discussed at the kitchen tables of many U.S...

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Zika Fears: Pregnant Women Should Skip the Rio Olympics

2016 Rio Olympics Logo Washington, May 12 (EFE).- The World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization on Thursday asked pregnant women not to travel to Rio de Janeiro or to other parts of Brazil where the Zika virus is present as part of their recommendations for the Olympic Games in August. In a joint communique, the two affiliated organizations acknowledged that athlete...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica: Dengue and chikungunya up 600 percent this year

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica has witnessed a significant surge in the number of cases of both dengue and chikungunya so far this year, according to the latest statistics by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health. The number of cases of dengue had spiked nearly 600 percent while cases of chikungunya had increased nearly seven...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Will Host Major Medical Marijuana Conference

Wikimedia Commons San Jose, Costa Rica-May 5th, 2016--PROMED, the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine will host the Latin America Medical Cannabis Conference in Costa Rican on July 27-29th as part of ExpoMed series. PROMED is a private not-for-profit organization, which coordinates the quality control and international promotion efforts of the medical tourism indu...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica health officials report serious Zika outbreak in Jacó

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) In the most serious outbreak in the country to date, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday that 11 individuals tested positive for the Zika virus in the central Pacific resort city of Jacó, Puntarenas, which had until now been unaffected by the virus. The patients include four children:...

Source: Wikimedia Commons FBI May Investigate Death of U.S. Policeman in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons The family of a 63-year old man from the United States, who passed away under mysterious circumstances in April, are asking that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents become involved in the case. According to a news report filed by Luke Roberts of the Douglas Enterprise earlier this week, Mitch McCrimmon did not survive a coma that placed him in the hospital from ...

Zika map. Source: CDC Zika Vaccine is Still a Few Years Away

Zika map. Source: CDC Washington, May 3 (EFE).- The first human trials with a vaccine against the Zika virus will begin this autumn, but it will be two or three years before researchers will know if it is successful against the disease, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Tuesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke at a press conference at the Washington...

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...

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