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Costa Rica Gallo Pinto National Dish of Costa Rica Goes Global With New Campaign

Adding a sexy, healthy spin to our familiar breakfast menu of pancakes, eggs and cereal is now easier than ever with Costa Rica's "gallo pinto." A recent study published by Nutrition Journal found that the pairing of any type of beans with rice can help stop unhealthy blood sugar spikes in adults with type 2 diabetes. With 25.8 million people in the U.S. living with this condition, Costa Rican "ga...

Ministry of Public Security and Inciensa sign agreement. Public Safety and Public Health Officials Team Up for Prevention

By Wendy Anders La Carpio, an impoverished neighborhood in the San Jose metro area. (ICR-CRS Archive) The Ministry of Public Security and the Costa Rican Nutrition and Health Research and Teaching Institute (Inciensa) signed an agreement today to work together on projects in vulnerable areas of the country. The primary goal of the initiative, said ministry officials today at a press conf...

Pixabay Commons 15% of Foreign Visitors in Costa Rica Are Medical Tourists

Affordable healthcare isn’t a myth. In fact, healthcare systems in other countries can be equally as good—if not better—than that in the U.S.—and charge far less for their services. As more and more U.S. retirees learn that better and faster healthcare is available abroad at a fraction of the cost they’re accustomed to paying at home, a growing number of them are opting to take advantage of what’...

thunderstorm-lightning More Tourists Struck by Lightning in Costa Rica

Two weeks after eight people were rushed to the hospital due to lightning strikes at the main airport of Costa Rica, tourists visiting the Fraijanes lakes sector of Alajuela were also affected by a strong discharge of atmospheric electricity. The incident, which was reported on Saturday by Roger Soto of daily tabloid Diario Extra, took place in the early afternoon hours. A man and a woman were ...

Wikimedia Commons Japanese Scientists Experiment With Artificial Blood Transfusions

Wikimedia Commons By Andres Sanchez Braun Tokyo, Aug 14 (EFE).- Blood produced artificially is the simple formula proposed by a Japanese firm whose revolutionary project seeks to reduce the scarcity of donor banks, bring down the cost of blood preservation and avoid contaminated transfusions. "One tends to think that blood is always available when a transfusion is required, but the truth...

Source: Nu Essence Facebook Tantric Massage in Costa Rica: Therapy or Prostitution?

Source: Nu Essence Facebook In Costa Rica, there is a place where men and women, individually or as couples, can be gently touched and fondled in their erogenous zones for the purpose of inciting pleasure and relaxation. This place, which is located in the mountains of Escazu, has a jacuzzi and offers wine to guests. The above may sound like a description of a brothel, but it is actually a ...

Wikimedia Commons Mysterious Illness Kills 40 Villagers in Myanmar

Wikimedia Commons Dozens of people have died from an unknown disease in the northwestern Nagaland area of Myanmar over the last two months, an epa journalist reported. As of this morning, the sickness has claimed the lives of 40 people, marking an increase after Friday's death toll of 39, according to Shu Maung, Assistant General Secretary of the Council of Naga Affairs. Most victims of th...

Wikimedia Commons Oral Surgery Safety for Dental Tourists in Costa Rica

A dental patient from the Greater Chicago area experienced one of the worst fears for anyone undergoing a surgical procedure. The incident occurred in 2014, and it was recently reported by Kristine Guerra of the Washington Post in an article published by the Chicago Tribune: Janus Pawlowicz was having root canal surgery his dentist told him that she had dropped an instrument somewhere and cou...

Flickr Commons Venezuela Food and Medicine Shortages: Pets Suffer and Die

Flickr Commons By Hector Pereira A litter of five puppies has to go home from a veterinarian's office without getting the necessary vaccinations, because now pets in Venezuela suffer from the same shortage of medicines as people do as a result of the country's economic crisis. Briceida Niño, a mom in Caracas, took her five pups to one of the veterinarian centers assigned to the "Nevado M...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Scientists Rush to Test Zika Vaccine

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. health authorities announced this week the start of the first safety trials for a vaccine against the Zika virus just as the disease has appeared in Florida with at least 15 people having been infected by locally-hatched mosquitoes. The National Institute of Health announced Wednesday that the first phase of the studies is aimed at establishing the safety of the e...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Could Florida Surpass Costa Rica in Zika Virus Infections?

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 The trendy Wynwood district in Miami's urban center has become ground zero in the fight against the Zika virus in the U.S., with f...

Wikimedia Commons What You Should Know About Dental Implants in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Dental implants are one of the most common procedures performed on dental tourists who visit Costa Rica. Here are three important aspects of dental implants that medical tourists should know if they are considering a trip to Costa Rica: Dental Implants Improve Health and Nutrition Implantology is a special field of practice that provides patients with the best solution ...

Source - Pixabay Breastfeeding Awareness Week – Women Urged to Nurse

By Wendy Anders The Costa Rican Social Security Bureau (CCSS) kicks-off breast-feeding awareness week with a series of activities this week to encourage women to breastfeed by educating them and their family members about the benefits of this practice. The week culminates in a walk on Friday through downtown San José to promote breastfeeding, and a quality and safe hospitalized birth. Accord...

Stem cells. Wikimedia Commons New Stem Cell Center Opens in Escazú, Costa Rica

Stem cells. Wikimedia Commons Global Stem Cells Group hosted a symposium and formal inauguration of Clinica Biomaster, the company’s new stem cell center in Escazú, Costa Rica. Joseph Purita, M.D., head of the Global Stem Cells Group Scientific Advisory Board, was the keynote speaker at the event, held July 15 and 16, 2016. Purita also presented lectures to medical staff at Hospital CIMA and ...

A galllopinto breakfast during Lent. Wikimedia Commons Time Magazine Includes Costa Rica On Healthy Breakfasts List

Gallo pinto, the most emblematic meal of Costa Rica, is one of the world's healthiest breakfasts. According to Mike Dunphy, a culinary author who writes for the online edition of the respected Time magazine, breakfast in Costa Rica deserves to be on a list that healthy morning meals from countries such as Turkey, Israel, Japan, Iceland, and others. On the top ten list of international healthy b...

Pexels.com public domain image The Vagina Dialogues in Costa Rica

Pexels.com public domain image Sexual education in Costa Rica is a fairly novel concept that in recent years has gone beyond the realm of public schools. Thanks to new radio and television productions, people in Costa Rica can now enjoy healthy conversations about sexuality, an important aspect of life that involves both physiological and emotional well-being. One of the better known person...

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...

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