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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...

Source: Bing commercial reuse Does Eating Junk Food in Costa Rica Make You Feel Prosperous?

By Maria M. Mur Panama City, Jun 9 (EFE).- Latin Americans see junk food as an "aspirational" product that helps them be more like people in rich countries, but the result is obesity and a higher incidence of chronic diseases, Latin American Health Coalition director Beatriz Champagne said. "We aspire to eat the food consumed in the more developed countries," Champagne told Efe. Champagne...

Growing Marijuana in Costa Rica Get Ready to Cook With Marijuana Butter in Costa Rica

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 05, 2015 – Ganjapreneur.com recently published an interview with Garyn Angel, the founder of MagicalButter, a product designed to help patients cook homemade cannabis-infused foods. As the legal recreational and medical cannabis markets in the United States have grown, so has the popularity of the many alternatives to smoking. Many consumers prefer to eat cannabis-infus...

Pets love Otentik sunshades Fun in the Sun: Protect Your Family on the Beach This Father’s Day

Dr. Karla Hidalgo A renowned dermatologist in Costa Rica explains: “A good sunshade with UV protection is even better than a palm tree's shade, and you not always may find a nice, shady palm tree at the beach". Have you ever thought about how many hours spent at the beach can affect your family? Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer, but there is a s...

Source: Quo Smart Fitness Tracking Device Debuts in Costa Rica

Source: Quo Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 02, 2015 -- Cubix Latin America, international leaders in technology distribution, offers their answer to the popular fitness tracker bands. The Quo Sport Smartband is a wearable activity tracker, providing the user with personalized information about their fitness levels and sleep habits. The Smartband is able to track overall physical activity, calculate ca...

Subcell of TBC1D16. More images available at proteinatlas.com Major Discovery in Cancer Research

Subcell of TBC1D16. More images available at proteinatlas.com Madrid, Jun 1 (EFE).- An international team of researchers has found the mechanism whereby cancerous cells manage to spread from their original location to other parts of the body through the process known as metastasis. The results of the study, headed by Manel Esteller, the director of the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Program...

Gaia Herbs Top U.S. Herbal Brand Grows Organic Products in Costa Rica

BREVARD, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gaia Herbs™, the leading herbal brand in North America, extends an invitation to meet your herbs like never before with the newly expanded iteration of the company’s groundbreaking online herb transparency platform. MeetYourHerbs®, which is the only website of its kind in the Natural Products Industry, continues Gaia’s commitment to traceability and accountability, ...

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...

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