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Source: Wikimedia Commons Why Are So Many Canadians Drowning in Costa Rica?

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste This past Monday, a retired woman from Montreal and her two-year old grandniece tragically drowned in Playa Santa Teresa, located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. According to the Toronto Sun, Andree Hamel rushed into the surf to save little Jasmine, who was born in Costa Rica; alas, both were caught in the strong undertow produced by dangerous rip current condition...

Source; Wikiemdia Commons Tripping Drug Addictions Away in Costa Rica with Ibogaine

Source; Wikiemdia Commons A troubling increase in heroin use and addiction is currently sweeping parts of the United States, and public health officials in that country are once again clashing with law enforcement and legislators as to how they should manage this “substance abuse epidemic” this time around. The cold turkey remedy is hardly an optimal approach to kicking heroin and opiate habit...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Sorry Monsanto, Costa Rica Still Doesn’t Like You

An anti-GMO activist in San Francisco. Source: Wikimedia Commons In Costa Rica, the fight against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) deemed to be dangerous for the soil and thereby the ecosystem has been resolute and systematic. Over the last three years, The Costa Rica Star has been reporting on the fight against the use of potentially harmful transgenics in agriculture, particularly th...

Source: News.co.,cr archives The Global Rise of Active Vacations

Source: News.co.,cr archives Tour operators, travel agencies and hospitality businesses are used to seeing trends develop on an annual basis. Whereas in the late 20th century there was high demand for backpacking through Europe and budget travel in general, two of the major trends developing in 2015 include luxury travel and active vacations. Costa Rica is well-prepared to cater to luxury and ...

Source: Flickr Commons Develop a Healthier Brain Doing Yoga in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons (Newswire.net -- January 13, 2015) Santa Fe, NM – According to Dr. Hedy Kober, a neuroscientist at Yale University, meditation improves the brain and psychological functioning on a variety of levels. Kober, who says she began practicing meditation to cope with the stresses of ending a relationship, discovered that meditation helped her handle stress and other unpleasant ...

Wikimedia Commons Bullying in Public and Private Schools in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons When enrolling a foreign student in the educational system of Costa Rica, parents should take into consideration that bullying and aggression between classmates seems to be on the rise in our country. To this end, officials from the Ministry of Public Education (Spanish initials: MEP) advise parents shopping for schools that they should inquire about how the institution handl...

Source: Blue Osa Costa Rica is a Top Health & Wellness Vacation Spot for 2015

Source: Blue Osa The Active Times, a major online source of information about active, adventurous and healthy vacations, recently announced its Top Ten List of Health and Wellness Vacations for 2015, and Costa Rica made the list. The Active Times based its Top Ten picks on the following criteria:   For some, "getting away" not only means venturing to a quiet, calm and secluded retreat...

mosquito Chikungunya in Guanacaste Impacts Holiday Celebrations

A surprising, last-minute resolution by the Committee on Traditional Celebrations of the Santa Cruz canton to move the National Folklore Festival is being blamed on politics and the Chikungunya virus. According to Guanacaste news website Primero en Noticias, the hasty resolution consists of moving the fair from Plaza Lopez, also known as Los Mangos, to the fairgrounds, and the reason given by the ...

Elder Abuse Outrage in Costa Rica Over Elder Abuse and Neglect

Source: Wikimedia Commons In a matter of just a few hours, three elderly persons in Costa Rica were crudely abandoned in the capital city of San Jose on December 18th. A report by Lady Rojas of online news daily CRHoy.com indicates that an elderly and disoriented gentleman arrived at the Caribbean bus terminal with nothing more than a handwritten missive bearing the following sinister message:...

Organic veggies Costa Rica is Perfect for Slow Food. Here’s Why (VIDEO)

Do you know about the slow food movement? In Costa Rica, one of the major practitioners of this holistic activity is the Finca Luna Nueva (New Moon) Lodge, located in San Isidro of Peñas Blancas. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge is an organic and biodynamic farm involved in several activities that are essentially retooled from philosophies from long ago. &nb...

Water tap A Very Dry Season Expected in Costa Rica

The unexpected rains that fell on the Central Valley and parts of the Caribbean region of Costa Rica earlier today were a presage of the dry season that will officially begin this weekend. Such was the assessment of the National Meteorology Institute (Spanish initials: IMN), which is forecasting a very dry season that will exacerbate drought conditions in parts of Guanacaste and Puntarenas. &nb...

mosquito Fighting Dengue and Malaria with Blankets in Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica has the lowest regional mortality rate for vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, the fact remains that children from low-income families are the most affected by mosquito bites. As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star: The most dangerous organism in Costa Rica is not even a vertebrate, but it kills approximately three quarters of a million humans each year. ...

Casado Vegetariano Thinking About Becoming Vegetarian? Travel to Costa Rica

In an era of Meatless Mondays and economic vegetarianism, more people in Costa Rica and around the world are thinking about reducing their meat consumption for several reasons. The health benefits are undeniable, but they have to be managed through the adoption of a reasonable nutritional plan, which means that suddenly cutting off all animal byproducts without proper guidance could create dietary...

American Staffordshire Baby Mauled by American Staffordshire in Costa Rica

Red Cross rescuers and paramedics from the Fire Department in La Aurora, province of Heredia, responded to an emergency call involving a baby who was viciously attacked by an American Staffordshire terrier. According to reporter Lady Rojas of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, the infant was rushed to the Saint Vincent Paul Hospital, which is operated by La Caja, the national public health service....

Source: MSP Air Surveillance Saves Three Lives in One Day in Costa Rica

Source: MSP In a single day, three medical evacuation flights carried out by members of the Air Surveillance Service (Spanish initials: SVA) of Costa Rica saved the lives of an elderly man, a pregnant woman and a little girl. Two of the rescue flights involved fixed-wing aircraft, and the other was carried out by a helicopter. The first emergency flight took place in Alto Telire, a remote i...

Brittany Brittany Maynard Once Spent a Summer in Costa Rica

News about Britanny Maynard, the 29-yeard old California woman who took her own life by means of assisted suicide this weekend, are spreading around the world and prompting debate about euthanasia and the right to die with dignity. In Costa Rica, the Constitutional Chamber (known as Sala Cuarta) has recognized the human right to receive medical treatment to alleviate pain and suffering; however eu...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Public Health Campaign to Control Dengue in Costa Rica

There used to be a dengue season in Costa Rica, and it used to coincide with the green (rainy) season. That is no longer the case; climate change and a mutational process has caused the Aedes aegypti mosquito species to thrive year-round and spread beyond the tropics. Dengue fever prevention is now a constant job for La Caja, Costa Rica's public health system, and the latest campaign focuses on th...

toe tag Foreign and Deceased: Unclaimed Bodies in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Since 2012, the cryogenic chambers of the Forensic Pathology section of the Judicial Branch in Costa Rica have served as the final resting place of 37 deceased individuals whose bodies have never been claimed. Many of the dearly departed were citizens of the United States, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Italy, Bulgaria, and ten other nations; however, a few Costa Rican citiz...

obese woman Fat City: The Upscale Community of Escazú, Costa Rica

The upscale and vibrant Municipality of Escazú is home to some of the most affluent and luxurious residential communities in the Greater San Jose Metropolitan Area (Spanish acronym: GAM). Unfortunately, Escazú is also home to a significant number of overweight residents. With nearly 20 percent of the population of Escazú significantly overweight or morbidly obese, municipal, educational and health...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Ebola Specialist Arrives in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Dr. Monica Guardo, an expert in communicable diseases at the Pan American Health Organization, is currently in Costa Rica for the purpose of training groups of physicians and nurses on the proper treatment of patients infected by the Ebola virus. According to health reporter Lady Rojas of online news daily CRHoy.com, Dr. Guardo shared her personal experience trying to...