List/Grid

Health News Subscribe to Health News

A Girl Dreams of a Home and of Teaching English in Costa Rica

A Girl Dreams of a Home and of Teaching English in Costa Rica

Sensible readers beware: The following story is a weepy. Shirley Torres Garita is a 13-year old girl who lost her legs in a terrible accident involving a truck driver whose… Read more »

Costa Rica’s Public Health Care Not Burdened by Foreigners

Costa Rica’s Public Health Care Not Burdened by Foreigners

A recent study by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Spanish acronym: INEC) reveals that only six percent of all public health care treatments in Costa Rica are provided… Read more »

Beaches of Guanacaste Among the Cleanest in Costa Rica

Beaches of Guanacaste Among the Cleanest in Costa Rica

Of the three coastal provinces of Costa Rica, Guanacaste has the highest number of beaches that proudly display the Blue Ecological Flag. According to online news site Primero en Noticias,… Read more »

Where’s the Beef? Economic Vegetarianism in Costa Rica

Where’s the Beef? Economic Vegetarianism in Costa Rica

The BBQ grilling season in Costa Rica coincides with the holidays and the beginning of the busy tourist season. Although there has been a recent push towards greater diffusion of… Read more »

Red Cross in Costa Rica Ready for Holy Week

Red Cross in Costa Rica Ready for Holy Week

The days between Palm and Easter Sundays are often the busiest of the year for Red Cross rescue brigades in Costa Rica. That is when thousands of people will leave… Read more »

The Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica

The Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica

Life’s a beach in Costa Rica; unfortunately, so is death sometimes. The number of tourists who come to enjoy Costa Rica continues to grow each year; alas, the number of… Read more »

Child Kidnappings in Playas del Coco Deemed Rumors

Child Kidnappings in Playas del Coco Deemed Rumors

A scary Internet hoax fueled by the flames of social media in Costa Rica prompted neighbors of Playas del Coco and other communities in Guanacaste to hide their children and… Read more »

Bottle, Can or Draft? Choosing Your Beer in Costa Rica

Bottle, Can or Draft? Choosing Your Beer in Costa Rica

Over the last few years, beer culture has been gaining a substantial foothold in Costa Rica. Gone are the days of having to settle for bottles of Imperial, which remains… Read more »

Concern in the Time of Cholera in Costa Rica

Concern in the Time of Cholera in Costa Rica

The acute intestinal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae is wreaking havoc in at least four countries in the Americas, and it may soon arrive in Costa Rica. The… Read more »

How Costa Rica Became a Top Destination for Dental Tourism

How Costa Rica Became a Top Destination for Dental Tourism

Although medical tourism in Costa Rica is known to be mostly a 21st century development, dental patients from North America and Europe have been coming here for decades for implants,… Read more »

How Sweet It Isn’t: Why Is Costa Rica Getting So Fat?

How Sweet It Isn’t: Why Is Costa Rica Getting So Fat?

As Costa Rica gets closer to joining the ranks of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the number of grossly overweight and obese people in this country is… Read more »

Foreign and Deceased: Unclaimed Bodies in Costa Rica

Foreign and Deceased: Unclaimed Bodies in Costa Rica

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… Read more »

Costa Rican Authorities Seize and Relocate 17 Neglected Dogs

Costa Rican Authorities Seize and Relocate 17 Neglected Dogs

On March 12, Costa Rican authorities in conjunction with animal protection groups rescued 17 dogs allegedly subjected to a hoarding situation. Humane Society International-Latin America, the Costa Rican Department of… Read more »

Domo Arigato: Japan Contributes to Elder Care in Costa Rica

Domo Arigato: Japan Contributes to Elder Care in Costa Rica

Under the direction of Ambassador Mamoru Shinohara, the Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica has been very active over the last few months. One of the Embassy’s latest contributions strikes… Read more »

Air Pollution Showdown: San Jose, Costa Rica vs. Paris, France

Air Pollution Showdown: San Jose, Costa Rica vs. Paris, France

San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica greets tens of thousands of foreign visitors each week, but it does not even come close to the French capital of Paris,… Read more »

Holy Protector of Costa Rica to be Enthroned at the Vatican

Holy Protector of Costa Rica to be Enthroned at the Vatican

A replica of the holiest religious effigy in Costa Rica will be enthroned at the Pontifical Parrish of Saint Anna in the Vatican on April 26th. Affectionately known as “La… Read more »

Medical Tourism in Costa Rica: Fast, Easy and Affordable

Medical Tourism in Costa Rica: Fast, Easy and Affordable

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of the United States was mentioned for the first time, analysts of the medical tourism industry wondered how “Obamacare” would impact the… Read more »

Why Are So Many Canadians Drowning in Costa Rica?

Why Are So Many Canadians Drowning in Costa Rica?

The body of Marceau Gaitan, a 57-year old French Canadian who arrived in Costa Rica along with relatives and friends whose dream of enjoying the pristine beaches of Guanacaste had… Read more »

Five Deaths, One Sunny Costa Rican Day

Five Deaths, One Sunny Costa Rican Day

The Central Pacific Coast boasts some of the most gorgeous and most expansive beaches in the country. At one point, there is seventeen miles of uninterrupted beach to jog along,… Read more »

Quality of Care for Medical Travelers in Costa Rica

Quality of Care for Medical Travelers in Costa Rica

Among the numerous reasons medical tourism in Costa Rica has grown significantly over the last few years, quality of care stands out as being among the most important. In the… Read more »

Nosara Yoga and Surf Fundraises to Benefit Orphanage in Haiti

Nosara Yoga and Surf Fundraises to Benefit Orphanage in Haiti

When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in July 2010, within 30 frightening seconds, 220,000 were left dead. In the wake of this tragedy, nearly one million children were orphaned or… Read more »

Free Health Care and Medications for Expats in Guanacaste

Free Health Care and Medications for Expats in Guanacaste

Many foreigners visit Costa Rica specifically for the purpose of getting quality medical attention and medications at very affordable prices, and a few of these medical tourists become interested in… Read more »

Costa Rica Remains a Leader in Support of World Peace

Costa Rica Remains a Leader in Support of World Peace

Around the same time violent civil unrest situations in Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela were unfolding and making uncomfortable headlines around the world, international groups dedicated to making peace an inalienable… Read more »

Does Air Conditioning Use in Costa Rica Provoke Respiratory Illness?

Does Air Conditioning Use in Costa Rica Provoke Respiratory Illness?

Summer has arrived in force, and with the rise in temperature comes the temptation to try and escape the heat with air conditioning. However, there have always been theories that… Read more »

Possible Outbreak of Infectious Anemia Troubles Nosara Horse Owners

Possible Outbreak of Infectious Anemia Troubles Nosara Horse Owners

Some Nosara horse owners are concerned about a possible outbreak of infectious equine anemia among animals in the area, due to the death of one horse that tested positive for… Read more »

Suffering from Osteoarthritis? Move to Guanacaste Costa Rica!

Suffering from Osteoarthritis? Move to Guanacaste Costa Rica!

Many people who suffer from inflammatory diseases of their connective tissues tend to develop an uncanny ability to predict bad weather. Osteoarthritis and its many related conditions are often cited… Read more »

Why Choose Costa Rica as a Medical Tourism Destination?

Why Choose Costa Rica as a Medical Tourism Destination?

The global health tourism industry has grown significantly despite a lack of substantial publicity or marketing. To this effect, Costa Rica is the leading destination in the Americas for medical… Read more »

61% of Kitchen Gas Cylinders in Costa Rica Malfunctioning

61% of Kitchen Gas Cylinders in Costa Rica Malfunctioning

Natural gas is used extensively throughout homes in Costa Rica, a power source for cooking. Unlike in other countries, like Canada, the United States and Colombia, for example, in Costa… Read more »

Cancer Survivor Shares Health Tips in Tropical Garden Cooking Classes

Cancer Survivor Shares Health Tips in Tropical Garden Cooking Classes

A year ago, in August of 2012, Christine Laemer went for a mammogram and found out she had breast cancer. This news changed her lifestyle and diet completely, and now… Read more »

Parks on Alert for Outbreak of Forest Fires in Costa Rica

Parks on Alert for Outbreak of Forest Fires in Costa Rica

Parks and protected areas are on alert nationwide for forest fires. The alert went into effect on January 15th, but even before then one major fire had already broken out… Read more »