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INS Announces Expansion To Trauma Hospital

INS Announces Expansion To Trauma Hospital

Q COSTA RICA – The increase in demand and the possibility of diversifying the insurance business, the State insurer Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), announced a second tower to the Hospital del Trauma (Trauma Hospital). The plan was recently approved by the INS Board of Directors. With this second tower the INS expects initially to […]

16 Year-Old and 40 Year-Old Give Birth To Babies With Microcephaly

16 Year-Old and 40 Year-Old Give Birth To Babies With Microcephaly

Q COSTA RICA –  In Puntarenas, a week ago, a 16 year-old girl and a 40 year-old woman gave birth to babies with microcephaly. The Costa Rica Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) classifies the cases of microcephaly as “probable”, as there is still a lack of evidence to associate this congenital malformation with the […]

New Union for Health Companies

New Union for Health Companies

Q COSTA RICA – Pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, medical tourism companies, laboratories, pharmacies and research centers are part of the new Costa Rican health chamber, the Cámara Costarricense de la Salud. The chamber arose from the previously the  Consejo para la Promoción Internacional de la Medicina de Costa Rica (Promed) – Council for the International Promotion […]

The campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled over women’s rights

The campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled over women’s rights

(Q24N) Pia Riggirozzi, University of Southampton – The World Health Organization declared that the Zika epidemic was an international emergency in February 2016. While the WHO lifted the declaration nine months later, the crisis is far from over. Zika, which has been linked to various neurological and developmental conditions such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, […]

Ministry Of Health Health Confirms The First Two Pregnant Women With Zika This Year

Q COSTA RICA – The Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) confirmed Wednesday the first two pregnant women infected with the Zika virus in the first weeks of the year. In addition, seven probable cases of infected women are under investigation. Health officials did not reveal the origin or further details about the gestation period. […]

Why This Texas Doctor says Costa Rica’s Health Care System Beats The US

Why This Texas Doctor says Costa Rica’s Health Care System Beats The US

Q COSTA RICA (Internationaliving.com) I was sitting on our cantilevered terrace, listening to birdsong and the river flowing below me. I pondered the 11,000-foot-tall Volcano Irazú in the distance. From the top of the tallest volcano in the country, it’s possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. Suddenly there […]

9.3% Of All Deaths In Costa Rica Related to Cigarette Smoking: Ministry of Health

9.3% Of All Deaths In Costa Rica Related to Cigarette Smoking: Ministry of Health

Q COSTA RICA / The collection of tax on Tobacco does not cover even one-third of the annual cost of Social Security (Seguro Social) to treat diseases such as heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, stroke Vascular (LCA) and cancer, from the consumption of cigarettes. This is revealed in the research by the Institute […]

112 People Died In Costa Rica Last Year Due To Respiratory Viruses

112 People Died In Costa Rica Last Year Due To Respiratory Viruses

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – A total of 112 people died in Costa Rica in 2016 as a result of respiratory viruses, mainly AH1N1, according to the latest epidemiological bulletin of the Minister de Salud (Ministry of Health). The bulletin reads that more than half (54%) of the deaths were from the AH1N1 virus, followed […]

Best Cleansing Foods For Daily Detox

Best Cleansing Foods For Daily Detox

By Mary Serphos, Vozdeguanacaste.com – These days it seems like everyone wants to detox, but why do it? Toxins, pesticides, chemicals in household cleaning products, plastics, Teflon pans and Guanacaste’s incessant dust all accumulate in tissues, organs and the blood. While the job of your liver and kidneys is to clean the body, these organs […]

Clinica Biblica Starts Construction On Expansion In The GAM

Clinica Biblica Starts Construction On Expansion In The GAM

(QCOSTARICA) The Clinica Biblica, the largest and most complete private hospital of Costa Rica, has begun with its expansion plan with three new hospitals to be built in Santa Ana, Heredia and Curridabat, to strengthen the services offered, mainly in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). The development of this expansion project is estimated to be […]

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Approved in Costa Rica

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Approved in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica is one eleven countries to date to approve the Sanofi Pasteur dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. Sanofi’s vaccines unit, said on Tuesday that its , had received market approval in eleven countries: Costa Rica, Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused […]

Study Finds: Latinos Actually Do Age Slower Than Everybody Else

Study Finds: Latinos Actually Do Age Slower Than Everybody Else

(Q24N) Researchers at UCLA recently published the findings of a study that suggests that Latinos age slower than any other ethnicity. Scientists refer to the phenomenon as the ‘Hispanic paradox’, since Latinos typically have higher rates of diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. According to researchers, the ethnic group is unequivocally healthier, lives longer than others, […]

Costa Rica Confirms First case of Zika-associated Syndrome

Costa Rica Confirms First case of Zika-associated Syndrome

(Q Costa Rica) Health officials on Thursday confirmed the first local case of the potentially fatal Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with the Zika virus. The  Ministerio de Salud Avanzada (ministry of Health) said in a press release, after receiving confirmation from the Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (Inciensa), that a 14-year-old […]

Cuba Has a Vaccine Against Lung Cancer

Cuba Has a Vaccine Against Lung Cancer

(CNN) On what appears to be a residential street on the outskirts of Havana, the tan building with a guard gate seems out of place. The building is the Centro de Immunologia Molecular, s the Centro de Immunologia Molecular, the Center for Molecular Immunology (CIM), locally as a thriving hub of biotechnology. Sliding glass doors […]

The Fruit That Cures Insomnia And Restores Your Nervous System

The Fruit That Cures Insomnia And Restores Your Nervous System

Studies have proven the high nutritional value and multiple healing properties of the Spanish lime or “mamón”, “mamones” or “mamoncillo” as it is called in Costa Rica. The fruit is a marvelous treat. Clusters of these little green drupes are traditionally eaten out of hand or used to make drinks and desserts, and jellies. The seed is quite […]

Costa Rica Approves Sale Of Dengue Vaccine

Costa Rica Approves Sale Of Dengue Vaccine

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica has endorsed the entry into the country of a vaccine that protects against dengue, becoming the 5th country in the world and fourth in Latin America to approve the Sanofi Pasteur‘s tetravalent dengue vaccine. The vaccine, called Dengvaxia, was recently endorsed by the WHO World Health Organization) recommendations supporting the safety, […]

New Clinic To Benefit Thousands Of Women In Hatillos and Alajuelita

New Clinic To Benefit Thousands Of Women In Hatillos and Alajuelita

QCOSTARICA  – At 62, doña Virgina will become the first insured on Monday to receive a mammogram at the Clínica Solón Núñez, in Hatillo. The clinic, inaugurated this week, but opens to the public on Monday, will benefit some 27.000 women between 45 and 70 years of age and women under 45 who have risk […]

One Boiled Egg All It Takes To Control Sugar In The Blood

One Boiled Egg All It Takes To Control Sugar In The Blood

QHEALTH – Nearly 350 million adults worldwide have diabetes, according to the newest research published in The Lancet, a British medical journal. Over the past three decades, numbers have more than doubled, making diabetes an “epidemic,” say the experts. In Costa Rica, according to latest figures by the International Diabetes Federation for 2015, 8.6 adults […]

Face Masks Recommended With The Presence Of Ash Fall From Volcano Eruption

Face Masks Recommended With The Presence Of Ash Fall From Volcano Eruption

QCOSTARICA – A pharmacy in Coronado, one of the areas most affected by the ashfall from the eruption of the Turrialba volcano Friday morning, reports selling more than 1,000 face masks in less than two hours. The El Pilar, located by the Coronado park, said it call its supplier for more stock. Coronado and Guadalupe […]

Learn About Tick Removal While Visiting Costa Rica

QHEALTH – Ticks are common in Costa Rica.  The best prevention is observation. Ticks (garrapatas in Spanish) hang out near livestock, but can be found anywhere outdoors, particularly in rural and forested areas. To prevent tick bites wear long sleeves, long pants, hats and shoes (rather than sandals). Boots are preferable, with pants tucked in […]

World Bank Support for Costa Rica Healthcare Improvement

World Bank Support for Costa Rica Healthcare Improvement

(Q24N) The World Bank has approved an almost half a billion dollar loan to improve the timeliness and quality of health care in Costa Rica and strengthen institutional efficiency. Costa Rica, already considered to have one of the best healthcare systems in Latin America, will use the us$420 million dollar loan to strengthen the fiscal […]

Karolina’s Story: Living with Chagas

Karolina’s Story: Living with Chagas

(Q24N) by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste – This is the message that Karolina Paniagua Paniagua, a resident of Hojancha, sent us after reading the article published in this year’s January issue of The Voice of Guanacaste, wanting to share her story and let people know details about this peculiar disease. In her case, the symptoms […]

Why The Zika Virus Is Causing Alarm

Why The Zika Virus Is Causing Alarm

QCOSTARICA – Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has since spread to many countries in the Americas. Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type that spreads […]

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