Health

How to stop sitting yourself to death

Sitting is probably killing you slowly — whether you exercise vigorously every day or not. Sitting has been referred to as the new smoking. And a recent study shows that risk of death begins to rise if bouts of sitting persist for longer than...

Is Costa Rica a Health Care Haven for Expats?

Q24n – Costa Rica has a lot to offer expats. Are you looking for a low cost of living? Check. Are you looking for fabulous beaches and beautiful weather? Check. Need some cheap real estate? Check. The list can continue for days. However, one of...

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...

Study Finds: Latinos Actually Do Age Slower Than Everybody Else

Portrait of a Latina mother and daughter (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...

Learn About Tick Removal While Visiting Costa Rica

Ticks on human skin. Ticks are mostly dangerous because of the diseases they can carry. If a tick bites you, kill it in a way that doesn’t destroy the body. This prevents splatter that can spread bacteria. QHEALTH – Ticks are common in Costa Rica. ...

Joselyn Perez: “I Am a Happy Mother Because Zika Did Not Affect My Baby”

Keyshell Alondra Ramirez Perez was born healthy on March 8 at La Anexion Hospital in Guanacaste. Photo by Ariana Crespo QCOSTARICA by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguancaste.com – “Look, I do not want to talk to any of you . A lot has been said and...

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...

Parasite Infection Linked to Road Rage

A scanning electron micrograph of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii from a tissue cyst in the brain of an infected mouse. Photo David Ferguson (Q24N) People who display frequent bouts of extreme, impulsive anger, such as road rage, are more than twice as likely to...

Karolina’s Story: Living with Chagas

“Hi, I’m the girl from Hojancha who spent a month and a half in Hospital Mexico due to Chagas disease. If you like, I can tell you my long story.” (Q24N) by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste – This is the message that Karolina Paniagua Paniagua,...

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. Jhonny Chacón and Jeffrey Vásquez on the hunt for mosquitoe breeding grounds...

Costa Rica Uses Bacteria To Attack Mosquito That Transmits Zika

QCOSTARICA | The Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) said it using bacteria as part of efforts to combat the  Aedes aegypti mosquito, that transmits the Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus. The bacteria called “spinosad” (Saccharopolyspora spinosa) is applied in the form of tablet in...

Health Confirms Death of Six Month Old Baby To H1N1 Flu Virus (Swine Flu)

QCOSTARICA The Health Ministry (Ministerio de Salud) confirmed the 29th victim of the H1N1 virus since December, the latest a six month old baby. The infant died on January 18, in the Turrialba hospital, due to congenital malformation at birth, according to Health Minister, Fernando...

It wasn’t worth it, says 103-year-old vegetarian

QLIVING – A MAN who extended his life span by avoiding processed meats bitterly regrets having done so, it has emerged. 103-year-old Roy Hobbs never ate sausages, bacon or black pudding apart from a one-off fried breakfast which he admits was mind-bendingly delicious. He said: “I...

Tanorexia Or When Tanning Becomes An Addiction

Tanorexia or tanning dependence is a rare syndrome where an individual appears to have a physical or psychological dependence on sunbathing or the use of tanning beds. The mechanism of dependence is unknown at this time. Found in sunlight and tanning beds, ultraviolet light (made...

Marihuana Medicinal (Medicinal Marijuana)

QCOSTARICA – Looking to pass the Medical Marijuan bill 19256 in Costa Rica, and with the aim of helping thousands with medical conditions and start a whole new industry in Costa Rica, Cannabis Industry Association Costa Rica (CIAC) and Marihuana Medicinal Costa Rica (MMCR)...

Costa Rica Doctors Reconstruct Man’s Penis Using Tissue From His Forearm

QCOSTARICA – Using tissue from an arm, Costa Rican doctors were able to reconstruct a man’s penis after losing most of his male organ in an accident. According to the statements of the Quepos resident, who requested anonymity, this now gives him a change at...

Costa Rica’s Love For Salt

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica’s salt intake is so high it introduced a national plan to reduce salt consumption across the population in 2011. High salt diets are a major cause of raised blood pressure in the area. High blood pressure raises the risk for cardiovascular...

KFC Chicken and Fries in Costa Rica Have FIVE Times More Salt

Salty: KFC popcorn chicken and fries in Costa Rica have the highest salt content according to survey of 37 countries worldwide QCOSTARICA –  How a much salt is there in a KFC? According to a recent survery of chidlren’s meals sold in 37 countries around...

Valentina Goes Home Today!

QCOSTARICA – Valentina, the third of the sextuplets, managed to beat the odds and after two months and 23 days, left hospital and went home with her parents. Carolina Murillo, neonatologist at the Hospital de las Mujeres (Women’s Hospital), said the child came in to...

Senasa Prohibits Pork Exports Of Three Chile Plants To Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Authorities of the National Animal Health Service (Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal – SENASA) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG), concluded this week the inspection of six plants exporting pork to Costa Rica and took the decision to prohibit exports from three,...

Costa Rica Opens Up to Biomedical Research

Image for illustrative purposes (qCOSTARICA) New rules govern activities and research in the area of ​​biomedicine, reopening up the country to investment in this field. Because of its strong institutions in the health sector and its proximity to the United States, Costa Rica has always been...

New Research Reveals Another Good Reason To Drink Red Wine

(QCOSTARICA LIFESTYLE) Enjoy a good “copa de vino” (glass of wine) but hate doing the gym stuff to work it off? This news from a group of Canadians will make your day. Researchers at Canada’s University of Alberta found the health benefits of resveratrol, a...

Sex Social Workers Say Caja Fails In Protecting Them Against STIs

“Trans Revolution”. Photo from Fundacion Transvida Facebook page (QCOSTARICA) The risk for sex social workers (prostitutes) and their clients of contracting a sexually transmitted infecion (STI) has increased over the past several months, due to changes in the Costa Rica Social Security or Caja (Caja Costarricense...

Costa Rica On Alert For Possible Arrival Of Zika Virus

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito (QCOSTARICA) The Ministery of Health (Ministerio de Salud) is on alert for the possible arrival of the Zika virus whose first cases in Latin America were in Brazil in February. The Zika virus is similar to Dengue Fever, with symptoms which include...

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Preventing mosquito bites (from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection CDC): Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats. Use an approved insect repellent as directed. Higher percentages of active ingredients provide longer protection. Use products with the following active ingredients: DEET (Products containing DEET...

18,000 People Defecate In The Open in Costa Rica

The homeless, indigenous and immigrants in border areas top the list of people without sanitation. Photo Diana Mendez, La Nacion (QCOSTARICA) Due to the lack of septic tanks, sewers and toilets, it is estimated that some 18,000 people in Costa Rica defecate in the open. That...

Russian 'Humanitarian Convoy' Heads for Separatist Moldovan Region

Despite Russian reassurances that Moscow’s troop buildup along Ukraine’s eastern frontier is for a military exercise, its growing scale is making U.S. officials nervous about its ultimate aim. President Barack Obama on Friday urged Russia to stop “intimidating” Ukraine and to pull its troops back to “de-escalate the situation.” He told CBS that the troop buildup may “be an effort to intimidate Ukraine, or it may be that [Russia has] additional plans.”

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Pentagon officials say they believe there could be close to 50,000 Russian troops bordering the former Soviet republic and inside Crimea, recently seized and annexed by Moscow. That estimate is double earlier assessments, and means Russian President Vladimir Putin could order a lighting strike into Ukrainian territory with the forces already in place. The higher troop count was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf played down the notion that there are as many as 100,000 Russian troops now bordering Ukraine, as Olexander Motsyk, the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., said Thursday on Capitol Hill. “I hadn’t actually seen the hundred-thousand number,” Harf said. “There are huge numbers of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. … We are concerned about Russia taking further escalatory steps with whatever number of tens of thousands of troops they have there, and have called on them not to do so.
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100 Stangers Were Asked to Kiss For the First Time and It Was Strangely Beautiful

Washington got those assurances that the Russian troop buildup was only an exercise from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu a week ago. But no one in the U.S. government knows if Putin agrees — or if the Russian leader has changed his mind as the West has debated what level of economic and political sanctions might be imposed if Moscow takes an additional chunk of Ukraine beyond Crimea. “They made it clear that their intent was to do exercises and not to cross the border,” Kirby said. “Our expectation is they’re going to live up to that word.”

Striking images that followed weeks of turmoil across Ukraine

The war for the East continues. The economy teeters. The ultra-nationalists may not have done well in recent elections but they are armed and organized into self-governing “patriotic battalions” fighting independently of the government’s command. A recipe for disaster of Yugoslav proportions, perhaps. And yet most Ukrainians remain surprisingly hopeful. “We found out who we are. And who are aren’t,” says Ruslana Khazipova, a young singer with the band Dakh Daughters. “We are free. And we aren’t Russia’s bitch any more.”