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Health at a Glance 2017
Report presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics.(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rescue of the olive ridley sea turtle
Of the millions of eggs laid by the endangered olive ridley sea turtles on one Costa Rican beach, few survive both predators and poachers. But how could allowing local villagers to harvest the eggs be a solution?Dawn on Costa Rica ’s Pacific coast and the dark figure of a man at the water’s edge gradually becomes distinct under a pinkening sky. I switch off my torch. Jairo Quiros Rosales and I are the only people to be seen on this broad black beach, the volcanic sands of which stretch north for several miles. Jairo is be ckoning, so I hurry down to him, scanning the beach and murky shoreline. As the ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Gaia Vince Tags: Endangered species Conservation Conservation and indigenous people Global development Animals Wildlife Environment Endangered habitats Animal behaviour Biology Science Costa Rica Americas Source Type: news

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico
Artisanal gold mining in Latin America uses mercury, a practice that should be modified in countries that have ratified the international Minamata Convention for the control of this toxic metal. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPSBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Sep 26 2017 (IPS)For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is “devastating,” when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Querétaro in central Mexico.“There are a large number of pits (from which the mercury is extracted), and there are the tailing ponds containing mining waste, all of which drains i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Natural Resources Regional Categories gold mining mercury Mexico Minam Source Type: news

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Calls President Trump ’s U.N. Speech ‘Ignorant and Hateful’
(UNITED NATIONS) — Iran’s president warned the United States on Thursday that his country will “respond decisively” to any violation of the agreement that reins in Tehran’s nuclear program and called U.S. President Donald Trump’s “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric” about Iran unfit to be heard at the United Nations. In remarks clearly directed at Trump’s 8-month-old administration, Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani told the U.N. General Assembly: “It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics.” &ld...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Peltz and Edith M. Lederer / AP Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump Foreign Policy onetime Source Type: news

Trump Called a U.S.-Australia Refugee Swap ‘Dumb.’ But the First Refugees Will Soon Arrive in the U.S.
A refugee deal between Australia and the U.S., which President Donald Trump described earlier this year as “dumb,” will proceed in the coming weeks. The first group of refugees, currently held in Australian detention facilities in Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, are expected to soon depart, according to a statement released Wednesday by Australia’s immigration ministry. About 50 refugees have been accepted by the U.S., Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in an interview with Australian media. “I just want to thank again, President Trump for continuing with that arrangement,” he...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kevin Lui Tags: Uncategorized Australia Foreign Policy migration onetime Source Type: news

Fewer Doses of HPV Vaccine May Provide Protection for Several Years Fewer Doses of HPV Vaccine May Provide Protection for Several Years
Even a single dose of the HPV16/18 vaccine may protect against infection with HPV types 16 and 18 during seven or more years of follow-up, according to findings from the Costa Rica HPV Vaccine Trial (CVT).Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

What Is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Hispanic Heritage Month is an official celebration of American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. When is Hispanic Heritage Month? The festival now lasts from September 15 to October 15 every year, but it first started out as just a week long celebration of in 1968. Twenty years later, in 1988 it expanded to dedicate a whole four weeks for the celebration of being Hispanic. The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guate...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Lewis Tags: Uncategorized hispanic heritage month onetime Smithsonian Source Type: news

A Jailed Janitor Has Become Emblematic of President Trump ’s Immigration Sweep
(BOSTON) — Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado’s first son was born just days after he was taken into custody by federal immigration officials for deportation back to his native El Salvador. He has yet to meet his son but is told there’s a resemblance. “They tell me he has my eyes,” the 43-year-old said with a mix of wistfulness and pride this month in an interview at the Suffolk County House of Corrections. Rodriguez-Guardado, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology janitor whose case became a rallying cry for local opponents of President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown this summer, await...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Philip Marcelo / AP Tags: Uncategorized Immigration Massachusetts onetime Source Type: news

August 28, 2017: Costa Rican Defendant Appears in Federal Court to Face Fraud Charges
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 12, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest
(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The new yellow sea snake assumes an unusual ambush posture
(Pensoft Publishers) Carrying its petite frame and all-yellow skin, the recently scrutinized sea snake populations from Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, already seem different enough to be characterized as a new subspecies. However, their most extraordinary trait is only exposed at night when the serpents go hunting for small fish as they hang upside down just below the water surface assuming a peculiar sinusoidal ambush posture. This new subspecies is described in the open access journal ZooKeys. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 31, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Penn collaboration produces surprising insights into the properties of butterfly wings
(University of Pennsylvania) A collaboration between biologists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania is yielding new insights into the wings of the " skipper butterfly " in the Costa Rican rainforest. What they learn could lead to technological advancements in systems ranging from power-efficient computer displays to sensors to energy efficient buildings, windows and vehicles. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 29, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Align Technology makes the S & P Index
Align Technology (NSDQ:ALGN) said that Standard & Poor’s will add the company to its S&P Index after trading closes today. The San Jose, Calif.-based company said it will be added to the S&P GICS Health Care Supplies Sub-Industry index. “We are excited to be added to the S&P 500 Index. This major milestone for the company reflects the significant impact that our technology and innovations have had on the orthodontic market. Over the past 20 years we have helped our customers transition from a manual procedure for straightening teeth, to a fully digital process with the Invisalign ...
Source: Mass Device - June 16, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Align Technology Source Type: news

Align Technology debuts in China
Align Technology (NSDQ:ALGN) said today that it is opening a new Invisalign treatment planning facility in Chengdu, China. The plant is Align’s 1st manufacturing operations in China. The facility will host treatment planning services for Invisalign providers in China, Align reported. Previously, planning services for China-based customers was conducted in San Jose, Costa Rica. “I am very excited to open our 1st treatment planning and training center in China,” president & CEO Joe Hogan said in prepared remarks. “In 2011, the Invisalign system was launched in China and since then our In...
Source: Mass Device - June 1, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Dental Wall Street Beat Align Technology Inc. Source Type: news

Use of the Poisson log-linear model for the study of homicides against young Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica - Bonilla RE.
OBJECTIVE: To describe the homicides rate for young Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica. METHODS: We used a Poisson log-linear regression model at small administrative areas-level to describe the homicides rate for young Nicaraguan immigrants in Co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see. That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. And according to one of the best estimates available, that’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste,” said Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer who led the 2015 study that determined this staggering number. According to Jambeck’s research, this figure is on...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic -- And No One's Paying Attention
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see. That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. And according to one of the best estimates available, that’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste,” said Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer who led the 2015 study that determined this staggering number. According to Jambeck’s research, this figure is on...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

AirXpanders wins FDA nod for next-gen AeroForm tissue expander components
AirXpanders (ASX:AXP) saw shares rise today after it won FDA 510(k) clearance for an enhanced film material used to contain carbon dioxide in its AeroForm Tissue Expander system The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company’s AeroForm tissue expander is designed for use in post-mastectomy breast reconstructions to expand and stretch the skin and underlying muscle prior to a permanent breast implant. The device administers small amounts of CO2 up to 3 times a day to gradually stretch tissue prior to a breast implant procedure. “We are very excited about the FDA’s decision which is consistent with the CE Mark an...
Source: Mass Device - April 4, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Cosmetic/Aesthetic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health AirXpanders Source Type: news

Plastic No More … Also in Kenya
Plastic bags are also a major contributor to the 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in the sea every year. Credit: UNEPBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 4 2017 (IPS)Good news: Kenya has just joined the commitment of other 10 countries to address major plastic pollution by decreeing a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. The Kenyan decision comes three weeks after the UN declared “war on plastic” through its new UN Clean Seas initiative, launched on at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali (February 22-24, 2017).The initiative’s campaign urges governments to pa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Climate Change Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

MedPlast completes buy of Vention division
MedPlast (Tempe, Ariz.) said today that it has closed on its acquisition of Vention’s medical device manufacturing services division. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The device manufacturing services business has locations in New Jersey, Michigan, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. “This acquisition is a first and important step in our strategic plan to expand our offering to customers,” MedPlast CEO Harold Faig said in a news release. “Our goal is to build on our core manufacturing and engineering capabilities to provide our customers with a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end ...
Source: Mass Device - March 31, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Contract Manufacturing Mergers & Acquisitions News Well MedPlast MedTech Nordson Vention Source Type: news

Phase 2 Zika vaccine trial begins in US, Central and South America
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Vaccinations have begun in a multi-site Phase 2/2b clinical trial testing an experimental DNA vaccine designed to protect against disease caused by Zika infection. The vaccine was developed by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)). NIAID is leading the trial, which aims to enroll healthy participants in areas of confirmed or potential active mosquito-transmitted Zika infection, including continental United States and Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 31, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Frugal Family: Five Ways to be a Savvy Medical Tourist and Enjoy a Vacation
When costly dental work became unavoidable, the Frugal Family decided to get it done abroad and let the savings pay for a tropical week in Thailand. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: FREDA MOON Tags: Budget Travel Travel and Vacations Bangkok (Thailand) Costa Rica Czech Republic Hungary Mexico Philippines Poland Spain Turkey Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Source Type: news

Nordson and MedPlast are divvying up Vention Medical
[Image from Unsplash]Nordson and MedPlast are each acquiring a piece of Vention Medical in the latest M&A deal to transform the medical device contract manufacturing landscape. Nordson (Westlake, Ohio) will pay $705 million in cash to acquire Vention’s advanced technologies division, which has locations in New Hampshire, Tennessee, Ireland, Minneapolis, Massachusetts, California, Colorado and Israel. MedPlast (Tempe, Ariz.) is meanwhile purchasing Vention’s device manufacturing services division for an undisclosed sum. The device manufacturing services business has locations in New Jersey, Michigan, Puerto ...
Source: Mass Device - February 22, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Contract Manufacturing Mergers & Acquisitions News Well MedPlast MedTech Nordson Vention Medical Source Type: news

Newly discovered beetle species named after Rockefeller ’s Daniel Kronauer
A former Rockefeller postdoctoral associate has named a new species of beetle Nymphister kronaueri, after his mentor, Daniel Kronauer. Discovered in the Costa Rican rainforest, the beetle anchors itself tightly to backside of nomadic ants, hitchhiking a ride to new nesting sites. More » (Source: The Rockefeller University Newswire)
Source: The Rockefeller University Newswire - February 13, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Katie Fenz Tags: Science News ants beetles Daniel Kronauer nomenclature Nymphister kronaueri Source Type: news

Hitting the right notes
A biology graduate student played a harmonious duet of singing wrens from a recording she captured out in the field during a recent trip to Costa Rica, to learn about how they learn a new tune with a new mate. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 31, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Hitting the right notes
(University of Miami) Karla Rivera-C á ceres, a University of Miami biology graduate student, plays a harmonious duet of singing wrens from a recording she captured out in the field during a recent trip to Costa Rica. 'The song sounds like one bird but if you listen closely, it's a male and female wren singing a duet in perfect unison,' said Rivera-C á ceres. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for January 27, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. AirXpanders lands $34m private placement AirXpanders said today that it has commitments from investors in a private placement to raise A$45 million, or $34 million USD. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said that its investor...
Source: Mass Device - January 27, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

AirXpanders lands $34m private placement
AirXpanders (ASX:AXP) said today that it has commitments from investors in a private placement to raise A$45 million, or $34 million USD. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said that its investors committed to subscribe for 16.3 million shares of common stock at ¢70 apiece. The company plans to use the funds to bring its breast tissue expansion device to the U.S., including building inventory for the U.S. market and hiring a sales force. AirXpanders also said it plans to complete its expansion of commercial manufacturing capacity in Costa Rica. “Following receipt of FDA de novo clearance in December 2016, ...
Source: Mass Device - January 27, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Funding Roundup Implants Surgical Women's Health AirXpanders Source Type: news

AirXpanders wins de novo FDA clearance for AeroForm breast tissue expander
AirXpanders (ASX:AXP) said yesterday it won FDA de novo clearance for its AeroForm tissue expander system designed for breast reconstruction procedures, and announced it is preparing to launch the device in the U.S. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company’s AeroForm tissue expander is designed for use in post-mastectomy breast reconstructions to expand and stretch the skin and underlying muscle prior to a permanent breast implant. “While approximately 70% of women who opt for reconstructive surgery undergo tissue expansion to prepare a space for breast implants, little progress has been made with regard to tis...
Source: Mass Device - December 22, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cosmetic/Aesthetic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health AirXpanders Source Type: news

In Costa Rica, from teen mom to girls ’ rights advocate
Language EnglishGUANACASTE, Costa Rica –When Hillary Bustos G ómez found herself pregnant at 16, she was not prepared for the challenges ahead. “The first months were the hardest. I couldn’t get used to the idea. ‘What am I going to do with a baby, all by myself? This cannot be happening to me’,” said Hillary, now 18.At least, she hoped, she and her boyfriend would raise their son, Mateo, together. “In the beginning everything was rosy, but things got worse over time. I never thought he would leave me,” she admitted. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Three Killed in Late-Season Hurricane Otto; Costa Rica Evacuates Thousands
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Late-season storm Otto strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday as civil defense officials reported three deaths in Panama amid heavy rain and Costa Rica ordered the evacuation of 4,000 people from its Caribbean coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Otto was likely to gain strength as it headed for an expected Thursday afternoon landfall around the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border. It could become the first hurricane to make landfall in Costa Rica since reliable record-keeping began in 1851. The storm caused heavy rains in Panama as it moved off that nation's northern coast, and officials blamed O...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 22, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Major Incidents Source Type: news

In rough times, some reasons for optimism: lessons from Latin America on REDD+
This article provides a summary of some important emerging lessons to date on REDD+ from the Latin American region. REDD+ has already proven to be successful, but under certain conditions A number of lessons on REDD+ can be learnt from the agreement between Norway and Brazil. First, REDD+ can achieve measurable results. While the deforestation trend in the Latin American country picked up a bit recently, the decrease from historical deforestation trends is clear. Second, a minimum level of readiness is required. Brazil had the in-house capacities on policy design, policy implementation, monitoring, and enforcement. If the...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Climate Change in the Classrooms
On 4 November, the Paris Climate Change Agreement came into force -- just three days before the official opening of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco. The speed of this entry into force speaks to the urgency of the issues at stake. The name of the game is clear -- we need to move from paper to action as quickly as possible. Mitigating the impacts of climate change calls for new efforts to contain emissions and prevent further drastic consequences, which we have seen affecting women and men in societies across the world, including migr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Nobel Peace Laureates Warn: Trump Presidency Would Bring Grave Risks
This article is cross-posted on TheCommunity,com -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Smith & Nephew opens $55m plant in Costa Rica
Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) said last week it opened a new $55 million orthopedic device manufacturing facility in Costa Rica. The new facility is expected to add 250 jobs, lifting the employment numbers for the company in the country up to 1,950. “The Government of Costa Rica is pleased to inaugurate the new plant of Smith & Nephew in Coyol, with a capacity to expand the operation by up to 250 new employees. This is the result of the effort of the country to reinforce the conditions to compete and the alliance we have with business and productive sectors. Costa Rica is a stable and growing economy, with low in...
Source: Mass Device - November 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Orthopedics Smith & Nephew Source Type: news

This Bird's Stunning Plumage Is Visible Only In The Right Light
Here’s one little bird that lives up to its billing. The fiery-throated hummingbird has plumage that’s mostly green and blue, but its throat is red, orange and yellow. You know, like a flame. The species lives in the mountains of Costa Rica and Panama, where it feeds on nectar and the occasional insect or spider. These photos were taken last April by Jess Findlay, a 24-year-old nature photographer from Vancouver, Canada. He explained the encounter in an email to The Huffington Post: “Several of these beautiful hummingbirds were visiting a nectar feeder at about 2,700-meter elevation in the Talamanca Moun...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Jaguar scat study suggests restricted movement in areas of conservation importance in Mesoamerica
(American Museum of Natural History) A research group led by the American Museum of Natural History and global wild cat conservation organization Panthera has published the largest gene-based survey of its kind on wild jaguar populations in Mesoamerica. The analysis is based on nearly 450 jaguar scat samples collected in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. This work identifies areas of conservation concern for Mesoamerican jaguars and underscores the importance of large-scale genetic monitoring efforts for this near-threatened, and elusive, carnivore species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 26, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Drones to deliver drugs in remote Costa Rica
Plans to pilot the drones in eight isolated towns aims to reduce waiting time from days to 45 minutes. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - October 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Boston Scientific details Malaysia expansion plans
Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) is expanding into Penang, Malaysia with a new 375,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, according to a report from the New Straits Times. The venture marks the Marlborough, Mass.-based company’s 1st foray into manufacturing in the Asia Pacific region, according to the report, and will be an essential part in the company’s expansion into the area. The new facility will be located in the Batu Kawan Industrial Park, with an expected completion date in the 4th quarter of 2017. The facility is slated to manufacture cardiology and endoscopy devices, and cater to the needs of the re...
Source: Mass Device - October 17, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Boston Scientific Source Type: news

Make the Diagnosis: Flu Symptom Surprise
(MedPage Today) -- Case Findings: A 26-year-old man went to his primary care physician with a sudden onset of flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, muscle aches, pleuritic chest pain, and a dry cough. He remarked that he felt terrible, but at least he had been healthy 2 weeks ago, when he and his girlfriend were vacationing in Costa Rica. He pulled out his phone and started sharing pictures of their spelunking trip - stalactites, stalagmites, and bats. What is your diagnosis? (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 11, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Viveve wins FDA 510(k) for its Viveve System
Viveve (NSDQ:VIVE said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Viveve System, now cleared for use in general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis. The company’s Viveve System is designed as a non-surgical treatment for post-partum laxity of the vaginal introitus. “FDA 510(k) clearance for the Viveve System represents a major milestone in our efforts to bring this safe and effective technology to patients in the United States who can benefit from it. We are grateful to all of the clinicians and researchers who have supported the development of the Viveve System over the past seve...
Source: Mass Device - October 6, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Viveve Source Type: news

Low back pain among office workers in three Spanish-speaking countries: findings from the CUPID study - Campos-Fumero A, Delclos GL, Douphrate DI, Felknor SA, Vargas-Prada S, Serra C, Coggon D, Gimeno Ruiz de Porras D.
OBJECTIVES: To assess the differences in the prevalence and incidence of low back pain (LBP) and associated disability among office workers in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Spain. METHODS: Data were collected at baseline (n=947, 93% response) in Novemb... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

New UN S-G Must Realize That Climate Change Threatens Our World
The task facing the next United Nations Secretary-General will not be an easy one. The world seems to be teetering on the edge of multiple, interconnected crises including conflict in Syria, tensions around Ukraine, and disputes over water and land resource issues. All of this at a time when we are seeing the biggest movement of people since World War II. In the public debates the candidates for the next UN Secretary-General have participated in, they've shown that they can list what will be in their in-tray, but few have acknowledged the common thread running through many of these crises and challenges: the impact of a ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse
After the famous toucan received a prosthetic replacement, it's story has helped spark a national movement against harming animals in Costa Rica, where a new anti-abuse bill is also gaining traction. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carrie Kahn Source Type: news

Costa Rica registers first microcephaly birth linked to Zika
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica has registered its first case of a baby born with microcephaly linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's health ministry said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Viveve lands S. Korea regulatory clearance for Viveve System
Viveve (NSDQ:VIVE) said today it won regulatory approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in South Korea for its Viveve non-surgical treatment for post-partum laxity of the vaginal introitus. The company said it already inked an exclusive distribution partnership in South Korea with JOYMG, a medical device distributor in the region. “The receipt of market approval in South Korea represents another important milestone in our commercialization of the Viveve System in Asia and our quest to make this clinically proven treatment available to the millions of women around the world who are living wit...
Source: Mass Device - August 5, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Viveve Source Type: news

Lifestyle Medicine: Blue Zones Of Soulful Data, Stories, And Social Networks
More than 35.7% of American adults are considered to be obese. About 75 million American adults have high blood pressure. Approximately thirty-four percent of Americans have high low-density lipoproteins. These grim and disheartening statistics- as showcased in the obesity prevalence maps below- paint a somber picture of not only the current obesity pandemic here in the United States but the shape of our health and well-being as a whole. In a compounding effect, the impact of Westernized culture, digital technology, convenience foods, and sedentarianism have played a potent and negative role in the widespread global upsurg...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Stem Cells Announces Formal Inaugural for Clinica Biomaster in...
Global Stem Cells Group has launched its Costa Rica operations with an inauguration and symposium at Clinica Biomaster, the company’s new stem cell center in Escazú, Costa Rica.(PRWeb July 28, 2016)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/GlobalStemCellsGroup/CostaRicaInaugural/prweb13582670.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - July 28, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow motion pace
Scientists set out to measure the energetics of wild two- and three-toed sloths at a field site in in northeastern Costa Rica. The purpose of the study was to help explain why arboreal folivores are indeed so rare and why more animals have not evolved to take advantage of a widespread ecological niche. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow motion pace
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers set out to measure the energetics of wild two- and three-toed sloths at a field site in in northeastern Costa Rica. The purpose of the study was to help explain why arboreal folivores are indeed so rare and why more animals have not evolved to take advantage of a widespread ecological niche. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 20, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news