Global Austerity Alert: Looming Budget Cuts in 2021-25 and Alternatives
Map of countries with projected austerity cuts in 2021-2022, in terms of GDP, based on IMF fiscal projections. Credit: I. Ortiz and M. Cummins, 2021By Isabel Ortiz and Matthew CumminsNEW YORK and NAIROBI, Apr 15 2021 (IPS) Last week Ministers of Finance met virtually at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to discuss policies to tackle the pandemic and socio-economic recovery. But a global study just published by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, international trade unions and civil society organizations, sounds an alert of an emerging austerity shock: Mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Isabel Ortiz and Matthew Cummins Tags: Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
A deadly fungus is killing frogs, but the bacteria on their skin could protect them
(Microbiology Society) Researchers in Costa Rica have found that some bacteria on the skin of amphibians prevent growth of the fungus responsible for what has been dubbed 'the amphibian apocalypse'. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 3, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news
COVID-19 ’s Social & Economic Fallout Hits Women Harder
A profound shock to our societies and economies, the COVID-19 pandemic underscores society’s reliance on women both on the front line and at home, while simultaneously exposing structural inequalities across every sphere. Responding to the pandemic is not just about rectifying long-standing inequalities, but also about building a resilient world in the interest of everyone with women at the centre of recovery. Credit: United NationsBy Constanza TabbushUNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 2021 (IPS) With over 90 million confirmed cases and 1.9 million deaths globally, and a second wave sweeping into 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic cont...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Constanza Tabbush Tags: Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Peace TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news
Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ceylan Yeginsu Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Travel and Vacations Quarantines Quarantine (Life and Culture) Budget Travel Medicine and Health Surgery and Surgeons United States Mexico Costa Rica Europe medical tourism pandemic Source Type: news
Climate change doesn't spare the smallest
(University of Pennsylvania) With a combined century of experience in the tropics, the University of Pennsylvania's Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs have seen a striking contraction of insect numbers and diversity. They share new data suggesting that climate change is the culprit and a way to protect the survivors: a bioliteracy program that aims to educate Costa Rican residents about the diversity around them and empower them to conserve it. It's a model they hope catches on and spreads around the globe. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 14, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Keeping Climate Ambition Alive: Challenges Remain but Signs of Progress Abound
By Pablo Vieira SamperWASHINGTON DC, Dec 3 2020 (IPS) For those of us in the international climate action community, 2020 isn’t ending the way we expected when we rang in the new year. Even before 2020 dawned, countries were hard at work planning for their first updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in line with the Paris Agreement’s five-year NDC revision cycle. NDCs are official statements, prepared by countries themselves, outlining the commitments they are making to reduce national emissions and adapt to climate change’s impacts. They are at the heart of putting the Paris Agreement into ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Pablo Vieira Samper Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Global Green Economy Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment NDC Partnership Source Type: news
Amphibian die-offs worsened malaria outbreaks in Central America
(American Geophysical Union) The global collapse of frogs and other amphibians due to the amphibian chytrid fungus exacerbated malaria outbreaks in Costa Rica and Panama during the 1990s and 2000s, according to new research. The findings provide the first evidence that amphibian population declines have directly affected human health and show how preserving biodiversity can benefit humans as well as local ecosystems. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
UN Special Session on COVID-19 Must Recognize Right to Health & Access to Vaccines
A healthcare worker at a testing facility collects samples for the coronavirus at Mimar Sinan State Hospital, Buyukcekmece district in Istanbul, Turkey. Credit: UNDP Turkey/Levent KuluBy Riccardo PetrellaBRUSSELS, Nov 30 2020 (IPS) The holding of this Special Session (the 37th in the history of the UN) is of considerable importance. It is a unique opportunity to define and implement joint actions at the global level to fight the pandemic in order to ensure the right to life and health for all the inhabitants of the Earth. As the President of the UN General Assembly wrote in his letter of convocation: “Let us not forg...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Riccardo Petrella Tags: Development & Aid Education Featured Global Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
Whether Californians vote may hinge on race, ethnicity, UCLA health survey finds
Ballots have been rolling in ahead of Election Day, but a big question remains: How many people will ultimately vote? According to data from the latestCalifornia Health Interview Survey, or CHIS, an estimated 2.8 million eligible Californians never vote in national, state or local elections, and 7.7 million only vote sometimes — which could potentially leave more than 10 million ballots uncast. The findings on voter participation and other demographic and health-related topics are part of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research ’s annual CHIS data release, which takes place online&...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 29, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
What Developing Countries Can Teach Us About How To Respond To a Pandemic
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post What Developing Countries Can Teach Us About How To Respond To a Pandemic appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
Counting the species: how DNA barcoding is rewriting the book of life
We do not know how many species live on Earth. Barcoding could change that – and open the way for incredible discoveries Support Guardian journalism today, by making asingle or recurring contribution, orsubscribingGuanacaste conservation area in north-west Costa Rica is the most DNA barcoded place on Earth. On its western frontier, jaguars hunt turtles from the mangrove swamps that line the Pacific coast. Endangered spider monkeys swing through dry tropical forest, the remnants of a rapidly disappearing ecosystem that once ran from northern Mexico to Panama.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 7, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Greenfield Tags: Biodiversity Costa Rica Endangered species Insects Environment Genetics Biology Animals Conservation Science Wildlife Americas World news Source Type: news
Scientists Discover A Way To Prevent Illegal Trade Of Turtle Eggs
Wildlife poachers sometimes steal sea turtle eggs from their nests on Costa Rican beaches. Now scientists have a way to fight back: decoy eggs embedded with GPS trackers. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Colors, Youth and Afro Descendant Power
SAN JOS É, Costa Rica - Speaking with Leonela is refreshing and inspiring. At 22, she has that youthful attitude of wanting to embrace the world and make the best out of everything. “I studied sociology and I have always been interested in getting involved in extracurricular activities and volunteering to enhance my knowledge,” she explains. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news
Coronavirus live news: hospitalisations of 15 to 49-year-olds rising, says WHO; 9,784 new cases in France
Average age of people infected with Covid-19 is coming down, says WHO expert;third-highest new caseload in France;local lockdowns in Madrid‘It’s getting worse by the day’: India’s Covid battle rages onWhy Covid may have already peaked in many African countriesSweden spared European surge as infections stay low‘I up-played it’: Trump disputes own admission on pandemicUS coronavirus updates – live7.28pmBST Latin America has started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic still requires major control interventions, theWorld Health Organization regi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Lucy Campbell (now); Kevin Rawlinson, Haroon Siddique, Amy Walker and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news UK news US news Australia news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news
‘A Hail Mary’: Psychedelic Therapy Draws Veterans to Jungle Retreats
Ayahuasca, a vomit-inducing hallucinogenic brew, draws thousands of people each year — including former soldiers — to jungle retreats that have become an unlicensed and unregulated mental health marketplace. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ernesto Londo ño and Adam Ferguson Tags: Alternative and Complementary Medicine Therapy and Rehabilitation Drug Abuse and Traffic Mental Health and Disorders Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Veterans Depression (Mental) Antidepressants Veterans Affairs Department Costa Rica Ama Source Type: news
Tourism Trauma and COVID-19
By External SourceAug 21 2020 (IPS-Partners) Pandemic-related lockdowns, flight cancellations, and border closures may be putting a crimp on summer vacation plans. However, the precipitous drop in tourism will have an outsized impact on countries that rely on foreign travelers—with potentially large-scale effects on their economies’ national accounts. Costa Rica, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, and Thailand could be among the hardest hit with losses in tourism proceeds exceeding 3 percent of GDP, according to the IMF’s recently released 2020 External Sector Report. The chart calculates direct tourism impacts ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news
Call for Urgent Action by 275 World Leaders on Global Education Emergency In Face of Covid19
Credit: UNICEF Mali / DickoBy External SourceNEW YORK, Aug 18 2020 (IPS) We write to call for urgent action to address the global education emergency triggered by COVID-19. With over 1 billion children still out of school because of the lockdown, there is now a real and present danger that the public health crisis will create a COVID generation who lose out on schooling and whose opportunities are permanently damaged. While the more fortunate have had access to alternatives, the world’s poorest children have been locked out of learning, denied internet access, and with the loss of free school meals – once a lif...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news
Put Climate at the Heart of COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plans
By Pablo Vieira SamperWASHINGTON DC, Jun 29 2020 (IPS) Cast your mind back. Six months ago—it seems like a lifetime—the world’s attention was on Madrid. The United Nations was meeting to take stock of international progress in fighting climate change. Headlines were dominated by young people pointing out—rightly—that governments were still not doing enough. They demanded urgent and ambitious action to cut emissions and help the most vulnerable. Pablo Vieira SamperFast forward to today. A then-unheard-of disease has swept around the world, with a death toll of almost half a million and climbin...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Pablo Vieira Samper Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Global Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news
Sweden-Costa Rica: Same Paths on Climate Change, Different on COVID-19
Cloud forest in Costa Rica. Credit: Germán Miranda/IPSBy René Castro Salazar and Brian HarrisROME/SANTIAGO, Jun 24 2020 (IPS) The lack of a coordinated international response had led to varying results worldwide in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Two countries that have long coordinated their response to global goals like promotion on democracy, human rights and environmental issues, Sweden and Costa Rica highlight how public policy matters. While with their similar approaches to climate change the two walk together, their different approaches to COVID-19 have reaped disparate results, and death tolls. Us...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ren é Castro Salazar and Brian Harris Tags: Climate Change Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
Costa Rica to halt reopening of economy as virus cases rise – as it happened
Country hits grisly milestone as WHO says pandemic is entering ‘new and dangerous phase’Coronavirus live news: Brazil passes 1 million cases as Australia seeks to prevent second wave12.38amBSTWe are closing this blog down now but you can continue to seelive coverage on our new blog here. Thanks for reading.Related:Coronavirus live news: Brazil passes 1 million cases as Australia seeks to prevent second wave12.37amBSTHere are the most recent updates globally:Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 19, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Slawson (now), and Nazia Parveen, Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news US news UK news Australia news China Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news
Women leaders take action for women and children during COVID-19
Women leaders from countries ranging from Estonia, New Zealand, Senegal and Costa Rica (full list below) convened to take action to protect some of the most vulnerable communities around the world in the context of COVID-19 and highlight the unique role of women and adolescents in responding to the pandemic. Meeting at a high-level roundtable event organized byEvery Woman Every Child (EWEC) alongsideThe Partnership for Maternal, Newborn& Child Health (PMNCH) andWomen Deliver, the leaders agreed that the pandemic represents an unprecedented threat to the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents worldwide...
Source: WHO Maternal, Newborn and Child Health - May 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: child health [subject], children's health, children, young child, child Source Type: news
5 reasons Costa Rica is winning plaudits for fighting COVID-19: a Resident Coordinator ’s blog
Costa Rica is winning plaudits for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alice Shackleford, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica, and WHO Representative María Dolores Pérez-Rosales, explain why the small Central American country is managing to keep the number of cases down, and its population healthy. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Costa Rica seeks unity for COVID fight as WHO assembly looms
Costa Rica’s president says the novel coronavirus can only be defeated if countries shun nationalism and aren’t “selfish.” (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
Truck drivers test positive for virus at Costa Rica border
Costa Rican officials say that in the week since they began testing truck drivers entering the country from Nicaragua and Panama, 23 who were asymptomatic have tested positive and others who showed symptoms were turned away without tests (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
Costa Rica and El Salvador clash over coronavirus testing numbers
A coronavirus war of words broke out between Costa Rica and El Salvador after Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele accused the fellow Central American country of massaging its statistics by deliberately carrying out fewer tests for the virus. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Emergency response times and crash risk: an analysis framework for Costa Rica - Picado-Aguilar G, Aguero-Valverde J.
Background About 48% of the deaths due to motor vehicle crashes in Costa Rica occurred on the site of the accident, which could be attributed to an immediate death, or to a delayed response by the emergency systems. It is expected that improving the emerg... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Costa Rica pushes back coronavirus, reducing current cases
While parts of Latin America enter the toughest phase of the coronavirus pandemic, Costa Rica has for the past week reported a steady fall in the number of people currently infected, in a sign the country's approach to the crisis may be paying off. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Latin America Has Weak Defences Against the Pandemic
This article includes reporting by Ivet González in Havana, Mario Osava in Rio de Janeiro, and Orlando Milesi in Santiago. The post Latin America Has Weak Defences Against the Pandemic appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Humberto Marquez Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Population Regional Categories Coronavirus COVID-19 ECLAC Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Poverty World Health Organ Source Type: news
Costa Rica raises coronavirus cases to nine, including three Americans
Costa Rica raised to nine the tally of people infected with coronavirus in its territory, up from five a day earlier, the government said Sunday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Costa Rica confirms first coronavirus case in Central America
Costa Rica's government on Friday said it confirmed its first case of coronavirus, in a 49-year-old woman from the United States who is in the Central American nation with her husband. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Ukrainians Hurl Stones at China Evacuees En Route to Quarantine Amid Coronavirus Fears
(NOVI SANZHARY, Ukraine) — Ukraine’s effort to quarantine more than 70 people evacuated from China over the new virus outbreak plunged into chaos Thursday as local residents opposing the move hurled stones at the evacuees and clashed with police. Officials deplored the violence and the country’s health minister pledged to share evacuees’ quarantine for two weeks in a bid to reassure protesters who fear they’ll be infected. Buses carrying evacuees were finally able to reach the designated place of quarantine after hours of clashes. The masked evacuees, exhausted by the long journey, were peekin...
Source: TIME: Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dmytro Vlasov and Yuras Karmanau / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime Ukraine Source Type: news
Fayer Chronicles Her Journey in Medtech to Improve Women ’s Health
Marissa Fayer, a 20-year medtech executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropist stopped in to speak with MD+DI about the changes she has seen in healthcare and how women have helped shaped the medtech industry. She is the CEO and founder of non-profit HERHealthEQ and the president of advisory firm Fayer Consulting LLC,. MD+DI:Â Youâve made a tremendous impact in the healthcare industry â but tell me what led you to this field? Also, when you started your career how did the landscape in the profession look? Was it particularly diverse? How has it changed since you first started? Y...
Source: MDDI - February 11, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news
The adult mortality profile by cause of death in 10 Latin American countries (2000-2016) - Calazans JA, Queiroz BL.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the adult mortality profile from eight causes of death in 10 Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay) from 2000 to 2016. METHODS: The cause of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news
Caterpillar loss in tropical forest linked to extreme rain, temperature events
(University of Nevada, Reno) Using a 22-year dataset of plant-caterpillar-parasitoid interactions collected within a patch of protected Costa Rican lowland Caribbean forest, scientists report declines in caterpillar and parasitoid diversity and density that are paralleled by losses in an important ecosystem service: biocontrol of herbivores by parasitoids. The study by University of Nevada, Reno researchers, published in Scientific Reports, reveals distressing declines among common caterpillar genera and the ecosystem services provided by their natural enemies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 21, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Addressing severe mental illness rehabilitation in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru - Cubillos L, Mu ñoz J, Caballero J, Mendoza M, Pulido A, Carpio K, Udutha AK, Botero C, Borrero E, Rodríguez D, Cutipé Y, Emeny R, Schifferdecker K, Torrey WC.
This article presents an overview of current policies that aim to reform... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Reflections for a New Year
By Roberto SavioROME, Jan 3 2020 (IPS) In a world shaken by so many problems, it is difficult to look at 2020 and not make some kind of holistic analysis. While enormous progress has been made on many fronts, it is clear that the tide has turned, and we are now entering – or have already entered – a new low point in the history of humankind.. Roberto SavioToday, we face an unprecedented existential threat brought about by the climate crisis. According to scientists, we have until 2030 to stop climate change, after which human conditions will be under several threats. Yet, we have just had a world conference in...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roberto Savio Tags: Climate Change Democracy Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Financial Crisis Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
Costa Rica's president says therapeutic abortions will be allowed
Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Thursday issued a technical decree that will allow for therapeutic abortions in the Central American nation, despite opposition from religious and conservative political groups. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
What We Can Learn From the Near-Death of the Banana
The banana has been the subject of Andy Warhol’s cover art for the Velvet Underground’s debut album, can arguably be the most devastating item in the Mario Kart video game franchise and is one of the world’s most consumed fruits. And humanity’s love of bananas may still be on the rise, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. On average, says Chris Barrett, a professor of agriculture at Cornell University, citing that U.N. data, every person on earth chows down on 130 bananas a year, at a rate of nearly three a week. But the banana as we know it may also b...
Source: TIME: Science - November 18, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Anna Purna Kambhampaty Tags: Uncategorized Agriculture Source Type: news
Study: After trade deal, unhealthy foods flowed into Central America, Dominican Republic
(University at Buffalo) The study analyzes the availability of non-nutritious food in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic in the years after the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) was signed between those countries and the US, going into effect in 2006. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
UK and US place have fewer doctors than Costa Rica, Lithuania and Russia
A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development revealed that Greece, Austria and Portugal have the most doctors per head among developed countries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Italy ’s Olive-Oil Industry Sees Simmering Threats from Climate Change and Nasty Bacteria
By Eric RegulyROME, Nov 6 2019 (IPS) On a warm Saturday morning in late October, the silver-green leaves of the 200 productive olive trees on a rolling country property in Umbria, in central Italy, sparkled in the brilliant sun. Fausto Venturi, a local farmer who devotes autumn weekends to making olive oil, could not have been happier. The weather was perfect for harvesting the Moraiolo olives. The small, round green fruit is indigenous to Umbria and Tuscany, prized by olive growers for its high yield and among connoisseurs for the oil’s gorgeous emerald-green colour and fruity aroma, with hints of artichokes and he...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Eric Reguly Tags: Climate Change Development & Aid Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
These U.N. Climate Scientists Think They Can Halt Global Warming for $300 Billion. Here ’s How
$300 billion. That’s the money needed to stop the rise in greenhouse gases and buy up to 20 years of time to fix global warming, according to United Nations climate scientists. It’s the gross domestic product of Chile, or the world’s military spending every 60 days. The sum is not to fund green technologies or finance a moonshot solution to emissions, but to use simple, age-old practices to lock millions of tons of carbon back into an overlooked and over-exploited resource: the soil. “We have lost the biological function of soils. We have got to reverse that,” said Barron J. Orr, lead scientis...
Source: TIME: Science - October 24, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Adam Majendie and Pratik Parija / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg climate change onetime overnight Source Type: news
Nine Latin American and Caribbean countries adopt the ‘San José Commitment’ on the rights of people of African descent
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – This Friday, representatives of nine governments in Latin America and the Caribbean adopted adeclaration to accelerate the fulfilment of the rights of people of African descent in the region. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news
Venom characterization of the bark scorpion Centruroides edwardsii (Gervais 1843): Composition, biochemical activities and in vivo toxicity for potential prey - D íaz C, Rivera J, Lomonte B, Bonilla F, Diego-Garcia E, Camacho E, Tytgat J, Sasa M.
In this study, we characterize the venom of Centruroides edwardsii, one of the most abundant scorpions in urban and rural areas of Costa Rica, in terms of its biochemical constituents and their biological activities. C. edwardsii venom is rich in peptides ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news
A New World? Are the Americas Returning to Old Problems?
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Sep 12 2019 (IPS) When I in 1980 first arrived in America it was a new world to me. I went from New York to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and like so many visitors and migrants before me I was overwhelmed by both familiar and strange impressions. Familiar due to books I had read and movies I had seen, strange since I encountered unexpected things and new because both I and several of those I met compared themselves to the “old world”, i.e. Euroasia and parts of Africa. A sense of uniqueness, admiration for an assumed freshness and difference, can be discerned in the wri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
Dental tourism — bargain dentistry and a vacation to boot
More people are taking a trip to beautiful Costa Rica to cut the bill for their teeth, and perhaps get a tan. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Salmon Source Type: news
Has a space age spa in Churchill's wine cellar really found the secret to longer life?
FIONA GOLFAR: Last week I was cycling through the Costa Rican jungle. I could have gone to Venice, LA or New York, but the lush, green jungle appealed more. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Revolutionary method could bring us much closer to the description of hyperdiverse faunas
(Pensoft Publishers) Largely relying on DNA barcoding, rather than traditional practices, a simplified diagnostics method for species description could be the key to revealing Earth's biodiversity before much of it goes extinct. Proposed by a US-Canadian research team in a new publication in the open-access journal Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, the approach is demonstrated in practice with the description of 18 new to science species of parasitic wasps, recently discovered from the Á rea de Conservaci ó n Guanacaste, Costa Rica. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 25, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Tainted alcohol suspected of killing at least 19 in Costa Rica
The government has confiscated about 30,000 bottles of alcohol suspected to be poisoned with methanol (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
19 Deaths in Costa Rica Tied to Tainted Alcohol, Officials Say
Health officials confiscated 30,000 bottles of alcohol and suspect the deaths were caused by methanol poisoning. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Heather Murphy Tags: Alcoholic Beverages Costa Rica Poisoning and Poisons Deaths (Fatalities) Counterfeit Merchandise Source Type: news