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 7, 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 25, 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

Calgary Scientific debuts ResolutionMD in Taiwan
Imaging software developer Calgary Scientific said that its ResolutionMD imaging...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Calgary Scientific adds VP for services Calgary Scientific brings ResolutionMD to Costa Rica Calgary Scientific brings ResolutionMD to Turkey Calgary Scientific signs Intermountain Healthcare Calgary Scientific taps new CTO (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 19, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

New venomous snake discovered in Costa Rica
(University of Central Florida) An international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake.The newly discovered Talamancan Palm-Pitviper is a striking green-and-black snake living in some of the most remote regions of Costa Rica. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 18, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Viveve inks Latin American distribution deals
Viveve (NSDQ:VIVE) said today it inked 6 new distribution deals to expand the availability of its Viveve non-surgical treatment for post-partum laxity of the vaginal introitus to 14 Latin American countries. The women’s health company said it inked deals with Sirex S.A., Torregal, Alphaeon Columbia S.A.S., Vitre-Tech, Coolmed S.A., Adenor S.A. and MARC Group International to bring the system to Argentina, Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. “The Latin American region represents one of the world’s largest markets for aesthetic medical ...
Source: Mass Device - July 5, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Distribution Women's Health Viveve Source Type: news

Zika Fears Prompt Searches For Abortion Alternatives, Study Finds
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, June 22 (Reuters) - Fearing the effects of the Zika virus on their unborn children, pregnant women in Latin America increasingly have sought out abortion pills online from a nonprofit aid agency, a new study has found. The research, published on Wednesday as a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first to measure the response of pregnant women to Zika warnings in countries where abortion is limited or banned. First detected in Brazil last year, the current Zika outbreak has been linked to more than 1,400 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect that can lead to severe develo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Calgary Scientific brings ResolutionMD to Costa Rica
Advanced visualization software developer Calgary Scientific's ResolutionMD...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Calgary Scientific brings ResolutionMD to Turkey Calgary Scientific signs Intermountain Healthcare Calgary Scientific taps new CTO Calgary Scientific teams with Data Distributing Calgary Scientific to show education tool at RSNA 2015 (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 22, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Latin American Medical Cannabis Conference in Costa Rica Offers...
San Jose, Costa Rica will be the site of the Latin American Medical Cannabis Conference, July 28-29th at the Crown Plaza Hotel,. Top- level Cannabis industry speakers, from the U.S., Colombia,...(PRWeb June 22, 2016)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/06/prweb13497900.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 22, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Got Science? The Best Way to Boost US Clean Energy (That You've Never Heard of)
Photo: Lance Cheung For four days this May, Portugal's 10.5 million residents relied entirely on clean energy to power their homes and businesses; Portuguese wind, solar, and hydropower facilities supplied enough juice to power the nation for a record 107 hours straight. On an unusually blustery day last year, Denmark's wind farms supplied 140 percent of that nation's electricity demand. And tiny Costa Rica derived 99 percent of its energy from renewables in 2015. Stories like these make many clean energy-minded Americans jealous. Federal action on wind and solar in the United States has been historically slow and inade...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 9, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

AirXpanders raises $15m, taps medtech vet Murcray for CFO-COO role
AirXpanders (ASX:AXP) said today that it raised $14.9 million (A$20 million) for its AeroForm tissue expander and tapped medical device veteran Scott Murcray to be its CFO/COO. Palo Alto, Calif.-based AirXpanders said the over-subscribed private placement of nearly 8.8 million shares at 56.8¢ apiece (A76¢) included both new and existing institutional investors. The proceeds are earmarked for expanding AeroForm’s commercial footprint in Australia and prepping the sales & marketing for a U.S. launch during the 1st quarter next year. AirXpanders said it’s also transferring its manufact...
Source: Mass Device - June 8, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cosmetic/Aesthetic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Funding Roundup Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat AirXpanders Personnel Moves Source Type: news

Fresenius, Smiths in the hunt for Pfizer’s $1.5B infusion pump biz
Germany’s Fresenius (NYSE:FMS) and Britain’s Smiths Group (LON:SMIN) have emerged as the final bidders for Pfizer‘s (NYSE:PFE) infusion pump business, inherited via the Big Pharma’s September 2015 purchase of Hospira for $15 billion. The winning bid is expected to be around $1.5 billion, according to Reuters. Private equity firm Pamplona Capital Management was also interested and reportedly made a 2nd-round bid in April, when the estimated price tag for unit was $2 billion, according to Bloomberg. During the 1st 3 quarters of 2014, Hospira’s medication management ...
Source: Mass Device - June 7, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Varun Saxena Tags: Drug Pumps Mergers & Acquisitions Wall Street Beat Fresenius Medical Care Hospira Inc. Pfizer Inc. Smiths Group plc Source Type: news

Costa Rica confirms microcephaly birth, possible Zika link
SAN JOSE (Reuters) - A Salvadoran woman suspected of being infected with the Zika virus has given birth in Costa Rica to a baby girl that tested positive for microcephaly, a rare birth defect, authorities said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Faces of adult congenital heart disease: Marathoner, mom, researcher
Most people with congenital heart disease (CHD) are diagnosed at birth. But Dr. Kornelia “Nelly” Polyak found out about her condition in medical school. After a lesson on cardiology, the teacher demonstrated an EKG on Nelly. Everyone was surprised by the abnormal result, and an echocardiogram confirmed that Nelly had CHD. “I didn’t believe it at first. I was active, otherwise healthy, and felt fine — how could I have a heart problem,” says Nelly, who modestly describes herself as “more active than most people.” Soon she learned she had an atrioventricular canal defect (ASVD),...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 19, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Adult Congenital Heart Program at Boston Children’s congenital heart disease Dr. Michael Landzberg Dr. Sitaram Emani Source Type: news

Volcanic Eruption in Costa Rica
Infrared camera footage captured the Turrialba Volcano erupting on Wednesday. The volcano is located about 30 miles from Costa Rica’s capital, San José. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Volcanoes Video Recordings, Downloads and Streaming Volcano Corporation Costa Rica Source Type: news

NN/LM SCR introduces our Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator: Myriam Martinez-Banuelos
Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, has been instrumental in helping establish the new office in Fort Worth.  Prior to transferring to the RML, she served as the Outreach Librarian for the UNT Health Science Center and has been developing outreach programming and services within the designated Lewis Library 24 county outreach region. In this role, Myriam coordinated Lewis Library’s NN/LM Resource Library Outreach subcontract award and was able to develop new partnerships that allowed Lewis Library to extend its programming to reach Hispanic communities. Some exampl...
Source: Network News - May 12, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Lisa Smith Tags: General (all entries) Outreach Source Type: news

NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator: Myriam Martinez-Banuelos
Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, has been instrumental in helping establish the new office in Fort Worth.  Prior to transferring to the RML, she served as the Outreach Librarian for the UNT Health Science Center and has been developing outreach programming and services within the designated Lewis Library 24 county outreach region. In this role, Myriam coordinated Lewis Library’s NN/LM Resource Library Outreach subcontract award and was able to develop new partnerships that allowed Lewis Library to extend its programming to reach Hispanic communities. Some exampl...
Source: Network News - May 12, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Lisa Smith Tags: General (all entries) Outreach Source Type: news

Alive and Awake: 6 Mantras for Living the Dream
"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." Henry David Thoreau Walking on the beach in Costa Rica, surfboard in hand, after dropping my four kids at surf camp in a state of pure bliss, I feel so fully alive, giddy like a little kid coming out to play on a Saturday morning. I keep pinching myself, wondering, "Is this for real?" I am living the dream that I once thought was impossible to achieve. Fifteen years ago I was sharing a small cubicle, working 14 hours/day to save a bank money on pencils. I graduated from an elite business school and was hired to a top job in global management consultin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An unheralded story of medtech success – How Sapheon went from an idea on the back of a napkin to a $240 million exit to Covidien
Welcome to the Medsider interview series, a special new feature at MassDevice, which will appear regularly. All interviews are conducted by Scott Nelson, Founder of Medsider and Partnership Lead at Touch Surgery. We hope you enjoy them! I’ll be candid. This is an interview I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. During my time at Covidien, I considered myself fortunate to be involved with the acquisition of Sapheon, a startup company that manufactured a disruptive therapy for venous reflux. The more I learned about Sapheon through the diligence process (as well as the post-acquisition activities), the more enamo...
Source: Mass Device - April 15, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog medsider Source Type: news

Costa Rican man in hospital after using an 18-inch cassava root as a sex toy
Medics in San Jose, Costa Rica, were shocked to find an 18-inch long, three-inch thick, cassava root, carved into a phallic shape, stuck in a 55-year-old local man's anal cavity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dozens Injured in Costa Rica Train Collision
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Two small commuter trains collided head-on in this Central American capital Friday, sending dozens of people to the hospital. At least 50 people were injured, according to emergency workers, and some local media outlets said the number was more than 100. But no deaths were reported. The two-car trains were traveling at a low speed when they collided, according to a rail employee at the scene. Their front ends were crumpled, and some windows were broken. Officials said human error was most likely responsible for the crash, which took place on a curve about 300 yards (meters) from Costa Rica...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

Dozens Injured in Costa Rica Train Collision
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Two small commuter trains collided head-on in this Central American capital Friday, sending dozens of people to the hospital. At least 50 people were injured, according to emergency workers, and some local media outlets said the number was more than 100. But no deaths were reported. The two-car trains were traveling at a low speed when they collided, according to a rail employee at the scene. Their front ends were crumpled, and some windows were broken. Officials said human error was most likely responsible for the crash, which took place on a curve about 300 yards (meters) from Costa Rica...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

Dozens Injured in Costa Rica Train Collision
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Two small commuter trains collided head-on in this Central American capital Friday, sending dozens of people to the hospital. At least 50 people were injured, according to emergency workers, and some local media outlets said the number was more than 100. But no deaths were reported. The two-car trains were traveling at a low speed when they collided, according to a rail employee at the scene. Their front ends were crumpled, and some windows were broken. Officials said human error was most likely responsible for the crash, which took place on a curve about 300 yards (meters) from Costa Rica...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

Dozens Injured in Costa Rica Train Collision
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Two small commuter trains collided head-on in this Central American capital Friday, sending dozens of people to the hospital. At least 50 people were injured, according to emergency workers, and some local media outlets said the number was more than 100. But no deaths were reported. The two-car trains were traveling at a low speed when they collided, according to a rail employee at the scene. Their front ends were crumpled, and some windows were broken. Officials said human error was most likely responsible for the crash, which took place on a curve about 300 yards (meters) from Costa Rica...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

Dozens Injured in Costa Rica Train Collision
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Two small commuter trains collided head-on in this Central American capital Friday, sending dozens of people to the hospital. At least 50 people were injured, according to emergency workers, and some local media outlets said the number was more than 100. But no deaths were reported. The two-car trains were traveling at a low speed when they collided, according to a rail employee at the scene. Their front ends were crumpled, and some windows were broken. Officials said human error was most likely responsible for the crash, which took place on a curve about 300 yards (meters) from Costa Rica...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

Man has re-constructive surgery on his intestines after carving an 18-inch yucca plant into the shape of a penis and using it as a sex toy
Medics in San Jose, Costa Rica, were shocked to find an 18-inch long, three-inch thick, cassava root, carved into a phallic shape, stuck in a 55-year-old local man's anal cavity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meet The Endangered Species Act's Newest (And Cutest) Success Story
Green sea turtles are the latest success story of the Endangered Species Act, federal authorities said Tuesday. After "years of coordinated conservation efforts," turtles from breeding populations in Florida and the Pacific coast of Mexico will be reclassified from endangered to threatened, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Accomplishments in those areas "are a roadmap for further recovery strategies of green turtle populations around the world," Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries, said in a statement. "Ultim...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Tegra Medical receives Manufacturing Excellence Award from Worcester Business Journal
Tegra Medical is proud to announce that it has received the Manufacturing Excellence Award from the Worcester Business Journal. The eight recipients of this inaugural award were announced in its March 28, 2016 issue. “At Tegra Medical we understand that the community in which we live and work is integral to our success,” said J. Mark King, Tegra Medical CEO. “We are honored to be included in this group of esteemed Massachusetts manufacturing companies. Massachusetts has long been a place of manufacturing innovation that has changed the world, from the textile industry of the 1800s to the cutting-edge medi...
Source: Mass Device - March 29, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Tegra Medical Source Type: news

Gisele and Tom Brady's private chef reveals what the couple eat on vacation
Joanne Gerrard Young who cooks for the couple when they're staying in their house in Costa Rica says their diet consists of superfood smoothies, gazpacho and raw vegan desserts. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Miley Cyrus Demonstrates Impressive Yoga Skills In Instagram Videos
Miley Cyrus trades singing for stretching in her latest Instagram videos. The "Wrecking Ball" singer displayed some incredible yoga moves in a series of short, sped-up clips that document her morning routine. Donning a red sports bra and grey sweats, Cyrus looks like a bonafide pro.  "Gotta do yoga not for my body but for my mind!" Cyrus captioned one of her videos. "DO YOGA or GO CRAZY!"  Gotta do yoga not for my body but for my mind! DO YOGA or GO CRAZY! A video posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Mar 17, 2016 at 6:25am PDT starting da day right A video posted by Miley...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The CDC Makes One Big Change To Its Zika Virus Travel Warnings
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made one crucial update Friday to its travel warnings for the 37 countries and territories affected by Zika virus. Instead of issuing a blanket warning against entire countries, the CDC is adjusting their health notices to take into account the area’s elevation. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main mode of Zika virus transmission, does not generally live in areas that are 6,500 feet or more above sea level. This means women who are pregnant will likely not encounter a mosquito carrying Zika if they stay in high-elevation areas, although the agency notes that th...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Even plant-supporting soil fungi affected by global warming, study finds
On a cool, fog-shrouded mountain of Costa Rica, a biologist is finding that warming temperatures are becoming an increasing problem for one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 7, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Central American Universities Implement Standardized HIV Training for Health Workers
More than 20 higher education institutions across Central America have integrated a new HIV curriculum into their nursing, medical, or other health professional training programs thanks to IntraHealth International’s work on the USAID-funded Central America Capacity Project. The training curriculum—which covers a full range of HIV prevention and treatment services, including HIV counseling and testing, reduction of HIV stigma and discrimination, adherence to antiretroviral therapy, biosafety, and post-exposure prophylaxis—is the first of its kind in the region. IntraHealth International helped create this...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The Latest On Zika: Experts Are Divided Over Genetically Modified Mosquitos
The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with the birth defect have smaller heads and sometimes brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.    Zika is currently spreading through Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the high volume of news about the virus, it's tough to stay up-to-date. Check out our full coverage, or read our daily recaps. Here are four updates, opinions and developments to know about now:   1. ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report describes first known case of Zika in US resident returning from Costa Rica
(American College of Physicians) A report published in Annals of Internal Medicine describes the first known case of Zika virus in a US resident following travel to Costa Rica. The author discusses the traveler's symptoms, what his test results showed, and the health status of the family members who traveled with him. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 10, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zika virus infection – Region of the Americas
Between 27 and 30 January 2016, PAHO/WHO was notified of cases of Zika virus infection in Costa Rica, Curaçao, Jamaica and Nicaragua. On 27 January, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States reported of a case of Zika virus infection in a patient returning from Costa Rica. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 8, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: dengue [subject], dengue haemhorragic fever, dengue fever, dengue virus, risk assessment [subject], zika, zika, Costa Rica [country], Disease outbreak news [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

The Latest On Zika: New Countries Are Added To The CDC's Watch List
On Monday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added four countries and territories to its growing list of places with active Zika virus transmissions, which means that the cases occurred locally, rather than in travelers returning from a place where they acquired the virus. So far, no local cases of Zika have been reported in the United States.  The virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with the birth defect have smaller heads and brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in lif...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Pregnant Women Should Know About Zika Virus
On Monday, the World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern" due to the cluster of birth defects potentially linked to Zika virus.   No one is probably more concerned about this connection than the world’s pregnant women, especially those who are living in an area where there is ongoing Zika virus transmission. While the virus’ symptoms (fever, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis) are no cause for alarm and rarely require hospitalization, the disease is suspected of causing severe birth defects like microcephaly, when a baby is born with an abnormally sm...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Four Pillars of Longevity and Well-Being
by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition When I began my undergraduate years at the University of California-Berkeley, I chose cellular biology as my premed major. Enthused as I was with each course, I felt something was missing. Seeking an answer to my angst, I'd often take long, reflective walks around campus, through eucalyptus groves populated by cackling blue Steller's jays and verdant gardens punctuated by bright hibiscus and bougainvillea. And then it hit me: The answer was literally right under my nose. Gazing at the greenery around me, I realized h...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meet the First Hispanic American in Space
Growing up in Costa Rica, Franklin Chang Díaz and his friends would put chairs sideways inside a big cardboard box in his backyard and pretend it was a rocket ship. Sitting with their backs to the ground, they would go through the countdown, imitate the launch procedures they’d heard about and, in their minds, visit other planets in search of monsters to discover and adventures to pursue. Years later, Chang Díaz found himself in a similar position. This time, however, he was seated inside NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia instead of a cardboard box. And its launch 30 years ago Tuesday—on Jan. 12...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - January 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized People space Source Type: news

Costa Rica's Green Energy Feat Shows Hope For The Planet
Green energy beacons continue to pop up around the world -- from a small Scandinavian island to a Japanese resort town to other first-world enclaves such as Burlington, Vermont. But one source of lessons and inspiration in the transition to renewable energy may come as a bit of a surprise: a developing Central American country. As nearly 200 nations pledged to wean themselves off climate-disrupting fossil fuels earlier this month in Paris, Costa Rica was already well on its way -- proving, according to some experts, that major moves to stave off catastrophic climate change were indee...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news