Illicit vaccine sites irk Panamanians fed up with inequality
One Monday in June in an upscale neighborhood of Panama City, people noticed something odd: Strange cars were coming and going from the Coco del Mar Suites, a nondescript three-story residential building surrounded by luxury oceanside high-rises (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More intense predation in the tropics can limit marine invasions
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Smithsonian marine biologists and colleagues at Temple University tested predictions about biological invasions, first in Panama and then in an experiment of unprecedented geographic scale. Their results are published in companion papers in the journal Ecology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 25, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Panama expands the limits of the Coiba protected area
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) The new limits for the Cordillera de Coiba protected area were determined by a consulting team led by Hector Guzman, a marine biologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. With this action, Panama reaches the goal of the 30x30 Initiative nine years ahead of schedule, charting the course for other countries to follow. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 9, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

COVID-19 heightened menstruation challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean; action and investment needed
UNITED NATIONS, Panama City – The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life for people around the globe, including the way people experience and perceive menstruation. Latin America and the Caribbean region has been no exception. Movement restrictions coupled with the closure of health centres have affected access to sexual and reproductive health services, including care for menstruation-related disorders, such as endometriosis or migraines. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Russia ’s Sputnik Diplomacy
This article was originally published in the community blog Persuasion.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');   Excerpt: The writer is a journalist and managing editor of Armando.info, an investigative journalism site. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Valentina Lares Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Species losses on isolated Panamanian island show importance of habitat connectivity
(Oregon State University) Free from human disturbance for a century, an inland island in Central America has nevertheless lost more than 25% of its native bird species since its creation as part of the Panama Canal's construction, and scientists say the losses continue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 13, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Informed tourists make whale watching wafer for whales
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) How does whale watching affect whale behavior? Who watches whales in Panama's Las Perlas Archipelago? Researchers from STRI and ASU hope to recommend innovative data-based conservation strategies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 10, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Informed tourists make whale watching safer for whales
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) How does whale watching affect whale behavior? Who watches whales in Panama's Las Perlas Archipelago? Researchers from STRI and ASU hope to recommend innovative data-based conservation strategies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

18.5 million year old vine fossil identified as new species
(Cornell University) An 18.5 million-year-old fossil found in Panama provides evidence of a new species and is the oldest reliable example of a climbing woody vine known as a liana from the soapberry family. The discovery sheds light on the evolution of climbing plants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 7, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

SpaceX returns astronauts to Earth in rare night-time splashdown – video
SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first US crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot in 1968. The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, just before 3am, ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk ’s companySpaceX returns four astronauts to Earth in darknessContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 2, 2021 Category: Science Tags: Space SpaceX World news International Space Station Source Type: news

SpaceX returns four astronauts to Earth in darkness
Capsule parachutes into Gulf of Mexico at 3am, the first night-time US crew splashdown since 1968SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first US crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, just before 3am, ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk ’s company. It was an express trip home, lasting just six and a half hours.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 2, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Space SpaceX Science US news World news Source Type: news

Tracking how COVID-19 is changing life expectancy
As a demographer — someone who studies how human populations grow and change — UCLA professor of sociology Patrick Heuveline typically spends time each year traveling around the world, talking to people about their hopes for their families and their dreams for the future.“Demography is obviously all about numbers — but at its core, it’s about people’s lives,” he said.A big part of understanding demographics is understanding mortality, which is why in 2020 Heuveline ’s research took on a grim new reality. He began tracking worldwide COVID-19 deaths and interpreting what those ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 2, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

UN Leadership Necessary for Fairer Tax Cooperation
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 1 2021 (IPS) Illicit financial flows (IFFs) hurt all countries, both developed and developing. But poor countries suffer relatively more, accounting for nearly half the loss of world tax revenue. IFFs refer to cross-border movements of money and other financial assets obtained illegally at source, e.g., by corruption, smuggling, tax evasion, etc. This often involves trade mis-invoicing and transnational corporations’ (TNCs) transfer pricing via ‘creative’ accounting or book-keeping. Jomo Kwame SundaramStaggering revenue losses About ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

In Panama, nitrogen-fixing trees unlock phosphorus and other scarce nutrients
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) A new study, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals that nitrogen-fixing trees play an underrecognized role in recovering tropical forests by enriching nutrient-poor soils with scarce elements such as phosphorus and molybdenum. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 10, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Models to predict dengue, zika and yellow fever outbreaks are developed by researchers
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Scientists will monitor areas in which these diseases are endemic, such as S ã o Paulo, the Amazon, the Pantanal and Panama, to investigate the factors that trigger outbreaks (monkey being examined in Manaus á rea. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Crocodile evolution rebooted by Ice Age glaciations
(McGill University) Crocodiles are resilient animals from a lineage that has survived for over 200 million years. Skilled swimmers, crocodiles can travel long distances and live in freshwater to marine environments. But they can't roam far overland. American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are found in the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of the Neotropics but they arrived in the Pacific before Panama existed, according to researchers from McGill University. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 16, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

October-December eukaryotic genome annotations in Refseq
Since October, the NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline released new annotations in RefSeq for a large number of organisms. We’ve separated them by group; click on “details” to see the full list for each. Mammals Artibeus jamaicensis (Jamaican fruit-eating bat) Arvicola amphibius (Eurasian water vole) Balaenoptera musculus (Blue whale) Cebus imitator (Panamanian white-faced capuchin) Chlorocebus sabaeus … Continue reading October-December eukaryotic genome annotations in Refseq → (Source: NCBI Insights)
Source: NCBI Insights - January 28, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NCBI Staff Tags: What's New Eukaryotic genome annotation RefSeq Source Type: news

3 Ways Health Workers in Central America Are Delivering HIV Care during a Pandemic
By Claudia Guzm án A client received HIV medication at their home in Guatemala in August, 2017. Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International.December 14, 2020In Central America, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new barriers for people living with HIV to adhere to their antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen. People living with HIV face lack of transportation, reduced clinic hours and sites, and fear of going to clinics—all of which make it harder for them to continue taking their medication.So health workers from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama​ are using some new...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Health Workers Source Type: news

One-two punch: Sea urchins stuck belly-up in low-oxygen hot water
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Low oxygen seawater (hypoxia) may be more stressful to reef organisms than high water temperatures and ocean acidity, which are usually considered the most serious stressors associated with global change. Researchers at the Smithsonian in Panama test all three by flipping sea urchins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 9, 2020 Category: Biology 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

In Central America, Health Workers Keep HIV Services Available despite Dual Disasters
By Claudia Guzm án Photo by Trevor Snapp in El Salvador for IntraHealth International.December 01, 2020The COVID-19 pandemic has created plenty of barriers for people living with HIV who need to continue their care and treatment. But when hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Central America in November, the barriers multiplied.Pounding Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, and Guatemala for days, these two hurricanes brought heavy rains that led to flooding and landslides that devastated communities and affected millions.In the face of these dual crises, health workers in Central America demonstrated strong leadership ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Digital Health World AIDS Day 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

Arrest warrants issued for founders of Panama Papers firm Mossack Fonseca
Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the centre of the tax haven scandal exposed by the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Young people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean will strengthen their capacities for leadership and human rights
PANAMA CITY, Panama  – The Ashanti Perú youth organization, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, launched EscuelAfro, a leadership school for young people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean. The initiative seeks to stren gthen leadership capacities and drive the participation of young people of African descent so that they can train, combine their efforts and strengthen their proposals in the region. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund 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

Panama's trans community failed by gendered lockdown measures – report
LSE finds country ’s sex-segregated distancing rules may have reproduced inequalities and injustices for trans peopleEach day when Pau Gonz ález wakes and looks at his phone, he feels as if he is running a call centre. As the founder of the activist groupHombres Trans Panama, he has been inundated by members of the transgender community seeking advice on how to navigate Panama ’s sex-segregated social distancing laws. Some callers have been cautioned or abused by police. Others report feeling suicidal and scared to go out.In April, Panama announced one of the most aggressive Covid-19 policies in Latin Am...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 30, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Summers Tags: Global development Coronavirus outbreak LGBT rights Panama World news Americas Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

The secretive networks used to move money offshore
(University of Southern California) The researchers at USC have made some discoveries about the network behind the Panama Papers, uncovering uniquely fragmented network behavior and transactions. This is vastly different from more traditional social or organizational networks, demonstrating why these systems of transactions and associations are so robust and difficult to infiltrate or take down (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New nemertean species found in Panama represents the first of its genus from the Caribbean
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A novel ribbon worm species was discovered as part of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Training in Tropical Taxonomy program in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 24, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Brazil Covid deaths exceed 132,000 - as it happened
Jordan to shut schools and places of worship; Panama allows men and women out on same day;14 refugees test positive after Lesbos fire. This blog is now closedFollow the latest global coronavirus live blog here12.03amBSTWe ’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest:Related:Coronavirus live news: global cases near 30m as WHO warns of more deaths in European autumn11.47pmBSTMattha Busby andCaroline Bannock report:As the UK faces a potential second wave of the coronavirus, care homes across the country have started to restrict visits to protect their elderly residents.Related:'They could ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan (now and earlier), Lucy Campbell, Caroline Davies, Ben Quinn, Martin Belam and Matthew Weaver Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news UK news US news Australia news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Brazil deaths exceed 132,000; people in England's worst-hit hotspots unable to get tests
Jordan to shut schools and places of worship; Panama allows men and women out on same day;14 refugees test positive after Lesbos firePeople in England ’s 10 worst-hit Covid hotspots unable to get testsFrench regions to announce new restrictionsAmerican accused of ignoring quarantine to go on Bavaria bar crawlUS coronavirus updates – live11.47pmBSTMattha Busby andCaroline Bannock report:As the UK faces a potential second wave of the coronavirus, care homes across the country have started to restrict visits to protect their elderly residents.Related:'They could die of loneliness': how Covid policies impact care h...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan (now and earlier), Lucy Campbell, Caroline Davies, Ben Quinn, Martin Belam and Matthew Weaver Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news UK news US news Australia news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Epidemiologic characteristics of suicide in Panama, 2007-2016 - Nu ñez-Samudio V, Jiménez-Domínguez A, López Castillo H, Landires I.
Background and objectives: We aim to describe the demographic characteristics associated with suicide in Panama, to estimate the suicide mortality rate and years of potential life lost (YPLL) to suicide, and to explore the correlation of suicide rates with... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Fish invasions follow Panama and Suez canal expansions
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Following recent canal expansions, marine fish are entering the Panama and Suez Canal waterways. Researchers are concerned that they may invade new habitat on the other side, causing unforeseen environmental or economic disasters. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 1, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ringing in remission amid COVID-19
During his career in manufacturing, Eduardo Aguero has moved 18 times around Latin America. The 54-year-old has lived in many places, including Colombia, Venezuela and Panama over the years. Little did he know that a 2018 trip back to his native Chile for a business trip would be the start of an unexpected adventure. ____________________________________ [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Florida News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Florida News - August 20, 2020 Category: Hospital Management 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

Strianassa lerayi anker, new shrimp species from Panama's Coiba national park
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Last year's expedition, part of the project to compare microbiomes of animals in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, resulted in the discovery of several new animal genera and a species of mud shrimp named for STRI and post-doctoral fellow, Matt Leray (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 13, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researchers assemble first comprehensive list of Panama's trees with geographic ranges
(The Morton Arboretum) In a new research paper published in Forest Ecosystems, The Morton Arboretum Center for Tree Science Research Fellow Richard Condit, PhD, provided the first comprehensive checklist of Panama's trees to include geographic ranges by using an innovative, repeatable method for assessing extinction risk of trees in poorly studied areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 13, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How Deforestation Helps Deadly Viruses Jump from Animals to Humans
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post How Deforestation Helps Deadly Viruses Jump from Animals to Humans appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Suicide trends and self-harm in Panama: results from the National Mortality Registry and hospital-based data - Moreno Vel ásquez I, Castelpietra G, Higuera G, Castro F, Gómez B, Motta J, Goti R.
PURPOSE: We aimed to (1) to investigate mortality trends due to suicide in Panama at the national and regional levels from 2001 to 2016, (2) to describe the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of admitted patients with non-fatal self-harm from 20... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Brazil Covid-19 cases near 1m as WHO hails steroid treatment 'hope'
Deaths worldwide near 500,000; US health expert says country is ‘still in first wave’;Argentinian president enters voluntary isolation amid coronavirus surge. Follow the latest updatesBeijing coronavirus outbreak: city raises emergency level and grounds hundreds of flightsBrazil cases near 1mWHO hails steroid treatment ‘hope’Spanish opera house reopens with concert for plantsSee all our coronavirus coverage1.17amBSTUki Go ñi reports for the Guardian from Buenos Aires:Argentina ’s president Alberto Fernández has gone into voluntary isolation amid growing concerns overa surge of co...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak World news Science Infectious diseases UK news US news Australia news Microbiology Medical research Brazil Source Type: news

Pregnant indigenous women in Panama face COVID-19 fears, lack of transport
GN ÄBE BUGLÉ REGION, Panama – Carmen was two days into an excruciating labour when she was carried to the nearest health clinic – three hours away – in a hammock held aloft by community members.Her situation was life-threatening, but she had been unable to seek care earlier because transportation had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rains had delayed travel by foot.“The population is very distant, days away from adequate care. There is no transportation,” said Ángel Rodríguez, a nurse at the Soloy Health Centre, where Carmen was taken. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Recycling old genes to get new traits -- How social behavior evolves in bees
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Researchers learned from some unusual sweat bee species on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, how the sophisticated division of labor in highly complex insect societies can arise from humble beginnings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Panama reports 421 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths
Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Panama reached 16,425 on Sunday, up 421 from the previous day, and deaths climbed by seven to 393, the health ministry said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

At centers for stranded migrants in Panama, 59 test positive for coronavirus
Fifty-nine migrants in Panamanian migration centers have tested positive for the coronavirus, a health official said, as thousands of migrants in the Central American nation wait to advance on their journey north. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Humpback Whales Have Made a Remarkable Recovery, Giving Us Hope for the Planet
In the depths of the ocean, and out of sight for most of us, there’s a quiet miracle happening. Many humpback whale populations, previously devastated by commercial whaling, are making a comeback. And no, before you ask, this has nothing to do with the coronavirus. A recent study on humpbacks that breed off the coast of Brazil and call Antarctic waters home during the summer has shown that these whales can now be found in the sort of numbers seen before the days of whaling. Records suggest that in the 1830s there were around 27,000 whales but, after heavy hunting, by the mid-1950s only 450 remained. It is reassuring...
Source: TIME: Science - May 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Dr. Kirsten Thompson Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Panama: 43 migrants have coronavirus near Colombia border
The government of Panama says 43 migrants have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 119 others who came in contact with them are in quarantine at a relief station near the border with Colombia (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 14, 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

Panama coronavirus cases rise to 8,282, deaths reach 237
Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Panama reached 8,282 on Saturday, a rise of 212 from the previous day, and deaths climbed by six to 237, the health ministry said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Panama records 370 more coronavirus cases as testing increases: health ministry
Panama registered 370 more cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing its total to 7,090 cases and 197 deaths, the health ministry said, noting that the newly registered cases were partially due to increased testing. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Panama coronavirus cases climb to 6,378, deaths reach 178
Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Panama reached 6,378 on Wednesday, a rise of 178 from the previous day, and deaths climbed by two to 178, the health ministry said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Long-term consequences of coastal development as bad as an oil spill on coral reefs
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Oil pollution is known to cause lethal and sublethal responses on coral communities in the short-term, but its long-term effects have not been widely studied. The Bahia Las Minas oil spill, which contaminated about 40 square kilometers (about 15 square miles) near the Smithsonian's Galeta Point Marine Laboratory in Colon and became the largest recorded near coastal habitats in Panama, served as an opportunity to understand how coral reefs in tropical ecosystems recover from acute contamination over time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 29, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news