World Hepatitis Day highlights global scourge, hopes for treatment

By Jessica Berman July 28th, 2014 (VOA) Hepatitis is one of the top four communicable diseases in the world, with someone contracting the potentially fatal liver condition every 10 seconds. Advocates are using World Hepatitis Day, Monday July 28, to draw attention to the disorder. They are optimistic that drugs – which can cure the viral […]

New test predicts which chemicals could cause cancer

Many chemicals have been linked to the development of cancer, but the cancer-causing potential of thousands of others is unknown.  Now, researchers have developed a simple test that can identify which chemicals have negative long-term health effects.

9-year-old Costa Rican boy dies of rabies after squirrel bite

July 18th, 2014 ( A 9-year-old boy died as the result of being bitten by a rabies-infected squirrel on Wednesday, in the first such case since 2001.   The child lived in the Osa area, and was bitten by the squirrel on May 5th.  Apparently the boy was eating a sweet, which the squirrel tried […]

Russian president, Vladimir Putin makes surprise visit to Nicaragua

Russia’s president began a six-day tour of Latin American countries on Friday, and made an unscheduled visit to Nicaragua.

Vaccine shows 88.5% efficacy against hemorrhagic dengue

Vaccine shows 88.5% efficacy against hemorrhagic dengue

July 11th, 2014 ( There’s new hope for those who suffer from dengue, a virus characterized by hammering headaches, high fevers and pain. A vaccine shows promise after a two-year trial in five Asian countries. Dr. Maria Rosario Capeding, one of the researchers in the Philippines, said that during the trial, the vaccine cut the number of […]

French tourist becomes first person to contract Chikungunya in Costa Rica

French tourist becomes first person to contract Chikungunya in Costa Rica

July 7th, 2014 ( A French tourist has become the first confirmed case of a person contracting the Chikungunya virus in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.  While there are at least four other confirmed cases of the virus in the country, the others are believed to have been contracted in the […]

Vitamin D deficiency linked to high blood pressure

By Jessica Berman June 26th, 2014 (VOA) People who are low in the “sunshine vitamin,” better known as Vitamin D, appear to be at higher risk for developing high blood pressure, known as hypertension. The author of a new study says taking a daily Vitamin D supplement could reduce the likelihood of high blood pressure, which […]

Increased heart failure risk in eating processed red meat, new study says

Men who regularly eat ham, salami, bacon and hotdogs are at higher risk of developing heart failure than those who do not, according to a new study.

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