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National Academy of Medicine denounces medical marijuana bill

National Academy of Medicine denounces medical marijuana bill

Costa Rica’s National Academy of Medicine has categorically denounced a bill before the Legislature that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

“Marijuana is a plant of God,” says Costa Rica’s Lutheran Church

“Marijuana is a plant of God,” says Costa Rica’s Lutheran Church

Gilberto Quesada, president of Costa Rica’s Lutheran Church described marijuana as a “plant of God” in a recent interview with the daily tabloid, Diario Extra.

Quesada, expressing his approval for the medicinal use of the plant, said that “[marijuana] should not be demonized, the plant itself is harmless and can have a proper use.”

Woman gives birth to Costa Rica’s first sextuplets: Four boys and two girls

Silvia Villegas, 34 of Heredia gave birth last night by caesarean to Costa Rica’s first sextuplets: four boys and two girls, all of which are in stable condition despite having been born prematurely, according to hospital officials.

Woman pregnant with Costa Rica’s first sextuplets could give birth next week

A 34-year-old woman in Costa Rica’s Hospital Mexico, pregnant with the country’s first sextuplets, is tentatively scheduled to give birth by cesarean sometime next week, hospital staff confirm.

Woman in Hospital Mexico awaits Costa Rica’s first sextuplets

A 34-year-old woman in Costa Rica’s Hospital Mexico is pregnant with the country’s first sextuplets, hospital staff confirm.

The woman, who wishes to remain unidentified, was admitted to the hospital late last month and is more than five months pregnant.

Costa Rica lawmaker considering bill to legalize human euthanasia

Costa Rica lawmaker considering bill to legalize human euthanasia

Rep. Marvin Atencio (PAC) is considering presenting a bill before Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly to legalize human euthanasia.

Atencio, both a surgeon and a lawyer by profession, told CRHoy.com that the bill would aim to reform section 117 of the Penal Code, which defines manslaughter, in order to allow medical professionals to provide euthanasia for patients with terminal and chronic illnesses.

Popular insecticide used in Costa Rica damaging wild bee populations, study says

A popular, but controversial type of insecticide used in Costa Rica and widely around the world is damaging wild bee populations, which are necessary to pollinate crops and sustain ecosystems, according to a new study.

An Amazon tribe could provide answers to antibiotic resistance

Trillions of bacteria, referred to as the human microbiome, live in and on our bodies. The most diverse collection of bacteria ever discovered was collected from an isolated tribe of Yanomami Indians in the Amazonian jungles of southern Venezuela. Comparatively, the microbiome of people in industrialized countries is about 40 percent less diverse, according to the estimates of a team of United States and Venezuelan scientists who conducted the new study.

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