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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.

US Embassy in Nicaragua denies staffer was in contact with Ebola

Nicaragua quarantined a U.S. embassy worker and is asking the U.S. to fly him home on fears that the diplomat had been in contact with Ebola, according to news reports from Nicaragua on Monday.

Marijuana-based drug may reduce seizures in children and adults

A new marijuana-based medicine may reduce the number of seizures in children and adults with severe forms of epilepsy, according to early results from an ongoing clinical trial. The drug, called Epidiolex, has a few side effects, but the preliminary results move GW Pharmaceuticals of London a step closer to debuting the third FDA-approved medicine based on the marijuana plant.

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