Jaco, Playas del Coco amongst beaches with high fecal coliforms

April 21st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Recent studies by the National Water Laboratory reveal that several of the country’s beaches present a risk of illness to those who bathe in their waters due to fecal coliform levels exceeding the acceptable level of 240 coliforms per 100 ml of water.   Some of the highest levels were found [...]

Study: Processed meat raises cancer risk

By Jessica Berman April 21st, 2014 (VOA) Many studies have shown that eating too much red meat is bad for your health; but, a new study has found that eating processed meat significantly increases the risk of colorectal cancer in some people. Eating five or more servings per week of processed meat more than doubles [...]

Calderon Guardia Hospital solves diesel water problem, surgeries to resume shortly

Calderon Guardia Hospital solves diesel water problem, surgeries to resume shortly

April 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Authorities have determined that a contamination of the water supply at Calderon Guardia Hospital has been rectified, and restrictive measures that have affected the hospital for the past two weeks can be lifted.   The medical center’s main water tank was contaminated with diesel fuel.  The cause is unknown and is [...]

Taking Viagra could lead to deadly skin cancer

Taking Viagra could lead to deadly skin cancer

Men’s bedroom woes are often treated with the blue pill that improves the sex lives of millions across the world. Although erectile dysfunction treatment has successfully helped both men and their partners turn up the heat in between the sheets, the impotence drug could be deadly for men. According to a recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Viagra users are twice as likely to develop deadly skin cancer — melanoma.

Simple blood test could detect early cancer

By Matthew Hilburn April 9th, 2014 (VOA) Detecting many forms of cancer may soon be as easy as a simple blood test, according to a new study. The blood test, developed by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, could also be used to “monitor the amount of cancer in a patient’s body,” say the researchers, as [...]

Breast cancer treatment may cause lung cancer

New research shows that breast cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy are at an increased risk of subsequently developing a lung tumor, underscoring the importance of limiting radiation exposure to a minimum during the life-saving therapy.

Banana workers affected by pesticide block Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly

April 1st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A group of banana workers blocked the entrances and exits of the Legislative Assembly yesterday for at least an hour.   The move came after the workers had waited until 7pm for the hearing of Bill 18.802, which aims to provide direct compensation to workers affected by the pesticide Nemagon, a [...]

Bagaces residents to march against two years of arsenic-contaminated water

Bagaces residents to march against two years of arsenic-contaminated water

March 31st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Residents in Bagaces, one of the Guanacaste communities that has been hardest-hit by arsenic contamination of their water supplies, have had enough.   Residents will gather at 6 a.m. on Wednesday in the community’s central park, where they will proceed to march to the Interamericana Norte highway in protest of the [...]

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