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Costa Rica’s coffee growers have two years to phase out dangerous pesticide

Costa Rica’s coffee growers have two years to phase out dangerous pesticide

A decree signed by President Luis Guillermo Solis as well as the ministers of agriculture, environment, health and labor will give Costa Rica’s coffee growers the next 24 months to phase out the use of a highly toxic pesticide known as endosulfan over the next 24 months. The decree took effect on Monday.

Coffee significantly lowers liver cancer risk, according to study

Add “reduces your risk of liver cancer” to the list of health benefits provided by your morning cups of coffee. While alcohol consumption and obesity increase liver cancer risk, drinking coffee reduces it, a new study claims.

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry calling for measles vaccination of children traveling to the United States

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry calling for measles vaccination of children traveling to the United States

Email this page February 16th, 2015 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health is calling for measles vaccination of children who will be traveling to the United States as a result of the recent measles outbreak in that country.   Officials hope to avoid any potential cases of the disease from reaching Costa Rica, which has […]

New form of aggressive HIV discovered in Cuba

Email this page February 16th, 2015 (VOA) An aggressive form of HIV has been discovered in Cuba. It develops into full-blown AIDS within just three years. Researchers said the progression happens so fast that treatment with antiretroviral drugs may come too late. Professor Anne-Mieke Vandamme said Cuban health officials first alerted her about the aggressive form […]

Are one million people really receiving feces-contaminated water?

Email this page By Timothy Williams, Editor December 17th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) On December 12th, the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) made a stunning announcement: one million people in Costa Rica are receiving tap water contaminated with fecal matter.   AyA seemed to point the finger at community water systems, known as ASADAs, […]

One million people receiving tap water contaminated with fecal matter: AyA

One million people receiving tap water contaminated with fecal matter: AyA

Email this page December 15th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) One million people who rely on community water systems known as ASADAs are receiving tap water contaminated with fecal matter, the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) said during a Friday press conference at AyA headquarters.   AyA executive president, Yamileth Astorga told reporters that the […]

Health authorities on the lookout for West Nile virus in Guanacaste

Email this page December 11th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Health authorities are on the lookout for the West Nile virus in the Santa Cruz area of Guanacaste after the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) detected the virus in a horse, Director of Health Surveillance, Mary Ethel Trejos, told CRHoy.com on Wednesday.   The West Nile virus, originally […]

A prescription could one day cure the obesity epidemic, Harvard researchers say

Imagine one day doctors handing out prescriptions to obesity patients. Take a pill a day, and your bad fat turns into good fat without having to get off your couch. Researchers from Harvard University believe they’re on their way to making that reality and are calling their discovery “the first step toward a pill that can…

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