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Are one million people really receiving feces-contaminated water?

Email this page By Timothy Williams, Editor December 17th, 2014 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 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…

Mediterranean diet keeps your genes healthier, longer: researchers

The Mediterranean diet has been hailed as the best weight-loss route for most people, but it’s long-term health benefits have been largely overshadowed. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital collaborated with Harvard Medical School to go beyond the basic health benefits of weight loss, and they published their study in the British Medical Journal.

On World AIDS day, UN Secretary-General cites progress, but gains remain “fragile”

Email this page December 1st, 2014 (VOA) U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is praising the progress the world has made in combating AIDS, but warns “the gains remain fragile.” In a statement for Monday’s World AIDS Day, Ban highlighted the importance of addressing gaps in access to treatment, particularly for children and young women who are not […]

Central America prepares to treat possible ebola cases

Central America prepares to treat possible ebola cases

Email this page By María Gabriela Córdova November 27th, 2014 (Dialogo) Technical specialists from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) gathered on November 18-19 in Panama City for a workshop to develop capabilities in risk communication and to improve response plans for the Ebola virus in Central America and the Caribbean. “We are treating this Ebola health […]

Three cups of coffee a day keeps Alzheimer’s away, researchers say

As if you weren’t already drinking a lot of coffee, a review of several studies has found drinking three to five cups a day could reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 20 percent. The research was presented at the 2014 Alzheimer Europe Annual Congress, and found that people who drank coffee regularly — all you lifers…

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