June 18th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) A chief doctor at a Costa Rican government-ran hospital was arrested today on suspicion of being part of an international organ trafficking network which specializes in selling kidneys to patients in Israel, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Jorge Chavarria told the press that the arrested is Francisco [...]
Jennifer Mattson / GlobalPost A new study concludes men could be the cause of menopause. The research published in this week’sPLoS Computational Biology reports menopause is the unintended result of natural selection stemming from a male preference for younger female mates. That natural selection in effect lowered reproductive rates in older women, and eventually rendered fertility [...]
Drugs used for hypertension or insomnia may also help reduce the development of amyloid plaques, which is linked to Alzheimer’s, U.S. researchers say.
By Joe DeCapua / VOA A chemical compound that’s been linked to a number of health problems in animal studies may also damage tooth enamel in humans. BPA is found in many resins and plastics that people use everyday, such as water and baby bottles and food containers. PA, or Bisphenol A, can leach from [...]
By Amy Silverstein / GlobalPost The majority of corn and soy crops grown in the United States have been genetically engineered in a lab to be resistant to herbicides, which is supposed to make life easier for farmers. The biotechnology industry, which profits off those herbicides, insists that genetically modified crops are perfectly safe for [...]
Editor’s Note: HOW TO DONATE BLOOD IN COSTA RICA -Residents can donate blood at most hospitals throughout San José and most parts of the country, including Hospital Calderon Guardia -Donors must be between 18 and 65 years old, weigh more than 50 kilograms and be in good health. The most needed blood type are [...]
June 12th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Center for Integrated Health Care (CAIS) in Cañas organized a fundraiser over the weekend to raise funds to help low-income patients suffering from kidney failure. However, the Ministry of Public Health has issued sanctions against those involved with the fundraiser, because they failed to file a series of documents [...]
June 12th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health is monitoring a popular contraceptive, sold in Costa Rica under the brand name Yasmin or Yaz, after Canadian health officials announced they had linked the deaths of 23 women between 2007 and 2013 to blood clotting believed to be linked to the contraceptive. According to health [...]