Scientists grow first functional replacement organ

September 1st, 2014 (VOA) Reprogramming cells to grow functional replacement human organs may be only a decade away. Scientists in Scotland report they have grown a completely new, functioning organ called thymus inside a living mouse. The thymus is located next to the heart and serves as a command center for the immune system. People born […]

Climate change brings new health threats, says WHO

August 28th, 2014 (VOA) GENEVA—The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Wednesday that major killer diseases will spread and health problems will worsen with climate change. The WHO, which is holding the first global conference on health and climate in Geneva, urged nations to act quickly to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, which lead to climate change. […]

11-year-old girl becomes second rabies death this year

August 22nd, 2014 ( The Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday that an 11-year-old Nicaraguan girl has become the second rabies death in the country this year.   In this instance, however, it seems the girl contracted the disease in Nicaragua, according to Dr. Teresita Solano of the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiological Surveillance Unit.   According […]

Researchers testing experimental vaccine for the Chikungunya virus

Researchers testing experimental vaccine for the Chikungunya virus

  August 15th, 2014 (VOA & Researchers are testing an experimental vaccine for the Chikungunya virus. The virus is transmitted through infected female mosquitoes that bite during the day.  The mosquitos also transmit other viral diseases including Dengue fever. In fact, the symptoms of chikungunya – including fever, rash, headache and severe joint pain […]

Costa Rica’s Health Minister supports medical marijuana bill; CCSS would provide the drug free of charge

August 12th, 2014 ( Costa Rica’s Health Minister, Dr. Maria Elena Lopez, says she supports a medical marijuana bill that was presented to the country’s Legislative Assembly yesterday.   “Marijuana has been used for various therapeutic purposes,” Lopez said.   Marvin Delgado Atencio, the PAC lawmaker who presented the bill, said yesterday that medical marijuana […]

Medical marijuana bill heads to Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly

Medical marijuana bill heads to Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly

August 11th, 2014 ( Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly will begin debate on a bill on Monday aimed at legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.   The bill, aimed to “investigate, regulate and control cannabis for medicinal use,” was presented by PAC legislator, Marvin Atencio, who is also a medical doctor.   The 85-page bill would create […]

Vitamin D may help avert Alzheimer’s disease, dementia

Vitamin D may help avert Alzheimer’s disease, dementia

By Jessica Berman August 7th, 2014 (VOA) Simply taking a daily vitamin D supplement may be enough to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to medical experts. Researchers caution, however, that the results of a large, recently published study do not demonstrate that low levels of vitamin D necessarily cause dementia. Still, they are […]

World Hepatitis Day highlights global scourge, hopes for treatment

By Jessica Berman July 28th, 2014 (VOA) Hepatitis is one of the top four communicable diseases in the world, with someone contracting the potentially fatal liver condition every 10 seconds. Advocates are using World Hepatitis Day, Monday July 28, to draw attention to the disorder. They are optimistic that drugs – which can cure the viral […]

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