Move over, ginseng: here comes ashwagandha
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Health
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Move over, ginseng: here comes ashwagandha

Ed Bernhardt - April 29, 2017

The tropical regions of the Americas have always been fertile ground for exotic plants from around the world. Here’s one from India that many herbalists and health…

Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades

L. Arias - April 19, 2017

Obesity figures among Costa Rica's population increased almost four times in the last 39 years, from 6.3 percent in 1975 to 23.7 percent in 2014. These results…

Costa Rican experts seek to curb increase in breast cancer cases, deaths
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rican experts seek to curb increase in breast cancer cases, deaths

L. Arias - October 28, 2016

Cases of breast cancer, the most common type among Costa Rican women, increased 63 percent between 2000 and 2013, while mortality rose 43 percent in the same period,…

How sweet it is: plants that may support diabetes treatment
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Costa Rica
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How sweet it is: plants that may support diabetes treatment

Ed Bernhardt - October 1, 2016

Some years ago, I started meeting neighbors who were very excited about a new medicinal plant that was big news en el barrio. They called it insulina, or…

Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates
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cancer awareness
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Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates

L. Arias - August 18, 2016

Cancer is killing relatively fewer Costa Ricans today than it was 15 years ago, the Social Security System, or Caja, reported this week. Though the absolute number of cancer…

New controls over dust from construction sites
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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New controls over dust from construction sites

L. Arias - July 12, 2016

Costa Rica's Health Ministry approved a new regulation requiring construction companies and contractors to reduce the impact of dust from construction projects on nearby residents. The new regulation, which was…

Mandatory prices for medical procedures rankle public, politicians
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Mandatory prices for medical procedures rankle public, politicians

L. Arias - July 6, 2016

The latest salvos were fired last week in a national furor over the attempt to set minimum prices for all medical procedures performed by private practitioners in Costa Rica.…

Dengue vaccine likely to be available at public hospitals next year
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Costa Rica
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Dengue vaccine likely to be available at public hospitals next year

L. Arias - June 23, 2016

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry on Monday approved the use of Dengvaxia, the first licensed dengue vaccine recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). The approval is the first step in making…

Zika virus total surpasses 100 cases in Costa Rica
Chikungunya
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Chikungunya
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Zika virus total surpasses 100 cases in Costa Rica

L. Arias - June 20, 2016

Costa Rica's tally of confirmed Zika cases exceeded 100 last week, according to the Health Ministry. The June 15 report stated there are 107 confirmed cases of Zika virus,…

Costa Rica’s rainy season brings rise in Zika cases
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica’s rainy season brings rise in Zika cases

L. Arias - May 12, 2016

The number of people in Costa Rica who have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus reached 32 this week, the Health Ministry reported Wednesday. More than half of the cases are…