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Medical researchers call it the “Angelina Effect,” the surge in demand for genetic testing attributable to movie star Angelina Jolie’s public crusade for more aggressive detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. But there’s a catch: Major insurance companies including Aetna, Anthem and Cigna are declining to pay for the latest generation of tests, known...
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Mexico has reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu virus in two backyards in the states of Oaxaca and Puebla in the southern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. Following a notification by the homeowners of an increase in the sudden death of birds, 139 birds...
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The Committee for HIV Prevention, COMUSIDA, has already distributed 30,000 free condoms to young people vacationing in Puerto Vallarta for the Easter holiday week. Staff members are located on the Malecón and Lázaro Cárdenas Park providing free condoms and providing information about sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV. Fernando Martinez, COMUSIDA coordinator, said that this between...
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Did you grow up in an urban environment? It may have cost you a few IQ points. According to a new study out of the University of Montana, air pollution can lower children’s IQ and can have a negative impact on short-term memory. This may be especially bad news for kids growing up in areas...
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The LIV Fertility Center in Puerto Vallarta introduces an exceedingly innovative and affordable gender selection program, adding to its all-embracing fertility services. With its leading IVF and donor programs, technologically advanced fertility clinic, and exclusive IVF-FET warranty, LIV has already made the future of reproductive medicine — a reality. When asked about the company’s position as...
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Chikungunya is spread by two mosquito species, and is typically not fatal. But it can cause debilitating symptoms including fever, headache and severe joint pain lasting months. The government of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala, said an 8 year old girl became the first person to contract the disease in Mexico, and that she was treated...
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The director of the Jalisco Institute of Cancerology, Dr. Adalberto Gómez Rodríguez, announced that next year the agency will have an office in Puerto Vallarta to serve about 100 patients in the region. At the Sixth Annual Oncology Symposium, Dr. Adalberto Gómez Rodríguez explained that these residents suffering from various types of cancer are required...
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Andrew Conrad, the head of life sciences inside the company’s Google X research lab, revealed the project on Tuesday morning at a conference here in Southern California. According to Conrad, the company is fashioning nanoparticles—particles about one billionth of a meter in width—that combine a magnetic material with antibodies or proteins that can attach to...
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A new DNA Bank in Puerto Vallarta, the first of its kind in the area, will allow researchers to not only conduct further studies on diseases thought to carry a predisposition element, but also to diagnose such diseases early on for prevention. The new laboratory facility is located at Centro Universitario de la Costa (CUCosta)...
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In a press release, the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat indicated that the government of Cuba agreed to send a joint delegation of health professionals, including infectologists, epidemiologist and nurses, to the region, particularly Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Mexico will participate in the program by sending a specialized team, with the financial support of the...
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Mexico has posted large signs at border crossings and airports warning travelers about the Ebola outbreak in Africa, symptoms of the disease and how to prevent the spread of the virus. “We’re also handing out fliers,” said Dr. Puertas Rincones, director of health services and sanitation for Chihuahua in the border city Ciudad Juarez. “I...
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An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases already have emerged in the United States. While the disease, called chikungunya, usually is not fatal,...
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For the past 20 years Sanofi Pastuer Pharmaceutical has been working on a Dengue vaccine, which showed a 56% effectiveness rate in a Phase III study. Sanofi Pasteur is the vaccines division of the multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi. Sanofi Pasteur is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to vaccines. News about the recent...
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Boryung Pharmaceutical Company’s proprietary hypertension pill Kanarb finally made its way to Mexico, the first occasion to be sold in overseas market, in the company’s history. Boryung announced on August 28 that it has successfully shipped the first batch of the new drug Kanarb to Mexico after receiving approval from the Mexican Federal Commission for...
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Representatives of several Ibero-American governments agreed during a forum in Mexico to implement policies favoring exercise in order to halt the growing problem of obesity and overweight among their populations. Delegates from Mexico, Spain, Chile, Cuba, Uruguay, Guatemala and Belize taking part in the International Forum “Ponte al 100 sobre Balance Energetico” signed the “Declaration...
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