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Letter to the Editor: Have No Fear in Guanacaste, Good Health Is Here

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By Patricia Stewart - Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Medical Herbalist 1

Has this thought ever crossed your mind: What if I get seriously sick while traveling in Costa Rica? After three wonderful weeks here, I awoke to a strange feeling of nausea with the slightest turn of my head, which precipitated vomiting for the next six hours.  A dry...

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Kidney Patients in Urgent Need of Resources to Fight Saturated Care

By Noelia Esquivel - Colaboradora

Inés Fernández’s kidneys no longer work like they should. Since September, an ambulance takes her four days per week from her house in La Cruz to the Enrique Baltodano Hospital, in Liberia, so she can have kidney dialysis, a medical procedure that substitutes the functions of...

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Teens in La Cruz Learn How to Use a New Method of Birth Control

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo - wilberth@vozdeguanacaste.com

Cindy Peña had Franciny when she was 14 and in high school. “If my parents had me on birth control when I was younger, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten pregnant as a teenager,” she says. Peña is convinced that it’s best for her adolescent daughter to...

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Guanacaste Scientists Want to Know If a Single Vaccine Dose Can Prevent HPV Infection

By María Fernanda Cruz - mariafernanda@vozdeguanacaste.com

A group of scientists at the Agencia Costarricense de Investigaciones Biomédicas (Costa Rican Agency for Biomedical Research), who work in Liberia, will research whether a single dose of a vaccine against...

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My First Time

By Erika Mora - erika@vozdeguanacaste.com

We often talk about our health at home. We’re taught to take care of our skin, watch what we eat, exercise. But we don’t talk much about intimacy. Our genitals and what we do with them are not a dinner table conversation.

That’s why we asked several Guanacastecans...

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I’m a Foreigner. What Are my Options for Medical Attention at the Caja?

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo - wilberth@vozdeguanacaste.com

It’s tough to get sick on vacation. It’s even worse to be in poor health in another country.

That’s why The Voice of Guanacaste explains which public health services foreigners can use, both visitors to Costa Rica and those who are...

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7 OB-GYN Questions from Guanacaste Women

By María Fernanda Cruz - editor@vozdeguanacaste.com

Overcoming the fear of asking important questions about your sexuality could save you a lot of grief. Following are seven questions and myths answered and clarified by La Anexión Hospital gynecologist Keren Porat.

1. I have HPV. Does that mean my husband cheated on me? ...

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Guanacaste Lacks HIV/AIDS Clinics Despite Rising Infection Rates

By Roberto Acuña Ávalos - roberto@vozdeguanacaste.com

At 2:45 a. m. José has to be at the Santa Cruz bus stop to catch a bus to Liberia, where he switches to another bus for Puntarenas. He must be punctual so as not to miss any of the buses, because at 7 a.m. he has an appointment in Puntarenas’ Monseñor Sanabria Hospital for a doctor to...

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Eat against cancer

By Dra. Melissa Ureña, nutritionist

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (in Spanish, INEC) the second-leading cause of death for Guanacastecans is cancer. You probably know of family members who have suffered from this. The prevention of this illness can start with what you eat...

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María Magdalena: Story of a Femicide Attempt

By María Fernanda Cruz - editor@vozdeguanacaste.com

I got pregnant when I was fifteen. My boyfriend was nineteen. That was sixteen years ago. When I became of age he moved in with me and my mother, and then he started beating me. In the beginning my mother told me...

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Rate of Violence Against Women in Guanacaste is 38% Higher Than the Rest of the Country’s

By María Fernanda Cruz - editor@vozdeguanacaste.com

Antonio and Marta started living together thirteen years ago when she was 17 and he was 33. “I left my friends, family, everything because he asked me to,” she says in an anonymous interview with The Voice of Guanacaste.

Three years later, Antonio started beating both her...

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