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Brazil Breaks Up Major Illegal Abortion Ring

Brazil Breaks Up Major Illegal Abortion Ring

At least 56 people were arrested Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro for belonging to an organization suspected of being the chief provider of illegal abortions in this Brazilian state, officials said. continue reading »

Report: Over 20 Percent of Latinas Lack Health Insurance

Report: Over 20 Percent of Latinas Lack Health Insurance

More than 21 percent of Latino women in the United States lack medical insurance, compared with 9.8 percent of all Hispanics, according to a Florida Atlantic University study released Thursday. continue reading »

Mexico Says: No Cases of Ebola Here

Mexico Says: No Cases of Ebola Here

Mexican health authorities said there are no known cases of Ebola in the country, noting that a Ghanaian man admitted to a hospital with an unusual fever shows no symptoms of the virus blamed for more than 3,300 deaths in West Africa. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Records 3 Die From Chikungunya Virus

Puerto Rico Records 3 Die From Chikungunya Virus

Three people in Puerto Rico have died after being infected with the Chikungunya virus, Health Department chief epidemiologist Brenda Rivera Garcia said. Two of the dead were residents of greater San Juan, while the third lived in the northeastern coastal town of Fajardo. continue reading »

Barack Obama Calls Ebola Outbreak a “Threat to Global Security”

Barack Obama Calls Ebola Outbreak a “Threat to Global Security”

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a significant escalation in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 2,400 people in West Africa, which he called a "potential threat to global security." continue reading »

Venezuelan Official Denies Fast-Acting Deadly Virus in Hospital

Venezuelan Official Denies Fast-Acting Deadly Virus in Hospital

A Venezuelan governor denied that eight people were killed by a deadly, fast-acting virus at a hospital in the north-central city of Maracay and accused the head of the local medical association of deliberately attempting to sow panic among the local population. continue reading »

U.N. Calls on FIFA to Help Combat Ebola in West Africa

U.N. Calls on FIFA to Help Combat Ebola in West Africa

FIFA, soccer's world governing body, said Friday that it looks forward to cooperating with the United Nations to combat the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people in West Africa. continue reading »

Brazil Denies Blocking Africans’ Entry to Guard Against Ebola

Brazil Denies Blocking Africans’ Entry to Guard Against Ebola

Brazilian immigration authorities denied Wednesday that they are blocking the entry of African immigrants due to fears that they might be carrying the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 2,300 people in West Africa since March. continue reading »

Ebola Has Killed 134 Health Workers in West Africa

Ebola Has Killed 134 Health Workers in West Africa

The deadly Ebola virus has claimed the lives of 134 health workers in West Africa, mostly doctors and nurses, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said Friday. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico on Tuesday presented its strategy for promoting itself as a medical tourism destination, especially among the Hispanic population of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast, to whom it will offer medical care ranging from dental treatment to liposuction or weight-loss surgery at prices that can be as much as 60 percent lower than in the continental United States. continue reading »

Scientists in Puerto Rico Research Human Fears, How to Overcome Them

Scientists in Puerto Rico Research Human Fears, How to Overcome Them

The American Gregory Quirk leads a team of scientists in Puerto Rico that is studying the neural mechanisms of fear and preparing what could be the first article from the island in more than a decade to appear in the prestigious scientific publication "Nature." continue reading »

Ibero-American Countries Agree on Policies Favoring Exercise to Combat Obesity

Ibero-American Countries Agree on Policies Favoring Exercise to Combat Obesity

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. continue reading »

Experts: Exercise is the Most Effective Preventive Medicine

Experts: Exercise is the Most Effective Preventive Medicine

Physical exercise is the most effective preventive medicine against ailments like diabetes and is an effective remedy for problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, experts taking part in a forum in Mexico City said. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths

Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths

The Puerto Rican Health Department said Thursday that it is investigating whether two people who died had contracted Chikungunya, which - if true - would be the first two fatalities linked to that virus on the island. continue reading »

Ebola Vaccine Gets Human Clinical Trials in the U.S.

Ebola Vaccine Gets Human Clinical Trials in the U.S.

Human clinical trials of a vaccine against the Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa will begin next week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health said Thursday. continue reading »