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Healing Mexico’s ‘Cancers’ with Potions and Politics

Agence France-Presse

Maria de Jesus Patricio has a treatment for pretty much anything that ails you: “toad grass” for cholesterol, “dragon’s blood” for infections, “sacred bark” for constipation or anger. Now the traditional healer is turning her attention to her biggest patient yet.

How to Detect Autism: A Blood Test Could One Day Provide Early Diagnosis


The concept of early diagnostic testing is appealing to some parents, but critics argue that such testing would be unethical, and that early diagnostic testing would only increase the fear and stigma already surrounding the condition.

LatAm Rural Exodus Undermines Future Food Security

Inter Press Service

In Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for 12 per cent of the planet’s arable land, and one-third of its fresh water reserves, a number of factors contribute to soil degradation and to a rural exodus that compromises food security in a not-so-unlikely future.

President Pena Nieto Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Mexico


A decree issued by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto today confirmed that Mexico has legalized cannabis for medicinal use after overwhelming support from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress.

Border Drinking Water Threatened by Global Warming


Global warming looms large on Mexico’s northern border as rising temperatures threaten to diminish already scarce water supplies.

Minister of Health Jose Narro Praises Training of Mexican Doctors in Cuba

Prensa Latina

Mexican Minister of Health Jose Narro highlighted the key training in Cuba of Mexican doctors in medicine, which will help improve the quality of health services in Mexico.

Electric Taxis Eyed to Battle Pollution in Mexico City


Giant Motors, an automaker partially owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is working on a prototype electric taxi to replace the gas-guzzling cabs polluting Mexico City’s air.

Controversial Doctor Wants to Use ’Three-Parent’ Embryos to Treat Infertility


Last fall, John Zhang made headlines after his fertility clinic announced that for the first time a baby had been born using a new technique requiring three genetic parents. Now Zhang is taking his so-called “three-parent baby” technique commercial, and targeting a different market altogether.

Ecotourism Could Be Answer to Saving Baja’s Sharks


Mexican fishermen in Baja California have long depended on shark fishing to stay afloat. But the work is dealt and poorly paid. Now fishermen are teaming up with environmentalists to try their hand at leading shark diving tours.

Temperature Changes Around the Globe Are Pushing Diseases Into Unexpected New Areas

National Geographic

While much attention has been paid to the direct physical threats from climate change, such as rising seas and searing drought, scientists are really only beginning to understand many of the potential disease implications.

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