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Because Living Well is the Best Revenge
What better place to begin, continue or enhance your well being than in beautiful Puerto Vallarta? Whether you are here on vacation or here to stay, the many health and beauty services available in Puerto Vallarta will keep you feeling fit and looking absolutely marvelous.

Click HERE to learn about the health and well-being services offered by HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta

As with any international travel destination, Puerto Vallarta offers an unsurpassed menu of beauty treatments and medical services that will keep you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and revived. In addition to the availability of the latest techniques and technologies, the costs of these services are dramatically less expensive than in the States.

Bilingual medical, dental, chiropractic, and physical therapy services, as well as modern hospitals with high-tech equipment and fully accredited physicians, assure that patients can expect the same quality of health care in Puerto Vallarta as they would receive in the US - and prescription drugs are readily available, and at reasonable prices!

Puerto Vallarta is also home to dozens of gyms, spas and fitness centers that offer day packages, vacation packages and even full memberships for those of us who live here year-round. Local beauticians know all the latest hairstyles, coloring, skin and nail care techniques - and these beauty treatments cost about a third of what it would cost at home.

Vacation surgery is gaining popularity, and since most of these procedures are relatively quick, it's easy to take home not only a tan but a little tucking as well. Liposuction, tummy tucks and other 'remedial measures' cost less than half what they do up North, yet they're staffed by highly trained and board certified professionals.

Puerto Vallarta has a competent, confident and cutting-edge medical community. And since prominent hospitals, world-class gyms and spas, and well-known beauty salons continue to be attracted here, it's easy and affordable to pamper yourself with professional health and beauty treatments that'll leave you looking, and feeling, like a million bucks.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Events in Puerto Vallarta
Pamela Thompson

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so Healthcare Resouces Puerto Vallarta is organizing a variety of pink activities and events to promote awareness, honor breast cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight. Everyone is invited to participate.

PrEP Program Officially Launched in Puerto Vallarta

Thursday, September 13, 2018 was a historic day in Puerto Vallarta. It was on this day that the UN's PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) pilot program was officially launched in the Banderas Bay area and inaugurated at the S.E.T.A.C. LGBTQ Wellness Center in Colonia Versalles.

SETAC Community Center Now Has its Own Medical Office
Paco Arjona

A fully equipped medical office for patients requiring ambulatory care is now operating at SETAC, a non-profit organization and community center focused on the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in Puerto Vallarta and the greater Bandera

Genetically Modifying Mosquitoes to Prevent Disease
Jason Rasgon - The Conversation

With the evolution of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes a certainty, GM technology has the potential to reduce the burden of mosquito-borne diseases across the globe, without the environmental and health risks associated with harmful pesticide use.

Assessing the Effects of Microplastics on Human Health
John Meeker - The Conversation

Given that human exposure to microplastics is widespread, results from animal studies are a cause for concern and an important factor for risk assessment. But, lab animals and wildlife are not accurate proxies for what might happen in humans due to differences among species.

New Study Reveals the Antioxidant Benefits of Sleep
PV Sleep Well

Sleep disorders are correlated with many diseases that are also associated with oxidative stress, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases. A new study published in the open access journal PLOS Biology found that sleep increases resistance to oxidative stress.

Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat in Puerto Vallarta
Marํa Francesca

During the summer months in Puerto Vallarta you can get heat exhaustion just by walking in the sun for five minutes, so we've put together some simple summer survival tips to help you make the most of your time here in the Banderas Bay area during this hot and humid time of year.

2018 Int'l AIDS Conference: Ending HIV, the Dutch Way
Shobha Shukla

Amsterdam, which is currently hosting AIDS 2018 - the largest international conference for any global health issue - became the first city in the world to overshoot UNAIDS's 2020 targets, which are intertwined with the global promise of ending AIDS through the adoption of SDGs by 2030.

IMSS Medical Coverage: Quality, Affordable Healthcare
Warren Brander

Many foreigners living in Mexico purchase insurance to use the private medical system, but for those on a smaller budget, IMSS, the health care plan run by Mexico's Social Security Institute, provides affordable access to quality healthcare. Here's how to apply for IMSS coverage.

Studies Reveal Why Some People are Mosquito Magnets
Marie Callan

Rainy season means it's mosquito season, too. But why do they bite some people more than others? Mosquitoes exhibit blood-sucking preferences, say the experts. Blood type, metabolism and drinking beer are a few factors that make some people especially delicious to mosquitoes.

PrEP Program Begins at PV's SETAC Community Center
Ed Walsh

Mexico took a major step aimed at HIV prevention in late June, when a profilaxis pre-exposure program (PrEP) was launched in four cities. The SETAC Community Center in Puerto Vallarta is among the four PrEP sites in Mexico that will offer this powerful HIV prevention tool free of charge.

Eating Mangoes Can Prevent or Halt Cancer Cell Growth
Tiffany Mulligan

If you look at what people perceive as a superfood, the mango is not quite there. But when researchers tested mango polyphenol extracts on several kinds of cancer cells in vitro, they found that mangoes prevented or halted cancer growth in certain colon and breast cell lines.

How to Get on the Fresh Food for Your Dog Bandwagon
Dr. Leslie Korn

Get off the gravy train and get on the fresh food for your dog bandwagon. Pets need fresh food just like we do. Instead of feeding your pal the SAD (Standard American Diet) that makes you sick, prepare fresh proteins and vegetables with some good fats mixed in, and they'll howl with joy.

Mexico Investing 20 Billion in IMSS Medical Facilities
Mexico News Today

The Mexican Institute of Social Security has announced that replacing more than 20,000 hospital beds will be part of the nearly 20 billion pesos to be invested in Mexico's medical facilities which, under the current government's infrastructure plan, includes 12 new hospitals and 40 new clinics.

Mango Season in Vallarta: Try These Healthy Recipes
Dr. Leslie Korn

Mangoes are considered the queen of fruits, and with good reason! Rich with vitamins and minerals, the fruit is filled with fiber, which reduces cholesterol and lowers the risk of gastrointestinal cancer; and its rich fount of antioxidants help protect you from heart disease.

June 2018 Healthcare Resources PV News & Clinics
Pamela Thompson

Things are really heating up here in the Banderas Bay region, so be sure to stay cool and hydrated! No matter the weather, HealthCare Resources will continue to offer health clinics, speaker programs and more throughout the summer. Take a look at what's happenng in June.

Natural Repellents for Mosquito Season in Vallarta
Marie Callan

One of the biggest challenges for people living in and around Puerto Vallarta at this time of year is preventing mosquito bites! The little buggers are not just annoying, but also carry diseases. Before you start bombarding your body with chemicals, try some of these natural repellents.

Is Air Pollution Making You Sick? 4 Questions Answered
The Conversation

Last year, a study found that more than 8 million people per year die early from air pollution exposure. This amounts to more deaths than diarrheal disease, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined. The evidence is clear: Air pollution is lethal and causes death across the world.

SETAC an Important Part of Vallarta Pride Celebration
Paco Ojeda

SETAC will contribute to this year's Vallarta Pride celebration through several events that, as in years past, will position Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center as the region's most important preventive organization focused on HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections.

Scientific Breakthroughs Offer Hope of HIV Vaccine

US-backed researchers are getting closer to a vaccine that could prevent people from getting infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, offering hope for millions around the world. Clinical trials are underway in South Africa and could be a true game-changer for the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

'Semana Santa Brigade' Distributed 50,000 Free Condoms

Taking the tools of HIV education and prevention directly to the people in Puerto Vallarta is the purpose of SETAC's annual Semana Santa Brigade. During this year's campaign, held March 29-31, volunteers dispensed 50,000 condoms, 155 rapid HIV & 155 syphilis tests, free of charge.

SETAC Community Center Has a New Board of Directors
Paco Ojeda

SETAC, Puerto Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center, recently announced changes on its board of directors that will allow the organization continuity of its mission: to reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through education, detection and prevention.

'Universal Health' the Theme of World Health Day 2018

Universal Health, the theme of World Health Day 2018, (which falls on Saturday, April 7 this year), implies that all people and communities have access, without discrimination, to quality health services without having to expose themselves to financial difficulties.

Spending Time at the Beach Benefits Mental Health

We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed. The combination of soothing smells and sounds of water reduces stress and depression while boosting creativity.

'Best Places' Expat Study Examines Healthcare in Mexico

Best Places in The World To Retire has released its 3rd research study of 1,129 expats living in Mexico, 'Healthcare in Mexico.' Respondents reported that access to quality healthcare was almost 4 times better than in their home country, and costs much less than in the US or Canada.

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