Archive for June 27th, 2016

Cuban Medication Receives License to Begin Clinical Trials in the U.S.

June 27, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

The Cuban medication Heberprot-P, used in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, has received a license to begin clinical trials in the United States.

Developed by the Havana-based Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the injectable medication accelerates the healing process of diabetic foot ulcers, thus significantly reducing the risk of lower limb amputations in over 78 percent of cases.

Dr. Manuel Raíces Pérez-Castañeda, an expert with the center’s strategic products department, told reporters that the center’s products are currently registered in more than 34 countries, while by 2015 the center had received a total of 1130 patent requests from around the world, 70 percent of which have already been granted in several European and Latin American countries, as well as in Canada, Russia, Japan, Vietnam and the United States.

The only one of its kind in the world, Heberprot-P offers a novel therapeutic solution to a condition which previously…

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Fidel and Chavez’ Role in the Colombian Peace Process

June 27, 2016

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  The Guardian, Granma

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On Saturday October 13 2012, in an article cited as three years old and titled Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez played role in Colombia’s peace talks with Farc,  the Guardian Newspaper wrote that Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez “played a critical role in bringing the Colombian government and the Farc guerrilla group together for peace talks that could end one of Latin America’s longest-running civil wars, the Observer has learned.

“According to sources closely involved in the peace process, which sees historic talks opening in Oslo on Wednesday, the key breakthrough after almost four years of back-channel talks between the two sides came during a visit earlier this year by Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, to Cuba, where he met both Castro and Chávez, who was in Cuba being treated for cancer.

The first meeting in Havana

“That meeting was the first of many…

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