The first ever Caesarean section in Europe, in which both mother and child survived, might have taken place in Prague at the court of Jan of Luxembourg already in the 14th century. Czech historians and doctors have come to the conclusion after examining various written accounts from the era. The results of their research have been published in the magazine Czech gynaecology.
Doctors have given warning that they will not work on September 21 in protest at their poor payment especially as regards car for adult patients on their books. Health minister Svatopluk Něměcek described the move as pre-election blackmail. The two sides have a chance to avert the one day action at a meeting at the ministry scheduled for Thursday. Doctors point out that provision has been made for hospitals to offer pay rises of 10 percent. First round elections to regions and part of the Senate take place on October 7 and 8.
An exhibition on the Vltava river bank in the centre of Prague has launched a series of events called Old’s Cool. Organised by the NGO Elpida, the annual event aims to present inspiring seniors as role models and change public opinion in favour of old age. The main theme of the festival’s fourth edition is ‘Slow Up’ and the main event, a fashion show of recycled and upcycled fashion pieces presented by senior fashion models, is set to take place in mid-September at the National Gallery’s Veletržní palác.
The lower house of Parliament is due to debate a reworked anti-smoking bill which it rejected in May of this year. If approved, the bill would introduce a broad ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, but would not, as originally proposed, apply to electronic cigarettes or hookahs. The proposed amendment, the toughest ever put forward in a country which has been exceptionally benevolent to smokers, has evoked a storm of controversy in the lower house. The bill was rejected in the spring following a heated argument over whether restaurants should have special rooms for smokers, service-free, to protect restaurant personnel from second-hand smoke. Health Minister Svatopluk Němeček said on Tuesday he believed the proposed legislation would eventually win approval, but predicted it would take months rather than weeks.
Doctor Karel Pacák is an internationally recognized endocrinologist and the current head of the Medical Neuroendocrinology section at the National Institute of Child Health in Bethesda. After resolving to help find a cure for cancer as a small boy, he devoted his life to scientific and clinical research in the field of endocrine oncology. He is also the winner of the 2016 Most Respected Czech Abroad competition organized by Czech Radio, which included finalists such as Miloš Forman, Eva Jiřičná or Daria Klimentová. Ahead of the award ceremony, I
The Bohnice psychiatric Hospital did not commit an error in judgment when it released a patient who subsequently attacked and killed a stranger in a Prague shopping centre, Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek told journalists in Prague, citing the outcome of an investigation by a commission of experts. The commission concluded that the staff responsible did not break the law, violate the hospital’s internal regulations, or disregard the recommendations of the Czech Association of Psychiatrists. The commission said the police was to blame for not relaying vital information relating to the case. The hospital was allegedly not informed that the said patient had attempted to strangle another woman in a coffee house a fortnight before she committed the murder. She was merely hospitalized for aggressive behavior.
The National Institute of Mental Health has launched a campaign aimed at fighting the stigma attached to mental illnesses which still plagues thousands of patients and prevents many others from seeking the help that they need. To find out more about the problem I invited Miroslava Janoušková from the National Institute of Mental Health to the studio and began by asking how serious the discrimination of people with mental illnesses is.
South Moravia is fighting a hepatitis epidemic, with heightened sanitary measures in hospitals, institutions and public places. The health authorities report 151 cases of Hepatitis A since the beginning of the year, the highest incidence of the infectious disease in 25 years. Fifteen cases have been reported in the past week alone. 600 people were vaccinated. Heightened sanitary measures are in place in hospitals, on trams and buses, in churches and other places where people gather.
Medical tests have disproved earlier warnings about growing male infertility among Czech men, fertility specialist Michal Pohanka from the General Teaching Hospital in Prague said at a press briefing on Tuesday. Pohanka said that, in fact, male fertility appears to have improved in recent years, which doctors ascribe to a healthier lifestyle. A medical study involving 5,000 men showed that the average sperm count was four times higher than the bottom rate for fertility set by the WHO. The quality of sperm has also reportedly improved.
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