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Ministry presents strategy to improve Czech public health

23-07-2014 15:20 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Health Ministry on Wednesday presented a national strategy to improve public health, which has in some respects deteriorated over the past decades. The document entitled Health 2020 addresses 16 areas, from lack of physical exercise to better institutional health care.  More

Helppes: training dogs for people with physical and mental health disabilities

17-07-2014 13:32 | Daniela Lazarová

Zuzana Rajtrová, photo: archive of Helppes The Prague-based NGO Helppes trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Established in 2001, it trains about 15 service dogs a year and is the only organization of its kind in the Czech Republic which has achieved the high standard required for membership in Assistant Dog Europe and Assistant Dog International. For this week’s Panorama I went to see one of its dog handlers, Zuzana Rajtrová, to find out more about how it works.  More

Controversial RU 486 abortion pill becomes legally available in the Czech Republic

10-07-2014 13:21 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Kristýna Maková Last year doctors performed around 23,000 surgical abortions in the Czech Republic, a fifth of them for health reasons. Now women who decide to end their pregnancy in its early stages have the option of using the newly available abortion pill RU 486. While many women welcome the chance to replace surgical abortion with a less invasive method of inducing miscarriage, critics and pro-life activists are vehemently protesting the pill’s registration.  More

Commission to probe Prague hospitals who turn away patients

09-07-2014 14:01 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Minister of Health Svatopluk Němeček and Prague mayor Tomáš Hudeček have announced plans to form a commission to tackle an epidemic of ambulance patients in the city forced to wait hours to be admitted to hospitals. In the latest reported incident, a woman died of a brain hemorrhage after allegedly being forced to wait for almost two hours until a hospital could be found that would admit her. DJ reports:  More

Czech Republic and Vietnam to cooperate in fighting drug crime

08-07-2014 15:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Nguyen Thai Binh, Milan Chovanec, photo: CTK With Vietnamese gangs getting increasingly involved in the drug crime scene in the Czech Republic, the Czech authorities have requested assistance from Vietnam’s police and judiciary in dealing with the problem. A meeting of the country’s interior ministers on Monday paved the way for close cooperation in fighting drug-related crime.  More

Czech scientists develop Lyme disease vaccine

18-06-2014 14:13 | Ian Willoughby

Tick, photo: Richard Bartz, CC BY-SA 2.5 Czech scientists have developed a new vaccine against Lyme disease. Presenting their breakthrough on Tuesday, the researchers said the vaccine against the tick-borne illness was ready to use on animals – and will hopefully be available for the treatment of humans in future.  More

Controversial abortion pill goes on sale in Czech pharmacies

16-06-2014 15:40 | Jan Richter

Illustrative photo: Kristýna Maková Czech pharmacies on Monday begin selling the controversial abortion pill RU-486 which has been approved for terminating pregnancies of up to seven weeks. Some gynaecologists argue the drug is safer for women than surgical abortion. But its opponents believe it could encourage irresponsible sexual behaviour – and that administering it actually breaches the law.  More

Number of HIV cases in Czech Republic rises sharply

02-06-2014 15:04 | Jan Velinger

Photo: jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net The number of registered cases of HIV in the Czech Republic jumped rapidly: in the first four months of 2014 almost one hundred new cases were registered. Although the Czech Republic still has a relatively low incidence of the deadly virus, the rising number of cases is a cause for concern.  More

Pervetin remains major problem in Czech Republic

28-05-2014 15:28 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Filip Jandourek On Tuesday, the European Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction released its European Drug report for 2014, mapping trends in illicit drug use and related threats to public health. For the Czech Republic, the news is sobering but not altogether surprising: that the country has the highest rate of methamphetamine consumption in Europe.  More

New guidelines to help courts calculate bodily harm compensations

15-04-2014 14:35 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Supreme Court has devised new guidelines for calculating settlements for bodily harm. The methodology, which comes in a reaction to rather vague provisions of the new Civil Code, should help unify court rulings on compensation for temporary and permanent injuries and similar issues. The new rules also raise the maximum amount of compensation for grave social impairment to 20 million crowns.  More

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