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Czech doctors test breakthrough heart treatment

09-04-2015 15:24 | Ruth Fraňková

PHP HeartMate pump, photo: CTK Doctors at Prague’s Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine are the first in the world to use a special heart pump in order to save patients with an acute heart failure. The PHP HeartMate pump can replace the heart’s function for 72 hours, giving doctors the chance to decide about the best possible treatment. So far, four patients at IKEM have undergone this experimental treatment:  More

Human rights advocates up in arms over proposal to make HIV testing compulsory for high-risk groups

07-04-2015 15:28 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Barbora Kmentová The Czech Health Ministry is pushing a proposed amendment to the law on public health which would make HIV testing compulsory for some people in high risk groups. While the ministry argues that this is to curb the spread of the disease and ensure early treatment, human rights advocates say it would mean a serious breach of human rights.  More

Plzeň doubles weekend rates to attract doctors to emergency healthcare black spot

20-03-2015 16:02 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek Eight hundred crowns per hour is being offered by the region of Plzeň to surgeons willing to work weekends at emergency rooms in the area of Tachov. The local hospital closed more than a decade ago. But the offered funds – amounting to 16,000 per a single weekend – are apparently not enough. Anyone who suffers injury in the area of Tachov at the weekend has to drive at least 60 kilometres to the nearest facility to get help.  More

Radon: a stealthy killer that claims hundreds of lives

19-03-2015 15:46 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Filip Jandourek Nowadays fear of exposure to radioactivity generally revolves around artificial radiation sources, such as nuclear power facilities. What most people do not suspect is that the biggest threat of exposure to the population is commonly caused by natural sources –in the Czech Republic by radon, a gas without odour, colour or taste that is the leading cause of cancer in non-smokers.  More

Cross border medical care beginning to thrive in border regions

10-02-2015 17:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: European Commission People living in the Czech border regions have gradually got used to the concept of cross-border medical care within the EU. For many locals, clinics in neighbouring Germany are closer and more expedient than the nearest medical facility in the Czech Republic, while many Germans and Austrians seek out dental care at Czech clinics which are significantly cheaper.  More

Ombudswoman uncovers serious failings in old age homes operating outside of the law

09-02-2015 15:53 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Ombudswoman Anna Šabatová is ringing the alarm regarding the conditions in which some senior citizens live in old people’s homes that fail to provide adequate care. The spotlight on several such homes has underscored a serious problem in a country with an aging population.  More

Czech Republic on brink of nationwide flu epidemic as vaccine proves largely ineffective

05-02-2015 14:32 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Republic is on the brink of a nationwide flu epidemic with all 14 regions severely affected. This year’s strain of flu is reported to be exceptionally aggressive and due to a mutation of the virus it has made the vaccine largely ineffective. The Bruntál region moreover reports four cases of swine flu with one patient in critical condition.  More

Doctors warn of growing incidence of babies born with drug withdrawal symptoms

19-01-2015 16:16 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Oriol Martinez / freeimages Doctors warn that in the past five years there has been an increase in the number of babies born with a neonatal abstinence syndrome as a result of their mother’s drug addiction. Hospitals and child centers across the country confirm this trend.  More

President comes under fire for words on inclusive education, handicapped children

16-01-2015 15:19 | Jan Velinger

Miloš Zeman, photo: Filip Jandourek President Miloš Zeman stirred considerable controversy this week, suggesting that handicapped children in the Czech Republic would be better off not sharing classrooms with non-handicapped students. He made the statement against inclusive education at a rehabilitation institute in East Bohemia. His words provoked broad reaction, with many saying the stance clashed with progressive values.  More

Could Czech Republic finally get smoking ban?

14-01-2015 15:06 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Republic has some of the most liberal laws in Europe when it comes to smoking. Now, however, the country’s health minister is working on legislation that would ban cigarettes from all bars and restaurants. Previous efforts to introduce a ban have come to very little – but the minister says the time is now right for such a change.  More

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