Thousands of people joined Saturday’s march through Prague in support of
legalisation of marihuana in the Czech Republic. The ‘Million Marihuana
March’ is an annual event culminating with a happening on Stvanice Island
that includes the sale of technical marihuana products, concerts and
Marihuana is legal for the treatment of certain medical conditions but possession of more than a small amount is still an offence.
A total ban on smoking came into effect at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport
on Tuesday. Previous smoking areas in the facility’s transit areas have
been done away with and the ban also applies to electronic cigarettes.
Operators said they expected the number of smoke-free airports to grow and wished to get on board with the healthy trend.
Fourteen spots near entrances to the airport’s buildings have been reserved for smokers.
Doctors have registered an increased incidence of measles in the Czech
Republic, reporting over 100 cases, mostly in Prague. In previous years
there were only isolated cases of the disease.
A combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella was introduced in this country in 1969 which practically eradicated these diseases in the Czech Republic and the increased incidence today is ascribed to a growing fear of vaccinations on the part of some parents who put off getting their children vaccinated for as long as possible.
A newborn Czech girl has undergone a thymus transplant in a hospital in
London, Prague Motol Hospital informed in a press release on Thursday. She
is the first Czech to ever undergo such surgery, which is aimed at renewing
her immunity system.
The girl was born without a thymus gland, which develops white blood cells to help fight infection, and therefore her body never developed an immune system. The patient remains under the supervision of both Czech and British doctors.
A team of Czech and US scientists have discovered a new method to fight cancer by blocking the access of a key nutrient, in this case an amino acid called glutamine, to cancer cells. This stops the cells from growing and they eventually die. Thanks to the promising results they have received funding of 40 million dollars for further clinical development.
The anti-smoking bill, which was introduced in the Czech Republic in May last year, has already had a positive effect on people’s health, according to newly released data by the Prague-based Institute of Health Information and Data. Doctors and anti-smoking campaigners say it is a strong argument against proposals to soften the ban.
Prof. Josef Jančář and his team at CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology) in Brno have developed a unique degradable hydrogel that should in due time make it easier to heal very serious burns and can be used to fill bone material in complicated fractures. It may even help with the gradual release of drugs or chemotherapeutics and thus influence the treatment of cancerous growth. After 10 years of development, the research centre has succeeded in obtaining a European patent, which guarantees the right to future production of this product
The outgoing government on Wednesday rejected a proposal to relax a ban on
smoking at Czech pubs, restaurants and some other facilities, which was
introduced last year. The amendment was proposed by Civic Democratic deputy
Marek Benda and envisaged creating separate smoking areas in pubs with
their own ventilation. Under the proposal, bars with an area of 80 square
meters or smaller could decide themselves whether to allow smoking or not.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said after the government meeting that it was too early to assess the effects of the anti-smoking bill, which has been in force since May last year. The proposal will now be debated in the lower house.
Over 100 Czech pubs and restaurants have been found guilty of contravening
a smoking ban that was brought in at the end of May, iDnes.cz reported on
Wednesday. Fines totalling CZK 243,000 have been levied.
The highest number of cases has been recorded in Central Bohemia, but the highest amount in sanctions has been imposed in the Ústí nad Labem region, where there pubs have been fined CZK 120,000.
Officials in Ústí nad Labem receive an average of two to three reports of illicit smoking from the public every day. Such reports are the most common manner that breaches are uncovered.