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Major health care reforms take effect

02-04-2012 16:54 | Christian Falvey

Major changes to the health care system in the Czech Republic came about this week when the government’s reform package took effect. Called the biggest reform in the last 45 years, the aim is a redefinition of how health care services are provided, and the role of the state, the facility and the patient therein.  More

Study: Obesity, smoking and drug abuse on the rise among Czech adolescents

29-02-2012 17:12 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: European Commission Czech researchers from the University of Olomouc made a significant contribution to the latest Health Behavior of School-Aged Children Research Study. Sadly, its conclusions point to a worrying trend: Czech adolescents, and their counterparts across Europe, are living an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. As a result, obesity, drug abuse and smoking among those aged 18 and under are on the rise. We spoke to one of the Czech researchers involved in the international study, Michal Kalman.  More

Czech team designs computerized playground

23-02-2012 16:22 | Zdenka Kuchyňová, Daniela Lazarová

Photo: New Bohemia Foundation Getting youngsters to play outside on a sunny day is an increasingly difficult task. Most parents now find it near impossible to pry their children away from their computers and compared to the wonders of virtual reality kids no longer find outdoor activities as attractive. Czech designer Pavel Tuma and his team have now unveiled a revolutionary 5-D playground that aims to change that.  More

Survey shows drinking among 16-year-olds on rise

21-02-2012 17:17 | Jan Velinger

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) has found that the number of 16-year-olds in the Czech Republic who drink beer or hard liquor on a regular basis has gone up. Back in 1995, 14 percent of the country’s sixteen-year-olds drank at least three times a month, but last year the percentage moved up to 20. By contrast, marijuana use dropped, if only slightly.  More

MPs complete legislation aimed at legalizing cannabis for medical purposes

03-02-2012 14:43 | Jan Velinger

A group of Czech MPs from all of the parties in the Chamber of Deputies has completed legislation which could legalise the use of cannabis in the Czech Republic for medical purposes. Currently, thousands of sufferers from debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s, Lyme borreliosis and multiple sclerosis, have been forced to break the law to obtain marijuana to help ease their pain, a situation which could soon change if the bill passes in the lower house. According to reports, the medical use of cannabis in the Czech Republic could be legal within the year.  More

Brain drain from Czech hospitals continues

16-01-2012 15:59 | Daniela Lazarová

Efforts to stem the brain drain from Czech hospitals are proving harder than expected. The number of doctors who quit their jobs in search of higher salaries and better work opportunities abroad in 2011 is the highest in the country’s modern history.  More

Growing fears over faulty French breast implants

05-01-2012 15:47 | Daniela Lazarová

Czech health institutions say they are getting dozens of concerned calls from women with silicone breast implants who fear they may be at health risk in connection with the scandal surrounding faulty French implants exported to 65 countries worldwide. It has been confirmed that around 2,000 of the risky industrial-grade silicone implants were delivered to Czech clinics between 2007 and 2010 when the scandal surfaced. Some clients are already demanding repeat surgery whether or not their doctors advise it.  More

Injured Libyans to receive treatment in Prague hospitals

13-12-2011 16:17 | Daniela Lazarová

Injured Libyans arrive at Prague's Kbely airport, photo: CTK A Czech military plane brought five injured Libyans to Prague for treatment on Monday night. All are in need of surgery which overcrowded hospitals in their homeland are unable to provide. An appeal from Libya for European countries to help treat their wounded has led to the Czech government extending its Medevac aid programme for children to adults with serious medical problems.  More

New legislation proposes legalization of medical cannabis under strict rules

02-12-2011 15:39 | Pavla Horáková

A government expert group is adding finishing touches to new draft legislation proposing the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. While still banning patients from growing medical cannabis on their own, the amended legislation allows importing as well as the cultivation of medical hemp by local private companies under strict state supervision. The committee, whose existence was prompted by a petition initiated earlier this year by doctors, researchers and patients and is supported by the chairwoman of the lower house of Parliament, is supposed to submit the final draft proposal to the Prime Minister in about a week’s time.  More

Asbestos concerns rise as affected schools close

30-11-2011 15:40 | Christian Falvey

One of the closed schools in České Budějovice, photo: CTK The city hall in České Budějovice closed three primary schools in a housing estate this week after health workers discovered the presence of carcinogenic asbestos. While teachers attempt to create alternative plans for the several hundred students, asbestos concerns have returned to the public awareness nationwide, and health officials warn that many more public buildings may carry the same risks.  More

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