The Czech environmental group Arnika is ringing alarm bells. According to the results of a recent study it conducted, some children’s toys and grooming accessories, such as hair brushes, sold in the EU contain toxic substances. Arnika’s Karolína Brabcová says this is an unfortunate side product of the drive to promote plastics recycling.
How would you react if you were on a boat that suddenly began to sink or if someone suddenly jumped in front of your car? Such scenarios and peoples’ reactions are the focus of a specialised lab at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. Among other things, it relies on virtual reality as a tool – details were unveiled this week.
The region of Ústí in North Bohemia has registered seven new cases of
hepatitis A; since last January the number of infected reached 358.
At least one of the new cases registered were at a local elementary school.
The local hygiene office is ordering special measures including vaccination against the disease.
Around 4,500 doctors will not be able to start issuing electronic
prescriptions as of January 1st, according to a law that has made them
compulsory as of next year, the ctk news agency reports. The State
Institute for Drugs Control says it will be unable to process applications
filed after November 24th in time.
The law introducing electronic prescriptions went into effect in 2007 but up till now doctors could use them on a voluntary basis. Doctors in small towns and villages have complained that the new measure will place a big administrative burden on them. The measure will affect over 43,000 Czech physicians.
Surgeons at Prague’s Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine
have implanted their first artificial heart. The surgery happened ten days
ago and it was announced at a press conference on Thursday.
The 58-year-old patient suffered failure on both sides of the heart and couldn’t undergo regular heart transplantation. Doctors said he is in a good condition. The Czech Republic is the third country to perform the artificial heart surgery. France pioneered the surgery in 2014.
Around 700 people in the Czech Republic are unaware they are infected with
the HIV virus, a quarter of all who have the disease in the country. The
news was confirmed on Tuesday by the head of the Czech AIDS Help Society
Robert Hejzák. The society is launching a new campaign to encourage people
to get tested or to get timely treatment.
December 1 is World AIDS Day.
Monitoring of the spread of the HIV virus, which can lead to AIDS, began in the former Czechoslovakia in 1985.