The statistics are alarming: 6 percent of the Czech population have diabetes, that's over six hundred thousand people. On top of that number, there are probably another two percent of diabetics who have never been diagnosed and registered. The number of diabetes patients is increasing all the time and experts estimate that in 2010, there will be over 1 million diabetes patients in the Czech Republic. In this week's Talking Point, Pavla Horakova looks at what is causing this trend and what can be done to make life easier for diabetics in the Czech Republic.
On Wednesday the cabinet appointed Jan Jarab as the new head of the government's Council for Human Rights. The Council acts as an advisory body to the Czech government. It's Mr Jarab's job to see that the rights of the country's ten million citizens are respected, and to advise the government when they're not. One of Mr Jarab's first tasks will be to submit a motion to the Justice Ministry, calling for an amendment to strengthen the legal rights of the mentally ill. and asked Mr Jarab to explain what was wrong with the current system.
The Ministry of Health has approved clinical trials of what is considered a possible breakthrough in cancer treatment. But while the general public has great expectations from tests, medical experts warn that many problems connected with the treatment are still unresolved and that its effects have yet to be proven. has the story.
And now we turn to a frequent topic in the Czech Republic: accession to the European Union. A major part of the accession process has been to bring Czech law into line with the EU. One of the laws which has been recently passed and which comes into effect on January 1 is a law banning smoking in the work place and in many public places. A great number of Czechs will be effected by the clampdown, a large percentage of which will be teenagers. So what makes them take up the habit despite the constant media health warnings. gets the view from the school yard as to why so many young people smoke while the older generation is desperately trying to quit: