Bohdan Pomahač led the team that carried out the first ever full transplant of a human face in the United States. The Boston-based plastic surgeon recently received the Gratias Agit award from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad. After the ceremony, I spoke to the famous physician about various aspects of facial transplantation – and much more.
The Czech lower house of Parliament has approved a cabinet proposal that
would see medical marihuana mostly covered by public health insurance.
According to the proposal, which will now go to the Senate, insurers would cover 90 percent of the cost of for medical marihuana per month on a maximum of 30 grams per patient.
MPs rejected an amendment by Pirate deputy Tomáš Vymazal to make the payment 100 percent and set the monthly limit at 180 grams.
Young Czechs remain at the top of the European ladder in the use of soft or party drugs, with marihuana being the most commonly used substance. However it is the illegal production of methamphetamine that remains the most pressing problem in fight against drug abuse, both for the Czech Republic and neighbour states.
The anti-smoking bill, which came into effect in the Czech Republic two
years ago, has had a positive effect on people’s health, Minister of
Health Adam Vojtěch told reporters on Thursday.
Since June 2017, when smoking in pubs, restaurants and other facilities was strictly banned, there were fewer people hospitalised with heart attacks or asthma. Experts say the effect of the ban on cancer can be assessed in about ten years’ time.
The National Public Health Institute’s data show that the number of smokers in the 15 to 19 age group dropped by 15 percent between 2017 and 2018. There has also been a drop in the number of young people aged 15 to 24 who start smoking.
Czech doctors and medical experts are helping abroad. Within the government program MEDEVAC they provide urgent humanitarian aid in countries such as Jordan and Ukraine. You can also find medical devices Made in Czechia all over the world. This small country is definitely punching above its weight on the global scene when it comes to health expertise and technology.
The Czech Republic recorded the highest number of tick-borne encephalitis
(TBE) cases in the EU last year. In the whole of Europe, only Russia
recorded more cases of the potentially deadly disease.
There were 712 recorded TBE cases in the country last year, the highest number since 2011, a Czech member of the International Scientific Working Group on TBE (ISW-TBE) said in a press release on Thursday.
Only about one quarter of inhabitants of the Czech Republic are vaccinated against TBE, a low percentage compared to other EU countries. Within the bloc, the second-highest number of TBE cases was recorded in Germany, which has a population eight times larger.
Encephalitis patients suffer from fever, headache, aching joints and muscles. It can develop into meningitis.
An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world suffer from poor vision and over one billion people, mostly in the developing world, can’t afford glasses or don’t have access to them. Previous efforts to address the problem failed because the proffered solutions were either too complex or too costly to scale globally. Now a Czech-US start-up, DOT Glasses, has come up with a solution that offers huge promise. Their one-size-fits-all glasses, designed by a joint venture of Mercedes Benz and Akka Technologies, are self-adjustable, accommodate standard
The Czech Republic’s health minister has outlined a plan to reform the country’s long-neglected psychiatric care. The emphasis should be shifted from large psychiatric institutions to a network of mental health centres that would serve patients locally. Up to a third of psychiatric patients could be transferred to the centres by 2030.
The number of people infected with measles could rise to 1,000 this year,
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said in a debate on Czech television on
The estimate is based on the steep increase of cases since the beginning of this year. Doctors have registered 366 case of measles since the start of the year, with sixty cases in the last week alone. There were 203 cases in 2018.
The increase is attributed to the fact that many parents are refusing to get their children immunized for fear of side effects. The Czech Immunization Association has warned that immunization of the population has now dropped below the protective threshold.
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