Doctors at the University Hospital in Brno are celebrating an unprecedented success. In mid-August, they delivered a healthy baby girl 117 days after her mother was declared brain dead after suffering a brain haemorrhage. It is the longest artificially sustained pregnancy in a brain-dead mother ever recorded in medical history.
Markéta Pechová has become the first Czech woman with a disability to
swim the English Channel.
Pechová, now 40, had her right leg amputated in childhood due to cancer. She swam from Dover, England, to the French shore on Sunday in just 12 hours and 31 minutes.
Despite her handicap, the athlete from Liberec regularly competes in long-distance swimming competitions.
She is the 25th Czech to have swum the English Channel. Among them is Yvetta Hlaváčová, who crossed it in less than 7 hours, 25 minutes and 15 seconds in 2006, a world record for women.
Czech society has changed dramatically since 1989, and not only
politically. Czechs are living longer and having fewer children, but while
the population is aging it is not declining, thanks to an influx of
immigrants. These are among some of the more striking findings of the Czech
At the time of the Velvet Revolution, the life expectancy for a Czech man was 68, eight years lower than today at 76. In the last year of Communism, a Czech woman could expect to live to 75.5, compared to 82 now.
Seniors now account for nearly 20 percent of the population, up from 13 percent in 1989. Meanwhile, children under the age of 15 make up 16 percent of the population, down from 22 percent three decades ago.
The Czech Republic experienced a baby boom around 2008, when the so-called Husák's children generation of the 1970s, begang having children of their own. Even so, the annual birth rate reached a maximum of 120,000. In recent years, it has been around 114,000.
At the time of the Velvet Revolution, there were 3.4 foreigners for every 1,000 Czechs compared to 53 today. Thirty years ago, one in 294 residents were born abroad, compared to one in 19 today.
Krkonoše is home to the highest mountains in the Czech Republic, with majestic peaks protruding above the alpine tree line and a unique mosaic of ecosystems in valleys formed in the ancient glacial past. Dozens of mountain trails and alpine meadows paths in the Krkonoše or Giant Mountains are now accessible also for handicapped nature-lovers and families with prams.
As elsewhere in the developed world, the average life expectancy for Czech men and women has been growing, but the sad news is that they are not spending their old age in good health. The Czech Health Ministry is ringing alarm bells and focussing on campaigns that will raise awareness of the health risks responsible for serious illnesses in the aging population.
Syphilis cases are on the rise throughout Europe, the European Centre for
Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has warned.
In the Czech Republic, ECDC data show a 70 percent increase in reported cases between the years 2010 and 2017, the last year for which complete data is available.
Despite the rise in reported cases, the Czech rate of infection is less than half the European Union average.
Some 30,000 syphilis cases were reported in the 28 EU Member States in 2016, when the average incidence rate was 6.1 cases per 100, 000 people.
Pop singer Karel Gott, who turned 80 last month, has cancelled an
appearance at the upcoming Benátská noc festival in Liberec due to acute
pneumonia, a spokesperson said.
Gott was due to perform on Thursday, the eve of the festival, at the traditional "Party for the Impatient" (Večírek pro nedočkavé). It was to have been his last public performance this year.
The festival setting is considered to be the most beautiful in the Czech Republic. It traditionally features headliners in three musical genres over three days: rock on Friday, pop on Saturday and folk music on Sunday.
The number of HIV-positive people in the Czech Republic has tripled over
the past ten years, according to data from the National Institute of
In 2008, there were 1,186 people living with the virus. At the end of this May, an estimated 3,468 people in the country were HIV-positive.
While noting significant advancements in treating people with the virus, the Institute called for renewed efforts to prevent its spread.
Biotech companies within the PPF Group, controlled by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, are reporting advances in efforts to extend the lives of cancer patients. The companies Sotio and Cytune Pharma announced on Thursday that they had started the first trial dosing of cancer patients with SO-C101, a superagonist fusion protein of interleukin IL-15.
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