The Czech Republic’s oldest citizen, Magdalena Kytnerová, has died at
the age of 108 in the Moravian town of Kroměříž.
She was born on March 17th of 1911 and her life spanned the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the birth of an independent Czechoslovakia, two world wars and the country’s return to democracy after forty years of communist rule.
There are currently over 430 centenarians living in the Czech Republic, the majority of them women, and their number keeps increasing.
One of the Czech Republic’s best-known earliest promoters of legalising marijuana and promoting its medicinal use has been sentenced to three years in prison. It is something of a cause célèbre among civil liberties groups and those battling big pharma’s monopoly on the dispensing of medical marijuana.
The Health Ministry has launched an electronic information system pertaining to the drugs prescribed to individual patients. The aim is to avoid patients getting incompatible or similar medicine from different specialists. Patients will be able to decide who is eligible to view the list. The Health Ministry says that in particular older people have a problem providing their doctor with vital information regarding the various drugs they are taking and often suffer health problems as a result.
The number of people diagnosed with HIV who are getting treatment in the
Czech Republic has seen a steady increase in the past few years. While in
2013 it was 75 percent, last year 95 percent of people diagnosed HIV
positive in this country received treatment, according to statistics
released by the National Laboratory for HIV and AIDS.
Since testing in this country began in 1986, 3,600 people were diagnosed HIV positive, and 660 of them developed full-blown AIDS. 300 of them have died. According to estimates another 530 people are infected without yet being aware of it.
It is estimated that the majority of those who stopped turning up for treatment may be Czechs and foreigners who moved abroad. A third of the people were diagnosed with HIV in this country are foreign nationals.
Since 1990, the number of people suffering from dementia has doubled in the
Czech Republic and the mortality rates among such patients has risen by
more than a factor of seven in the past 10 years, the Czech News Agency
reported on Wednesday, quoting data published by the Czech Alzheimer’s
Society and the Czech Statistics Office. Experts say this is down to the
overall aging of the population. However, statistics show that the
expansion of relevant services is not keeping up with the growth in
Every 13th person in the country over the age of 65 suffers from dementia, statisticians say, and the ratio gets higher with increased age. Last year there were 167,000 people suffering from dementia related diseases, but only 341 homes that offered programmes for patients with dementia with altogether 20,075 beds.
Mortality rates in the Czech Republic have declined by around one seventh
in the last ten years. Those who do die, tend to pass at an older age than
in previous decades, according to data presented by the Czech Statistics
Office on Wednesday. However, the main causes of death - heart and vascular
diseases – remain the same, being responsible for two thirds of the
112,920 deaths last year. Cancer, mainly of the lungs, is another recurrent
cause of death.
According to Terezie Štyglerová from the Czech Statistics Office, the top three causes of death are the same for men and women. However, men are more likely to die from accidents, while for women the other main causes of death are Alzheimers, other types of dementia and diabetes.
There are new warnings about a possible outbreak of measles in European countries including Czechia. Despite repeated warnings by the World Health Organization and national authorities, some Czech parents still refuse to have their children vaccinated. Our reporter Vít Pohanka spoke to both the opponents and proponents of vaccination for children and took a broader look at the issue.
Czech children are more active than their peers in other parts of the world when it comes to spending their free time, suggests an international study carried out by experts from the Palacký University in Olomouc. According to the survey, nearly 90 percent of Czech kids attend some after-school classes. However, an increasing number of them also spend time at their computers.
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