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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is backing the Czech Republic’s rules of mandatory vaccination for pre-school children. The vote of 16 to 1 decided that banning unvaccinated children from attending school is an acceptable “protective measure”, according to the report by Bloomberg. The landmark ruling comes following complaints from multiple Czech parents after their unvaccinated children were refused entry to preschool, or received fines from the government. Some of these complaints date as far back as 2003. The legislation does not yet apply to COVID-19 vaccines since the complaints were filed before the current pandemic. Barbora Peterová, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, has confirmed that the ruling doesn’t have any implications for the COVID-19 vaccine. CzechContinue Reading

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Forcing companies to test their employees for COVID-19 may not be going so well, as new data suggests half of all the positive results are in fact false positives. A new survey from the Food Chamber determined that companies are having a lot of trouble with the new testing regime because of the inaccuracy of the tests.  The manufacturers never guaranteed 100% accuracy, but companies are noticing a theme where the antigen tests are coming up positive, only to be proven wrong later when the employee takes a PCR test.  Miroslav Koberna, head of the Food Chamber, said that 141 companies participated in the survey, and the results show that nearly half of all those that tested positive were notContinue Reading

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A completely personal approach, comprehensive view of human health, sufficient time with each patient, extensive preventive measures, innovation and trust. Those are the key tenets of concierge medicine, an approach that has become well-established in the USA and will now be combined with lifestyle medicine for the first time. Prague will soon be the first city in Europe where a Concierge Medicine Europe clinic based on this approach will open. The clinic’s physicians will proactively look for ways to get their clients in the best shape and focus on maintaining their good health instead of merely treating symptoms of a particular disease or health problems. Up to 66% of patients select their physician according to whether they like and trustContinue Reading

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The new outbreak of bird flu hit the Zlín region in the Czech Republic. Twelve birds died out of over 400 different birds, such as geese, ducks, and turkeys, due to the spread of the H5N8 virus. “As in the previous cases, a three-kilometer protection and surveillance zone with a radius of ten kilometers will be defined, and emergency veterinary measures will be declared in these zones,” Petr Vorlíček, a spokesman for the State Veterinary Administration (SVS), explained.  By now, seven regions of the Czech Republic have already confirmed outbreaks of bird flu in farms. These were recorded in farms of the Central Bohemian, Moravian-Silesian, South Bohemian, Pardubice, Plzeň, and Vysočina regions. Also, the disease was found in wild birdsContinue Reading