Belgium discusses euthanasia for the mentally ill
There is a clash between defenders and opponents of this idea. They argue about whether hopeless suffering is subjective, and ask -- can we decide whose suffering is unbearable enough?
9 Nov 2017
Study finds Hungarians have given up on their dreams
Dreaming is much more than just a vague idea: it is a source of motivation. Voicing our desires inspires us to plan for the future, and work hard so that our dreams come true. Losing this „ability” is an alarming sign.
8 Nov 2017
Hungarian government rethinks the Hippocratic Oath
A new law coming into force next year will require GPs to collect a lot more information about us than ever before. And guess what: the government will have access to that data.
2 Nov 2017
Senior care will go from bad to worse in Slovakia
Slovakia is facing a dire dearth of care facilities for elders. It is virtually impossible to find a place unless someone dies.
1 Nov 2017
Poland (sort of) legalizes medical marijuana
From today on, Polish patients will find themselves in a truly Kafkian situation. Yes, they can finally buy medical marijuana. But no one in Poland is allowed to grow it.
31 Oct 2017
Poland demands freedom to completely outlaw abortion
The Polish foreign ministry to the United Nations: the Polish government wants rules on abortions gone from international treaties.
24 Oct 2017
Can doctors win the hunger games?
Monday is day 14 of a hunger strike at a Warsaw pediatric hospital that began October 2. Talks with the government so far have ended in fiasco, doctors have asked the Polish president for help.
15 Oct 2017
story of Italy’s biggest steel mill
The setting: Ilva di Taranto, Europe's largest steel mill. The characters: the mill owners and workers protesting layoffs. The supporting roles: the environment and public health.
13 Oct 2017
Kids these days are different then they were a generation ago.
8 Oct 2017
Estonia's unfaced drug problem
Estonians have gotten used to witnessing various odd behaviors in public spaces, like incessant scratching, a common withdrawal symptom.
6 Oct 2017
The anti-vaccination movement demonstrates alarming level of social distrust
Advocates of "freedom of choice" refer to alleged "vaccine damage", which has never been scientifically proven. But mistrust in the "system" is such that it is not enough to appeal to logic and common sense.
5 Oct 2017
Get in line! The endless queue for care
Those who want to be treated by a specialist as soon as possible can say goodbye to public healthcare and choose private centers, instead. But that's a choice that not many can afford to make.
3 Oct 2017
Drugs are bad, but criminalising them is worse
For all the time that drugs have been around, putting people in jail for using them has helped neither the users nor their communities.
29 Sep 2017
25 million unsafe abortions last year
Gentle reminder from WHO: Dear world, banning abortion does not actually reduce the number abortions performed. It only makes the procedure less safe for the women.
28 Sep 2017
These parents of disabled children are unstoppable
When an educational program for disabled kids is rolled back, their parents take a stand. "Our son is now talking ... For us, this is invaluable progress. Equally, each day he misses out on his education is an irreplaceable loss."
28 Sep 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina