Swine flu cases in Rome.

Five cases of influenza A-H1N1, known as swine flu, have been confirmed in Italy since the beginning of May, three of which are in Rome. All five cases regard people who have visited Mexico in the m...

Italy prepares for swine flu.

The health ministry is urging Italians to stay calm in the face of an outbreak of swine influenza that has killed more than 150 people in Mexico and spread to Europe, with cases reported in Spain and...

No more mercury thermometers.

From 2 April only digital thermometers are available for sale in Italy. Thermometers containing mercury have now been banned, in line with a 2006 European Union directive to reduce the use and spread...

Lazio short of emergency beds.

Emergency rooms in Lazio are critically overcrowded, says emergency health professionals

Health ministry releases AIDS report.

According to the annual report from the Italian health ministry over 51,000 people in Italy have been diagnosed with AIDS since the virus was first discovered in 1981. Of these 35,000 have died. The h...

Italy’s inmates in poor health.

A study by the senate

S. Giacomo hospital closes for accidents and emergency.

One of the main hospital accident and emergency departments in the historic centre of Rome closed to the public on 6 October. Just off the central Via del Corso and very close to Piazza del Popolo,...

Newly arrived male immigrants most at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Single male immigrants who are newly arrived in Italy, speak little Italian and have a low level of education are most at risk of being infected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a stud...

Trastevere tourist medical service.

The Nuovo Regina Margherita Hospital is offering a special 24-hour tourist medical service. The tourist department is staffed by one medical doctor and two nurses, and is meant especially for patients...

Lazio residents pop more pills.

The number of people taking antipsychotic drugs in Lazio almost doubled between 2000 and 2006, a report by health watchdog Osservasalute has revealed. In 2006, 6.01 out of every 1,000 people in the re...

Organ donation cards.

Rome city council has begun distributing special cards allowing residents to indicate whether or not they wish to donate their organs for transplant in the event of their death. The card

Bullying on the increase.

Bullying in Italian schools has risen by 6 per cent in the last two years, according to a new study by the Italian Pediatric Society. Almost three quarters of the 1,200 teenagers between the ages of 1...

Tropical virus arrives in Italy.

Around 200 cases of the mosquito-born tropical virus chikungunya have been reported in the Ravenna area of northern Italy

Legionella at Rome’s policlinico Umberto I

Months long investigations and inspections carried out at Rome

HIV testing in Rome squares.

Free anonymous HIV tests will be available in two of the capital

Cocaine use on the rise.

Cocaine use has more than doubled in Italy between 2001-2005, according to a ministry of the interior report, making it the European country with the third highest cocaine usage after Great Britain an...

Stay-at-home children.

According to a study issued by the Istituto Italiano di Medicina Sociale, 45 per cent of young people in Italy between the ages of 30 and 34 still live with their parents. One child in four is born...

No under age smoking.

The Italian State Monopoly controlling the sale of cigarettes has issued instructions that all automatic machines distributing cigarettes must be equipped with a system for reading identity documents...

More support for euthanasia.

The number of Italians who approve of euthanasia is rising, according to the 40th annual report on the social situation of Italy by Censis (Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali), published at the beginni...
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