Italians live longest.

Drawing on the mortality figures for 2003, ISTAT has issued a report which will cause the directors of INPS, Italys state pension organization, many a sleepless night, with the Italian male enjoying a...

Italian children the most overweight in Europe.

According to a recent survey by the International Obesity Task Force (a private research group) for the World Health Organisation around 36 per cent of children between the ages of 7 and 11 in Italy a...

Bambin Ges and S. Spirito hospitals plan cooperation.

The Vaticans Ospedale del Bambin Ges, which does not offer beds for obstetric and gynaecological cases under the Italian states health service but has great neonatal expertise, and the nearby state Os...

Free transport in IX municipio.

Elderly and disabled people living in the IX municipio (local administrative area) can now make use of a free transport service to get to and from local health structures and public offices. The servi...

Incentives for summer blood donation.

Rome residents who give blood in August or September will receive a special voucher which can be exchanged for two free tickets to one of the city museums. First-time donors also receive two free tick...

Health corners in Coop supermarkets.

Coop Italia, one of the countrys largest supermarket chains is making plans to start selling its own brand of non-prescription drugs at about 25 per cent below pharmacy prices. Although the cooperati...

Changing the law on drugs.

The Italian minister of health, Livia Turco, has announced that she will make use of an administrative procedure to change the tough drug law passed through parliament by the previous government earli...

Drugs controversy.

Italys new minister for social solidarity, Paolo Ferrero, has spoken in support of the controversial shooting rooms which are designed to provide a safe place for drug addicts to shoot up. They have a...

Pregnancy in Italy.

The number of Caesarean births in Italy is the highest in Europe and is even ahead of the United States of America, according to research recently released by ISTAT, the Italian statistics institute....

More doctors in Italy.

The number of doctors in Italy has risen by 25,000, or 4.4 per cent, compared to the figures in 2003. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) there is now one doc...

Villa Torlonia limonaia restored.

The restored Limonaia (an orangery, but one designed for lemon trees) in the grounds of the Villa Torlonia has been reopened to the public. It has been turned into a focaccia bar, with tables in the g...

Talking about cancer.

The Italian society for palliative care, Sicp, have conducted a survey on the close relations of 1,271 patients who have recently died of cancer. They found that 63 per cent of the patients had been...

Baby promotions.

The Rome city council has launched an initiative for newborn babies in Rome, a Baby Kit. The city councillor responsible for children and the family described it as a small gift to parents of babies b...

Sulphur baths restored.

The Acqua Albule spa, one of the most important thermal baths in Italy, will re-open on 18 March following more than a year of restoration and rebuilding. The sulphur springs in the plain between Rome...

Oncologist institutes living wills

Italys most famous oncologist, Umberto Veronesi, has announced that he will to institute a register for anyone who wishes to make a living will. He and a group of lawyers will act as guarantors for an...

Government advice on avian flu.

Dont touch dead birds is the message from the crisis unit of the government in light of the increased number of dead swans infected with virus H5N1 of avarian flu. After the cases in Giarre (Sicily),...

Fewer organ donors in Lazio.

The number of organ donations in the region of Lazio was down last year according to the Italian ministry of health. Statistics showed that there were 11 organ donations for every million inhabitants...

Italy tightens bird flu protection plans.

European health ministers agreed to step up measures to contain the spread of the H5NO virus, better known as bird flu, in Europe following news of the third human fatality in Turkey and confirmation...

Mental health controversy.

Only months before the next general election the Italian minister for health, Francesco Storace, has said that Italys mental health laws need revising. The controversial law, which was passed in 1978,...

Alternative cures.

Three out of four Italian cancer sufferers turn to alternative medicine to help them to alleviate the side effects of their conventional medical treatments, such as nausea, tiredness and stress. Thes...
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