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Unique space medicine study programme launched

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The Ljubljana-based Jožef Stefan Institute has partnered with universities from Germany and France to carry out a new international post-graduate study programme on space medicine, the first of its kind in the world.
Called SpaceMed Erasmus Mundus Joint Master, the two-year programme will focus on
Alice and Žiga Erlač Shepherd, an English-Slovenian couple, will cycle from Maribor to Southampton and back to collect donations for cancer patients in Slovenia and England and to raise awareness about cancer and about the importance of expanding the registry of stem cell donors.
The couple launche
Slovenia is on track to eradicate hepatitis C. A projection made in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control shows the country has the lowest hepatitis C virus (HCV) incidence rate in the EU.
An estimated 0.07% of Slovenia's population is still infected with the vir

Law passed to transform top-up health insurance

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The National Assembly has passed a bill that transforms supplementary health insurance, a flat-rate monthly payment that is voluntary but needed for most health services, into a mandatory contribution attached to regular health insurance premiums. From next year, the payments will no longer be coll
A charity led by the parents of a child with a rare genetic condition, congenital CTNNB1 gene mutation, has raised more than €2 million for research that would lead to a gene therapy.
Called CTNNB1 Foundation, the charity aims to help Urban Miroševič as well as other kids suffering from this rare s
The government has adopted a bill on long-term care that determines the scope of long-term care services the state plans to provide, and introduces a new contribution to finance services that will be paid by employers and employees.
Under the legislation, the state would finance long-term care with
The government has adopted a bill on the digitalisation of healthcare, the first part of a planned health reform package that is supposed to thoroughly change how the system is financed and managed.
From next year, all public healthcare providers will have to send medical paperwork to a single IT h

Kids' fitness remains below pre-pandemic levels

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Slovenian children have become slightly fitter this year but the latest nation-wide fitness test in schools has shown that girls are still scoring 8% lower and boys 4% lower in their overall physical fitness than before the Covid pandemic.
Preliminary findings after 60% of the data has been process
Silver Thread, an association campaigning for dignified old age, has collected the required 5,000 signatures to submit a bill on assisted suicide to the National Assembly well before the deadline.
In its announcement on 5 June, the association said it expected the considerable support for the bill

Slovenia ageing rapidly

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A Eurostat projection indicates that the age structure of Slovenia's population will change significantly in the coming decades as population ageing accelerates. In 2100, the elderly are expected to account for a third of the country's population, which is forecast to decline by some 7% in the next
Slovenia is marking 20 years since the helicopter emergency medical service was first introduced. The service began in 2003 as a pilot project and is now an indispensable tool in the search and rescue toolbox.
The unit, dubbed the HEMS Brnik, was located at Ljubljana Airport and used Slovenian Arme