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1,000 in Portugal at risk of Chagas disease

It has an unusual name - due to the surname of its founder - but the insidious Latin-American Chagas disease now threatens as many as a 1,000 people in Portugal.

It cannot be ignored, an...

Braced for an encounter with the deadly Ebola virus, Portugal’s director general of health Francisco George says the country is prepared and has a strategy in place. Only last month, the health...

The number of Aids cases in Portugal dropped significantly in 2013, but the prevalence of the disease is still high in European terms, Health Minister Paulo Macedo told a conference in Lisbon over...

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Thousands of substances which are defined as ‘drugs’ are used every day, and many of them in enormous quantities.

A socially-accepted drug is described as a chemical...

Nurse power

New Ministry of Health plans aim to see a “broadening of the current competencies of nurses” as another way of reducing costs in state hospitals.

President of the association of hospital...

170 ‘avoidable deaths’ in hospital surgeries every year

As many as 346 patients die in surgeries every year - and half this number could be avoided. The shock findings came in a preliminary report issued by the Portuguese association of operating...

Half the angiographs used in Portugal’s hospitals are past their ‘sell-by’ dates. According to a new report on large-scale hospital equipment, 22 of the country’s 44 angiographs are over 10 years...

Hospital “victory” opens new can of worms

On paper, it’s a “victory”. Socialists fighting the transfer of services from Portimão hospital to Faro have won a court ruling that effectively bars health chiefs from any further streamlining....

Child vaccine withdrawn after bad reactions

A multi-vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio has been suspended following serious adverse reactions in three children.

Reactions included strong pain and swelling...

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