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An innovative radiotherapy machine set in the ICO (by B. Cazorla)

08 November 2011 05:19 PM

The Catalan Institute of Oncology is ranked among the world’s best research centres

The last ‘SCImago Institutions Ranking’ classified the 3,000 best research institutions in the world. Harvard University tops the ranking, but the Catalan institute, is ranked second in Spain and among the best European research centres....
Esther, her parents, and Vall d'Hebron's medical team who developed the new surgical technique (by M. Bélmez)

02 November 2011 09:58 PM

World pioneering foetal surgery against spina bifida successfully undergone in a Catalan hospital

For the first time in the world, a foetus having the spina bifida congenital disorder went through a new intra-uterus surgery technique. A medical team from Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital operated on the foetus in its 24th week by placing...
A high-speed train stopped at Camp de Tarragona's station, in the Madrid-Barcelona line (by ACN)

25 October 2011 12:04 AM

High-Speed Train between Barcelona and Madrid is reduced to 2h 30 min

Trains will reach a maximum speed of 310 km/h along some points of the trip. The improvement is due to the implementation of a new navigation system that has reduced the journey time for direct trains by eight minutes. The Spanish train operator,...

24 October 2011 07:16 PM

FC Barcelona and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation together against Polio

The Fundació FC Barcelona and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have released a video to increase awareness of the disease to coincide with World Polio Day. In the video, Bill Gates, who can be seen wearing a Barça shirt, states: “no other...
MSF Chairman, José Antonio Bastos, and MSF Operations Director, Raquel Ayora, this Tuesday in Barcelona (by M. Fernández)

18 October 2011 10:54 PM

MSF “completely dissociates itself” from the attacks against Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has stated it does not have “any truthful information” about the two Spanish aid workers kidnappers and their objectives. Therefore, MSF has dissociated itself from any “statement or...
An image from Dadaab refugee camps where the two MSF workers have been kidnapped (by Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

13 October 2011 11:18 PM

Two Spanish aid workers are kidnapped in Kenya in a refugee camp close to Somalia

One of the two workers is Catalan. The two women were working as logistics officers for Médécins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Dadaab, in the Ifo refugee camp, near the Somali border. Armed men took the two women away around 1pm (CEST). Kenyan...
The humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa affects 13.5 million people (by Kate Holt / Unicef)

12 October 2011 12:29 AM

The Catalan Government increases aid to the Horn of Africa

Despite exceptional increases for concrete development projects, external relations and international cooperation services and funds were reduced by almost 50% within the plan to reduce public spending in 2011. The Catalan Agency for Development...
From 2020 onwards, Catalonia's natural growth rate would be negative (by ACN)

07 October 2011 10:51 PM

Catalonia is the Spanish territory where population decreases the most

Catalonia would have lost 60,000 residents by the end of 2011, according to the INE. For the first time in decades, Catalonia's population will fall this year. In the next ten years, Spain’s population would decrease by 1.2% if current...
Waiting lists for surgical procedures are increasing and new criteria will be fixed to rank priorities (by ACN)

04 October 2011 03:23 PM

Budget reduction puts Catalan healthcare in the spotlight

The Catalan Government is obliged to reduce the public deficit and the public healthcare system is also subsequently affected by the budget cuts. Doctor and nursing unions are mobilised, while salary reduction and temporary lay offs are being...
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