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Last september the 10th at Stockholmassen took place the EFNS annual meeting. I had the chance to follow this great session chaired by JOHANN SELLNER, MUNICH, GERMANY
ISRAEL STEINER, PETACH-TIKVA, ISRAEL.

Travel related CNS infections
Erich Schmutzhard, INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

Diseases such as Malaria and many Parassitosis are getting more and more frequent in western populations. Tailored campaigns may help migrants and travellers to better prevent serious consequences (see post on malaria). Even a a couple of weeks visit to relatives in endemic malaric areas without appropriate prophilaxis may expose a family to infections. Once back in europe in case of troubles doctors should think to uncommon diseases more frequently (? to let them know is our duty).

Neurological complications of vaccination
Israel Steiner, PETACH TIKVA, ISRAEL

Perivaccinic neurological complication in a wide definition may be more frequent then expected even if hard to diagnose. GB syndrome also may be a potential consequence.

Emerging CNS infections of worldwide importance
Johann Sellner, MUNICH, GERMANY

After the large diffusion of transpalnations al over the world in acute post transplantation and later phases minor infectious agent may play a crucial role. (rabia, HSV)


The Lancet, Volume 380, Issue 9842, Page 622, 18 August 2012

as reported by A I Fumagalli

Earlier this year, Mexico reached a truly immense landmark in its pioneering journey of health reform: achieving universal health coverage (UHC) for its 100 million citizens. This remarkable feat has been realised in less than a decade, and is detailed in a Lancet Health Policy paper published online on Aug 16—an update on The Lancet’s 2006 Series on Mexico’s early experiences of health reform.
Central to Mexico’s progress is an ideological shift: health insurance is no longer seen as an employment benefit, but a right of citizenship. The outcome? 52 million previously uninsured Mexicans now have state-protected health cover via the public insurance system and instrument of Mexico’s health reform, Seguro Popular.
It would be naive to assume that achieving UHC is the final destination in Mexico’s journey of health reform. Despite many crucial new changes in the way Mexico organises its health services—such as the investment in disease prevention through public health programmes (the ban on tobacco use in public places being a good example), and encouraging signs of access to the latest drugs in clinical medicine (such as the availability of trastuzumab for breast cancer treatment)—large challenges lie ahead. The threat of a rise in the burden of non-communicable diseases looms large.
There are also important lessons for other low-income and middle-income countries who share Mexico’s quest for UHC, notably the positioning of health reform within a legal framework to secure protection from future political interference. And, crucially, Mexico has showed how UHC, as well as being ethically the right thing to do, is the smart thing to do. Health reform, done properly, boosts economic development.
UHC in other regions will be explored further in a themed issue of The Lancet on Sept 8. And let us not forget Mexico’s northern neighbour, where President Barack Obama is seeking to drive through the most radical reforms in the history of US health care. But for now, let us celebrate success, and hope for a sustained Mexican wave of UHC worldwide.

Perugia and Montessori : The “Centro Internazionale Montessori ” of Perugia is a wonderful piece that integrated the activities of academic institutions (universities Italian and foreign) providing that special something to the city educational system. Google yesterday delighted us with a doodle dedicated to the great pedagogue, lucky that someone remembers.

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