A large and troubling study from Sweden has confirmed that people with autism live shorter lives on average than other people; in some cases those affected only live to the age of 40. The team looked at the health records of 27,000 adults with autism and compared them with 2.7 million people in the general population in Sweden. Dr Tatja Hirvikoski, from the Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Karolinska Institute, tells Health Check what they discovered.
In Hungary there is a growing shortage of doctors and nurses, as more and more leave the country for jobs in northern Europe, earning up to six times as much. The healthcare system is currently short of around 20,000 nurses and in nine years it is predicted that half of the country will not have a proper GP system. But it is not just about money. Another reason for the exodus is because of what some regard as a moral crisis in Hungarian health care. Many doctors feel humiliated by the widespread practice o