EFFECTS OF THE CRISIS

Number of Spanish emigrants nearly doubles in four years

But new figures also show that rate of people leaving is slowing down

EFFECTS OF THE CRISIS

Ten percent of Spanish families can’t afford to throw kids birthday parties

Clothes and leisure spending slashed as recession bit into household incomes, says poll

EFFECTS OF THE CRISIS

29.2% of Spanish population now at risk of poverty or social exclusion

New statistical study shows average household income in Spain has also fallen

Lucía and Hugo: the most popular baby names in Spain

But classics such as José and María continue to top the charts for population as a whole

Over 27% of Spanish population at risk of poverty or social exclusion

New report by European watchdog cites 2013 figures and covers worst period of the crisis

Major pharmaceutical distributor probed over illegal drug exports

Alliance Healthcare at center of inquiry into ring that sold state-subsidized drugs abroad

EBOLA IN SPAIN

More than 50 under observation after possible exposure to Ebola

Nursing assistant who contracted virus being treated with antibodies from other patients

Spanish priest infected with Ebola to be treated in Madrid hospital

Miguel Pajares, 75, contracted the virus while treating another patient

A CHANGING POPULATION

The causes behind Spain’s looming pensions crisis

An ageing population does not necessarily spell disaster for the welfare state, say experts The real risks come from a stagnant economy, reduced lending and unemployment

HEALTH

The north-south exercise divide

A new EU report shows that almost half of Spaniards do no kind of sporting activity Scandanavians are the most active, with southern Europeans lagging far behind Experts pin the blame on a “hostile urban environment” and call for better infrastructure

demographics

Number of Spaniards living abroad grew 6.6 percent in 2013

Figure includes many nationalized Latin Americans who are being forced home by the crisis

healthcare

Ten Alicante patients contract hepatitis through medical negligence

Same saline solution bag was used for several intravenous transfusions

EMIGRATION

Is the crisis fueling an exodus?

Studies are trying to pinpoint just how many people are leaving Spain due to rampant unemployment

HEALTHCARE PRIVATIZATION

New Madrid health chief offers staff olive branch after outsourcing U-turn

Company says it respects regional government's decision to cancel hospital privatization plan Medical workers celebrate scheme's demise

HEALTHCARE

Dishonorably discharged?

The lack of places at mid-term care centers is blocking up thousands of hospital beds Intermediate treatment facilities need to be improved, say specialists

DEMOGRAPHICS

Why a drain in Spain will lead to population shrinkage by 2017

In five years' time, fewer births and more emigration will mean a lower number of inhabitants Some 2.6 million people are expected to leave the country over the next decade

HEALTH

Cuts to HIV programs hindering efforts to combat new infections

Spain has one of the highest incidence rates in Europe, say health professionals

MEDICINE

Thalidomide pharmaceutical firm ordered to pay compensation to victims

Drug was not properly tested by German company, judge rules, causing serious disabilities in Spanish babies

Widowed woman loses status as daughter-in-law in taxman’s eyes

Pilar Arriols being asked to return 7,300-euro break on inheritance levy

IMMUNIZATIONS

Health Ministry blocks supply of chickenpox vaccine to pharmacies

Medication agency denies freeze but says 350,000 doses were "used incorrectly"

gender violence

A rape every eight hours: thousands of lives to rebuild

According to 2011 data, there were 1,100 violent sexual assaults reported in Spain For the victims, the trauma is a major barrier to moving on

National trends

Why the crisis is keeping the stork at bay

The birth rate in Spain has dropped nearly 13 percent since 2008 Demographic experts are warning of the risks of an imbalance in society

HEALTHCARE CONTROVERSY

Cancer: too costly to treat?

The government is being accused of delaying approval of expensive drugs, while the Health Ministry says it is in the process of streamlining procedures

HEALTH

Facing up to the risk of cancer

Movie star Angelina Jolie’s recent double mastectomy is nothing new, say four women similarly predisposed to developing breast and ovarian tumors

INTERVIEW

“I wouldn’t think about going back to Spain for the moment”

After being fired from a Valencia research center, Nuria Martí is now part of the Oregon team behind this month’s embryonic stem-cell breakthrough

SPAIN'S STOLEN CHILDREN

“My parents went to Melilla and paid €2,100 for me”

Operation Oculta has traced Spain's stolen baby scandal to North Africa

HEALTH CUTS

Surgery patient has knee brace removed after failing to cover cost

Orthopedic item taken from Adrián García, 23, while he was still in his hospital bed