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Netherlands ranked 5th most food-secure country in the world

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Health, News | 0 comments

Netherlands ranked 5th most food-secure country in the world

The Netherlands ranks 5th on global food security index. The US, Denmark, Norway, France and the Netherlands are the top-5 most food-secure countries in the world, according to the Food Security Index published recently by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). A combination of ample food supplies, high incomes, low spending on food relative to other outlays, and significant investment in agricultural research and development (R&D) put these countries at the top of the 105-nation index. However, despite positive scores overall in the...

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Dutch research on avian influenza finally published

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Dutch research on avian influenza finally published

Researchers from Erasmus MC have just published their research on the transmissibility of H5N1 avian influenza virus in the leading scientific journal Science. The publication was delayed by several months due to the fact that various organizations first wanted to investigate whether the details could be misused by malicious individuals. In the study the researchers show that only a small number of mutations were necessary to change the H5N1 virus so that it can spread through the respiratory system between mammals. This implies that the risk...

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Number of child adoptions in the Netherlands back at level of the 1960s

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Number of child adoptions in the Netherlands back at level of the 1960s

Altogether, 560 children were adopted in the Netherlands last year (the lowest number since 1965) versus 720 children in 2010, according to Statistics Netherlands. Since the most recent record year 2004, the number of adopted children was declined almost continually. In that year, 1,380 children were adopted, more than twice as many as in 2011. Nearly all children are adopted from foreign countries, i.e. 535 in 2011. The number of child adoptions has not been this low since 1973 and the total number of adoptions has not been this low since...

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Erasmus MC starts movement to change healthcare

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Erasmus MC starts movement to change healthcare

Erasmus MC has started a movement of people concerned about the future. Professionals including healthcare employees, scientists and medical students can join to help change healthcare. The movement was started this week during the two-day conference ‘Stories from Erasmus MC’ in De Doelen Conference Center. More than 700 people were present to openheartedly share with each other areas where there is room for improvement and how things can be improved. “They were emotional, inspiring and occasionally shocking stories that clearly show where...

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1 Kilo of Meat as Harmful as Driving up to 1600 Kilometres in a car, says Dutch study

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

1 Kilo of Meat as Harmful as Driving up to 1600 Kilometres in a car, says Dutch study

A recent Austrian and Dutch study shows that the production of one kilogram of beef in Brazil produces 335 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2), which corresponds roughly to the emissions of driving an average European car for more than 1600 kilometres. Even Dutch beef still amounts to 22 kilogram CO2 or 111 kilometres in a car. Kurt Schmidinger from the University of Vienna and Elke Stehfest from the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency have developed a fundamental enhancement of the commonly used life cycle assessment method (LCA)...

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Dutch healthcare spending rises 3.2%

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Dutch healthcare spending rises 3.2%

In 2011, spending on health care and welfare in the Netherlands amounted to 90.0 billion euro. This is 3.2 percent more than in 2010. In the period 2004-2008 spending on care rose increasingly strongly, to 6.8 percent in 2008. This was the turning point: in 2009 growth was 5.2 percent, and in 2010 it was 3,9 percent. These are some of the provisional figures released by Statistics Netherlands today. Wage costs account for the by far most of the costs for most care providers. The increasing number of jobs and increasing wages pushed up the...

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Hand and wrist injuries most costly, says Dutch study

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Hand and wrist injuries most costly, says Dutch study

Hand and wrist injuries are very common when compared with other injuries. The high costs of these injuries are primarily related to the large number of injuries resulting in loss of labor productivity. The annual cost of hand and wrist injuries is USD 540 million. Researchers at Erasmus MC therefore urge for prevention and the development of treatment methods with a shorter recovery period. The study has been published in the American Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Hand and wrist injuries account for a significant share of the total...

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Dutch scientists identify protein that makes you smarter

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Health | 2 comments

Dutch scientists identify protein that makes you smarter

A specific protein in the nerve cells in our brains plays an important role in the development of human consciousness. This discovery was made by an international team of researchers from, among other, Erasmus MC. The finding helps scientists understand how we acquire higher cognitive skills such as logical thinking and reasoning. The researchers have published their findings today in the leading scientific journal Cell. The discovery concerns the so-called fragile X protein (FMRP) which regulates the passing of signals between the neurons....

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Fewer cases of dementia in the Netherlands

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Fewer cases of dementia in the Netherlands

Although the absolute number of people suffering from dementia as a result of the ageing of the population will continue to increase over the coming years, the increase could possibly be less explosive than previously predicted. Research by Erasmus MC has shown that the relative number of new cases per year per age category has decreased. The researchers will be publishing their findings on 8 May in the scientific journal Neurology. Scientific researcher Elisabeth Schrijvers of the Epidemiology department of Erasmus MC compared two groups of...

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Compliance with hand hygiene guidelines still low in Dutch hospitals

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Compliance with hand hygiene guidelines still low in Dutch hospitals

The guidelines with regard to hand hygiene, for the prevention of care-related infections, are not adequately adhered to. The environment, colleague’s behavior, habit and familiarity with the guidelines all have an impact on hand hygiene. On 25 April, Vicki Erasmus, scientific researcher at Erasmus MC, will receive her doctorate for research on the hand hygiene behavior in Dutch hospitals. Care-related infections such as hospital infections are a public health hazard. Some of the hospital infections can be prevented by strict observance of...

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Air quality may affect health of mother and child, says Dutch study

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Health | 1 comment

Air quality may affect health of mother and child, says Dutch study

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy is associated with health risks for mother and child Women in Rotterdam who have been exposed to higher concentrations of air pollution during pregnancy have a higher average blood pressure than women exposed to lower concentrations. They also have an increased risk of developing gestational hypertension. In addition, the mothers exposed to higher concentrations have an increased risk of giving birth to premature babies and the children have a lower birth weight. These are the results of joint...

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Alzheimer Center Southwest Netherlands opens its doors

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Alzheimer Center Southwest Netherlands opens its doors

The Haven Hospital and Erasmus MC are to start the Alzheimer Center Southwest Netherlands together in the region. The center will focus on all types of dementia. By combining the knowledge and experience of the Neurology and Geriatric departments of both hospitals, they can further improve the diagnostics, discover the disease earlier and give scientific research on dementia a new boost. The Alzheimer Center Southwest Netherlands will open on Saturday 21 April. The number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia will...

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More than half of Dutch adults willing to donate organs

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

More than half of Dutch adults willing to donate organs

Over half of the adult population in the Netherlands indicate they are prepared to donate their organs after death according to Statistics Netherlands. Nearly two thirds would like to receive an organ, when in need of a transplant. Religion and age play an important part in this respect. The proportion in the Dutch population indicating that they would like to receive an organ when in need of a transplant (63 percent) is higher than the proportion of people ready to donate their organs after death (54 percent). Approximately 10 percent reject...

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Leading Dutch players in healthcare and technology join forces in healthcare innovation

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Health | 2 comments

Leading Dutch players in healthcare and technology join forces in healthcare innovation

University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Philips today announced their intention to share their knowledge, expertise and capacity for innovation to research and develop new methods for disease diagnosis and treatment based on medical imaging. Through the establishment of the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging (IDII), they will focus on more effective treatments for cancer, brain disease and cardio-vascular disease. This public-private partnership is essential...

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Exercise an effective remedy against blood sugar peaks, says Dutch study

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Health | 2 comments

Exercise an effective remedy against blood sugar peaks, says Dutch study

Diabetes type 2 patients who exercise regularly experience substantially lower peaks in their blood sugar levels after meals. They don’t specifically need to exercise each day for this, as has been thought until now. The effects of half-an-hour’s daily exercise are the same as longer exercise sessions (of an hour) every other day. This is apparent from a publication to appear shortly in the Diabetes Care journal, authored by PhD student Jan-Willem van Dijk and his fellow researchers from Maastricht University. The study was conducted among 30...

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