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Young adults drink more in the company of a heavy drinker, says Dutch study

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Health | 4 comments

Young adults drink more in the company of a heavy drinker, says Dutch study

Young adults drink more alcohol if they are in the company of peers who drink heavily. NWO researcher Helle Larsen has scientifically confirmed this link for the first time by observing young adults in a research lab converted into a cafe. She defended her PhD thesis on 19 March 2012 at Radboud University Nijmegen. Larsen investigated the extent to which about 600 students imitated drinking behaviour in the company of peers. In a laboratory, students carried out various tasks in pairs such as assessing advertisements. Then they could take a...

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CT scan can help predict risk of heart attack, says Dutch research

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Health | 1 comment

CT scan can help predict risk of heart attack, says Dutch research

A CT scan of the coronary arteries is much better at predicting the risks of a heart attack than the current methods used, such as measuring the blood pressure and determining the cholesterol level. This has been shown by research carried out by Erasmus MC, published in the leading journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The prescription of drugs by physicians to prevent heart diseases in healthy people is currently based on a risk assessment. For people with more than a 20% chance of suffering from heart diseases within the coming 10 years, it...

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Physical limitations prevent over-75s from leaving the house in the Netherlands

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Physical limitations prevent over-75s from leaving the house in the Netherlands

On an average day in 2010, nearly half of over-75s were housebound according to Statistics Netherlands. Physical limitations in particular prevented them from leaving the house. When they go outdoors, they are accompanied by another person, usually a driver, in nearly a quarter of cases. If they go out alone, they mostly go by bike or on foot. Half of over-75s housebound Approximately eight in ten people in the Netherlands left the house on an average day in 2010 to go to work, go shopping or visit friends or relatives versus more than one in...

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Risk of stroke has decreased for older men, says Dutch study

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Health | 2 comments

Risk of stroke has decreased for older men, says Dutch study

Over the past 20 years the likelihood that men will suffer a stroke later in life has decreased by more than 30 percent. For women of the same age the risk has not changed. The risk factors for having a stroke and the use of medication to prevent it have increased for both groups. Furthermore, new factors linked to the probability of suffering a stroke have been discovered. This has been shown by the PhD research carried out by Renske Wieberdink, based on results of the large-scale Rotterdam ERGO study, for which she will receive her...

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‘John, smoking is dangerous’ sometimes works better than ‘smoking is dangerous’

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Health | 4 comments

‘John, smoking is dangerous’ sometimes works better than ‘smoking is dangerous’

‘Dear John, due to smoking you have a higher chance of developing lung cancer than if you would not smoke.’ People who have smoked for a longer period of time and who read such a personalised warning are especially more inclined to stop smoking than if they receive a general warning. So concludes NWO-funded health scientist Arie Dijkstra. His research demonstrates that smokers differ strongly in their responses to information. Dijkstra showed smoking students different texts about the dangers of smoking. In one of the texts they...

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Flu bug cases near epidemic levels in the Netherlands

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Flu bug cases near epidemic levels in the Netherlands

THE FREEZING weather in the Netherlands has led to an increase in people suffering flu and has almost reached epidemic levels. There is an epidemic if 51 out of 100,000 people have flu-like symptoms. Mid-February, when the Netherlands was under the spell of severe cold weather there were many new flu bug cases just below the epidemic level, according to Nivel, the Dutch Institute for Health Services Research. The influenza virus spreads usually in the coldest periods. The cold this winter came later than in previous years in the Netherlands...

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Drinking Black Tea May Lower Blood Pressure

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Drinking Black Tea May Lower Blood Pressure

Drinking a cup of black tea three times a day may reduce blood pressure, according to new research A six month study by scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Unilever and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia suggests that people who drink black tea throughout the day may get the benefit of a slight reduction in their blood pressure. Funding for the study was provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and Unilever Research and Development, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands....

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Children can learn arithmetic faster and better

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Health | 1 comment

Children can learn arithmetic faster and better

During the first two years of primary education children can learn to do arithmetic faster and better with the help of a more systematically structured educational programme. For older children, teaching arithmetic with the systematic use of visual aids, such as blocks and strings of beads, has many advantages. This is apparent from the review study by NWO researchers Egbert Harskamp and Annemieke Jacobse from the University of Groningen. Harskamp and Jacobse investigated the effect of new forms of instruction in arithmetic education. They...

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Half of Dutch people are too fat

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Health, News | 16 comments

Half of Dutch people are too fat

More than half of the Dutch population is overweight or obese, shocking figures have revealed. The statistics, released by Dutch Public Health, show 60 percent of men in the Netherlands are too fat, and 44 percent among women. One in seven people in the Netherlands are so fat it threatens their health, according to the research of the Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment (RIVM) among 4000 Dutch between 30 and 70 years. Mainly women between 30 and 39 years old have become fatter, when compared to the last research on obesity 15...

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Schmallenberg virus found in two Dutch calves

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Schmallenberg virus found in two Dutch calves

For the first time in the Netherlands, the Schmallenberg virus has been detected in calves. The virus has to date (23 januari 2012) been found in sheep (72 cases) and goats (2 cases). It was expected that calves would also be affected by the virus. The animals were infected at the same time as the sheep and the goats, although the symptoms of the virus only became apparent later due to the longer gestation period of bovine animals compared to sheep and goats and because multiple lambs are born on sheep farms, while single calves are normally...

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Philips simplifies healthcare for care providers and patients

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Philips simplifies healthcare for care providers and patients

At Arab Health 2012 Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is showcasing a wide range of its healthcare solutions and integrated concepts, designed to directly address the needs of healthcare providers in caring for their patients. “Patients deserve the best possible care, but they also deserve the best possible experience”, says Diederik Zeven – General Manager of Philips Healthcare Middle East & Turkey. “At Philips, we simplify healthcare by combining our unique clinical expertise with insights into how patients and clinicians...

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Women make men stupid, says Dutch study

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Health | 15 comments

Women make men stupid, says Dutch study

A new study by Dutch researchers at the Radboud University Nijmegen, in the Netherlands revealed that women can temporarily affect a man’s brainpower, even the presence of a female name on an instant message or text was enough to have an impact. The researchers recorded changes when male participants were told that they were being observed by a woman. The experiments showed that women weren’t affected in any way by who they believed they were interacting with. The Dutch researchers could not explain why male reactions were so...

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Dutch Seniors Abroad Living a Richer Life

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Health | 2 comments

Dutch Seniors Abroad Living a Richer Life

Dutch people who emigrate between the ages of 50 and 70 are on average richer than their peers who stayed in the Netherlands. The largest gap is found among married men belonging to the younger segment of the older generation. Divorced men who settle abroad are in fact poorer than their counterparts living in the Netherlands. The number of Dutch emigrants aged 50 years or older has steadily grown since 2000. Nine in ten are in their fifties or sixties; over-70s rarely leave the Netherlands to settle elsewhere. Between 2000 and 2010, more than...

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Boring Jobs Bad for Your Health, Study Finds

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Health | 5 comments

Boring Jobs Bad for Your Health, Study Finds

Have a boring job can be bad for health, say psychiatrists. Bored office workers are turning to coffee and chocolate to lighten up their day. One in four office workers complain of “chronic boredom”, causing them to lose concentration and make mistakes. When they’re bored, they tend to comfort eat, says a survey by occupational psychologist Sandi Mann. The study of 102 office-based workers also showed that people are more likely to have an alcoholic drink at the end of a boring day at work. Are you bored at work? Search and apply for another...

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In tough economy, Dutch people having fewer babies

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Health | 1 comment

In tough economy, Dutch people having fewer babies

Last year, 180 thousand babies were born and 135 thousand people died. Births minus deaths accounts for more than 60 percent of the population growth, according to Statistics Netherlands. The number of births in 2011 was lower than in 2010. The decline by 4 thousand is partly due to the current economic situation and partly due to the fact that fewer women are in the fertile age. Oddly enough, the ageing population does not seem to affect mortality. The annual number of deaths has remained fairly stable in recent years. In 1.5 minutes, this...

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