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Dutch heart surgery live on Twitter

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Dutch heart surgery live on Twitter

For the first time in the Netherlands, the treatment of a patient with a heart rhythm disorder can be followed via social media. Sharing the experience of a real patient is part of a unique initiative organized by the Catharina Hospital (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Philips. At @hartpatientAd and @cardioloogLukas on Twitter, patient Ad Langendonk from Eindhoven and his cardiologist, Dr Lukas Dekker, can be followed for a month from January 10 onwards. Together, they will cover events before, during and after a minimally-invasive...

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Dutch doctors hit with 7.7 million euro fine

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Dutch doctors hit with 7.7 million euro fine

The Dutch National Association of General Practitioners (LHV) received a fine of more than 7.7 million euros from the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) over illegal establishment recommendations. General practitioners should be free to decide for themselves where they want to establish their practices. The Dutch National Association of General Practitioners (LHV), however, calls on its members to restrict this freedom. The Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) has therefore decided to impose a fine of EUR 7,719,000 on LHV. In addition, two...

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Marijuana Use Most Rampant in Australia, says Study

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

Marijuana Use Most Rampant in Australia, says Study

While Amsterdam has a reputation for being the weed capital of the world, it turns out that residents of the land Down Under consume more marijuana than any other people in the world, according to a new study. A study published Friday in a British medical journal may have finally uncovered the secret behind Australia’s laid-back lifestyle, and it turns out to be more than just sun and surf: The denizens Down Under, it turns out, consume more marijuana than any other people on the planet… The study’s co-authors…reported that as much as 15...

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Seeing others smoke encourages young people to smoke more

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Seeing others smoke encourages young people to smoke more

Young people who smoke each day light up more cigarettes if they see other young smokers. Anti-smoking campaigns wrongly ignore this implicit effect, says NWO-funded researcher Zeena Harakeh. Harakeh investigated what encourages young smokers aged 16 to 24 to light a cigarette. Her experiments revealed that this group mainly smokes more when in the company of a smoking peer. ‘I call this implicit, passive influencing, as it happens without the other person actively offering a cigarette,’ explains the social scientist from Utrecht...

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App for Kid’s Growth Study in the Netherlands

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

App for Kid’s Growth Study in the Netherlands

With help of the Android app iGrow, parents with children in the age of 0-10 years can enter height and weight of their children in the app. This data will be displayed in growth charts according to the Fifth National Growth Study in the Netherlands. Parents receive the age-specific information for their children. Besides that the app provides age specific tips on a healthy weight and lifestyle. With the iGrow application TNO participates in the contest ‘Apps for the Netherlands’, a competition for innovative applications using...

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Kids Who Play Sports Get Better Grades, says Dutch study

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Kids Who Play Sports Get Better Grades, says Dutch study

Want to help your kids get better grades at school? Get them moving. That’s the message from a Dutch research linking physical activity with better academic performance. The authors, led by Dr Amika Singh, from Vrije University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, wrote in the journal Archives of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine: “According to the best-evidence synthesis, we found strong evidence of a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance. Scientists in the Netherlands identified 10...

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Diets Don’t Work, says Dutch Study

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Health | 0 comments

Diets Don’t Work, says Dutch Study

For most people, diets simply don’t work. The latest evidence: a recent Dutch study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examining diets. Martijn Katan of the Institute of Health Sciences at VU University in Amsterdam, author of one of the many studies on the limits of dieting, quoted in U.S. News & World Report. If you as an individual want to change your weight, you must change your whole life. Likewise, to reduce obesity in modern society, we will have to alter the way society is organized. But in looking for a...

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WHO “deeply concerned” Dutch scientists created deadly birdflu virus

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

WHO “deeply concerned” Dutch scientists created deadly birdflu virus

The World Health Organization issued a stern warning on Friday to scientists who have engineered a highly pathogenic form of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, saying their work carries significant risks and must be tightly controlled. The United Nations health body said it was “deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences” of work by two leading flu research teams who this month said they had found ways to make H5N1 into a easily transmissable form capable of causing lethal human pandemics. The work by the teams, one...

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Dutch scientists discover why mosquitoes bite some people more than others

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Health | 1 comment

Dutch scientists discover why mosquitoes bite some people more than others

Dutch Scientists say they have discovered why mosquitoes bite some people but not others – it depends if they like how you smell. Bacteria living on the skin gives sweat its particular body odour. People with a wider range of bacteria living on their skin may make them less attractive to mosquitoes, the researchers believe. The microbes on your skin determine how attractive you are to mosquitoes, which may have important implications for malaria transmission and prevention, according to a study published Dec. 28 in the online journal...

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Depressions common after maternal toxicity, says Dutch study

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

Depressions common after maternal toxicity, says Dutch study

Many women who have suffered maternal toxicity feel less healthy mentally after childbirth. This is especially true for women who suffered severe maternal toxicity. Almost half of the women indicated that they suffered from depressions. These are the conclusions made by Meeke Hoedjes in the research that she carried out at Erasmus MC and for which she will receive her PhD tomorrow. Partly as a result of these outcomes, Erasmus MC has started an outpatient clinic to provide these women with extensive aftercare. Hoedjes, medical psychologist:...

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Intellectually disabled to exercise more for better health

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

Intellectually disabled to exercise more for better health

Erasmus MC studied health improvement of intellectually disabled with increasing life expectancy People over the age of 50 with an intellectual disability appear to be ‘older’ that their peers in the general population. Their vulnerability can be compared to that of healthy people who are roughly 15 years older. In order to reduce this vulnerability, more attention needs to be paid to a healthy lifestyle. The fitness of the people in this group can and must be improved so as to prevent chronic health problems. This is the conclusion of the...

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Philips announces first commercial installation of its HeartNavigator interventional tool in the US

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

Philips announces first commercial installation of its HeartNavigator interventional tool in the US

Royal Philips Electronics today announced that Medical City Dallas Hospital (Dallas, Texas, U.S.) is the first hospital in the U.S. to use Philips’ innovative HeartNavigator interventional tool in clinical practice. HeartNavigator is a new procedure planning and image guidance tool to help interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons perform minimally invasive heart valve replacements. Developed in cooperation with partner hospitals around the world, HeartNavigator is designed to increase the objectivity of the procedure planning and to...

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Dutch virologists to observe American bioterrorism recommendation

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

Dutch virologists to observe American bioterrorism recommendation

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) in the United States has recommended that the research results of virologists of Erasmus MC may be published but that secrecy must be maintained on certain detailed information on the methods and results. The researchers have reservations about this recommendation but will observe it. The Rotterdam-based virologists were commissioned by the American government institution National Institutes of Health (NIH) to carry out research on the dangerous H5N1 avian influenza virus. They...

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Dutch scientists discover new genes that affect blood platelets

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

Dutch scientists discover new genes that affect blood platelets

Scientists of VU University and other universities have found 68 new genetic locations that affect the size and number of blood platelets. They published their findings in the prestigious journal Nature. Platelets (thrombocytes) are the components of blood cells responsible for clotting of the blood. In order to prevent dangerous bleeding and bruising, the number of platelets in the blood has to be sufficient. However, an excessive amount of platelets can cause blood clots that clog arteries, leading to thrombosis, a heart attack or stroke....

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Organic Performs Better in Majority of Sustainability Aspects

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Health | 0 comments

Organic Performs Better in Majority of Sustainability Aspects

Volkert Engelsman: “Research confirms validity and importance of Nature & More approach” Wageningen University & Research Centre, a Dutch scientific institute, has investigated the integral sustainability achievements of organic agriculture. The results were published on December 7, 2011 in the report “Perspectief op duurzaamheid” (“An outlook on sustainability”). The report shows how organic agriculture performs better in a majority of cases, but worse in some. Sustainability goals sometimes...

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