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New Code to prevent undesirable influence as a result of conflicts of interests

Edith Schippers, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, receives the Code from Arie Nieuwenhuijzen-Kruseman, Royal Dutch Medical Association, and Louise Gunning-Schepers, Health Council of the Netherlands.

Optimum healthcare

What is the optimum result of cure and care in view of the risks and opportunities?

Health based recommended occupational exposure limit

Exposure of the skin and the eyes to hydroquinone and/or benzoquinone may result in irritation and allergic reactions.

Population screening for breast cancer: expectations and developments.

... Dutch population screening programme for breast cancer results in less women dying of breast cancer, because breast cancers are traced ...

Social aspects of the living environment in relation to environmental health provides

Exposure to a stressor such as, for example, noise, radiation or a harmful substance can have a broad range of effects on health. Conversely, a specific health problem is often the result of several stressors.

Antibiotics in food animal production and resistant bacteria in humans

... because the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance results in ever-shrinking availability of effective antibiotics. ...

Research into the exposure of residents to plant protection products is useful

At the request of the State Secretaries of Infrastructure & the Environment and of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the Health Council of the Netherlands will tackle the issue of whether residents living near agricultural fields run health risks resulting from the application of plant protection products.

Advisory letter on asbestos

Advisory letter on asbestos The results of a study into cases of pleural cancer (pleural mesothelioma) in the ...

Draft advisory report for public review ‘Thiotepa’

The Health Council of the Netherlands has published a draft report with an evaluation of the possibility to establish health-based calculated - occupational cancer risk values associated with excess cancer mortality levels as a result of exposure to thiotepa. The draft report is prepared by the Dutch Expert Committee on Occupational Safety (DECOS) of the Health Council.

Proton radiotherapy

Treatment with protons (a kind of charged particles) is a promising development in the field of modern radiation oncology. The physical properties of protons allow a better dose distribution as compared to current photon (X-ray) radiotherapy. This has the potential to minimize the dose to normal tissues and significantly reduce acute and late side effects. The result may be a more effective and less toxic radiation technique.