People with a healthy lifestyle - who don't smoke, are not overweight, and have healthy blood pressure - on average live six years longer than people with a more unhealthy lifestyle, according to the interim results of a long-term Rotterdam population study, NOS reports.
About 10 to 15 pregnant women who participated in a medical study on the effect of sildenafil, better known as Viagra, on the growth of too small fetuses do not know whether their unborn child will survive the now halted test, ANP reports.
A large study into a new medication for pregnant women with too small fetuses was halted with immediate effect. More babies than expected were born with a lung disease. Eleven children with this condition died shortly after birth, lead researcher Wessel Ganzevoort said to RTL Nieuws.
Easter bonfires are causing an increased concentration in particulate matter in the air in some parts of the Netherlands, particularly in Overijssel and Achterhoek. "Especially people with lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, and (older) people with cardiovascular disease may suffer", public health institute RIVM warns, NOS reports.
According to the RIVM, the problem lies in the calm weather with not much wind. As a result, smoke and particulate matter can remain in place for a long time. The institute warns people to avoid the smoke as much as possible.
Amsterdam hospital AMC developed an electronic "nose" that can diagnose lung diseases by the 'smell' of a patient's breath. The SpiroNose uses substances in the breath to make a diagnosis, which is correct in nine out of ten cases, the hospital announced in a press release.
TNO determined that the amount of particulate matter in residential areas in Amsterdam and Amstelveen is two times higher than normal when the wind is blowing from the direction of Schiphol.