In recent years the Netherlands has witnessed an increase in the number of cases of gastroenteritis caused by the Campylobacter bacterium. It appears that the use of a certain type of antacid (proton pump inhibitor) is involved in this. According to an article by RIVM researchers published today in the Eurosurveillance scientific magazine, most Campylobacter infections seem to ...
In our annual report, we look back at compelling RIVM projects and research in 2013. For instance, our role in the measles epidemic, the health risks of alternative tobacco products like the e-cigarette, the introduction of a new bowel cancer screening programme and our involvement in the Knowledge Centre Healthy Urban Living for healthy and sustainable cities.
August 8th the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency and appealed for global aid to help afflicted countries. "A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola," the WHO said in a statement after a two-day meeting of its emergency committee on...
RIVM proposes water quality standards for three drugs in surface water: carbamazepine (epilepsy), metoprolol (heart disease) and metformin (diabetes). The proposed values are currently not exceeded in major rivers in The Netherlands.
Uncertainty still remains over the safety of the nanomaterial SAS in food. Food additive E551 consists of ‘synthetic amorphous silica’ (SAS) and is applied as an anti-caking agent. It is present in products such as coffee creamer, soup and sauce powders and seasoning mixes.
Ebola is a rare and serious infectious disease that occurs in Africa and is accompanied by bleeding in the body. Since February, there has been an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The disease can be contracted only through direct physical contact with a patient or as a result of slaughtering and eating a sick animal. If contaminated, there is a considerable risk of dying.
The Dutch Measles epidemic, the health risks of alternative tobacco products like the e-cigarette, the introduction of a new bowel cancer screening programme and our role in the Knowledge Centre Healthy Urban Living for healthy and sustainable cities. All this and more in our online annual report 2013.
The Dutch Food Composition Database (NEVO) contains data on the composition of foods and dishes eaten frequently by a large part of the Dutch population. NEVO online 2013 contains data on 2194 food items.