From 1 June 2022, heel prick test also screens for muscle disease SMA, bringing number of screened diseases to 26
From 1 June 2022, the heel prick test for Dutch newborns will also screen for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA is a serious hereditary muscle condition. Detecting this disease at an early stage enables early treatment.
New edition of Dutch food composition database NEVO-online: compositional data on more than 2150 food items
Possible health risks due to exposure to chromium-6 at tROM project Tilburg
Research by RIVM shows that the participants in the so-called tROM project, their supervisors and other people involved may have been exposed to chromium-6.
The Dutch Diet is slightly healthier
Recent years show a cautious improvement in the Dutch diet. The Dutch have started to eat more fruit and it seems to be heading in the right direction with vegetables.
Blood spot test extended as of 1 January 2017 to include two more disorders
As of 1 January 2017, the disorders alpha and beta thalassaemia will be added to the neonatal blood spot (‘heel prick’) screening programme.
Newborn heel prick screening starts on St Eustatius and Saba
On 26 October 2015, heel prick screening started for all newborns on St Eustatius and Saba.