• The Maastricht FFQ: Development and validation of a comprehensive food frequency questionnaire for the Maastricht study.

      van Dongen, Martien Cjm; Wijckmans-Duysens, Nicole E G; den Biggelaar, Louise Jcj; Ocké, Marga C; Meijboom, Saskia; Brants, Henny Am; de Vries, Jeanne Hm; Feskens, Edith Jm; Bueno-de-Mesquita, H Bas; Geelen, Anouk; et al. (2018-10-26)
      The aim of this study was to develop and validate a comprehensive food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) for The Maastricht Study, a population-based prospective cohort study in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Item selection for the FFQ was based on explained variation and contribution to intake of energy and 24 nutrients. For validation, the FFQ was completed by 135 participants (25-70 y of age) of the Nutrition Questionnaires plus study. Per person, on average 2.8 (range 1-5) telephone-based 24-h dietary recalls (24HRs), two 24-h urinary samples, and one blood sample were available. Validity of 54 nutrients and 22 food groups was assessed by ranking agreement, correlation coefficients, attenuation factors, and ultimately deattenuated correlation coefficients (validity coefficients). Median correlation coefficients for energy and macronutrients, micronutrients, and food groups were 0.45, 0.36, and 0.38, respectively. Median deattenuated correlation coefficients were 0.53 for energy and macronutrients, 0.45 for micronutrients, and 0.64 for food groups, being >0.50 for 18 of 22 macronutrients, 16 of 30 micronutrients and >0.50 for 17 of 22 food groups. The FFQ underestimated protein and potassium intake compared with 24-h urinary nitrogen and potassium excretion by -18% and -2%, respectively. Correlation coefficients ranged from 0.50 and 0.55 for (fatty) fish intake and plasma eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, and from 0.26 to 0.42 between fruit and vegetable intake and plasma carotenoids. Overall, the validity of the 253-item Maastricht FFQ was satisfactory. The comprehensiveness of this FFQ make it well suited for use in The Maastricht Study and similar populations.
    • De macht en onmacht van richtlijnen

      Verheij TJM; Velden AW van der; Lubben M van der (2018-05-28)
    • Making Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance Work: New Opportunities From the SDG Perspectives.

      Braks, Marieta; Giglio, Giorgia; Tomassone, Laura; Sprong, Hein; Leslie, Teresa (2019-01-01)
    • Malaria in Eritrean migrants newly arrived in seven European countries, 2011 to 2016.

      Sondén, Klara; Rolling, Thierry; Wångdahl, Andreas; Ydring, Elsie; Vygen-Bonnet, Sabine; Kobbe, Robert; Douhan, Johan; Hammar, Ulf; Duijster, Janneke; de Gier, Brechje; et al. (2019-01-01)
      Global migration has resulted in a large number of asylum applications in Europe. In 2014, clusters of
    • Malariameldingen in 2005: Evaluatie van de richtlijnen van het Landelijk Coördinatiecentrum Reizigersadvisering (LCR) voor malariaprofylaxe

      Sondera, G J B; Plas, Simone M van der (RIVM, 2006-08-01)
      In The Netherlands, malaria is a notifiable disease in group C since 1999: the laboratory where the patient tested positive has to report the test results, together with a few demographic data, to the National Center for Disease Control (CIb). Since January 2005, the National Coordination Center for Travelers Health Advice (LCR) added some questions to the voluntary part of these reports in order to obtain more insight in the prevalence of malaria in people who used prophylaxis according to the LCR guidelines, and to evaluate these guidelines. The goal of the LCR guidelines is to prevent malaria caused by P. falciparum. All reported cases with a disease onset date in 2005 were evaluated. In 2005, 288 cases of malaria were reported. Seventy-five (26%) malaria patients used chemoprophylaxis. In total, 32 (11%) contracted malaria despite the use of chemoprophylaxis according to the LCR guidelines. Eight of these cases concerned malaria caused by P. falciparum. Four of these had used second choice chemoprophylaxis, to which parasitic resistance is common. In the blood sample of one patient no mefloquine was detected. Of the other three, the thick smear or EDTA blood was not available for resistance tests. Most likely, all other cases had a delayed onset malaria, which cannot be prevented by the currently available chemoprophylaxis. Based on these data, we conclude that the LCR guidelines are still valid. It is advised that in cases of breakthrough malaria caused by P. falciparum blood samples are taken to determine chloroquine or mefloquine levels where applicable, and to save EDTA blood for molecular confirmation of the species and determination of resistant parasites.
    • Managing Innovations: A Study of the Implementation of Electronic Medical Records in Dutch Hospitals

      Koster, Ferry; Lambooij, Mattijs; Department of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Department of Quality in Health Care and Health Economics, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, A. Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3720 BA, Bilthoven, The Netherlands (2018-01-10)
    • Mandated lowering of toxicants in cigarette smoke: a description of the World Health Organization TobReg proposal.

      Burns, D M; Dybing, E; Gray, N; Hecht, S; Anderson, C; Sanner, T; O'Connor, R; Djordjevic, M; Dresler, C; Hainaut, P; et al. (2008-04)
    • Mapping the Dutch SNOMED CT subset to Omaha System, NANDA International and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.

      Kieft, R A M M; Vreeke, E M; de Groot, E M; de Graaf-Waar, H I; van Gool, C H; Koster, N; Ten Napel, H; Francke, A L; Delnoij, D M J (2018-03)
      Nurses register data in electronic health records, which can use various terminology and coding systems. The net result is that information cannot be exchanged and reused properly, for example when a patient is transferred from one care setting to another. A nursing subset of patient problems was therefore developed in the Netherlands, based on comparable and exchangeable terms that are used throughout the healthcare sector and elsewhere (semantic interoperability). The purpose of the current research is to develop a mapping between the subset of patient problems and three classifications in order to improve the exchangeability of data. Those classifications are the Omaha System, NANDA International, and ICF (the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health).
    • Maternal body mass index, gestational weight gain, and the risk of overweight and obesity across childhood: An individual participant data meta-analysis.

      Voerman, Ellis; Santos, Susana; Patro Golab, Bernadeta; Amiano, Pilar; Ballester, Ferran; Barros, Henrique; Bergström, Anna; Charles, Marie-Aline; Chatzi, Leda; Chevrier, Cécile; et al. (2019-02-01)
      Maternal obesity and excessive gestational weight gain may have persistent effects on offspring fat development. However, it remains unclear whether these effects differ by severity of obesity, and whether these effects are restricted to the extremes of maternal body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain. We aimed to assess the separate and combined associations of maternal BMI and gestational weight gain with the risk of overweight/obesity throughout childhood, and their population impact. We conducted an individual participant data meta-analysis of data from 162,129 mothers and their children from 37 pregnancy and birth cohort studies from Europe, North America, and Australia. We assessed the individual and combined associations of maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain, both in clinical categories and across their full ranges, with the risks of overweight/obesity in early (2.0-5.0 years), mid (5.0-10.0 years) and late childhood (10.0-18.0 years), using multilevel binary logistic regression models with a random intercept at cohort level adjusted for maternal sociodemographic and lifestyle-related characteristics. We observed that higher maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain both in clinical categories and across their full ranges were associated with higher risks of childhood overweight/obesity, with the strongest effects in late childhood (odds ratios [ORs] for overweight/obesity in early, mid, and late childhood, respectively: OR 1.66 [95% CI: 1.56, 1.78], OR 1.91 [95% CI: 1.85, 1.98], and OR 2.28 [95% CI: 2.08, 2.50] for maternal overweight; OR 2.43 [95% CI: 2.24, 2.64], OR 3.12 [95% CI: 2.98, 3.27], and OR 4.47 [95% CI: 3.99, 5.23] for maternal obesity; and OR 1.39 [95% CI: 1.30, 1.49], OR 1.55 [95% CI: 1.49, 1.60], and OR 1.72 [95% CI: 1.56, 1.91] for excessive gestational weight gain). The proportions of childhood overweight/obesity prevalence attributable to maternal overweight, maternal obesity, and excessive gestational weight gain ranged from 10.2% to 21.6%. Relative to the effect of maternal BMI, excessive gestational weight gain only slightly increased the risk of childhood overweight/obesity within each clinical BMI category (p-values for interactions of maternal BMI with gestational weight gain: p = 0.038, p < 0.001, and p = 0.637 in early, mid, and late childhood, respectively). Limitations of this study include the self-report of maternal BMI and gestational weight gain for some of the cohorts, and the potential of residual confounding. Also, as this study only included participants from Europe, North America, and Australia, results need to be interpreted with caution with respect to other populations. In this study, higher maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain were associated with an increased risk of childhood overweight/obesity, with the strongest effects at later ages. The additional effect of gestational weight gain in women who are overweight or obese before pregnancy is small. Given the large population impact, future intervention trials aiming to reduce the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity should focus on maternal weight status before pregnancy, in addition to weight gain during pregnancy.
    • Maternal measles antibodies and their influence on all-cause mortality following measles vaccination: an alternative to measure very low maternal antibody levels.

      Smits, Gaby; Stabell Benn, Christine; Whittle, Hilton; van Binnendijk, Rob; Aaby, Peter; van der Klis, Fiona (2018-10-16)
      It was previously shown by hemagglutination inhibition that measles-vaccination in the presence of maternal measles antibodies was associated with reduced all-cause mortality. We confirmed this serological association using a multiplexed immunoassay as a sensitive alternative and estimated a threshold concentration (28.7 mIU/ml), that correlates with lower all-cause mortality (p=0.02).
    • Maternal pertussis vaccination and its effects on the immune response of infants aged up to 12 months in the Netherlands: an open-label, parallel, randomised controlled trial.

      Barug, Daan; Pronk, Inge; van Houten, Marlies A; Versteegh, Florens G A; Knol, Mirjam J; van de Kassteele, Jan; Berbers, Guy A M; Sanders, Elisabeth A M; Rots, Nynke Y (2019-04-01)
      Maternal tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination offers protection for neonates against clinical pertussis until primary vaccinations, but maternal antibodies also interfere with infants' immune responses to primary vaccinations. We investigated the effect of maternal Tdap vaccination on the pertussis antibody responses of infants starting primary vaccinations at age 3 months. In an open-label, parallel, randomised, controlled trial, pregnant women aged 18-40 years with a low risk of pregnancy complications were recruited through independent midwives at 36 midwife clinics in the Netherlands and received Tdap vaccination either at 30-32 weeks of pregnancy (maternal Tdap group) or within 48 h after delivery (control group). All term-born infants were vaccinated with the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis-inactivated poliomyelitis-Haemophilus influenzae type B-hepatitis B six-in-one vaccine and a ten-valent pneumococcal vaccine at 3 months, 5 months, and 11 months. Randomisation was done using a number generator in a 1:1 ratio and with sealed envelopes. Participants and clinical trial staff were not masked, but laboratory technicians were unaware of study group assignments. The primary endpoint was serum IgG pertussis toxin antibody concentrations at age 3 months. Cord blood and infant blood samples were collected at age 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, 11 months, and 12 months. Analysis was done by modified intention to treat with all randomly assigned participants in case a laboratory result was available. This trial is registered with ClinicaltTrialsRegister.eu (EudraCT 2012-004006-9) and trialregister.nl (NTR number NTR4314). The trial is now closed to new participants. Between Jan 16, 2014, and March 4, 2016, 118 pregnant women were enrolled into our study, with 58 in the maternal Tdap group and 60 in the control group. The geometric mean concentration (GMC) of pertussis toxin antibodies were higher in infants in the maternal Tdap group than in the control group infants at age 3 months (GMC ratio 16·6, 95% CI 10·9-25·2) and also significantly higher compared with control infants at age 2 months. After primary vaccinations, antibody concentrations for pertussis toxin, filamentous haemagglutinin, and pertactin were significantly lower at all timepoints in infants of the maternal Tdap group than in infants in the control group. No safety issues after maternal Tdap vaccination were encountered. In view of the high pertussis toxin antibody concentrations at age 3 months, maternal vaccination supports a delay of the first pertussis vaccination in infants until at least age 3 months. Maternal antibody interference affects antibody concentrations after primary and booster vaccinations. The clinical consequences of this interference remain to be established.
    • Maternal Smoking during Pregnancy and Early Childhood and Development of Asthma and Rhinoconjunctivitis - a MeDALL Project.

      Thacher, Jesse D; Gehring, Ulrike; Gruzieva, Olena; Standl, Marie; Pershagen, Göran; Bauer, Carl-Peter; Berdel, Dietrich; Keller, Theresa; Koletzko, Sibylle; Koppelman, Gerard H; et al. (2018)
      The role of tobacco smoke exposure in the development and persistence of asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis through childhood into adolescence is unclear.
    • Mathematical modelling: a tool for hospital infection control.

      Grundmann, Hajo; Hellriegel, B (2006-01-01)
      Health-care-associated infections caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens have become a menace in hospitals worldwide and infection control measures have lead to vastly different outcomes in different countries. During the past 6 years, a theoretical framework based on mathematical models has emerged that provides solid and testable hypotheses and opens the road to a quantitative assessment of the main obstructions that undermine current efforts to control the spread of health-care-associated infections in hospitals and communities. We aim to explain to a broader audience of professionals in health care, infection control, and health systems administration some of these models that can improve the understanding of the hidden dynamics of health-care-associated infections. We also appraise their usefulness and limitations as an innovative research and decision tool for control purposes.
    • MDR/XDR tuberculosis in Greece: predominance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis genotypes endemic in the Former Soviet Union countries.

      Ioannidis, P; van Soolingen, D; Mokrousov, I; Papaventsis, D; Karabela, S; Konstantinidou, E; Marinou, I; Nikolaou, S; Kanavaki, S; Mantadakis, E; et al. (2017-12)
    • Measured Adiposity in Relation to Head and Neck Cancer Risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition.

      Ward, Heather A; Wark, Petra A; Muller, David C; Steffen, Annika; Johansson, Mattias; Norat, Teresa; Gunter, Marc J; Overvad, Kim; Dahm, Christina C; Halkjær, Jytte; et al. (2017-06)
      Background: Emerging evidence from cohort studies indicates that adiposity is associated with greater incidence of head and neck cancer. However, most studies have used self-reported anthropometry which is prone to error.Methods: Among 363,094 participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study (EPIC) with measured anthropometry, there were 837 incident cases of head and neck cancer. Head and neck cancer risk was examined in relation to body mass index (BMI) [lean: <22.5 kg/m2, normal weight (reference): 22.5-24.9 kg/m2, overweight 25-29.9 kg/m2, obese: ≥30 kg/m2], waist circumference (WC), hip circumference (HC), and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) using Cox proportional hazards models.Results: Among men, a BMI < 22.5 kg/m2 was associated with higher head and neck cancer risk [HR 1.62; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.23-2.12)]; BMI was not associated with head and neck cancer among women. WC and WHR were associated with greater risk of head and neck cancer among women (WC per 5 cm: HR, 1.08; 95% CI, 1.02-1.15; WHR per 0.1 unit: HR, 1.64; 95% CI, 1.38-1.93). After stratification by smoking status, the association for WHR was present only among smokers (Pinteraction = 0.004). Among men, WC and WHR were associated with head and neck cancer only upon additional adjustment for BMI (WC per 5 cm: HR 1.16; 95% CI, 1.07-1.26; WHR per 0.1 unit: HR, 1.42; 95% CI, 1.21-1.65).Conclusions: Central adiposity, particularly among women, may have a stronger association with head and neck cancer risk than previously estimated.Impact: Strategies to reduce obesity may beneficially impact head and neck cancer incidence. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 26(6); 895-904. ©2017 AACR.
    • Measurement of antibodies to avian influenza virus A(H7N7) in humans by hemagglutination inhibition test.

      Meijer, Adam; Bosman, Arnold; Kamp, Esther E H M van de; Wilbrink, Berry; Du Ry van Beest Holle, Mirna; Koopmans, Marion P G (2006-03-01)
      During the epizootic of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H7N7) in 2003 in The Netherlands, RT-PCR and culture confirmed infection was detected in 89 persons who were ill. A modified hemagglutination inhibition (HI) test using horse erythrocytes and 2 hemagglutinating units of virus was applied to assess retrospectively the extent of human (subclinical) infection. Validation of the HI-test with sera from 34 RT-PCR and culture confirmed A(H7) infected persons and sera from 100 persons from a human influenza vaccine trial in autumn 2002 showed that this HI-test had a sensitivity of 85% and a specificity of 100% when using a cut-off titer of > or =10. Using this cut-off value, A(H7) specific antibodies were detected in 49% of 508 persons exposed to poultry and in 64% of 63 persons exposed to A(H7) infected persons. Correlation of seropositivity with the occurrence of eye symptoms in exposed persons who had not received antiviral prophylaxis and of reduced seropositivity with taking antiviral prophylaxis provided further evidence that the A(H7) HI antibody titers were real. In conclusion, by applying an HI-test using horse erythrocytes human antibodies against the avian A(H7N7) virus were detected with high sensitivity and specificity in an unexpectedly high proportion of exposed persons.
    • Measurement of informal care: an empirical study into the valid measurement of time spent on informal caregiving.

      Berg, Bernard van den; Spauwen, Pol (2006-05-01)
      The incorporation of informal care into economic evaluations of health care is troublesome. The debate focuses on the valuation of time spent on informal caregiving, while time measurement, a related and may be even a more important issue, tends to be neglected. Valid time measurement is a necessary condition for the valuation of informal care. In this paper, two methods of time measurement are compared and evaluated: the diary, which is considered the gold standard, and the recall method, which is applied more often. The main objective of this comparison is to explore the validity of the measurement of time spent on providing informal care. In addition, this paper gives empirical evidence regarding the measurement of joint production and the separation between 'normal' housework and additional housework due to the care demands of the care recipients. Finally, the test-retest stability for the recall method is assessed. A total of 199 persons giving informal care to a heterogeneous population of care recipients completed the diary and the recall questionnaire. Corrected for joint production, informal caregivers spent almost 5.8 h a day on providing informal care. If one assumes that respondents take into account joint production when completing the recall questionnaire, the recall method is a valid instrument to measure time spent on providing informal care compared to the diary. Otherwise, the recall method is likely to overestimate the time spent on providing informal care. Moreover, the recall method proves to be unstable over time. This could be due to learning effects from completing a diary.