• Sacral neuromodulation versus personalized conservative treatment in patients with idiopathic slow-transit constipation: study protocol of the No.2-trial, a multicenter open-label randomized controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis.

      Heemskerk, S C M; Rotteveel, A H; Benninga, M A; Baeten, C I M; Masclee, A A M; Melenhorst, J; van Kuijk, S M J; Dirksen, C D; Breukink, S O (2018-02-22)
      The evidence regarding the (cost-)effectiveness of sacral neuromodulation (SNM) in patients with therapy-resistant idiopathic slow-transit constipation is of suboptimal quality. The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports has granted conditional reimbursement for SNM treatment. The objective is to assess the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and budget impact of SNM compared to personalized conservative treatment (PCT) in patients with idiopathic slow-transit constipation refractory to conservative treatment.
    • Safety and immunogenicity of fractional dose intradermal injection of two quadrivalent conjugated meningococcal vaccines.

      Jonker, Emile F F; van Ravenhorst, Mariëtte B; Berbers, Guy A M; Visser, Leo G (2018-05-16)
      Vaccination with conjugated meningococcal vaccines is the best way to prevent invasive meningococcal disease. Changes in serogroup epidemiology have led to the inclusion of quadrivalent vaccines in the national immunization programs of several countries, but vaccines are frequently in short supply. Intradermal administration has the potential to increase vaccine availability through dose reduction, without sacrificing efficacy. It has never before been investigated for glycoconjugate meningococcal vaccines.
    • Safety distances for hydrogen filling stations

      Matthijsen, A J C M; Kooi, E S (Elsevier, 2006-06-30)
      In the context of spatial planning the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment asked the Centre for External Safety of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) to advice on safe distances pertaining to hydrogen filling stations. The RIVM made use of failure modeling and parameters for calculating the distance in detail. An imaginary hydrogen filling station for cars is used in the determination of ‘external safety’ or third party distances for the installations and the pipe work for three different sizes of hydrogen filling stations. For several failure scenarios ‘effect’ distances are calculated for car filling at 350 and 700 bar. Safe distances of filling stations from locations where people live and work appear to be similar for compressed hydrogen, gasoline/petrol and compressed natural gas. Safe distances for LPG are greater. A filling unit for hydrogen can be placed at gasoline/petrol-filling stations without increasing safety distances
    • The safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials for patients and users.

      Rodríguez-Farre, Eduardo; Testai, Emanuela; Bruzell, Ellen; De Jong, Wim; Schmalz, Gottfried; Thomsen, Mogens; Hensten, Arne (2016-08)
    • The safety of medical devices containing DEHP plasticized PVC or other plasticizers on neonates and other groups possibly at risk (2015 update).

      Testai, Emanuela; Hartemann, Philippe; Rastogi, Suresh Chandra; Bernauer, Ulrike; Piersma, Aldert; De Jong, Wim; Gulliksson, Hans; Sharpe, Richard; Schubert, Dirk; Rodríguez-Farre, Eduardo (2016-04)
    • The safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices.

      Testai, Emanuela; Hartemann, Philippe; Rodríguez-Farre, Eduardo; Rastogi, Suresh Chandra; Bustos, Juana; Gundert-Remy, Ursula; Hensten, Arne; Kopperud, Hilde Molvig; Olea, Nicolás; Piersma, Aldert; et al. (2016-08)
    • Salmonella enterica Prophage Sequence Profiles Reflect Genome Diversity and Can Be Used for High Discrimination Subtyping.

      Mottawea, Walid; Duceppe, Marc-Olivier; Dupras, Andrée A; Usongo, Valentine; Jeukens, Julie; Freschi, Luca; Emond-Rheault, Jean-Guillaume; Hamel, Jeremie; Kukavica-Ibrulj, Irena; Boyle, Brian; et al. (2018)
      Non-typhoidal Salmonella is a leading cause of foodborne illness worldwide. Prompt and accurate identification of the sources of Salmonella responsible for disease outbreaks is crucial to minimize infections and eliminate ongoing sources of contamination. Current subtyping tools including single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) typing may be inadequate, in some instances, to provide the required discrimination among epidemiologically unrelated Salmonella strains. Prophage genes represent the majority of the accessory genes in bacteria genomes and have potential to be used as high discrimination markers in Salmonella. In this study, the prophage sequence diversity in different Salmonella serovars and genetically related strains was investigated. Using whole genome sequences of 1,760 isolates of S. enterica representing 151 Salmonella serovars and 66 closely related bacteria, prophage sequences were identified from assembled contigs using PHASTER. We detected 154 different prophages in S. enterica genomes. Prophage sequences were highly variable among S. enterica serovars with a median ± interquartile range (IQR) of 5 ± 3 prophage regions per genome. While some prophage sequences were highly conserved among the strains of specific serovars, few regions were lineage specific. Therefore, strains belonging to each serovar could be clustered separately based on their prophage content. Analysis of S. Enteritidis isolates from seven outbreaks generated distinct prophage profiles for each outbreak. Taken altogether, the diversity of the prophage sequences correlates with genome diversity. Prophage repertoires provide an additional marker for differentiating S. enterica subtypes during foodborne outbreaks.
    • Salmonella in Nederland in 2017

      Pelt W van; Voort M van der; Mangen MJ; Veldman K; Wit B; Franz E; Heck M; Pijnacker R; Friesema I; Mughini Gras L (2018-07)
    • A salt reduction of 50% in bread does not decrease bread consumption or increase sodium intake by the choice of sandwich fillings.

      Bolhuis, Dieuwerke P; Temme, Elisabeth H M; Koeman, Fari T; Noort, Martijn W J; Kremer, Stefanie; Janssen, Anke M (2011-12-01)
      Bread is a major contributor to sodium intake in many countries. Reducing the salt (NaCl) content in bread might be an effective way to reduce overall sodium intake. The objectives of this study were to examine the effects of gradually lowering the salt content in brown bread, with and without flavor compensation (KCl and yeast extract), on bread consumption and sodium intake compensation by choice of sandwich fillings. A total of 116 participants (age: 21 ± 3 y; BMI: 22 ± 2 kg/m²) consumed a buffet-style breakfast on weekdays for 4 wk. Participants received either regular bread (control group: n = 39), bread whose salt content was gradually lowered each week by 0, 31, 52, and 67% (reduced group: n = 38), or bread whose salt content was also gradually lowered each week but which was also flavor compensated (compensated group: n = 39). A reduction of up to 52% of salt in bread did not lead to lower consumption of bread compared to the control (P = 0.57), whereas less bread was consumed when salt was reduced by 67% (P = 0.006). When bread was flavor compensated, however, a reduction of 67% did not lead to lower consumption (P = 0.69). Salt reduction in bread (with and without flavor compensation) did not induce sodium intake compensation (P = 0.31). In conclusion, a salt reduction of up to 52% in bread or even up to 67% in flavor-compensated bread neither affected bread consumption nor choice of sandwich fillings.
    • Salt Reductions in Some Foods in The Netherlands: Monitoring of Food Composition and Salt Intake.

      Temme, Elisabeth H M; Hendriksen, Marieke A H; Milder, Ivon E J; Toxopeus, Ido B; Westenbrink, Susanne; Brants, Henny A M; van der A, Daphne L (2017-07-22)
      High salt intake increases blood pressure and thereby the risk of chronic diseases. Food reformulation (or food product improvement) may lower the dietary intake of salt. This study describes the changes in salt contents of foods in the Dutch market over a five-year period (2011-2016) and differences in estimated salt intake over a 10-year period (2006-2015).
    • Samenwerken aan gezondheid in de wijk: Een rol voor de huisarts? Ervaringen uit het project preventie in de buurt

      Drenthen, T; van den Brekel-Dijkstra, K; Leijen, M W; Monden-Oosterveld, H P (2017)
      There are two reasons why general practitioners (GPs) should collaborate with others in their neighbourhood: social problems that translate into physical symptoms and addressing healthy lifestyles and prevention.
    • Samenwerking tussen JGZ en het voortgezet onderwijs: tips en trucs uit de praktijk

      Blokstra, A.; Pieter, R.; Opten, R.; Bemelmans, W. (2017-04-25)
    • The sample of choice for detecting Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in asymptomatic dromedary camels using real-time reversetranscription polymerase chain reaction.

      Mohran, K A; Farag, E A B; Reusken, C B E; Raj, V S; Lamers, M M; Pas, S D; Voermans, J; Smits, S L; Alhajri, M M; Alhajri, F; et al. (2016-12)
      The newly identified Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which causes severe respiratory disease, particularly in people with comorbidities, requires further investigation. Studies in Qatar and elsewhere have provided evidence that dromedary camels are a reservoir for the virus, but the exact modes of transmission of MERS-CoV to humans remain unclear. In February 2014, an assessment was made of the suitability and sensitivity of different types of sample for the detection of MERSCoV by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for three gene targets: UpE (upstream of the E gene), the N (nucleocapsid) gene and open reading frame (ORF) 1a. Fifty-three animals presented for slaughter were sampled. A high percentage of the sampled camels (79% [95% confidence interval 66.9-91.5%, standard error 0.0625]; 42 out of 53) were shown to be shedding MERS-CoV at the time of slaughter, yet all the animals were apparently healthy. Among the virus-positive animals, nasal swabs were most often positive (97.6%). Oral swabs were the second most frequently positive (35.7%), followed by rectal swabs (28.5%). In addition, the highest viral load, expressed as a cycle threshold (Ct) value of 11.27, was obtained from a nasal swab. These findings lead to the conclusion that nasal swabs are the candidate sample of choice for detecting MERS-CoV using RT-PCR technology in apparently healthy camels.
    • Sample size calculation for stepped-wedge cluster-randomized trials with more than two levels of clustering.

      Teerenstra, Steven; Taljaard, Monica; Haenen, Anja; Huis, Anita; Atsma, Femke; Rodwell, Laura; Hulscher, Marlies (2019-06-01)
    • Scabiës-PCR bij uitbraken binnen zorgorganisaties

      Fanoy E; Pattiepeilohy J; Braks M; van Drunen K; Igloi Z; Morroy G; van de Water J; Sigurdsson V; Wintermans B (2017-10)
    • Screening for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis on dried blood spots: A promising method to better reach hidden high-risk populations with self-collected sampling.

      van Loo, Inge H M; Dukers-Muijrers, Nicole H T M; Heuts, Rosalie; van der Sande, Marianne A B; Hoebe, Christian J P A (2017)
      Many people at high risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), e.g., men who have sex with men (MSM), are not optimally reached by current sexual health care systems with testing. To facilitate testing by home-based sampling or sampling in outreach setting we evaluated dried blood spots (DBS), a method for self-collected blood sampling for serological screening of HIV, hepatitis B (HBV) and syphilis. The aims of this study were to assess the acceptability and feasibility of self-collected DBS and to compare the test results for screening of HIV, HBV and syphilis from DBS with blood drawn by venous puncture.
    • Screening suspected counterfeit Viagra and imitations of Viagra with near-infrared spectroscopy.

      Vredenbregt, M J; Blok-Tip, L; Hoogerbrugge, Ronald; Barends, D M; Kaste, D de (2006-03-03)
      We describe a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) method for fast-screening Viagra tablets, counterfeit Viagra tablets, and imitations of Viagra. The method can (1) check the homogeneity of a batch; (2) distinguish counterfeits and imitations from authentic Viagra; (3) screen for the presence of sildenafil citrate, the pharmacologically active substance in Viagra, irrespectively of the excipients present; (4) and detect whether similar samples have been previously analysed. We applied the method to 103 samples with a diversity of appearance, chemical composition, and origin. Other analytical methods confirmed the positive screening results for sildenafil citrate and the presence of other pharmacological active substances. The NIRS screening indicated the absence of sildenafil citrate in the presence of another pharmacological substance for only 2 samples, where the reference methods showed the presence of sildenafil citrate in addition to that of clomifene citrate. Otherwise, the method gave no false positive or negative results. The NIRS screening method is very fast and reliable for detecting counterfeits and imitations, and it correctly predicts the presence or absence of sildenafil citrate in 98% of the samples.
    • Seasonality and geographical spread of respiratory syncytial virus epidemics in 15 European countries, 2010 to 2016

      Broberg, Eeva K; Waris, Matti; Johansen, Kari; Snacken, René; Penttinen, Pasi; European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden; Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland; European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden; European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden; European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden (2018-02-01)
    • Selecting mixtures on the basis of dietary exposure and hazard data: application to pesticide exposure in the European population in relation to steatosis.

      Crépet, Amélie; Vanacker, Marie; Sprong, Corinne; de Boer, Waldo; Blaznik, Urska; Kennedy, Marc; Anagnostopoulos, Chris; Christodoulou, Despo Louca; Ruprich, Jiří; Rehurkova, Irena; et al. (2019-03-01)
      Populations are exposed to mixtures of pesticides through their diet on a daily basis. The question of which substances should be assessed together remains a major challenge due to the complexity of the mixtures. In addition, the associated risk is difficult to characterise. The EuroMix project (European Test and Risk Assessment Strategies for Mixtures) has developed a strategy for mixture risk assessment. In particular, it has proposed a methodology that combines exposures and hazard information to identify relevant mixtures of chemicals belonging to any cumulative assessment group (CAG) to which the European population is exposed via food. For the purposes of this study, food consumption and pesticide residue data in food and drinking water were obtained from national surveys in nine European countries. Mixtures of pesticides were identified by a sparse non-negative matrix underestimation (SNMU) applied to the specific liver steatosis effect in children from 11 to 15 years of age, and in adults from 18 to 64 years of age in nine European countries. Exposures and mixtures of 144 pesticides were evaluated through four different scenarios: (1) chronic exposure with a merged concentration dataset in the adult population, (2) chronic exposure with country-specific concentration datasets in the adult population, (3) acute exposure with a merged concentration dataset in the adult population, and (4) chronic exposure with a merged concentration dataset in the paediatric population. The relative potency factors of each substance were calculated to express their potency relative to flusilazole, which was chosen as the reference compound. The selection of mixtures and the evaluation of exposures for each country were carried out using the Monte Carlo Risk Assessment (MCRA) software. Concerning chronic exposure, one mixture explained the largest proportion of the total variance for each country, while in acute exposure, several mixtures were often involved. The results showed that there were 15 main pesticides in the mixtures, with a high contribution of imazalil and dithiocarbamate. Since the concentrations provided by the different countries were merged in the scenario using merged concentration data, differences between countries result from differences in food consumption behaviours. These results support the approach that using merged concentration data to estimate exposures in Europe seems to be realistic, as foods are traded across European borders. The originality of the proposed approach was to start from a CAG and to integrate information from combined exposures to identify a refined list of mixtures with fewer components. As this approach was sensitive to the input data and required significant resources, efforts should continue regarding data collection and harmonisation among the different aspects within the pesticides regulatory framework, and to develop methods to group substances and mixtures to characterise the risk.