The Health Council of the Netherlands is an independent scientific advisory body whose legal task it is to advise ministers and Parliament in the field of public health and health/healthcare research. Ministers ask the Council for advice which they can use to substantiate policy decisions. The Health Council also has an “alerting” function: it can give unsolicited advice.
Adding screening for spinal muscular atrophy to the neonatal blood screening
23-07-2019 | 10:00
Early recognition of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) allows for the presymptomatic treatment of children with the most severe ...
Studies with human-animal combinations require an new evaluation each time
17-07-2019 | 10:00
In order to judge whether research with combinations of human and animal cells (or parts thereof) is acceptable, each study needs ...
For now don’t change cut-off value population screening for colorectal cancer
16-07-2019 | 10:00
The cut-off value in the population-based colorectal cancer screening programme determines at what measure of blood in the stool ...
New vaccine against shingles can protect the elderly well
15-07-2019 | 09:00
A new vaccine that can protect older people from shingles is available. The Health Council has a favourable view of the health ...
Health risks due to low concentrations of carbon monoxide need attention, too
10-07-2019 | 09:06
It is generally known that inhaling high concentrations of carbon monoxide is harmful to health. It is less well known that low ...
No population-based screening for AAA
09-07-2019 | 10:00
The health gain of a national population-based screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) among men aged 65 in the ...