Sunday 20 June 2021

Philips to upgrade millions of breathing machines over foam fears

Philips to upgrade millions of breathing machines over foam fears

Philips has issued a recall notice for between three million and four million sleep and respiratory care devices because of possible health risks attached to foam used in the equipment to dampen noise. Philips said that it had carried out tests and determined that there ‘are possible risks’ centred on the foam which ‘may degrade into particles which may enter the device’s air pathway and be ingested or inhaled by the user’. The foam may also leach certain certain chemicals... More >

Scheme to prevent weight gain kids helps

A programme to combat and prevent weight gain in children by making changes to their living environment has been successful, particularly in disadvantaged areas, research by Groningen University has shown. Between 2013 and 2018 the number of overweight children in poorer areas who participated in the JOGG programme went down from 32% to 24%. The JOGG programme, aimed at increasing healthy incentives in the children’s environment, is currently running in 178 local councils and reaches about a million children. It... More >

All moped users will have to wear helmets

All moped users will be required by law to wear a helmet from July 2022 as part of efforts to reduce death and injury, ministers have decided. Dozens of people a year are killed on low-powered mopeds known as snorfietsen, which carry blue license plates and are allowed on cycle paths – apart from in Amsterdam – provided they have a maximum speed of 25 km/h. Helmets are only required for larger scooters with yellow plates, which have to use... More >

Healthy food costs more, sugar is cheaper

The cost of food rose by an average of 18% between 2010 and 2020, national statistics office CBS said on Friday but healthy food has risen more in price than sugar, butter and processed meat products. In total, the price of fruit, vegetables and low fat products rose 21% over the 10 year period, while more unhealthy products rose 15%, the CBS said. Some products – including ice cream and sweets – were actually cheaper last year than 10 years... More >

140,000 procedures delayed by coronavirus

Some 140,000 routine hospital operations and procedures were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and patients may be asked to go to other parts of the country for treatment as part of the catching up process, hospital care minister Tamara van Ark has told MPs in a briefing. Some treatment can be carried out more quickly if patients are prepared to go to a different hospital in a different region, although this would always be voluntary, Van Ark said. The... More >