Child Health nieuws

Child Health nieuws

Martha Grootenhuis: Improving quality of life through psycho-oncology

Martha Grootenhuis has been appointed professor of pediatric psycho-oncology at the Faculty of Medicine at Utrecht University. On Tuesday 12 October she will deliver her inaugural lecture, ‘Better together?!’. Children with cancer and their families often face psychosocial issues. Grootenhuis: ‘With every treatment protocol, we should ask ourselves: what does this mean for the quality of life of the child?’

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Multidisciplinary research helps children thrive after a rough start

Julia, now an 11-year-old child who suffered a brain infarct as a newborn. Photo: Annabel Jeuring.

Multidisciplinary research by UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University helps children thrive after a rough start. From regenerative medicine and the use of predictive algorithms to parenting support programmes. Read the interesting and in-depth article about the breadth of areas in which this research takes place on the Utrecht University website.

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Rotavirus vaccination of children with medical risk factors does not offer sufficient protection

Vaccination of children with medical risk factors against acute gastroenteritis due to rotavirus infection does not appear to offer sufficient protection.

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The child is more important than the diagnosis

In the Netherlands, more than one in five children with a chronic illness or condition is severely tired. Merel Nap-van der Vlist of UMC Utrecht studied fatigue and participation in society in chronically ill children.

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Two-day test in peanut allergy often unnecessary

Until now, a proper diagnosis of a peanut allergy in children requires a two-day provocation test. PhD research by Hannah Kansen at UMC Utrecht shows that for some of the children a blood test is sufficient and for others a blood test and a one-day provocation test is enough.

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Pay attention to wheelchair skills in children

Children and young adults with limited walking abilities often use a manual wheelchair in daily life.

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Jan Willem Gorter appointed professor of Pediatric Rehabilitation

Jan Willem Gorter will start as Professor of Pediatric Rehabilitation at UMC Utrecht on August 1, 2021.

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How do you recognize genetic predisposition to cancer?

In an estimated one in ten children, cancer is not due to bad luck, but because of an underlying genetic predisposition. How do doctors spot these hereditary disorders and what do they mean in practice? Dr. Marjolijn Jongmans, clinical geneticist at UMC Utrecht and investigator at the Princess Máxima Center, studies the best ways to detect genetic causes of childhood cancer.

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Leontien Kremer appointed professor of Late effects in pediatric oncology at Utrecht University

Leontien Kremer, pediatrician and principal investigator at the UMC Utrecht and the Princess Máxima Center, has been appointed professor of Late Effects in Pediatric Oncology at the Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University, starting on 1 February. The position is a major boost for research into reducing health problems linked to treatment for childhood cancers. Kremer: ‘I hope that my professorship is the first step towards a whole new generation of researchers in the field of late effects.’

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When a child loses its endocrine balance

Hanneke van Santen

“An optimal endocrine balance in childhood is necessary for adequate growth and development into adulthood, for recovery from illness and for fully participating with peers. When a child loses its balance, due to oncological or other disease, the pediatric endocrinologist wants to restore this. However, there are still many questions to be answered and resolved in this area." On October 8th , Hanneke van Santen held her mini-inaugural lecture in honor of her appointment as associate professor within Child Health.

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