Mental health care continues to be the weak link in Belgium’s health care system, according to the latest situational report by the federal health-care expertise centre, KCE.
A leading medical examiner has claimed the support of colleagues in calling for an automatic autopsy in cases where infants die of unexplained causes. The proposal also has the support of Flemish family welfare organisation Kind & Gezin.
Federal public health minister Maggie De Block has reached an agreement with the drinks industry to bring in new advertising rules for alcoholic drinks, with potential fines running to a maximum of 10,000 euros.

Baby born using three people’s DNA

Saturday, 13 April 2019 23:14
The mother of the “test-tube” baby born with three parents has heralded “an important scientific breakthrough”.
The federal agency for medication and health products has ordered an end to the prescription of the drug domperidone, marketed as Motilium, for children under the age of 12 and adolescents weighing less than 35kg. Motilium is an anti-emetic, used to quell feelings of nausea,in cases of stomach complaints. A…
Horse owners have been warned of the dangers of the seeds and young shoots of the sycamore tree, which can be toxic for horses. The warning comes from the Flemish horse association PaardenPunt.
An estimated 15,000 Belgians die each year prematurely because of their poor eating habits, according to an international study published in the medical journal The Lancet.
The use of an electric bike makes it possible to cover longer distances between home and the workplace than with a regular bicycle.
An increase in the price paid by patients for antibiotics has done nothing to depress consumption, according to figures from the Christian Mutuality (CM).
The number of cases of skin cancer increased by 35% in the 12 years between 2004 and 2016, the last year for which figures are available, according to Euromelanoma, the European organisation of dermatologists.