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16/10/22 Trouw: Our environment makes us sick, but we barely know how that works

22 October 2022

A wearable gps-tracker, a silicone wristband, an activity-tracker, equipment to collect blood and stool samples at home and two sensors to measure air quality (one to take with you on a daily basis and one to hang in front of the window). Lastly, an activity diary in which participants have to record what they do on a daily basis and especially where they do it. Most of these measurements will be repeated a year later. A lot is asked of the thousand participants who participate in our research into the relationship between health and the environment. For a good cause, because a better understanding of this can prevent or postpone many chronic diseases. Wtih small adjustments in living environment and lifestyle, many people could live longer and healthier lives.

The Dutch newspaper Trouw made an item about our research into the exposome. They interviewed Roel Vermeulen, Jules Kerckhoffs and Thomas Hankemeier on the matter.  

Read the full interview (in Dutch)

Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...

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