What is the situation in Luxembourg with regard to the exposure to heavy metals of the population?

According to a study by the French public health, children who eat a lot of organic vegetables have been found to have a higher concentration of copper in their bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the situation was in Luxembourg.

« En juillet 2021, la Santé Publique France a présenté une étude sur l’exposition de la population française à des métaux lourds. Ce rapport conclut entre autres que la consommation fréquente de légumes issus de l’agriculture biologique est associée chez les enfants à une augmentation des concentrations urinaires en cuivre.

Dans ce contexte, j’aimerais poser les questions suivantes à Madame la Ministre de la Santé et à Madame la Ministre de la Protection des consommateurs :

  • Une étude pareille a-t-elle déjà été effectuée au Luxembourg ? Dans l’affirmative, quels en sont les résultats ?
  • Dans la négative, une telle étude est-elle prévue ? Le cas échéant, Madame la Ministre pourrait-elle donner des précisions à ce sujet ? 
  • À la connaissance de Madame la Ministre, quels sont les principaux facteurs exposant la population luxembourgeoise à des métaux lourds ? »

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Do rapid diagnostic tests help against antibiotic shortages?

France is considering only allowing antibiotics to be prescribed if a rapid diagnostic test is carried out beforehand. This would make it possible to determine with certainty whether the infection is bacterial or viral.
This could on the one hand counteract the lack of antibiotics and on the other hand reduce antibiotic resistance.
DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health how many antibiotics have been prescribed in Luxembourg in the last five years and whether doctors should be made more aware of prescribing diagnostic tests.


Is therapeutic housing being commercialised?

Therapeutic housing is currently offered by approved outpatient psychiatric services to people suffering from mental health problems.
Rumours are now circulating that the Ministry of Health is planning to entrust the management of therapeutic housing to a commercial company.
DP MPs Gusty Graas and Gilles Baum asked the Minister for Health whether these rumours were true and, if so, why this course of action was being pursued rather than supporting the existing players in approved outpatient psychiatry.


Is there also abuse of “proton pump inhibitors” in Luxembourg?

According to a recent scientific study, the long-term use of so-called “proton pump inhibitors” (IPP), which are used to treat stomach problems, increases the risk of developing dementia. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers whether they are aware of this study, what conclusions they draw from it and whether figures on the use of IPPs in Luxembourg are known.