Health

Football
Feb 17 '17 14:20

Parents are refusing to let their kids play football on the ASV Arsenal fields due to used in artificial turf may be toxic. In the mean time, the ASV Arsenal team is training in the Vondelpark, AT5 reports.

Feb 16 '17 14:15

The brains of people with ADHD are smaller in five regions than the brains of people without ADHD, according to a new international neuro-imaging study led by Dutch researcher Barbara Franke of the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen. This is the largest such study for ADHD to date, Radboud UMC announced on its website.

Football
Feb 15 '17 11:40

may have detrimental health effects after all, according to a study by the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam which will be presented on Zembla on Wednesday. National health institute RIVM stresses that it is too early to draw conclusions from the study, ANP reports.

Feb 14 '17 14:00

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is calling on all Dutch to take a first aid course and so make the Netherlands safer. He made this call in a Red Cross video for a campaign drawing attention to the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency, RTL Nieuws reports.

"Let us make sure in this way that we make the Netherlands safer and help each other", Rutte said in the Red Cross video. "That is really something we can do as a society."

Feb 13 '17 10:34

The flu epidemic costs Dutch employers a conservative estimate of 1.1 billion euros in sick leave days per year, according to calculations by Financieele Dagblad. Last week research institute Nivel announced that the number of people hit with the flu this season increased to an average of 136 per 100 thousand people. The week before it was 92 per 100 thousand people. In previous years the annual epidemic reached its peak in February.

Ambulance
Feb 13 '17 07:49

A total of 16 people were taken to various Rotterdam hospitals on Sunday night to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. The poisonous gas was released into their homes by a faulty heating system in their apartment building on Wuysterstraat in Rotterdam-Zuid, RTL Nieuws reports. 

A spokesperson for safety office Veligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond confirmed to the broadcaster that all 16 people were hospitalized and that their current conditions are unclear. He added that he expects they will all be able to return home in short order.

An electronic stethoscope
Feb 10 '17 15:35

In 2015 there were a total of 30.803 abortions in the Netherlands, 442 more than in 2014, according to figures from the Healthcare Inspectorate. This is the first time in years that the number of abortions increased. Since 2008 there were fewer abortions each year, ANP reports.

Another first in the new figures is that the most abortions came from the age group 25 to 30 years. Previously women aged 20 to 25 years always had the most abortions.

Feb 10 '17 13:45

A group of 220 Dutch doctors took out an advertisement in NRC on Friday to show that they are against granting euthanasia to advanced dementia patients. The doctors believe it's wrong to give euthanasia based on a statement which the patient can no longer confirm.

"Our moral reluctance to end the life of a defenseless human being is too big", the ad reads. Among the signers are also doctors specialized in helping patients die. 

Belly of a woman in her 34th week of pregnancy
Feb 9 '17 17:00

Annet Schriemer (34) suffers from distasis recti, which basically means that five years after the birth of her last child, she still looks very pregnant. Her only way out is a tummy tuck, but her health insurer will not cover it, the Telegraaf reports.

Feb 9 '17 10:06

The has less to do with more kids having something wrong with them than it has to do with poor education, according to professor Anna Bosman at Radboud University in Nijmegen. She's studied the dyslexia phenomenon since 2007 and concluded that dyslexia is a result of poor education, AD reports.

Elle Bandita
Feb 8 '17 17:00

Dutch rock singer Ryanne van Dorst, better known as Elle Bandita, was born a hermaphrodite, she announced in her new reality show Geslacht! on NPO3 on Tuesday. She was born with both male and female sexual characteristics, and on the doctor's advice her parents decided to "make" her a girl with surgery and hormone treatments, she said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

Feb 8 '17 15:50

Dutch voters have little confidence in the country's current healthcare system, which was implemented 11 years ago. 57 percent of voters want the government to take back control of healthcare instead of insurers, according to a study Ipsos did for Dutch newspaper Trouw.

Ambulance
Feb 8 '17 11:10

Emergency services responded en masse to the Westelijk Havengebied of Amsterdam's port on Tuesday night after a skipper on a barge went overboard. Fire brigade divers found him and brought him ashore, NOS reports.

The skipper went overboard around 9:00 p.m. and was found about 45 minutes later. He was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unknown. The water temperature in the port of Amsterdam was around 5 degrees last night. 

According to AT5, the accident happened at a company in the Amerikahaven. 

Feb 7 '17 10:12

Two safe, albeit more expensive, alternatives for potentially carcinogenic rubber granules used in artificial turf were already available from two internationally operating companies in October 2015, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research.

Freek Vonk in hospital after being bitten by a reef shark
Feb 6 '17 15:20

Dutch celebrity biologist Freek Vonk is still in a hospital in Miami after a , the TV biologist said on Facebook. The wound has been completely stitched up and he is doing very well, Vonk writes.

Mole check
Feb 3 '17 14:20

Skin cancer is an increasingly common diagnosis in the Netherlands. Last year a total of 15,836 Dutch were diagnosed with skin cancer, compared to 14,738 in 2015, according to figures from the comprehensive cancer center of the Netherlands IKNL. Skin cancer is the most prevalant type of cancer in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.

Over the past 26 years, the number of skin cancer cases in the Nethelands increased by 308 percent. In 1990 only 3,882 Dutch were diagnosed with this form of cancer. The number of skin cancer cases doubled since 2005. 

Jesse Klaver
Feb 3 '17 09:47

GroenLinks wants 1.7 billion euros to be pushed into elderly care in the next government period, party leader Jesse Klaver announced. This money should be used for, among other things, extra staff so that a set occupancy standard can be introduced in nursig homes, AD reports. 

The green party wants this standard to be two care workesr for every 10 people in the nursing home. In homes for elderly people that need intensive care, two care workers for every eight residents should be the norm. 

Arrest
Feb 2 '17 16:35

The WODC, the scientific research agency of the Ministry of Security and Justice, believes that biological factors should be taken into account when addressing young criminals. Researchers Liza Cornet and Katy de Kogel therefore mapped out how neuroscience can be used in the juvenile justice system, NU.nl reports

Feb 2 '17 12:30

Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan's announcement that was completely shocked what seems like the entire Netherlands, including commentators James Worthy, Theodor Holman and Janneke van der Horst. In columns written for their mayor in Het Parool, they have nothing but praise for Van der Laan.

Freek Vonk in hospital after being bitten by a reef shark
Feb 2 '17 11:55

Dutch celebrity biologist Freek Vonk was attacked by a shark while filming for a new television program in the Bohamas. "After a 3 hour long operation, for which I was completely sedated, and more than 100 stitches, I can again give a thumbs up", he writes on Facebook. The Dutch man emphasizes that this was a series of unfortunate events, that is no one's fault, including the shark itself.

An electronic stethoscope
Feb 2 '17 10:07

The Netherlands could significantly decrease healthcare costs by using new technologies and being smarter about the organization of care, according to employers' organizations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland in a healthcare vision they have for the new government. According to the vision, the Netherlands can save at least 1.5 billion euros in healthcare costs per year, the Telegraaf reports. 

Feb 2 '17 09:47

The lower house of Dutch parliament is against a measure proposed by Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) to force disturbed persons to be admitted for observation if needed, government party PvdA confirmed to NU.nl.

"Vulnerable people with mental illness can better be helped by giving them the proper care sooner, so that the violent measure of forced admission can be prevented", PvdA parliamentarian Lea Bouwmeester said to the newspaper. "That should really be first to order, before state coercion is used."

Housefly
Jan 31 '17 12:35

No surgeries will be done at the Refaja hospital in Stadskanaal, Groningen in the coming days. The operating theaters at the hospital are closed until at least Friday due to flies, the Telegraaf reports.

Patients scheduled to undergo surgery at the hospital this week, will be referred to another location or have the surgery rescheduled. The Treant Zorggroep, under which the hospital falls, is taking no chances, a spokesperson said to the newspaper. Patients will be brought up to date as soon as possible. They may be referred to Emmen and Hoogeveen for their surgery.

Jan 31 '17 11:50

The Netherlands' healthcare system is the best in Europe, according to the annual index by Swedish Health Consumer Powerhouse. The Netherlands has been number in Europe on this index since 2008, the Telegraaf reports.

Powerhouse compares accessibility, cost, treatment outcome and use of medicine for their ranking. This year the Netherlands scored 927 out of the possible 1,000 points. Improvements were seen in shorter waiting lists.

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