Health

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Jul 19 '17 12:20

The police found the body of a truck driver in his truck on the A1 highway near Deventer. The truck was parked in the emergency lane. The police believe the driver became unwell, pulled over and then died, AD reports.

The trucker was found early on Wednesday morning. The police had to close a lane on the highway to investigate, resulting in a 17 kilometer long traffic jam. The road was open again around 8:00 a.m.

 

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Jul 19 '17 11:00

Dementia was the leading cause of death in the Netherlands last year with over 15 thousand cases, according to preliminary figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. The number of dementia related deaths is expected to only increase with the aging population.

Compared to 2015, the number of dementia related deaths increased by 7 percent. The increase was strongest among men with 11 percent. Dementia is the second most common cause of death among men, with lung cancer taking first place. Last year 5 thousand men died due to dementia in the country.

Tharukshan Selvam
Jul 18 '17 14:40

The help offered to 15-year-old , who committed suicide early this year after , fell short, the Youth Care Inspectorate concluded in a report published on Tuesday.

Ambulance
Jul 18 '17 11:20

A 4-year-old child fell through an apartment building's skylight on Monday afternoon and landed on a neighbor standing below. The child was taken to hospital to be checked over, but the injuries seemed to be minor, NH Nieuws reports.

The incident happened in an apartment building on IJburglaan in Amsterdam. The child was playing on a roof terrace and got onto a skylight. The dome could not hold the child's weight and collapsed. The child fell through the skylight and landed on a neighbor, washing dishes in the kitchen.

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Jul 17 '17 12:30

Two security guards at the Zuyderland Hospital in Geleen are suspected in the death of a 37-year-old man from Heerlen. The man died on Friday after an altercation with the guards, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor confirmed to ANP on Monday.

The seemingly disturbed man walked through the hospital's central hall last week Sunday and was confronted by the security officers. They asked what he was doing, and he responded aggressively. The security guards subdued him. 

When the police arrived at the scene, the man had become unwell. He died in hospital on Friday. 

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Jul 14 '17 14:25

Last year 86 people drowned in the Netherlands, three more than in 2015, according to Statistics Netherlands. Despite this slight increase, the number of drowning deaths in the country decreased over the past 20 years.

Abdelhak Nouri
Jul 14 '17 08:18

All football matches must have a mandatory defibrillator available in future, according Michel D'Hooghe, physician and chairman of world football union FIFA's medical committee. If a defibrillator is handy, situations like Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri sustaining brain damage may be prevented, he believes, according to NOS.

Abdelhak Nouri
Jul 13 '17 14:40

Abdelhak Nouri sustained severe and lasting brain damage when he suffered from heart arrhythmias during an Ajax practice match against Werder Bremem on Saturday, the Amsterdam team revealed in a statement on Thursday.

"In the intensive care unit of the hospital in Innsbruck, Nouri's brain functions were further tested over the past few days", Ajax reports. "The diagnosis that was made is that a large part of his brain no longer functions and that the chance of recovery of these crucial brain functions is nil."

Scooters
Jul 13 '17 11:20

Dutch tourists get into increasingly serious accidents with hired scooters while vacationing abroad, according to Eurocross Assistance.

"The injuries reported to us are more serious than a few years ago. Think of a femur fracture, a pelvic fracture and head injury", Nicole Bootsma, head of the Eurocross emergency medical team, said to news wire ANP. Eurocross Assistance is the Dutch alarm center for helping Dutch who get into trouble abroad.

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Jul 11 '17 13:50

The Amsterdam appeals court decided not to force a 12-year-old boy to undergo chemotherapy for a brain tumor in a ruling on Tuesday. A child psychiatrist judged that the boy is capable of making the decision to refuse treatment, and his father was not able to sufficiently raise doubts about this finding, the court ruled, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Jul 11 '17 10:30

Several prominent Dutch health websites are not careful enough with their visitors' privacy, according to consumers organization Consumentenbond. A number use cookies without permission and some use an un-encrypted connection, NU.nl reports.

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Jul 7 '17 16:50

The Dutch government is contributing another 15 million euros to the family planning fund, Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen announced at a music festival in Hamburg on Thursday.

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Jul 7 '17 09:14

Six year old Tijn, who gained national fame by , passed away during the night, the radio broadcaster announced on Friday. Tijn was suffering from brain cancer.

Woman and child
Jul 6 '17 10:44

Women forced to seek help from women's shelters in the Netherlands often leave with more money problems than they started with, according to a report by National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen. From the start these vulnerable women are faced with incomprehensible procedures, administrative red tape and a lack of adequate financial and debt counseling, the Ombudsman concludes, NOS  and ANP report. 

SpiroNose
Jul 5 '17 17:10

Amsterdam hospital AMC developed an electronic "nose" that can diagnose lung diseases by the 'smell' of a patient's breath. The SpiroNose uses substances in the breath to make a diagnosis, which is correct in nine out of ten cases, the hospital announced in a press release.

Elderly Hospital
Jul 5 '17 16:30

Dementia is expected to be the main cause of death for people in the Netherlands by 2040. In the next 23 years the number of dementia related deaths will grow from 14 thousand to 40 thousand, according to a new study published by public health institute RIVM on Wednesday, ANP report.

The increase in dementia related deaths can be attributed to the aging population. Dementia is a collective name for over 50 age related diseases, including Alzheimer's. It is possible to live with dementia for several years, but patients gradually weaken. There is currently no cure.

Cigarette vending machine
Jul 5 '17 08:23

The Dutch government is expanding its anti-smoking policy, State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health informed parliament on Wednesday. From 2020 supermarkets may no longer display cigarettes and tobacco products, with other retailers following two years later. Cigarette vending machines will also be banned in restaurants and bars.

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Jul 4 '17 13:15

An 11-year-old boy from Steyl committed suicide on Sunday. Primary school Passepartout in Tegelen reported concerns for the boy's wellbeing and living environment with the municipality of Venlo several times, but the municipality is unable to say what was done about these reports, Brabants Dagblad reports. 

The boy attended primary school Cocon last year, which now forms part of primary school Passepartout. He was found dead in his parental home on Gieterijstraat in Steyl on Sunday. The police concluded that the boy committed suicide. 

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Jul 4 '17 08:09

Lawyers in 17 countries are following Dutch lawyers' lead in suing the tobacco industry for attempted murder or aggravated assault. Anti-smoking organizations and lawyers from 15 countries gathered in Geneva recently to discuss the Dutch appraoch to the, until now, unique case, AD reports.

Germany and Belgium are also interested, but did not make it to the meeting in Switzerland, according to the newspaper.

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Jun 30 '17 13:55

The number of female firefighters, both professional and volunteer, decreased significantly over the past year. This year there are 25 percent less volunteer and 10 percent less professional female firefighters. A new, more intense condition test and changes within the corps are to blame, according to the federation for volunteer firefighters VBV, NOS reports. 

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Jun 30 '17 09:41

The Netherlands' current generation of over 65-year-olds are relatively healthy, active and vital, according to a Statistics Netherlands report on trends in the Netherlands. The stats office calls this an important development, ANP reports.

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Jun 29 '17 13:05

Scientists and psychologists in the Netherlands are calling for kids in youth care to be examined for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a new standard. It is becoming increasingly clear that trauma plays an important part in behavioral problems, and this can be prevented by PTSD screening and treatment, they said to the Volkskrant. Treatments of less than four hours were shown to have a significant impact, meaning the brief periods of consultation could also be especially cost effective.

Photo: Phillips Headquarters, Amsterdam
Jun 28 '17 17:20

Philips is acquiring American company Spectranetics for 1.9 billion euros, the Dutch company announced on Wednesday. Spectranetics is a leader in developing innovative methods for vascular surgery and with this acquisition, Philips is gaining technology that closely matches its own range of technologies for surgeries using imaging equipment, according to the Dutch health technology company. 

The Martinus College in Grootebroek was evacuated after a strange smell made nearly 40 kids and teachers sick, 28 Jun 2017
Jun 28 '17 16:00

The Martinus College in Grootebroek, Noord-Holland was evacuated late on Wednesday morning after between 30 and 40 students and teachers became unwell. A strange smell left the people in the school feeling nauseous and dizzy. One student fainted, NOS reports.

The ill students and teachers were treated outside the school by a score of emergency services. One person started hyperventilating and was taken to hospital. 

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