Health

Willemswerf building in Rotterdam
Jan 18 '17 11:35

One person was killed and another was badly injured Wednesday morning in an accident with a freight elevator in the Willemswerf building on Boompjes in Rotterdam. The lift is believed to have plummeted several stories with the two people inside, AD reports.

The elevator came to a standstill between the 18th and 17th floors shortly after 9 a.m. The two victims were stuck in it for some time. Emergency services struggled to free them, but eventually managed. Both were rushed to the Erasmus MC hospital by 10 a.m., and first reports of the fatality were revealed a half hour later.

Mental health institute GGZ in IJpelaar in Breda
Jan 18 '17 09:39

About 1,500 psychiatrists working at 41 mental health institutions went on strike on Tuesday in protest against their pension plans. They want their employers to pay the employer's contribution to their pension plans, which they've been withholding for two years, ANP reports.

For the strike the psychiatrists worked on a weekend schedule on Tuesday, only giving emergency treatments. All regular treatments and sessions were canceled. According to the psychiatrists, this was the first time they took action against their employers. They felt they have no other choice.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 07:27

A massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds on Tuesday morning may have cost the lives of two elderly Amsterdam residents, the municipality said. One may have died because the emergency line could not be reached and the other because her oxygen supply cut out when the power went out, the Telegraaf reports.

Burner on a hot air balloon
Jan 17 '17 11:50

Dutch hot air balloon pilot Jelke Haven was seriously injured on Saturday morning during a flight over the Dubai desert. Despite his critical injuries, he still managed to get his passengers safely on the ground. The company he works for in Dubai descries him as a hero, AD reports.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Jan 16 '17 13:20

Mystery surrounds the death of a 44-year-old man from Tilburg, who died in hospital on Saturday after being found unconscious on the street on Friday night. The police call on witnesses to help clarify wat happened to the man. 

Police
Jan 16 '17 11:45

The body of a woman was found in the student housing building De Feniks on Pierre Lallementstraat in Amsterdam Oost on Sunday. According to the police, the woman died a natural death.

"It seems she lived in the apartment where she was found", a spokesperson for the police said to Het Parool. 

According to the newspaper, the emergency services responded to the complex after receiving a call. It is not clear who made the call. 

Jan 16 '17 11:10

Dutch people are often unprepared to handle extremely cold weather, according to a study done by the Red Cross. The organization calls on people to be more attentive, because proper preparation can save your life, RTL Nieuws reports.

Jan 16 '17 10:33

Nearly half of the people suffering from mental health problems in the Netherlands do not make use of medicine or health care, according to a survey by the national platform for mental health GGz and the Dutch federation for patients Ieder(in) published on Monday. The survey among more than 10 thousand patients found that high costs is the main reason for patients to avoid being treated, Trouw reports.

This survey reveals a sharp contrast between mental health care and physical health care - about a third of people with physical health problems don't go for treatment. 

Jan 13 '17 11:45

Daan and Anna were the most popular baby names in the Netherlands in 2016, social insurance bank SVB announced on Friday. A total of 681 boys were named Daan last year, and 665 girls were named Tess.

The most popular , Emma, dropped to a very close second place last year. Tess tied for second place with Emma, both names given to 664 girls. 2015's third place Julia dropped to fifth place in 2016.

Donilio Sno
Jan 12 '17 14:30

Donilio, a 19-year-old who participated in student reality television series Dream School, died suddenly in his sleep. He was found dead on January 10th, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 12 '17 12:45

A Dutch association of doctors NTvG is financially supporting a criminal case filed by some 1,300 smokers and ex smokers against the tobacco industry, the Volkskrant reports. The association, which has about 250 doctors as members, will invest hundreds of thousands of euros of its own money into the case.

Jan 11 '17 11:30

A 75-year-old man died on Prins Hendrikstraat in Gouda on Tuesday after he fell from a roof. The police are still investigating exactly what happened, but believe that he was working on removing Christmas lights when he fell, the Telegraaf reports.

Bystanders could not reach the man to give first aid, because of a locked gate. An air ambulance responded to the scene, but it was to late to help the man. He died at the scene.

The victim's identity has not yet been released. 

Socks
Jan 10 '17 14:20

Startup company Siren Care won the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield prize in Las Vegas with its high-tech "smart socks". The company, which has a Dutch man as co-founder and oen of its directors, received $50 thousand in prize money, or about 47,500 euros, the Telegraaf reports.

The smart socks are aimed at diebetics. Small electronic sensors measure temperature at different points of the foot, thereby predicting ulcers before they emerge. Ulcers are caused by inflammation, which gives off heat. Due to nerve damage, diabetics can't always feel this. Hence the smart socks.

Jan 10 '17 13:45

Kicking a GHB addiction is one of the most difficult to do, similar to getting rid of a heroin addiction, according to researchers at Radboud University in a study done on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Public Health. The reason for this, the researchers concluded, is that GHB addicts only see the positive effects of the drug, even long after going through withdrawal and losing dependency, the Volkskrant reports. 

Jan 10 '17 13:10

A doctor in Geertruidenberg, Eindhoven had his GP's license suspended for six months after he had sex with a female patient. The suspension was imposed on him by the Regional Disciplinary Board in Eindhoven. The doctor's practice will be closed until July 3rd of this year, Omroep Brabant reports.

Hospital food
Jan 6 '17 14:40

Dutch hospitals can lower their food waste by half by switching to a more modern way of supplying food for patients, according to a study by Wagenignen University that compared the way hospitals in the Netherlands provide food to their patients for the first time, NOS reports.

Hospitals that cook food for their patients in a traditional way - with a kitchen staff that cooks the food fresh each day - have about 40 percent of their hot meals end up iin the trash, according to the study. In hospitals that use a more modern way, that is about 50 percent less. 

Jan 6 '17 10:49

Euthanasia is hardly ever approved for advanced dementia patients, despite the fact that the Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice gave o dementia patients who requested it in a written declaration while they were still lucid.

Belly of a woman in her 34th week of pregnancy
Jan 5 '17 10:16

Another 66 couples can not start their fertility treatment at UMC Utrecht's IVF laboratory after it was shut down due to a mix up with ICSI treatment, which resulted in.

Jan 4 '17 08:19

A total of 473 people were treated for firework injuries in the nearly 90 emergency departments in Dutch hospitals over New Year's, according to research done by NOS and VeiligheidNL. That is slightly less than the 480 people treated for fireworks injuries last year. 

The decrease in fireworks injuries was much smaller this year than in the previous two years. In both 2015 and 2016 there was a 14 percent decrease, according to the broadcaster.

Ambulance
Jan 3 '17 15:40

Two young girls from Zwanenburg, who were , are doing "reasonably well", the police said in a statemetn. They are both still in the hospital, the mother of one of the girls said to RTV Noord-Holland. 

Elderly worker
Jan 3 '17 13:20

The increasing retirement age in the Netherlands will eventually cause problems because many Dutch are not physically able to work after the age of 65, the Dutch association for occupational medicine NVAB said to newspaper AD on Tuesday. 

Hospital room
Jan 3 '17 12:10

The average waiting time at hospitals in the Netherlands again increased in 2016, according to figures NRC got from research and consulting firm MediQuest. In 2014 the average waiting time was 2.95 weeks. In 2015 it increased to 3.10 weeks and last year it was up to 3.52 weeks.

Waiting times are increasing across a broad range of specialities, especially for patients with allertigies, eye problams and stomach, intestinal and liver problems. These specialities had waiting times of over six weeks by the end of 2016.

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Jan 3 '17 09:53

Immigration and an increase in the number of babies born in 2016 pushed the Dutch population over the 17.1 million mark. The four big cities in the Netherlands saw most of the growth, while about 1 in 5 municipalities actually saw their populations shrink, Statistics Netherlands announced on Tuesday.

Amsterdam saw the biggest growth in 2016 with an increase of over 15 thousand residents to a total of almost 850 thousand inhabitants on December 1st, 2016. Rotterdam's population grew with 8 thousand and The Hague and Utrecht with 4 thousand each. 

Ambulance
Jan 3 '17 07:52

Two girls aged 11 and 12 years old were rushed to the hospital on Monday night after they became ill from eating pills they found on the street in Zwanenburg, Noord-Holland. The police can't yet say what drugs were involved, a spokesperson said to NU.nl.

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