Health

HIV-1
Dec 8 '16 17:37

A protein in a type of skin cell was found to prevent the HIV virus from entering the human body during sexual contact, researchers at Amsterdam’s Academic Medical Centre discovered. The TRIM5alpha protein in a type of cell called Langerhans Cells helps restrict HIV-1 transmission in both heterosexual and homosexual activities, the research shows.

The discovery could determine why some are more susceptible to HIV than others, AMC said in a statement. Genetic differences in people could make it harder for the protein to block, and shred the virus.

Dec 7 '16 09:45

Pregnant woman who get in too little vitamin D are more than twice as likely to have a child that develops autism, according to a study by Erasmus MC in Rotterdam among over 4 thousand 6-year-olds and their mothers.

An AIDS memorial in Nuremburg
Dec 6 '16 16:35

HIV patients in the Netherlands are furious about the AIDS fund's "horror campaign" about the disease. "I kill about 300 children a day" and "I am now more dangerous than ever" are two phrases fro the Dutch AIDS Fund's radio commercial campaign. 

NATO logo
Dec 2 '16 08:28

Toxic chromium-6 paint was found in the former NATO armory near Almelo. The work space has been closed down and specialized company Dolmans Calmiteeiten Diensten is working on cleaning the place, AD reports.

According to a Defense spokesperson, the decision to do a "deep cleaning" was made last year. The cleaning was scheduled for this month. In anticipation for that, the building was again checked over and traces of chromium 6 were found. According to the spokesperson, the level of chromium 6 found in the building is below the legal limits.

Dec 1 '16 17:05

Dutch youth smoke less, drink less, use fewer drugs and are less often in trouble with the law, according to Statistics Netherlands 2016 Youth Monitor which was published on Thursday, the Telegraaf reports.

Dec 1 '16 07:34

Amsterdam will not accept rubber granules in new artificial turf fields, no matter what the results of the RIVM investigation into whether or not these granules are hazardous to health. The people have lost confidence in the granules, sports alderman Eric van der Burg said during an emergency debate on the matter on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.

Firefighters at the scene of a fire on Slimmeweg in Amsterdam, 29 Nov 2016
Nov 29 '16 08:52

Asbestos was released in a fire in a wearhouse on Slimmeweg in Amsterddam early on Tuesday morning. Nearby schools were ordered to remain closed on Tuesday while the authorities are clearing away the carcinogenic substance, Het Parool reports.

The fire broke out around 2:00 a.m. Firefighters got it under control about three hours later. Air measurements showed that asbestos was release. According to the newspaper, the fire raged inside Urban Garden store Dutch4Green.

Nov 28 '16 14:10

There is no sign of bird flu on a chicken farm in Biddinghuizen, Felvoland, the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA announced on Monday. Some 21 thousand chickens on the farm were preventatively killed last week after bird flu was found at a nearby meat duck business, the Telegraaf reports.

The NVWA checked a total of nine farms in the area, but found no sign of bird flu. The bird flu found at the duck farm was the infectious variant H5N8. 

Nov 28 '16 11:45

Radboud UMC in Nijmegen is launching an experimental treatment against skin cancer from December 1st. From then hundreds of people with skin cancer can receive an experimental vaccine to prevent the disease recurrence, RTL Nieuws reports.

The vaccine activates the patients' immune system to turn against this form of cancer. The treatment is intended for skin cancer patients who had lymph node metastases removed recently. A total of 210 people can participate in the experiment, but other patients can also get the vaccine as a basic treatment. 

Nov 28 '16 11:03

A massive 58 out of 60 artificial turfs in the Netherlands containe a higher concentration of carcinogenic substances than are allowed in consumer products, NOS reports based on research by tire industry association VACO. VACO examined 50 artificial turf fields and NOS compared it to studies of another 10.

Nov 25 '16 12:35

Dutch doctor drew up a list of 1,366 treatments that are not scientifically proven to be effective. This rather-not list was presented to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health on Friday, the Volkskrant reports.

International studies show that only about half of what doctors do in hospitals is based on scientific evidence, according to the newspaper. The other half is done based on common sense, empathy, risk aversion, ambition or money, according to a report by the NFU - dome organization of eight teaching hospitals in the Netherlands. 

Oudezijds Voorburgwal Canal in front of the St. Nicolas Church, Amsterdam
Nov 25 '16 08:43

An inattentive man had an icy bath in Amsterdam early this morning. The man was peeing in the canal on Oudezijds Voorburgwal and fell into the water. He was rushed to the hospital with hypthermia, RTV Noord-Holland reports.

Bystanders saw what happened and called the emergency services. The man was pulled out of the water and resuscitated. 

A trauma doctor checked him over at the scene before he was rushed to the hospital. 

Nov 25 '16 08:23

A majority in parliament thinks that parents have the right to know if their kids are attending daycare with children and babies that haven't been vaccinated. Then parens can decide whether they want to take the risk of infectious disease or move theri child elsewhere, AD reports.

The PvdA, CDA, D66, GroenLinks and PVV all voted in favor of this proposal. They are concerned because fewer people are vaccinating their children.

An electronic stethoscope
Nov 24 '16 15:55

The Regional Disciplinary Tribunal in Eindhoven suspended a doctor in Brabant for six months for a sexual relationship he had with a patient, Omroep Brabant reports.

After two appointments with the doctor, the female patient asked the doctor if he was single. They chatted online and had sex in her home. The woman found out that the doctor was already in a relationship and refused to make an end to it. So she decided to file a complaint with the disciplinary committee.

Niels Wienburg, missing from Culemborg since 19 Nov 2016
Nov 24 '16 12:55

The police are looking for 18-year-old Niels Wienberg, whose been missing from Culemborg since Saturday. The teenage boy is mentally ill and needs to take medicine.

Wienberg left his home in Culemborg on foot early Saturday morning. He was seen at the train station in his home town around 2:00 p.m. There were also reports that he was spotted on Utrecht Central Station.

The teenager was wearing a brown jacket with four pockets, grey sweatpants, a plain black T-shirt with long sleeves and brown/gray seakers of the brand Australian when he ws last seen.

Hospital room
Nov 24 '16 08:52

So far this year Dutch hospitals reported 304 leaks of sensitive information, Trouw reports based on figures from the personal data authority AP. The authority would not give details about the leak, as this could be traced to individual hospitals.

Petri Dish
Nov 23 '16 16:05

Dutch inventors are working on a robot that can solve one of the biggest problems of the coming decades - antibiotic resistant bacteria. This robot SID, which stands for See, Identify and Destroy, can be programmed to destroy very specific bacteria.

Nov 23 '16 08:51

VVD parliamentarian Fred Teeven is stepping aside as parliamentarian to undergo a brain surgery in January. The expectation is that he wil not return to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, to speak before the elections in March next year, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.

December 22nd will be Teeven's last regular working day before the surgery in January. He may still occassionally return to the Kamer to vote before the elections, but not as a spokesperson, according to the newspaper.

Nov 22 '16 08:57

Public health service GGD is concerned about the quality of more than half of the nurseries, kindergartens and after-school cares in the Netherlands. They have problems ranging from security standards not being in order, not enough carers or serious complaints. Child care in poor neighborhoods are worse off than in the richer neighborhoods, the Volkskrant reports based on its own investigation into 3 thousand establisments.

Nov 21 '16 09:50

A special program Apeldoorn launched early this year to help people over 24 years of age leave prostitution, is bearing fruits. So far five women and one man made use of the program to get out of prostitution, the mayor and aldermen announced to the Apeldoorn city council, De Stentor reports.

Nov 21 '16 08:32

Chemical company DuPont apologized for the leakage of hazardous substances on its premises in Dordrecht and for its poor communication about such leakages with local residentsm director Europa Govert Griffioen said to newspaper AD. This is the first time he is substantively talking about two formaldehyde leaks at the company this year. 

Nov 18 '16 15:00

The Dutch government is making it easier for employers to hire people with disabilities. On Friday benefits agency UWV launched an online system that puts employers in contact with disabled people looking for work, State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment announced, Trouw reports.

Nov 17 '16 14:50

At least 3 thousand Defense employees and former employees at sites in Eygelshoven and Brunssum are suing the Dutch government for exposing them to toxic chromium-6 paint while knowing that it is dangerous, lawyer Rob Bedaux announced on Wednesday, according to the Volkskrant.

Nov 17 '16 10:11

A number of cardiac patients were used as unwitting test subjects for a new treatment method at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, RTL Nieuws reports after speaking with two such patients. Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health ordered an investigation into this practice.

The treatment involved is called catheteriztion with a cryo-balloon - a new method to treat atrial fibrilation, better known as cardiac arrhythmia. The method was developed by Canadian researchers and involves a catheter with a frozen balloon at the end. It is considered a better treatment with fewer complications. 

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