Health

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Mar 1 '17 12:30

Dutch petroleum company NAM can be held liable for immaterial damage suffered by a number of Groningen earthquake victims, the court in Assen ruled on Wednesday. This immaterial damage includes physical symptoms like headaches as well as psychological problems like anxiety, NU.nl reports. 

Football
Mar 1 '17 11:20

Former Minister Klaas de Vries will head a three member committee that will investigate sexual abuse in sports. Dutch Olympic Committee and sports organization NOC*NSF deliberately chose the PvdA man because he is not part of the sports world in any way and will therefore not have any conflict of interest, sources told the Volkskrant.

Mar 1 '17 10:10

Since September last year municipal health service GGD Amsterdam noticed an increase of hepatitis A among homosexual and bisexual men. There's also been an increase of hepatitis A diagnoses in this group in the rest of the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Men who have sexual intercourse with other men are advised to get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B viruses, Blik op Nieuws reports. 

Mountain of trash found in Amsterdam man's home, February 2017
Feb 28 '17 13:05

The Amsterdam police launched a search for a local resident after concerned colleagues reported that he did not show up for work last week. They found the man at home but in "worrying living conditions" - the man's home was filled with mountains of trash.

The police called in public health service GGD, who concluded that the man's home is so full of trash that it "constitutes a danger to public health". The house was cleaned out by the Amsterdam police, GGD Amsterdam and pest control.

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Feb 27 '17 15:15

So far the Ministry of Defense paid out more than 2.1 million euros to 309 employees and former employees who became ill after working with paint containing carcinogenic substance , a Defense spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl.

Women on Waves
Feb 24 '17 12:05

The abortion ship of Dutch organization Women on Waves was seized by the Guatemalan navy on Thursday. The women of the nonprofit organization were giving abortions to women who were 10 weeks pregnant or less just outside the territorial waters of Guatemala. The country only allows abortions to women who are in life threatening danger, the Volkskrant reports.

Feb 23 '17 15:55

Statements by DENK leader Tunahan Kuzu suggesting that elderly people with an immigration background are discriminated against in the Dutch healthcare system, led to disbelief and outrage among medical practitioners in the Netherlands. "This clearly fits into the election campaign", Rene Heman, chairman of Dutch doctors federation KNMG, said to newspaper AD.

Tunahan Kuzu
Feb 23 '17 10:30

DENK leader Tunahan Kuzu accused Dutch doctors of discriminating against people with a non-Western background. In a live stream on Facebook Kuzu said on Wednesday that the Dutch healthcare system is quicker to pull the plug on elderly immigrants, AD reports.

According to Kuzu, he heard this from a number of medical specialists. "These doctors have seen that the plug is pulled more quickly in older people with an immigrant background than in people without this background", the Dutch-Turkish politician said. 

Radioactive
Feb 22 '17 08:33

Small amounts of radioactive iodine-131 found in the air above Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, France and Spain last month raised concerns across Europe. But there is no trace of the radioactive substance in the Netherlands, Dutch national health institute RIVM announced after taking careful measurements, ANP reports.

Police
Feb 21 '17 07:34

Last year the Dutch police again received more reports about disturbed people causing problems, the police confirmed to ANP. Nearly 75 thousand reports were received, compared to about 66 thousand in 2015. Since 2012 the number of reports about disturbed problem causers increased by an average of 14 percent per year.

"We have the impression that the severity of the incidents is increasing. This has an impact on the environment and requires a lot of police on the street", Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Allbersberg said to ANP.

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.

Teacher and Student
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."

Sick Days
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.

Elderly Hospital
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.

classroom
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. 

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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.

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