Health

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Jan 2 '17 10:40

At least 27 people fell ill at a New Year's celebration in the Friesland town of Damwoude around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. They suffered from stinging eyes and breathing difficulties, NU.nl reports.

The affected people were taken to a a sports hall where they were examined and treated by Red Cross workers. No one was sent to the hospital. 

According to broadcaster NOS, two party attendees got into a fight and one of them opened a canister of tear gas. The police are still investigating what substance was involved. 

Dec 30 '16 14:33

Child protection caregivers increasingly face aggression and intimidation from parents of families they work with. In some cases the attacks get so severe that the caregivers find that they can no longer do their jobs, NOS reports.

A total of 21 thousand children in the Netherlands are under the supervision of child protection agencies. Two thirds of these kids were taken from their homes and laced in care. Child protection workers are regularly harassed by parents who are angry about their involvement in their lives.

Dec 30 '16 09:57

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health wants to reduce the number of abortions in the Netherlands. Currently there are about 30 thousand abortions in the country per year and she finds that far too many, she said in an interview with Nederlands Dagblad, ANP reports.

This is the first time Schippers is giving an opinion on the number of abortions in the country.

Annibale Carracci - Healing the Man Born Blind
Dec 29 '16 16:35

A group of medical professionals from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam is researching "faith healing". They are collecting and considering tales of people whose health improved after, for example, someone laid their hands on them in prayer or anointed them, to see if there is scientific explanations for the improvement, Trouw reports.

Dec 29 '16 16:00

The vast majority of people in the Netherlands have no idea what to do to give first aid if someone's eye is hurt by a firework, according to the Red Cross. The aid organization launched a website with the most important thing to do with different firework injuries until professional help can be reached.

According to the Red Cross, 77 percent of the population do not know how to give first aid for eye injuries caused by fireworks. And only 13 percent gave the correct answer on a detailed follow up question on the subject. 

Dec 29 '16 10:27

A at UMC Utrecht extends beyond 26 couples who are now uncertain about the father of their child. According to research by newspaper AD, the mix up also disrupted the family plans of at least 84 couples from Utrecht to Arnhem.

Dec 28 '16 14:50

Nearly a third of Dutch doctor's offices do not use a safe connection for their patients' online registration or applications for repeat prescriptions, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research among over 300 medical practices.

A total of 197 practices gives patients the option of online registration and requesting a repeat prescription over the internet. Of these 29.3 percent did not use a secure https connection when sending medical data. This means that this sensitive information was sent over the internet unprotected, making it relatively easy for third parties to access. 

Dec 28 '16 08:18

A mix up at the IVF laboratory at UMC Utrecht means that the eggs 26 couples may have been fertilized with the wrong sperm using the ICSI method, NOS reports. This means that there is a chance that these women are pregnant or have a child with the wrong man, according to the broadcaster.

This involves ICSI treatments done at the hospital between April 2015 and November of this year. According to UMC Utrecht, it is unlikely that the women's eggs were fertilized with the wrong sperm, but not impossible.

Niels Wienburg, missing from Culemborg since 19 Nov 2016
Dec 27 '16 12:30

The family of 18-year-old Niels Wienberg is arranging a torchlight procession through his home city of Culemborg on Thursday night. The autistic teen will be buried on Friday. The procession will start at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday at the town hall on Markt in Culemborg, AD reports 

Dec 26 '16 11:55

Bird flu was diagnosed in sick birds on a poultry farm in Zoeterwoude, Zuid-Holland. A total of 28,500 birds on the farm were culled, as well as some 30 thousand birds on a nearby farm, RTL Nieuws reports.

The two farms are located about a kilometer fro each other. Another poultry farm is about 3 kilometers from the infected farm. Its animals are being examined for bird flu.

Dec 23 '16 13:55

The Dutch government is working on a legislative proposal to ban the visible display of tobacco products, State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health informed parliament, ANP reports.

Van Rijn gave the involved industry associations until December 15th to come up with an alternative, but their plans were inadequate. According to Van Rijn, the organizations did not go far enough with their plans. 

Young Tijn painting nails for Serious Request, 21 Dec 2016
Dec 23 '16 09:07

Terminally ill 6-year-old Tijn raised over a million euros for 3FM's Serious Request with his paint-your-nail action. The million mark was reached just after 7:00 a.m. on Friday. This is the first time that an individual action raises so much money for Serious Request, ANP reports.

Young Tijn painting nails for Serious Request, 21 Dec 2016
Dec 22 '16 13:30

Terminally ill 6-year-old Tijn from Hapert caused quite a stir in the Netherlands on Wednesday with his call for donations for 3FM's Serious Request. The young boy called on everyone in the Netherlands to paint their nails and donate to Serious Request, and he got a massive response, the Telegraaf reports.

Ultrasound image of early pregnancy
Dec 22 '16 13:00

Pregnant woman should get an extra ultrasound around the 13th week of pregnancy to detect abnormalities, the health council advised Dutch parliament on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Currently the ultrasound is only done at 20 weeks, which gives the woman only four weeks to decide on whether or not to get an abortion if abnormalities are found. 

Dec 22 '16 12:30

Doctors and medical specialists in the Netherlands more often prescribe more expensive drugs if the drugs are from the pharmaceutical company that pays their sponsorship money, according to a study done by the Volkskrant and health insurer VGZ. 

Dec 22 '16 08:00

Minister Jet Bussemaker and State Secretary Sander Dekker of Education are concerned about the number of children in the country registered as dyslexic. With a dyslexia statement school students can get a number of advantages, including longer time to complete an exam and having the questions read to them, NOS reports.

Dec 22 '16 07:30

Pediatric intensive care units in Randstad hospitals are overflowing due to a large influx of young patients with the RS virus. Sick children are being transported to other hospitals in the country and some were even sent abroad, pediatrician Frederique Hofstede said to broadcaster NOS.

Dec 21 '16 11:25

The Dutch Health Council issued a warning about the overuse of disinfectants on Wednesday. According to the Council, disinfectants also kill bacteria that are good for humans and overusing disinfectants could lead to pathogens becoming resistant to them, ANP reports.

The Health Council recognizes that disinfectants are necessary in some cases, such as in disinfecting medical equipment and preventing food spoilage. But in many other cases, using disinfectant is unnecessary. 

Dec 20 '16 08:16

Athletic events played on artificial turf mixed with rubber granules in the Netherlands does not significantly increase exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, states an unreleased report by Dutch health authority RIVM, according to the Telegraaf. Still, the agency recommends a wider scale international study of the rubber granules, often made by recycling automotive tires, as regulations governing the practice are inconsistent from country to country.

Dec 19 '16 13:40

The mother of 18-year-old Sophie Kroone is accusing the Medical Center Alkmaar of removing her daughter's organs without permission in 2011. She and lawyer Annet Wood pressed charges with the Hoorn police and the Medical disciplinary board, Gooi- and Eemlander reports.

Dec 16 '16 14:25

Dead ducks found in two places in Overijssel were diagnosed with bird flu, water board Drenthe Overijssel Delta announced. The dead birds all carried the bird flu variant H5N8, a very contagious strand, AD reports.

Over 60 dead ducks were found in the municipality of Kampen, on Bosjessteeg. And seven were found in the municipality of Zwartewaterland in Machinevaart. Both municipalities announced that no bird flu was found in surrounding poultry farms. 

An electronic stethoscope
Dec 16 '16 10:55

Dutch cancer association KWF granted 49.5 million euros to 88 new cancer research projects, the association announced. According to KWF, the grants were spread to "research over the entire width of the fight against cancer", NU.nl reports.

The projects receiving grants focus on research in various stages of cancer.

Dec 16 '16 07:59

Only 37 percent of Dutch children between the ages of 2 and 4 years ever visit the dentist according to figures from heath insurer Zilveren Kruis that newspaper AD published on Friday.

Insurers CZ and Menzis confirmed the figures - kids under the age of five hardly ever go to the dentist. After the age of four, dentist visits increase to 80 percent, but mostly just to fix damage sustained to teeth, according to the Dutch association for pediatric dentistry NVvK.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Dec 14 '16 13:25

A woman sustained serious injuries in Nijmegen on Wednesday when she fell off the Waal bridge on the Waalkade and landed on the deck of a passing cruise ship, the Gelderlander reports.

Emergency services responded en masse and rushed the woman to the hospital. At this stage the police believe the woman was trying to commit suicide. 

The cruise ship on which she fell - the A-Rosa Flora - was on its way to Germany. The passengers were inside the ship at the time. 

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