Health

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Sep 17 '14 15:39

An Amsterdammer would not startle when finding a cat roaming around their legs in a cafe. For many years, cats have been an integral part of the local colour, ridding premisses of pesky vermin and providing comfort to the regulars. However well known Nieuwmarkt spot Cafe ‘t Loosje has received word from the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) that their beloved cat Smokey can no longer remain on the premises. Outraged by the order, employee Marie Boudri started an online petition which is receiving considerable community support.

Drugs
Sep 17 '14 11:00

Almost 4.5 percent of Dutch children aged four to 18 have been prescribed the stimulant Ritalin. A report issued by the Health Council of the Netherlands shows that the council is particularly concerned by the growing rate of prescription.

Sep 17 '14 09:00

Two men have been treated for blistering chemical burns at the Huntsman chemical company in Rotterdam. The industrial accident occurred after methylene diphenyl diisocyanate leaked from a tanker, said a spokesman from the Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond.

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Sep 16 '14 16:32

Leo Bonten, who made a lamp out of his amputated leg, was asked to leave the care facility where he has been rehabilitating.

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Sep 16 '14 15:24

According to researchers from Leiden, the risk of over treatment in women over 70 years is so great that breast cancer screening should be stopped for the whole group.

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Sep 15 '14 11:28

Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher has sent Parliament legislation to arrange a new regulation that would see new fathers receive guaranteed paternity leave if the mother dies during childbirth. Mothers with premature babies will also receive 10 weeks to take care of the child at home, Elsevier reports.

Ebola
Sep 15 '14 07:50

Two doctors from The Netherlands, Nick Zwinkels and Erdi Huizenga, who have been working in Sierra Leone at the lion Heart Foundation, and who may have contracted Ebola, are currently in quarantine in the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) after landing in The Netherlands on Sunday. They may return home later today, De Telegraaf reports.

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Sep 12 '14 13:33

A 52 year old Dutchman who suffered from a fever after returning from a business trip to Ebola infested Nigeria ha tested negative for the Ebola virus. This was confirmed by Dr Naruemon Sawanpanyalert, a specialist for the Medical Department.

Sep 12 '14 07:40

Two Dutch doctors may be returned to The Netherlands after possibly having contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone. Though there are no current symptoms with the doctors, there is still a fear that they may have the virus, the NOS reports.

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Sep 11 '14 14:45

A new research study has shown that more than 75 percent of teenagers are experiencing so much stress that they are at risk of burning out.

Drugs
Sep 11 '14 13:05

Publication of doctoral research into the effects of so-called "lust pills" on women has been delayed by the Utrecht University after television documentary program ZEMBLA raised concerns about the independence of the committee reviewing the research. Five members of the eight-member team of researchers and evaluators have direct connections to Almere drug company Emotional Brain, the creators of two drugs meant to treat women diagnosed with sexual dysfunctions like lack of arousal. Both drugs were reviewed in the study.

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Sep 10 '14 14:37

Dutch kidney patient Razia Santoe has taken to YouTube, sending an appeal out for a kidney donor. Her advertising campaign, developed by a professional advertising agency Kessel Kramer, hopes to reach 20,000 and attract 3,000 euros within a few days so that she can spread her message to television.

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Sep 9 '14 14:59

The Foundation Youth Smoking Prevention (Rookpreventie Jeugd) is suing the Dutch government because of their existing relationship with the tobacco industry. The government will be informed of the summons today or tomorrow, AD.nl reports.

Alcohol
Sep 8 '14 11:56

According to research into alcohol usage amongst teenagers aged between 11 and 16 years of age in The Netherlands, there appears to have occurred a "spectacular" shift over the last ten years, with the binge drinking trend seemingly remaining in the past, Het Parool reports.

Sep 8 '14 10:40

Patient and doctor organizations are blowing the whistle on benefit agencies and health insurers asking unwarrantedly for patients' full medical records. They warn patients that this is not always necessary.

Sep 8 '14 07:57

Obstetricians warn that women in labor may be exposed to unnecessary dangers by the fact that there are too few obstetric units in hospitals in The Netherlands, meaning that the time it takes for them to travel from home to a hospital where they can be helped is too long.

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Sep 8 '14 07:23

The arrival of a freighter plane at Schiphol airport on Sunday afternoon caused alarm bells to ring as it was thought that there might be an Ebola patient on board. One of the crew members suddenly became ill underway.

Sep 5 '14 09:51

There are already 331,000 people in The Netherlands who are structurally unable to pay their health care insurance premiums. The number of people in default is rising, and between them there is more than €1 billion yet to be paid, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Sep 4 '14 11:15

Ministers Edith Schippers of Health and Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs have been deemed responsible for damage by around 320 Q-fever patients in The Netherlands. These patients believe that the government took too long to establish measure when the epidemic struck.

Ebola
Sep 4 '14 10:02

The Dutch branch of Doctors Without Borders in those West African countries where Ebola has broken out are now asking for military aid from The Netherlands. A spokesperson made the plea on BNR, and according to De Telegraaf, the military union VBM is positive about the possibility.

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Sep 4 '14 09:18

A Turkish doctor on the Interpol list of wanted persons for his involvement in illegal organ trading in Kosovo is believed to own a €2 million villa in Amsterdam, where he is also thought to live. This has been reported by Serbian media.

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Sep 4 '14 08:39

The Cabinet wants more attention for suicides amongst LGBT youths in The Netherlands. The D66 will plead for investigation into the motivations for young lesbian and gay men and women to commit suicide in a Parliamentary Debate with Minister Edith Schippers of Health, De Volkskrant reports.

Sep 2 '14 14:07

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), Edith Schippers will consider the recommendation made by the committee headed by Hans Borstlap that the NZa should be split up.

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Sep 1 '14 18:09

The Dutch healthcare authority NZa needs strong reforms and better management, a report commissioned by Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers (VVD) will reveal on Tuesday. The report, leaked to newspaper NRC, directs strong criticism at the dual mission of the organisation, which provides policy recommendations and the spervision of hospitals and insurers, claiming that the organisation is plagued by internal security leaks and undue managerial influence.

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