Health

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Oct 24 '16 10:42

Three people were killed and one critically injured in an accident on the N36 highway near Vriezenveen. The accident involving two cars happened around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, local newspaper Tubantia reports. 

Oct 21 '16 17:05

The Netherlands is one of the EU countries with the fewest residents that have weight problems, with 13.3 percent of its residents being obese. Only Romania and Italy have fewer obese residents - 9.4 percent and 10.7 percent respectively, according to figures from the EU’s statistics office Eurostat.

Eurostat worked with figures from 2014. Ireland is not included in the study as the country’s figures were not available.

Ecstasy pill that contains a fatal dose of PMMA (Photo: NFI/Trimbos Institute)
Oct 21 '16 14:38

The Trimbos institute issued a "red alert" warning on Thursday for dangerous ecstasy pills that contain a fatal dose of PMMA. The institute found numerous of these red pills with a Superman logo on both sides.

Ecstasy pills often contains PMMA, but this is an "extremely high dose", a spokesperson for Trimbos said to RTL Nieuws. This high dose triggered the institute to issue the national warning. Trimbos expects to know more about the pills during the course of Friday, but issued the warning immediately due to the Amsterdam Dance Event that started on Wednesday.

Oct 21 '16 14:30

The Dutch tire industry will reimburse the costs of sports clubs who want to have their artificial turf studied, VACO and Association Band en Milieu announced. Clubs can independently have their turfs tested and the associations will pay them back, ANP reports. 

Oct 21 '16 14:14

Psychiatrists in the Netherlands are concerned that the Dutch government's plan to  will put them in a difficult position, Damien Denys, president of the Dutch psychiatrists association NVvP said to newspaper Trouw.

Ford Ranger Ambulance Indonesia
Oct 21 '16 14:09

A 23-year-old woman from Tilburg was killed when she ended up under a train at the Lempuyangan train station in Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java. Local media identifies the victim as Denise Pronk from Tilburg, AD reports.

The young woman was hit by a train while she was trying to cross the tracks. She died on the spot. According to Indonesian media, she was traveling with another Dutch person.

The Indonesian police are investigating what happened. The woman’s body was transferred to the Dr. Sarjito hospital in Yogakarta.

Oct 21 '16 13:58

Large discounts on beer attract young people and problem drinkers, according to the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP. This in turn leads to an increase in alcoholism and crime, according to the institute. STAP is calling for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol, RTL Nieuws reports.

To support this call, STAp has six recent studies that shows that setting a minimum price on alcohol is the best solution.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Oct 20 '16 18:45

Researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen is studying the causes of death of Amsterdam residents in the past in an effort to learn more about the development of public health, the Telegraaf reports. 

For this study, the researchers will look at the cause of death of all 700 thousand Amsterdam residents who died between 1845 and 1940. According to a spokesperson for the university, Amsterdam is ideal for this study as no other city kept such proper track of the causes of death.

Oct 19 '16 14:45

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is removing the "conscious choice" check marks from food products. The check mark on food packaging indicates whether the product fits with a healthy lifestyle

Oct 19 '16 14:10

While the leak of carcinogenic formaldehyde at chemical company DuPont in Dordrecht was "very dangerous", it caused no immediate damage, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wrote to parliament. The long-term effects of the leak are not yet clear

Oct 19 '16 09:48

For the first time ever more Dutch said "no" to being an organ donor during Donor week than "yes", the Ministry of Public Health Announced. And it wasn't even only one or two more in the no camp. A massive 87 percent of new registrations explicitly stated that the person does not want to be an organ donor.

Oct 19 '16 09:29

Many rubber mats used on playgrounds are made of recycled tires and may therefore also contain too many dangerous chemicals, two professors of toxicology said to BNR.

Oct 18 '16 13:20

Weight loss food supplements and teas of the brands Emtea, Irem Natural and Niva Detox may contain substances also present in medicines and may therefore have serious side effects, the Dutch food and product safety authority NVWA warns.

Oct 18 '16 12:10

Tobacco companies will soon no longer be allowed to sell cigarette packets in the Netherlands that have decorative elements on them, State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health announced on Tuesday.

Oct 18 '16 07:51

Ambulances in the Netherlands often have too slow response times to emergencies, according to an analysis by Buurtfacts. In the countryside in particular ambulances regularly arrive late to an emergency

Oct 17 '16 13:25

Some 300 Q-fever patients are suing the Dutch government for compensation. They feel the government waited too long to take action after the disease broke out on a goat farm in Herpen, Brabant in 2007. The trial starts in the court in The Hague today

Oct 14 '16 14:00

The PvdA wants to charge everyone 1 percent more tax and use that money to scrap own risk deductibles in healthcare, a spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl. This point will be in the labour party's campaign for next year's elections.

Oct 13 '16 08:17

The Dutch government wants to adjust the Euthanasia Act so that people who aren't sick, but feel that their life is completed, can end their lives with assisted suicide. This will only be allowed under "strict and rigorous criteria", the government wrote to parliament. The majority of parliamentarians support the plan.

Oct 12 '16 11:45

Dutch University Medical Centers spend a lot of money on studies focusing on special medical topics, and thereby neglect research on common diseases, long term care and prevention, according to the Health Council in a report the Volkskrant has in its possession.

Oct 11 '16 09:17

the number of people dying as a result of a hepatitis infection is higher than expected, according to a study by Erasmus MC. The hospital calls the deaths "largely avoidable", because there are effective treatments available against hepatitis B and C

Oct 7 '16 16:30

It seems that the raccoon dog settled in the north and east of the Netherlands. Public health service RIVM calls on residents to report sightings of the animal

Oct 7 '16 11:35

A number of amateur football clubs are cancelling matches and practices on artificial turf fields after reports that they may contain carcinogenic substances

Oct 6 '16 12:10

A disabled woman from Utrecht fears that she's been infected with HIV or hepatitis after she was attacked with a hypodermic needle in Utrecht two weeks ago, she said on Bureau Hengeveld

Oct 6 '16 09:10

The government will not compensate people losing purchasing power if the health insurance premiums turn out to be higher than expected, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance said in a debate on the 2017 budget on Wednesday

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