The Dutch embassy in Singapore recently helped a Dutch gay couple get a passport for their baby born to a Cambodian surrogate, after Cambodia made commercial surrogacy illegal, the Volkskrant reports.
More micro-plastics are ending up in food and the main culprit is the washing of synthetic clothing in the washing machine, according to a new study by the Plastic Soup Foundation, ANP reports.
The number of Dutch transgenders who changed their gender on their passport increased significantly following the implementation of the transgender law. Between 2007 and 2014 about 80 people per year changed their gender on their passport, according to figures from social and cultural planning office SCP. In 2015 there were 770 gender changes, NU.nl reports.
The football match between FC Den Bosch and FC Dordrecht was suspended for 15 minutes on Friday after a thrown firework exploded near the ball boy's head. The terrified boy ran off the field in tears. He sustained hearing damage, according to Omroep Brabant.
Some 1.7 million people currently living in the Netherlands, were alive to witness the liberation of the country at the end of World War II in 1945, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. That amounts to 10.4 percent of the Netherlands population.
Laren has relatively the most residents who were alive to see the WWII liberation, with 19.5 percent of its population. Bergen in Noord-Holland follows with 17.7 percent, and Roosendaal with 17 percent.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health wants to give the police and judiciary access to DNA material stored by hospitals for medical purposes, according to a proposal she posted online "for consultation". She wants the police to be able to use this DNA material to help solve serious crimes, the Volkskrant reports.
Doctors at UMC Utrecht developed a new method of placing pacemakers using special 3D images, known as Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT). This method will improve the accuracy in pacemaker placement and reduce the healthcare costs involved, NU.nl reports.
Utrecht professor Olle ten Cate won the prestigious John P. Hubbard Award in the United States. He decided to donate the 10 thousand dollars in prize money to departing Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen's pro-choice fund She Decides, ANP reports.
A paraglider fell from a very great height in the dunes near Julianadorp on Thursday afternoon. The victim was seriously injured and rushed to the VU Medical Center by air ambulance, RTV Noord-Holland reports.
The accident happened around 1:15 p.m. on King's Day. A spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Noord-Holland-Noord told the broadcaster that the victim was bleeding so severely that blood had to be fetched from neighboring hospitals.
Almost 11 percent of children in the Netherlands were receiving treatment from youth support last year, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday. Youth support helps and treats kids below the age of 18 who have psychological problems, mental disorders or educational problems.
With a cold King's Day expected tomorrow, the Red Cross published a few tips on how to avoid hypothermia. Dress warmly, avoid alcohol, eat and drink something warm every now and again, and keep moving, the Red Cross advises.
On Tuesday the court in Alkmaar handled a case of a father trying to force his 12-year-old son to be treated for his brain cancer. The case was filed by the father against the foundation for Youth- and Family Protectors, who is supervising the boy's treatment, ANP reports.
A man was killed in an accident on a construction site in Groningen on Wednesday morning. According to the police, the construction worker was trapped under a collapsed wall, the Telegraaf reports.
Emergency services rushed to the scene, but aid workers could not save the man. The accident happened on Langezijde in the Oosterparkbuurt neighborhood.
The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment, formerly the Labor Inspectorate, is investigating what happened.
Temporary workers are more likely to be occupationally disabled than employees with a permanent contract, according to a report by top officials from all Ministries. Temps therefore claim disability benefits more often, the Volkskrant reports.
Parents and kids born from donors at former fertility clinic Bijdorp Medical Center in Barendrecht want the court to order that a DNA sample be taken from now deceased doctor Jan Karbaat. They want the DNA to find out for sure whether Karbaat was the donor who fathered the kids, AD reports.
The parents and children were involved in a lawsuit against Karbaat. He died a month before the case went to trial.
Most teen girls in the Netherlands who sent a nude selfie to a boyfriend don't regret doing so, despite the risk that the photos will be shared with others, according to a study by website Girlscene.nl. The site surveyed 3 thousand Dutch teenage girls, a quarter of whom indicated that they've sent an nude photo of themselves to someone, AD reports.
Union FNV Care and Welfare warns of a massive shortage in paramedics and ambulance staff in the near future. In the short term, the union is especially concerned about safety on King's Day. "Given the number of people on the move that day, it can lead to irresponsible situations", Fred Seifert of FNV said to broadcaster NOS.
The union sent a letter about the situation to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health and the Healthcare Inspectorate, but so far got no response. Which is why FNV decided to sound the alarm in the media, Seifert said.
Arnhem residents will have the opportunity to test their ecstasy pills for free on King's Night, Wednesday April 26th. IrisZorg is setting up an ecstasy testing station on Ir. JP van Muijlwijkstraat 195 where drug users can make sure that their ecstasy is safe, the Gelderlander reports.
The drug testers will use the outer features of a pill - diameter, thickness, color, logo - and an acid test to check whether the pill is on the recognized list. The list contains pills that have been analyzed by a lab several times over the past period. It updates weekly.
Poultry farmers in the Netherlands no longer have to keep their animals caged. The bird flu risk in the Netherlands is officially gone and State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs decided to lift this and other measures, which have been in place for five months, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch 15-year-olds are happy with their lives and perform well in school and sports, according to a three yearly study by te Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which Education State Secretary Sander Dekker sent to parliament on Wednesday. Dutch teens give their lives an average score of 7.8, putting the Netherlands in second place for life satisfaction in a list of 35 countries from around the world. Finland came in first, Switzerland came in third.
The departing VVD and PvdA government reached an agreement to push an extra 200 million euros into nursing home care. This is on top of 100 million euros already pledged to solving the most pressing problems in nursing homes, NOS reports.
Google parent company Alphabet turned heads last week with the announcement of a sleek new smartwatch from its life sciences subsidiary Verily. Though not planned for the consumer market, the Verily Study Watch will be part of a joint research project between the firm and Radboud University in Nijmegen to examine the effect of multiple factors on the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
The number of euthanasia cases in the Netherlands increased by 10 percent last year. A total of 6,091 people died through euthanasia, 557 more than in 2015, according to an annual report by the euthanasia review committees, AD reports.
Most of the euthanasia cases involved cancer. There were also many cases of nervous system disorders and cardiovascular diseases. The number of euthanasia cases involving patients with dementia, psychiatric disorders or old age ailments also increased.