Health

Nov 1 '16 11:55

27 percent of freelancers and self-employed in the Netherlands do not have sufficent financial resources or insurance to provide an income for themselves should they be unable to work due to disability, according to a report published by the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) on Monday, ANP reports.

Just over half of self-employed and freelancers have sufficient possibilities to get a replacement income on the level of a disability benefit. One in 20 have no posibilities of providing a mininum income and will likely have to depend on welfare should they be unable to work.

nursing home elderly
Nov 1 '16 07:49

The Healthcare Inspectorate added three new nursing homes to its black list. Cato from The Hage, Care Residence Zonnestraal from Hilversum and Avondrust in Veenendaal all performed below par and are now under increased supervision, AD reports.

Oct 31 '16 08:19

Emergency services found the body of a man in a garage on Nieuwevaartweg in Amsterdam-Oost just after midnight on Sunday. So far nothing is known about the cause of the man's death or his identity, the police said in a statement.

Officers found also found a man and woman in the building who were both ill. They were rushed to the hospital. Another two men were found in the building. Both were arrested for questioning.

The fire department made numerous measurements and did several tests and concluded that carbon monoxide poisoning is not behind the death. 

Smoke released by a massive fire at wax factory Koster keunen in Bladel
Oct 28 '16 08:18

No hazardous substances were released in the fire that started in wax factory Koster Keunen in Bladel on Thursday night, the police said on Friday. Loca residents were evacuated and spent the night in a hotel, Omroep Brabant reports.

The fire in industrial park De Sleutel on Raambrug is still burning. Firefighters are keeping it under control, but is letting the building burn. The presence of so much natural wax means that extinguishing it makes no sense. A number of companies on the terrain will not open on Friday.

Oct 27 '16 12:50

D66 parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra is worried about high suicide rates among gay and transgender young people. She is calling on the government to come up with effective measures to prevent young people in this group ending their lives prematurely, the Telegraaf reports. 

vindicat
Oct 27 '16 12:10

A student who sustained a brain injury during hazing at the Groningen student association Vindicat decided to file charges against the association, the Public Prosecutor announced, RTL Nieuws reports.

The young man when another student stood on his head. 

Oct 26 '16 15:10

According to consumers association Consumentenbond, the Dutch health insurers have more than 3.3 billion euros in "extra" reserves, even though they're making less profits. The association calls on the insurers to stop "hoarding unnecessarily" and "do everything to reduce the premium increases", ANP reports.

Figures from last year show that the four big insurers CZ, VGZ, Achmea and Menzis made half the profit they did in 2014. "But the four still managed to put 307 million into the reserve port in 2015", Bart Combee, director of the Consumentenbond said.

Oct 26 '16 13:20

The VVD is very much against setting a minimum age to qualify for euthanasia after a full or completed life. In a parliamentary debate on the government's plan, VVD parliamentarian Arno Rutte called it inappropriate because it would make people who reach that age feel uncomfortable with the idea that their lives are now "complete", the Telegraaf reports.

infant first aid
Oct 26 '16 10:12

Young parents in the Netherlands are flocking to first aid courses. They want to be able to save their child's life in case of an emergency, De Stentor reports.

Between 2013 and 2016 the number of people taking first aid courses in the country increased from 9 thousand to about 65 thousand. Belinda van der Graag of Red Cross Netherlands attributes the growth mainly to increased publicity the Red Cross gave to first aid in recent years.

Ambulance
Oct 25 '16 12:50

A 20-year-old Dutch woman and a 24-year-old German were killed in a traffic accident in Australia. Two other Dutch women survived the crash, but were injured, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to newspaper AD on Sunday.

The accident happened near Pardoo, in western Australia, on Saturday. The car went off the road and rolled. The four passengers were on holiday together in Australia. 

The other two Dutch women in the car, age 20 and 21 years old, were injured. According to the West Australian, they are in critical, but stable condition. 

Oct 25 '16 12:47

An increasing number of students are in need of psychological help, but student psychologists are scarce at a number of higher education institutions, according to a study into the avilability and accessibility of student psychologists in higher education. The study was performed by student organization ISO and the Dutch institute for psychologists NIP, Metro reports.

Frans Jozef van der Heijden on the far right
Oct 25 '16 08:14

Former CDA parliamentarian Frans Jozef van der Heijden and his wife ended their lives together on Friday at the ages of 78- and 76-years respectively. They explain their decision to do so in an obituary published in newspaper AD on Tuesday.

Oct 24 '16 11:30

An increasing number of students are in need of psychological help, but student psychologists are scarce at a number of higher education institutions, according to a study into the avilability and accessibility of student psychologists in higher education. The study was performed by student organization ISO and the Dutch institute for psychologists NIP, Metro reports.

Ambulance
Oct 24 '16 10:49

A 20-year-old Dutch woman and a 24-year-old German were killed in a traffic accident in Australia. Two other Dutch women survived the crash, but were injured, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to newspaper AD on Sunday.

The accident happened near Pardoo, in western Australia, on Saturday. The car went off the road and rolled. The four passengers were on holiday together in Australia. 

The other two Dutch women in the car, age 20 and 21 years old, were injured. According to the West Australian, they are in critical, but stable condition. 

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

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