Health

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

Football
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

Oct 5 '16 13:10

PvdA parliamentarian Sjoera Dikkers collapsed while talking in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Tuesday.

Football
Oct 5 '16 08:54

Playing football on artificial turf may be dangerous to footballers' health, according to Zembla. Almost all artificial turf fields contain rubber granules, which have been linked to cancer.

Oct 4 '16 11:55

Some 40 percent of Dutch patients aren't satisfied with doctor consultations, according to a survey done by Patients Federation among 4,600 people

Oct 4 '16 11:20

The costs to get rid of the own risk healthcare deductibles will cost 4.5 billion euros, according to calculations by the Central Planning Bureau. Previous calculations said 3.7 billion euros

Oct 3 '16 12:45

Many minority children don't visit the dentist in the Netherlands, according to dentistry professor Albert Feilzer of Acta. This could be reversed by paying more attention to prevention in dental care and adding adult dental care to the basic health insurance package, he said in an interview with newspaper Trouw.

Sep 30 '16 09:21

Most Dutch parliamentarians support a plan to increase the maximum age for IVF treatments from 43 years to 50 years. Only the small Christian parties are still objecting, Trouw reports. 

The maximum age for IVF treatment in the Netherlands is currently 43 years old. But according to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, doctors believe that IVF is possible up to the age of 50 without taking irresponsible medical risks. Fifty is also the age in the new doctor's guideline.

Sep 28 '16 15:30

The Green Happiness diet - a plant-based diet without meat, fish and gluten - has serious shortages that can cause irreparable damage, a spokesperson for the Dutch Nutrition Center said to BNR.

Sep 28 '16 08:57

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is "struck" by the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, he writes on Facebook. Peres passed away at the age of 93 after two weeks in hospital due to a stroke.

Sep 27 '16 13:50

The 17 fertility clinics in the Netherlands need to improve their registration of sperm donors, according to the Healthcare Inspectorate. This is to prevent donors singing up at multiple clinics and ending up with dozens of offspring

Sep 27 '16 13:20

Last year a total of 2,682 births in the Netherlands involved two or more babies. Most of them were twins, though 43 of them were triplets or more. According to Statistics Netherlands, the number of twins born annually in the country is thereby continuing its annual decline.

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