Health

Gavel
Feb 22 '19 09:17

Mental health institution GGZ Eindhoven is being prosecuted for the death of a 29-year-old patient in 2013. The institution is being charged with negligence. This is the first time in the Netherlands that a health institution has to account for the death of a patient in court, Omroep Brabant reports.

Dutch police officer
Feb 21 '19 12:00

Last year the police received over 90 thousand reports about "disturbed people", double the number received eight years ago, the police said in a statement. In 2017 the , and that number increased by 8 percent in 2018 to 90,605.

Doctor with medicine
Feb 19 '19 14:40

Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics are a growing problem worldwide, but the Netherlands has this issue well under control, according to the PhD research of medical microbiologist Wouter Rottier from UMC Utrecht. If people in the Netherlands are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria, the mortality rate is no higher than infections by bacteria that can still be treated by antibiotics, Rottier found, NOS reports.

Pre-workout shake
Feb 15 '19 14:20

Sports supplements containing banned substance DMAA can easily be bought online, for example in online stores or through Dutch sports influencers on Instagram, according to research by NOS and masters students from the University of Amsterdam. The majority of these so-called pre-workout shakes are legal, but on Instagram and foreign online stores shakes with banned substances can also easily be bought, according to the broadcaster. 

Hospital OLVG in Amsterdam
Feb 15 '19 11:50

For years students with a part-time job at Amsterdam hospital OLVG had access to confidential and very personal patient files. This involved almost all patients who visited the hospital over the past 15 years, the Volkskrant reports. The hospital confirmed the leak to the newspaper.

The leak was discovered in August last year by a philosophy student who answered the phone and made appointments for the hospital's outpatient clinic. She informed the management of the hospital that she could see all of the patients' confidential medical information. 

A KLM plane at an icy Schiphol Airport, 12 Feb 2018
Feb 15 '19 11:00

Dutch airline KLM will investigate whether individual employees were exposed to carcinogenic chromium 6, the company said in response to a demand for clarity from trade union FNV. The involved employees worked at the Regional Jet Center at Schiphol where airplanes of Martinair and Cityhopper, among others, were sanded, ANP reports.

Love letter
Feb 15 '19 09:18

After being bullied her whole life, 20-year-old Kaya van den Dikkenberg decided to use Valentine's Day to draw attention to this problem. On Thursday she handed out "Valentine's Day cards" at Utrecht Central Station. But instead of a love letter, the cards contained letters written by people who are being bullied, RTL Nieuws reports.

Vaccination
Feb 15 '19 08:37

Of the nearly 132 thousand Dutch 13- and 14-year-olds who were i in the autumn of 2018, around 18 thousand ignored the call. The national turnout percentage is 86.5 percent. The lowest turnout was in Zeeland and Amsterdam, only 72 to 77 percent of teens went to get vaccinated, AD reports based on figures from public health institute RIVM.

Young girl using mobile phone
Feb 14 '19 14:10

Children as young as 12 to 14 years old already deal with unwanted sexual behavior and sexually abusive text messages, according to Gaby de Lijster's PhD research at Maastricht University. She therefore believes it is important for schools to talk about sexuality in their lessons, AD reports. 

Chemotherapy
Feb 14 '19 12:30

In 2016 Dutch cancer patients were treated with medicines of which the active substance came from a rejected Chinese factory, where there was a serious risk of products being contaminated, Zembla reports based on its own research.

Flu season
Feb 14 '19 11:40

The flu epidemic hit a secondary school in the Zeeland city of Goes hard these past days. A quarter of the 1,600 pupils at the Goese Lyceum location on Oranjeweg are home sick, something the school never experienced before. "We're now also seeing quite a few colleagues fall over", rector Carin Biesterbosch said to NU.nl.

Feb 13 '19 13:30

The court in Rotterdam gave a number of children conceived through a sperm donor clinic permission to use the DNA of fertility doctor Jan Karbaat to find out whether he used his own sperm to inseminate their mothers and is therefore their biological father. With this ruling on Wednesday the court in Rotterdam put an end to years of uncertainty for dozens of people, AD reports.

Sexual violence
Feb 13 '19 12:40

Victims of sexual violence in the Netherlands no longer have to pay healthcare deductibles when they incur medical costs. With this one year long experiment, the Dutch government wants to find out whether free care will lower the threshold for seeking help, NOS reports.

Victims can go to a Center for Sexual Violence to get help. These are usually connected to hospitals' emergency room. The Centers perform trace evidence investigation, but they also offer psychological help and tests for venereal diseases. 

Dutchbat headquarters in Potocari, near Srebrenica, in Bosnia
Feb 13 '19 09:18

Dutchbat soldiers who were stationed at the headquarters in Potocari during the Bosnian civil war in 1994 and 1995 are pressing attempted aggravated assault charges against the Ministry of Defense because they were exposed to toxic substances, EenVandag reports.

The Dutchbat headquarters were located in an old battery factory in the Bosnian village, near Srebrenica. According to the soldiers, the factory contained, among other things, asbestos, chemicals and a vat with a "nuclear" warning on it."

Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skies
Feb 12 '19 08:26

Coalition party D66 and the Dutch association of pediatricians AJN are pleading for the government to conduct a thorough investigation into treatments that claim to "cure" young people from being gay. If these therapies are indeed as harmful as expected, they must be banned, D66 parliamentarian Vera Bergkamp said to EenVandaag.

"Young people must be able to be completely themselves. These therapies are at odds with this", Bergkamp said. She believes that these "treatments" can push young people struggling with their sexual orientation and faith over the edge.  

Pills
Feb 11 '19 16:20

In the coming years Amsterdam University Medical Center will be preparing more generic versions of rare and expensive medicines in their own pharmacy, with the goal of making these medicines more readily available and cheaper than the medicines offered by pharmaceutical companies. This was made possible by a 5 million euros donation from the VriendenLoterij, the Amsterdam hospital said in a press release.

Surgery
Feb 8 '19 08:15

People undergoing surgery at night are at a higher risk of suffering complications and having to stay in hospital for longer than those undergoing surgeries during the daytime, according to an international study involving 146 hospitals across 29 countries, the British Journal of Anesthesia announced in a press release. According to the BJA, this is the first study looking into the occurrence of common adverse events during night-time and day-time surgery.

Newborn-Baby-Feet
Feb 6 '19 14:20

Multiple experts and aid agencies in Noord-Brabant failed in caring for a baby who died in Breda as a result of abuse within the family, the Inspectorates for Healthcare and Youth and for Justice and Security concluded after investigation, NU.nl reports.

The 7-month-old boy died in hospital late in 2017. An autopsy showed that the baby died because he was beaten or shaken violently. His fon suspicion of manslaughter.

Feb 6 '19 11:00

Health service GGD is expanding its environmental research into emissions by the Zutphen industrial area to include a cancer cluster investigation, GGD environmental health consultant Steven van der Lelie announced. The municipalities of Zutphen and Lochem asked for this additional investigation due to persistent unrest in Eefde-West over a remarkable number of cancer diagnoses, De Stentor reports.

A jogger exercising along the Veemkade in Amsterdam on a warm summer's day, 29 June 2018
Feb 5 '19 15:10

People with a healthy lifestyle - who don't smoke, are not overweight, and have healthy blood pressure - on average live six years longer than people with a more unhealthy lifestyle, according to the interim results of a long-term Rotterdam population study, NOS reports.

Breast cancer ribbon
Feb 4 '19 13:50

Last year 116 thousand Dutch people were diagnosed with cancer, according to the Netherlands' comprehensive cancer center IKNL. Especially the number of patients with skin cancer increased significantly over the past years, NOS reports.

Office space
Feb 1 '19 15:50

People who work in an office that has plants in it call in sick 20 percent less often than people working in rooms with no plants, according to research by Wageningen University and scientific company Fytagoras. Having plants in the workplace amounts to an average of 1.6 sick days less per employee per year, the researchers concluded, RTL Nieuws reports.

Decorative tree falls on visitors at Alrijne Hospital in Leiderdorp, 31 Jan 2019
Feb 1 '19 07:31

Three visitors to the Alrijne Hospital in Leiderdorp were hurt on Thursday after a decorative tree fell on them in the restaurant. The tree is about 4 meters tall, with a real trunk, but fake leaves, NU.nl reports.

The hospital could not say anything about the severity of the victims' injuries, but told NU.nl on Thursday that they were all likely to be discharged by Thursday night. The incident happened at around 2:00p.m. in restaurant Sante.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jan 31 '19 14:30

The municipality of Tilburg, the Railway Museum, and NS subsidiary NedTrain are responsible for health damage suffered by people who were exposed to carcinogenic chromium 6 while refurbishing old trains in a NS workplace, according to a committee that investigated exposure to chromium 6 at the NS workplace and the subsequent health complaints, NOS reports. 

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