Waiting times at abortion clinics in the Netherlands are increasing, especially in the big cities, BNR reports after surveying a number of clinics throughout the country. As a result, women have to wait longer before being helped or have to travel far from their home to find a clinic that can help them right away, according to the broadcaster.
The reason that dangerous online challenges like the 'choking game' claim so many victims - like 16-year-old Tim Reynders who died in Arkel last month - is because teenagers do not think about the consequences before attempting them, according to experts on teenagers, their brains and behaviors. Where an adult will immediately see the dangers, the thought would not even cross a teenager's mind, they said to AD.
Public Health Minister Edith Schippers is making 2.8 million euros available annually for breast implants for transgenders, she announced in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, ANP reports.
A 16-year-old boy from Arkel was killed in the May vacation while doing the "choking game" - an online challenge in which you choke yourself. As far as is known, he is the first Dutch fatality in this challenge, the Volkskrant reports.
Childhood obesity is continuing its steady increase in the Netherlands. Last year 13.4 percent of kids between the ages of 4 and 20 years were overweight, an 10 percent increase compared to 2015, AD reports based on figures from Statistics Netherlands.
A 62-year-old woman died in a group home in Utrecht last week. The exact cause of her death is still under investigation, but initial results indicate she starved to death. She was one of four people living in a group home called Contact & Muziek, the members of which believe they can live on light instead of food, according to their website.
Between 2012 and 2016 alcohol consumption in Amsterdam decreased, but the use of hard drugs like ecstasy, cocaine and amphetamine increased, health service GGD revealed in its Amsterdam Health Monitor 2016, Het Parool reports.
For the Health Monitor te GGD questioned over 8,600 Amsterdam residents between the ages of 19 and 64 years about their physical and psychological health, daily habits and health care. The service then compared the results to a similar study done in 2012 and 2008.
A wedding celebration in Amsterdam-Osdorp on Monday ended in somewhat of a disaster when 20 guests got food poisoning. It seems that the event center served spoiled chicken, RTL Nieuws reports.
About 300 people attended the celebration. According to the bride's sister, 20 people became sick at the same time. "They sat here outside, everyone throwing up in a row. Therefore ambulances responded."
The couple's family is furious. "They served yesterday's chicken. We're going to claim damages and they're not getting a cent from us."
Fertility clinic Geertgen in Elsendorp, Noord-Brabant bought frozen sperm from former fertility clinic Bijdorp Medical Center in Barendrecht in the past, Omroep Brabant reports.
The Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen is teaming up with Erasmus MC and the Haven hospital in Rotterdam for an experiment in using a parasite found in mice for a new malaria vaccine for humans. The first three volunteers were given a genetically modified rodent malaria as vaccine on Tuesday, the Telegraaf reports.
A 9-year-old boy may have saved his mother's life by calling the police when she fell ill during the early hours of Monday morning. The boy's timely call to the emergency number meant that his mom received medical aid in time to save her, the Zaanstreek police write on Facebook. "A hero of 9-years-old", the police write.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is calling on anonymous sperm donors to make themselves known so that the children they fathered can find them. "Did you donate sperm and see how incredibly it affects people's lives if they do not know who there father is?" the Minister said, according to ANP. "Then you can do a second incredibly good deed by just making yourself known."
A 30-year-old man from Nijkerk who died in police custody early this year, died because of cocaine poisoning, according to the final autopsy report by the Netherlands Forensic Institute. Forensic scientists found no other reason for Bertus de Man's death, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.
Eleven students and five teachers from the Strabrecht College in Geldorp were hospitalized after their school bus crashed into the back of a truck on the A16 between Duinkerken and Calais in France this morning, the school said in a statement on its website. The bus driver was critically injured and is in hospital in Lille.
From September 1st, teachers and other people who work with children and young people can call an especially established helpline for advice on how to deal with religious extremism and radicalization. The Dutch government is establishing the helpline based on advice from special reporter Naima Azough, AD reports.
A number of bus companies in the Netherlands still don't meet the wheelchair accessibility standard set in 2012, Trouw reports based on research by DTV Consultants. The 2012 standard states that 98 percent of all buses in the Netherlands must be accessible to disabled people. The study revealed that wheelchair bound people can't take the bus in 8 percent of their attempts to do so, according to the newspaper.
Sperm donors across the world are increasingly losing their anonymity due to commercial DNA databases. For the first time a donor child in the Netherlands managed to track down her biological father through one such database. She set up a foundation to help other children of anonymous donors do the same, the Volkskrant reports.
A video published online on Monday shows 30 Amsterdam residents, well known and unknown alike, promising Mayor Eberhard van der Laan that they will look after the city in their own way. The video was made by documentary researcher Ferm Verbeek, production house Wefilm, director Claudio de Oliveira Marques and concept developer Ruben Cussel, Het Parool reports.
On Thursday tattoo parlor Bobson Ink in Tilburg had a marathon tattooing session to raise money for local resident Jermaine de Wind. The Tilburg man has eight brain tumors and needs expensive treatment that can only be done in the United States. Bobson Ink raised 7 thousand euros for his cause, Omroep Brabant reports.
The sperm bank in the Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem was caught breaking Dutch rules by using the sperm of 15 donors too often. These 15 donors fathered a total of 548 children with 369 women, meaning that each man fathered an average of 36 children. That's way above the Dutch limit of 25 children per donor. One man even fathered 50 children, the Volkskrant reports based on a report from the Healthcare Inspectorate.
First aid posts in Hoek van Holland worked overtime on Thursday, the first day of the 'beach season' in the Netherlands. About 200 people needed treatment after the combination of sun, hot weather, alcohol and drugs became too much for them, the local safety office said on Thursday night, ANP reports.
Six people had to be taken to hospital for further treatment.
A father and son were arrested in Dordrecht on Thursday after they assaulted an ambulance driver, the Dordrecht police said on Facebook. According to the police, the men did not agree with the paramedics wanting to take a woman to the hospital.
The ambulance responded to Rigelhof in Sterrenburg to help a woman. The paramedics determined that she had to go to the hospital, against the will of her husband and son. After the woman was loaded into the ambulance, and the ambulance was about to leave, the father and son attacked the driver.
Popular designer drug 4-Fluoroamphetamine, also known as 4-FA and 4-FMP, will be banned in the Netherlands beginning Thursday. The party drug will be on the classified as "List I" under the country's drug laws, meaning it will be labeled as a hard drug.
After a total of 513 donations and giving 333 liters of blood, Limburg man Frans Hollander is retiring. He donated blood for the last time on Monday, L1 reports.
At the age of 69, Hollander from Rijkholt was forced to retire. According to Dutch rules, you can't be a donor after the age of 70. This age limit is intended to protect the donor, as many elderly people aren't able to donate blood.
Hollander would've liked to continue for another few years. "It's little effort to help sick people this way. And it's nice here", he said to L1.