Health

Football
Sep 23 '19 17:50

The number of Dutch sports clubs that banned smoking more than doubled this past year. Currently the Netherlands counts 1,152 sports clubs and associations that banned smoking partly or completely, compared to around 550 last year, RTL Nieuws reports.

The number of football clubs that banned smoking increased in the same line as other sports clubs, from 208 last year to 432 now. 94 football clubs banned smoking completely, and 338 others are partly smoke-free, football association KNVB said to the broadcaster.

Pills
Sep 23 '19 08:19

The number of reports of shortages and imminent shortages of medicines in the Netherlands increased significantly this year and is expected to double compared to last year, Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care said in an interview with newspaper AD.

Ambulance
Sep 23 '19 07:52

Six young people were hospitalized on Sunday evening after they used ecstasy at youth care institution De La Salle in Boxtel. "One of them is in bad shape", the Oost-Brabant police said on Twitter.

Ambulances were deployed to the youth care institution at around 7:30 p.m. when the first of the group of young people became unwell. They were rushed to a hospital in the area. The police are investigating where they got the drugs. 

Cocktails
Sep 20 '19 15:00

While alcohol remains the number one cause of addiction problems in Amsterdam,young adult residents of the capital are drinking less than they did in 2000. There are also fewer smokers, though cocaine use increased, according to the newest Antenna, an annual study by Jellinek and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences into the alcohol and drug use of Amsterdam young adults, Het Parool reports.

Tractor spraying pesticide on crops
Sep 19 '19 17:50

Agricultural pesticides used in the Netherlands may cause Parkinson's disease. Farmers who work with these pesticides are up to 60 percent more likely to contract the incurable brain disease, epidemiologist Roel Vermeulen said to Zembla.

Sep 19 '19 15:30

A failed study into a remedy for skin disease psoriasis may be the breakthrough for a cure for malaria, according to Radboudumc in Nijmegen. One of the Dutch researchers found a reference to possibly tackling malaria in the same way the failed psoriasis remedy worked in a book from 1946, and the method shows promise, the Telegraaf reports. 

Fernando Ricksen as a player of FC Zenit
Sep 18 '19 15:30

Former football player Fernando Ricksen died of degenerative muscle disease ALS at the age of 43 on Wednesday. Many of the football teams he played for responded with sadness to his death.

Ricksen was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. He had been staying in a hospice in Scotland since the start of this year and had already announced that he would die there, according to NU.nl. Over the past weeks, the footballer was only able to move his eyes, but could still communicate through a speech computer. 

Graves in the Mierlo War Cemetery
Sep 16 '19 14:40

A 36-year-old man from Mierlo was arrested on Saturday for vandalizing the war cemetery in the town. The man suffers from psychosis and delusions that someone is out to get him, according to a neighbor. She doesn't think he was aware of what he was doing when he spray painted a swastika and other texts on the cemetery's chapel, graves and wall, the neighbor said to Eindhovens Dagblad.

Ambulance
Sep 13 '19 09:30

Officials looking into the cause of a tragic carbon monoxide poisoning case in Doesburg say a charcoal barbecue grill is to blame. A 61-year-old father of 12 died in the incident, and his 45-year-old wife and 7-year-old son were hospitalized.

Their condition has improved since the Wednesday incident, and they are no longer in life-threatening danger.

Health insurance
Sep 12 '19 11:20

The newest generation of 'young elderly people' are completely unprepared for the phase in their lives in which they will be dependent on care. Despite increasing staff shortages in healthcare and the Dutch government increasingly relying on the public to provide informal care, a large majority of people between the ages of 55 and 75 expects the State to care for them, according to a study by I&O Research on behalf of newspaper Trouw.

Tap water
Sep 12 '19 09:33

The quality of the Netherlands' drinking water sources is at serious risk, partly due to pollution with chemical substances, medicine residues and manure, according to a study by KWR, the knowledge institute for the drinking water sector. The drinking water companies call for immediate intervention, AD reports.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Sep 11 '19 13:46

The court in The Hague acquitted a nursing home doctor of patient's murder. The now-retired doctor was careful and followed the euthanasia protocol established in Dutch law when she performed euthanasia on a woman in the advanced stages of dementia, the court said in a statement.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sep 11 '19 10:48

A man died due to carbon monoxide poisoning after being found unresponsive in his home in Doesburg on Wednesday morning. His wife and one of their children were admitted to hospital in critical condition, AD reports.

Dutch emergency services in action
Sep 11 '19 09:19

Update, 10:54 a.m., 11 Sept. 2019: The father of the family was killed, the mother and one child were reportedly in critical condition. Eleven others, including more children, were in good condition.

A street in Kralendijk on Bonaire
Sep 11 '19 08:05

Hundreds of elderly people on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius regularly go to bed hungry. They have no food at home and often can't find a spot at the daycare, where food is provided, National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen said in his report Eye for the Elderly in the Caribbean Netherlands, NOS reports. 

Girl at the dentist
Sep 6 '19 08:45

Around 600 thousand Dutch children never go to the dentist, according to the association of Dutch dentists ANT. In a letter sent to Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care, they call on health insurers to take action, AD reports.

Traffic in the rain
Sep 6 '19 08:08

Between 10 thousand and 15 thousand Dutch people die each year from the effects of air- and noise pollution. The health risks are particularly high around Schiphol and Amsterdam. Randstad residents are three times more likely to get cardiovascular diseases or serious lung diseases from pollution than people living in Drenthe, Groningen or the islands, for example, RTL Niews reports based on its analysis of RIVM estimates and figures.

Health insurance
Sep 5 '19 08:09

Health insurance premiums in the Netherlands will increase slightly next year, by around 3 euros per month. A basic health insurance policy will cost nearly 40 euros more per year, the government will announce on Budget Day, AD reports based on sources in The Hague.

Stethoscope
Sep 4 '19 09:48

The number of euthanasia requests submitted to the End of Life Clinic in The Hague this year increased by 15 percent compared to last year. According to the clinic, officially called the Euthanasia Expertise Center from Wednesday, the increase is due to the judiciary's harsher attitude towards euthanasia, the Volkskrant reports.

Loneliness
Sep 4 '19 09:06

Foundation Join Us launched a hotline for young people struggling with loneliness. It is estimated that tens of thousands of young people between the ages of 12 and 30 are lonely in the Netherlands. "The hotline should make the urgency of the problem clear, also to politicians", Jolanda van Gerwe, initiator of Join Us and co-founder of the hotline, said to RTL Nieuws. 

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Sep 2 '19 12:50

On Monday Amsterdam is starting with the national PrEP program, a nationwide experiment in which the HIV prevention pill is prescribed to a limited number of people with a higher risk of contracting the disease. From today, up to 1,700 gay and transgender Amsterdam residents can sign up for the program through the GGD Amsterdam site.

Pia Dijkstra
Sep 2 '19 12:00

Early next year coalition party D66 will submit a legislative proposal to make assisted suicide possible at the end of a "full" and "completed" life, parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra said in an interview with newspaper AD. The bill is a sensitive topic for Christian parties and coalition partners CDA and ChristenUnie, according to the newspaper.

Child playing with chalk
Sep 2 '19 11:10

A large part of the 30 thousand youth care workers in the Netherlands are striking on Monday, for the first time in Dutch history. They demand that the government provide solutions for problems caused by budget cuts and decentralization in the past years. Staff shortages lead to heavy workloads and waiting lists for children who need help, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam in the rain
Aug 30 '19 10:10

Amsterdam is the safest city in Europe and the 4th safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The top three safest cities in the world are Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka.

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