Though they were not actually selling drugs of any sort, the "ecstasy shop" opened by the youth wing of D66 in the center of Amsterdam represents a model of what the organization thinks such a shop should look like. A Young Democrats activist stood firm at the door checking the age of the entrants. People behind the counter selling packages with little pills, actually colorful candy, gave out leaflets with information on usage, doses and side effects.
With the summer holiday around the corner pharmacists are warning vacationers to not accidentally become drug smugglers. Some medications fall under the Opium Act and can get a vacation goer into a lot of trouble if taken across the border without a valid medical certificate, which has to be handed in four weeks prior to departure.
The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, has decided that more research needs to be done on chronic fatigue syndrome - the so-called zombie sickness - at the insistence of patients suffering from this disease. Patient association ME/CFS collected 56 thousand signatures for this purpose.
The Professional Association of Dermatologists (NVDV) is calling for a ban on the sale of tanning beds to individuals. Research shows that people using tanning beds drastically increase the risk of developing skin cancer, reports broadcaster NOS.
Seamore, the firm aiming to replace spaghetti with seaweed, has reached its 15 thousand euro target on crowdfunding site Oneplanetcrowd. Almost 400 people think that replacing carb-filled pasta with the healthier alternative of seaweed is a great idea, and have pledged money to the crowdfunding campaign.
Researchers at the VU Medical Center think that boys should also be vaccinated against the HPV virus. Currently only girls are vaccinated against this virus, which causes cervical cancer.
American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer has purchased a minority stake in the Dutch biopharmaceutical AM-Pharma. The American firm has an exclusive option to buy out the whole company after committing an upfront payment of 87.5 million.
Feyenoord fan Theo's last wish to attend the match between Feyenoord and Vitesse over the weekend, was fulfilled on Sunday. The 77 year old, terminally ill man watched his football team play in the Kuip.
Two inmates in the Penitentiary Institution Amsterdam Over-Amstel has been infected with MRSA. They are being monitored by the medial service and are being kept isolated from other prisoners.
The number of people infected with the drug-resistant VRE bacteria in the Albert Schweitzer hospital in Dordrecht has almost doubled from last week, reports Het Parool. The hospital called on 1200 people to get tested for the bacteria because of the outbreak.
Three people were injured when fire broke out at an industrial company in Wijchen this morning. One of them was admitted to the hospital with serious burn wounds, police say.
The Albert Schweitzer hospital in Dordrecht has had an outbreak of a drug resistant bacteria that has infected 15 people. The hospital has asked 900 patients to be tested for the bacteria.
A doctor at an institution for people suffering from dementia in Venray adjusted or even stopped his patients' medicines without consulting with their families. This led to these patients becoming agitated, aggressive or suffering unnecessary pain, the AD reports.
Based on the advice of Care Institute Netherlands, Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health has decided to keep maternity care in the basic health care package.
Europe will have an obesity epidemic on its hands by 2030, the World Health Organization warned at a European Congress on Obesity in Prague on Wednesday. The WHO called it a "major crisis".
It is too dangerous to continue working with chromium paint in the outdated spray booth at the Leeuwarden airbase. The carcinogenic substance is not sufficiently disposed of in the Leeuwarden spray booth and that the concentration in the air is sometimes 27 times higher than allowed.
Grocery stores are selling more cheap meat of lower quality than a year ago, finds supermarket monitoring organization Wakker Dier. They called the trend surprising, since in January the parliament voted against selling extraordinarily cheap meat in stores.
Researchers from Radboud University Medical Center have discovered a new gene that causes hereditary colon cancer. This gene only causes an increased risk of colon cancer if both parents have it, which means that the siblings of a patient suffering from this form of cancer have an increased risk of also getting it, but not the patient's children.
A researcher studying memory problems among airplane staff for the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, denies the claims made by fellow researcher that people traveling by plane are exposed to deadly nerve gases.
People traveling on aircraft are systematically exposed to life-threatening nerve gases, which are sucked in through the engine along with the fresh air. Frequent flyers that can not break down the toxins properly, are at risk of becoming critically ill, or even dying.
A patient believed to be infected with Ebola is currently in the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen. The medical staff will examine the patient beginning on Friday, Dutch authorities said.
The European Union gave a 3.8-million euro grant to neurological researchers at the University Medical Center Groningen. The scientists are trying to determine how the visual cortex responds to different vision and brain disorders, and to find out how the brain responds to developing information it receives from the eyes.
An international team of researchers, led by the University Medical Center Utrecht, has designed a material to restore cartilage in joints by using 3D printing techniques, UMC Utrecht announced on their website today.
Cuts to items covered under the mandatory basic health insurance package is saving the country less money than expected, reports the Netherlands Court of Audit. Between 2007 and 2013, roughly 250 million euro was saved through the cuts, about half the amount the cabinet predicted under former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.