Health

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Nov 25 '16 08:43

An inattentive man had an icy bath in Amsterdam early this morning. The man was peeing in the canal on Oudezijds Voorburgwal and fell into the water. He was rushed to the hospital with hypthermia, RTV Noord-Holland reports.

Bystanders saw what happened and called the emergency services. The man was pulled out of the water and resuscitated. 

A trauma doctor checked him over at the scene before he was rushed to the hospital. 

Vaccination
Nov 25 '16 08:23

A majority in parliament thinks that parents have the right to know if their kids are attending daycare with children and babies that haven't been vaccinated. Then parens can decide whether they want to take the risk of infectious disease or move theri child elsewhere, AD reports.

The PvdA, CDA, D66, GroenLinks and PVV all voted in favor of this proposal. They are concerned because fewer people are vaccinating their children.

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Nov 24 '16 15:55

The Regional Disciplinary Tribunal in Eindhoven suspended a doctor in Brabant for six months for a sexual relationship he had with a patient, Omroep Brabant reports.

After two appointments with the doctor, the female patient asked the doctor if he was single. They chatted online and had sex in her home. The woman found out that the doctor was already in a relationship and refused to make an end to it. So she decided to file a complaint with the disciplinary committee.

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Nov 24 '16 12:55

The police are looking for 18-year-old Niels Wienberg, whose been missing from Culemborg since Saturday. The teenage boy is mentally ill and needs to take medicine.

Wienberg left his home in Culemborg on foot early Saturday morning. He was seen at the train station in his home town around 2:00 p.m. There were also reports that he was spotted on Utrecht Central Station.

The teenager was wearing a brown jacket with four pockets, grey sweatpants, a plain black T-shirt with long sleeves and brown/gray seakers of the brand Australian when he ws last seen.

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Nov 24 '16 08:52

So far this year Dutch hospitals reported 304 leaks of sensitive information, Trouw reports based on figures from the personal data authority AP. The authority would not give details about the leak, as this could be traced to individual hospitals.

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Nov 23 '16 16:05

Dutch inventors are working on a robot that can solve one of the biggest problems of the coming decades - antibiotic resistant bacteria. This robot SID, which stands for See, Identify and Destroy, can be programmed to destroy very specific bacteria.

The robot is being developed by the Troika Foundation, a non-profit foundation aimed at creating public awareness for bacteriophages - a virus that infects and replicates within bacterium and which can be used to destroy the said bacterium.

Nov 23 '16 08:51

VVD parliamentarian Fred Teeven is stepping aside as parliamentarian to undergo a brain surgery in January. The expectation is that he wil not return to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, to speak before the elections in March next year, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.

December 22nd will be Teeven's last regular working day before the surgery in January. He may still occassionally return to the Kamer to vote before the elections, but not as a spokesperson, according to the newspaper.

Nov 22 '16 08:57

Public health service GGD is concerned about the quality of more than half of the nurseries, kindergartens and after-school cares in the Netherlands. They have problems ranging from security standards not being in order, not enough carers or serious complaints. Child care in poor neighborhoods are worse off than in the richer neighborhoods, the Volkskrant reports based on its own investigation into 3 thousand establisments.

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Nov 21 '16 09:50

A special program Apeldoorn launched early this year to help people over 24 years of age leave prostitution, is bearing fruits. So far five women and one man made use of the program to get out of prostitution, the mayor and aldermen announced to the Apeldoorn city council, De Stentor reports.

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Nov 21 '16 08:32

Chemical company DuPont apologized for the leakage of hazardous substances on its premises in Dordrecht and for its poor communication about such leakages with local residentsm director Europa Govert Griffioen said to newspaper AD. This is the first time he is substantively talking about two formaldehyde leaks at the company this year. 

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Nov 18 '16 15:00

The Dutch government is making it easier for employers to hire people with disabilities. On Friday benefits agency UWV launched an online system that puts employers in contact with disabled people looking for work, State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs and Employment announced, Trouw reports.

Nov 17 '16 14:50

At least 3 thousand Defense employees and former employees at sites in Eygelshoven and Brunssum are suing the Dutch government for exposing them to toxic chromium-6 paint while knowing that it is dangerous, lawyer Rob Bedaux announced on Wednesday, according to the Volkskrant.

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Nov 17 '16 10:11

A number of cardiac patients were used as unwitting test subjects for a new treatment method at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, RTL Nieuws reports after speaking with two such patients. Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health ordered an investigation into this practice.

The treatment involved is called catheteriztion with a cryo-balloon - a new method to treat atrial fibrilation, better known as cardiac arrhythmia. The method was developed by Canadian researchers and involves a catheter with a frozen balloon at the end. It is considered a better treatment with fewer complications. 

Vaccination
Nov 17 '16 09:30

Dutch national health institute RIVM is turning its attention on people who do not vaccinate their children. The institute launched an additional training program for peadiatricians and is making 2 million euros available for longer conversations with parents to ease their conserns about vaccinations, the Volkskrant reports. 

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Nov 16 '16 12:35

People working in the healthcare and welfare sector experience an above average workload, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and TNO. They also feel they have less space to organize their work at their own discretion, NU.nl reports.

For this study, the researchers asked workers in various sectors about how they perceive their workload last year.

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Nov 16 '16 10:45

A majority in Dutch parliament passed a motion calling for a ban on displaying cigarettes and tobacos in every supermarket. The motion by PvdA parliamentarian Marith Volp also includes a deadline of enforcing this measure by December 1st, AD reports. 

According to the motion, reducing the tobacco addiction is so important that tobacco products should be hidden from view, especially in places children and young people frequent. 

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Nov 16 '16 10:09

The number of reported medical errors in hospital increased sharply in the first half of this year, NOS reports based on figures from the Healthcare Inspectorate. Last year a total of 958 errors were reported to the inspectorate. During the first half of this year, the Inspectorate received 752 reports. It expects a total of some 1,500 reported errors throughout this year.

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Nov 16 '16 09:04

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs implemented extra measures to prevent bird flu spreading from wild birds to the poultry sector in the Netherlands. Agricultural and horticultural organization LTO supports the extra measures, but worry that they will be in place for months.

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Nov 15 '16 13:54

Elderly care organization Amsta is opening a special home for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elderly people in the Dr Sarphati house in Amsterdam. "Here you do not have to explain how you lived your life", the organization said to Het Parool. The home opens on Wednesday and will initially have room for 8 LGBT elders.

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Nov 15 '16 12:25

Nine residents of a building on Sumatrastraat in Amsterdam Oost were hospitalized during the early hours of Tuesday morning due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Their condition is not life threatening, AT5 reports.

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Nov 15 '16 11:50

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health won the Big Brother Award for privacy violation, was announced at the award ceremony in Amsterdam on Monday. She is "proud" of the award, she said in a first reaction, Het Parool reports.

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Nov 10 '16 09:36

A headon collision in Nunspeet on Wednesday left a 59-year-old man and his 54-year-old wife from Hardewijk dead and their 5-year-old grandson injured. A 68-year-old woman was critically injured.

The accident happened on Eperweg on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Telegraaf. The initial results of the investigation shows that the 68 year old woman ended up on the wrong side of the road for some unknown reason. She hit the car carrying the grandparents and 5-year-old boy.

The grandparents from Hardewijk died at the scene. The condition of the boy is unclear.

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Nov 10 '16 07:30

All poultry farmers in the Netherlands were ordered on Wednesday to cage and guard all their birds intended for the production of meat and eggs. This precautionary measure was implemented by State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs after highly pathogenic bird flu H5N8 was found in wild birds in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Switzerland, NOS reports. 

About 10 dead grebes and tufted ducs were also found in the Netherands, near Monnickendam. They died of bird flu, though further study will reveal whether it was subtype H5N8. 

Health insurance
Nov 9 '16 14:25

Health insurer CZ is increasing the premiums for its basic health insurance by 7.5 percent, or 7.90 euros. The total basic health insurance premium for 2017 amounts to 112.85 euros, the insurer annoucned on Wednesday, ANP reports.

According to CZ, the premium comes in below cost. The insurer expects to spend an average of 125.20 euros per insured person next year. CZ will make up the difference from its own reserves, for which CZ put aside 420 million euros. That is 40 percent of the insurer's reserves - CZ's weallth minus the financial buffeer it has to keep according to law.

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