Health

Alcohol
Sep 8 '14 11:56

According to research into alcohol usage amongst teenagers aged between 11 and 16 years of age in The Netherlands, there appears to have occurred a "spectacular" shift over the last ten years, with the binge drinking trend seemingly remaining in the past, Het Parool reports.

Sep 8 '14 10:40

Patient and doctor organizations are blowing the whistle on benefit agencies and health insurers asking unwarrantedly for patients' full medical records. They warn patients that this is not always necessary.

Sep 8 '14 07:57

Obstetricians warn that women in labor may be exposed to unnecessary dangers by the fact that there are too few obstetric units in hospitals in The Netherlands, meaning that the time it takes for them to travel from home to a hospital where they can be helped is too long.

Schiphol Airport
Sep 8 '14 07:23

The arrival of a freighter plane at Schiphol airport on Sunday afternoon caused alarm bells to ring as it was thought that there might be an Ebola patient on board. One of the crew members suddenly became ill underway.

Sep 5 '14 09:51

There are already 331,000 people in The Netherlands who are structurally unable to pay their health care insurance premiums. The number of people in default is rising, and between them there is more than €1 billion yet to be paid, RTL Nieuws reports.

Q-fever
Sep 4 '14 11:15

Ministers Edith Schippers of Health and Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs have been deemed responsible for damage by around 320 Q-fever patients in The Netherlands. These patients believe that the government took too long to establish measure when the epidemic struck.

Ebola
Sep 4 '14 10:02

The Dutch branch of Doctors Without Borders in those West African countries where Ebola has broken out are now asking for military aid from The Netherlands. A spokesperson made the plea on BNR, and according to De Telegraaf, the military union VBM is positive about the possibility.

Yusuf Sonmez
Sep 4 '14 09:18

A Turkish doctor on the Interpol list of wanted persons for his involvement in illegal organ trading in Kosovo is believed to own a €2 million villa in Amsterdam, where he is also thought to live. This has been reported by Serbian media.

Pia Dijkstra
Sep 4 '14 08:39

The Cabinet wants more attention for suicides amongst LGBT youths in The Netherlands. The D66 will plead for investigation into the motivations for young lesbian and gay men and women to commit suicide in a Parliamentary Debate with Minister Edith Schippers of Health, De Volkskrant reports.

Sep 2 '14 14:07

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), Edith Schippers will consider the recommendation made by the committee headed by Hans Borstlap that the NZa should be split up.

Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit
Sep 1 '14 18:09

The Dutch healthcare authority NZa needs strong reforms and better management, a report commissioned by Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers (VVD) will reveal on Tuesday. The report, leaked to newspaper NRC, directs strong criticism at the dual mission of the organisation, which provides policy recommendations and the spervision of hospitals and insurers, claiming that the organisation is plagued by internal security leaks and undue managerial influence.

582px-Aerated_tap_water
Aug 29 '14 14:18

Water company Vitens has confirmed in an article in Trouw newspaper that they will stop using water from two sources. The sources in Nijmegen and Zutphen will eventually no longer meet the norm.

Candy
Aug 29 '14 10:34

In Sweden and Denmark, selling sweets and chocolates at the checkout counter is illegal. Now, some stores in The Netherlands are also going to relieve shoppers of that last moment of temptation by replacing fatty and sweet snacks with healthier options such as snack vegetables, nuts and rice cakes, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Source: Wikimedia/Pieter Bos
Aug 28 '14 16:46

Based on a study done on 39 Western countries, Dutch children are no longer the happiest children in the world. This year the lead went to Macedonia, a country that wasn't even on the list last year.

Mosquito (Source: Wikimedia/JJ Harrison)
Aug 28 '14 14:22

Wageningen University is doing a research study into the mosquito problem during the summer months.

Manneka
Aug 28 '14 11:07

In Liberia, Dutch Anneke de Kok-Quoi and her Liberian husband have started a campaign to prevent the spread of Ebola. Her message is one of sanitation, as she donates free buckets with lids for people to wash their hands with. This prevents infection. The Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Nursing Home
Aug 27 '14 11:52

Since the euthanasia law was introduced in 2002, the first euthanasia doctor might be prosecuted by the Public Prosecution Authority (OM) for granting an elderly woman assisted suicide without sufficient motivation, Trouw reports.

Doctors Without Borders
Aug 27 '14 10:40

In Amsterdam, nurse Ronald Kremer has returned from a two-week placement in Sierra Leone, working with Ebola patients in a Doctors Without Borders mission in the area. He was the first Dutch nurse in the West African region where the deadly illness has already killed 1400 people, Tubantia reports.

Aug 27 '14 09:15

Next year, the health insurance premium for a basic package will go up with €10 a month. According to sources from the Algemeen Dagblad around the budget talks, the mandatory own risk insurance will also rise per year.

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Aug 26 '14 16:23

According to research done by Erasmus MC in Rotterdam and the GGD, young boys with obesity are more likely to bully than their "lean" peers. In addition, overweight children, both boys and girls, are bullied more often than children with a normal weight.

Autism Awareness Ribbon (Source: Twitter/@OtakuSkittles)
Aug 25 '14 15:36

A report done by Statistics Netherlands has found that, according to parents and guardians, almost 3 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 12 years suffer from autism or a related disorder, like Aspergers syndrome or PDD-NOS.

Guacamole
Aug 22 '14 10:13

Top Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn's store brand Guacamole has won the shop the number one spot in a consumer election for the products with the best false advertising. With only 0.7 percent guacamole powder, the guacamole dip from AH won the 'Kletsmajoor Award'.

Aug 21 '14 13:38

The Ministry of Defense has known for 15 years that their staff at border region posts have been exposed to the carcinogenic compound chromium 6 at military bases.

Thai_Lion_B737
Aug 21 '14 08:59

The Dutch co-pilot of a Thai Lion Air flight passed out 20 minutes after take-off, and died soon after. Peter Esberte was 47 years old when collapsed during the flight from Hat Yai, Thailand to Bangkok, the Bangkok Post reported.

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