Health

Counseling
Apr 18 '19 15:00

Healthcare providers are often unaware of the danger that patients with serious mental health problems pose to themselves and the people around them, the Dutch Safety Board said in a new report on Thursday , NOS reports.

Laughing gas canisters and balloons near a secondary school in Utrecht-West
Apr 17 '19 13:40

Burn centers in the Netherlands are concerned about an increasing number of patients coming to them with ice burns after using laughing gas. Over the past three weeks, 14 people were admitted with severe freezing burns on the inside of their thighs. In all patients, the injuries were caused by them clamping an ice-cold laughing gas tank between their legs while filling balloons, NOS reports.

Breast cancer awareness ribbon
Apr 15 '19 11:50

The majority of Dutch women do not know how to recognize signs of breast cancer, according to a study by the Alexander Monro Hospital among 400 women. Over 70 percent don't know that looking at their breasts is more important than feeling them, the researchers found. 20 percent of women never check their breasts and another 20 percent don't go to the doctor immediately if they notice changes, AD reports.

Hugo de Jonge
Apr 15 '19 09:17

The Dutch government is preparing more housing and counseling for victims of human trafficking, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced. A total of 36 new reception centers will be opened in five municipalities this year.

Stethoscope
Apr 12 '19 16:50

Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat, who died at age 89 in 2017, used his own sperm to father at least 49 children with clients who used the fertility clinic he worked at, was confirmed by DNA testing, NU.nl reports.

Vaccination
Apr 12 '19 09:17

The Dutch government is launching an investigation into the advantages and disadvantages of an "overall vaccination obligation" to get the vaccination rate back up if it falls even lower, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health wrote in a letter to parliament. He called mandatory vaccinations the "extreme measure", RTL Nieuws reports.

Hospital room
Apr 12 '19 08:02

Sixteen Dutch students were hospitalized in the Italian city of Milan to be treated for an unknown virus. All of them have since been discharged. It is not yet known what caused the students to fall ill, team leader Stephan Wiele of the Amsterdam Wood- and Furnishing College said to NU.nl.

Office space
Apr 11 '19 12:50

Last year 28 percent of all employees in the Netherlands often or always received so much information in a working day that they had difficulty processing it quickly enough. In 2014 it was 25 percent, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and TNO.

Employees who experience information overload are more often dissatisfied with their working conditions and have a stronger desire to leave their current employer and find a new job, according to the study.

Teenagers with smartphones and tablets
Apr 11 '19 09:04

The use of tablets, smartphones and computers is physically affecting Dutch children, according to health service GGD. The service is increasingly receiving reports from schools about pupils suffering from eye disorders, unhealthy weights, neck complaints and a disturbed night rhythms - "consequences of excessive screen time", according to the GGD, newspaper AD reports.

Dogs in a cage
Apr 10 '19 12:10

The number of cats and dogs used for medical experiments increased by 49 percent in 2017. In that year 909 dogs and 200 cats were used as lab animals, compared to 656 dogs and 89 cats in 2016, AD reports based on figures from the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA.

Half of the laboratory dogs and a third of the cats did not survive the experiments in 2017, according to the newspaper. 

Overweight
Apr 10 '19 08:31

Last year 15.8 percent of children and young people, between the ages of 2 and 25, were overweight, compared to 12.5 percent in 2000. A quarter of young adults, aged between 18 and 25, were overweight, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. 

Ambulance
Apr 10 '19 07:32

Seven residents of an apartment building on Prinses Annalaan in Leidschendam were taken to hospital on Tuesday to be checked for carbon monoxide poisoning. A total of 16 homes were evacuated, AD reports.

The fire department and ambulance service responded to the apartment building in large numbers on Tuesday afternoon after someone reported smelling gas in the building. Measurements showed that there was no gas leak, but there was a much too high concentration of carbon monoxide in the building.

Nutriscore logo on two types of yogurt
Apr 9 '19 11:50

Consumers association Consumentenbond wants the Dutch government to introduce the Nutriscore label on Dutch products. Nutriscore is a color-coded label that shows at a glance how healthy or unhealthy a product is, with ratings from A (healthy) to E (unhealthy). 

Baby with a rash
Apr 8 '19 15:50

Another child that attends a daycare center in The Hague was diagnosed with measles. That brings the total number of children with measles at the daycare up to four, GGD Haaglanden reported. The health service would not say which daycare center is involved, Omroep West reports.

Rotterdam marathon
Apr 8 '19 08:11

One participant of the Rotterdam marathon died in hospital, the organizers behind the marathon said on Sunday. At the request of the runner's family, no further details will be given. The organization expressed its deepest sympathies to the runner's family and loved ones, RTV Rijnmond reports.

The first aid and emergency posts were extremely busy during the marathon, according to Arjen Littooij, director of safety office Veligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond. He believes this had to do with the relatively high temperatures this year. 

Dutch family King's Day
Apr 5 '19 13:01

The European Parliament this week passed new legislation to expand paternal leave after the birth of a child and paid parental leave, and though The Netherlands opposed European interference in what it sees as a national issue, the country will definitely comply with the rules when adopted, confirmed Social Affairs Minister Wouter Koolmees. It will expand on the paid leave already offered in The Netherlands if agreed by European Council.

Vaccination
Apr 4 '19 15:10

So far this year, up until the start of April, there have been 15 cases of measles in the Netherlands. In previous years, the country counted between 10 and 20 measles diagnoses over the entire year, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis said in a letter to parliament. He blames the increase in diagnoses on outbreaks in various other European countries, AD reports.

Opioids
Apr 3 '19 09:29

In seven years the number of people in the Netherlands who use opioids increased by 55 percent, a new study showed according to Zorgverzekeraars Nederland. The period over which these strong pain killers are used also increased, RTL Nieuws reports.

Turmeric tablets and powdered spice
Mar 29 '19 11:50

Erasmus MC warns women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment to be careful with the use of turmeric tablets, which are considered an alternative medicine or supplement. Research by the Rotterdam hospital showed that turmeric can decrease the active substance of tamoxifen, the medicine used to treat breast cancer with hormone therapy, the hospital said on its website.

Hugo de Jonge
Mar 29 '19 09:03

Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health thinks it is a "good idea" for municipalities to keep pro-life protesters at an appropriate distance from abortion clinics. He supports municipalities who want to protect the women going to these clinics by creating buffer zones around the clinics. "I am in contact with the municipalities and the clinics about that", the Minister said, AD reports.

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Mar 28 '19 09:38

The vast majority of Dutch people are satisfied with their lives, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. Only 2 percent of Dutch are downright negative about their lives, 12 percent are neutral and the rest are more or less satisfied. There is no remarkable difference between how men and women in the Netherlands consider their lives.

Stethoscope
Mar 28 '19 08:19

The psychiatric clinic in Den Dolder where Michael P. was being prepared for his return to society when he raped and killed Anne Faber, did not treat him based on his history of sexual offenses, the Volkskrant reports based on sources around the Dutch Safety Board report on this case that was presented on Thursday. When he was transferred from prison, the clinic was insufficiently informed about P.'s sex crime past. But the clinic also did not do a risk profile on the man, the newspaper writes. 

Junk food
Mar 27 '19 15:00

The municipality of Rotterdam is working on a Rotterdam Prevention Agreement to encourage Rotterdam residents to live healthier lives. Part of that is discouraging unhealthy diets by countering the opening of more fast food chains, and promoting a more responsible and healthier product range in supermarkets, the office of mayor and aldermen said in response to questions by Leefbaar Rotterdam city councilor Michel van Elck, the Telegraaf reports.

Laboratory
Mar 27 '19 14:10

A population screening for colon cancer by public health institute RIVM identified the disease more often than expected. The turnout for the screening was also higher than expected - between 2014 and 2017 a total of 3.85 million people sent in stool samples  to be tested for colon cancer. That is over 70 percent of the people who were invited to do so, according to an evaluation report Erasmus MC and the Netherlands Cancer Institute drew up for the RIVM, NOS reports.

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