Health

Biomass power plant
Oct 22 '19 08:08

The government is taking too little account of public health in its climate policy, according to a letter 10 regional GGDs sent to Minster Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate. The community health services call on the government to include them in the development of climate plans, AD reports based on the letter in its possession.

Dementia
Oct 21 '19 13:40

Dozens of doctors, professors and other scientists called on the Dutch government to give more attention to preventative measures against dementia. A strong commitment to prevention can lead to a significant decrease in new patients, they said in an open letter addressed to Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health and published by NRC. 

Organ donation
Oct 21 '19 08:43

Over half of Dutch haven't yet indicated whether they want to donate their organs after they die. The new organ donation law takes effect on July 1st next year. From then on Dutch adults who have not explicitly said that they do not want their organs donated, will automatically be considered an organ donor, NOS reports.

Call center operator
Oct 17 '19 09:17

For the second time in a few months someone tried in vain to reach the suicide prevention hotline in the Netherlands, and took his own life a short time afterwards. The man called 113, thinking that this is the helpline's number given that it is called 113 Zelfmoordpreventie. The actual number is 0900 0113.

Hospital ward
Oct 17 '19 08:34

On Wednesday, November 20th, hospital staff across the Netherlands will do the hospital variant of a strike - refuse to perform any of their non-emergency duties. This is the first national strike by hospital workers ever in the Netherlands, unions FNV, FBZ, NU'91 and CNV said, NOS reports.

Tractors on Dutch roadways
Oct 16 '19 16:44

Farmers protesting in the Utrecht region who then drove their tractors on the A12 motorway rejected orders from the police to exit the A12 and park their vehicles at the Cars Jeans Stadium in Den Haag. Instead, many stormed into town, attempting to either create a disturbance in the city center, force their way near parliament, or to other gathering sites in the city.

Vaccination
Oct 15 '19 07:35

A D66 proposal to allow childcare organizations to refuse children who have not been vaccinated received support from a majority of Dutch parliamentarians. This is necessary "so you as parents can see where you can safely bring your child", D66 MP Rens Raemakers said, RTL Nieuws reports.

High workload
Oct 14 '19 08:55

If nothing changes, stress and high workloads will affect a quarter of Dutch workers to such an extent that they will have to work less or not at all by 2030, according to service provider Arbo Unie. The number of employees with a burnout doubled in the past 20 years and that trend will only continue, Arbo Unie predicts, AD reports.

Asbestos removal
Oct 14 '19 08:01

The Dutch government is establishing a fund next year where homeowners can borrow money to remove and replace their asbestos roof, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure announced. She hopes that the fund will tempt homeowners to deal with this health risk in the short term, NOS reports

Rainbow hearts
Oct 11 '19 12:37

State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health wants to break through the taboo among young people on talking about their sexual  orientation. To do so he launched a hashtag and renewed a website where children unsure about their sexual identity can discuss it with other people from the LGBTQ community.

Mold on an apartment wall
Oct 11 '19 10:10

A third of Dutch children live in a home that is unhealthy in some way, such as being too dark, too damp, too noisy or too cold, according to European figures collected by research agency RAND for Velux. This increases their chance of health problems like asthma, eczema and respiratory diseases, AD reports.

Opioids
Oct 11 '19 09:20

The Dutch government launched an information website where doctors and patients can get factual and easy-to-understand information on opioids, Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care announced along with other measures taken in the fight against painkiller addiction in the Netherlands. 

Pupils raising their hands in class
Oct 9 '19 12:40

Teenagers in the Netherlands are dissatisfied with the sex education they receive at school, giving their sexual education classes an average score of 5.8, according to a study by Rutgers and Soa Aids Nederland. Dutch pupils would like more information about homosexuality and sexual diversity, as well as on how to treat each other in a relationship or during sex, the researchers found, Trouw reports.

Ella Vogelaar
Oct 9 '19 07:44

Former PvdA Minister Ella Vogelaar died at age 69 on Monday, her family announced on Tuesday evening. "She has been suffering from depression for quite some time and has put an end to her life", the family said in a statement, according to NOS.

Drug use
Oct 8 '19 14:30

Ketamine seems to be getting more popular as a party drug, according to new figures from the Trimbos Institute. Over the past six years, the number of people who went to a first aid post or hospital after using this drug recreationally increased five-fold, the institute said in its Drug Incidents Monitor, NOS reports.

Ketamine is an anesthetic that can cause hallucinations. The share of first-aid visits caused by ketamine use increased from 2.7 percent in 2009 to 8.2 percent in 2017.

E-cigarette
Oct 7 '19 11:20

Dutch pulmonologists want the government to completely ban e-cigarettes in the country. "We don't want any more e-cigarettes coming into the Netherlands", Leon van den Toorn, chairman of the Dutch association for doctors specializing in pulmonary diseases and tuberculosis NVLAT, said in an interview with newspaper AD.

According to Van den Toorn, there are multiple "worrying developments" around e-cigarettes. At least eight Dutch people have reported to lung doctors with complaints sustained after using e-cigarettes, he said. One of them ended up in intensive care. 

Jumbo meat products recalled after a listeria outbreak at supplier Offerman, 4 Oct 2019
Oct 4 '19 12:52

At least 20 listeria infections caused by tainted meat over the past two years were connected to supplier Offerman. Of these patients, three people died and one woman had a miscarriage, public health institute RIVM said on Friday.

Domestic abuse
Oct 4 '19 08:40

Women's shelters in the Netherlands are crowded to such an extent that women who have to flee in a hurry from their violent partner can not always count on an emergency bed. In order to still offer safe shelter to domestic abuse victims, dozens of women are accommodated in hotels every year, NOS reports based on its own research. 

Emissions in traffic
Oct 4 '19 07:38

At least a few dozen Dutch people were forced to move due to the air quality around their home, according to a study by the Long Fonds. These involve people who became so sick from the air pollution in their environment, that it seriously affected the quality of their life, AD reports.

Different kinds of birth control pills
Oct 3 '19 15:10

Sixteen-year-old girls who use oral contraceptive are more likely to have depressive feelings than their peers who are not on the pill. They report more crying, excessive sleeping and eating problems, according to a joint study by the University Medical Center Groningen, Leiden University Medical Center and the American Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

Marlboro cigarettes wiki commons
Oct 1 '19 08:07

A large part of the Dutch population want people with an unhealthy lifestyle to pay more for their health insurance, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands. 52 percent of Dutch want smokers to have a higher premium for the basic health insurance package. So do 20 percent of smokers themselves, RTL Nieuws reports.

41 percent said that heavy drinkers should pay more for health insurance. 20 percent want the same for people who do not exercise enough. And a quarter of Dutch think that overweight people should have higher premiums. 

Screen showing an elderly patient's vitals in hospital
Sep 30 '19 13:00

Last year a total of 74,900 elderly people in the Netherlands were treated in emergency rooms for serious injuries after a fall, an increase of 5,200 compared to 2017, according to figures released by VeilgheidNL. 

Smoking in a restaurant
Sep 27 '19 11:20

All smoking sections in Dutch restaurants, cafes and bars must close, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The ban on smoking sections in the Dutch hospitality industry takes effect immediately, though when enforcement will start, is not yet clear, NOS reports.

Vaccination
Sep 27 '19 09:01

From 2021 boys in the Netherlands will also be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health announced on Friday. Currently only girls are vaccinated against this virus, which can cause cervical cancer.

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