Health

Oak processionary caterpillars
Jul 18 '19 11:50

Dozens of people sustained eye injuries caused by miniscule hairs released by oak processionary caterpillars over the past weeks. At least 92 patients went to ophthalmologists in the Netherlands with eye problems caused by these poisonous caterpillars, NOS reports after surveying 133 ophthalmologists.

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam memorial MH17
Jul 16 '19 11:50

Relatives of MH17 victims who are actively involved in the legal and political aftermath of the disaster, are struggling more with the grieving process than those who pay less attention to it, clinical psychologist Jos de Keijser said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jul 16 '19 07:29

A 50-year-old man from Eindhoven died on Saturday after a visit to the DayDream dance festival at Aquabest in the Noord-Brabant city. The man became unwell at around 6:30 p.m. The festival's first aid team resuscitated him and he was rushed to hospital, where he died later that evening, the organization of the festival said to AD.

Children playing in a refugee camp
Jul 12 '19 08:56

Children of Dutch jihadists will be placed in a special shelter when they return to the Netherlands. There they will be observed and counseled 24 hours per day to determine whether they pose a danger to society, newspaper AD reported on Friday.

According to the newspaper, older children will be placed in this shelter, where they will be kept isolated - they will not stay with other children. Kids under the age of 9 will also be examined and their mental state assessed upon their return to the Netherlands, NU.nl writes. 

Vaccination
Jul 10 '19 15:10

The number of infections with Meningococcus type W bacteria in the Netherlands is declining slightly, according to new figures from public health institute RIVM. The decrease can only partly be attributed by the new vaccination program for this bacteria among teenagers, Hans van Vliet, head of the RIVM's National Vaccination Program, said to NOS.

mazelen
Jul 10 '19 13:20

Wageningen University received a subsidy of 12.5 million euros to create a vaccine against the mosquito borne virus Rift Valley Fever that is safe for humans. The subsidy comes from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), NOS reports.

Frost covered leaf
Jul 10 '19 11:00

The eastern parts of the Netherlands woke up to a frost covered landscape on Wednesday morning, for the second time this month. The minimum dropped to -0.7 degrees in Twente. "That is quite exceptional",  Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.

Stress
Jul 9 '19 14:20

Occupational doctors and psychologists are concerned about the massive increase in the number of stress- and burnout coaches in the Netherlands. They are particularly worried that these coaches don't have the necessary skills to provide the help their customers need, according to a study by television program Nationaal Stressdebat among 500 occupational doctors and -psychologists, RTL Nieuws reports.

Abdelhak Nouri
Jul 9 '19 12:40

Exactly two years after Ajax footballer Abdelhak Nouri went into cardiac arrest during a match, leaving him with permanent and severe brain damage, cardiologists at the Amsterdam UMC are calling for better heart screening for athletes. The current method for early detection of heart disorders in athletes is outdated, cardiologist Harald Jørstad of the Amsterdam hospital said to Nieuwsuur on Monday.

Sexual violence
Jul 9 '19 07:59

Victims of rape or sexual assault in the Netherlands are increasingly willing to seek aid shortly after they were attacked. Last year the center for helping victims of sexual violence CSG received almost 50 percent more acute reports - reports made within seven days of the assault or rape - than the year before, NOS reports.

Birth control pill
Jul 4 '19 16:20

The contraceptive pill will not be put back on the basic health insurance package. PvdA parliamentarian Lilianne Ploumen submitted a proposal to do so, which will be voted on in parliament on Thursday evening. But it is already clear that there is no majority support, NOS reports.

Hospital ward
Jul 2 '19 08:30

Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.

Vaccination
Jul 1 '19 17:40

Parents are too free to decide whether or not to vaccinate their child, an investigative committee on childcare and vaccination said in a report on Monday. Participation in the National Vaccination Program should be made a condition for access to childcare, the committee advises. If this has no effect, the Dutch government should consider a "general vaccination obligation laid down by law", NU.nl reports.

Organ donation
Jul 1 '19 16:00

Exactly one year before the implementation of the new organ donor system - in which those who do not explicitly object to donating their organs after death are automatically registered as a donor - half of Dutch adults are not yet registered on the donor system. Of those who are registered, the lion's share indicated that they do not want to be an organ donor, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jun 28 '19 16:10

A person died in Twente in Overijssel during a KPN outage that left emergency number 1-1-2 unreachable for over three hours on Monday, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Twente confirmed to RTL Nieuws.

Airplane arriving at Schiphol Airport
Jun 28 '19 09:24

People who live near Schiphol airport are regularly exposed to increased concentrations of ultra-fine particles in the air, which can have an effect on their health. On days that the wind blows from Schiphol, children with respiratory diseases show more symptoms and more often have to use their medication, according to the interim results of a study by public health institute RIVM, Utrecht University, and the Amsterdam academic medical center AMC. 

Oak processionary caterpillars
Jun 28 '19 08:55

This weekend will be another hot and sunny one in the Netherlands, with temperatures up to 33 degrees expected on Saturday and up to 32 degrees on Sunday. But a plague of poisonous caterpillars throughout the country is putting somewhat of a damper on the outdoor fun.

Ambulance
Jun 27 '19 07:37

A woman from Breda died on Monday afternoon while emergency number 1-1-2 was unavailable due to an outage at telecom company KPN. Her family tried to call the emergency number when she became unwell at home, but could not get through, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zeeland-West-Brabant and ambulance service RAV Brabant Midden-West-Noord confirmed to RTL Nieuws.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jun 25 '19 17:34

Two members of the military were transported to a hospital on Monday when they showed symptoms of heat stroke. The two were participating in the first part of the National Military Championship (NMK) Pentathlon event in Oirschot, Noord-Brabant on Tuesday morning when medics stepped in to check them out.

Ambulance
Jun 25 '19 12:00

Last year a total of 1,829 people in the Netherlands took their own life, a decrease of nearly five percent compared to the 1,917 people who died by suicide in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.

Of the people who died by suicide last year, 1,176 were men and 653 were women. The number of men ending their own lives has been around twice as high as that of women for years, according to the stats office. However, the number of suicides among men decreased by 10 percent last year, while the number among women increased slightly.

Vaccination
Jun 24 '19 19:30

The vaccination rate in the Netherlands remained stable last year, seeming to indicate that the declining trend over the past years is coming to an end, public health institute RIVM announced on Monday.

Grocery shopping
Jun 24 '19 08:49

Almost all products on special offer in Dutch supermarkets are unhealthy for the consumer or fall outside the recommended guideline for healthy eating by the Dutch Nutrition Center, supermarket comparator Stichting Questionmark found in a study, the Volkskrant reports.

Hugo de Jonge
Jun 20 '19 16:00

The Dutch government launched an information campaign this week to help incurably ill people talk about death with their loved ones. The campaign is aimed at having a good conversation about how people want to go through the final phase of their life, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports said to newspaper Trouw.

"I want people to think much more about what they want. To express how they want to be supported in the last period. That they can die in the place they choose. It makes dying less difficult, less lonely, less painful", the Minister said.

Vaccination
Jun 18 '19 16:00

The municipality of Amsterdam and health institute GGD are putting extra effort into boosting the turnout for the meningococcus vaccination in the city on Thursday. Some 25 thousand teenagers were invited to be vaccinated at the RAI on Thursday. And to incite them into actually showing up, entertainment including BMX demonstrations and a kickboxing class presented by champions Fabio and Chico Kwasi was arranged, Het Parool reports.

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